Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.
Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it. Simple, right?
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
So as it turns out, I should’ve looked into this anime a little more. I’d never heard of this anime before, so I was just watching it on a whim. Turns out this is actually a reboot of an OVA series called Nurse Witch Komugi. I was annoyed and ready to scrap the idea of this article and watch something else, but you know what? Screw it. I watched this damn thing so I’m gonna talk about it. Screw the arbitrary rules I set for myself about watch the first thing in a franchise. Hell, this is a reboot anyway, I can cheat if I want.
So anyway, Nurse Witch Komugi R follows Komugi Yoshida, a middle schooler and budding, albeit obscure, Idol performer. She dreams of one day performing at the Tokyo Dome. Good for her I guess. Anyway, between school and being an Idol, she stumbles upon a little puffball thing that was being attacked by some cats or something called Usa-P. I swear, by the way, that this entire scene is a nod/satire of how Usagi meets Luna in Sailor Moon.
Usa-P decides to try and force being a “Legendary Girl” onto Komugi due to her act of kindness towards him, only managing to do so when she later encounters a cockroach later and agrees to do anything so long as he gets rid of it. So. Yeah. That easy. She becomes the magical….oh, sorry, “Legendary Girl” known as Tombo-E Girl and is tasked with collecting 108 Fan-C Cards.
So basically folks, this anime is a combo satire/homage of both Sailor Moon & Cardcaptor Sakura. At least in its most basic form. But I mean, when she “cleanses” the first monster she fights it turns into one of those “Fan-C” cards. So you know. Cardcaptor Sakura.
That all said the first episode was still enjoyable to watch. I laughed out loud quite a bit while watching this. But mainly because of all the nods or jokes they make about magical girl anime. For one thing, there’s a running gag where Usa-P keeps making a big deal out of how the outfit Komugi will have to wear is embarrassing, which puts off Komugi at first. Then when she actually transforms she actually finds the outfit to be extremely cute. Even though Usa-P still tries to claim it’s embarrassing.
Another funny moment is where Komugi can’t remember the “incantation” to spark her transformation sequence after Usa-P tells her. So Usa-P just writes it down on a piece of paper and gets her to read it out. So instead of the typical enthusiastic exclaiming of it even the first time it’s uttered, she says it fairly casually. I think Sailor Moon had a similar joke, but even then Usagi said it fairly enthusiastically when she got it right.
Komugi herself is a fairly enjoyable character. She could easily be very annoying, but at least for me her personality is fine. In fact, the fact she kinda just blunders her way through her first fight for the most part I found to be pretty entertaining. Hell, part of the sequence for her “special attack” of sorts has her trip and almost fall over. That attention to detail is pretty great. The banter between Komugi & Usa-P itself is pretty funny, and is well worth watching this anime for.
So yes, I will definitely be watching the rest of this show. And I definitely recommend this one to any fans of the magical girl genre. Nurse Witch Komugi R consists of 12 episodes, and is currently only available in Japanese with English subtitles. As stated earlier, this anime is actually a full reboot of an OVA series called Nurse Witch Komugi, which in itself is apparently a satire/parody of a more serious anime called The SoulTaker. The more you know I guess.
Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.