Raishin Akabane is a Japanese transfer student to the prestigious Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machineart, a school dedicated to “puppeteers” who use magic to animate machines and fight. Alongside his doll companion, Yaya, Raishin seeks to make it to the top!
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Raishin Akabane and his doll, Yaya, are taking the train from London to the Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machineart when the train goes out of control. With Yaya’s strength and Raishin’s magic, they are able to stop the train and make it to their destination. There, Raishin bombs the entrance exam and places 1235th out of 1236.
As his goal is to reach the top 100, so that he can partake in the “Evening Party”, an event where the top 100 puppeteers fight and the winner is given the title of “Wiseman”, Raishin decides that he has to fight someone strong in order to advance his rank. He challenges Charlotte Belew, a girl with a bit of a reputation, to a fight. However, their fight interrupted by a group of puppeteers.
The two deal with the new opponents and then part ways. The episode ends with Raishin having breakfast with Charlotte when he spots someone from his past outside and moves to attack with Yaya.
So I wanted to take a look at something a little lighter after covering several very ecchi heavy anime. And this one seemed really interesting. I’ve seen almost all of the “fantasy / magic school” anime out there, but I hadn’t seen this one before. The twist of course for this one is that the students fight using dolls, of which Raishin’s is a human doll, Yaya.
Not very much ecchi in this first episode, but Yaya seems to really like making moves on Raishin I imagine we’ll get some fan service here and there. The series seems very similar to other anime in the genre, which is fine by me, I’m just happy to see one that I haven’t seen before!
There was one moment that made me laugh in the episode where Raishin is walking on campus and some girls are gossip about him saying “Black hair? How unusual…”, as if no one in Europe has black hair and so this Japanese boy is so strange to have black hair. It’s supposed to be a world famous academy that trains the best puppeteers to fight in various countries’ militaries around the world, so it was just funny to hear that gossip.
There’s a bit of CGI usage, which as it usually does, feels a little off but it’s not too bad, so far at least. The action seems good and one ability Raishin used this episode was pretty cool. Looking forward to more!