When I watch anime while it airs, I have three months to think about them, to watch to see what articles and analysis comes out for it, but when I watch an older anime, and finish it what, two weeks, my thoughts on a show don’t sink in as much. So I decided that when I finish around three shows, I’ll write a blogpost on my thoughts on it. If you have any articles or information on any of these shows, I would love to read it so please comment with it! Finding information and analysis of older shows is… harder. This isn’t an ‘article’ or ‘review’, just a blogpost.
Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach is the magical girl anime I’ve seen that most rips off Sailor Moon. Tiara throwing, tragic past-life romances, a magical crystal for the main character, magical girls as warriors. But I don’t say that all as a negative, I loved Sailor Moon! Wedding Peach is a fun show. Interesting love dynamics, and in a show with weddings as a focused, that’s important.
The wedding theme in particular gives it a extra… spin on it’s competitors. The super romanticization/fetishization of weddings by the girls is super interesting and one of the reasons I found it so… compelling. It feels like we live in a world where we encourage girls NOT to care about weddings, or those sort of feminine milestones, so watching this feels subversive. It feels like the type of thing you’d see on top of on ‘top ten sexist anime’ list with a ‘girls obsessed with wedding? How regressive” but caused me to utterly drawn to it. But it has it’s flaws, namely eh tier designs.
Ojamajo Doremi had an interesting and unique art style. Fun and childlike story, and very obviously made to be picked up in the middle for school children to watch. So it’s only natural that those points drag on. It becomes a ‘capture all these items’ type of show. I am not the target audience for this, but it’s unique art was enjoyable in the time I gave it. But I won’t be watching three more “50-something episodes” seasons of this.
I felt like I was missing something from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. I guess this did unique things for the time but I am too spoilt by modern anime to enjoy it. The sci-fi/fantasy genre interlocking doesn’t really work for me. I watched Digibro’s Franchise Retrospective on the series and found it very interesting in highlighting some of the reasons it felt off, and illustrating why it’s still so beloved. I wonder how much of The Power of Pure Girl Friendship and You Gonna Get Befriended is in previous magical girl shows, or if was a trend that Nanoha helped along. I haven’t thought about it much since watching it, except to wonder if I should take the time to watch the sequel. Maybe.
I can’t tell if Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is ugly or pretty, sometimes it’s both at the same time. It has really nice songs though and the magical girl mermaid idols was… an interesting throwback to magical girl idols of Studio Pierrot generation. Boy, that ‘love interest might be evil’ subplot is everywhere. It’s much more visually and narrative consistent than something like Nanoha. The magical girl transformations, the magical girl… devices and outfits are probably among the weakest parts, whereas the human forms are really well designed. I should watch season two at some point, seeing how I do find someone going back and thinking about it, but mainly just thinking about how good these two songs were (Return to the Sea and Voice in the Dark)
I didn’t expect to love Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne as much as I did. It honestly had so much going for it. Tremendously interesting rhythmic gymnastic segments that (along with Marmalade Boy) got me far more interested in shoujo shows with sports. More narratively and visually interesting than any gives it credit for. I created a ‘Watched/Expected/Got’ chart based on my experiences with it. Jeanne isn’t… subversive, or an deconstruction like Madoka, but the places it goes, the emotions it brings up are still more and different to what you would expect.
Heartcatch Precure! has been talked about by people who are far more invested in it, and enjoyed it far more than I did. I enjoyed it, so this won’t be my voice going against the grain, it just didn’t shatter my world. The emotional manifestation of characters issues is well done, the character design and animation is interesting and unique, and in those ways I feel the same way about it that I did about Ojamajo Doremi. Heartcatch Precure feels like it exists for an older audience than Ojamajo Doremi, so I’m less willing to overlook the dragging in the middle. It was nice, I enjoyed it, but I don’t have a great urge to rewatch it, and haven’t thought about it much since finishing it.
I didn’t talk about: Mahou no Tenshi Creamy Mami, too much time has passed since I finished it, I don’t have much to say outside of remembering the very sweet relationship between the parents, maybe they’ll be a “Pierrot Magical Girls” edition along with Pastel Yumi and Magical Emi when they are finally finished subbing; Mahou no Stage Fancy Lala, I only remember that it was beautiful; Mamono Hunter Youko and Kyuuketsuhime Miyu, maybe I’ll do an ‘OVA’ edition and cover these.