OP: 「Changing point」by i☆Ris
「魔法少女サイト」 (Mahou Shoujo Saito)
“Magical Girl Site”
You know one trope which will never get old? Breaking the cutie. There’s something about this premise which never fails to entertain, whether for the shock and horror it induces or the outright humour generated from the attempt. It’s why grimdark magical girl shows will continue to remain a thing, and why Mahou Shoujo Site is gracing our presence this season. This one as highlighted by our ever useful RC Preview was always going to be over the top, with the only question being how crazy it would get. Well, I dare say we found out pretty quickly. After all, we got sperm in the ED.
For a Madoka-esque magical girl show MSS is fairly straightforward. We have a protagonist in Asagiri Aya (Oono Yuuko) who has a trait perfect for a magical girl (i.e. suffering for the sake of suffering), a mysterious magical girl recruitment program with an obvious ulterior motive, and the guarantee of magical girl fights breaking out before too long. It’s the tried and true cutie breaking formula practiced by the likes of Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (both series in fact feature a similar way of magical girl recruitment), although MSS dispenses with convention pretty quickly. How so? Just ask Aya. In just the first 15 minutes we had the disgusting slaughter of lovable animals, attempted rape, abusive beatings, and quite a few imaginative and vulgar means of bullying. It’s not hard to see MSS will likely minimize the usual slow-paced psychological torment in favour of quick physical abuse, although you have to wonder just how far it can get on this alone, particularly if kept serious. Sure kitten killing will never stop being rage-inducing (especially if a pet owner, my feels) for example, but combine stuff like Kaname’s, erm, unique form of brotherly love with those glorious meme faces? It’s hard not to laugh a little at some of the absurdity. MSS is undeniably aiming for shock value and sympathy with such scenes (and it does work in quite a few spots), but you have to wonder if it’s not being played up a little too heavily at times.
Such craziness though likely factors into the mechanics of MSS’s story which so far (of course) is a big black box. As aforementioned it’s easy to guess the Mahou Shoujo Site and those who operate it have some nefarious purpose behind handing out weapons of mass murder to tormented girls (at least if Aya is any indication), although what it is will likely be a midseason reveal, you know, because suspense. All we have so far is that big heart stick-gun thing gives Aya the blood crying crazy eyes and makes bullies find sudden interest in the front ends of speeding trains. Downsides to the power? Limitations? True purpose for Aya’s ability beyond death by teleportation? Superfluous miscellanea to figure out at a later date, particularly once our second magical girl
Homura Yatsumura Tsuyumo (Akaneya Himika) finishes with the general magical girl overview. Don’t deny, you know that spiel is coming next. This episode more or less functioned as teaser material by showing the torture porn shenanigans to expect going forward, and in that regard it didn’t disappoint. Bloody magical girls with a heaping side of agony is the name of the game here, and we’re only guaranteed more of it in the near future—Kaname (hint hint) guarantees it.
While I don’t know yet whether I’ll continue blogging this one further (too many damn good shows this season), if MSS keeps up what we saw this week and plays out how I expect it to, I’m going to be incredibly hard pressed turning it down. There’s a lot of room for some seriously ridiculous drama here, and with minimal censoring (hallelujah!) on all the juicy bits it’s going to be a blast to watch. If you like your magical girls suffering stick around for more, MSS is just what the doctor ordered.
ED: 「ぜんぜん ともだち」 (Zenzen Tomodachi) by Haruka Yamazaki