If Madoka was in a game, a Magical Girl Raising Project review. 

By Senpai

Beware massive spoiler alert, BUT, will not ruin the experience at all
Ok I’m putting my heart into this one, let me first reveal my rating. I give this season 5+ tentacles with massive respect. At this time viewable on Crunchyroll. 


We start off with an almost Slice of Life style first episode. We are introduced to Koyuki, a young very good-hearted girl. She takes an interest in a free-to-play magical girl RPG mobile game. She loves it, as she always had an interest in the magical girl genre. Her friends snicker at the thought of it, deeming it childish. She paid no mind to it innocently. She did hear though, playing the game has a 1 in 10,000 chance of transforming players into a real-life magical girl. Probably just a well thought gimmick…


A few episodes in, I’m hooked. This season has 12 episodes. I couldn’t stop watching, I myself am a fan of the magical girl genre, so long as it’s tasteful. 


Later on, the game mascot, Fav pops up on Koyuki’s phone stating she’s been picked to become a real life magical girl. Obviously she questions the silly little Pokémon-esqe creature. All of a sudden, with flair, she floats up and TRANSFORMS, for real. She couldn’t believe it, but extremely happy at the same time. 


We see more quick, but straight foward character development. A total of 16 girls are introduced; all with completely different styles, colors, abilities etc. We even see a young boy, who happens to be a childhood friend of Koyuki’s, transform into a very cute magical girl. We get to know these girls, and boy, coming from all walks of life. A innocent good girl, a total failure, a drunk mother, a young housewife mother-to-be, an abused teen, and many more thought to be mentally unstable. I’m seeing a pattern here, what does Fav have up his sleeve?


I’ll sum it up here. 

This turns into a brutal all out Battle Royale. Literally. Fav tricks almost all the girls into KILLING EACH OTHER, so there can be only one true magical girl. Packed with drama, murder, feels, cuteness, and ultimate despair; this caught me off guard so bad. Highly recommended for fans of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Battle Royale, and many more magical girl based anime. Despair-ridden like Danganronpa; Even game-based anime, as these magical girls cannot undo what they’ve done. And when you kill another magical girl, they die in real life…


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Madoka is Magical

By: JD Hardin

Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo
Produced by Atsuhiro Iwakami
Written by Gen Urobuchi
Music by Yuki Kajiura Studio Shaft
Licensed by
AUS
Madman Entertainment
NA
Aniplex of America
UK
Manga Entertainment

I know, I’m not known for anime reviews but, recently I became fascinated with a character from this series and had to watch it.

An absolutely fantastic anime series from beginning to end. PMMM has reignited my passion for anime.

SPOILER ALERT

Centered on a a middle school student named Madoka Kaname, an encounter with a small, cat-like creature named Kyubey introduces her to a world of magical girls and their hunt for witches. Kyubey offers a contract in which she may have any wish granted in exchange for obtaining magical powers and hunting down and killing witches. A new student named Homura Akemi tries to stop Madoka from making a contract with Kyubey at all costs. This seems strange to Madoka as Homura is also a magical girl. Madoka and her friend, Sayaka, then meet Mami Tomoe, an upperclassman at the their school who is also a magical girl. Mami offers to bring them along on her witch hunts so they can learn what being a magical girl entails.

As Madoka considers making contract with Kyubey, she witnesses Mami die at the hands of a witch and realizes that a magical girl’s life is filled with danger, anguish, and suffering. This is supported by Kyoko Sakura, a veteran magical girl whose wish indirectly caused the death of her family. Madoka also discovers that not only do magical girls give up their souls to form their Soul Gems, the source of their magic, but when the Soul Gems become too tainted with despair, the girl will turn into the very witches they fight against. This is revealed when Sayaka falls into despair and turns into a witch. The girls soon confront the cause for all of their suffering. Kyubey’s alien race is harvesting the emotions from magical girls to use as energy to counteract the spread of entropy.

PMMM takes a genre that is normally filled with fan service, cheap humor, and generic cookie cutter themes and makes a very serious story. Tones and messages run as deep as the Marianas Trench through out all twelve episodes. Characters voices and on-screen appearance leads you to believe they will be simple, and generic. This notion is quickly smashed away with characters in deep self-reflection, pondering consequences, and have moral fortitude on a global scale. The series is pretty action packed as well. With each character, in time, illustrating their capacity for direct physical conflict.

5 of 5 Capes!

5 Anime to Watch NOW

Berserk (2016)

Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Food Wars season 2


Yukihira Souma’s dream is to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle school, his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
Re:Zero 


Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked. But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru cooperates with her to return the favor. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability “Returns by Death” and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time by dying. Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?
And You Thought There was Never a Girl Online?


Hideki Nishimura plays the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Legendary Age under the alias Rusian. One day, after he proposes online to a girl who says that she is a man, Hideki swears off online marriages. Two years later, the persistence of Ako Tamaki, another Legendary Age player who is in the same guild as him, wore him down, and he accepted her in-game marriage offer. When he finally meets up with the rest of his guild members in the real world, he is shocked to discover that not only are they all actually girls, but that they attend the same school as him.
Asterisk War


The Academy City on the water, Rikka (otherwise known as Asterisk) is the world’s largest stage for the integrated battle entertainment, “Star Wars Festival.” The young boys and girls of the “Starpulse Generation” belonging to the six academies made their wishes with Shining Armaments in their hands, vying for supremacy—Amagiri Ayato is one of them.

Ayato arrived at Rikka at the invitation of the Student Council President of the Seidoukan Academy, Claudia, and right after that he incurred the wrath of the “Petalblaze Witch” Julis, and ended up having to duel her.

The greatest academy battle entertainment, begins here!
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