The term “edgy” gets thrown around as some sort of criticism by people who like to sound smart and mature, because they engage with a medium for people half their age. Personally, I don’t use the word as a criticism, because I often enjoy edge a lot. I think there’s a level of edge that gets enjoyable, because it passes so many levels of believability that I don’t believe it was meant to be taken seriously in the first place. That’s where Mahou Shoujo Site comes in.
A more accurate term to describe this anime would be “campy”, but fucking nobody uses that term so I’m
not gonna bother. This anime has knives so therefore it is edgy ha ha ha never saw that joke coming did you.
You may be thinking that this is a matter of “turning your brain off” to enjoy something--ignoring the flaws to indulge in the positives. This is also false. I don’t believe in such a concept. In fact, I present the opposite: you should keep an open mind and keep your brain turned on to understand why a creator would make such a thing in such a way.
“Mahou Site is sooooo edgy!!! It’s just a bunch of shock value!!!”
Wow, it’s almost like that was the fucking point or something. Some people like edgy schlock like this. Why? Who knows. Maybe I’m just some sick fuck looking to get off. Or maybe it’s because I don’t always need a compelling narrative to pick my brain. Look, I’m mentally challenged enough. I don’t need my damn cartoons to enforce that. Sometimes, I like to keep it nice and simple. There are girls in this anime, and they get hurt a lot. It’s not real, so I don’t need to take it seriously. And that’s about it. At no point did I ever get the impression that Mahou Site was supposed to be taken seriously. It wasn’t even trying to take itself seriously half the time, and I can explain this just by looking at the first episode.
Asagiri, the main character, thinks about throwing herself in front of an oncoming train, but hesitates at the last minute. As she sits on the ground in her despair, office men on their way to work mutter to themselves how it’s too early in the day to deal with this kind of bullshit, that they were slightly inconvenienced by her attempted suicide.
This is the best thing that happens to her on this day.
She goes to school and gets thrashed around by some bullies. Then she goes home and gets thrashed around by her brother. Her only salvation is taking care of a stray cat, which the bullies kill on the next day, right before they send in a JoJo character to come rape her.
So, in fifteen minutes, we’ve already covered suicide, bullying, rape, animal murder, and domestic abuse. Some would tell you this is all an act to make you pity the main character, and while you’re free to do that, I don’t feel that any attempt was made at making Asagiri a likable character, and here’s why:
Aya Asagiri is not a character at all.
You see her in an ordinary day, where she lives through incredible amounts of horrifying things, but at no point do you ever get a sense of who this person really is. Her entire character is defined by the things that happen to her. And, at the expense of making my most callous remarks to date, there is simply no logic behind her survival. She hesitates to end her life, but why? She doesn’t have anything to live for. No friends, no dreams, not even a conviction that “it gets better”. Aya Asagiri walks this fictional Earth only to suffer. Anyone who’s depressed, suicidal, victims of bullying, etc. all put up with it for some clear, emotional reason. Aya does not, which is what separates her from being an actual character you are meant to take seriously, as opposed to an avatar for projecting suffering onto.
In regards to the graphic loli suffering plastered on the screen, it’s all there just for you to gawk at. Maybe you have some weird fetish, or this kind of thing is just amusing you. You do you. Personally, I find it funny. Mahou Site is cute. It’s a level of edge that comes around to being endearing, because it passes so many levels of believability. Even disregarding my argument about Asagiri not being a real character, the things that happen to her are so extreme that I can only see the thinnest lines of logic. Knives in her locker, that’s believable. Glue on the chair in the class, that’s believable--the recent season of 3-gatsu kinda covered that. But setting up a rape in the back room and watching it? Look, I’ve already proven that I’m not the greatest person, but this is crossing a few lines of sanity here. Not to mention that the older brother beats the shit out of Asagiri right in her bedroom. What the hell kind of soundproofing did they do to their house to keep the parents from not hearing all of the screaming and gasping and thumping? I just moved into a new basement with a thin roof, so it’s very creaky and I can hear everyone talking and having sex, so I’d like to get in on this.
Shit, I’m already 900 words into this review for a website I don’t even like using and I still haven’t even scratched the surface of how silly this anime is. How about the fact that one of the magical girls is some fuckin’ bizarre fetish idol group that wears dog costumes and calls their fans their “masters”? Or the magical girl that has some weird, old-ass, masochistic butler who praises her existence so much that he lives to be stepped on? How about the scene where the brother… you know what, no. I can’t spoil that episode. It’s too good to be sullied by this review.
All that I’m trying to say is that Mahou Site is fucking wacky. And if you have a problem with that, then that lies with you alone. If you’re disappointed that this author isn’t making high art, that’s fine. And although I can’t speak on behalf of this person, I don’t believe they were trying to make high art in the first place. To dismiss Mahou Site as worthless simply because it is not to your standard is not a weakness of the anime or the creators, it’s a weakness of your own for not being able to accept things outside of your comfort zone. Look, I’m not trying to sound pretentious. I’m not perfect. I dropped Tada-kun after one episode because it bored me to tears. I don’t like anime that have natural characters in a natural setting, and they don’t do anything in particular, but it’s a romance because of course it is. There’s no real reason for that, I just don’t like them. But, I never got the impression that Tada-kun was a bad anime. It was just an anime that wasn’t for me.
If you wanna see something from Spring 2018 that’s super edgy and DOES try taking itself seriously, go look at Devils Line. However, I won't go into detail about that because this is a review for Mahou Shoujo Site and not Devils Line. You can ask me about it if you want. That’s all I have left to say on the matter.
If you're interested in the story itself, it's not much on paper. Girls get magical items called Sticks, and they use them to do things, and they have to prevent some sort of doomsday. Some people, aka dumbasses, will tell you that this is a Madoka ripoff, but it's really not a unique formula to begin with, as many action series, anime or otherwise, have some sort of doomsday plot. Overall, I don't really have anything to say about the story itself because it's not anything special, but the way it's told is very fun, and that's what's most important.
Now, all this being said, does this mean I have no complaints about Mahou Site? Not true at all. It could’ve been better in a lot of ways. As much as I’ve said that the anime shouldn’t be taken seriously, there were admittedly some moments where scenes get heavier and more emotional, and it doesn’t pay off too well as they not only drag on for too long, but the characters aren’t engaging enough to get behind.
I also would’ve preferred more action in this series, since it involves a bunch of magical weapons and abilities. While there are a few big, key fights to be seen, the anime plays more like a drama than an action thriller. I suppose this could be more of a preference, because both elements blended together fairly well, but it should be kept in mind that it’s not super action-heavy.
Moreover, Asagiri develops into a character that’s just annoying and even more non-sensical than when she had no personality. Hearing her try to plead with others to not harm the ones who’ve caused her grief is just strange and unsatisfying. I was hoping she would have some super badass moment where the gloves come off and she unleashes a rage that reciprocates all of the wrong that’s been done to her in the past, but instead she insists on playing the good girl. It’s boring. People don’t like Guts because he had a shit life. People like Guts because his shit life hardened him into a living badass, so you know that when goes into battle, he does NOT fuck around.
Fortunately, the other characters manage to pick up the slack. They’re not amazing, but they’re enjoyable enough to keep the show on its feet. Yatsumura works great as the #2 of the show, and the side characters are about as weird as they come. I already mentioned the fetish idol, but I didn’t mention the girl who felt the need to state that she had big tits like four times in one episode, or the girl whose Magical Girl weapon is a knife that cuts herself to heal others, and that she’s okay with it because she was “already practicing self-harm.” But the real star of the show is the bad boi Onii-chan, whose personality is so off-the-rails that you could tell the author wrote him with a smile on their face. It helps a lot that star actor Nobuhiko Okamoto delivers him with tons of conviction. And I’ll say it again: this character has the greatest scene in recent years.
The soundtrack had no notable pieces, but the voice acting was good all-around. I already praised Okamoto, and I’ll do it again because he was great. Newcomer Yuko Ono does a solid job as Asagiri, nailing the despairing moments well along with having a wispy, wimpey voice without sounding like a dying mouse. Yuu Serizawa also delivers with the character of Nijimin, who has some rather severe shifts in tone that happen quickly, and both sides are done well. The OP grew on me a bit--it’s not much more than a standard rock tune with a bit of an edgy streak to it, but it gets the job done. Same with the ED, but less so. Rather, they are carried with their visual presentation--the OP has a cool camera effect that looks like it’s being played through a broken screen or lens. The ED is……… uh, it’s something. Something about two girls doing a live-action dance on a school rooftop while a bunch of sperm cells float around in the background. Yeah, I dunno.
Art and animation--ugh, can I go now? I just wanted to dunk on people who were talking shit about me liking this anime because apparently edgy = bad or some stupid bullshit. Look, I’ll just leave this 7/10 score right here, and that should tell you the art is good but not amazing. Alright?
Alright, kids, what have we learned today? We learned that watching violent cartoons is okay, there’s no such thing as turning your brain off, and that if you have no personality then you should kill yourself. Alright, cool. Leave me alone now.
Story - 8/10
Art - 7/10
Sound - 5/10
Character - 6/10
Enjoyment - 8/10
Edge - 9/10
Overall - 7/10
Favorite episode - 8
Favorite character - ONII-CHAN
Recommendation level - Medium-high
Have you ever seen a show so banal, so worthless, so unintelligent, so uselessly defiant, so lazy and so pathetic that you hate it with every fiber of your being the longer it goes on as lazy jump ship of popular trends? For me, the biggest example of that, is the latest edge cancer to pound the anime community known as: Mahou Shoujo Site.
