「マジカルキャンディーを集めよう!」 (Majikaru Kyandii o Atsumeyou!)
“Collect Magical Candies!”
The lighthearted fun and games continue for our magical girls as the rules of the competition are finally revealed. Unfortunately for them, it only goes downhill from here.
Just a Little Competition
Sixteen girls down to eight? How were we doing that again? Wonder no more, because we now know how that process will go. As expected previously the Magical Candies determine success, with every magical girl judged on number collected. At the end of each week the girl with the fewest candies is eliminated, with the whole thing then repeating anew until eight girls are left. It’s surprisingly straightforward, although the metrics for candy acquisition still remain ambiguous. Koyuki earned over 400 for rescuing the elderly couple for example, while other girls seem to earn around 20-40 at most. It looks as though attempting a good deed (ex. committing to a rescue) gives you a few participation candies, while actually completing the deed (ex. succeeding in a rescue) pays the true prize. Very likely deeds are classed differently too and pay varying amounts, explaining how some magical girls can get away performing dubious acts (i.e. Calamity Mary). Then there’s the small thing about that Magical Candy cap, indicating the possibility of ties. What happens if two girls on the cusp of dropping out are at the cap? Certainly not rainbows and butterflies.
Of course all of the above has nothing on the dark side of this game, generously hinted at by Fav who is now doing everything possible to resurrect the Kyuubey hate. His recruitment of magical girls when the ecosystem is supposedly unsustainable is pretty suspect, but actually bringing another on after the culling starts screams premeditation (honest mistake my ass you sadistic little f*cker). Furthermore Fav is already alluding that magical girls are capable of killing each other, as though he wants them to explore the option. It’s not like it will take too long anyway, given this episode’s events it’s just a matter of time now.
Establishing the Teams
One intriguing bit quietly brought up this episode was the setup for our different magical girl groups. The wannabe queen Ruler’s little gang is the obvious example, her aspirations in the open and personality distinctively authoritarian. Nevertheless I can already foresee some troubles with our puppy dog punching bag Tama who seems to be klutz of the group, never mind the single winged twins Yuna and Mina. Also expect the quiet Swim Swim to potentially be a problem in the near future. On the other side we’ve got tsundere ninja Kano and the bouncy, hyperactive witch Tsubame who together appear to be aiming for a neutral good disposition, while
Sou-chan La Puecelle and Koyuki function as possible allies. And then we get to Calamity Mary, who besides showing magical girls can be mature women too, certainly wants to embrace the cowgirl persona lock, stock, and barrel. Personally I except Mary’s antagonism is a distraction away from the true baddie of the show (always expect the unknown), but she certainly is the most chaotically badass of the bunch. It’s pretty obvious these different groups will come to blows soon enough, the only question is how. Well, that was until the end of this episode.
Next Time: It’s Getting Serious
If there was ever any doubt what happens to eliminated magical girls now we know: they die, full stop. There’s no messing around here, you want to be a magical girl you must accept the consequences of failure. Although Nemu’s death/coma (it’s not entirely clear yet) was hidden by Fav (who only revealed the chat room “deletion”), expect that little event to quickly disseminate to our remaining magical girls very soon because there’s no better way to get this party started. Stay tuned for next week boys and girls, because the fun starts now.
Of course Nemu was a NEET, because only NEETs sleep all the time. I’m a busy student, I sleep all the time, where I do I fit on this scale?
I expect that bit about Nemu’s Magical Candy earnings not counting (because they were earned in dreams) to come up again. Nemu cannot be the only one here who carried on by avoiding the real world.
Fav has the ridiculous pon, and now Kano gets the “tch” tick. Because you couldn’t love tsunderes enough already. Also the real Kano definitely looks like Homura.
Ruler will probably be one of the first to die, if her showing up in a girl’s dream is any indication
I love how Calamity Mary’s cowgirl outfit complements her harsh, individualistic personality. Also dig the two bras, because that totally negates the sluttiness of the outfit.