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Finished series: Happiness!

We've finished watching Happiness!. My first episode review is here.

When Haruhi was a small girl, she was teased by a group of boys. But she was rescued by a boy magician. Ever since that day, she searches for him, in order to give him Valentine's Day chocolate... Haruhi turned out to have a talent for magic herself too, and she goes to the special magic section of the local high school.
But when the magic section burns out one night, the magic students are mingled with the 'normal' students. Haruhi makes some new friends, amongst whom is Yuma, who seems to dislike magic. But he reminds Haruhi of someone...

The first half of the series is pure fluff. We get some magical goofiness: using magic when going for hanami, getting pressed into joining the Divination club and being forced to make magical creatures, and other stuff like that. Whenever magic presents an easy solution, Yuma (Haruhi's love interest) scoffs at taking the easy way out -- the usual talk about feelings and hard work ensues.
The second half is where the actual plot goes. It turns out that Yuma is the young mage who saved Haruhi back then, but when a catastrophic magical event took place, someone close to him died. He refuses to use his powerful magic ever since, fearing that he would unleash another catastrophe.
But one of their friends turns out to be of a rival magical organisation, who is after the demon that was sealed by Yuma's mom. She unleashes this evil, and of course it is up to the combined powers of Haruhi and Yuma to stop her!

Once you cut through all of the fluff, there's a decent story there, but the plot is too thin for a whole series. And the fluff is very fluffy and inane -- it takes a bit of stamina to get to the meat of the series. And not every character is likable. The usual tsundere friend/rival dynamic makes for some especially tiresome fluff.
This being based on an adult game, great care has been taken to make the female character designs attractive and cute. (The male character designs are all kinda generic, as is usual with such series...)

Good points:
- Cute (female) characters;
- Some of the goofiness is pretty funny.
Bad points:
- Lots and lots of fluff;
- Predictable plot.

All in all, a 6.5. It's a bit of a re-hash of some things you've already seen before.
Tags: anime, full review

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