Wizard Barristers First Impressions

Overview:

In 2018 wizards are living alongside humans (along with the usual discrimination elements one expects with such a setting) and are tried according to magical laws. Hence, wizard barristers are a thing.

Review:

I’m going to start by stating that I will have to give this series another chance somewhere down the line because I think a lot of my problem with it was I just wasn’t in the mood when I sat down to watch it. Anyway, I saw this was released on AnimeLab and decided it was at least worth a look.

The opening sequence is engaging enough if a little generic. We’ve got a criminal on a train being chased by police and then he starts blowing things up with magic (train gets derailed) and the sassy police lady gets her man. But the story is about the wizard barristers (supposedly) and not the police who arrest them. So we shift to a court room scene where the titular barristers don’t actually speak but the judge sentences said criminal to death and then carries out the sentence with a bang of his gavel. And, it is a fairly cool execution scene except that it then raises all of those fun questions about whether or not he actually deserved to die and just what defence had been mounted given he was clearly guilty and also the defence clearly failed. As I said, engaging enough but I wasn’t really feeling drawn into this world. It sat to me like X-Men meets Law and Order and to be perfectly frank those two didn’t belong together.

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Then the anime very clumsily segues into one of the police who arrested the guy asking the barristers about their apparent new recruits before we bounce over to one of the new recruits who in true anime fashion is a 17 year old girl with a frog shaped familiar who has over slept on her first day of work. Sigh.

From this point on the anime felt vaguely like Aria the Scarlet Ammo in that our main character was young and idealistic, believed that the truth and justice would prevail, and had a parent in prison. Young new recruit takes on a case without permission and the rest of the episode is spent traipsing around as she wholeheartedly believes she will defend her client who apparently used his magic during a bank robbery in self defence to take out one of the robbers.

As I said, I will probably need to try this again another time. Visually it was quite pretty and the magic sequences were actually fairly interesting. I just don’t know that courtroom drama is going to be my thing in anime and at the moment I’m not really up for trying so while there are certainly some reasonable ideas here and I’m certain that some people will really enjoy this, I’m going to move on.

Wizard Barristers is available on AnimeLab.

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