I’m not sure if this would be classified as an “isekai” show. So this was one of my most anticipated shows of the Winter 2018 season. Let’s find out if it was worth the wait as we check out the premiere of Märchen Mädchen, which supposedly is pronounced “Merrhen Medhen or maybe Marehen Midhen”. Not sure.
We begin the episode with our leading lady Hazuki narrating the wonders of storybooks as she followed a hooded girl to a door of light. More on that in a bit.
After the catchy OP that kinda featured clips of what would happen later in the episode we were formally introduced to our lead who described herself via narration as “friendless” and made sure to clarify that she wasn’t like one of those anime archetypes. Distracted by her narration (I think) she got scolded by the teacher and later her stepsister Saeko…
…who she may or may not fantasize of having a “more than siblings” relationship with. She then explained to viewers she had something she called “Story Syndrome”, meaning that every time she got into a situation that made her uncomfortable she would run away and find escapist solace in storybooks. She hoped to one day find the courage to make friends.
After running away from Saeko she went to the library (or maybe it was a bookstore) and picked up some books. She then found a mysterious blue one she didn’t recall picking up but was excited to check out. However, she couldn’t open it.
Suddenly a mystery girl in an olive-green robe ran past her. Hazuki noticed she looked like the character in one of the books she was reading and went after her. She then noticed that only she could see the girl. The robed girl cornered Hazuki in an alley. Hazuki, unable to control her excitement “confessed” to her. Naturally the robed one didn’t know how to respond so she used some flying magic and flew off on her broom. Hazuki noticed the girl left her bag behind and continued the chase, determined to befriend the intriguing lass.
Hazuki chased her to a library she’d never seen before and we got the scene from the beginning. She heard the girl utter a password to open the door (Mädchen) but forgot it. The mystery book glowed, sensing Hazuki’s desire to see the girl again and opened the door to another world. That and her wanting to possibly see a world beyond her imagination.
Before that we got a flashback of how Hazuki “got” Story Syndrome. It was because of all the stories her mom read to her and how much she enjoyed the worlds inside them and wanted to be in one herself. Take a wild guess what happened to her mom…So yeah Hazuki felt she was about to have her long time wish granted of going to a magical world where she could become someone extraordinary.
At the new world Hazuki noticed a castle and went there only to find out it was a school. She then met an intimidating brunette and ran off.
She found what looked like a little paradise and was greeted by a beautiful woman. She greeted her in kind with a free onsen visit. The woman noticed the mystery book Hazuki came with. Apparently they’re called “Originals”. Unfortunately Hazuki couldn’t relax for long as the brunette hadn’t stopped chasing her. The chase continued but with a deliciously added bonus…
Somehow finding herself back at the school castle she was cornered. The brunette, now a legit redhead after using her Original to transform into a sexy warrior then tried to scare Hazuki into using her Original.
Suddenly the robed girl named Shizuka noticed the commotion, realized Hazuki had an Original with her and came to help. Oh and the beautiful woman from before was the school principal.
Yup. It was worth the wait and I’m excited for more! If what we got during the ED is any indication then…oh baby.