When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace

Director- Masahiko Otsuka


Cast - Various

Country of Origin - Japan

Discs - 2

Distributor - Section 23

Reviewer - Scott MacDonald

Date - 09/10/2016

The Series (3.5/5)

   Not to be a spoiler, but supernatural battles do not really become commonplace in "When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace". The anime which is a 12 episode series based off a 12 volume light novel series published for 4 years between 2012-2016 and written by Kota Nozomi is actually more of a magical-superhero harem anime, but not  too heavy on the action. It is more character driven than anything else, and while there are battles (and some awesome ones at that) I'm afraid to report the lengthy and awesome title is more than a tad misleading. Fortunately, for viewers the actual series is quite a bit cute, and also fun and certainly makes up for this minor faux pas.

   The series follows the member of the Senko High Literature Club. The club due to an incident with one of their members develops superhero like powers. The story picks up 6 months later after they have had time to develop their skills with them, and they find themselves being pulled into a war with others outside the club with similar powers.

   The series is mainly character driven as we watch the various members of the club learn to deal with not so much developing their powers. The series does away with such clichés by cutting away to 6 months later and allowing the main players time to practice with their new found abilities off screen.  But interacting with each other, and the world that these powers have placed them in, and of course, with each other. We get background into each of them, which gives them a nice amount of depth and makes the viewer feel a bit more for them. The animation for the most part is quite solid, and helps make the whole thing more enjoyable

 

Audio/Video (5/5)

   Section 23 presents When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace in a very nice 1:78:1 1080p AVC encoded transfer. This transfer is quite excellent with fluid animation, well reproduced colors, and excellent detail. Audio is handled with 2 DTS-HD MA tracks one in English with other in Japanese. I prefer original Japanese Audio, and thus stuck with that track for the most part.  But both tracks were quite solid with dialogue and score coming through clearly.

 

Extras (1.5/5)

   Clean opening and closing and trailers. That is all.

 

Overall

   When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace is a very nice little magical slice of life anime that does have a few awesome battles to recommend it on as far as action is concerned. However, the series as a whole is fun, and has some awesome characters that are interesting enough to follow through its 12 episodes.  The Blu-ray looks and sounds quite nice, but is limited in the extras department. RECOMMENDED.