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.
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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 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.
I've been reading this manga for years, and it started off with some potential. Over time though, it went downhill.
The manga started off as an edgy magical girl series about Asagiri Aya and and how unfortunate she was. It continues with her journey of learning about the magical stick and learning more about the magical girl site. Once they introduced the tempest, it was interesting, but the interest faded away through out the years because the idea of the tempest was introduced so early in the series, but it wasn't a plot until the end.
The amount of characters through out the series is insane. I
couldn't keep up with the characters, especially in the end of the series. Though the manga had new chapters weekly, it felt like it took forever to convey the message.
The ending was one of the worst I've ever read. It just felt so rushed and made little sense. The actions the characters took was not explained well and made me confused every week.
Overall, I would not recommend this, especially if you're looking for something with a good story.
Oh man. How do i even begin in expressing my thoughts regarding this story ? As in like, regarding ALL of it ?
This manga story was picturing itself as the NEXT Puella Magi Madoka Magica but in reality, this manga is the magical girl equivalent of that Nutcracker movie. You know, the one where the rats are Nazis aka Nutcracker The Untold Story/3D.
There are many problems with the story.
1) I know humans are supposed to be evil as not each or every one of us is a perfect saint but is mankind really supposed to be THIS evil ??????
Most of the antagonists or in layman
terms, villains, in OTHER more well-known magical girls are evil ENOUGH but the acts that these girls had to suffer through just seems like OVERKILL !!!
One has to wonder whether the creator of this manga feels DIRTY in writing or illustrating all of THIS !!!!
2) I know that this manga was considered by many right now as a contender to Puella Magi but i truly am sorry as i find this manga absolutely disgusting !!! All of the chapters are legitimately disgusting !!!!!
Seeing all of those cute and innocent young girls either turn into psychotic and insane monsters or losing their will to be happy and enjoy life just makes me sick to my stomach !!!!!
Also, the implied idea that other manga artists would be potentially inspired by this, as in like other people would want to replicate it, it's just.....just.....GAH !!!!!!!!!!
3) For a manga that's all about magical girls, people who read this complete story are NOT gonna think about young and cute teenage girls using magic to fight the bad guys and save the day !
They're just gonna think about all the terrible things that the worst of humanity are capable of doing !!!!!
Now, one might wanna argue that the creators of this manga are trying to take people into the darkest regions of humanity so that the happy scenes seem happier. A true vision and work of a great and up and coming artist.
But sadly, i find that the manga is coming across LESS like he wants to make the readers feel good and MORE like he just wants to stand out by using shock tactics.
4) I just wish that this manga and its related side story need to add a lot more substance to itself than just shock value.
Shock is nothing without some form of intelligence behind it, and that's what draws everyone in. I know that the author is not REALLY trying to draw "everyone" in. Only just the gifted few who can see how unique he is.
But honestly, by trying to be "unique" instead of being himself, he might be like everyone else trying to do the same.
While one might like to point out that the author just wanted to dive into the dark moments so that the happy moments seemed all the more important but judging from the content, i could see that the author didn't understand the happy moments. Heck, he didn't really understand the dark ones.
Shock value is fine if the purpose outweighs the offense. It's supposed to provoke the viewers, giving way to a positive idea or even make readers feel better by laughing at how shocking it is.
However, it takes a lot of thought and a lot of skill to pull off correctly. When you focus too much on the negative without really exploring or understanding it, you get something that makes people not only feel dumber but also kind of dirty. The intent to bring something positive gets lost in the need to make yourself feel important.
But honestly, the same can be said for also being TOO positive. That can come across as mockingly condescending. Somewhere in-between, there's a balance that's tricky to hold, but can still be accomplished.
How will one know what negative things and what positive things to focus on? Well, to be honest, i don't actually know the answer to that question.
But i DO know is that It's different to everyone. People always go through different experiences, so they're always inspired by different things. Even those things ALWAYS change. People, ideas, even places. Just always do your best and make an effort in trying to get inspired by those who understand said concepts better than you.
Straightforward to what this manga offers/doesn't offer:
- MC: The main character is your stereotypical whiny girl that can't do anything by herself and cries instead of taking action. She can't stand seeing others get hurt or hurt anyone herself.
- Story: Similar to the author's other work, it's about Mahou Shoujos, also known as Magical Girls, once again. This time, however, from the viewpoint of the Mahou Shoujos.
Similar to their other work, the story of this one also moves at a fast pace. It doesn't overwhelm with a too complex story and instead focuses on creating opportunities for the characters to shine with what they're
good at, showing tits, ass, making facial expressions and dying. The last of which is often replaced by bleeding out or being heavily wounded in general, since each character's death also means one cute loli less for the audience to anatomically inspect with utmost thoroughness.
And, well, it just so happens that giving mentally unstable, mistreated girls super powers creates these wanted opportunities.
- Comedy: As is typical for mangas with strongly over-the-top drama and brutality, a lot of scenes tend to take on a comedic nature, whether it be intended or not. Mahou Shoujo Site has this peculiar characteristic as well and it executes these specific scenes mostly with the help of characters whose sole purpose it is to deliver these scenes by being extraordinarily cruel. The protagonist's brother is one of these chosen characters and he does a quite good job at being an evil sadist that constantly tries to make others suffer. To see "Onii-chan" make many of the annoying characters within the story (including the MC) have a hard time is pretty much the highlight of this manga.
