Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Taiyou to Kaze no Sakamichi

Title:Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Taiyou to Kaze no Sakamichi
Someday's Dreamers 2
Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound
魔法遣いに大切なこと 太陽と風の坂道 (Japanese)
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Notables: HANAZAWA Kana
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
Suzuki Sora is a cheerful country girl from the small town of Biei. She made a promise to her father, and following this promise applies and is accepted for a magic intership in Tokyo, where she will face the life in a big city. While training to get better with her magic, she meets a mysterious boy also practicing to become a mage. While he can not use magic that well and he seems distant and cold at first, Sora's fate intertwines with his and the two are thrown together, learning a lot of new things about life and each other.

Set in the same universe as Someday's Dreamer, this story is called Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound. Written and drawn by the same author and illustrator, this story was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comic Dragon Age. It ran from December 2003 to February 2006 and was later released in five bound manga volumes.

(summary from Wikipedia)

[TV series, 2008, 12 episodes, 24 min; also see prequel - Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto]
"太陽" ("taiyou") means "sun" or "(ray of) hope", "と" ("to") means "and", "風" ("kaze") means "wind", "の" ("no") is the genitive connector, "坂道" ("sakamichi") means "hill road". So the complete Japanese title means "What's Precious to a Magic User: Hill Road of Sun/Hope and Wind".
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This follow-up to Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto basically follows the same premise as its 2003 predecessor: teenage girl from the countryside with magical abilities travels to Tokyo under an internship to be certified as an official mage where she uses her magic to perform favors for various clients and make new friends. This series mostly serves as a slice-of-life title delving into the everyday developments faced by Sora and her classmates as they study up and improve their magic to earn their mage's licenses. The series features a likeable cast of characters with differing issues concerning their abilities as potential mages and personalities that the show usually takes time to explore. Like the previous series, the show also goes into depth exploring the personal matters of whomever Sora and other mages help out with their magic which consist of anything from unlocking a vault containing a family heirloom to trying to get dolphins washed up upon shore back into the ocean. The major rough spot for the show comes in the final episodes when something terminal effects one of the characters which felt more like a cheap excuse to toss in drama due to the lack of foreshadowing and genuine suffering seen of said mentioned character throughout the series as the series was otherwise mostly relaxed and mellow in its mood before said events occur.

On the visual end, Someday's Dreamers 2 is a bit of a mixed bag. The settings are impressive sporting photorealistic detail and beautiful on the eyes, though these shots are mostly used as background stills when characters are moving through in a scene and scenery shots that do feature camera movement are mostly hand drawn in similar quality as the plain looking designs used for the characters. Animation quality is also hit-or-miss as well. While character movements and moments of magic being used are reasonably fluid, the series occasionally gets choppy in properly conveying details for character designs and scenery during ranged camera shots. The show's soundtrack mostly consists of mellow and low-key indie music that fit in perfectly with the mundane developments faced by the show's characters and are great to listen to.

Overall, Someday's Dreamers 2 is not too different from its predecessor from five years earlier featuring the aspiring efforts of a teen from the countryside to bring happiness to others while trying to be licensed as a mage. Despite its shoddy developments for its final episodes and a mixed bag of a visual presentation, the series still makes for a solid slice-of-life title to look into exploring the unique developments of Sora and her classmates as aspiring mages.

Last updated Sunday, February 12 2012. Created Sunday, February 12 2012.
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This seems like a laid-back, slice-of-life sort of show that takes an attitude of of course magic exists! It gives a sort of practical look at magic; that is, if magic really existed, surely this is how modern-day magicians would be trained and managed. It makes so much sense that for awhile I forgot that magic was involved in the first place! But this approach, where magic seems to be used in a helpful manner, seemed more plausible and somehow even more interesting than the usual shows where it is employed to fight soul-eating monsters or anything like that. So, I think this was a good idea. The first episode consisted entirely of the main character, Sora, getting ready to move from her family farm in Hokkaido to a Magic Academy in Tokyo after being accepted. Thus the pace is slow, but I'm curious to see how this naive girl will react to big city life. The background artwork is splendid in a curious way--it is clearly based on actual photographs with animation cells pasted on top of them. One minor problem is that the character designs are relatively simple ("cartoony") in comparison, and at times the two clash. One thing I noticed was that the trouble was taken to animate a bus turning 180 degrees (and viewed from one spot). No doubt some sort of computer animation was used, but it looked as if it had been done by hand.

How do I describe this laid-back, slow paced show? Sora is serving as an apprentice magician, being sent out to the addresses of people who have filled out the required paperwork in order to request magical help with various problems. Some are obnoxious, others expect miracles--again, unusually realistic. Indeed, sometimes the apprentice magicians are treated as little more than crap by the people who, ironically, have requested their services. It's as if ordinary people hate and fear magicians and jump at an opportunity to offend them. One classmate is driven to drop out, and recieves the usual never-give-up lecture from the others. There are signs that Sora may fall in love with another magician trainee. It's unclear where the longterm plot is going, but it does seem to be slowly going somewhere.

Not really knowing whaere the show was going in the first place, I was surprised when we learn that Sora is afflicted with a sort of magical illness. That seemed to come out of nowhere and not make much sense. The series didn't have the sort of ending I was expecting. I guess I never really understood where this show was going right up to the very end. Was the focus going to be on romance? Sort of, but in a restrained manner. Magic? Likewise, there is some but it's realistic and doesn't attempt to awe you. Friendship? Again, it plays a part but couldn't carry the series as a whole. Maybe having seen the series this one is based on would have helped. It was kind of fun and sweet, and did have a fairly powerful conclusion, though. Call this a slice-of-life magic series, if that makes any sense.

Last updated Monday, October 27 2008. Created Monday, July 07 2008.

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