It is inevitable that within a community, when some concept does something to “break the mold” in a unique way and becomes a mega hit, there will be a ton of copycats spawning from it, to get a slice of that sweet
sweet dough. In Western Animation, films like Shrek, as well as cartoons like Ren & Stimpy and South Park made such big impacts that they inspired a jillion ripoffs continuing to this day, all misunderstanding what made their originals work. In anime, we’ve seen this a lot recently when shows attempt to make money by blatantly taking the template from a successful series. It has come with the success of the high school battle harem genre, the survival game genre, Sword Art Online, and of today’s subject: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Not the earliest example of moe gone dark (When They Cry beats it by about half a decade), but certainly a modern landmark.
Madoka Magica, a show using the disguise of a typical Mahou Shoujo praised for its artistry, emotional depth and willingness to go to dark places in showing its characters confronting mistakes they wished to undo, was a mega success, and other creators’ response to that was “if we take a Magical Girl show, and add dark elements, it’ll be a hit”. Shows like Yuki Yuna, Selector Infector WIXOSS, Magical Girl Raising Project and today’s subject: Mahou Shoujo Site, are a result of that bandwagoning.
Having seen Yuki Yuna about two years ago, it felt like it went too safe with its content, not being able to properly explore the darker elements the same way Madoka did and not greatly delivering on the lighthearted fun at its front. At the time, I thought maybe if one of these shows would be more willing to handle darker themes, it could have interesting things to say about life and expectations. I was WROOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.
Mahou Shoujo Site might, flat out, be the most thoroughly reprehensible, apathy inducing, tryhard, edgy, unpitiable, lazily produced, tonally deaf, inhumane, DISGUSTING pile of shit that I have ever come across. It sucks ass! It sucks balls! It sucks ASS BALLS!
And it all starts from one of the worst first episodes I have ever seen for ANY series, let alone anime, one that was so bad it encouraged me to see this to the end just to tear it to shreds.
The entire episode was nothing but torture porn, shown with a shy cute girl, to instantly draw sympathy dealing with a list of edge tactics like it was some sort of fucking checklist. These range from her contemplating suicide, to being emotionally/physically tortured by school bullies, to being viciously beaten by her psychopathic brother, having a cute kitten she saved be thrown in front of a train/delivered to her, and being nearly raped by an upperclassman while said bullies just snicker and watch. Eventually through the power of plot convenience, she obtains a magic gun that accidentally kills several of said bullies, only for her to be backed into a corner by another character threatening her with a razor blade. That character then gets stopped by an edgy sociopath girl who could control time.
Using so many edge tactics would be laughable if it wasn’t so thoroughly DISGUSTING to watch. All of this torture throughout the first episode is handled in an overtly methodical way, not representative of genuine human fault but a lazy writer using every edgy thing he discovered as a means of forcing audience sympathy. It doesn’t work, not even in the slightest. Gore, violence and cruelty all have their place in a meaningful narrative when they underlie an interesting story or human drama, but going on episode 1 alone, more care seemed to be placed on the tools of edgelords compared to the basic essentials of story, character, or presentation.
And yet, despite this awful first episode, it never tried to go further in darkness, but remained brain dead, single minded and bizarrely bipolar with edge to the end. The show was too lazy to even go to the same extremes again. People like me who wanted to watch this to see how much more torturous it could get were met with a barely functional Madoka plagiarist trying to wring earnest interactions out of fetishes with no sense of tone, pacing, or comradery.
Everything from Episode 2 onwards is introducing a powerful world ending conflict (the nature of which was blatantly stolen from you know what), while other characters are slowly but surely brought in to put on their edgiest Yandere smile before becoming party members in the inevitable quest.
There are many, many, many problems with the writing of this show but for me, the biggest one is tonal cohesion. It can be seen as a problem in a large amount of anime from Fullmetal Alchemist to The Ancient Magus Bride that there are silly comedy moments in addition to the handling of darker themes. However, shows like those keep their overall presentation at a respectable middle ground where either comedy or drama could work when needed, because they care and understand about character building causes for conflict or human drama. The one thing I wasn’t expecting Magical Girl Site to pull was have so many moments where “comedy” arises, whether through one character taking on an appearance with gag boobs, a reference to “apple butts”, comedy credits stingers with the sister-molesting older brother, XD chibi expressions, a girl who frequently gets off to smacking her old butler on the ass, magical mind control panties, or a Beach Episode.
Yes, you heard that right. A BEACH EPISODE. A show where everything I mentioned in the first episode occurs, where a character cuts herself in order to heal people with blood, and where another character says “God has never abandoned me before” crazy eyed while bleeding from the mouth and nose, has time for a beach episode. The sheer extent of the whiplash is what really takes me out of anything the show attempts. Whatever humor exists here would be horribly unfunny even in a comedy show, but putting it in a show where nearly every girl deals with cold blooded torture and bleeds from some part of their body when using their power makes any attempts at wacky humor feel like incomprehensible tonal homicide. And not intentionally to create false ease like say, Higurashi. The humor mainly exists to fulfill more of the author’s obvious fetishes.
And it’s not just the humor that detracts from the show’s tone, it’s the forced togetherness of the End of the World conflict (pretentiously called The Tempest) that brings it down to the dark depths of anime hell. In a show where crazed maniac girls are commonplace holding death grudges against one another, none of the many relationships feel like they build to comraderies. They just happen because the plot type demands it. Most egregiously with one of the bullies from Episode 1 that remained alive. Said character gets an incredibly disproportionate reason for starting her less than human bullying streak, nearly kills the protagonist at a latter point, and then just because the protagonist doesn’t kill her back, they become buddy buddies to stop the end of the world. WHAT?! Sure, there’s a realization there but that’s barely a redemption arc and it is unforgivable to try and move our sympathies to a girl who gleefully tortured the shy and ineffectual protagonist in Episode 1 because of a ctrlCctrlV broad conflict.
Several other character relationships go the exact same way, with characters at each other’s throats becoming close friends without any sort of proper pacing to get to that point. What could’ve been developed drama of troubled characters finding it within themselves to work together becomes sullied by a forced need to have the “band together against the apocalypse” involving way too many characters who get no time to let conflicts hold. For a show proudly putting its foot down to say “we’re willing to go to DARK depths of what people suffer in life” without time to care about anything, going Team Force Friendship is about the most cliché thing it could possibly do. It’s DiC Sailor Moon putting on the mask of Elfen Lied and Mirai Nikki just to appeal to the edgelord crowd, forgetting that it drove out all likability in only the first episode!
Then there’s the power system and eponymous Magical Girl Site system itself, which like many elements of this show, are also f*cked beyond belief. First off, every weapon used by a girl in this show is called…….a Stick. Yup, a Stick, like a tree branch or something. It’s used here to describe anything from heart guns to necklaces to yo-yos to magic controlling panties. Unless you named the weapons Ding Dongs I don’t think there’s any way the author could’ve put less thought in. Serious scenes where characters call their weapons Sticks come off as more silly than fierce. I could just now imagine one girl picking up a tree branch and attempting to wear it underneath her skirt, insisting that it is called underwear, in a world where magic panties are considered Sticks.
Finally, the whole Magical Girl Site concept. “Scary” face papercut people in some weird pocket dimension hack computers to give random girls magical girl powers for what seems like no reason, but eventually is revealed to relate to the completely forced apocalypse. The one who gather the most arbitrary negative energy gets to survive while everyone else dies. No specific idea is handled with the Magical Girl recruiting, since they didn’t even nick Madoka’s “wish for a price hope/despair” routine, just the enemy identity idea stolen in every series ever featuring fights against inhuman monsters, with no time to sink in because of awful pacing. Most of the origin stories for the girls don’t get an exclamation at all for the site being there, like the writer was too lazy to care about why they had their generic or fetish powers. The site itself doesn’t connect to the conflicts of any character even semi-well, with this antagonist force not getting any justification for their appearance, random ass powers or Halloween play paper cutout appearance.
In that sense, the show’s script is emblematic of everything regarding this series. Illogically lazy. Not bothering to commit to any unique ideas, it instead nicks them from a source most people would recognize, but lacks any sort of tonal cohesion, proper pacing, variety, understanding of human drama, effort or passion. It doesn’t even conclude itself properly, giving fuck all to any sort of viewer payoff as well. It’s pure phoned in tripe, creating a torturous 1st episode only to wring further relationships from the foundation of a used toilet paper tower on a raft in the ocean, during a thunderstorm.
Naturally this laziness extends to the animation as well, from the studio’s 2nd ever project. With no effort blasé character designs, bleh grey and black backgrounds (except during the beach episode), and absolutely nothing resembling flow in fight scenes, this is about the lowest effort one can put into a TV anime, sans excessive CGI armies or characters moving like a PowerPoint presentation. Even the few attempts at visual flourish are either “paint everything blue or red”, or sunset scenes. Action, as I mentioned before, has no flow in any capacity, even doing things like using action lines over colored backgrounds that I thought we grew out of in early Pokemon. Fundamental things are done terribly, like crows not bleeding when they are cut in half, or photoshopped meatballs being over characters’ heads in one occurrence. And there’s also the wonderful images of many Yandere faces, a psychotic grown man putting on little girl panties, and the ED having sperm fly everywhere. A show like Hand Shakers looks godawful in its own way but I could at least tell that the staff at Studio GoHands were TRYING to do something unique and inventive, despite it backfiring in every conceivable way. A show like this does about the minimum effort possible to be considered passable in some capacity, and absolutely suffers for poor art design because of it. So it’s a shame for however many Japanese animators spent long days and nights on it.
The sound is also low effort, so low effort that I barely have anything to talk about. Suppose I could mention that the one girl who runs fast does so with an obvious stock sound effect, or the fact that this show’s entire reason for being adapted hinges on promoting the idol group I⭐️ris. You heard that right, even the STUDIO only made this to profit off a contract for a promoting idol group, one whose insert in the series wasn’t even memorable by Idol standards. Because anyone who gave a crap about artistic integrity or creativity stayed as far away from this as possible.
