For many individuals in N-City, playing the popular social role-playing game Magical Girl Raising Project is as close as they could come to being a real magical girl. However, for some rare players, that dream can become a reality. One such girl is Koyuki Himekawa, who receives a notification one night that she has been selected to become a magical girl, her in-game avatar Snow White.
As Koyuki and other chosen players in the city begin helping those in need, they all receive yet another notification: the admins have decided that they want to reduce the number of magical girls. Whoever collects the least amount of Magical Candies—which are awarded for their magical girl activities—in their competition each week will lose their powers. But when a real-world tragedy happens to the first player that drops out, they are shown the repercussions of losing their abilities. As more participants inevitably lose the competition and more twisted rules are added, the girls soon realize that their "contest" is actually a desperate fight for survival.
This anime in 8 words: “Anticlimactic Magical Girl Death Game With Wasted Potential ”
Yes, this is just another magical girl dark twist anime. Unfortunately, it's not that great of one either and here's why:
This is what a series looks like when it tries to have emotional shock factor, but fails because it's only 12 episodes long and has too many characters. When characters die, most of the times you won't even care because there are too many of them and you don't ever know their backstory until the episode of their death. This series has a damsel in distress, innocent, naive main protagonist. There
are no moral messages to be gained from this anime and no overarching reasons for the events that happen. It’s, simply put, excessive “just because” death-game violence. However, I believe it's still worth watching if you like seeing violence and/or the death of magical girls.
I want to note that I actually did enjoy watching the series for the most part, but this is from my unbiased perspective as a person who has seen a lot of anime. It will probably be a lot better to the people that haven't seen as many anime.
This being a thriller, you should go into series expecting there to be intense, edgy battles and deaths. Most of the characters could have been expanded upon, but weren't, and that largely took away from the potential of the series. I honestly believed that it started off with the potential to be outstanding, but it quickly went downhill once the death game began. The great characters started dying off too quickly without me building any attachment to them. The main protagonist “Snow White” was excessively naive and innocent throughout the whole anime. Consequently, I did not enjoy almost any time she got screentime after the first few episodes because every side-character was significantly more interesting than her.
The basic premise of the story is that ordinary people were selected to become magical girls while playing a magical girl phone game. They are then forced into a death game where the magical girl with the least amount of "candies" at the end of the week dies. They initially gained these candies by performing acts of goodness, but Fav (the Kyubey knockoff) continuously adds in new elements that push some of the magical girls to kill each other instead. This is definitely not a "psychological" series; you can tell as it presents itself in the cliche, archetypal, non-unique characters. Taking that into consideration, I feel that the writers tried, but failed, to portray powerful concepts like friendship, desperation, loss, and psychological twists. This is largely because they introduced these archetype characters with amazing potential, but then got rid of them just as fast. Unfortunately, the fast pacing and the anticlimactic ending left me with feelings of wasted potential as I finished.
The art was nothing outstanding, but pretty good. There wasn’t anything particularly unique about it. I enjoyed the battle scenes and the fluidity of the animation. The characters were a bit too colorful and cute for me personally, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The brightness of the characters in combination with the dark background made the series feel less dark and more lighthearted.
Non-unique, average, unmemorable ost. Although, the ending theme was relatively nice. Both the opening and the ending didn’t really suit the anime. Music was a bit too lighthearted for what was happening.
As I mentioned before, most of the characters die soon after they’re introduced. I liked most of them because of their diverse personalities, but I don't think you will be getting any new favorite characters out of this anime. If this anime was a real magical girl series with the same characters and similar deaths, I feel that it would have been significantly better. Most of the characters had great potential for development, but I could not form any attachments to any of them because of their short screen time and lack of backstories until the moment before their death. It was such a waste… *shakes head*
All things considered, it was alright. Never watching it again, but I don’t regret watching it at all. The fighting and characters were enjoyable enough for me to continue watching it this season. I looked forward to seeing what would happen in each new episode, but the end of the series made me feel that it’s just anticlimactic overall with nothing to be gained from the resolution (not even satisfaction). I would watch a season two to see where they go from here because it's still entertaining nonetheless.
I can't give this series any higher than a 7 because it wasn't really that good and no less than a 5 because it certainly wasn't below average overall.
Bottom line: Would I recommend this to you?
If all you want is the gore/killing, then absolutely.
If you want a great story, then no it’s just wasted potential.
If you want both, then try Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero (anything but Ilya from the "Fate/" Series), Akame Ga Kill, or Mirai Nikki.
