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
- 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.