Moetan


       This episode begins with Moetan’s creative staff discussing the end of the series and how will they get their fans to buy the DVDs. Then we see a little skit of Nao killing Pastel Ink with a light sabre, and then we see Dandy (Da-kun) sneaking a glimpse of Mio’s undies while she is in the shower and he gets caught.

 

      Then the series switches to high school, where Mio is now a first year student, and she is caught daydreaming about a cute guy in her class. Then after school, a female classmate of Mio chases after her and she stumbles and falls to the ground, immediately Mio recognizes her as the stupid magic girl that she fought in the other episode. While walking home, the girl tells Mio that someone named Himawari changed her into a magic girl because she wanted her help in defeating Mio.

 

       After a while Mio hears a voice calling to her, and Dandy tells her that the voice is from another world. Soon, Mio receives a text message on her magic girl phone telling her that she is Pastel Ink from another world and that she has died and needs her help in the other world. Mio and the other girl (Magical Shizuku) transform and Dandy tells them to head to Alice’s house so they can travel to the other world. Upon arriving at Alice’s house, Alice and her assistant tells the King that they also heard the voice and are ready to assist them.

       Soon, Alice transforms into a magical girl and she uses her power to open a gate to the world where Ink is currently in. When the group arrives in the new world they discover that Sumi and her maid are also there but in this other world Sumi is no longer rich but she is instead very poor. After Sumi extracts some food and money from the group she gives them directions to where Pastel Ink is being held in a frozen slumber.

       As Alice and Mio are searching for Ink, Nao and Arks (Ah-kun) have laid a trap for the girls. Once the girls arrive at the secret base they are attacked by Ka-kun after he transforms into his human form, Alice tries to battle him but she and Mio are overwhelmed by his power. Soon, Da-kun shows up and he tells the girls he’ll handle this, and as Dandy and Ka-kun begin to battle Alice and Mio continue on in search of Ink.

       Alice and Mio have to fight their way through the secret base until they are confronted by Ah-kun (Arks) and he unleashes his secret weapon on the girls, Dark Ink. At Ah-kun command Dark Ink attacks the girls telling them that she will kill them. Dark Ink is very powerful, and soon she is close to defeating the girls when Tempura Sumi and Alice’s assistant shows up from their world to help them. Sumi manages to change Ink back to her normal self by calling her a grade schooler, and Ah-kun uses his fart attack to escape from the girls.

 

       Once the girls arrive at Nao’s throne room he tells the girls his master plan, he will use his magical powers to transform every girl with a “B” cup or larger breast size into a “A” cups. After hearing this all the magic girls get very angry and Ah-kun decides that Nao will not be able to defeat all the girls, so he changes sides and is killed by Nao.

 

      Then Nao transforms into a giant monster with naughty tentacle attacks and Mio uses her magic girl staff to summon mecha planes from their original world. Once the planes arrive, the king tells the girls to go ahead and show him the power of magic girls, and they get transported to the planes and combine to form a giant robot. The girls then use a giant magic girl sword to destroy the Nao monster and then they return to their world.

      Then the show ends with Da-kun getting caught playing with Mio’s undies again, and then it finishes with a montage of the girls with their animal mascots in various poses. Well, That’s all for this episode and this series.

       Well, this episode was a nice way to send off the series with a bang of fan service, oh wait, this series was nothing but fan service. This episode managed to showcase everyone of the magic girls’ “special” abilities and “talents”.

      This episode’s major theme was all about loli, in fact Nao master plan was how he would transform all the girls in his world into “A” cups. While all the male leads supported or at least thought that it wasn’t a bad idea but the girls had a different opinion about.

      This episode also took the level of potty humor to a totaly different, previous Moetan episodes used some potty humor. We see two Ah-kun fart attacks, and Ka-kun does a “full moon” attack and even Dandy chooses to reveal his full power in a “pointed” golden attack.

       Overall, I found this episode to be amusing but not very original. At least the earlier episodes were driven by plot and story but this last episode just seemed to be almost pure filler.   

 

     This episode begins with Ink studying at home for school finals with her mother encouraging her on, and telling her that she meet her father at college. At school the stress of exams is starting to effect Ink’s other friends especially Rina, and it seems that Sumi is under even more stress.

       Japanese Cultural Note (the period where high school students take their final exams and take their college entrance exams is known as exam hell or in Japanese as juken jigoku,  as many as 2/3 of students fail to get in to the colleges of their first choice, if they fail their entrance exams they can attend a lower status junior college or try again next year becoming a ronin, think of anime like Love Hina,  or Shin-chan)

     Later, Ink offers to help Sumi with her English studies but Sumi refuses because she’s too proud to accept the help, and she feels that exams are a battle to be fought alone. In the hallway Ink comes across Nao who is also studying for exams and they have a talk that turns nostalgic about high school ending soon. That evening Ink goes over to Nao’s house as Pastel Ink and Mio has almost completely given up on calling her Pastel Ink and just calls her Ink. Then Sumi decides to change into Tempera Sumi to go over to Nao’s house too.

      So, at Nao’s house, Pastel Ink conducts English lessons for Nao and Tempera Sumi while the mascots read ecchi magazines. The next day the students continue the exam preparation then finally comes the moment of truth, Moezugi University test day. Then the show fast forwards to the spring where Remi and Rina seem to be college students now, and Alice is working on her new single.

 

     Also we get to see Ah-kun walking around town and it seems that he knows everyone and everyone likes him.

