「激レアアイテムをゲットしよう！」 (Geki-Rea Aitemu o Getto shiyou!)
“Get the Super-Rare Items!”
If there was one definitive point specifying where Mahou Shoujo came into its own, this would be it. The realization of all the teased killing, the hints of something greater lurking in the background, this episode had it all. By far the shocker (for me at least) was La Pucelle’s death—I seriously did not expect
him her to perish now. A few anticipated Pucelle’s quick demise, but I thought it would hold off a bit until Koyuki got her feet under her. Guess not. It’s not too surprising either that Cranberry had the executioner’s honours, but it was pretty damn funny (in a morbid way) how a bloodied, beaten Pucelle looked along the walk to the block. On the other side we then got the double kill of Hardgore Alice and Magicaloid which was entirely unexpected. Magicaloid’s nonchalant decapitation (and nihilistic self-reflection) of Alice was particularly humorous, although Alice certainly one upped that with the ubiquitous hand through chest move. Not all too surprised by these additional deaths, but hell, three in one episode has definitely raised the bar going forward. After all only four more girls to go and we still have six episodes remaining.
Beyond the rampant killing this week were some tasty revelations regarding story elements. As fully expected, candy stealing was not the only twist in this competition, with magical items now making an appearance. Five different items, each serving a different function, each limited to one magical girl, and each shaving a piece off your lifespan—what’s not to like? The appearance of these items definitely indicates the competition has now moved away from candies collection towards premeditated murder for survival as a few girls pointed out. What remains up in the air is how these items will factor into future battles, and (given the accounting of four items) who owns that rabbit’s foot.
The big reveal, however, definitely lies in Cranberry and Fav. It was known something was up with both given the actions previously, but Cranberry the master and Fav the servant? I never could have predicted that twist. We also have the adumbration that Cranberry and Fav go back far beyond MGRP, experiencing numerous selection “tests” and providing each other different things on a per contract basis. There’s definitely another layer to this competition, borne from the remark MGRP is only the latest playground for these tests and selected for the ease of riling up its participants. Mahou Shoujo is certainly no Madoka, but Fav and Cranberry are bearing increasingly eerie similarity to Kyuubey’s origins and goals (i.e. him being an alien collecting energy). Cranberry is seemingly seeking out strong magical girls for some unknown reason, while Fav gives her the opportunities to find them. This is a substantial reveal which likely relates back to those grey monsters teased since the beginning. Although this hidden plot currently remains a mystery, we can at least revel in the confirmation that Fav is indeed a sadistic little monster in it for the entertainment.
Next Time: Making Friends?
What happens next is anyone’s guess, but I can hazard one that Hardgore Alice might become La Pucelle’s replacement for Koyuki. We also have that bit about Fav covering up both La Pucelle’s and Ruler’s deaths, indicating someone will likely stumble across the reasons for that soon. Plenty of reveals and magical girl deaths left to go with half the season remaining, and no idea how it all ends. Hard to imagine things could get any more exciting.
I never expected Swim Swim to grow into her role this much. Shaving 25 years off her life to spare Tama? Going to have to rethink my initial impressions of her.
There’s enough evidence now to suggest receiving a back story at the episode start guarantees death by episode’s end.
Although the next one to die is unknown, I’m betting Top Speed is near the top of that list. Her death flag is just too obvious.