Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 4: Some friendly competition

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This episode was pretty entertaining, but it felt like it was mostly downtime (and setup). I’m starting to think I like Glenn more when he’s not fighting for real…you know, when he’s actually acting like a teacher. I don’t think I have many more specific things to say about the episode as a whole. Next week, I guess we save the queen?

This seems very suspiciously like something the grand commander of the imperial guard would know, meaning it’s likely put here just so the audience knows that the woman we saw earlier is Rumia’s mother. Even if Rumia wasn’t at the center of incident, Zelos seems to know that Rumia is there, so it’s not insane for the queen to be worried after hearing of an attack at the school.

This actually reminds me a lot of my own school teachers. “If none of you want to volunteer, I’ll just decide it myself.”

I always appreciate it when someone shows their work. Seriously, Glenn’s explanations are probably my favorite part of this series because it makes it feel more like thought is put into things.

Haha I really wasn’t expecting Glenn to have this ulterior motive, but I admit it’s funny and fits with his character.

I take back everything I’ve ever said about teachers. Having to deal with your students’ expectations is true suffering. I can’t even tell whether I want Glenn to win or lose.

Training montage!

Sistine has some nice parents…

Wait, she just randomly offers the queen a new pendant to wear? That’s insanely suspicious. I guess they do try to play it off in the next scene by giving the pendant the second purpose of throwing some tension between Rumia and her mother, but I’m not gonna let that slide. Why the heck does the queen even agree to it? I’m almost inclined to agree with Rumia that she doesn’t treasure the pendant with her own daughter’s picture.

Wait…aren’t you competing with Class 1? It looks like you’re losing.

Uh…bro? Keep it together.

I’m gonna be honest…I wasn’t a fan of this misdirection. Glenn just got through making a big deal about how Rumia has surprising mental strength and yet he and Sistine have to personally go down just to comfort her with her loss? Nope, this is done purely to make the Jaill reveal more shocking and it really bugs me.

Haha yup, I still really like these.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 3: Mana problems

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I have mixed feelings about this episode. I still think the world of this series is really interesting and I like the approach to magic. But taking a step back, the final fight in this episode involved the big bad standing and watching while Glenn defused his bomb. Also, Glenn wins most of the fights in the episode by taking magical energy from the two main girls in the episode. It makes me worry whether this is going to be a recurring thing. Is Glenn the guy who knows what needs to be done and just siphons energy from others to do it all?

That being said, I really liked the interactions between Glenn and Sistine. I thought they fought well together and injected a nice dose of lightheartedness into their fights as well.

That’s one way to start it…

I know it fits his character, but it’s at least a little bit reassuring that Glenn is flustered enough to make this mistake. He’s clearly trained, but he’s not some unflappable badass.

Haha this scene’s pretty funny.

I think this is the part of this show that bothers me the most. It’s really frustrating how accurately these mages seem to be able to estimate their own power and the power of opposing spells, especially given that we as the audience have no idea how they do it. Also, what exactly does mana deficiency mean in this world? Because Glenn continues to use spells after casting his big Extinction Ray.

Are they fighting or having a conversation? Anyway, for how strong this guy seems to think he is, he’s pretty much treated like another nameless henchman.

I honestly think this tells Glenn’s backstory enough, wanting to be a hero and discovering that he was just a killer. It explains why he’s critical of using magic for fighting and why he knows so much. I think I’d be happy if they just left it at that.

Nice entrance. Seriously.

Uhh…isn’t he planning on blowing up the school? All of the students are stuck in a barrier right now, meaning that they will definitely die if Glenn runs away by himself.

Of course it was…

What the heck? Yeah, it’s amazing what you can do in anime on sheer force of will…I’m sure we’ll get no explanation for this one. Because she’s royalty? That’s what I’ll tell myself.

