Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Takamiya Honoka (Kobayashi Yuusuke, in his first major anime role) and the girl is Kagari Ayaka (Seto Asami, playing against type). If there's anything remotely original in the setup it's the degree to which the trope is stretched - Takamiya is a complete schlub, utterly bland and unexceptional, and Takamiya is a badass witch. Not only that she towers over Takamiya, calls him her "Princess" (which is what the rest of the school calls her), carries him in her arms like a baby and ties his necktie like the bow on the girls' uniform. We may be in parody territory here, though whether it'll be effective comedically in the long term it's too soon to say. The norm is so absurd in these types of shows that parody seems almost pointless - like hentai doujins of To Love-ru.
falling buildings and armies of arcane robot bunnies with axes and sledgehammers. The comic timing, as you'd expect, is very good - the rhythm of the dialogue is better than the words themselves. As for the plot, it involves Kagari being the "Witch of Flames" and the fact that she must eternally protect Takamiya (naturally) - initially from a rather bumbling rival witch named Kuriashi Tanpopo (Izawa Shiori) who ends up transferring into Takamiya's school with a bunch of her allies after her attempt on his life is foiled by Kagari.
Kagari's fan club to her association with Takamiya, which follows 100% predictable lines. In fact there's way too much that's predictable here, on the whole. As much as Mizushima-sensei's impact on the show itself, the draw here for me is curiosity as to what drew him to the material in the first place. So far, I don't see it - but this was certainly not a bad premiere, so I'll give it another week or two and see where it goes. On the plus side, the ED is quite catchy and the animation is probably the funniest thing in the episode - though given that it depicts Tanpopo and her cohorts being tortured Salem fashion, it's certainly tasteless.