The early spring anime season is in full effect, with new shows and seasons lined up for Crunchyroll fans to enjoy. Of these titles, Mashle: Magic and Muscles packs a punch with its over the top comedy and borderline satire of the popular Wizarding World.
Produced by A-1 Pictures, fans can tune in to the debut subtitled episode, which currently averages a 4.9/5 on Crunchyroll, today!
In a deep, dark forest, there is a boy who single-mindedly works out. His name is Mash Burnedead, and he has a secret: he can’t use magic—in a world where everyone casually uses magic. All he wants is to live a quiet life with his family, but one day people suddenly start trying to kill him—and he somehow finds himself enrolled in Magic School.
There, he sets his sights on becoming a “Divine Visionary,” the elite of the elite. Will his ripped muscles work against the best and brightest of the wizarding world? The curtain rises on this off-kilter magical fantasy in which the power of being jacked crushes any spell!Series Synopsis | CrunchyRoll
Harry Squatter: The Boy Who Lifts
The world of Mashle is focused on the has and has nots—primarily, who has magic capabilities and who doesn’t. Those born with magic wield a scar on their face, some even a representative of a lightning bolt below the eye. Those with magic are treated to the gift of living, while people like Mash are punished with their own lives.
The story revolves around a young man named Mash Burnedead—the boy who lifts. Mash is born without a scar or magic powers. But what Mash pack instead is a backhanded chop from which even Gunther would shiver. Mash is absurdly strong. Equivalent of One-Punch Man level strong.
When Mash ventures into the city, and is discovered to be alive without the ability to wield magic, the locals go after him and attack his home. When they get to his home in the middle of the woods, all that is there is Mash’s adoptive father—who is also an outcast himself. Mash steps in to protect his father without being able to use magic. What follows is a laugh-out-loud scene consisting of Mash backhanding, volleying, kicking, and punching each and every Avada Kedavra-type spell out of the way. Eventually, Mash is offered to join the magic academy in the city to gain respect of the locals.
Mashle and the Sorcerers Gains
Mashle is perfect for anyone seeking an alternative to the wizarding stories they grew up with. There are clear parallels between the magical world, Mash, and the hit novel and movie series.
The show is genuinely hysterical, features some good animation, and has all the potential to be a hit on an international level. The manga is going through its 11th complete volume, so there are plenty of stories to tell before the anime catches up.
The first subtitled episode of Mashle: Magic and Muscles is streaming now on Crunchyroll, with new episodes releasing weekly.
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