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From the same dude who did Mahou Shoujo of the End (a godawful story), here comes Mahou Shoujo Site, a somewhat linked manga.
This is actually a big improvement after that shitty manga. It's still bad, though.
Mahou Shoujo Site is like that kid from your class who tries hard to be edgy, but fails miserably. It constantly introduces shocking elements to make you think how dark and depressing everything is, but it barely manages to impress you when those resources have already been used somewhere
else, or are clearly over exaggerated. [How am I supposed to take seriously a middle-school girl who had kidnapped an old man just for the sake of torturing him everyday for years?] Futhermore, characters take killing WAAAAAAY too lightly. I mean, c'mon. At least worry about getting arrested for murder.
Aside from that, the turn out of events goes in good direction most of the time. I'm not exclaiming "what a coincidence!" every page, and the mystery involving the Mahou Shoujo Site is actually interesting. Futhermore, is actually nice to see how the girls deal with the problems that the plot gives.
Sadly, everything loses its shine when the story constantly uses cliches, asspulls and the characters grow a plot armor. Srly, that girl should be dead FOR YEARS for overusing the sticks.
Though the characters are generally bland and one dimensional, the main characters has, surprisingly, a good development. She actually manages to do something for herself instead of crying in front of her bully. Aya is not a 10/10 written character, but she isn't bad.
Then we had Yatsumura. I like her, and even so I know that she's too unrealistic. Remember when I said that characters took killing way too lightly? Well, she's the embodiment of that. She wasn't that bad at the beginning, but then the author had the brilliant idea of giving her a dark secret. The good thing is that she has good chemistry with Aya, so they do a somewhat likable duo.
Finally we have Kaname. Kaname is a walking edgelord who does evil because I'm better than you. If he had a theme song, I'm sure it would be something from Linkin Park. Seriously, what is stopping this guy from killing his family? At least he makes funny faces for reactions.
The rest of the cast is so one dimensional that I can summarize them in one word: the emo, the bully, the transgender, the rich, the samurai, the idol, the busty. Probably they're exactly like what you imagined.
Not unpleasant to the eyes, but needs to improve.
Actually fun to read. The pacing is good and the plot constantly goes forward. But you won't enjoy this if you don't tolerate stupidity.
A bad manga which is fine for casual reading if you are searching just for enjoyment and not an actual deep story.
If you like dark stuff for the sake of being dark, you'll like this (probably). It's like the kind of stuff that girls who call themselves "yanderes" would read.
This author has a thing for mahou shoujos and extremelly disgusting characters. I found Mahou Shoujo Site after reading Mahou Shoujo of the End. The similarities: a lot of gore, a twisted vision of mahou shoujos and one extremely disgusting character.
While MSotE relies a lot of on its very complicated plot and gore scenes (being a trully horror manga), MSSis all about the characters and their developments. The plot (at least so far) is a lot simplier and less dramatic and the characters are overall way more likeable. There is also way less gore. However, its very enigmatic as well. Why are they given the
wands to become mahou shoujos? Whats the tempest really about? Why men can become mahou shoujos as well? Whats the real intentions behind the sites admins? And what are they?
The art style is decent. He know how to draw in cute way for cute moments, and how to change the style into something darker for the twisted moments. However, like in MSotE, he just cant draw a sexy woman body. They all look weird when waring more showing clothes, maybe its intentional.
It's an overall extremelly enjoyable manga. I've read all the currently available chapters in one go.If you're into darker stories and art ( i'm currently all about these), this manga is for you.
This came out around the same time as Madoka Magica and has a similar premise. Despite Madoka's popularity, I would have to say I prefer Mahou Shoujo Site.
While it didn't impress me much at first, the story becomes more and more intriguing and fleshed-out as it progresses. Many of the characters, which read as tropes initially, are given interesting character development. Aya, for example, appears to be a typical "sad, abused loli," but she proves to be very cunning and capable in the right situation. She still hasn't completely avoided the stereotype (largely because her backstory is too pitiful and dramatic to be believable), but
her character seems to be going in a good direction. I was also surprised that Sarina, the "typical bully", became such an important character. I also like the
As for the art - I like it, but at times the anatomy gets a little weird. However, it's pleasing to look at most of the time.
As I said, the story shares many similarities to Madoka, but I think it's a little more complex and well-thought-out. It also has some themes that are unusual for a manga of this type, like revenge. It's true that the story has many tropes, like the "mysterious website" and the "manifold misunderstanding" between Sarina and Aya; however, while it follows some tropes, the story also avoids others.
I've given this an 7 tentatively. I feel like the story right now (at ch. 17) is at a tipping point where it will either flourish or fall short.
I found Mahou Shoujo Site while reading Mahou Shoujo of the end and honestly it's been almost, if not at times, better than mahou shoujo of the end. The artwork is detailed and the shadow work draws you into the dark world of this series.
The plot isn't as strong as Mahou Shoujo of the end, which has multiple questions looming at once. Mahou Shoujo site keeps it simple with, why were teenage girls given weapons and what does the countdown mean? So in regards to the story, this manga does rely on it to sell itself.
No, where this series really shines is it's
characters from the adorable, yet slowly growing MC asagiri, the cool kuudere yatsumura, the psychopathic shioi, the cute yet crazy nijimin, nijimins hopeless biggest fan, the vengeful bully, the abusive big brother, the cutter, the swordswoman and the sadist. Truly this series excels at introducing and developing a wide array of characters and that is what has set it so high in my opinion.