283rd G-View: Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R

A reboot of a series I never expected to exist came to be. Question is whether it was worth the time invested? Let us take a look at Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R.

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R

Genres: Comedy, Parody, Magical Girl

Themes: Idols, Magic

Number of episodes: 12

G-Rating: 6/10

Plot Summary: Komugi Yoshida is a somewhat clumsy second-year middle-school student whose strong point is her spiritedness. She performs as an idol like Kokona Saionji (her classmate and close friend) and Tsukasa Kisaragi (an idol who dresses in male clothing). However, unlike Kokona whose popularity is skyrocketing and Tsukasa with her charisma in male attire, Komugi’s only gigs are low-end ones like those at the local shopping district. Still, Komugi has her “dream” as she lives her dual lives as a idol and a middle school girl. One day, a mysterious injured creature named Usa-P appears before Komugi and asks if she wants to be a Legendary Girl who can use magical powers. She reluctantly becomes Magical Nurse and fights waves of masked figures. Meanwhile, a Magical Maid and a Magical Sister also show up.

Batman v Superman poster

I compare this show to Batman v Superman, meaning it has pretty good parts but also pretty bad but the overall package is enjoyable for what it is. Let us take one step at a time.

 

Kokona and Komugi.jpg

Komugi and Kokona are fun to watch.

First of all let us discuss the good. That being everything involving Komugi and Kokona. Komugi is an adorable optimist that continues being dealt “tough luck” cards but continues to persevere, work hard and be motivational all the while being an adorable genki. I guess some will be annoyed by her voice but that is to be expected. Anyway next is Kokona. She not only has the advantage of being cute, sexy and talented but she is also not a conceited jerk nor have a “look how great I am” personality. Like Komugi she has her flaws and obstacles, despite being a in a better position than Komugi and like her genki friend strives to get better no matter what. Both are fun characters to watch doing their best and generally have a good time doing so.

Komugi's pals

The main source of yuri are these four…kind of.

Second is the supporting cast besides Komugi’s friends in this image, my favorite of which being the rapper girl. The cast are all fun to watch as they each have a quirk and stick to it. The four friends are kind of the main source of yuri as the show does and does not have it. See, the four, via misinterpretation, suspect there being a yuri relationship brewing. Their interpretations are all quite amusing, especially with their added quirks. It does not reach Re-Kan levels of shipping greatness but it is still fun. Again the supporting cast rock!

tough teacher

To the surprise of no one my favorite secondary character is the English teacher whose English is as good as one would expect from a seiyu. Oh and she is also a former professional wrestler. There is one scene featuring her that reminded me why I love being a wrestling fan and also why I still want a second season of Sekatsuyo. My one disappointment is that I did not get to see her obvious six pack.

Komugi idol performance

CG Idol Komugi.

The animation and soundtrack are both decent. The former is colorful while the latter has a decent OP and ED while the rest of the tunes do their thing but little else. Oh and as the above image shows, sometimes there are CG idol musical numbers featuring the character getting the focus in the episode. After the first three episodes it takes a while for the next one to appear so they are not frequent.

Yoru no Yatterman reference

Yoru no Yatterman cameo.

Komugi-chan started off originally as a parody of magical girl shows and R continues that tradition. This comes in the form of making fun of magical girl tropes like explaining transformation sequences in great detail (even explaining the age old question of howlong one takes in real time), making fun of special moves having long names and the mascot characters being intentionally annoying and disposable. Other parodies include multiple references and appearances by Tatsunoko Production characters from series such as Yatterman, Gatchaman and Casshan. Tatsunoko fans will have some fun spotting both obvious and some well-hidden references.

Now we get to the bad part of the show…depending on viewers’ tastes. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice there is a middle line between the title in most posters featuring said title, meaning the movie can be split in three parts. The Batman v Superman stuff (Komugi, Kokona and friends) stuff is pretty good for the most part. The Dawn of Justice stuff (magical girl stuff) is decent. Then there is the line in the middle splitting the two titles…

Tsukasa

This subplot sucked.

The Tsukasa’s crush subplot is that middle line here. See, the gist behind Tsukasa is that she is a pretty boy cosplayer idol who happens to have a crush on her handsome male idol coworker Yuto but she cannot get close him because she thinks it would ruin her idol image. Oh and she is also secretly “girly”. It would not be a problem if it were treated like a random subplot that is brought up a couple of times…unfortunately it was treated like the second most important plot with HALF of the show dedicated to it. So unless the viewer likes this kind of het romance storyline…it will get old fast. During these episodes the show tried to add other fun stuff but this subplot got way too much unnecessary focus. Komugi’s little brother having a celebrity crush on Kokona is more amusing. It could have been worse; it could have been a lame het love triangle. Fortunately Komugi only saw Yuto as a fun sibling figure and vice versa.

Nurse Witch Komugi-chan henshin

Some readers may be wondering why I have not talked about the magical girl aspects of the show yet. That is because it is treated like a tertiary subplot. Basically an “We’re aspiring idols! Oh and magical girls too, I guess.”. Apart from the genre jokes the magical girl scenes are of little significance until halfway through the climax and even then it is nothing special. This is an idol show first and a magical girl show third, which would not be so bad were it not for the Tsumugi crush stuff.

