La storia della Arcana Famiglia Review

The only daughter to a mafia leader, Felicita finds herself in a difficult position as her father suddenly announces his planned retirement and that the new “papa” of the organization would be gifted with the marriage of his daughter. Enraged at her freedom seemingly being taken from her, Felicita vows to win the upcoming contest for leadership herself. But doing so might be difficult as the number of opponents begins to rise and she has not yet gained control of her own powers.

This isn’t as bad as many shows containing fighting, but one character has an abusive past and more than one character gets hurt over the show. Nothing quite as bad as Fullmetal Alchemist, but there are a few scenes showing blood.

More than one occurrence of the “illegitimate son” word and the usual d-mns and such. Nothing too bad and nothing frequent either.

Besides a few remarks made by the nearly all male cast and the main character’s short skirt, there’s not much to say here. Until you get to the near end of the show. At that point a girl’s mind is invaded by others in an attempt to save her and in her mind she isn’t wearing anything. Details are covered by vines, but it’s another one of those “do we really need this” moments.

Most of the characters in this show have special powers given to them by contracts with tarot cards. The show doesn’t really get into the “how” too much, nor the implications of these cards. They’re more excuses for having special abilities. Even so, if that stuff bothers you then you should probably skip this one all together.

Personal Impression:
This show was fairly entertaining, though the main reason was often the occasional comedy rather that the characters themselves or the plot. Although it’s not quite as obvious, aka shameless (I’m looking at you Amnesia), as other shoujo shows I’ve reviewed, this show isn’t much besides eye candy in the end. The female lead blissfully has a bit more personality this time around, but still suffers from a bit too much timidity in places. Which clashes with her sudden flashes of violence.
In any case, the show does try quite hard to give dark and mysterious reasons and pasts to the male cast. And it nearly works in one or two places. However, with only twelve episodes to work with, the show quickly returns to its shoujo agenda, leaving any interesting character development to be skin deep at best.
If you want a bit of fun comedy, some action and pretty guys, this is a nice, short show to tear through. But, like so many other shows in this genre, don’t expect too much.

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Adventure, drama, action
Website: n/a
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
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