It took an episode break or two for me to realize this was related to that CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN show that Sam ragged on during the “Most Hated Tropes” episode of the Vice Pit. A quick glance at our database shows that there are at least two other related shows in this franchise, so there’s a chance the he may have watched a different one. Go figure. I’ve never been one to “power through” a series, anyway, and I can already sense that this is another jumble of interesting ideas that aren’t likely to come together in any coherent fashion.
Actually, this episode alone might have to be one of the more disjointed pilots I’ve seen here. There’s a good chance that this is a follow-up to something else and, thus, there’s a lot of backstory that hasn’t been properly re-introduced. Either way, my head was spinning a little over how exactly we went from some tense cold opener about electromancer cabals to a drawn-out, Beckett-esque parody of magical girls. It spun even faster when the plot shifted to a high school comedy with the perplexing hook of a city where, apparently, every building is some manner of learning institute.
I’m not poo-pooing the notion of a town with more schools per block than Bean Town It’s just that it seems rather… whimsical for a series about the aforementioned electromancer cabals. I’m also still trying to wrap my head around why that meet-cute with the coco-crazy walking library went on for as long as it did. It felt like my big scale anime abruptly lost its budget and was forced to relocate to a black box theater to try out some improve comedy troop’s graduation sketch or something.
Maybe this all makes sense if I’ve watched the other series. Maybe so - - I’m still not hooked.
Watch this episode, "Academy City” here and decide for yourself.