I know mentioned before that I need to watch more well known animes for this year, but I just can’t help but check this one out. Wizard Barristers had interesting premise, I can’t not check this one out.
That said, was this series worth my time? Yes.
Was it an underrated gem? No.
How did I come to that conclusion? I’ll tell you why.
The story takes place in Tokyo in 2018, where normal humans and those who can use magic coexist. As a result, there are laws against using magic, and a “magic courtroom” exists to preside over lawsuits regarding magic use. In these cases, “Benmashi” or wizard barristers defend those who use magic. The anime follows Cecil, the youngest Benmashi in history, and her associates as they defend clients in these cases.
Wizard Barristers was an interesting anime. It’s about justice, law and order when it comes to the usage of magic as there are humans that have magic while other don’t.
If you guys had been watching alot of shows, movies, animes, or even witnessed the current happenings in real life, then you guys would know that achieving a compromise between two sides that have strong pride is a hard thing to do. There will always be people, either of the two sides, who would break rules and start chaos. Some people wants to rule the other. It’s inevitable.
And this is exactly what was happening and what was shown all throughout the series.
Our main character is a new defense lawyer. She became one to save her mother from death sentence. She stands firm on her beliefs and always want to defend the weak. However, being a defense lawyer doesn’t mean you’ll only choose what you think are “innocent” suspects, so we were able to see Cecile handling different kinds of cases. As someone who is into this kind of stuff, I am quite delighted with how they handle the cases.
Other than this, there was also a main plot overlaying the episodic nature of the series. At first, the main plot was shown in a subtle way but as Cecile became a strong magic user, the plot thickened until it became clear what the enemies were after. I find its development quite good as it paced well.
However, I am not always pleased with how the story was executed. Maybe, this might be considered as a nitpick on my part, but I really really hate the ecchi fanservice moments in the series. It felt too forced and out of place. I also don’t like some of the comedic moments in the show.. Yes, having those moments is needed to ease up the tension, but the jokes and and its comedic timing is not working for me. I guess, if it were better, I might appreciate them instead.
The art and animation was quite bright and in your face. I both like and dislike it. I like how unique it was and the color palette was on point. But I really dislike how annoying it was. Like I mentioned on my previous paragraph, I am not fond of the fanservice as it was in your face. With a very bright character designs with in your face ecchi, my eyes sometimes hurt while watching the show. Uuuggghhh it was a struggle.
The overall cast was nice as each of them had their own moments and they also have interesting personalities. However, I wish the important supporting characters had enough development for me to appreciate them and not feel like they just became important out of nowhere.
But yeah, what’s done is done.
Overall, the anime is good. It’s enjoyable at best, but the negative elements keep the show from being amazing.
Would I recommend this to anyone? Yeah, maybe. I think people who are into crime drama, law and justice, and magic might enjoy this one.
That would be all.
This has been Will Sirius and see you on my next post!!