Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Episode 3: Something about clothes

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Okay, I think I’ve been approaching this series incorrectly. In the first episode, I didn’t want to say that I got the feeling that this series was a lot like Spice and Wolf because I wasn’t sure yet, but I think the combination of the first three episodes has convinced me enough. It’s a similar concept where there’s a clear goal in mind for the two main characters and they travel together to reach it, but each episode doesn’t really give you much of a sense that they’re making progress. Instead, the series focuses more on what’s going on in the places they visit, except in this case it’s more socially-focused rather than economically-focused. I don’t think it’s necessarily bad, but it’s different than what I expected. In fact, it’s arguably a good sign if I’m getting the same sense.

Uh huh, sure. So is this episode Mercenary-focused or are these introductions just random?

An entire introduction about the beastfallen and no mention that there are types. Or is this guy asking about the species of animal? If so, he’s too blind to be doing his job.

I’m actually going to side with Zero on this one. Claiming that the witches are Mercenary’s slaves saves them on the admission cost, so it’s a practical idea. It’s kinda messed up that Mercernary hits her for it later.

Aww…Mercenary’s such a good guy. In case you haven’t already figured it out. I’m not sure this was needed.

Goal!

I was completely expecting there to be some hidden value in the old outfit or something. This guy’s thirst was a bit too suspicious…but it turns out he was just being horny. Go figure.

Surprisingly, Zero answers “yes” to this. I’m assuming it’s meant to highlight her intense naivety because the alternative is that this is put here just to tell the audience about this beastfallen attribute. And they wouldn’t do that, right? Of course, this conversation is immediately followed by a scene showing a beastfallen that looked a lot like he was going to eat a human, so who knows?

Sorry, I have to nitpick here. While this is a funny gag and all, it’s clearly here just to be a gag. It’s barely dark in the scene before this and the next scene is the group going down to eat dinner. If they had forced Albus to eat while tied up, then it might have had some continuity, but as it stands, it makes no sense to tie him up at this time.

This is new.

While I don’t doubt that someone who hates witches as much as Mercenary does would know how to identify a witch, I’m curious how that works. What are the identifiers of a witch? I kinda doubt we’ll get any explanation, but I’m still curious.

I honestly expected more from this fight given how much they hyped it up. When you break it down, Mercenary mostly stood still while the other guy was quipping.

Okay, I’m guessing that this face just means that Zero will sleep on Mercenary again, but holy crap that face looks really dangerous.

Bit of an overreaction, don’t you think?

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Episode 2: Old memes

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I’m still not totally sold on this show. I’m trying to figure out what it is, but something about this show isn’t working for me. That being said, I thought that the fact that this episode presented humans and witches as equally irrational in their decisions was a plus for the episode. Since it seems to be pushing the idea of having humans and witches live in harmony, it’s nice to see these parallels being drawn when showing the humans negatively reacting to Sorena’s magic and the witches reacting similarly to Sorena’s death.

Can someone explain to me why there are so many sword clangs in the background of this image showing showing a battle between knights and staff-wielding mages?

We found the book! Series over!

Zero seems to know who Albus is talking about here, which makes me pretty certain that he’s talking about Thirteen. Is the pronoun game here supposed to indicate how much Albus worships Thirteen? Because it doesn’t come across very well.

The delivery of this joke is so random. Albus goes from finding a magic ring to getting shown up by Zero when he can’t sense its magical energy to deciding he’s not strong enough and needs Mercenary’s head. Seems like a long walk to make that joke.

Hey, why does this guy get to make references when I can’t? This is totally unfair…

These guys went from “there have been multiple thefts recently” straight to “these newcomers are totally suspicious”. Why would a group of thieves be just now arriving at the village if they’ve been stealing from it for days?

They’ve actually got a good point here. It actually reminds me of a recent political issue.

I feel like this conversation is almost trying to call into attention that it’s supposed to be thought-provoking. I’m not sure if I’m just being crazy.

But…why is this a problem? Do these knight detect excessive usage of magic? I would think that they’re constantly searching for witches, so using magic like this wouldn’t change things. And if Zero’s as important as she says she is, they’re probably especially searching for her.

I get the feeling that this is going to be important later. I should remember this line.

To be fair, the villagers don’t consider that business with Sorena to be a mistake.

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho First Impressions (1): Nice and cuddly?

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So I’m not too sure about this series yet. This first episode was interesting for many reasons, like a system of magic that may actually be following some rules and a fun main character combination (those scenes in the ending theme were pretty funny). But nothing in particular has really grabbed my attention yet in this premiere. Still, the series looks like it could be fun, so I’m willing to keep watching to see where it goes.

It’s really weird to start the series with a big prologue about how witches are persecuted in this world and then immediately cut to discrimination against beastfolk (or I guess beastfallen). I get that the heroine is probably a witch, but it still feels like they’re trying to force some kind of “it could be worse” message.

I don’t think this is how blood works, but I’ve never actually tested it for real, so…sure? I should get on that…

Yup, this is how we set up that this guy doesn’t like witches right before he runs into the female lead, who is probably also a witch. Never mind the fact that he’s probably been mostly mistreated by mundane humans his entire life.

Alright fine. I’m a sucker for comedy like this.

Well, she accepted his beast form, so I guess they’re friends now? Strange that this is the first such encounter given that it sounds like most witches can see his “human face”. And more importantly, how exactly did witches create the beastfallen? It sounded like they have the beast appearance from birth. Cursed in the womb? Side effect of residual magic that created the original beastfallen?

You’re not making much sense here. It’s sounding a lot like this guy hates witches because he hates witches.

They’re such good friends now…

Also, does the beast guy really have any reason to believe this?

This is a common trope with witches…I can give points for having an actual reason not to give the main characters names. Plus, Zero is a pretty cool-sounding name.

These are some nice expressions.

So magic doesn’t require the summoning circle and produces more effective results? What’s the point of sorcery in that case? It sounds like the only drawback to magic is this “sacrifice” thing. I thought that meant sacrificing the demon, but it doesn’t seem to be the case…

Haha well that’s one way to counter a spell. Also, Albus has something in his hand when he’s casting…maybe magic requires material components? Zero seems fine without it, though.

So I guess they’re all friends now?