Haha these are great.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Episode 2: I take it all back

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Wow, I honestly didn’t expect I would continue with this series, but this episode completely convinced me. While the beginning of the episode felt questionable, it built into scenes that made sense and were legitimately fun to watch. I’m really glad that they established Glenn in this episode. Of course, the episode isn’t without flaws…most of the ending of the episode is questionable and makes me wonder where this “kidnapping” stuff is going. But it was way better than I was expecting.

Come again?

I really enjoy conversations like this, but I wish I knew enough about the magic of this world to contribute to it myself. Glenn’s initial comparison likens the study of magic to the study of philosophy. It’s fair to question what use we get out of studying things like truth if they’re not being applied to the real world.

I’m not even sure if I would say Glenn takes it too far when he talks about the militaristic applications of magic…Sistine seems to have a fondness for magic, which is why she can’t come up with a response to that. However, she’s also a student, so it’s probably expecting too much out of her.

First off, it looks like Glenn actually knows something. And secondly, I do like how he points out the way the students treat magic with such reverence here. It probably clouds their perspective.

There is literally no way in hell this person is anyone other than Glenn. The story demands it!

This scene is amazing. It’s exactly the kind of thing you see in modern education where students attain “mastery” by memorizing a set of rules from the teacher. Glenn instead tries to promote true understanding, to the point where you can predict the outcome to a new situation based on the concepts you’ve learned in the situation you were taught. I really enjoyed how everything was presented.

Haha this is pretty good. Yeah, this entire lesson is just…really good. It’s a great way to understand the magic of this world.

My one criticism with this scene would be terminology, which I’m assuming is a translation issue. I get what Glenn is saying about having to compete with established, well-researched spells when trying to create your own spells, but it doesn’t come across well with terms like “original magic” and “general magic”.

Introducing antagonists already? Okay then. Hopefully they’re not just throwaways to give Glen another chance to show off.

Pfft…yeah, right.

This got really weird really fast.

Persona? That’s a cool skill you got there, Glenn.

I really don’t understand this scene. Are mages in this world generally so specialized in magic? Do you honestly believe that someone who uses a personally-designed spell to stop all magic in an area wouldn’t be used to handling that situation? It’s not like he created the spell yesterday.

Darn. All they had to do was resist saying the punch line and this joke would have been so much better…

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records First Impressions (1): What am I doing?

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Don’t judge me…I don’t have many options here. Anyway, I’m not sure about this series yet. So far, it doesn’t seem all too different from a standard magic school series except that maybe the main character is actually incompetent, rather than the super genius that you normally get. But he’s the main character and that one teacher is highly obsessed with him, so he has to have some kind of special talent, right? I might have to watch another episode just see what the hook is…as it stands, I have no idea where this show is going.

This episode is spending a lot more time zooming in on this book than I think it is should be…

I’m assuming the voice here is going to be a future character or something…but yeah, standard opening exposition.

I get the feeling that if this guy wasn’t the main character of the series, this spell would have killed him. And in what universe is casting a wind spell easier than…stepping aside?

Hold on. You expect me to believe these three animals were living in that fountain? Together?

For once, I’m with the snooty character that everyone’s supposed to hate. Why would you accept someone as a teacher without knowing who they were? The headmaster goes on to list a number of reasons why the guy isn’t qualified as a teacher as well. I get that he’s a substitute teacher and all, but this is basically rubbing it in our faces that this guy is the main character and gets away with whatever he wants because he’s protagonist special.

Yes, I noticed that the word “rokudenashi” (which I’m assuming means “bastard”) was in the title of the series the first time you said this, glasses guy. No need to remind me.

I don’t know what I expected. And no, you don’t get extra points for being self-aware about it.

Oh…burn…I guess. Also, while it’s true that the lethargy you normally feel after eating lunch is caused by your nervous system compensating for the added digestion, you can also feel a similar effect eating foods high in sugar, like a cream puff.

Magic duels apparently have the same rules as 18th century sword duels.

Uhh…got it! (Why is this important again?)

I’m also guessing that he chose the Shock Bolt spell because it’s the only one he knows…given the extended exposition on what the spell does.

Hey…this preview isn’t bad.