To summarize: The manga offers lolis getting slaughtered and getting drenched, it also offers 1 likeable yet completely sadistic character and although it tries it's best to create a story and doesn't do completely horrible at it, the plot still turns out completely negligible and is overshadowed by several better reasons to either enjoy this work or to throw it into the trash can depending on your taste.
I have a strange relationship with "edgy" anime. By edgy I mean, anime full of gore, violence and mature themes like rape, death and abuse. And by "strange relationship" I mean, I don't really like watching them, but I do have a morbid curiosity for it. Anime for me is a form of escapism, I watch it to forget about my shitty life and problems, so I like to watch lighthearted, fun shows, but I can't deny that anime and manga like Mahou Shoujo Site pick my interest by their premise alone.
Still, I rarely watch them to completion, finding their content too much for my
delicate sensibilities. That's what I thought it was gonna happen when I started reading MSS. I just wanted to see what the story was all about and didn't plan to read too much. It was late anyway. But once I started, I didn't stop until almost 60 chapters later.
Violence and gore are predominant, but what really gripped me was the plot. It's full of mystery, twists and turns. I'm not sure why this isn't tagged as a Thriller here in MyAnimeList because MSS it's an incredibly effective one. Once you start, it's very hard to stop, each chapter being well-paced and feeding you enough questions and answers to keep you satisfied but still craving for more.
That aside, one of my favorite things about it, it's how they implemented the special powers. Each girl is given a different object which grant them distinctive powers. I can't explain exactly why, but I just love it when a series does that. Sakura Card Captors did something similar with each card giving her a different power-up, as did several other shows, it's not exactly original but it never stops being entertaining to me. Each time a new one is introduced I'm filled with wonder about their capabilities and techniques which enhances the entire experience of reading this manga.
I have read all the current released chapters, and it seems to be close to the end, which is great because I don't think they would manage to stretch this one much longer. Now I'm just hoping for a satisfying conclusion, and this will be a manga I'll recommend for years to come.
Before i dive into spoiler zone, here is a spoiler-less review of the story so far.
The story centers around magical girls who all become eligible to be made into one after living a life resembling a hell.
Now i know there is a lot of injustice happening all around the world, but if you consider level of cruelty and/or hardships these girls (from elementary up to high school age) must have gone through, plus the always increasing number of such ill-fated GIRLS, one might wonder what kind of f-d up world they live in?! (Story is set in modern japan)
Speaking of cruelty and various wrongdoings, the way the story shows these elements is simply non-believable! I've seen many sad, bullying-involved, abuse related stories, but there is a point when you feel bad for the character since the hardships they go through seem real, and then there's this story where cruelty is so over the top, it simply can not be left hidden or unnoticed! Yet here they do! And this once again makes you wonder if there is any justice and good left in this world! You hardly believe that such cruelty is possible, that there are so many wicked people around you. Despite the level of suffering girls go through, it's hardly touching since it's so unbelievable and cliched.
Magical girls get magical "sticks". Some are OP (overpowered), and some are average or even sh@t. No skill or talent, guess it all comes to "luck", don't expect balance patch or something.
There will be predictable plot twists, some minor drama, but in the end you will have more wtf's than actual answers.
just like the story, characters are not completely dull, but usually leave you with an urge to slap them very hard for all the stupidity. There are Many characters, their actions predictable, roles predictable, tastes predictable... Boring.
Unlike his previous work, art clearly improved in MSS, but pile of SH.. is still a pile of SH.. No matter how realistically drawn. There is blood, there is gore, but only sometimes. I'd hardly recommend it for those few scenes solely.
The weird part. I'm still reading this, not because i'm forcing myself, but because i really want to see where it goes and how it ends. (Mostly, how much worse can the story get?) If you read few chapters and FEEL like wanting to know more, do read it, but DON'T HAVE HIGH HOPES.
So far the society in the world shown here is incredibly (and by this i mean "over the top") insensitive, intolerant, cruel, stupid, evil and unjust. Same methods of bullying at schools, same levels of "nobody gives a damn", unimaginable cruelty from very young children... the author clearly hit his head on something blunt at a young age, and/or must be smoking some weird stuff to come up with a setting like this.
Back to the story. It seems girls main goal is to stop or survive the *cough* walpurgis nicht *cough* Tempest, or to say otherwise, the end of all the things. WHY would they want to survive? Most of the girls have short lifespan left. Surviving the end most likely means being alone while everybody else dies - no logic in that.
Prevent tempest and save the world? Why would anyone want to save such shitty world. At this point i'm rooting for the tempest to end this miserable world together with soon-to-dead-anyway-magical girls.
Stupidest plot so far: why give away sticks if you take them back shortly after?
Why only girls, since boys can use sticks too?
Why not just wait for the tempest to just happen? What's the point of this circus?
Should we care for magical girls? They're nuts!
In the beginning I wasn't convinced of this manga after reading Mahou shoujo of the end and knowing the style of this mangaka I felt that it would be more of the same even so I decided to give it a try and I don't regret
The way of carrying the story was very good and there were many scenes that I didn't see coming and it really surprised me and that is something that I love
The style of drawing is classic of this mangaka with some really good scenes of Gore besides that I love how he transmits the feelings of the characters on their
There is really unique characters but most of all I loved the evolution that Aya (The protagonist) had !!!
In short it is a manga that I really enjoy and that I am glad I gave it a chance and although the end was not what I expected it was good and gave the closure that deserved the story.