We’ve seen several series about beautiful things, whether it’s the characters themselves, sports, voice work, a particular profession, or even artwork. But Magic-Kyun! Renaissance takes the idea of being proficient at a craft you’re passionate about to the next level.
Accomplished “artistas,” or artists for the layperson, can create magic. Literal magic. Beneath the sparkles and the occasional silliness, there’s a nice message to keep in mind: If you work toward refining what you’re passionate about, especially if it’s a type of art, you’ll surely be rewarded. Perhaps not by magic in the real world, but by love, happiness, and success.
Magic-Kyun! Renaissance follows a new student who’s just transferred to the Hoshinomori School of Magic, where artistas are able to work on their passions, whether it be singing, painting, dancing or various other talents and make them into magic themselves. Her name is Ohana Aigasaki, and she’s just about one of the nicest young girls you could ever hope to meet. After trying and failing several times over to enter the school before, Ohana has high hopes for herself as well as expectations set upon her by others at the school since her mother was actually a famous artista herself. Does it run in the family? That remains to be seen.
All Ohana cares about is becoming as talented of an artista as her mother before her, and it all comes down to the craft she’s chosen as hers: flower arrangement. Her mother was able to take a bundle of flowers and turn them into fireworks, but unfortunately Ohana has yet to be able to take her passion and turn it into magic. Magic is very much a central theme in Magic-Kyun! Renaissance, especially since it ends up turning your creations into an even bigger thing of beauty when your heart is in it.
Ohana herself is an inspirational character even from the first few moments of the series, even when it’s made very clear this is going to be an otome game put straight to anime. As you get to know the various students at the school, you learn a lot about them: everyone has their own strength that they’re extremely passionate about, and no art is disrespected or treated as if there’s no point in pursuing it. There’s a singer, calligrapher, painter, cello player, dancer, and sculptor to keep up with, and that’s just Ohana’s brood. While they have their idiosyncrasies, they all share a fierceness about them when it comes to what they’re good at. The show never feels preachy, but you can feel it subtly pushing you forward and telling you to chase your dreams, too.
When Ohana is finally able to spread her wings a bit and find magic after we’ve seen it countless times from the students around her, there’s a feeling of great accomplishment that comes with it. While she’s chasing love at the same time as she interacts with the (mostly male) students who give her so much attention, she is always working on making her dreams come true, no matter how difficult they may seem at the onset.
It’s not often that otome games or anime series have these kinds of messages to impart or in such a clear-cut way, and that’s why I find myself coming back to Magic-Kyun! Renaissance despite its somewhat cheesy moments and predictable romantic patterns. There’s a genuinely good message in there, and as a writer I can appreciate the idea of your own art that you’re proud of turning into honest-to-goodness magic. I can only hope I’m able to master my own craft like that one day. But until then, I’ll just keep watching.
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