If you want a similar concept that’s better imo, then try Madoka Magica, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha, or Btoom.
Hope this helps you make your decision! If so, let me know by clicking helpful! If not, let me know why you disagree~
“I kinda like it when a lotta people die.” --George Carlin
Sometimes, all you need is kill. Ing. That’s what I was looking for with Magipro. I was a little stressed, you see. I was in a weird spot at the beginning of the season: pets dying, mothers hospitalized, promotions at work, dads who live forty miles away and need rides to work another forty miles away. Oh my god. I have RESPONSIBILITIES?!
Tough times call for easy viewing. I wanted something that I didn’t have to think about. Something fun. And the synopsis of Magipro fit the bill. Magical girls killing each other? Don’t care
why, I wanna see it. People dying is sensational and thrilling. Violence, murder, blood, death, despair! Sometimes, all we need is a little action. Fantasy is for the things we don’t want to experience. It’s all just for fun. Kill to thrill. It’s no fun ‘till someone dies.
And that’s why… I was actually disappointed with Magipro when it started. They give an obvious implication that things will go very wrong for everyone on screen, but if it weren’t for that small foreshadowing then this would’ve been seen as nothing more than a mediocre mahou shoujo anime. It starts off with talking. Then more talking. Followed by more fucking talking. Then the main character gets a template-level transformation and runs around town helping strangers over some exposition and incredibly light music. Where’s the charm? Where’s the MAGIC? Being a magical girl sounds really fucking boring given this show’s depiction of it. Madoka Magica was such a thrill because it had a really interesting depiction of magical girls until things got really fucked up. In Magipro, dying is the most interesting thing you could do.
I need to pause for a moment to calmly explain to you, kind readers, that if you continue comparing a show that is nothing more than a bloodbath to a complete deconstruction of an entire genre, I will find you, rip your arms off, and recreate Sentarou’s drum solo from the pilot of Kids on the Slope using your severed limbs as drumsticks. Please stop making this retarded comparison. The shows have nothing in common beyond being dark magical girl shows, and Magipro doesn’t even hold a candle to Madoka’s spectacle.
Now, back to the review.
Soon enough, the killings begin! ...In the form of really soft and boring deaths. Magipro is more of a competition in the beginning with the weakest link getting killed off. This is then revealed to the other girls by a couple people gathering info and sharing it around. They then complain by gathering in a chatroom and arguing with something that that is way too obviously a combination of Kyubey from Madoka and Monokuma from Danganronpa. Yawn. Where’s the drama? Someone just fucking DIED for fuck’s sake! Where’s the intensity?!
Alright, so eventually they start killing each other… it’s kinda nice, but also… I dunno, tame? No single fight nor death stuck out to me. There’s not much else to the show beyond magical girls killing each other, so you’d think this would be played up much more. Nah, no one had a crushingly brutal death, it’s more like they just lost in a fight and death was more of a side effect. I’d recommend seeing your doctor if you get a side effect of death, though. But there IS a lot of blood. Blood is fun, so the more there is, the better. One scene had multiple characters die in the same place, with blood splashing over some other characters. I jerked off to it. It was art.
One good thing about all the deaths is that they come at a pretty alarming rate. Perhaps it’s for the anime’s benefit that few people die in the early episodes, because that means multiple deaths in each episode later on. That’s when things get fun.
The way things play out can be interesting. Magical girls form pairs or teams, leading to tag-team fights and surprising betrayals. The drama is surprisingly decent, but it’s not too hard to throw in a bunch of crazy shit happening with a cast of sixteen characters. But still, it was nice to see certain bitches get double-crossed and some deaths can be unexpected. Except for… you know, the ones that happen about five minutes after someone’s backstory is revealed. Death flags are thrown around a lot, and that’s no fun. It’s like hearing what you’re gonna get for Christmas. I can’t be surprised about getting a PS4 and now Christmas sucks. Thanks, Trump.
The characters aren’t that good since they’re all meant to die anyway, but I still found myself rather amused by most of them. Many of them have their own idea of what it means to be a magical girl, and their access to power twists their mind a little. Say what you want about how bitchy Ruler is, she was one of the strongest characters. But none can compare to best girl TOPU SPEEDO. She wears a big witch hat and rides a broom. Everyone else go home. Anyway, the characters are just adequate--when the backstories are timed well, they’re actually pretty satisfying. Seeing a person’s life before their transformation and how much they’ve changed was interesting.
