Dai Mahou Touge
Released Year : March 20, 2006 to March 21, 2007
No of Episodes : 4
Genre : Comedy,Magic,Supernatural
Plot : Punie is next in line to become queen of Magical Land. However, she must spend a year on Earth before she can inherit the throne, so she transfers into a school in Japan. She's usually a sweet and gentle girl... that is unless someone does something to displease her, then she'll drop the act. She won't hesitate to whip out her magic stick and cheerfully rain bloody destruction down on the hapless fool, or barring that, simply use wrestling moves she calls "Submission" to punish them. Accompanied by her animal mascot Paya-tan, who makes regular attempts on her life (still bitter about being defeated and then forcibly recruited from Waku Waku Mascot Village), and forced to fend off random attacks by various people from her Kingdom who all have different reasons for wanting her dead, she must complete this year of training on Earth without fail.
Our Review : Dai Mahou Touge or Magical Witch Punie-chan reminded me right off the bat of another series, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. That wasn’t a good sign considering how much I hated that show. However Punie is something Dokuro-chan wasn’t, a truly funny and entertaining dark comedy/parody.
The premise of Punie-chan is pretty basic. Punie is a princess from another world sent to earth for a year by her mother for "training". It is unclear what this training is beyond defending herself against an onslaught of characters out to kill her, including her own siblings. The series is episodic in nature and have very little to do with each other from a story standpoint. While the plot is really nonexistent what this show does so well is the humor. It is crude, violent, and decidedly dark but very funny. Fans of black comedy and people who like seeing the role reversal of cute moe characters behaving out of their norms will love this series.
Characters in this show are the strongest point. Punie shines as the sweet and adorable moe princess with a dark evil side a mile wide. She’s not particularly likable but I couldn’t help but find her amusing. She doesn’t treat anyone very well, such as using her friends to spring traps meant for her, stealing tests, and ruining love lives. Still she manages to be a very funny character. The supporting cast is very strong as well. Punie has a number of hilarious rivals who she must defeat. The end result for them is a lot of pain and broken bones. Everyone is sure to have a favorite or two from this group.
The art and animation are very good. The color palette is vibrant and character models I think are very fitting for their personalities. I found the mix of styles, from the super cutesy looking yet dark magical world to Anego and her gang of tough girls. This anime shows you can have violent and bloody humor without the excessive and disturbing amount of gore. The cast is wonderfully acted and all the bones are broken with disturbingly real sounding effects. The OP/EN songs are excellent and fit the tone of the show perfectly.
Overall I really enjoyed this show and found it to be one of the best dark comedies I have seen. Those who loved the aforementioned Dokuro-chan will like this, but I think those of us who were turned off by its gore and cruelty but still like this kind of humor will find Punie-chan much easier to stomach.