A social game called The Magical Girl Raising Project allows one in tens of thousands of people to be a "magical girl" — possessing extraordinary physical capabilities and looks, as well as special magical powers that set them apart from the rest of the human race. But one day, in a district containing 16 magical girls, the administration announces that it must halve the number of magical girls to solve the problem of magical energy. At first, the 16 magical girls race to collect more "magical candy" than their competitors, but the rules quickly become twisted, and it quickly becomes a murderous battle for survival among them.
A Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku Review (First Four Episodes)
TL;DR: An action-packed Magical girl series in which they test what it means to be in an alliance. There’s more to it than meets the eye.
This review will be updated as it goes along.
"Magical Girl Raising Project"
"What does it mean to be a magical girl?"
“Who is truly your ally?”
Here, we have a Madoka-hunger games-esque anime (Or so I thought), in which they twist what it truly means to be a magical girl. The story are about the girls (giggles) who are given the opportunity of becoming a real-life magical girl. But, too many of these girls were given an opportunity, so there shall be a needed drop in population. In order to stay in the game, you need to either get as much candy as you can, or get it any way you can. If you don’t get enough candy, consequences will take place. Everyone’s in an alliance on getting candy, but... What truly is an alliance?
There are three characters so far that you should pay serious attention to, and that is the main character (of course), La Pucelle, and the magical girl of the name “Ripple.” The main character, 1 out of 10000 girls, happens to be chosen to become a magical girl. It is due to the attributes that she displays to the magical girl recruiter, Kyuub--! *AHEM* *COUGH* I mean, Fav! And thus, she becomes the 15th magical girl in her city, making actions under the name of "Snow White," and shall unravel what it truly means to be a magical girl in her world. Along with her unravelling, she brings along her friend La Pucelle, who promises Koyuki that they’d train her (There’s a reason I said “they”). The character who seems to be the most serious of the series is Ripple, who oddly seems to know what is going to truly come along for these magical girls. These three characters are practically the stars of the show, but there’s a lot more characters from where that comes from. In the anime, there were alliances even before the “hunger games” was executed. The magical girl Top speed who has the attributes of what you’d call a witch, trained Ripple as a magical girl. But, right before their training appeared was a magical girl named Bisham-- I MEAN Calamity Mary. She’s a very sinister character who seems to do whatever she wants, no matter what anyone tells her. There’s a character who is interested in making an alliance with her, and their magical girl name is Magicaroid 44. Surprisingly, this character is just as sinister as Calamity Mary. For the next alliance, we have Tama, Minaelle and Yunalle, Swim Swim, and Maleficen-- I MEAN Ruler (Jeez, I keep messing up these characters’ names). Tama is the kind of girl that seems like they’re very clumsy in the worst situations ever, and is a bit slower than the others. Minaelle and Yunaelle are twins (if you can’t tell by just their names) who are basically angels. They seem like dunderheads, but these two characters are not what they seem. Swim Swim, despite her monotone personality, is actually a very cool character that I didn’t expect to be so. There’s a LOT more to her than I thought there was going to be. She’s very obedient to the leader of the alliance, Ruler. Ruler seems to be a dastardly character who is willing to do anything, but not so much as Calamity Mary. They show a bit of Ruler’s backstory, in which showed me why she’s the way she is. The next character isn’t in an alliance, as her power is to be able to help people in their dreams. There are a lot more characters in the anime, but they haven’t really had screen time yet. So, I’m continuing forth.
(This will be updated as more characters get screen time.)
The characters look very adorable, while every magical girl also having their own unique design as to what they are meant to do with their powers. When revering upon the past, the style of the show actually becomes a cinematic position, making a representation that we're looking back at the past, which is pretty neat. From what the OP shows, it seems there will be a lot of action and crimes that the anime will display. By crimes, I mean the The art overall is very bright, which can be very alluring for the people who wish to watch moe types of artstyle, only to be led to a canyon of blood.
Getting to episode 4, comparing that to episodes 1-3, it’s as if it took a massive improvement. There’s fight scenes in episode 4, and they’re actually very well detailed.
The soundtrack sounds like it's full of joy (For right now, that is), but the OP and ED aren't so. The OP isn't very moe, and it actually has a very serious tone. The OP is voiced Manami Numakura, who is actually someone I've never really heard sing before. Not only that, the performer is one of the voice actresses of a character that seems they’ll play a very big part in the story. They do a splendid job with the OP, though. The ED is voiced by *Mwah* Nano *Mwah.* But, the ED, just like the OP, actually has a very serious tone to it. When I got to episode 4 though, the soundtrack sounded as if their income exploded, so they made a major improvement. It was very intense, in which I thought was great.
I hope for this series to be a serious thriller, as it's the only one of the season. It opened on a very serious note, especially. I have very high hopes on how well this anime will go. I’ve never read the novel, but I’d say to go into this series blind. This series is actually much different from the popular Madoka Magica franchise. This one is more focused on an action-packed story, where Madoka is based emotional traumas. This series I feel is going to make a major improvement going forth.read more
*This review is based on the first 4 episodes and may be updated as the series progresses*
The series is about an RPG-game app that gives girls a chance to become real-life magical girls and use their newly-acquired powers in order to help people in their area under a secret identity. The more people they help, the more 'candies' the earn (basically points).
