The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (maybe)

Spoiler: The secret power is LOVE

I’ve been really enjoying The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent this season, since it fits some of my favorite genres and archetypes: fantasy, a strong main female character, and a little bit of romance. The show even does a fair job of balancing work and home life–a topic that looks to be pretty popular these recent seasons which shows like I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level as another example. By the whole, Saint’s Magic has been a ton of fun with Sei stumbling across new discoveries every day, meeting (mostly) kind people, and overall living a more fulfilling life in her new world than she ever did in the old. Yet as each episode aired week to week, I repeatedly viewed scenes underlining her otherness as not only a saint, but as a woman. Despite her role as one to save, she frequently is the one being saved by the numerous male characters around her. She feels less omnipotent and more a model in a glass case.

Main character, Takanashi Sei, lived her early adulthood as a workaholic until she was summoned to another world as a saint–one of two women transported to the kingdom through the saint-summoning ritual. While the younger of the two is immediately whisked away as the “true saint” by an impulsive prince, Sei is largely left to her own devices with little guidance on how to navigate this strange new world. By happy accident she comes across the nearby Research Institute, a place that welcomes her inquisitive mind and diligent work ethic. Through them, she finds a new home, peers, and passion.

Up until this point, I had no issue with the show. I loved the shift in focus from the typical male-oriented isekai to one with Sei as our heroine. Her interest in studying magic and sciences in real application was a refreshing change from a magic school or mission to save the world. We even got a reverse harem of sorts, with most of the characters surrounding her being extremely attractive men who encouraged her interests.

Unfortunately, Sei’s numerous male peers led us towards a more generic reverse harem path where the heroine is both revered and protected. While I never expected a role like the “Saint” to offer much freedom given its inherent responsibilities to the kingdom and its people, I also did not expect such a person to require much protection day to day. When Sei starts helping the soldiers more personally with her healing magic and gaining recognition, the head of the Institute, the Captain of the Guard, the Great Sage, and even the king all step up to shield her from the public.

We see this protective attitude even more explicitly with the other saint summoned in the ritual, Misono Aira. Her youth and supposed beauty immediately evoke a protective response from the crown prince, Kyle. Every time we see her, it’s behind the prince or a circle of his closest male friends. When other characters try to speak with Aira, they’re immediately interrupted and prevented from making any kind of connection, even those of a friendly nature. It isn’t until further into the season that we get a closer look at Aira’s point of view, and when we do it isn’t difficult to see her unhappiness. Once she does achieve a degree of freedom and connects with both Sei and Elizabeth, we finally get a sense of who she is and what she is capable of.

Now that the series has finished with twelve episodes and what feels like an appropriate(ish) ending, I can’t say that Sei grew much beyond the level she achieved earlier in the story. If you consider her realization of her feelings for Hawke a type of growth, then there’s that; however, Sei never explicitly states this aloud. The closest thing we get is her ability to create the Saint’s golden aura, what others call love, on command simply by envisioning Albert Hawke. The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent creates a Sei that is caring and selfless, a healer to be protected and cherished. As heartwarming as this can be, the aftertaste is a tad too sweet and one-note for this particular viewer.

Rating: 1 dango

*Rating system:

  • 0 dango – average and forgettable.
  • 1 dango – very good in its category.
  • 2 dango – excellent show that is worth a try.
  • 3 dango – exceptional show one must watch.

2 thoughts on “The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (maybe)

  1. I did enjoy the show very much. I think your observations are on point. I personally rationalized them away a bit, especially the “becoming more protected by Hawke and Drewes as time goes on” as less because of her perceived fragility and more because of her increasing value to the kingdom. I do wonder if the efforts of Johan and Hawke to continue to run interference for her to allow her to stay at the Herbal Institute rather than being moved to the palace could be perceived as trying to support her independence rather than increasing her protection. I also thought that they did a good job in portraying the threat caused by the miasma and the monsters, such that it provided some justification for additional protection of someone who wasn’t combat trained, but is still the most valuable offensive weapon in the right situation, which they are trying to attain through tactics.

    I did think that Sei’s characterization was generally excellent, although I got a bit frustrated as the show went on that she kept with pushing Hawke away because she seemed to think that he wasn’t trying to specifically appeal to her. I would have preferred that she recognize that he was appealing to her in good faith earlier in the show (like around episode 8 instead of 12), and leaned back into that, rather than continue to run away from him with an attitude of “he doesn’t know how he’s making me feel!” I also felt like they never really went to any sort of a harem thing. Yeah they did introduce more good looking, high ranking men, but I felt like it was totally OTP from the beginning, and there was never really romantic interest from anyone else.

    But anyway, thanks for the review! I think your rating is probably right, even if I liked it more than that, mostly because I really like shows in that category. 🙂

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    • Hey Highway ^.^ and thanks for the thorough comment! Yes, I want to get back into writing reviews, but the entrance back into that might be a bit rough. Reading the way I used to write during my college days and how I write now makes me feel like I’m reading two different people. It’d be nice to find a balance between the two eventually.

      I also really enjoyed Saint’s Magic and if I had rated this show before the last few episodes, I would have selfishly rated it higher. Actually, I’m pretty sure I rated it something like 8/10 on my AniList. But when I try to step back and look at what the show did over the course of the season and what it failed to do, then it’s harder to ignore the weaknesses, some of which you also mention with Sei’s avoidance of Hawke’s obvious feelings. And yes, the harem idea was definitely more of a beginning vision than anything of actual consequence later in the show. I personally choose to believe what you described with Johan and Drewes as simply friends and colleagues looking to protect Sei’s independence and interests as well they could.

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