Posted by psgels on 12 January 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews, Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club


Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club is another one of those highly neglected anime which doesn’t deserve that kind of lack of attention. To give a small indication, even the RAWS stopped appearing at a certain point. When you compare this to series like Zaizen Jotaro, you have to wonder whether something’s wrong. In any case, like the title suggests, it’s a mahou shoujo, focusing on Sasami, better known from the Tenchi Muyo series. Luckily, it has absolutely no harem-elements.

This series definitely shines in its middle part. Episodes 5 till 19 are filled with some awesome character studies, a couple of very successful chaotic episodes and some extremely funny moments, all extremely well balanced into the episodes. It’s at these points where the characters become extremely touching. The first four episodes serve as an introduction. Nice and all, but nothing special, that’s not really a major flaw, though. The main problem is that this series starts to loose a bit of its flame after episode 19. It becomes more predictable, and characters aren’t as touching as they were before. Luckily, the final two episodes become worthwhile again.

Still, there’s one thing that’s consistently good over the entire anime: the graphics. Especially the use of CG is brilliant in this anime. The art of the different characters also is extremely cute. Not what you’d expect from the promo-art. The music also offers an excellent selection, though this anime makes the mistake of overusing one or two tracks a bit too much.

Overall, Sasami has been a very good example why I love neglected shows so much. They either turn out very good or very bad. In this case, it’s the former. It’s a pity. While anime like Haruhi Suzumiya get hyped to death, shows like this one get left in the shadows.

13 Responses

  1. Crayola says:

    Yeah, I’m *really* surprised this wasn’t subbed, especially since it’s a spin off of a popular (I think) series. The same happened to Kujibiki Unbalance TV.

  2. Sensei says:

    Hi and thanks for a detailed and extremely helpful survey of this show.

    Do you mind if I put a link to your blog up on my animation art gallery? I bought a batch of animators’ sketches from this series on Yahoo Japan (it was starting at 100 yen but some madman bid me up to 1000, about $8.85).

    When I got ready to put up some scans from this batch, mostly the girls in their mahou shoujo costumes, I had the akuma’s time finding enough info online even to identify the characters. Your blog was a lifesaver, and I’d like others to be able to find it too.

    S

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Sure, go ahead. It’s always good to know that your blog is appreciated. ^_^

  4. Maestro says:

    At least l33t raws started distributing the raws for the second half, finding the first half was much, much harder as they aired. Still was slower than for most shows but not too horrid. :)

  5. Sensei says:

    Thanks, psgels. A link to he sketch gallery (with blog quotes) is here.

    S

  6. zrdb says:

    Being a big Tenchi Muyo fan and a lover of magical girl series in particular I saw the 1st (and only so far) fansub of this episode and really liked it-wonder if and when there’ll be anymore subbed episodes (unless I do it myself)?

  7. psgels psgels says:

    zrdb: well, from what I know, Korokun from m33w-fansubs is currently working on translating the series. :)

  8. geege says:

    ummm…. does anyone no where i can find the torrents for season 2?

  9. Morgeil says:

    Hey, I know I’m a year late to be commenting on this…

    I found your blog while looking for information on Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club on a Google. And I must say, you’ve really sold me on this series! And this is coming from an old-school Tenchi Muyo! fan (and Washu fangirl).

    Thank you so much for blogging it and giving more details on the series. I couldn’t find any anywhere. Now I just have to decide whether to search for fansubs now or wait until the Funimation release comes out…

  10. Zyanya says:

    This is probably a bit too late to catch anyone’s notice here… but there is currently a group interested in fansubbing this anime. However, I only have episodes 1-13 and I’d like to make sure it’s a project I can finish before taking it on. If anyone has the second half of the series or is willing to seed the now-dead torrents for a bit, please contact me ne? ^^ zish13@hotmail.com

  11. mnscoaiy00understudies says:

    Thanks for the recommendation!
    I had been debating on whether to watch this or not because it certainly -seems- stereotypical.
    I’m so going to watch this…
    after my tests. T_T

  12. mnscoaiy00understudies says:

    psgels… you don’t download them from 4shared… do you?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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