Anime Sunday: AntiMagic Academy The 35th Test Platoon Episode 01 Impressions

Michael Blaker
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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series that I was looking forward to this season. It’s AntiMagic Academy The 35th Test Platoon Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a world where people possessing magic are going extinct and armaments are at the peak, the seat that was taken from the sword by magic, is handed over to guns and the one cracking down on remaining magical threats is the “Inquisition”. Kusanagi Takeru despite being unable to use guns, and fights with only a sword, is attending Inquisition’s training institution known as the “AntiMagic Academy”. The 35th Test Platoon aka “Small Fry Platoon” led by Takeru is a mishmash of underachievers. However, one day a handgun-using super elite qualified to join Dullahan, Ootori Ouka has been enlisted in their platoon.

Plot: Well that’s the plot, but dammit the Anime studio is doing a terrible job with it. They are pacing it way to freaking fast, making half of the first volume into a single episode.

Characters: The cast is great, but this Anime is doing them way too much injustice. There’s a reason why Takeru can use a sword in the era of guns, and that’s completely skipped over in the Anime. It’s a huge plot point, but they just skip it. I’m super disappointed.

Art: The art is great, but it’s sadly not ufotable, which might have been enough to save this series in my opinion. But it isn’t and it isn’t enough.

Music: The musical score is okay, and another disappointment. The cast is voiced, decently but completely differently than I thought. Lapis in particular is just poorly done.

Overall: Skip this and read the Light Novels, you’ll be a hell of a lot less disappointed.

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