Souta is just an ordinary elementary school student. Well, so far as he knows. But strange dreams about his mother’s disappearance and a sudden attack by a creature called a “nightmarian,” begin to change his mind. As it turns out, Souta is a “key” that another world wants to have. Thankfully for him, this other world isn’t just a group of baddies. The king of the magical world of Phandavale sends his most loyal guardians to protect Souta from the forces that would use him for evil. Thus Riding Hood, Snow White and Briar Rose are introduced to Souta and his friend Ringo and they all set out for Phandavale in the hopes of setting the now dangerous magical realm right.
The violence is at the level one would expect from a kid’s show: low. When monsters die they turn into speaks of light, no blood. A few of the monsters are a bit creepy looking, mainly the spider ones. Nothing too extreme so long as one doesn’t have an unusually high fear of bug shaped things.
Thankfully the creators of this show kept their audience in mind and thus there isn’t any bad language to be found here.
Again, nothing really to report in this sector. At the very end of the series there are a few hot spring scenes, but these are kids here so there isn’t any nudity aside from seeing some bare shoulders.
This show opens up with a story that is used as the framework for the entire plot and claims that once magic and science were side by side until the day when God separated them. Because of this, the villain makes the statement that she wants to “get revenge against God.” However, aside from these references, God really isn’t discussed at all. Mainly characters simply question God’s reasons for making the world the way it is. Also, if it isn’t clear from the “magical girl” genre, there is indeed magic in this show. Usually it follows basic RPG fair, attacks, protection during battle, etc. The enemy also uses magic termed simply as “dark magic.” Also, in one episode Souta and co. come across a town that worships a statue of a dragon that saved their town long ago. Since they have a temple and entire religion based around this, it can be uncomfortable for some viewers. It is odd, to say the least, but really only goes on for one episode.
Sugar. So much sugar. This entire series is pretty much exactly what it claims. It’s a kid going on adventures in a magical place with other kids, essentially. That’s really all there is to it. Sure there’s a king they have to save from an evil villainess, but really now. Kids on an adventure. Which, so long as that’s what you want, is great. The animation and music all compliment the kid and magic themes, as does the moral messages tucked into nearly every episode. There are even a few places where genius tries to get through, specifically the scene where Riding Hood and Val return to the hilltop where they first met and silently sit together. Considering how horrible their pasts are, the silence speaks volumes about both not needing words around one another. Unfortunately, scenes like this are rare and most of the series ends up in predictable city. Even so, it’s good clean fun, even if there isn’t a lot of brain power involved. Oh and there’s sugar. A lot of it. A lot of sugar. So. Much. Sugar.
Personal Rating: All Ages
Official rating: All Ages
Genre(s): Fantasy, adventure, magical girl
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll