No one goes to an anime with seven minute long episodes in search of deep plot, but Kuromajo-san ga Tooru will give it to you anyway. At 60 episodes, this short series comes out at the length of any average anime while besting them all in art, story, and engaging humor.
Deceptive like a witch, this anime is theoretically destined to be sub-par. On paper, it provides nothing extraordinary. Sporting a measly seven minutes per episode, with one spent on the opening, it comes out to ultimately five to six minutes for actual showtime after the title sequences.
There’s no way that would be enough to deliver a meaningful story or get viewers properly engrossed into the atmosphere of the series. All the other short anime out there are evidence enough for this with their lackluster 300 seconds of awkward antics.
But black magic is a formidable foe, and Kuromajo-san ga Tooru pulls it off without the slightest hesitation.
Immediately I realized a spell was cast on my heart when I started watching this anime. It has an instantly recognizable lighthearted charm that spontaneously brings you to respect the characters. They have personalities that flourish the first second we encounter them. An elementary school girl obsessed with the occult is quite a bizarre main character, but she’s undoubtedly unique, especially when she still possesses such a cheery personality.
She’s not a demented toddler trying to figure out how to kill everyone, she’s just fond of strange things. Her affection for the unusual pays off, as she manages to summon the hilariously obnoxious witch Gyubid – a weird name for a wonderful witch.
Gyubid is a bully, but not the kind who physically pushes people around, rather, the kind like us here at SeventhStyle – who laugh at anyone right in their face and race to ridicule others at any opportunity.
Episode one enters us into what begins as a pure slice of life of the gourmet variety. It oozes a distinct flavor of comedy as our heroine goes about her everyday life, now at the mercy of the merciless Gyubid. For instance, she ends up in public wearing a gothic lolita outfit per Gyubid’s instruction – yet that doesn’t stop Gyubid, a fully grown adult, from laughing at her all the same for looking so silly in public.
Among the initial escapades of our heroine is her determination to learn to ride a bike. Key to the hysterical humor this anime makes famous is Gyubid’s audacious ability to point right in the face of an elementary school kid and laugh at her blatantly.
This happens no less than once per episode, and you better believe it cracks me up every single time. Being around others in high spirits will help elevate your own, that’s well-known on the authority of common sense, and this anime turns any day into a great one by getting to be around Gyubid’s constant snickering.
Another recurring joke is Gyubid going into an uproar of glee at the most inane and outright lame puns. Just when I think I have a chance and the ambulance was on its way, the anime delivers its finishing blow to ensure I die from laughter.
Encompassed in comedy and daily developments, one would never suspect this anime would tread any further. What we learn, however, is that witches never settle for second class, as this anime strides straight to the top.
This anime that shouldn’t have any right to excel ends up being one of the best I’ve ever seen. As we joyously trot through the episodes, we start to see a structured story ensue. Choco, the leading little girl, has been on a quest to become a black witch ever since Gyubid came into her life.
At first we think this is merely a device to propel the comedy and nothing more, but we begin to experience a world of depth sweep us up beneath our feet. It becomes a serious struggle and quest, the stakes of which are an important friendship. Our heroine’s black magic studies under the tutorship of Gyubid start to face hostilities from other members of the magical world that wish for their defeat.
Given Gyubid’s personality, it’s no surprise a lot of people hate her.
That’s not the only problem they face either, Gyubid staying with Choco is a relationship dependent on Choco’s consistent progress in becoming a black magic witch. Once complications are conjured up by opposing parties, it sends our heroine on a grand adventure through the realm of magic where she learns of an incredible family background.
When I started the anime I never had the faintest idea it would become ever so elaborate. Without going into all the details for sake of keeping deserts for last, Choco’s not the first in the first in her family to wander her path. In fact, it turns out there’s a family history of friendship between her predecessors and Gyubid’s own.
Choco’s family originally had its roots in the magical realm but was forced out one day. Now what truly bewitched me at the climax of this lovely anime is a flashback at what resulted in Choco’s ancestors being expelled from the magic world. I was anticipating little more than a gag, but the anime at its heart exhibits nothing but an honest case of love.
Bonds are a recurring theme throughout this anime, intricately explored through romance and friendship.
Splendidly authentic at every ascent in its offering, this anime is only deceptive in how plain it appears at face value – hiding within it is a world of wonders.
Kuromajo ga Tooru is an anime which firmly earns its recognition and praise. Its characters are memorable and stand out. Its artwork is easygoing on the eyes and befitting of the anime’s unhurried serenity in letting the story transpire. Adorableness overwhelms every aspect of the anime without it ever once lowering itself to mere pandering .
These points are accentuated in the always-fresh opening sequence which embraces the first minute of every episode, a spry tune rocking alongside delightfully vivid artwork introducing the characters.
With only seven minutes an episode, Kuromajo ga Tooru is an anime that instills more happiness in a viewer than can be found in a thousand regular length series. Truly making the most of what it has, its gentle yet consequential qualities and power to attract make it an anime for all ages and types. A person who hates kittens is the only type of person who wouldn’t enjoy this anime.