12 Days of Anime X-Mas Shit – Day 9 – White Magic Woman
Occult Academy appears twice on this list, and both posts deal with things that happen towards the end of the series. First up: The Vice Principal’s surprising nature.
Who else had her pegged as a villain? I totally thought that she was some rival villain that was pissed off that Pod Girl/Evil Black Witch Girl was muscling in on her territory. I figured there were two separate “conspiracies” afoot and that said plans would jointly lead to the end of the world– a sort of apocalyptic conspiracy cocktail. I wasn’t too far off with that assumption, but I totally didn’t see the VP turning out to be a good guy in the end.
I bought into her crush on Bunmei. She was genuinely flattered by his comment about her hair, but I figured it was because she was wrapped up in so many dark and nasty things that getting such an innocent comment “melted her heart” or whatever. But seeing her turn out to be a full-on White Mage who is far more pure and innocent than any moeblob bitch, it made everything that she’d done up to that point seem all the more awesome. She was a genuine “for the better good” sort of character. She devoted herself to protecting Maya, acted like a bitch because it was what the situation necessitated, and her crush and poems and all that jazz were 100% genuine. That was who she was– a straight-laced, lovey-dovey, pure as snow hero that actually worked. She didn’t come off as contrived or pandering or fetishized. She just was.
If only more anime characters could have “secrets” like that which come out of nowhere and end up being just as awesome.