When looking to see what seasonals the people on WordPress were watching, it would appear that I was in the minority of people that didn’t drop Mahou Shoujo Ore in the first few weeks. Perhaps in an even smaller group, here I am having finished the show, and I’m claiming it to be my non-sequel favourite of the season.
…I can explain, honest.
MAHOU SHOUJO ORE
“This story is about a 15-year-old girl who is a newbie idol in love with her best friend’s brother who is also a popular idol. But she runs into a scary yakuza guy and finds out that her mother was an ex-magical girl, and the yakuza guy was her mascot. Her love interest gets kidnapped by demons that look like burly men with cute squirrel heads. So she contracts the yakuza to become a magical girl, which in this story means she turns into a handsome guy in a magical girl outfit. On top of that, her love interest shows an attraction toward her magical guy form. Her best friend turns out to be in love with her and also becomes a magical cross-dressing guy to save her life.
Thus, their manager, who is a magical girl geek, then decides to turn them into an idol unit.” (from MyAnimeList)
So…okay. Where do we start? The synopsis reads like everyone was given the prompt of ‘magical girl-boy’, wrote a line without being aware of what anyone else had written and then kind of…mushed it all together and hoped it made a coherent plot. But, you know what? Once I got past the initial ‘WHAT’ of the first episode, I stopped questioning everything in the plot and found it all went together pretty well.
I originally picked up Mahou Shoujo Ore as the ‘meme’ show of the season. 2 big, burly guys as Magical Girls? Nice. Parody of a genre I hate? Nice. Despite some initial anticipation shall we say, my hopes weren’t particularly high. I was expecting a so-bad-it-isnt-really-good-but-it’ll-do-whilst-I-wait-for-literally-anything-else-and-enjoy-episode-discussions show. But nope, it exceeded expectations. I wasn’t going to take the show seriously, and the shows own refusal to take itself seriously worked great in its favour.
The show made sure no trope went unpoked. Besides the obvious making fun of the typical cutesy Magical Girl transformation sequences, and magical girl anime as a general; Mahou Shoujo Ore decided to take shots at as many anime tropes as they possibly could. We had a mute, bland and 2D love interest (I love you though, Mohiro, I do). We had the childhood friend not-so-subtly falling in love with our main character and being rejected – except that didn’t matter because her magical girl form was all based on her sexual love for her best friend. Hell, we even got some digs at the ‘anime girl eating breakfast on the way to school’ trope, in the most over the top fashion possible.
My personal favourite moment in the show came near the end, where the bad animation (classic Pierrot!) actually became relevant to the plot, as they tried to explain that ‘in order to show more of the fight, they obviously had to cut down on animation costs’ – much to the surprise of the characters in the show!
Whilst its certainly not going to be rivalling the likes of Madoka any time soon for Magical Girls done differently: Best Of, Mahou Shoujo Ore is a fun watch for anyone who is a fan of the magical girl genre, or even those who are not (such as myself). At its heart, the show is a pure gag comedy that uses aspects of magical girl anime as its template, but it really just wants to make us laugh. And boy, did my sides split numerous times. My love power for this show is through the roof.
My rating – 8/10
What did you guys think of Mahou Shoujo Ore? If you dropped it early on, will you pick it up now its finished? Are you a fan of Magical Girl anime? Let me know!
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