A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special is Interesting

Key points for A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special Review:

  • I’ll admit, the anime leans heavily on familiar fantasy tropes. While the plot has potential, its execution with typical clichés left me wanting more.
  • Desir is the standout character, and I found myself wishing for more development for the supporting cast—Pram, Eru, and Azest.
  • The animation and soundtracks didn’t leave a lasting impression. The designs and music were standard, lacking that extra touch to make them memorable, contributing to my overall score of 6.5/10.

I’ll admit one thing before I get started: I had quite a bit of fun watching this anime. There is almost nothing special about this anime, it is very cliche and uses a lot of tropes we have seen before. But a Returner’s Magic Should Be Special somehow appealed to that child within me. And because of that, I had a lot of fun watching it despite its many flaws. I will keep aside my bias for this review but I want you to understand that before reading the review.

Of course, this review will be as objective as possible, I won’t hold back just because I had fun watching something. So welcome back to another review. Today we are talking about A Returner’s Magic Should be Special. Let’s get started.

Plot

The plot starts off strong because it is an interesting mix of genres. Our main character and his party clear the Shadow Worlds to save their own world. But something unexpected happens and they all die. Upon this death, our MC, Desir is sent back in time to when he joined the Academy to train for clearing the Shadow Worlds. This much is good but the anime soon falls prey to the typical fantasy stuff and cliches. You know, the main character slowly recruiting party members and helping them get stronger so that they could avoid the future he saw.

I do think that Desir uses his knowledge of things very well but again, the cliche stuff really spoils the plot. They could have done so much more with this plot. But instead, it slowly just becomes another fantasy anime with some good fights here and there. The latest arc was about Desir preventing an important robbery. I wish we got more stuff like that instead of… well, you get what I mean.

Characters

Again, Desir is like the only interesting character so far in this anime. He is our MC, but there is so much we don’t know about him and that only draws you more into his character. His personality while pretty typical, works pretty well because he actually uses his knowledge of the future wherever he can. Pram, Eru, and Azest, all of them could’ve used a little more character work throughout the anime.

Animations and Soundtracks

Again, the anime is very unremarkable in this department as well. I usually praise character or outfit designs in anime but here, I can’t praise those either. Everything looks pretty standard, nothing really stands out. The same goes for the BGMs and opening/ending themes too.

Summing Up

Here are my final scores for A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special:

  • Plot – 7/10
  • Characters – 7/10
  • Animations – 6/10
  • Soundtracks – 6/10
  • Enjoyment – 8/10
  • Overall – 6.5/10

So yeah, I recently binged all the aired episodes of this anime and I did have fun watching them. But as a critic, I cannot give more than this. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!

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