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YMMV / Ojamajo Doremi: Rise of the Shadows

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are the Shadows really as evil as the fic says? Or are they simply trying to survive their own inevitable demise? And are they simply annoyed to insanity from having no choice but to listen in on their Light Halves' quirks throughout their whole lives?
  • Ass Pull: The Queen having the ability to ignore the rules of magic (read: bringing back the dead) while in her Super Mode come completely out of left field.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Shadow Ojamajos are this despite having the weakest characterization, having had more interest from the readers than the author's other original characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This fic has the Witch Queen gain angelic wings and thus look less like a witch and more like an angel in 2010-2011. Fast forward to Maho Girls PreCure in early 2015, and we see both Precures gaining a set of angelic wings toward the end of Everyone Sing - Miraculous Magic, where they look less like Witch Precures and more like angels.
  • Les Yay: The main pairing of this fic is Majorin x the Queen, both of whom are female.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Black Queen allows the Shadow Ojamajos to murder their light halves in cold blood right in front of the Queen. The Queen even outright states that they "don't deserve to exist" after it happens.
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  • Paranoia Fuel: This fic is about Living Shadows coming to life to do god-knows-what to you and the rest of the world. Sweet dreams...
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The sub-plot of Majorin actually loving the Queen ultimately takes precedence over the fight between Light Beings and Shadows. Said sub-plot isn't mentioned in the summary whatsoever and only comes into play around the middle of the story, yet the main plot of Light vs. Shadows eventually comes off as just an Excuse Plot for shoving Majorin x the Queen down the reader's throats. The sequel, going by external sources and what is already written, is just as bad.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Majorin and the Queen. There was no true reason or explanation whatsoever for their romantic interest toward the end of the fic other than "the author likes the pairing". In fact, it would seem the entire story is little more than a glorified Excuse Plot to shove one of the author's favorite pairings down everyone's throats; the only other thing would be to show off the Queen's fanmade Super Mode.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The story's prologue spoke of various Shadows dying off screen and it being a reason why Black Queen is gathering her forces to try and Take Over the World. It would have been interesting to see more details added and it would have given Black Queen more depth as a character, but this was completely dropped in favor of both making her look more evil AND cementing one of the author's favored pairings.
  • What an Idiot!: The Queen right before the climax.
    You'd expect: The Queen would, after freeing herself from her bonds, to silently move away and either A) ambush Black Queen, thereby interrupting, if not outright stopping the spell and possibly let her steal one or more of the Seven Seals to use for herself or B) escape and regroup.
    Instead: She announces her intentions to stop Black Queen's Evil Plan and launches an attack. Black Queen effortlessly parries the attack since she now had plenty of time to prepare. This leads to Evil Rin trying to run her though with her dagger, forcing Majorin to take the hit and die as a result.
    • And we get this gem from Witches at World's End, courtesy of, once again, the Queen:
      You'd expect: The Queen, after sensing Black Queen's return, to get the Seven Seals and use her Super Mode to guarantee a win on her part and stop Black Queen once and for all. Or, at the very least, force Black Queen to reveal her ace early and give the protagonists ample time to prepare countermeasures for it.
      Instead: The Queen opts for her new Cool Sword (and only her Cool Sword; not even her Game-Breaker levels of magic are used) even though she can't use the full extent of its power outside of her Super Mode, and tries to run Black Queen through. Cue Curbstomp Battle, and not in the Queen's favor.
  • Writer Cop Out: The story slowly builds up to a final battle against the Shadows for the fate of all worlds and we're in for an epic showdown. Most of the other heroes are dead either from Heroic Sacrifice or having fallen in battle, and the Queen is the only one left standing. Then...we get the Queen swiping the MacGuffin and going into a Deus ex Machina Super Mode that just curbstomps the bad guys without the slightest of difficulty. Then we have said Queen using her Super Mode to bring back the other heroes and not die because its a Super Mode that lets her ignore the rules of magic.


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