Finally, the characters. What “characters”? This show has none! All it has is inhumane gleefully cruel excuses for the author to jot down his fetishes and edge checklists. These characters all have names and unique hair types, but without any distinguishing character features to them, the “character” element fades in the background. Already Episodes 2-12 are forced to work with Episode 1’s broken foundation, and when it does have to try and “develop” anyone from that episode, it has nothing to work with and leads to nothing properly worthwhile. The pacing’s jank so any chemistry between devices feels tenuous at best and completely unbelievable at worst.
The lack of effort isn’t just present for what the show lacks but for what is present as well. Of the nine girls (eventually ten) that it puts in the “Hero Group” role, six of them have edgy Yandere moments at different points, which is not only lazy but barely distinguishable or built up. Higurashi didn’t make every single girl a Yandere, and for the ones they did, they built up the element, however well. It even uses the “my parents were killed by a psychotic man” backstory twice, one of which gets revenge so fast that we have no reason to care for the endeavor. And when those in the show are not being psycho Yanderes (including the evil for the sake it older brother), they’re either completely cliche or fulfilling a sick fetish for the author with no substance or identifiable goal. Whether it be the gag boobs girl, the apple butted idol who controls people with magic panties, a girl who cuts herself frequently to heal people through the mouth insisting she’s not emo, a girl whose only trait is “runs fast”, or a girl whose main trait is smacking about an innocent old butler. Every Magical Girl bleeds from a different part of their body as well, so anyone with a bleeding fetish can rejoice in knowing that bleeding from body parts will be a continual process that is never confronted as a problem because the show is that lazy!
The ONLY attempt at anything resembling a character arc is protagonist Aya, who learns to get over her shyness, make friends with other characters, rebel against an immediate plan following a character death, and organize a beach visit for everyone! On paper it’s acceptable growth, but in practice, the terrible writing and relationships that aren’t given any time to rest, making many of her choices feel forced. This includes her forgiveness of the bully girl who viscerally tormented her prior and during the series start. It’s a cliché path hampered down by the creator’s laziness as well as awful plot rolling. No one else has anything CLOSE to that attempt, which I should stress was unsuccessful.
Enjoyment and Conclusion
One could easily say “why did you even talk about this show if you knew you were going to hate it from Episode 1”? Simply put, anime tends to inspire me in its ambition. Whether a show is a masterpiece or a dumpster fire, I’m usually enthused by its wide variety across genres, different strengths and screw-ups, passion projects and inventive concepts using animation. I admire the storytelling potential present in an anime series, whether it be from the classics period or the modern age.
The reason I single out a show like this is because it is the antithesis of everything worthwhile in an anime, or any form of art period. Rather than putting effort to make their series high quality, the author did nothing more than rip off popular trends to steal away a direct audience, not having to keep tone so he can throw his sick fetishes into an angsty Yandere-full horribly contrived setup. It’s a show the studio put out, not to share an inventive idea with the world, but to promote an idol group with the bare minimum in every capacity.
This isn’t misguided passion, or even the type of hilarious straight faced terrible idiocy one could find in Ousama Game. This is a product, assembly lined from checklists and trends that shouldn’t persist, forgoing the artistry its inspirations held high, and is impossible to enjoy because it was neither consistently in straightfaced “crawling in my skin” nor smart enough to be a parody of itself. Laziness begets laziness when it comes to this, spitting on the potential of anime storytelling for something less substantial than starring out a smoked window for 4 hours. This fetish fueled, plagiarized, lazily produced tripe isn’t even remarkably bad. It disgusts me in having nothing but contempt for the concept of effort. It’s boringly awful in every way, but complete failure all the same that I could never recommend to anyone.
"People say my life has hit rock bottom, but I do not believe any of that."
-Our main bro while fapping to anime porn in episode 3.
This series has some serious issues. By this, I don't mean "flaws" or "cons", I mean real issues. This is the peak of insanity.
"Every day, all I think about is dying."
Our main character, who is the most pathetic looking girl imaginable, seems to be living in a world which is pretty much a fucked up place. All her school budies are literally evil bullies whose favorite past time seems to be kicking her ass and destroying
her life while smirking in the evilest way possible. At home, however, her role in the family seems to be the one of a boxing bag. Sometimes they do strangle her too. After witnessing this, I thought "woah, it's only a matter of time until she gets raped and gets her organs sold." ....And exactly 4 minutes later some dude forces himself in her. Oh, and btw, she has one thing in the world she actually likes. A cat. So naturally, some asshole just had to come and kill it because fuck this girl specifically. Did I mention they told her her cat is dead whilst she was getting raped? Well, now you know. Amazing.
At this point, it should be mentioned that this series should not be watched by people who can't tolerate with violence and fucked up shit because this is pretty much as far as anime can go with darkness. This series is mature and gore in a way which is mainly only accomplished in manga series.
"Every living thing that harms you, should disappear."
Just so happens to be, our heroine gets the access to a mahou shoujo powers via the power of the internet and starts her rampage towards every living thing, except cats. Sweet, sweet revenge will be served. It's satisfying as hell, and presented in a manner most similar to Lute Ryner's murder phase seen in one of the most epic anime series ever made, DenYuDen. Mahou Shoujo Site completely abandons moral values, social norms and heroism. It only cares about chaos and resolve. When it comes to series similar to it, it achieves exactly as much as shows such as Madoka Magica, Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naru Koro ni, but being much more direct with its twisted world and characters, giving exactly as little value to human lives as the Gods seen in Gantz. At this point, I am impressed. Some people will of course meme that the show is edgy, mc the epitome of victimhood and some characters one-dimensional baddies. I get it. One can kill all the good things this show has to offer by clinging onto these thoughts. My advice, if you can, don't let general consensus ruin the fun.
The series also comes with the best live action ED seen since the 2nd season of Arakawa Under the Bridge. I just love seeing them girls dancing all around the place while animated sperm flies everywhere. When I saw that I thought this series is definitely 10-worthy and not a 9/10. A goddamn masterpiece. I highly recommend Mahou Shoujo Site for anyone who has the tendency of liking chaos and the fucked up stuff. Especially the fans of Becchin to Mandala should give this a go along the fans of series already mentioned in the review.
This show is awful. It touches upon a lot of heavy themes including but not limited to; bullying, domestic abuse, torture, rape, depression, and other such fun topics. However, not once does it feel the need to adress these topics in a serious manner. A lot of the abuse the main character seems to soak up like a sponge, and is only used as a way to make you sympathise with the girl. It’s essentially a guilt trip. What really doesn’t help is that the abusers are in no way written realistically. They’re not written as people with clouded judgement, or people who bend over
backwards to justify their own actions. They are written more like sadists; they simply enjoy abusing this poor little girl.
A lot of the major plotpoints thus far have also been lifted from another show, but for the sake of spoilers, I wont mention it. All I’m saying is that it is extremely easy to draw a lot of parallels.
The animation mostly serves its purpose, but it never enhances the experience. It’s a bit janky and goes off-model from time to time, and very often did I see something and think “there were so many better ways to animate that”. Sometimes the strange animation leads to some unintentional hilarity. If you’ve seen episode 2 you know the face i’m talking about. Art wise, the backgrounds are plain and the character designs are nothing new. Background characters tend to look pretty wonky too.
I tend to not notice music in anime unless it’s extremely good, and here I also took note of the music but for different reasons. The music is extremely distracting. The worst soundtracks are the ones where there’s a little girl chanting “la la la” as if it’s supposed to be a cheesy fake-deep horror show.
There were a few short moments, however, where I found myself pleasantly surprised. Some of the interactions between the main character and her blonde friend I find kind of charming, and occasionally (but very rarely) there’s some extremely strong visuals or really powerful facial expressions.
Overall the show is mostly just really boring. I’d only recommend it if you want to dissect it’s problems as a way to improve your own writing.
We, the anime community, have been blessed once more with yet another edgy bullshit to digest, which has steadily and firmly joined the edgefiesta family. The newly born child of edge called Mahou Shojo Site sat among its emo relatives such as Ousama Game, Mirai Nikki and others and as their successor and production doA's first TV series, it did its job pretty damn well; I mean, succeeding in being a completely lifeless and rotten experience is quite an achievement...
Mahou Shojo Site is the prime example of how NOT to make the first episode, heck, of how not to make an anime. Through its
22 minutes duration, we have to endure seeing over-the-top bullying, domestic abuse and even rape "performed" on our cute little main high school girl-kun. But fear not, this wonderful adventure doesn't end on that one episode! The entire world she inhabits seems like it's full of the evil moustached men who, in their free time, tie damsels in distress to the rail tracks for their own amusement. Both her school bullies and her brother, the master of domestic abuse 9000, grin and act like a bunch of clowns when they punch and kick the heck out of the laziest depiction of an abused and depressed person in fiction, *cough*, I mean Asagiri. However, everything changes when Aya discovers the eponymous Magical Girl site. After obtaining her "stick", I know, that's a weird way to call your magical "wand", meeting her new best friend Yatsumura and other magical girls they do... something. Well, since this show is such a (un)forgettable piece of "work", this is all I can say about this anime's narrative: something happens. That's all. There's no clear direction for at least half of this show's duration, as what truly matters is all the gore, shock factor and cute high school girls being psycho and trying to make the viewer as emo as it is possible. Even when the final goal of the characters is finally revealed the only appropriate reaction to it is... meh, who cares? My wrists are covered in fricking blood! Darn you, razorblades! Throw in some more bullshit so I can lose more litres! I don't even know what to think about the masterfully crafted characters. Besides the supporting psychopaths such as the previously mentioned bullies and Aya's brother, who in one episode took off his pants and showed of the stolen panties stick, yes, that's a weird flex but okay, all of her buddies are straight-up fucked in the head. Did you torture your family's murderer in your own room? Yeah, that's cool :3. Did you murder her friend and she went insane because of it and, after a while, you became pals? No problem; we gucci :33. Did you change from a mass murderer to a dumb fan service dispenser that unreasonably cares about others? Hehe, look at my BALLOONS :333. No one questions even one of these situations and, to be honest, it would be quite laughable... if the show actually managed to be ironically funny. The common trait, which edgy Chinese cartoons produced in Vietnam share, is being so damn serious that they become a top kek laughing material, but in MSS's case, I could hardly laugh. It's just that monotonous and tiring. Sigh, honestly, I would much rather watch paint dry than rewatch it, even if given a reasonable amount of alcohol. How is it production value-wise though? The animation is junky, inconsistent, but still better looking than an MS Paint drawing made by a 10-year-old blind child, which is something at least, amirite? The only thing that appears to matter is the "hehe crazy xd face", every single strong independent wom... girl in this show has to display at least once. None of the insert songs was passable enough for my brain to remember, well, I guess not having one might be the reason why... so yeah. The opening is shallow and it's hard to swallow and the ending is... something indescribable. It's a mix of 2D footage and some live-action idol-ish dancing with sperm flying in the background. What the actual fuck am I watching? What the heck are you doing hentaihaven?
