Here we are again taking a look at another sequel/midquel/spinoff of a series centered around a female cast like Soul Eater NOT!, Hidan no Aria AA and DanMachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria to name a few. Most of these are made with (usually) a Girls Club audience in mind and whether fans of the main series they are based on enjoy them or not depends on their personal tastes. The question is whether this next one does the others proud and provides fun times for viewers. Let us find out as we take a look at Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic.
Alternate Title: Hina Logic: from Luck & Logic
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Action, Supernatural, Magic
Themes: School Life, Magical Girls, Mecha Musume, Yuri
Number of Episodes: 12
G-Rating: 9/10 (personal), 7/10 overall.
Plot Summary: Liones Yelistratova is the naive princess of a small nation, who goes to Hokkaido to enter ALCA, an educational institution dedicated to teaching Logicalists who uphold world peace. Liones enters Class S, and encounters many unique classmates, including Logicalist Nina Alexandrovna.
Hina Logi is both a sequel and spinoff but like the other “moetastic” spinoff. However, like most other “moetastic” Girls Club spinoffs it is not necessary to have seen the main series in order to follow what is going on. It will enhance the viewing experience by understanding the terminology, events, references and recognizing the special guest stars from the main series but otherwise newcomers will be alright when approaching this one without prior knowledge of the main series/prequel. While Hina Logi serves as an expansion to the main series in terms of lore it still has enough world building to help viewers understand the happenings and rules of the series setting.
Like past “moetastic” spinoffs Hina Logi is a Girls Club (cute girls doing cute things) show first and an action-packed extravaganza second. In fact, of all the spinoffs I have seen so far (including Last Exile 2 and Kiddy Girl and) Hina Logic is the least action-oriented by far.
That does not mean it has little to no action. There are some pretty neat “Logicalist” (the term for warriors/Earth’s defenders in this series) battles here and there and there is somewhat of a main obstacle that is slowly built up as the show progresses but unlike other “moetastic” spinoffs it is not as important to the overall narrative. What this means is the show is not plot driven but like a majority of Girls Club shows in general, character driven, meaning the character development is more important than the plot. More on that in a bit. One small disappointment for peeps who enjoyed the main series is that while the Foreigners (term for denizens of the other world) were prevalent in the main series, sharing the scenery with Logicalists, that is not so much the case in Hina Logi as the Foreigners are limited to showing up during henshin/transformation sequences (or Trances) or in Rosa’s case showing up every now and then. According to some peeps, the popular theory is that this is primarily to promote a Luck & Logic card game since the Logicalists Trance using cards in this spinoff. Not a deal breaker but worth keeping in mind while watching.
The animation is very colorful and cute with the show having its fair share of cute and sexy moments as readers can see here in one of, if not the sexiest Trance in the show. The soundtrack, like the show is cute with some decent action tunes. The OP and ED are also delightful to listen to. The OP is a personal favorite of the Summer 2017 season.
The characters are all a likable bunch of cuties who fall under familiar anime girl stereotypes but are still fun to watch interact, grow and fight together as they train and study to become great Logicalists in the future. As mentioned before my personal favorite is the red haired ojou-sama Yayoi Tachibana who, fun fact, shares the exact same name as Yayoi Tachibana from Growlanser III. Also for readers who have issues with high pitched female leads, Lion (pronounced Lee-ohn) has a cute voice.
Before we continue, there is something I need to clarify. Just because I said there is little action, does not mean the show is devoid of story or plot. On the contrary, the girls’ time working together to become Logicalists is packed with story and developments for the cast. A lot can happen in one year at a school that trains magical girls and mecha musume essentially. Most of the characters experience growth throughout their time at the academy and their bonds stronger, some much more than others as I will hint at right now.
Now we come to what I consider the most surprising aspect of the show, the yuri. When it comes to “moetastic” spinoffs more often than not yuri goodness is to be expected that ranges from strong shipping power (Last Exile 2) to GLORIOUS undeniable gayness (Aria AA). Hina Logi started off like the former but as it progressed…let us just say jaws dropped and there was much “squeeing”. All I can say is be patient and you will be GREATLY rewarded. Without spoiling much it basically went the extra mile that few Girls Club shows dare to do and deserves AS MUCH CREDIT AND SUPPORT as it can get.
Overall I may be praising Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic more than necessary but I enjoyed the show THAT MUCH! It is similar to past “moetastic” spinoffs but what it does it does quite well. It may not have as many action scenes as other shows of its kind but the one it has are enjoyable and while its main plot is not out of this world and fans of the main series may be disappointed that the Foreigners do not get much screen time but the character development throughout more than makes up for it. Highly recommended to Girls Club aficionados and Nation members looking for most delightfully fluffy and even sexy yuri. In short, fans of this blog know what to expect when yours truly gives a Girls Club show high praise.
PS: Make sure to tune in after the ED for a neat bonus subplot. Like with main show, the patient will be rewarded.
PPS: Importing the show’s Blu-Rays is cheaper than ever. There are only going to be 2 BDs and they’re 9k yen each. That’s a CRAZY steal compared to BDs being 2 or 3 eps each and 7-8k yen a piece