Fantasista Doll: A Quick Take

Uzume may win at this game, but is she the Master of Maids?
Imagine that, a child winning at a children’s card game.

A child named Uzume finds herself thrown into playing a card game in real life with a group of new friends in the first episode of Fantasista Doll. Still playing a card game that she excelled at when she was younger, Uzume, she gets drawn into a real battle using the same mechanics as that game. With the help of a Fantasista Doll called Sasara, Uzume manages to save herself and win the battle. After that, she’s introduced to more Dolls who remain suspicious of her as their master, but her attitude goes some way toward allaying the fears she will abuse them for her own gain.

I think a show of this type has to be taken into context. In Brothers Conflict, I said that existed for the purpose of selling more light novels. With this, the anime exists to promote a card battle game for mobile phones that is coming out in the near future. Their target audience is young girls based on the costumes, though the action scenes have enough of a physical element with property destruction that it is also attempting to reach an older male audience. This game is made for lolicons, isn’t it?

For a card game battle anime, this is pretty pedestrian. There’s no attempt like one other show like this that was set in a dystopian urban setting to make it standout. Nope, it’s just a young girl running around trying to figure out how the game works. If this were a real card game, Uzume would have lost badly, and with the way the battles work she probably would be hospitalized at best. Ultimately, this story will lead to a setup where she slowly gets to know her Dolls and become good at fighting alongside them. Then, her friend she looks up to will end up being the final boss. That’s just how these things work.

Reasons to Continue Watching

  • Destruction of property
  • Fills the massive shortage of anime based on mobile card battle games
  • One of the more family-friendly offerings this summer

Reasons to Drop

  • The demographics being targeted are troubling
  • The realization that old men participating in children’s card game tournaments is beyond self-parody
  • The man who gave Uzume the ability to participate in this deadly game is clearly a lolicon

My Verdict: This simply isn’t my kind of show. I realize that affects my enjoyment, but I have a real problem with shows aimed at young girls and older men at the same time intentionally.

4 thoughts on “Fantasista Doll: A Quick Take”

  1. I commend your effort of blogging the opening episode of so many shows. You must be the hardest working anime blogger around.

    1. The people who write episodic on everything work way harder than I do. This is really nothing in comparison to them. I know there are bloggers who also do 3 episode taste test things with every show as well. That takes a lot of patience.

    1. I can’t make a blanket statement that the fans are. What I can say is that there are aspects of Nanoha that I believe are do signed to appeal to lolicons.

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