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Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Prétear

A sixteen-year-old girl is struggling to adjust to a new step-family when seven guys appear on the scene revealing that she possesses a special magical power. Shying away from the strange group, she later joins them when a monster places her friend's life in jeopardy. Without training, she must prove herself capable to take up the sacred duty of the Pretear. They must resolve their differences and work together to defeat the evil princess intent on destruction. (Source: FUNimation)

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Start Date4th Apr 2001
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Popularity Rank2335
Rating Rank3239
Age RatingPG
Age Rating GuideTeens 13 or older


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If there's one word that sums up "Pretear", that word would be "cliched". It's not a word I personally use all that often, but whilst watching "Pretear", I couldn't help but have that word pop into my head constantly. The whole magic girl setting is a well treaded premises, but usually there would be at least something that gives the show a sense of identity, something that helps distinguish it in some small way. That something is absent in "Pretear".And as I watched, the cliches piled on one after another: the generic character designs; the overused magical girl transformation sequences; the annoyingly loud heorine; the emotionless bishounen architype; the stereotypical villain with the signiture evil manic laughter. In fact the villain overused the evil laughter to the point of obsession. What's more, she had a textbook backstory that I predicted waaay before they tried to sell it off as a big twist. That's also far from being the only predictable part of the story, but I'll refrain from giving out specifics in order to avoid spoilers (given the predictable nature of most of the twists though, I use the term "spoilers" loosely).On occasion, "Pretear" did manage to surprise me, but only because thoseplot developments are feels so sudden and random that it was like they were made up half way through - there's no sense of things clicking together, no sense of "ahhh that explains why in that earlier episode this person did that" kind of thing.But despite the dubious plot execution, the stale, over the top comedy tropes, the terrible lack of originality in general, etc, "Pretear" isn't that bad a show to watch. The last few episodes are particularly good and appropriately climatic, even through the deja vu inducing "I'M NOT GIVING UP!!!" battle of wills scenes. The reason "Pretear" isn't a bad show is simple: even though nearly everything it does have been done more than a few times before, it still does it pretty well, and it succeeds to be a lot more than the sum of its unimpressive parts. Overall, "Pretear" is a decent watch, no more no less.

To sum it all...I'd say that there needs to be more action into this anime. It's very cliche though, but overall I did enjoy watching it.

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