I hadn’t really heard of Magical Pokan as a new Spring anime, but once I saw some screenshots posted on Matthew’s blog, I wanted to see this anime for myself! Froth-Bite did a sub of it, so here’s my review!
Magical Pokan tells the story of four princesses living together in a tree. There’s no real explanation; they’re just kinda there. We have a vampire, Pa(n?)chira, a werewolf, Liru (hopefully her name isn’t up for debate), an android, Aiko (there’s android princesses?), and the magical witch, Yuma. The anime is all about these four getting into trouble due to their naivety.
The first half has three of them being captured by a busty scientist and her little henchman. Yuma comes to the rescue by not wearing panties, and the henchman guy rockets into the evil scientist by the thrust of his nosebleed. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen an anime actually use the nosebleed as a plot device! The second half shows Yuma and Aiko building mailboxes so they can get mail. They have a bit of trouble convincing the mailman to deliver, though.
So really, what’s the plot? I have no idea if this anime has one, and I’m not too sure it needs one. This is just a vehicle to show cute girls doing cute stuff (and occasionally, panties). I like to think of it as a supernatural, slightly ecchier Ichigo Mashimaro. Note: I haven’t watched all of Ichigo Mashimaro, so if it get’s way ecchi at the end, don’t hold me to that last statement.
If this anime took itself seriously, I might have a problem with it. This anime seems like a harmless (ecchi) slice-of-life (of vampires, etc.) show; I like it!
The character designs are really good for working from generic archetypes. Liru is super-cute with the wolf ears, and Yuma and Pachira are way cute, too! Liru kind of reminds me of Aeris from VGCats. Aiko needs work. They should’ve just ripped off the design for 2000-tan (and if they did, they should’ve done a better job). That said, I do like her + and – symbols. Nice touch.
I dunno if it was the quality of the raw that was used, but the animation just looked really top notch. Hopefully the production values will stay just as high as the first episode. Not only are the designs good, but the characters are just drawn freakin’ cute! There were times during this anime where I just wanted to shout “KAWAII!” and I never do that!
The OP is really serious sounding. I like the whisper singing (it kinda sounds like the Tsukuyomi ED at first). It builds up pretty nicely too. It doesn’t fit the mood of the anime, but whatever, it’s still good. The ED is a cute, but badly sung tune. I think the voice actress for Yuma sings it. Like I said, it’s cute, but not that good.
Overall, Magical Pokan is looking really good. I’m not looking for a thoughtful plot here; as long as they keep the cuteness levels high, and the fanservice at a moderate level, I’ll be watching anime regularly.