However, NONE of the above can be said about the main character, Snow White. She is an utterly atrocious character. There might as well have not been a lead, because she literally does jack shit besides cry, get upset, cry, lament about people dying, cry, and complain about her definition of being a magical girl not getting across to anyone else. Tough luck, bitch, go fucking murder people. I need to watch things die at a good safe distance, and you’re not helping. Why is she here? Can her parents please pick her up?
I mean, it’s cool that she’s the innocent character who cries about death all the time, but the fact that she isn’t even around for 80% of the time means she probably gets less screentime than several other people. Kinda hard to consider her the lead at this point. If she were at least part of the action and tried interfering with people every now and then, I could get behind her involvement, but I’m not joking when I say that she did nothing in the entire season. She makes Yukiteru Amano look like Yuno Gasai.
Their designs are pretty great for the most part and have a lot of detail and personality to them, but uh… what’s with all the fanservice? No, I’m not about to go “WAHHHH! THERE’S CLEAVAGE IN MY ANIME, MAKE IT STOP!!! WAAAAAAHHHH!!” It’s just weird when half the girls have big tits and wear super revealing and tight-fitting outfits to compliment their big tits, and the other half are practically flat and wear more creative and cutesy outfits. I don’t mind fanservice as a whole, and some sexuality is always expected, but goddamn, Magipro. Why don't you just dispense paper towels at the start of every episode? Top Speed still the hottest though. Get a witch hat, idiots.
But the best thing, of all things… are the names. Goddamn do these characters have beautiful names. Ripple. Calamity Mary. Winterprison. Hardgore Alice. Izetta the Last Witch. Holy fuck these are edgy. That’s so cool. I love them so much. I like edgy things because I like having fun every once in a while and don’t need to look mature by putting down teenage angst. I embrace it when it doesn’t go too far because it’s fun. Magipro is fun. It can afford to be a little edgier, though.
So, Magipro had some good moments. It ultimately delivered on its promise--a bunch of cute girls dying. It did what it was asked to, but didn’t exceed expectations nor disappoint. It was just a perfectly adequate job. Watching it was tiring at first, but I found myself having fun after a few slow episodes. In the end, that’s what matters, even if it could’ve been better. I recommend it for that, but I’m sure there are much better battle royales out there. Hell, I would actually say that Mirai Nikki is unironically better. Might need to put a trigger warning somewhere, though.
I gave it a 5 because that’s average. It’s not a low score, it’s the midpoint between 1 and 10. Don’t blame me for having “low scores” if you think 7.7 is “average”.
Oh, I guess I forgot the art and sound sections. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yep they exist. Alright, got that taken care of.
Story - 5/10
Art - 5/10
Sound - 5/10
Character - 5/10
Enjoyment - 5/10
Top Speed - 55/10
Overall - 5.5/10
Favorite character - PM me Top Speed hentai
Favorite episode - not 9 that’s for fucking sure
Recommendation level - Medium
Magical girl raising project is an anime about 16 magical girls who are thrown into a survival game where only 8 will be allowed to survive. This later turns into 4 and only 2 survive within the end
The protagonist of the story is Koyuki Himekawa who has the ability to hear thoughts.
Magical girl raising project is a very enjoyable anime overall, lets get into the pros and cons:
Magical girl raising project is full to the brim with a wide range of characters, all of which are well developed, this makes the audience become emotionally invested in them and if one of them
dies then it will most likely have an impact on you.
The animation, soundtrack and pacing of Magical girl raising project are all good, the animation is beautiful and immersive and the soundtrack leaves nothing to be desired; the opening and ending themes are some of the best within the winter 2016 season and character themes are all well fitting. The pacing is slow at first but becomes gradually faster, this does not affect the show though and only propels it forward.
The ending of the show is well rounded but slightly predictable; it does leaves a good taste in the audience's mouth however.
Magical girl raising project is predictable at first but becomes a lot more surprising as time progresses, therefore making the audience unaware of the events that will happen and it leads them into a false sense of security.
Within the show there is little to no filler which means the audience can focus on the plot.
Magical girl raising project has bad villains as they are built up so much but meet anti climactic endings, this gives the audience a sense of disappointment when one of them dies. Magical girl raising project also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the universe that it is set in as it leaves a lot of important questions to be answered (since this is an on-going light novel when concerning the source material it means there may be more universe development if the show gets a second season.)
Since this is a death game there is many deaths but a lot feel unnecessary and leave a bad taste. They seem to only be there for the idea that there will be only 2 survivors in the end.
Magical girl raising project is an interesting take on the survival game genre and adds a lot to the table, it has a lot of advantages over others in this genre however the villains lack a lot. The pros heavily outweigh the cons so that leaves Magical girl raising project with a 8/10.
