Nurse Witch KOMUGI R is a twelve episode magical girl anime produced by Tatsunoko Production. The director for the series was Keiichiro Kawaguchi, and it was written by Momoko Murakami. It can be watched on Crunchyroll.
Nurse Witch KOMUGI R focuses on Komugi Yoshida, an energetic but clumsy girl who is very spirited. She works as an idol together with her two friends, Kokona Saionji and Tsukasa Kisaragi. Whereas Kokona and Tsukasa are popular, Komugi tends to get low-end jobs, such as playing the part of a corpse in a drama.
One day, Komugi encounters a mysterious injured creature named Usa-P. Usa-P recruits Komugi to be a magical girl, or, more accurately, a ‘Tombo-E Girl’ and has her track down Fan-C Cards. However, she’s not the only Tombo-E Girl collecting the Fan-C Cards.
Komugi’s character is pretty much covered in that synopsis up there – a clumsy, energetic type who gives her all to everything she does. She’s always enthusiastic; the type of character who never gets down, and if she does, it’s not for long. She transforms into the Magical Nurse.
Her close friend, Kokona, is a gentle lass with a matching personality. She’s also quite smart, and wants to be become a number one idol. As you might’ve guessed, she also gains the power to transform into a Tombo-E Girl – she transforms into the Magical Maid, and her personality becomes more sadistic – much like Plutia’s transformation into Iris Heart from Hyperdimension Neptunia.
Tsukasa is a female character with masculine looks. She puts up a front when out in public, but when she’s alone she will allow her true personality to come forth – she’s actually a lot more feminine than she lets on to the general public. She transforms into the Magical Sister, a form in which she’s more comfortable to express her feminine side since nobody knows who she actually is.
The other characters are all right – with Komugi’s classmates and their teacher probably being the best side characters. Of course, there are mascot characters too, but there isn’t really much to say about them. There’s also Komugi’s childhood friend Yuto, who Tsukasa secretly has a crush on. More on that shortly.
Whenever the magical girl- sorry, Tombo-E Girl stuff happens, it’s pretty much just played for laughs. Several times transformations have narration over them to explain how it actually took 0.02 seconds, though there’s some fourth-wall tomfoolery during later transformations as the narrator gets cut off when they speed them up.
Characters’ attack names also vary wildly from what the narrator says they are, so there’s some more silliness there.
Oh, the Tombo-E Girl stuff is pretty much just your standard monster of the week formula – the Fan-C cards turn inanimate objects into monsters which the characters finish off with a flashy attack.
Being about magical girl idols, you also get to see the occasional song and dance performances. These are always done with CG, which is something that can be quite divisive when it comes to anime fans. It’s strictly reserved for idol performances, and it’s not terrible to watch.
So, Tsukasa’s crush on Yuto. Throughout the show, it’s made incredibly obvious she has feelings for Yuto, though often it feels like she gets the majority of the focus. This time is spent establishing her as an actual girly-girl, which becomes somewhat annoying the umpteenth time the series needs to show that.
Also, despite the fact that Yuto works alongside Tsukasa very often, he never expresses any romantic interest in her, until the very end. It’s a sudden conclusion to the whole romantic feelings subplot, and all it results in? Spoilers for the final episode: A hug and Yuto buggering off to America for 10 years…
Talking of romance, Komugi’s classmates believe there’s something going on between Kokona and Tsukasa, with Komugi added to that mix later on. Heck, even Yuto believes that Kokona and Tsukasa are seeing each other. Nothing ever happens with that though, as you might guess.
Whilst establishing a female character who puts on a masculine front is fine and all, having her show feminine side by crushing on a boy seems… kind of a half-hearted way to go about it, especially with the non-conclusion that whole arc has…
Fortunately, episodes that put the focus on either Komugi or Kokona are more enjoyable to watch.
Putting that aside, the music is all right, with a rather catchy opening theme. The idol songs are enjoyable enough, though your mileage may vary on the use of CG, as already mentioned.
Oh, and though it doesn’t detract or add anything to the show, there are a lot of cameos from other Tatsunoko properties here.
A magical girl show that pretty much borders on parody; the ‘Tombo-E Girl’ is just some silly fun, but the whole experience is marred by what feels like Tsukasa and her crush on Yuto receiving most of the attention throughout the run. Whilst it’s nice to have a light-hearted magical girl in amongst an influx of darker ones, there are better options out there.