Review of Renkin 3-kyuu Magical? Pokahn (2006)

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Four creatures of horror (werewolf, black-arts magician, vampire and artificial human) spend about a year in the human world. Instead of preying upon the weak and being evil, they dream of perfect boyfriends and get fooled by commercials. The media eventually learn of their existence, but quickly lose interest.

A bishōjo comedy. It’s thoroughly generic but well executed. For example, the main character dies in one episode and spends the next one in Hell, which is normal by the standards of decent Japanese animation.

A note on the original title: renkin is “alchemy”, san-kyū means “third class ” (i.e. unskilled) but sounds like “thank you” (a youthful thing for Japanese to say in English), and pokān is a sound effect, probably implying inarticulate childlike wonder at some sudden flash of magic, as well as relaxation.

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