MARIA THE VIRGIN WITCH #1 -- Special Review

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 18, 2010. Last post by YotaruVegeta 1 month, 1 week ago.
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Call it another “lost in translation” moment, but there’s an added layer of unintentional comedy in how this show’s playing with far deeper notions than it probably realizes. At first, it seems like it’s going to be a lighthearted trifle on the order of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH. The whole opening scene has the basic set-up of every CASPER short ever, wherein terrified villagers approach what they expect to be a terrifying monster, only to realize she's a harmless little scamp who hilariously can’t live up to fearsome expectations.

There’s similar humor then - - or at least humorous intent -- in how this witch is a virgin, and therefore far from the type of girl who’d ever be take congress with the devil. And, of course, that contradiction’s doubled by how she has a succubus as a servant, a creature that was traditionally meant to explain men’s wet dreams.

I think the crew gets all that to the extent. When we first meet the succubus, she hints quite strongly that she’s just come back from… ah… pleasuring some men in a faraway castle, and the oral sex reference is comically lost on Maria. After that point, though, I have to think the crew’s experiencing their own funny gap in understanding.

See, there are “witches” and then there are witches. It seems like our lead was intended to be a slightly more risqué riff on KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE. The people behind it did enough research to realize there’d be a bit of added significance in naming her “Maria,” but not enough to realize that doing so would explicitly make her a sort of Antichrist Madonna. Sure, they’ve set the show in a real European war from history, and they've put Maria in cutely forbidden romance that’s (logically?) barred by the Catholic Church of the era. I suppose they could be trying to make some high-concept satire of sexual politics and religion, et al, but…

…something about the other witches’ cocktail attire during their little battlefield tea party makes me think that’s a far more serious than what they’re actually going for.

Watch this pilot and decide for yourself.

Post by Kino88 (272 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Sounds like fun, it seems like witches have been all the rage lately In Japan,
Post by metalsnakezero (696 posts) See mini bio Level 16

When I first read the summary of the show I was like "What". After watching the actual show it pretty interesting and it is funny how she a witch and has a name Maria.

Post by Donwun (141 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Hmm... this was alot more serious than i expected.. the name is not doing it any favours in terms of advertising... might come back and check on this depending on what i hear about the evolving plot

Post by takashichea (15,939 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Kino88 said:

Sounds like fun, it seems like witches have been all the rage lately In Japan,

Hmm, I only recall two witch oriented shows last year:

Comments on the Episode:

Wasn't sure if I like this show. The pilot was good. Funny parts were the under the radar deals that witches and succubus do. I was confused about where the story is heading due to the weird world building set up this show built.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,879 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Witches never really go out of style. Tho the layering of this show is well done. This could be the Rage of Bahamut Genesis or Garo: Honoo no Koukin of this season. A well done or rather a well crafted surprise.

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,321 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Enjoyed the first episode, it has a nice look to it.

Post by YotaruVegeta (639 posts) See mini bio Level 12

I like this one. It has a very 90's feel.

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