Around the world there are many academies for magic. Sistine and Rumia attend one of the best. Which makes it mysterious why Glenn Radars is chosen to be an instructor and the teacher for their class. His magic skills seem very poor, and he certainly isn't good at teaching. At first at least. Over time he's able to win over his students, but Sistine refuses to acknowledge him. But as forces conspire to take Rumia hostage due to her hidden lineage, it becomes clear there is much more to Radars than he lets on. Enough to win over Sistine? Maybe, even if she won't admit it.
Akashic Records of a Bastard Magic Instructor is the kind of anime you probably won't remember next week. I'm already struggling to recall what happened, or maybe confusing it with some other super generic anime. That's kind of the problem with Akashic Records, it's just a bunch of anime stuff with nothing differentiating it.
So lets get this out of the way. The school outfits for the girls are absolutely RIDICULOUS. What kind of school has a dress code requiring students dress like strippers? This may sound like nitpicking, or you might think I eventually got over it. Yet even towards the end of the show I'd see the girls and think "dear lord put some clothes on her!".
It's about as you'd expect from a "magic academy" anime. Guy who seems terrible at everything is secretly awesome. Supporting characters are generic as well. I didn't mind them though, and since there were no surprises I pretty much knew what I was signing up for. Rumia is the lady like girl, while Sistine is the stock tsurendere. I was okay with this until another girl is added as the emotionless doll character. She interferes with the flow of the characters and adds nothing. Perhaps it wouldn't be a big deal normally, but this show isn't the kind that bears dead weight well. I did like the evolving relationship between Sistine and Radars, and that worked well enough to keep me interested (just barely).
Not much to say about Akashic Records of a Magic Bastard instructor. It doesn't offer anything even remotely new, and doesn't work too well with what it has. It's another pile of anime stuff, but if you're okay with that it's good enough to kill time if you have nothing better to watch.
Radars: Just walk the path you believe in, and never forget you're the main character in your own life story.
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