Magical Witch Punie-chan

Magical Witch Punie-chanType: OVA
Episode Count: 8
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
Vintage: 2006

Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 06 Apr 2010

Grade: C

The original title of this series is Dai Mahou Touge, which translates approximately as “Great Magical Pass”. It is comprised of twelve-minute episodes which are presented in pairs.

Another round of… wrongness… from the director of Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan.

Plot Summary
Punie Tanaka is a magical girl and princess from a magical land. To complete her training, and gain ascension to the throne, she must spend a year in school on Earth. But make no mistake, though she is a sweet-looking girl with a cute little mascot, her short temper and submission holds leave a trail of broken bodies in her wake if someone crosses her the wrong way.

The Review
“Lyrical Tokarev, kill them all!” That’s Punie’s magical chant, and should give you a good idea of what you’re in for with Magical Witch Punie-chan. Like its psychotic cousin Dokuro-chan, Punie-chan is a series that is completely over the top and just plain bizarre.

There is a story… sort of. But really, for this series, it’s not at all important. Magical Witch Punie-chan is all about the absurd humor, puns, and cultural references. And extreme violence. It’s the same sort of juxtaposition found in Dokuro-chan, though I found Punie-chan to lack the cohesiveness of its cousin. Punie-chan comes across as a somewhat random collection of jokes and violence based loosely around a concept, and nothing really stood out to me. That said, the series does have its share of genuinely laugh-out-loud moments.

My favorite part of the series is actually the episode titles. They’re a great mocking of stereotypical magical girl series episode titles, which tend to be a pair of related sentences. Magical Witch Punie-chan takes this to its extreme, with episode titles such as “The Miracle Rod Brings Terror to the School Festival?! The Episode Where Magical Princess Punie Arrives!” and “So only test scores measure the worth of a human being? There’s no way I’m worth 0 points. Really.”

So there you have it. Magical Witch Punie-chan is an over the top blend of humor and violence that’s not meant to be taken seriously. It never quite finds its feet though, and ends up feeling a bit disjointed as a result. It’s not a bad series, but I find that the formula worked better in its cousin Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan. Still, if you want a series on crack that is able to deliver some good laughs, and don’t mind arbitrary pacing, give Magical Witch Punie-chan a try.

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