All and all, I think I lost the rest of my brain cells after thinking about this show for 2 hours straight and spending 25 minutes on this "review". That's why it looks like it was written by a brain dead monkey, well, at least its atrocious quality matches the show's quality. Ugh, I feel like I'm losing consciousness, so hear me out: stay away from this show and drink a chug jug. If you want to laugh at an edgy anime, then go watch Ousama Game or Mirai Nikki... or something that's worth your time... I don't know. Are you still here? Guys?
Edgy anime are the type of series that uses it and themes to make a serious tone however unlike mature shows where they create a permanent tone eddy shows would very often switch it’s dark tone around in favour of having a more lighthearted narrative and tone. A lot of the time these shows would often have a lot serious topics, and themes that ultimately goes nowhere thanks to they awful tone shifts and because of this a lot of theses edgy shows ending up very pretentious as a result. The real problem with theses edgy shows that like with ecchi
and harems they have the high chance of seeing well which sadly attracts the lowest common denominator where the audience in that group would only a show because it’s dark themes and violence.
Akame ga Kill is one of the worst examples of this because not only the show itself didn’t function correctly as thanks it’s non-existence worldbuilding, plot holes, cringe-worthy storytelling, embarrassing production values, horrid characters designs that don’t fit with the setting of the show and pathetic characters but the show had no had no idea of what a mature show should be. There are other edgy anime like Future Dairy, Elfen Lied, and that I want to talk about but I will save theses edge feasts for another time. Personally I really despite anime that are edge because not only do these shows would forget to tell a story but they also would go out of the way to shock the audience with the edge and tonal shifts.
So what does this have to with Spring 18 Magical Girl Site you may ask? Well, I will tell you to know. Magical Girl Site is one of the most cringiest edgy anime I have ever seen because not only it’s generally a horrible but it cannot even use it’s edgy/dark content correctly. While Magical Girl Site isn’t the worst anime, I have seen it still an anime that I hate.
The story follows a middle school girl named Aya Asagirl who has problems with both her school and home life thanks to the aggravated bullying and physical abuse. While browsing online a website pops up on her computer featuring a creepy-looking person. The person appears to take pity on her and announces that she has granted Asagiri magical powers. She clicks yes and on the following day a pink toy looking gun shows up in her school locker and there Aya must learn to deal with her new magical power as well finding the meaning of the countdown clock on the website.
Am just going to say it right now the story for Magical Girl Site is abysmal.
Ride of the bat this anime makes an awful first impression where the audience are awkwardly thrown into heavy and sensitive themes such as child abuse, rape, depression and torture without any reason apart from poorly establish the protagonist for the story.
Besides of all the dark edgy shit that goes on in the story this is just your typical magical girl where characters in the show will have mini characters arcs as well being a boring survival type of show where only one magical girl can survive. This is the least of my issues with the show. The real issue of this show that ended up killing the anime was its portrayal of heavy and sensitive themes. This is by far the most disusing anime I have seen because it too all of the sensitive and heavy themes such as rape, child abuse, depression, torture, and bullying and doesn’t treat them with respect as the show constantly went over the top and edgy about them. I liked shows where they address and tackle sensitive and heavy themes but this show clearly did not have a clue to present its sensitive themes and because of this me and majority of anime fans literally got sick while watching. After watching the first three episodes I was physically being ill thanks to this show physically abusing the poor little girl. What makes this worse is how Aya the protagonist doesn't do a damm thing about it because honestly, this show could have gone for a different direction if the writers simply allow Aya to move into the foster care home away from her school and school after episode 1 as soon she gets the pink toy gun and the plot could have moved along a bit differently but no we can’t have nice thing thanks to this show stupidity.
The pacing of the show is pretty inconstant overall as either go way too fast or way too slow. While it’s not as bad as Record of the Garncrest War it’s still a big issue that kills the flow of the series as well as all the events that happen in the show.
What really pissed me off about the show that the show had the balls to have a poorly directed beach episode aka episode 8. Not only that episode killed the tone of the series up to that point where it’s very dark, but the show at no point had a piece of dialogue that stated the girls are going to the beach to have some cool time. I understand the show was trying to throw the audience of its sudden tone shift, but this was the worst way to do as it feels so lazy and forced.
Speaking of Episode 8 this was the same episode that features the worst man to man confrontation I have ever seen in anime as not only it was all over the top but the direction/writing was horrible.
Episode 9 is even worse as the show decides to takes all of its physics and logic and ultimately throws out the window in favor of shock value.
The way that Nijimi died in the show was horrible because not only it featured horrible directing but the way Nijimi was able to live for that along to even able to stab Kaname in the throat with an edge of a glass bottle after being cut by Ringa sword which Kaname our comically evil villain was using. It's was bad enough that she didn't get decapitated immediately from the way that was cut by Ringa sword but the way the show didn't even bother showing us the amount of blood that Nijimi while she was on the floor. What makes this episode baffling compared to any other episodes in the series is her death could have been easily avoided if Nijimi actually controlled her temper like in the earlier episodes in the series where despite having temper issues she still smart enough to not allow her temper to take over. Ridiculous...
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Overall the story for Magical Girl Site was beyond awful and sickening.
The characters in Magical Girl Site are all one-dimensional edgelords as they are all tropey as hell as well being very unlikeable fools.
The main protagonist Aya is your shitty damsel in distress type character who everyone treats like trash for no reason other than to give her a sad backstory.
Tsuyuno is the boring ass monitor with dark past
Nijimi is a cute but tempered idol who would stop at nothing to kill the person who killed her best friend.
Sarina is the loud mouth bitch who refuses to listen to people even if it important.
Rina is a very intelligent girl who is very clumsy.
Kosame is the stoic edgelord who has the edgiest power ever where she gets to heal someone by cutting her own skin.
The other characters aren't much better at in fact some of them are even worst.
Kaname is probably one of the most contrived villains I have ever seen in my life. Not only he such a disgraceful human being where he actively liked beats her own sister up Aya for stress relief but the way he literally became one of the main villains in the second half of the show was retarded!!!
Overall like with the story itself the characters are utter shit.
The visuals are okay, but it doesn’t matter when you have absolutely no substance to back up your visuals.
The character designs for the main characters are pretty good overall and recognizable however the character designs for the side characters just were just awful and unappealing to look at
The animation is okay for the most part, but there were times where the show had fair of still frames and choppy movement for some fights.
Thankfully the soundtrack for Magical Girl Site is the best part about this the series as it does a good job at capturing the dark nature of the series.
The opening and endings theme on the other are just forgetful and the voice acting overall is alright for what it was.
Overall the soundtrack is decent overall.
So that's is Magical Girl Site. A broken edgy mess of a show that doesn't even respect its audience.
The story is horrendously written that is filled with horrible pacing and directing. The characters are all unsympathetic idiots who are edgy for the sake of being edgy. The only decent things about this show are the visuals and music other than that this show is a broken mess that barely functions.
Easily the worst anime from spring 18 season by far and I strongly recommend you to avoid this edge feast as possible.
This show is horrific, in content and quality. It is genuinely so bad at being a serious show that it becomes enjoyable in its own ridiculousness. The studio is genuinely trying to make a good thriller, and that's why this is so entertaining. Think you know edgy? Think you know insane? Think again. Then think again again because every episode gets *edgier and more ridiculous* than the last.
The ED is SPERM FLYING THROUGH THE AIR WHILST LIVE ACTION IDOLS DANCE. How do you top that? Well, the show manages to, with another live action ED involving idols dressed up as dogs. Here's hoping for episode
5 the bitcoin idols turn up. The plot follows suit in one-upping itself in preposterousness but I want to refrain from spoilers because this is an experience you can only have once. However, let's be clear, the number of times I went "WHAT??" at the show is more than I can count on my fingers and toes. We're only at episode 4.
I like how funny this show is. Fantastic comedy. If you can tolerate blood etc. then I highly recommend this show as a great example of absurdism, and what *not* to do if you ever happen to write a serious story. Grab a beer, watch this with friends, enjoy it for what it is.
Mahou Shoujo Site is absurd but its also an argument against absurdity. If that sounds like I made a contradiction that's because it was intentional. The absurdity within the show is also intentional. The show uses contradictions as a tool to highlight absurdity. It uses contradictory imagery and the main character also acts in seemingly contradictory ways. Although the show contains absurdity it also rallies against absurdity by having its characters fight for meaning in a meaningless and cruel world. Despite being absurd, Mahou Shoujo Site has strong morals and a positive message.
Mahou Shoujo Site uses contradictory imagery masterfully to juxtapose negative and edgy concepts
with positive and hopeful ideals. Take the main character for example, she is shown in the opening theme song aiming a gun at her head and then disappearing into thin air after pulling the trigger. This imagery suggests suicide, however upon further inspection we find that the gun is shaped like a heart and instead of causing death it causes the person getting shot at to teleport to a different location. The main character is capable of using this as a weapon but she instead chooses to use it as a tool to assist her comrades. Another character cuts her own wrists with a box cutter knife, however she uses the blood from her cuts to heal her friends. This turns the symbolism of wrist cutting from selfish and masturbatory to selfless and sacrificial. Using imagery that turn suicide and self-harm into positive things is a tremendously absurd contradiction. Showing traditionally bad things in a positive way like this highlights the goodness of the characters despite their cruel and unusual circumstances.
