In 2018, humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. Police continue to protect order in society, but wizards known as Wud are tried according to magical law via Magic Prohibition Law, in special courts defended by wizard barristers via the Court for Magic. At age seventeen, half-Japanese, half-Canadian Cecil Sudo has just become the youngest wizard barrister after passing the bar exam at age fifteen, and begins work at the Butterfly Law Office. While she has not realized it yet, she has tremendous magical potential.
Wizard Barristers is a study in missed opportunity. The premise — examining a world with magic through the lens of the law — is intriguing and not something we have seen before in anime. At first it seems the series will be a collection of one or two episode short stories concerning different cases, but this is quickly overshadowed by the emergence of an overarching plot. The story feels forced and often far too convenient, leading only to another action scene instead of any real progress in the narrative. By the end, the story makes little sense and nothing is fleshed out enough to really care about.
The last two episodes are especially poor, wrapping up the tale in a way that feels cheap and unfulfilling. It’s really a shame this series didn’t amount to more. There is an interesting story to tell here, but it gets lost in the mess around it. Despite everything, however, this series is not boring. It’s fast paced, action oriented and fun to dissect and pick apart. There’s some nice animation at times and some interesting ideas are presented about the legal and social implications of magic even if they are not really explored. It’s an entertaining but frustrating experience that should have been better.
- English: Wizard Barristers
- Japanese: ウィザード・バリスターズ～弁魔士セシル
- Type: TV
- Episodes: 12
- Status: Finished Airing
- Aired: Jan 13, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
- Premiered: Winter 2014
- Broadcast: Mondays at 01:30 (JST)
- Producers: Pony Canyon, Showgate
- Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
- Studios: Arms
- Source: Original
- Genres: Action, Police, Magic, Fantasy
- Duration: 24 min. per ep.
- Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older