First Look: Nurse Witch Komugi R

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Anime Original by Tatsunoko Production
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Komugi is an energetic middle school girl who wants to be an idol like her famous idol friends! She also likes to help out her doctor dad at the family clinic! One day she gets an opportunity to act in a TV show but a monster shows up! WHAT WILL KOMUGI DO??? LET’S KOMUGICATION!!!

Jel’s verdict: Healing Overused Genres

I vaguely remember watching the original Nurse Witch Komugi OVA series when it was out around 10 years ago and I’m glad I did – otherwise I’m not sure I would have survived the first half of this episode. As the very first scene hits you with a full CG rendered idol song and dance routine and then proceeds to go through every other item on the idol and magical girl setup episode checklist, I could repeat to myself “it’s just a parody, it’s just a parody” and tough it out. Fortunately things do eventually get weird and funny enough that I felt rewarded for my patience. To call Komugi R a parody might not be accurate. It is still basically a combination of an idol and magical girl anime at its core, it’s just very self aware about its flaws. For an easy example, elaborate transformation sequences are dumb and while Komugi still needs one, the show is quick to point out how silly the idea is. There’s also plenty of general weirdness and dumb humor, my favorite being Komugi’s one friend who only talks in rap verses. I REALLY hope she also gets to be a magical girl, that would be amazing.

I think the real key here though is rather than using Komugi’s youthful naiveté as pedophile bait and innocence fetish fuel, it’s turned directly into humor. Whereas other shows might put her in skimpy outfits or find some other way to sexualize and exploit the character, that never happens here. Basically,  you can watch this and laugh at the jokes and not feel like a creep. For a show of this type I think that’s a worthy accomplishment, and I have to say I liked the dumb sense of humor enough that I wouldn’t mind watching more. I will, however, never forgive them for that cheap shot at Yatterman Night.

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Marlin’s verdict: Half of a Joke

It seems like this show is trying to do something, but it’s really hard to tell if it’s pulling off on its intentions. I get the feeling this show is trying to be a satire, but it’s not working for me. I get that this show was first made way before the days of magical girl deconstruction, but now adays this kind of premise is a dime a dozen. There were a couple decent jokes, even if I think they were insinuating that Yatterman Night was the lame version of Yatterman. It was a lot more entertaining than I thought it had any right to be, but at the end of the day I really wasn’t wowed enough to stay with it.

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