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, yet another entry for the "dark and edgy" as well as unnecessarily sophisticated "mature" magical girl genre.
The Magical Girl Raising Project took a creative risk to introduce the completely original and unique concept (*major sarcasm) of the dark side of Mahou Shoujo‘s to audiences. Plot: Girl(s) with ``surprise surprise’’ problems in the real world distract themselves from their problems by playing a free to play (*with micro transactions) magical girl game on their android or IOS devices. But! Get this, in the game The Magical Girl Raising Project, one in tens of thousands of people to get to be a
real "magical girl” even guys apparently... that’s a spoiler for another day. Besides the unwanted shock at the beginning of the series, the plot of the story was for the magical girls’ to race each other and collect more "magical candies" than their competitors. You know, a sweet and fun game that young girls would probably play… maxing out their parent’s credit cards on the micro transaction, but I digress.
All of this changed however, and the edginess kicked in. Instead of working together to defeat the common evil, the girls instead start killing each other because that is the easiest and most logical solution to solving problems.
The edginess and darkness that the story adds for shock value is simply repulsive. There was too much effort made to try and set this title apart from similar mahou shoujo titles with unique rules stipulations. Often time given out by some sort of creature or deity. I felt that the entire story was supposed to be going for “uniqueness” and there is no doubt that the staff reached their goal however, somewhere along the lines the staff got too involved in trying to recreate the same ``dark & edgy’’ formula seen in titles like Yuuki Yuuna is a hero, and Mahou Shoujo Madoka. So to a certain extent it just feels like watching a knock-off version of YuYu or Madoka.
This approach took away a lot of the good parts and redeeming qualities that the story had to offer. Rather than focusing on a story that branches out more on the game and characters, you’re greeted to a blood fest rumble where the main focus leans on shock value and a darker narrative. The story feels too constricted as well as repetitive with it's choices in storytelling. The most noticeable patterns are plot twist, shocking moments, and of course blood and gore. There are lighter times however; they are kept to a minimal. Only to be used when they need to add a quick plot twist. Because of the lack of freedom in the story, I found it difficult to remain engaged and satisfied with the events taking place in the story.
The animation for Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is impressive nonetheless! Lerche is a pretty reputable studio putting out hit titles like Assassination classroom, Danganronpa, School-Live (*maybe not so much) and of course Monster Musume. All shows with amazing visuals and special effects. I found myself most intrigued by the battles in rising project, which should be no surprise. The destruction of scenery coupled with the determination and fear on most girls’ faces while fighting were well displayed. I felt like the visual tension between the characters made most fight scenes feel more dramatic too.The best fights where the animation felt clean and fluent had involved Calamity Mary and Cranberry. So I would highly recommend watching them in action. I mean you know a battle is done right when you want to go back and re-watch it.
The soundtrack fits the atmosphere of the battles. The well composed songs create a good amount of tension and exciting during events throughout the anime. While I felt the soundtrack was good, I did feel like it lacked the replay value and lasting effect that puella magi madoka magica soundtrack had. That aside, the voice actors were pretty good. I felt like each actor did an amazing job representing their perspective characters and giving them personality… except that dog girl whose name I cannot remember, and I’m too lazy to go close out of word and Google it. I’ll probably edit this out… or not.
The enjoyment of the series would have to be the fighting. I would’ve said drama however, Magical girl rising project is the kind of show where the drama tends to drag on. It goes on to the point where you’ll probably lose interest and skip forward a little.
Overall the show isn’t “bad” as in “the worst thing ever.” It’s just full of too many cliché’s and predictable moments depending on how experienced you are when it comes to watching anime. If there were any changes that needed to be made for the shows second season, if green lit. I would hope that they use an approach that isn’t so… one-sided. I want to see more than just violence and drama. I would like to see more into the characters daily lives and happier moments that last longer than 6 minutes (in screen-time.)
I gave Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku a 7/10 because I felt like despite all of the problems the show presents, it still manages to captivate audiences with its intense fights, drama, and unique cast of characters.
Magical girl shows aren't usually this dark and gory. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica was the first to add some darkness to the usual glittery nature of the genre, and Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku seems to want to try and recreate that formula for success.
Light Novel adaptations have had something of a poor reputation over the past couple of years in anime. For every actually good one, there are 5-6 terrible highschool harems led by Yuji Everylead the Bland. But this upcoming Fall 2016 anime season looks like it might be the exception....maybe?