The imagery is great but the characters also act in seemingly contradictory ways. All of the magical girl characters are shown or implied to have been gifted their powers due to intense suffering they have faced. The logical course of action for most of these girls then, is to carry out acts of revenge. This is most clearly seen in the main character's best friend, Tsuyuno. Tsuyuno doesn't understand why our main character, Aya, refuses to carry out similar acts of revenge. Aya's refusal is the core contradiction of her character and is what leads to her success as a magical girl. Aya not only refuses to carry out revenge but she actually forgives and co-operates with her former bullies. Willingness to co-operate, even with those who wronged you or who have the ability to betray you, takes a lot of trust. Aya's trust may seem naive however it is continuously positively reinforced by the events that happen in the show thus cementing Aya's trusting and co-operative actions as a positive message.
Aya's actions also teach a positive message relating to free will. The villains want Aya to accept her fate as an unfortunate soul and use that negative viewpoint to spread more negativity. The bullying that lead to Aya being gifted her powers was senseless and cruel. She would be completely justified in reciprocating these actions. However, Aya believes that doing so will be an acceptance of her unfortunate fate. Aya rejects this fate and uses her own free will to shape her destiny. She does this by setting her own moral rules such as not killing or taking revenge.
While Aya is rejecting her unfortunate fate, Tsuyuno is so dedicated to revenge that she struggles to find any meaning in life beyond her own personal acts of vengeance. Tsuyuno is still shown to be a good person despite her negative outlook. Tsuyuno acts cold, calculating and pragmatic which is a foil to Aya's more naive and idealistic outlook. However, Tsuyuno has a strong moral framework and her hatred of bullying is what lead her to save Aya in the first place. Tsuyuno's conflict is compelling because she is a good person who is simply morally confused about how to find meaning in her life beyond her senseless and cruel suffering.
If the other characters are struggling with how to cope with their senseless and cruel suffering, then Aya's brother, Kaname, is the personification of that senselessness and cruelty. Kaname faces pressure from his father and from society to succeed academically. Instead of taking on the burden of this pressure himself, he vents his frustrations by abusing Aya. After Aya gains her magical abilities, Kaname loses the outlet for his angst. Kaname uses manipulation to gain power and control that he lacks in his own life by tricking one of the magical girls into giving him her power to command people. He uses his new power in insanely cruel ways. It's honestly quite difficult to understand Kaname's motivation as a character because he is just so absurd. Kaname's presence is a reminder that no matter what outlook you have on life that senselessness and cruelty will always still exist and that they need to be stamped out wherever they may be.
Using absurd imagery and storytelling to teach an overall positive message is a good thing. However at times the absurdity of this show can go too far. Some of the character's backstories are just so unbelievably absurd that they can border on becoming comedic. I could argue that being so absurd is actually an accomplishment but having a character's suffering be so ridiculous that it causes me to roll my eyes or laugh just does not give me a positive reinforcement as a viewer. The show also has some fetishistic imagery which limits its accessibility to more casual fans (assuming the edgy imagery didn't already do that). Some of the magical girls have man-slaves and Kaname is shown wearing women's underwear in one particularly absurd scene.
Overall, Mahou Shoujo Site has a very clear and simple message: be a good person and fight against evil. It also teaches to not let your suffering control your life and to use your free will to do good. These aren't unusual messages for a magical girl anime to have but the absurd way of delivering these messages is what sets Mahou Shoujo Site apart. Although Mahou Shoujo Site pushed the envelope as far as possible for the cruelty in the character's suffering and absurdity of some of the story events, they never diverted from the strong positive message at the foundation of the show. I really appreciate the decision to stick to a positive message because with such an absurd premise and events they could have easily went for a more nihilistic route in which case the show would just be edgy for the sake of edge.
In conclusion, contradictory imagery and seemingly contradictory character actions show that people can be good even in an absurd world, Tsuyuno's struggle to find meaning in life beyond avenging her own suffering is a great moral conflict, and Kaname's unbelievable cruelty is a reminder that evil will always persist and is worth fighting against. All of these aspects highlight a strong moral message however the show is also quite absurd. Lots of edgy and fetishistic imagery is used throughout the series and can be very off-putting for a lot of people. If you are put off by such images you should not watch this series. For everyone else, Mahou Shoujo Site presents an interesting and fun absurd story that has a strong, magical girl-based moral backing.
I don't really write reviews, So I don't really know what to write, however, I'll try to write everything that comes up in my mind and it should be useful
if you have never watched a Mahou Shoujo anime I think you will enjoy this show,
BUT IF YOU WATCHED A MAHOU SHOUJO ANIME BEFORE YOU WILL NOT REALLY ENJOY THIS SHOW BECAUSE IT'S COPY PASTED (I will explain it)
Story 6 :
The story is basically about a girl called Asagiri who lived an unfortunate life and got the chance to become a magical girl to change her life without knowing the consequences.
Years ago, one of
my friends told me about an anime called Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.
After finishing that anime I was amazed by the story and how deep it was, how the characters are and how strong and emotional the music is, I really enjoyed that anime.
As years passed, many "Mahou Shoujo" anime style showed up, and they were almost the same, nothing new. when I watched the first episode of Mahou shoujo site, I knew what was going to happen in the next episodes !. the story is very similar to Mahou shoujo Madoka Magica
This story is not bad but I gave it 6 because the plot is very similar to any other mahou shoujo anime, However, the events are different and how they use their powers is also different
The art is quite good, it never bothered me, however, it's not a 2018 art style
Sound 6 :
it's alright, I like these music backgrounds they put in the dramatic scenes, and I'm just in the 4th episode I think that more soundtracks will show up in the next episodes
Talking about the characters, I didn't like that ALMOST EVERYONE OF THEM ARE PSHYCO.
And I think that we have seen Asagiri's and Yatsumura's characters in every mahou shoujo anime, the main character is always a week and a very emotional girl, and her friend is strong and doesn't have emotions. If you have watched Mahou shoujo madoka magica you would know what I mean.
I gave it 7 because it will be a very good experience for a person who never watched something like that
In my opinion, Mahou Shoujo Site is basically the King's Game of this season. It's an "edgy" anime with a low score. But this anime's been called edgy countless times and it's used as a reason to show why it's bad. I don't really agree with this.
Ok, so, the story of Mahou Shoujo Site revolves around Aya and her miserable life and a website that can turn people into magical girls. It had the potential for some good psychological depth...but that potential was kinda wasted. I feel bad for a lot characters, especially Aya, but I wish more depth could've
gone into them. And in the last episode, there's a scene that's confusing. Aya was unable to perform a certain action before but then she suddenly can. Yes, I get that it sucks when an anime's potential is wasted. Yes, it sucks that some things are inconsistent. But a show can still be enjoyable despite that. Mahou Shoujo Site is interesting and keeps us watching to see how it'll end. Not everything was wrapped up...and it could've ended better...but it was still enjoyable to watch because of the tension-heavy scenes, fights, and the want to know more about the Tempest and everything else.
As for the characters...I believe Tsuyuno was a relatively good one. I found myself liking her and she at least changed. She went from living for the sake of revenge to living for someone else. Aya and Tsuyuno basically lived for each other and I like how the anime showed this. Our main character went from a shy doormat to a person who speaks more freely and is determined to keep her friends safe. Rina and Sarina both changed as well as so there's that. I honestly thought Sarina would remain a bully with a dumb sense of logic but she didn't. I'm glad. Rina went from freaking psycho to just a little crazy (yet caring) in a way. Nijimin was likable to some extent but I think her backstory could've been timed better. The others weren't there for long so they didn't get much development which sucks because I actually liked Sayuki and Kiyoharu a bit.
The art was nice, especially the parts when the magical girls used their powers. The animation itself wasn't too bad either. It was good enough to not distract me from watching it and instantly make me think "Oh wait, it just looked really weird right there".
The sound was good too. Not a single moment felt weird because of any out of place music. Each one is timed well. It definitely added to the sadder parts of the show. The opening was good and really fits the magical girl genre in my opinion. The ending song didn't sound bad but I have to admit that the visuals were weird (and not because it was a live action).
Just about anyone could have made Mahou Shoujo Site. I say this with an open mind because it really comes down to a bunch of grimy ideas mixed together at once. Before I get to the who, what, how, where, and why, you really need to be aware of what’s ahead. As someone who have read the manga, I say with regret that Mahou Shoujo Site (Magical Girl Site) ended up being one of the worst shows of Spring 2018. It’s actually a bit demoralizing considering that there aren't many big magical girl hitters this year and it already set the bar very low.
the happy moments you’ll find in some magical girl series, there’s little to none in Mahou Shoujo Site. What you will find is a misfortunate girl named Aya Asagiri who has been bullied throughout her life. The thought of suicide often come across her mind and it doesn’t help that she has a dysfunctional family. Her life does change in the most peculiar way possible after acquiring a magical power from a mysterious website. Thus, Aya’s life as a magical girl begins.