 

      Even the police officer is missing Dandy lately until he shows back up and leads him on a chase, and he disappears around a corner. The officer asks Mio if she has seen a suspicious man, and she says no, but by her side is a dog that looks like Dandy and Mio calls him Da-kun, oh-my. Then another magic girl shows up to attack Mio but she falls down and Da-kun tells Mio to transform, and Mio transforms into magical Mio. Da-kun enjoys the show as much as the other mascots but Mio is much harsher on him the the other girls’ are to their mascots.

     Da-kun steps in and destroys the other magic girl’s mascots before Mio does anything, and the other magic girl retreats quickly. Well, at the end we see that both Sumi and Ink made it into college, and Ink got her dream of attending college with Nao. Well, that’s all for this episode.

 

 

       Well, as far as I’m concerned Moetan  ended as sweetly and kindly as possible (1 DVD only episode remains). To me everything was wrapped up nicely, Ink and Nao are in college together, Sumi is in college too and she has Ka-kun, Alice-chan’s career is going nicely and the evil has been expelled from her, Remi and Rina are still together, and Arcs and Alice have made up.

     Moetan, unlike other high school anime actually shows us a little of what happens after high school even if it was only about 10 minutes worth, after all life doesn’t end after high school.

    To me Moetan  was a loving send up of the magic girl genre intended for long time male fans, even with all the fan service and ecchi moments all the girls were good girls. I really enjoyed all the parodies and spoofs of other magic girl series (someday I might try to list them all) but I’m sure that after watching over 25 years or anime I would probably still miss half of them.

      One of the most interesting characters in this series was Arcs/Ah-kun, he can almost be seen as a surrogate for the male viewer. He comes from another world and is deposited in a foreign world as a magical mascot, he gets to drool all over the loli magic girls but because of his form he can never touch/enjoy the objects of his desire, and this is just like the male viewer, he may desire the magic girls but due to him being real and the girls being animated he may only drool just like Ah-kun. 

      This episode of Moetan  begins with Ink, Sumi, and Nao getting ready for their senior exams, and Ink has a flashback to the magical kingdom, with Arcs getting in trouble with Alice again for making comments that her breast are too large. Sumi and Ka-kun seem to be in love and he vows to return with Sumi to be with her, and Ah-kun vows to return with Ink to help her along with her relationship with Nao.

       As a “joke” Alice sends them back to the human world but sends the two guys back as animals again to keep them out of trouble. At school Ink’s grades seems to be slipping due too her worrying about her relationship with Nao. Sumi sees that something is bothering Ink and she has a talk with her about the situation, and comes up with a solution to the situation, if Ink can’t transform anymore, so what, nothing a little cosplay can’t solve. So they go shopping for the materials to make Ink a Pastel Ink uniform, and Later the king asks Alice to return to the human world once again.

      Once Ink arrives at Nao’s house she has to use the front door (no magical powers anymore) and Mio isn’t fooled in the least bit by the costume, so over tea Ink confesses the magic girl story to Mio and how she used it to be near Nao. Well, Mio tells Ink that Nao is in the bath and Ink almost explodes from the thought of a wet Nao.

       Just then, Ah-kun interrupts Ink’s thoughts and tells her not to think of such things, but as Ah-kun looks at Mio he immediately thinks of bath scenes of almost every girl form this series. Just as Mio lays some justice on Ah-kun, her brother Nao finishes his bath and sees Ink inside the house, but soon calls her Pastel Ink, and Mio is surprised at his stupidity.

      Then we change scenes to Sumi’s house where Sumi seems worried about Ink, so Ka-kun suggests she cosplay into Tempura Sumi, and Ka-kun gets treated into a non magical strip tease until Sumi notices that he’s watching with intense concentration. Back in Nao’s room the English lesson seems to be going well, but finally Nao asks her why she’s teaching him English? After not answering for awhile Pastel Ink finally tells him that someone who wishes the best for him asked her to help him.

     Just as Mio is watching breaking news about Alice on TV, Sumi shows up at the door just like Ink did (it sure sucks to not have magic powers any more).  Mio lets her in and shows her to Nao’s room where she makes sure that proper teaching is going on. Later at home, Ink is in the bath when Ah-kun asks her what happens when the tests are over, and after Ink throws him out she vows to go to college with Nao. Well, that’s all for this episode.

      Well, the end of Moetan  quickly approaches, after the defeat of the main enemy in episode 10 all that’s left to do is wrap up some loose ends. As the series ends Ink, Sumi, and Nao are about to end their current phase of life and are about to embark on a new journey.

     Final exams and high school graduation approaches the crew, will Nao score high enough to get into college, will Ink’s and Nao’s relationship every progress to the point where her frustration is ended, and will Ah-kun and Ka-kun have to remain as animals in this world (well, I bet Sumi hopes not), these questions will most likely be answered (or I hope so).

     One of the funniest things about this episode was seeing Ink and Sumi having to deal with losing their magical powers, seeing Sumi and Ink having to walk and knock on a door instead of flying was just too cute, also watching them both freeze their asses off in the cold was pretty funny.

     In most magic girl shows the magical girl when transformed has some ability to confuse or fool the people around them into not seeing who they really are. This disguise ability only goes so far, most magic girls will try to never transform in front of other because this usually will ruin their cover. While the transformed magic girl is usually only slightly different from her normal self most people never figure out their real identity, but sometimes close female friends will correctly guess their true identities.

      This issue of having a secret identity for the magic girl can be a source of joy and frustration when their crushes is involved. While it’s great for them to get the attention from the guy while they are transformed it’s also a source of frustration for them. While the guys that they like might lavishes attention on their transformed selves they can’t see that the cute, sweet, and loving girl sitting next to them in class, or living next door to them is the same girl that they watch in wonder, after all it’s the inner qualities of the magic girl that’s makes them magical.    

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