Move over Cardcaptor Sakura, but there is a new magical girl in town and its name is Magical Girl Ore.
The series is a loving parody of the magical girl and idol genres – both of which have plenty of tropes to lampoon. Its core story follows Saki and Sakuyo, who are unpopular young idols that find themselves working as magical girls. The twist is that they transform into buff guys and are given no powers outside of deadly weapons. There’s something equally funny and unsettling witnessing Saki bludgeon her enemies with a cute rode.
There is an equal amount of magical girl and idol jokes, with Saki and her yakuza-type mascot pointing out the similarities between the two industries. Maintaining pure images, not complaining about hazards, and keeping love a secret is all at play – giving it more of a biting view of idols.
Magical girl fans will geek over the callouts to past shows, showing that the staff has done some homework. Saki and Sakuyo sing an off-key version of the Cutie Honey opening, their manager is an adult male version of Cardcaptor Sakura‘s Tomoyo, and Kokoro is as shrewd as Kyuubey.
You don’t have to be a magical girl fan to enjoy the anime’s humor because general tropes are poked fun off too. Late for school? Run while eating a plate of crepes. Tentacles? Better believe there’s a hentai joke. Is a scene losing color? Good, the colorist gets to take a break.
Not all of the jokes hit, but they occur at such a fast pace that you’ll quickly forget any duds. Plus, the staff criticizing senseless ecchi is pretty golden.
Magical Girl Ore hasn’t set up a larger story yet, but it is laying down the foundation of a tantalizing love polygon. In short, Saki has a crush on Mohiro, but Mohiro has a crush on Saki’s manly form. Sakuyo has a crush on Saki, and we round things out with Hyoue being possessive of Mohiro. Shippers are going to have a lot of fun, especially with Saki and Sakuyo’s shifting genders.
Magical Girl Ore is filled with fun moments and doesn’t get mean-spirited with its parodies. The art style is generic and the animation quality can be wonky, but the humor makes up for those short-comings.