Houkago no Pleiades Episode 1 Impressions

Houkago no PleaidesWhen it comes to magical girls anime, I definitely have a soft spot because of my history with the genre. While this new magical girl genre seems to hit all the pre-supposed tropes that all magic girl anime must fulfill, I found the concept rather interesting as it mixes a bit of magic with a little bit of sci-fi.

The story follows a girl named Subaru who’s a little bit slow and a little bit clumsy. She accidentally opens a door that reveals four other magical girls and is someone roped into their team/club in order to retrieve parts of a spaceship that belongs to the club president, a pleiades. Off the get go, Subaru really doesn’t get any explanations when it comes to what’s going on. Rather she’s dragged into the action immediately due to the impatient movements of her magic flying staff.

Subaru finds out that her old friend Aoi is on this team of magical girls. Aside from Aoi, the other girls are pretty convinced that Subaru is their “saviour” and the remaining member needed to secure their strength. It’s quite cute how the girls already dote on Subaru despite the first episode. Houkago no Pleiades Episode 1 (24)Lots of suspension of disbelief going on in magic girl anime (and anything that involves fantasy or supernatural elements) but the character interactions felt a little too perfect off the get go.

The animation is stunning by magic girl show standards, since most of the action takes place high in the sky, you get a mix of 2D and 3D animation altogether and everything just happens on such a grand scale. I was really impressed with the detail that went into the magical seal and even the uniqueness of each character. While the characters follow a straightforward colour scheme, the hairstyle, dresses and other facial features of each of the magical girls is quite distinguishable. I hope the series will try to flush out the personalities of each of the girls and not just leave their character development to happy go lucky magic girl facades. Houkago no Pleiades Episode 1 (21)We do hear Aoi and Subaru mention changing, and growing so if anything we will get at least some emotional conflict between those two girls.

Overall the first episode succeeded quite well as a magic girl pilot. It pulled out main character into the magic world, we got to see a first battle, general ground rules have been established for what’s going on and we even get a glimpse of the antagonist of the story. Until the third episode at least, we can try and give the benefit of the doubt to the show with its attempts to change up the magic girl story.Houkago no Pleiades Episode 1 (31)

– Cloudy

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One thought on “Houkago no Pleiades Episode 1 Impressions

  1. I was thinking of checking this show out, although I am uncertain. I guess I will wait a bit since as you said this episode was more building the the characters. I sort of want to know more what is going to happen to see if this does it any differently the other series.

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