Note: This review was originally part of a Lightning Round post.
Hina Logic -from Luck & Logic has actually aired two episodes so far but in my defense, the early June 24 premiere was kind of a surprise. I may get around to Episode 2 as I’m finding Hina Logic to be a nice, enjoyable experience.
I have not seen the first Luck & Logic anime though from my understanding, I don’t really need to since Hina Logic is largely doing its own thing. The one thing I believe these two shows share is the element of using cards to evoke the power of familiars (“Foreigners” as Hina Logic calls it) to transform into a magical girl. It’s a neat concept, certainly very marketable, but Hina Logic largely feels more like a cute girls doing cute things school anime than a TCG commercial. There is far more emphasis in the girls just embarking in hijinks than actually pushing the card game to the audience and that is a direction I don’t mind at all.
The characters are pretty likable. One episode in, I am not convinced that it is possible to conjure up any hate for Lion (Madoka Asashina). She is just too adorable and energetic to really be annoying even if her airhead personality causes trouble for her friends. Speaking of her friends, I was expecting Nina (Hibiku Yamamura) to brush her off (she’s clearly just hired to watch over Lion) or Yayoi (Suzuko Mimori) to pick on her but they both instead accept the new student pretty easily. The only time the show ever feels dramatic is perhaps when Lion transforms into a magical girl by accident and her mind gets hijacked by a Foreigner. Even then, the resolution to that conflict is pretty cutesy. I don’t mind if the mystery surrounding Lion’s powers gets more serious but if the show is generally this pleasant, I’m completely okay with that.
If magical girl shows or just CGDCT shows in general aren’t your thing, then Hina Logic will likely bore you at Episode 1. Otherwise, I think this show is potentially something nice to watch to pass the time. I don’t know if it’ll necessary hold my attention for a whole season but I’ll at least give it another shot if I have the time.
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