Time Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi – 01 (First Impressions)

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Have you ever wondered why there aren’t more anime featuring an optimistic contemporary high school girl who’s a little dense, likes repeat questions and answers back at whoever is talking to her, set in historical periods of scientific invention?

Not even if we meet important people of those periods and have them beat us over the head with thinking of the time, and other context like ‘sailor suits are rather lewd for a girl to wear in 1600 London?’

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Time Travel Girl is not specifically terrible. The high school class drama that wraps around the adventures is visually unattractive and generic narratively, but the show wouldn’t work without it.

But really? I don’t have a strong desire to repeat elementary-middle school history class in anime form. I know that’s the point — that this is based on a book written by a teacher to make learning fun, but there’s no energy to it.

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The Verdict: an unremarkable art style, lack of drama (it’s up beat and sunny atmospherically), leave few hooks to catch the viewer.

…And the protagonist has no charisma so forget any Doctor Who style interactions with the interesting people and places she will visit. Ho hum and a safe show to skip over.

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