“Mercenary! Mercenary! Kiss me, too!”
Welcome to a whimsical world filled with magic, knights, mages and witches, however it only looks like that on the surface. Plunged into a war between humans and witches/mages, there exists a bunch of cursed humans or “beastfallen” shunned by both humans and witches. These beastfallen take on characteristics of their animal counterparts, where they make their lives through hunting witches for humans. This story follows one of those beastfallen simply known as “Mercenary” and his journey to become human again through the help of one witch named Zero.
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho embodies that of a fantasy anime that stays in a fantasy world. With no extra travelers from alternate universes or worlds, what was shown in the anime can be taken at face value. The whole concept of the world is one that is easy to follow, but allows itself to be self explanatory whilst also hiding some hidden questions. This includes the story as it unveils itself episode by episode, as we follow Mercenary and his partner in crime Zero as they come with dealing with the world and its current state. At points it seems like an adventure anime, mixed in with a bit of drama, action and comedy here and there. Overall it provides to be a good package of anime in which is easy to pick up.
When it comes down to action, the animations within the show play in an important role into how immersive the combat is in that world. With a mixture of different colors, whilst also many different backgrounds the animations in this series turned out to be a solid corner stone in trying to get across the dire situations as opposed to those in which were more comedic. This allowed for the anime to be actually quite balanced in its portrayal, neither leaning too much towards either too heavy, or too light sides which was nice to see.
Zero best Girl!
OP/ED: The OP and ED were kept on the more lighter side. With the OP opting for a more energetic start to each episode, providing a nice tune to begin with. The animations also exemplify this as it focused more on the world, its state and the setting in a whole. In contrast to the ED, which was more softer and slower in tempo and its animations focusing mainly on the relationship between Mercenary and Zero, it was a nice way to end each episode in a calming matter.
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Was it Good?
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho provided to be quite a solid anime, in which it blends the various amount of elements it has into a nice season of anime. With the story being easy to get into, it provides a low barrier of entry to watch as most of those anime is explained quite well, in turn of its world, the characters and the journey they face.
Recommendations: There aren’t many anime out there which include a anthropomorphic protagonist, however it does heavily lean on its fantasy setting which can be matched to those other anime in which include magic, knights and witches. Thus, I recommend the following:
- Spice & Wolf
- Hitsugi no Chaika