Alright, I’ll be honest here. Watching Mahou Shoujo Site at first felt like a guilty pleasure. I’m a sucker for dark, grimy series that tries to deconstruct the magical girl theme. At first glance, the show seems to explore the worst traits of humanity. The pilot episode features merciless bullying, family abuse, and even an animal killed off-screen. If we take a closer glance at Aya’s life, you can see that positivity is nonexistent. The first episode also establishes that Aya feels helpless because of her fragile personality and living conditions. It’s almost if the world is fighting against her and there’s always that thought of ending suffering by suicide. Indeed, this series deals with some sensitive issues that can be relatable in the real world so be aware of that. There’s no easier way to say it but bullies can cause emotional distress so distasteful that certain individuals just wants to end it all. However in Aya’s case, it’s just the beginning. After becoming a magical girl, she uses her powers to take revenge against Sarina Shizukume, the leader of a trio of bullies that has been tormenting her life. So what does this really mean for the show’s purpose? It basically means that humans have way too many flaws. Revenge is a common theme in dark magical girl shows so this isn’t something new. However, Mahou Shoujo Site’s execution of this formula fell flat because it feels unbelievable. A kind girl like Aya actually comitting a sin? That’s about as edgy as it can get. In fact, Mahou Shoujo Site loves to capitalize on every moment in attempt to make them unique. What ends up happening is the same formulatic execution over and over. Characters committing sin and trying to get even with someone is almost a norm in this anime. If that’s not your cup of tea, then this will be a very grueling experience.
If you haven’t figured out the show is depressing to watch by this point, then maybe this could end up being a different experience for you. For me, this didn’t change especially after meeting the other characters. It seems that every magical girl in the show suffers from some sort of tragic past. The real question though is if we should feel sorry for them? Honestly, there’s two side of the coin to this. On one side, it’s easy to pity them because the magical girls chosen by the Magical Girl Site suffered so much in their lives. However, most of these magical girls show their personal flaws as they would do anything to escape their personal hell. This includes using their powers to torture, manipulate, or even kill. Characters such as Tsuyuno, Rina, and Nijimi have proven that they would do anything to achieve their goals. In essence, hardly any character in the series ends up being likable because of their flaws. The worst of all is Aya’s demented brother, Kaname. He abuses his own sister in any way possible for the pure joy of being in control. Throughout the series, Kaname shows a disturbing God-like complex that seems to be his own personal way of relieving stress in the family. It brings out the worst of this series whenever he appears on screen. Hiding behind his fake mask is a demon that is anything but acceptable in society. At some point of the show, I stopped taking him seriously because how fake the character is presented. He became more of a meme that exposes the worst of humanity. In fact, this anime presents men in disgraceful ways. Kaname’s father and the bully that nearly rapes Aya in the beginning of the series are two other examples. I’m not sure if that was the show’s intention in the first place but still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
With 12 episodes, are there any reasons to watch this anime? Well to be fair, the anime is actually faithful to the series’ central themes despite omitting certain plot points and characters. Also, the administrators of the Magical Girl Site may pique the curiosity of the viewers. It may cause viewers to wander what their true intentions and how it ties to the overall story. Aya also does mature more as a character as she becomes more confident through her friendship with others, in particular Yatsumura. There’s even some minor shoujo-ai elements although don’t expect anything too serious. Sadly, none of these really saves this abomination.
I’ll give some credit to Production doA for making the bold attempt to animate this series. It isn’t easy with how grim and dark is. The magical girls are designed with noticeable characteristics especially with their exotic-looking eyes and feminine features. Furthermore, every magical stick the characters uses are distinctive despite how ridiculous some of them are. However as a series with magical elements, it fell short in making a favorable impression of battle choreography. The camera angles is all over the place on some fighting scenes. The only noticeable part is how characters react which is extremely predictable. To no one’s surprise, the anime also contains fan service such as with a beach episode. However, most of it is overshadowed by the cruelty of character behaviors. I honestly felt uncomfortable watching some of the early episodes. You’ll probably get used to it once you make it through half the series. The character voices tries to carry some episodes but usually feels forced and unrealistic. Kaname is a good example that becomes a recurring joke of a bad villain. The only character that seems believable is Aya because of her fragile voice. The theme songs contains fast tempo with dark eerie lyrics and dark metal tunes. It works for the series but doesn’t really make a favorable impression in the end. That ED theme song with the live action dancing is a thing of beauty though.
I tried. I really tried to enjoy Mahou Shoujo Site but it just ended up being a trashy horror bomb. It tried way too hard to make itself looking cool by using ideas of graphic abuse and sexual assault. What ends up happening is a series with one dimensional characters and unnerving story. There are good magical girl shows out there but Mahou Shoujo Site is nowhere near that category. Stay away from this series and burn it with fire.
(No specific spoilers are mentioned in this review, however the overall direction of the anime will be mentioned through vague descriptions and thematic comparisons to Madoka Magica which I presume everyone here has at least watched since this is yet another grim-dark magical girl anime.)
You may have stumbled upon this review wanting to check if anyone would have given the likes of Mahou Shoujo Site a perfect score of 10 and whether a review like this was written on the premise of satire. This will be my first review, so satire is completely unintended.
The grim-dark magical girl genre is nothing new, but for as copy-paste
as most people normally give it Mahou Shoujo Site is the much needed exception that would be highly praised if it were any other anime.
I can sum up this genre easily, the main character is a cute morally-good girl who becomes a magical girl, becoming a magical girl comes at a sinister price, beloved characters die pitiful deaths, the once happy-go-lucky world turns into death and despair, cue nitty-gritty to the teeth style climax that resolves in borderline happy/unhappy resolution. This is the culture-shock style formula that propelled the likes of Madoka Magica to be a major hit along with the typical wave of criticism of proposed copy-cat titles that try to ride the same "hype train." This isn't the case here, because Mahou Shoujo Site itself makes its own spin-off of the spin-off genre by playing around the formula and putting its own stake in the medium.
Before watching Mahou Shoujo Site my prior experience with Dark Magical Girl anime consisted of Madoka Magica, Magical Girl Raising Project, and Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero, and while I can admit each one has it's strengths the genre itself isn't something I could ever call myself a fan of, rather I'd prefer my magical girls to be on the bright and happy side of the spectrum. If you're like me you may find this anime much more pleasant than the first few episodes may have you believe from the start. For myself I started Mahou Shoujo Site thinking I was about to be put on another distressful roller-coaster ride only for it to end with me feeling like I had fallen in love, because despite how edgy, obnoxious, and cliché this anime wants to appear on the outside the inside carried a lot of the same passion and love I'd find elsewhere.
I can understand why most other people would review this anime negatively, but I can't really agree with them either. To me saying the edginess of this anime is what ruins it would be the equivalent of saying the fact Madoka Magica has cute magical girls in it is what ruins it. Yes, both factors are equally prevalent in both anime, but those aspects aren't the key features of either anime, rather their only purpose is to specifically lure the audience into a false sense of the true nature of that anime's setting, plot, and characters. It's just in Mahou Shoujo Site's case instead of using cute magical girl designs along with a cute anime style as way to deceive the audience in believing the anime is cute and happy before turning dark and morbid it does the opposite by first painting a world that's so morally dark and volatile that the viewer can't help but doubt any kind of positive outcome to come out of any conflict or personal motive of the anime's characters. That's not to say Mahou Shoujo Site is a bunch of fluffy bunnies and rainbows under the surface, but it puts a lot more care and faith into it's characters and conflicts much more than you'd find in any other dark magical girl anime that carelessly kills off and tosses away its characters as if they were last week's garbage for shock value. That's the point most viewers have failed to noticed here, that the edginess is a deliberate factor meant to hijack their expectations from the reality of the anime's actual content.
Despite comparing Mahou Shoujo Site to Madoka Magica I wouldn't say it should rival it in greatness as it's own classic, rather I used it as a reference like all other reviews that try to compare it to any other dark magical girl anime. That said my review score reflects my personal enjoyment of this anime and I'd recommend it to anyone who is able to stomach gore and blood and can keep an open enough mind to look past the edgy exterior as a design choice rather than a reflection of it's core. If you're looking for something similar to a small bright candle that refuses to be snuffed out in a big dark and damp cave, something that can be happy or positive despite the odds and circumstances trying to suffocate it, something that's 𝐧𝐨𝐭 meant to be taken as a serious train-wreck that tears at your heart-strings screaming tragedy over your dead waifu then this might be the anime for you if and only if you can keep an open enough mind for the first few episodes that paint a picture of anything but.
Lastly Aya Asagari and Tsuyuno Yatsumura will forever be one of my favorite character pairings of all time.
Magical Girl Site is what you get when you take Madoka Magica and mix it with Higurashi, but then remove all of the interesting story elements. It is a grim-dark, edge-lord misery porn revenge fantasy with no real substance to back it up. Oh, also while we’re making this comparison, get rid of any interesting character development from Madoka and any well executed moments of levity from Higurashi. Because you know, it doesn’t really matter if you actually care about any of the characters that are having horrible stuff happen to them and you totally don’t need any nice moments to break up the misery,
So this series is bad. Really bad. While I’m not going to go into any particular details, people should know what they might be getting into. This series tries so hard to be as dark and messed up as possible that it contains severe and extremely violent bullying at school, heavy physical abuse at home, the murder of a pet, and an attempted rape that comes very close to actually happening. And this is all in the first episode, all to the same girl. Sorry to be a bad, lazy reviewer and continuing to compare this to other anime, but it’s basically like taking all of the bad things that happened to three of the main girls in Elfen Lied (Lucy, Nana, and Mayu). Make all of that stuff happen to one person and instead of spreading it out over multiple episodes, cram it all into one episode; the FIRST episode!
You may be thinking, “Well, that almost sounds so horrible that it could be amusing!” You know, the whole “so bad it’s good” thing. That was honestly what I was hoping for after the first episode. However, then the second episode came and it was just kind of.... boring. The ridiculous levels of stupid overly-edgy crap dropped off quick. Episode 2 brings in hints of the actual overarching “plot” of the series and it’s very underwhelming. Those behind the mysterious website that gives the girls their magical powers are coming and you better be ready! The “plot” gets more convoluted as the series goes on to an almost laughable degree. And while all of this “stuff” happens, we just continue to have no reason to care at all about the characters.
