Ryochimo’s take on Yozakura Quartet has always been something of a polarising topic. Beginning with the release of the Hoshi no Umi OVAs, its leap onto TV with Hana no Uta served to jumpstart arguments in regards to its worth as an animation spectacle. It’s the same formulaic clash of mindsets you’ve probably witnessed occur over much more recent shows – although it happens on a larger scale now that more and more people are taking steps to interact with this aspect of anime; one camp was unable to contain their glee over all the exciting craft crammed into almost every episode, the other kept grimacing over another show that supposedly throws all else by the wayside in an attempt to just look cool. It’s a tired argument at best, but here’s the thing: it’s one that was never relevant to Yozakura in the first place. As you’ll see through this post, it’s hard to argue about this show’s animation being a superficial addition when it’s one of the most interesting means to portray the nature of its world’s magic. It’s not as if this is One Punch Man, folks!