Now before you get too excited, no, I'm not reviewing the Hayao Miyazaki film. There just happens to be a magically floating castle in the sky in this anime, and I has having trouble coming up with a good title. It's not even that the castle plays a prominent role in the anime, just that it is referenced multiple times, is the focus of one heroin's career choice, and is a plot tool that is never utilized this season. Yes that's right, something that is shown every single time the anime goes through its opening is just decoration. Sure the bad girl is shown in the castle, but we don't even understand the thing she is in front of or if it is important or not. I mean, it's obviously important, but the whole season's focus was on rescuing a useless blond princess repeatedly and watching a teacher not bone the tsundere. But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start at the beginning.
A magical academy needs a teacher so one of its most powerful professors, Celica Arfonia, recommends a man by the name of Glenn Radars, someone who has neither the credentials nor the desire to teach at the academy. Unfortunately for Glenn, Celica was very insistent on him working there and so he reluctantly accepted the job. His first day goes pretty well as he is Team Rocketed by one of the main heroins by the name of Sistine Fibel, a tsundere with white hair and a headband that is suppose to look like cat ears but just looks like piglet ears to me. Unmotivated and lethargic, Glenn spends the next few days assigning his class to self study while he takes a nap. At one point Sistine challenges him to a duel, where she proceeds to kick his ass and this is where the entire class loses all of their respect for the man. I however liked him up to this point, especially after his little speech on a overused trope in anime.
But fear not, for as bad guys invade the castle, when the powerful Celica just so happens to be away, we see that Glenn is actually very strong. He surprises everyone with his original magic that is basically Sombra's ultimate but constantly active, allowing him to use martial arts to defeat his powerless opponents. This isn't always the case of course, but Glenn's magic is limited so super powerful attacks drain him pretty badly. The arrival of the bad guys also gives us our other important character, the second heroin by the name of Rumia Tingel. She's a princess with ties to Glenn's past as a badass killer for the government, but no one else knows this and for some reason she's not accompanied by a royal guard at all times. There's some dumb reason given like her not having died during a ritual, but it makes no sense and is pretty washed over. I mean the girl's mother is the queen for fucks sake, a queen who actually misses and loves Rumia. So it's not like she's hated or something. Whatever the case Rumia soon becomes the focus of Glenn's protection for about 2/3 of the anime, as the bad guys continually kidnap her for their nefarious reasons. Makes you wonder if princesses have a support group for this kind of shit.
When the story isn't progressing, we're usually learning of a new kind of magic. Like making yourself look like one of your students so you can eat a sandwich, or creating horrifying chimeras and not thinking there's anything evil about it. This only comes up in the first half of the season though, as the second half is more drama oriented as we pick up another female protagonist stupidly named Re=L Rayford. Her introduction occurs earlier, but it's during the beach episode that we learn more about why she has such a dumb name. I thought she was kind of cute at first, but then she went and stabbed Glenn in the back, literally, and weighed her character down with a crap ton of emotional baggage. Such a shame.
The final two episodes switch the focus onto Sistine, as a pretty boy with a monocle who claims to be her fiancee shows up. Sistine wants nothing to do with him, for good reason, but after defeating Glenn before a big duel for Sistine's honor he seems to have won. This actually brings up a big issue I had, as Glenn disappears and is alluded to having never returned. It created actual suspense, it actually made me wonder what happened to him. I mean, the next episode is the final one and Sistine is getting married to the pretty boy. But before any climax, before any battle, fucking Rumia ruins the tension by spoiling that Glenn was preparing a counter attack. It's so dumb! I don't know who it was, but this was a terrible plot point. It ruined the big battle at the end for me, which had a top hat wearing villain and crack zombies! Ugh, such a waste.
Genres: Action, Magic, Fantasy
Animation: Liden Films, the studio behind Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, Arslan Senki, and Miss Monochrome: The Animation. Pretty average stuff, nothing astounding or terrible.
Voice Acting: Average stuff, nothing note worthy.
Favorite Character: Sistine is too tsundere for me, Glenn mellowed out from his kick ass past self, Rumia sucked, and Re=L ruined her character with emotional baggage. Everyone else was either a background character or not around enough to matter, so I'm giving this category a pass.
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records gets a 6.3 out of 10