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Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

October 29, 2014

One of the series was looking forward to the most this autumn is “Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru”, which judging by its promotional video seemed to me like it would be an enchanting slice-of-life series with supernatural elements like “Kamichu!” or even “Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha”.

What a surprise when from the first episode on this show did not feel like a leisurely or heartwarming slice-of-life series about deities and the supernatural like “Kamichu!” at all, it actually is a magical girl action series with potential for grave drama like “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”.

While I am unsure at this point if the show will indeed feature stomach churning or heart breaking moments like “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” and have a similar gloomy, dramatic overtone, there have been some hints that it might not be your run-of-the-mill magical girl action show where the viewer knows that the heroines will somehow come out victorious.

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Studio Gokumi delivers good animation with standard but nonetheless cute magical girl designs for the heroines. Also appreciated the attention to detail regarding Mimori’s disability and how they wrote its effects into her character’s plot.

As far as magical girl genre series go, “Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru” has been excellent and very entertaining so far, but am genuinely curious too discover whether this series has some dramatic plot twists up its sleeve. Because when done right, such moments can make for potent and enthralling storytelling.

Part of their autumn season simulcasts, you can watch “Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru” on Crunchyroll.

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