If you’re not already convinced that you shouldn’t waste your time on this series, here are my category breakouts:
-----Story - 1 out of 10-----
Again, one of the worst things about this series is its total lack of any interesting story. The plot that develops is so meandering and nonsensical that it’s nearly impossible to ever legitimately enjoy any of it. The twists are uninspired and (again) make no real sense whatsoever with no foreshadowing to support the reveals. The pacing is all over the place with spans of episodes having no real development and then just full-on info dumps in other episodes. It’s all around bad.
-----Art - 3 out of 10-----
While not completely abysmal, the art isn’t good either. This anime could have been shown to people 10 years ago and they still wouldn’t have been impressed. I guess you could laugh at the stupid facial expressions and the total edge-lord imagery; like, “OMG! The main magical girl bleeds from her eyes when she uses her powers!” But in the end, it’s just flat and uninspiring. Some could say that the stupid facial expressions and the general art/animation quality in the first season Higuarshi was worse than this. However, Higurashi is over 10 years old at this point. The art and animation also had very good direction despite its shortcomings and had life to it. Higurashi also wasn’t just empty shock visuals in most cases because the characters actually had the ability to get people invested.
-----Sound - 3 out of 10-----
I suppose this is as good a place as any to mention the opening and ending sequences this anime. God, they are some of the worst credit sequences I’ve ever seen in all of anime. The opening is mostly just an over-filtered mess of crap. The ending, however, really takes the cake. It has a bizarre sperm-going-to-egg thing which I guess is meant to be artsy (and the motif does show up in the series proper), but it totally doesn’t work. Then it has the absolute worst integration of live-action sequences in anime ever, period. So bad. And then there is a special one-time ending sequence based on the idol magical girl character which is one of the cringiest things I’ve ever seen, as a live action version of the character performed a bad idol song. The opening and endings aside, the sound is mostly just passable, like the art. While the score isn’t good, it’s also not distractingly bad. The voice acting is also mostly passable although it is legitimately bad at times.
-----Characters - 2 out of 10-----
Now, I could really overlook a bad story and poor production. But characters, I just cannot get into a show without connecting with or being interested in its characters. Magical Girl Site has complete crap for characters. They’re flat, seem to have no real point in life, and have no way of pulling sympathy from the audience. They’re just there as a vehicle for having bad stuff happen to them. As mentioned before, they do nothing to try to actually develop these characters so that you actually care about them or what happens. Maybe they’re banking on people automatically feeling bad for the characters because what happens to them legitimately sucks? It all just comes off as extremely lazy.
-----Enjoyment - 2 out of 10-----
I was really hoping for something that would at least be crazy, stupid fun. But in the end, this just ended up being stupid. The first episode had some stuff that made me laugh more than I ever should at this kind of content. Then from there it gets so bogged down by its bad story and worse characters that I couldn’t even enjoy it ironically. I just ended up being bored and rolling my eyes or raising an eyebrow at every twist. From about the midpoint onward, I did get a few more big inappropriate laughs: a very dumb, edgy phrase said when a magical girl with a box cutter magic item explained its power; a situation with a guy wearing panties; and one of the final scenes in the series involving two guys…. Really though, if it wasn’t for my morbid curiosity and the fact that I was watching this week-to-week as part of the 2018 Anime Watching Challenge, I would have dropped this by the third episode.
-----Overall - 2 out of 10 (Conclusion)-----
I would say that this is the worst “proper” anime that I’ve ever finished (the only “anime” I’ve ever given a 1-score to is Forest Fairy Five, but I refuse to call that a “proper” anime). I’ve probably watched plenty of stuff that many would consider to be objectively worse than this, but most of those things are so short that the quick burst of weird badness is far more interesting to me and easier to swallow than this load of crap. This is just a contrived mess with no real point to it. All that saved this show from getting a 1 from me were those moments of unintentional comedy and WTF moments that were so out of left field that I couldn’t do anything but find them to be interesting. But this is just my opinion.
Do I think some people can enjoy this? Maybe. What kind of people would enjoy Magical Girl Site? Honestly, that’s a hard question for me to answer without potentially offending fans of this series. This could be a good thing to watch if you really want to explore how to not develop a story, its world, or the characters within it. Or if you are just so absolutely sick of cute school girls that you want to “destroy something beautiful” then maybe this can be a breath of fresh air. And some people may actually connect with these characters somehow and just automatically feel bad for them because the viewer went through similar situations. But for anyone else? You really don’t need to waste your time. If you want to see some stupid over the top edge-lord crap just to laugh at, watch the first episode then drop this crap. For anyone else or if you have completionist syndrome and wouldn’t be able to drop it, do yourself a favor and just don’t. Stay far, far away.
Story is Outstanding (10). I was was never a fan of the Magical Girl genre since I was young, although I've watch a good amount of Card Captor Sakura and Sailor moon since I don't have a choice back in the Television era. But there is something with Magical Girls and a dark and morbid story that really tingles my weird taste in anime.
Mahou Shoujo Site is another anime that I did not expect much to blow me away in the Spring Anime 2018 lineup together with Hinamatsuri. I just thought that this is a mixture of totally
contrasting genre and since I love opposing genre mashups that I would give this a try. And after watching the very first episode, it swept me away like a tempest in the end of days! I could not get enough of it that I have started reading its manga and the other work of Kentarou Satou Mahou Shoujo of the End (You should read this). This meant a lot for me since I am the type of person that is really picky when it comes to story and Mahou Shoujo Site did not disappoint... well I've never really set a huge expectation to it to begin with.
The anime does not adapt the manga on a 1:1 ratio. It omits some parts and rearranges the story to fit the 12 episode seasonal format. Surprisingly, I did not feel that it was badly adapted; moreover, I felt that the anime developed an identity of itself that it can stand toe to toe with it's manga counterpart. I am glad that it did not have the adaptation disease that Tokyo Ghoul had.
Outstanding Story of bullied, abused, mistreated unfortunate girls who receives special items to help redeem their lost life and happiness.
Art is Great (9). The art felt magically eerie and I absolutely love it! The way that it mashes cutesie magical girly stuff with grunge darkness surprisingly works well. And I should not forget to mention how they combine live action, 3D CG, traditional hand drawn animation at the ending of the episode that makes me cringe for a bit then appreciate it after watching it. It is well represented in this aspect.
Sound is Outstanding (10). "Changing point" by i☆Ris is one of the best opening songs for the Spring Anime 2018 lineup. It perfectly hypes me up to watch the episode and goes well with the dark theme of the story.
"Zenzen Tomodachi" by Haruka Yamazaki tremendously adds to the eerie cringe of the ending animation. I couldn't even skip the ending song even if I want to. It is what I can describe as a satisfying cringe.
"...Watashi dake Mitete♡ (...私だけ見てて♡)" by Nijimi Anazawa (Yuu Serizawa) the ending song for the 3rd episode is another surprise for me. It is not as a cringe-fest as the main ending theme but it felt out of place at the beginning but after it was over it felt "Yeah it was a perfect ending theme for this episode"
The overall sound and song choices for Mahou Shoujo site scarily fits the theme of the story well.
Characters are Great (8). As for the characters in the story, the main protagonist of Aya and Yatsumura-san are one of the best yuri team ups that I have ever seen and I was not even aware of it at the beginning. Both of their back stories fleshes out their characters more which in turn make them into an endearing and easy to relate to characters.
I also want to give a special mention to Sarina's character in the story. I strongly believed that she is just a one off character that would eventually die at some point earlier in the story, but I got surprised on how she developed to one of my favorite characters in the whole Mahou Shoujo Site story.
The supporting characters are good, but not great enough to hold their ground. They are more developed in the manga compared to the anime.
Overall, this anime is not for everyone's liking and I know that. But if you are into the eerie, bizarre and good cringes, I would definitely recommend this anime to you in a heartbeat! One of the best Spring Anime of 2018.
I would give Mahou Shoujo Site 9 magical sticks out of 10.
The "Horror" genre of anime comes with an extremely bizarre and inexplicable phenomena, in where people who absolutely hate this genre will watch it anyways expecting it to be something else and then lambast it for in fact being exactly what the show originally claimed to be. This is then followed by multiple Dunning-Kruger inspired reviews that vary in intellectual quality but are all easily spotted by their superfluous use of the word "edgy". Why horror is the only genre "haunted" ( dohohohoho I make joke ) by this oddity is anyones' guess.
But anyways, on to the anime in question itself:
Mahou Shoujo Site. Some people will immediately compare this show to Madoka in the trendy line of "Dark" magical girl series. However, this is somewhat of a mistake. Madoka was a Thriller that intended to rewrite the rules of what a mahou shoujo could be. Mahou Shoujo Site is a Horror that never really cared about those rules to begin with. Aside from including magical girls and having a plot that isn't about spreading love n' peace, the two shows have little in common. In some ways MHS can't even be considered a magical girl anime, or at the very least has a very different take on what makes someone "magical". The magical sticks the girls are given function more like weapons in that technically anyone can use them. This makes for a unique plot device in that the sticks are often stolen, sometimes by people who aren't even "magical girls" and used for various effects. The girls themselves do not gain any magical power that is unique to them as an individual. This further drives the point that MHS should not be directly compared to other mahou shoujo series.
What we are seeing here is more or less a blood and shock show that just happens to include the premise of magical girls rather than the other way around. In truth it makes far more sense to compare this show to things like "Another" or even Danganronpa, as those would give you a much better idea for the atmosphere and tone that MHS is going for.
Mahou Shoujo Site is indeed very dark. Almost comically so, with an unusually high number of characters being completely insane for no apparent reason with the only real exception being the main character. This drives home the first point that needs to be understood to enjoy this anime: you can't take it too seriously, because it isn't trying to be serious. What the show is trying to accomplish is more or less placing an innocent character in a hopeless situation and then exploring the more twisted underbelly of human psyche from there. Characters in this show die. Characters have their bodies torn up with their blood and guts strewed all over the place. This show includes almost every possible bad thing you can imagine happening to the MC, but what makes it watchable is that very little of it is particularly unrealistic in the sense that "this never happens to anyone ever".
