We have seen idols take other roles effortlessly from social workers to space warriors and even politicians. This time they take the additional role of witches in training. Join me as we find out how whether the “Idol x Magic Academy” combination is a recipe for joy or a spell gone horribly wrong as we take a look at Lapis Re:LiGHTs.
Genres: Comedy, Idols, Magic, School, Yuri
Themes: Witches, Magic Academy
Number of Episodes: 12
Plot Summary: Tiara is a princess who dreamed of becoming a great witch but her older sister Eliza was against it. Despite that Tiara enrolled into a famed Magic Academy. To her surprise she was placed with a group of students on the brink of expulsion. Still, Tiara was up to the challenge. Together with her four new friends they were ready to give it their all to become great witches and avoid expulsion.
Put simply the show is a fun comedy starring cute and sexy girls doing their best to not get expelled. That is the setup but naturally this show set in a magic school usually means there is something greater brewing behind the scenes and Lapis Re:LiGHTs is no exception as puzzle pieces are slowly dropped building up to some very cool and interesting surprises and reveals. Throughout the journey we see our heroines and other groups get into some wild and crazy magical hijinks from extreme dodgeball battles to one of the best “haunted” episodes I have seen. There are occasional battles against great threats but that is not a top priority…or is it? In the end the main story has nice buildup and the writers did a good job pacing everything and giving viewers hints of what may be coming later all the while providing a fun time with a ragtag bunch of cuties and hotties.
My favorite member of Tiara’s group, Lavie. Also do not ask what happened in this scene. For veterans of idol anime the humor is top notch most of the time from the setup, delivery and execution. More often than not laughs are had when needed and serious moments are not ruined by a random joke.
Ah yes. Before we continue there is one word of advice. Students are graded based on a “Points System” similar to a certain Western franchise centered around a Magic Academy. The advice? Do not think about the points. Do not put much thought into them. Trust me, it will be for the best to just roll with it rather than try to make sense of how it works.
Yes. One of the girls can go Super Saiyan Blue. The presentation is really good, like a really good season of Pretty Cure good. So colorful, shiny and badass at the right times. The show was pleasant to look at from beginning to end. Even the CG performances, called Orchestras here, were excellent.
This being an idol show it is expected for it to have a great soundtrack. Personally I say it passes with flying colors. Not so much the background tunes but the aforementioned Orchestras. I enjoyed all of them. Each group covered their own genre from rock, pop, Gothic or a hybrid. Something noteworthy is that at first one would think the Orchestras would be an afterthought or not that important like they were in Uma Musume – Pretty Derby. On the contrary, the show found a way to not only include several Orchestras throughout the show but give them all significance. They fit in the narrative and did not feel like they were thrown in “because idols sell” like in the aforementioned show. Nicely done.
As usual this is the part newcomers were waiting for. Right off the bat the show delivers in the yuri goodness. Oh yes indeed. We get several couples throughout delivering memorable squee inducing moments. There is just one little hiccup. Nothing too major. It is just that for one couple in particular who had an excellent start…it felt like their ultimate payoff was missing. A new couple introduced around the halfway point of the show got some simple but lovely progression since their introduction but the aforementioned couple? It felt similar to what happened in Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta where the yuri couple got excellent buildup at the start and middle points but hardly anything during the second half. They were still excellent but were missing that one last “KABOOM!”, if you get my drift. Still really good soft yuri material throughout.
Overall Lapis Re:LiGHTs was a really fun magical joyride. The magic was pretty cool, the story and lore were well paced with some good hints scattered throughout, the presentation was quite nice and the soft yuri for the most part delivered. Recommended to yuri idol fans looking for another “Idols doing something else besides singing and dancing” show.