Rental Magica (レンタルマギカ) is a bit of an odd anime. It’s mainly a series of one shot episodes relating the exploits of Iba Itsuki, the 2nd president of Astral, and his various employees as they combat evil spirits, demons, rogue mages, magical pollution, etc. What makes the show a bit odd is the fact that it initially can’t decide if it wants to be a combat anime, or a highschool romance, a purely supernatural thriller, or a comedy. It literally has a bit of all those genres. Because of this, many people may be put off watching the show after a few episodes. Bear with it though, as it does get progressively better.
The sound is also well done. The opening theme is a catchy J-rock song which has become a favourite of mine (both in japanese and english). The sound effects and atmospheric music are generally good throughout the series. The characters are reasonably well realised. The characters of Itsuki, Honami and Adelicia are generally quite good, and an effort has been made to focus on specific characters in several episodes scattered throughout the series. This helps to round out the characters afair amount, but otherwise there is no real effort to develop the characters more – but then again, this type of anime doesn’t really need character development.
#1: “Uchuu ni Saku” by Lisa Komine
#2: “Faith” by Lisa Komine
“Aruite ikou.” by Jungo Yoshida
Eps #12 & #21: Aruite ikou. (Acapella Version)
Rental Magica Original Soundtrack : Oto Majutsu ~SOUND MAGICA~