Overall Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R is an okay show. It has several strong puzzle pieces and a few decent ones but the fact that half of the entire puzzle is a mediocre teen crush subplot cannot be ignored. It is a show I would come back to only to watch the fun parts and skip everything else, mainly the Tsukasa crush stuff. I assume the show wanted to be a fun mix of the idol and magical girl subgenres but did not really stand out in either one. I did not regret watching it though and the curious are welcome to check it out.

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20 Responses to 283rd G-View: Nurse Witch Komugi-chan R

  1. cirno9fan says:

    Got some hope for a KomugixLilia pairing at the end though. And Yuuto’s gone for ten years, so, I’m down for another season as long as the staff gets done with their tsukasa boner and focuses on the characters that matter more.

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  2. kitsu260 says:

    And yes, Tsukasa subplot had the bad things on a typical subtext show, when the little of het had all the privilegies compared to the yuri who is more relevant.

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  3. elkat4 says:

    I find this anime to be . . . bearable, at best. Komugi and Kokona (along with most the supporting cast are enjoyable), though I wish Komugi had a little more to do in the plot than being the butt of about every freaking joke (as well as have Kokona do some more herself). The episode that Komugi thought she was fired was probably the best episode for her character growth wise (the ninja episode is by far the best Komugi oriented episode by far by sheer hilariousness of it).

    Tsukasa’s subplot is like a rash that you keep scratching at, causing it to spread more and more each time. Honestly, it should have been resolved in the first few episodes after it was introduced and forgotten. Honestly, I think her romance with Yuto would have been more bearable if it was written better (and not steal focus the focus of every. Freaking. Episode.)

    Yuto on the other hand, I have nothing but respect for as he seems (albeit innocently) to be shipping Tsukasa and Kokona. I can’t honestly hate on him for existing (after all, he was saddled with the role of love interest and not with one of the characters that make up the primary pairing; unlike a certain horned boy from another magical girl anime . . . )

    . . . I didn’t expect to being this long of a reply, but oh well. (( -_-‘)/)

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    • cirno9fan says:

      Yeah, I didn’t have anything against Yuuto either. Tsukasa was the real issue here. And the writers who thought she should get 70% of the focus, instead of the supposed main character -_-

      I also feel like the show didn’t really get what audience it wanted. And that’s how we got the broken Tsukasa focus.

      They really should not have gone the “idol” route if they were going for that romance subplot. Idol fans are about the furthest from wanting that sort of thing in their shows.

      And some people said it was for kids but…the show had A LOT of things that were obviously aimed at an older audience.

      It really was just one huge mess.

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      • OG-Man says:

        Pretty much.

        Need proof this show wasn’t for kids, the pool episode. Heck, earlier episodes had stuff not suitable for children.

        For good and ill het romance subplots are usually not well received by idol media fans.

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    • OG-Man says:

      The episodes centered around Komugi and Kokona were usually the best ones.

      Yuto is not the problem, he’s cool as you said, it’s the Tsukasa crush subplot not only being dull but getting too much screen time. Again as you mentioned if it were brought up a couple of times or quickly wrapped up it wouldn’t have been a problem.

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  4. yurimylove says:

    a nice, detailed review, which may not even be worth the time you put in to write this considering the 6/10 rating you gave ^_^; I agree with everything you said here. I’m okay with watching this once, and personally I like the original OVAs more after comparing, although I know most people did not like those OVAs at all. But for whatever reason I got a big kick out of those so that’s that. Even though they didn’t have much of a subtext either, but I think comparatively, Komugi x Koyori (who was the “Magical Maid” in that AU) was a bit stronger than here…

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    • OG-Man says:

      I didn’t dislike the show so I went into detail about the good and bad from my perspective. It could have been better had that silly subplot I mentioned not getting so much screen time.
      Still don’t like the OVAs myself. Too annoying.

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  5. John Hayabusa says:

    So glad I dropped this show. I never have had such hate for a male love interest like Yuto before. I did not even know his name until I read this post. And while I admit that I am a fan of hetero romance (Love Hina, School Rumble, and Ah! My Goddess are my classic faves), this show has one of the worst in the history. But in all honesty, I could not find myself to like this show at all. And no offense but I would not compare Batman v Superman to this, this…….. Well anyway, I like your review of this anime. I hope that next seasons will have shows that will NOT be like this one.

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    • John Hayabusa says:

      I think I forgot something. I also blame Tsukasa for being the catalyst of the subpar romance plot. I like her personality but I cannot handle her typical boy crushness. I was surprised that Yuto tried to ship Tsukasa and Kokona, which I believe should have happened. To be brutally honest, if they were never conceptualized to begin with, we more likely to have better character development for Komugi, Kokona, and others that matter. And by that extension, the story could have been fleshed out more. Out of those four background classmates, I find the rapper girl to be interesting. Heck, she is the most interesting thing about this show. Much more so than Tsukasa and Yuto. Well, I think I am done now. I am looking forward for the next season.

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      • OG-Man says:

        As Elkat, cirno9fan and myself brought up, Yuto was not the problem. The problem was the “Tsukasa’s crush” subplot getting too much screen time.

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s not that bad.

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  6. I’m basically only watching this for those character designs lol. And also magical girl plus idol parody. I’ll keep in mind what you said about it though.

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  7. Reblogged this on haveyouexperiencedshitsurakuen and commented:

    I’m basically only watching this for those character designs lol. And also magical girl plus idol parody. I’ll keep in mind what you said about it though.

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