However, upon realisation that there are TOO MANY magical girls, it is decided that the numbers must be halved. Each week, the magical girl who has collect the least candies has to give up her powers... and die.
Alliances are made, but so are enemies, as not all of the magical-girls are as innocent and good-willed and they might sound.
There are 16 magical girls, but there must only be 8.
The art style is adorable, taking upon Lolita-esque characters with a decent animation that, even if you're like me and usually avoid Lolita-styled anime, you will surely find aesthetically pleasing to watch. However, the art also doesn't completely disregard the bloodier side of things - as seen so far, there is very mild gore which focuses on gallons of blood, which is pretty nice considering the plotline which demands such things to be seen. The contrast between the moe-styled characters and the blood that follows may prove to be interesting.
Even though the art itself is pretty nice, some character designs do look awkward and... strange, to say the least - almost something that you would get when using a random character generator, rather than something consciously created by someone.
When it comes to the characters' personalities themselves, things become a little bit bleak. The point here is that the characters almost 100% perfectly fit into one of the typical character-types you would find in any other anime. Here we have the kuudere, the himedere, a naïve and innocent protagonist with a very protective and caring childhood friend... well, you get the idea.
Though, this section may be taken lightly, considering that this review is written only 4 episodes into the series - thus, there is still hope of development. However, considering how fast the magical-girls are going to be killed, chances are that for other than one or two of the more commonly-seen characters, development is highly unlikely.
I haven't dropped the series - that's saying something.
The first couple of episodes are pretty slow and, I have to say, anticlimactic, but with time the series finds its pace. It isn't something unique or revolutionary in its contents, but it manages to keep my attention in place with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.
This series is worth at least a glance, as it sports a cute art style and pretty decent plotline, which may be hopefully improved with some more character development later on the series. Currently, I have high expectations for this anime, and hope for it to evolve into a series and more action-driven series - and, judging from how it is going so far, these expectations might be quite possibly met.
Being a magical girl is everyone's dream,when you're doing things that you're fascinated with,you'll be glad to be chosen.
We,including the story characters,would think being magical girl is a wonderful dream,but after entering to the magical world,cruelty asides!In order to save magic power,rules are quickly added and the least helpful girls will be eliminated from the world,Could the main protagonists survive from extreme and cruel wars?
The most interesting part is that the characters don't even expect what the incoming challenges are,thinking that they'll probably be alright for the week.You may think,phew...The story is predictable,why should I watch it?Yes,probably we all knows what's going to happen next,but the fact is that the characters doesn't know about it and you'll be curious on what'll happen next to the characters and hence the story sounds like predictable to us but unpredictable to the story characters,which this is the reason why I think the story is unique and interesting.
Nevertheless,I think the storytelling could be improved.First of all,I think they should go straight with the storyline.One thing that I really dislike is the meaningless scenes in this anime,they should put some comedy to replace them or get to the point quickly.In addition,I also think that the stories in this anime is a bit jammed,somehow this anime has too much stuffs to say in each episode,I felt a bit uncomfortable when it do so,perhaps this could be improved by changing the story script.
Most of the characters in this anime have shown great comparisons and individualities to each other.The main protagonist Koyuki is one of the most hard-working and genuine magical girls,she believes that her hard work could pay off.She also fascinated about being a magical girl,thats why she's very passionate about it.On the other hand,Ruler and her team are always seeking for fames and success no matter how to get them.All they want are candies and fame,which is totally opposite of what Koyuki and her friends are.Its believed that more brutal fights between them will happen in the future.As you can see,I really like the individuality of characters personalities.
Unfortunately,I don't know much about the characters' real life.Even though they have shown characters precisely when they become magical girls,what about their real life?Will they have any conflicts also in the real life?These questions are never being answered throughout the whole show,since this show focus too much on the fantasy world,their real life is abandoned aside,it'd be nicer if they could focus more on the real life as well.
During the whole show,have you noticed that the characters somehow looks identical?Their face shapes and appearance are quite similar.Basically the only difference is just some hairstyle and eye colours changed,I somehow think the character design is over simplified.
Exclude the simple character design,the animation and sound are done fairly.The colour visuals are done fine,sound effects and soundtracks are there,though I think they're not very highlighted,since they are often covered by the voice acting.
In general,exclude all the flaws,I like the unpredictable storyline and the individuality of characters personalities,they give me sort of excitement and amusement throughout the whole show,which makes me feeling that this show is different than the other animes.Perhaps if this anime correct its problems I have just mentioned,I could rate a higher score on this.If you like survival games in a fantasy of magical girls,perhaps this anime would be suitable for you.
Notice:This preview is reviewed after episode 4.In obeying the review guidelines in MAL,I'll delete this preview when the series is finished or I drop this anime halfway,then I'll post a completed review afterwards.If you like this preview,Stay tuned for the completed review! :)read more
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