Magical boys? Yes, they are indeed a thing! Though unlike its predecessor Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu!, Dear My Magical Boys is closer to Little Witch Academia than your typical magical girl (or boy, in this case) series like Sailor Moon. Following the steps that A3!, iDOLiSH7 and other smartphone games aimed at women did in the past, will Dear My Magical Boys become the next big hit?
Dear My Magical Boys, known as Dear Magi: Mahou Shounen Gakka in Japan, is an academy adventure game that is set in a magic school. The player takes upon the role of a girl who isn’t good when it comes to magic—she even earns the moniker “Maryoku Obake”, or magical power ghost from her peers due to her inability to use magic correctly. Because of this, the master of the school transferred her from the magical girl course to the Master course, where she meets seven handsome boys—all of them forced to become the school’s first-ever magical boys.
The heroine meets the seven magical boys… They don’t seem to like being a magical boy that much since they find it really embarrassing.
The girl who wants to become a magical girl and seven guys who were suddenly told to become magical boys… what will become of their fate? As their personalities and beliefs clash, they eventually learn how to work with each other. The story depicting their growth as a person and as a magical boy is the focus of the main story.
The main story consists of two parts, with the first part consisting of 12 chapters. After completing the prologue, a new story is released every time you level up. You can raise your levels by doing “magic exercises”, wherein you need to tap and defeat the monster using your magic within the time limit. On the other hand, you can access the second part through the story cards that you can get each time you level up.
Another feature of Dear My Magical Boys is the Talk Room in which you can freely write a message and talk to the boys. You can have up to five turns in every exchange, and if your conversation ends up being interesting to any of them, they will even send you a personal message and chat with you!
The Talk Room allows you to have a chat with the boys. If you’re lucky enough, you can even have a one-on-one chat with them!
The game also has an “avatar” feature, where you can change and coordinate the boys’ wardrobe by changing the clothes in their locker. Coming up with different variations will increase your levels, so make sure to be creative in your fashion choices!
Perhaps the most intriguing feature of this game is the Voice With Messages, where just like the popular Korean smartphone game Mystic Messenger, you can be able to chat and talk with your favorite characters on the phone. You can choose among the seven male leads the bright and energetic Kaito Hinomiya (CV: Soma Saito), the tsundere Mika Kazuma (CV: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), the chuunibyou Arata Saiga (CV: Junya Enoki), the gentle Sakuya Minatsuki (CV: Haruka Shinya), the narcissistic Niki Mugendo (CV: Yuichiro Umehara) and the macho Yu Rikumori (CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi). These phone calls can make you feel as if you’re really having a conversation with them!
Being an otome game that is a mix of visual novels, battle games, and messenger games, Dear My Magical Boys certainly has the potential to become the next big hit when it comes to smartphone games. Since the game was recently released in Japan, feel free to play it now on your Android or iOS phones!