Overall, the quality of Mahou Shoujo Site is there. The plot has decent flow albeit some logical flaws, the animation is good, and the voice acting is actually some of the best of the season. However this only holds value as long as you don't hate this type of anime. If you do not care for some edgelording, then do yourself a very big favor and do not watch this show. If you either enjoy this genre or are indifferent to it, then you will likely find that it is quite underrated and overly criticized for being exactly what it was trying to be. The biggest downside to the show has more to do with the length than anything, in that it is a single cour show of an ongoing manga and thus doesn't really conclude on a closing note.
Mahou Shoujo Site is not for the faint of heart. Despite the name and its creator Kentarou Satou, this series is actually a spin off (not direct) of his earlier manga series called Magical Girl Apocalypse, which used action-horror undertones to showcase what would it be like if magical girls were ever this frenzy and evil-like. AND...despite everything else, this series is just too bloody, gruesome and an uncomfortable feast for the human eye to process.
The story of Mahou Shoujo Site is no different from Satou's earlier work, defisive to say about its main character, Aya Asagiri, through her measly self always being the target
whether at home or in school. At home, she is always tormented by the sicko brother of hers (Kaname) who is the source of favoritism from the parents, who uses her as his personal punching bag, and at school, another tormenting by Sarina Shizukume and her trio of friends who doesn't give a care about weak people.
The turning point is when the Magical Girl Site admin comes popping by her computer browser, saying "Oh, you poor, unfortunate soul, want to avenge and become and magical girl?" It was there and then that she receives her weapon and encounter Tsuyuno Yatsumura, her first friend and same-status Magical Girl Site-chosen girl. It is then that the story had become full circle by stating that the Tempest, happening soon, is ridding all Magical Girls chosen by the site admins themselves, and both girls' quest to find more Magical Girls and their weapons, all to ally together and rid the site admins and stop the Tempest.
If the story isn't depressing enough, wait till you watch the story's progression, when more girls and problems ensue that make the whole process A LOT tougher (e.g. when Aya's brother Kaname learns of her being a Magical Girl gets the trust of one and bulldozing-ly trashes the entire group before being sent away for confinement), and enemies become friends (e.g. Shizukume learning the true intent after being the Magical Hunter which hunts the weapons, and joins with Aya's side to kill the site admins). Overall, the execution isn't bad, but it is far from perfect.
Aya and Yatsumura has been the faithful duo through trials and tribulations, and have gone through high and hell to reach to the point where they can be strong-willing towards one another but still in dire need of each other to support their motivation and goals all the way though, and the duo I truly appreciate that its where Yatsumura puts herself in compromising situations that gets Aya's blood flowing and increasing her resilience to take care of her more than just a comrade of sorts, but as first and foremost a close friend.
Rina Shioi and Sarina Shizukume may be Magical Hunters aided by the Site to steal the weapons of magical girls, but their behaviours are nothing exceptional. Rina, the 1st generation Hunter appears when Aya and Yatsumura were ready to expedite their exposé into the true intentions of the Magical Girl Site and its admins, and Rina is nothing short of the rash thinking of attaining her goals through endless means with no plan in mind in order to stay alive. Her changing point is when her realization of the full picture is at hand, and that's when she changed sides. Shizukume, the next-in-line, is more or less like Rina, only more intelligent, but too realizes the situation at hand, and gives a helping hand. Their ruthless attitudes and demeanor are nothing short of typical, but yet serves their purposes.
The most despicable, annoying, horrible sibling, Kaname Asagiri and the idol Nijiimi Anazawa: the ideal love-hate-betrayal story gone so wrong. At first, Nijiimi's rage in Rina killing her best friend (who's also a magical girl) leads her into Aya and Yatsumura's hands, knowing that if she successfully eliminates Rina, there's no turning back, and Nijiimi subsequently gives in, and around the same time, develops love for Aya's shitty brother, whom through his intelligence of a sucker brain, knows the existence of the Magical Girl site and the weapons, and through her weapon (a pair of panties), subdues Aya and her team of magical girls but does not know the full story and gets stolen away (the anime won't explain this, so check the manga).
The other magical girls are there for show that the Tempest is the equivalent of a world gone rogue if they don't ally their efforts and stop the underlying tones of the site admins' free-to-do demeanors and plans.
The character placement is ALSO what you'd expect, but nothing this tragic, after watching Madoka Magica, you would have thought that there's nothing else like it, wait till Mahou Shoujo Site sweeps it under your feet.
Art and animation:
This is the first anime TV series production by an entirely new studio, production doA, other than the "Is My Order A Rabbit: Dear My Sister" movie, and I really hesitate the directions that it takes for the production committee team to handle everything now to newly founded studios with no backlog nor reputation to them. I will say one thing: Yes, it's good that many new studios are coming out with good first impressions, but no, it's not when something like this show HAS to be the VERY FIRST one in the long-term. I have an affinity for studios that know what they are good and bad at, so production doA will have to step up their game if this is going to be the first of longshots, because the art and animation here is subpar, and maybe too dark for visual tastes.
I remember hearing something about a relatively new idol group helming the series as their intro (it's the OP) for more exposure, and that's not wrong, because the song is legit good, and rightfully so on its own. The rest here (including the ED) is wacky, the background music scenes sometimes don't do a good job as it is and the ED has sperms around the wall of towers that is the Tempest, just take my word that all conventions will be thrown out of the puzzle.
Mahou Shoujo Site is not a bad show, but not a good one either. If you can handle copious amounts of blood, the constant backstabbing that doesn't come close to how normal humans do and the overall premise of the show, it's understandable. I won't say I hate this series, but it's the yes-no plane hanging in the balance. If you want a series that's (said) darker than Madoka Magica, try this and see how it defines your taste in blood and gore in anime.
This anime was good enough for me. It was a heck load of edge and I was invested in seeing what Aya Asagiri will do next with the lurks that are out to get her,I was a bit annoyed that we didn't get to see what happened when the tempest arrived as I think it could have been pulled off very well, I was screeching when her brother got tortured and was keen to see what was going to happen next in the manga. The voice acting was on point, fight scenes were great and I thought the characters were decent.
before i start my reviews, i would ask you a few question,
1. Do you ever want to suicide but you dont have any courage to die?
2. Have you ever been bullied but never had any courage to tell anyone else?
3. What is the meaning to be stronger to you?
4. You always get bullied day by day, but magicaly you had a power to stop time, but when you using those power your aged will shortened by 1 or more years. What will you do?
5. Last but no least. You had a sibling that always kicking your ass every day and he or she never looked
you as a sibling but as a punchbag, but someday you had a power to teleport anything to anywhere you think about, but when you using those power your age will shortened by 1 or more years. What will you do?
ok lets start the review,
This anime wasn't bad as they talked about, even in the first time when i watch the PV, i just like "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?".... but i started to take my courage up to watch this anime when its already at 11th eps. so i watched for the first episode to the latest one.
STORY : Bully, rape (almost), violance, madness, insanity and 40% blood.
The whole story was not about cute magical girl(s) that fighting toy, or evil clown. The story is about unfortunate random girl that had a magical power by random tools that they got from 'Magical Girl Site' with random masked admin. If you are low hearted people you'll get torment by watching terrible things from the very beginning of the story. For me, this anime doesnt suit for anyone who had mahou shojo fetishes. Why? i dont want give much spoiler here, so watch the show from the beginning to the latest one. (IF YOU ARE WEAK, DONT WATCH THIS ANIME!)
ART : The art was impress me, remembered that production doA who produce this show.
Note : this anime was the second project by doA, the first one was the movie of Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? i could tell it was amazing the PH that produce a cute loli movie had such horror project like Magical girl site that containt 70% of violence and blood.
If you never skipped the opening theme for the first to the latest episodes, you'll see naruto 2nd opening theme (haruka kanata) animation, tokyo ghoul first opening, Uchiha Itachi that sit in the chair when sasuke is about to fight itachi for the last time, and many more other anime reference in this opening.
SOUND : The opening theme is Changing point by i☆ris, most of i☆ris personel take a voice role in this anime, like Serizawa Yuu and Yamazaki Haruka. obviously, only Yamazaki Haruka sung for ending theme, special for 3rd epsiode ending theme was sung by Serizawa Yuu. (You'll enjoy the 3rd episode ending theme). The 10th episode opening theme is still Changing Point, BUT it was sung by anyone else, How unfortunate.
CHARACTER : There is not much explanation for the character, it just simple magical girl character that doesnt do a cute thing and doesnt fight certain clown, rather than fighting clown, they're trying to killing each other in the beginning and joining force to prevent 'Tempest'. Even there a certain people who interfere their activity.
ENJOYMENT : Mental disorder, Shit Otaku, Uncontrollable Emotion, Psycopahtic Elder brother, no Revenge no Life. I cant enjoy this anime, but this anime make my blood rising, give my exitement almost to the top, and some of my feeling cant explain by words. This anime told us TO NOT JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER, EVEN YOU HAVE READ SOME PAGE IN IT, YOU CANT TELL THAT BOOK WAS GOOD OR BAD BEFORE YOU READ THE WHOLE CONTENT (at least read it even it just 50% of whole content). If in the very beginning you have no interest in it, dont force yourself or you'll regret it
I recommended this anime for anyone who likes psychological genre, especially horror.
I dont recommend this anime if your're weak hearted or you dont like pscyhological theme even there is your favorite VA in it.
was a really good anime i rate it 10 was so sad and i felt so bad for her going through all this especially the cat that was so sad, i love watching this show i hope there is way more to this anime soon more episodes and more seasons i really love this anime and i also want her fucking brother to die already from her i been waiting for that moment for him to just die from her i havent seen a anime like this for awhile now but very good anime
definitely needs more episodes soon
i really love how her personality becomes
more confident in herself later on
im hoping to see more soon im waiting for episode 7 right now