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 (Nine 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?”
THIS IS NOT MADOKA MAGICA.
Here, we have a hunger games anime, 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. Good deeds or bad deeds, you can earn candy either way. 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?
Episode 8 and 9 felt like a movie, not in terms of length, but emotionally.
When watching an anime like this... Just know not to get attached to anyone, or else.
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.” (Surprisingly, to me, Ripple has the best backstory out of the magical girls so far. I can see why she acts how she does.) 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. Against those characters is a new character introduced named Hardgore Alice. She plays a very big role against Calamity Mary, but that won't be gone in depth upon, otherwise it'll lead to spoilers. 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. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there is another magical girl under the name Sister Nana. She has a character design that's pretty much a nun. She is a sort of figure that seeks peace with one another. Along with her is Weiss Winterprison, who seems to be someone who loves Sister Nana very much. Weiss Winterprison is very suspicious of anyone that contacts Sister Nana since practically the beginning of the games. Another magical girl is the Forest Musician, whose true personality is often under toned. She is the sort of individual who seeks powerful foes, no matter what it takes. 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 art style, only to be led to a canyon of blood.
Going after episode 3, there are magnificent fight scenes in which there was definitely effort put into the detail. Also after episode 3, there's a lot of sinister undertone added to the animation, which is quite pleasing.
There's a lot more darkness as it goes along, which will be led to bloodshed. PLENTY of it.
The soundtrack in the beginning sounded like the anime is full of joy, 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. Continuing on, the soundtrack is constantly improved as the anime goes along, which is great.
I understand the rating might seem a bit offensive here, but how this anime is, enjoyment was never meant to be a factor in this (Unless you like seeing everyone you love die..). So, Enjoyment will be put out of the overall weighted score. I enjoy getting my heart twisted around, but this is a lot for me to take in!
I hoped for this series to be a serious thriller, as it's the only one of the season. I definitely received what I wished for. 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 9 episodes and WILL be updated when the series is completed*
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 many of 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. Yes, later on many of the characters do get their own backstories explained, which might pass for development - but, honestly, as the rate of which they are all being killed, that backstory isn't enough to actually mean anything. Many shows face this issue, when they cannot deal with the large number of characters well enough in order to advance with the plot AND allow them to develop or become likable/relatable to the audience.
Unless you're that person who gets attached to every cute Loli that they see, you probably won't feel anything for the characters either.
After all, for many characters, even their motives aren't established properly - yes, they are willing to kill others, but... why? Guess we'll never know.
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. Further on, it becomes more action-packed, which may raise the interest level for some people.
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. A nice way to pass the time, but not a series that should be prioritised or thought too highly of.
The story is what has really kept me going, they seem to continue to develop it in a way that surprises and interests me. I have yet to see a Magical Girl show with such good pacing, where off the pat it is interesting as heck. The plot twists seem to be minor, albeit with a major one here or there, and leave me wanting to see more ASAP. Some things in the story are intended to be a pretense for what is to come and create interest, without going into spoilers, take things that are not impactful are a pretense. It is great.
Additionally, I felt the first three episodes to be weak. This almost downgraded it, until I begun watching the rest of the show. I appreciate the pretenses set earlier after seeing Episode 6.
The studio doesn't do anything flashy, special or good looking, but the animation is well done and watchable, and the choice of design is pretty. It's pretty mediocre.
Pretty average, just about good enough to get a bit over average. The voices are the high point.
Each character is absolutely unique and special. This anime does this in an amazing job, the protagonists all have different motivations and strike as very unpredictable and mysterious. The main characters develop in a very unique way, this show handles the multi-character development very well.read more
Let me start off by saying that I do enjoy this show. But at the same time, it has several glaring flaws.
I do like the premise of the story, but I don't like the execution. If there were surprises, this would probably be higher, but this show doesn't surprise you. You see everyone's perspective, which to me just hurts the show. I was surprised once, in a Game of Thrones-esque plot twist that I certainly didn't see coming, but other than that... you know what everyone is doing, and they put the clues in your hand to put the puzzle together.
I like the art. It's pretty. I can't really say much else, because I'm not an art connoisseur, but it's good enough that I keep watching, so I can't complain.
I'm just going to put it at 5 because I don't notice the sound. At the time of this review, I literally can not remember the sound other than the OP and ED. To me, it means it's not horrible, but not excellent either.
By far the worst part of the show. You don't know anyone's story, UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT TO DIE. The episode that they are going to perish in, you start learning their backstory, as some sort of feeble attempt to get you to empathize with the characters when they die. The result however, is that you really don't care about anyone. People die, you move on. So far there has only been 1 death where I was sad, the rest I just accepted. I figured out this method in episode 3 or 4, so since then, no one's death has been a surprise to me, which to me really detracts from the story.
Regardless of the flaws in the show, I do enjoy watching it. It's bloody. It's violent. I think the worst part of the entire show is the protagonist, but it actually doesn't even spend much time on her anyways, so I can't complain too much about that (though that would fall under another problem relating to seeing everyone's perspective).
Watch it if you're into bloody shows, just don't expect any special plot that's going to blow you out of the water. I'll update this review when the series is finished. Hopefully by then I'll actually care about a single character who isn't dead (or even empathize with a character who died).read more
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?