Majimoji Rurumo – Review
Toward the end of the first season of Majimoji Rurumo, one character gives another a long running anime to view. After binge watching the entire run of episodes in three days, the character says of the series, “As a whole, I had trouble understanding it.” This is precisely my reaction after having watched the first season of Majimoji Rurumo. The difference between the character in the show and myself, however, is it took me more than two full weeks to watch the short, twelve-episode run of Majimoji Rurumo.
Normally, I can sit and watch an entire anime series from start to finish without problem or hesitation – even if the show itself doesn’t connect with me. This was not to be the case with Majimoji Rurumo. For the first time since writing reviews for anime I found myself dreading the next episode before it even began.
The premise of the series is, actually, not a terrible one; just handled badly at almost every turn. Not only handled badly but also inserts, along the way, every possible cliché standard anime has to offer.
The main protagonist of Majimoji Rurumo is Kōta Shibaki, a young, male, high school student (because, come on, aren’t they always?) who is so overly infatuated with girls he has become branded the school pervert. Because of his constant need to try and see girls’ underwear or stick his head beneath their breasts at any cost, he is eventually shunned and ostracized by every girl in the school. The boys he goes to school with, on the other hand, all like Kōta very much because he supplies them all with copious amounts of soft-core pornography.
His need for all-things-girls being as insatiable as it is ultimately drives Kōta to check out a book from the library on how to summon a witch. Not really thinking it will work he attempts the ritual… and is shocked to find it succeed. Enter Rurumo: Apprentice Witch who falls from the sky to grant Kōta’s wishes.
Without giving away too much of the plot, Rurumo and Kōta enter into a binding, magical contract. She gives him a Wish Coupon Book containing 666 magic tickets. Kōta must use these tickets for wishes that Rurumo is to fulfill in order for her to become a full Witch. What Rurumo is unaware of – but Kōta is made fully aware of almost immediately – is each wish Kōta makes costs him a pieces of his life. Once the 666th ticket is used, not only will Rurumo become a Witch, but Kōta will also die.
While this particular plot point could (and should have been) be used for an anime season of character growth, interesting interpersonal relationships, and deeply philosophical questions about love, life, commitment, death, and sacrifice is instead replaced with twelve episodes of Kōta trying to see underwear and boobs.
There is an abundance of gratuitous large breasts, bouncing and usually, somehow, always wet. Indeed, there is an entire episode (Episode 9 – A Secret I Can’t Tell Anyone) dedicated to the varying size of breasts, and the surfeit styles, colors, and sizes of bras.
Very little attention is given to the actual premise of Majimoji Rurumo. The Witch-in-Training, Rurumo, is an exceedingly flat character. There are one of two moments of epiphany and growth with her character but come so few and far between it may as well be non-existent.
The best part of Majimoji Rurumo is Rurumo’s familiar, Chiro, who takes two different forms while on Earth. The vast majority of the time Chiro is a purple-haired cat. Though she does not do it often, Chiro can also take the form of a tan skinned, short haired teenage girl who absolutely loves all things human: food, baths, and of course being naked. Chiro is often the most entertaining aspect of the series. Acting as a sort of omniscient guide for both Rurumo and Kōta, Chiro is the one who explains to Kōta about his death by using all of the magic tickets.
This is the first full-length season of anime to be directed by Chikara Sakurai, who also directed one episode each of Shinryaku! Ika Musume and Waiting in the Summer. The series is written by Mariko Kunisawa, who has not written for an anime series since working on Sakuai’s Shinryaku! Ika Musume in 2010. Perhaps it is this inexperience, combined with already-questionable source material, which made Majimoji Rurumo nothing more than a thirteen-year-old quest to see boobs.
On the whole, Majimoji Rurumo is one missed opportunity after another. All characters remain stereotypical in their purpose with none changing very dramatically until the final, twelfth episode. However, there is one secondary character whose love for cosplay provides two of the most entertaining episodes of the whole series. She is a school monitor, known for being extremely strict with all the rules. She is terrified if everyone finds out she loves cosplay it will be the height of all embarrassment.
Repetitive in the formula for each episode, Majimoji Rurumo might be ideal for any pubescent boy who knows both the joys and pains of flipping up his classmates’ skirts in an effort to see their panties. The momentary thrill of seeing something taboo followed by the shunning and beatings of those he’s embarrassed. Unfortunately, watching all twelve episodes of Majimoji Rurumo offers much more punishment than pleasure.
Author: Anthony Sulwer
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