First Look: Magic of Stella


Alternative titles: Stella no Mahou
Manga Adaptation by Silver Link
Streaming on Daisuki


Tamaki Honda has just started high school and has yet to find something she is truly passionate about. After checking out the various school clubs she decides to join the SNS club, a group of girls who design indie games.

[Programming Note: The official English language simulcast began with episode 1 and 2. This review only covers episode 1. Sorry, I’m not watching any more of this than I have to.]


Jel’s verdict: Continue? No

It’s sad that we live in a world where this needs to be pointed out as a positive, but at least this wasn’t pervy or sexualized in any way? That’s probably the only good point I can come up with. Given how boring this was, I would almost prefer the cavalcade of butts from the absurdly over the top Keijo!!!!!!!! to something so slow and uninspired that it may be the cure to my chronic insomnia. I guess there is something admirable about our lead character and her desire to GANBARE! her way into game design, but it’s all so straightforward and presented in a manner that we’ve seen a million times before. Cute pastel girls in a niche school club, the activity doesn’t matter, they’re all the same.

It doesn’t help that this is coming out directly after last season’s New Game!, another anime about cute girls making video games that was fairly successful. I know the show should be judged on it’s own merit, but given the timing it’s hard not to draw comparisons. While I didn’t think New Game! was that great overall, at least it had a more interesting setting with adults working at a game company and it was also beautifully animated, neither of which can be said about Magic of Stella. With so many other good shows to watch this season, I think only the most die-hard anime fans are going to stick with this one.

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