Japan’s Cherry Magic (30sai made Dotei dato Mahotsukai ni Narerurashii) is winding up its season and the show’s fanbase, which started with some appreciative mutterings, has only grown as it has aired. Considering the show’s vocal supporters, I was a little nervous to wade in lest I didn’t connect with it as others have. There’s no need to fear though: Cherry Magic (literally 30 years of virginity can make you a wizard) is as cute and as full of kilig as promised.
Adachi Kiyoshi (Akaso Eiji) is an introverted and awkward 29-year-old virgin, whose life ticks over to 30 with little fanfare and even less action on the romance front. Adachi’s singledom comes mostly from his outsider status: he can’t imagine that someone would be interested in him and wouldn’t know what to do about it if they were.
As Adachi enters the first day of his 30s, he discovers an old-wive’s tale about 30-year-old virgins is true – they gain magical powers! In his case it’s telepathy and he soon discovers that the attractive, confident and successful Kurosawa Yuichi (Machida Keita) is not only attracted to him but almost obsessively so.
Love is a Doing Word
As the first two episodes unfold, Adachi discovers his powers and of course recoils from them. It’s a connection to his fellow humans, an intimacy even, that’s more than he can handle. But once he knows of Kurosawa’s feelings, he finds they’re something he can’t ignore. He does try though. Which just goes to show that even magic powers can’t guarantee love. Adachi has to grapple not only with his own feelings about his colleague but with his natural inclination to watch rather than act. Love, as Massive Attack tell us, is a doing word. Adachi can no longer blame a lack of interest for his singledom. If he wants love, he is going to have to find the courage to do something about it.
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