Saturday, May 19, 2018

Magical Girl Site Episode #07 Anime Review


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What They Say:
Aya Asagiri lives a life of torture. Bullied by her peers and physically abused by her brother, she contemplates suicide as a means of escapism. One particularly harsh night, her laptop abruptly turns on and beckons her toward it. There, a website known simply as the 'Mahou Shoujo Site' offers her a chance to sculpt her own fate with the help of a stick that will grant her powers. But will something as simple as a magic wand truly be enough to save her from a life not worth living?

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
Pretty much every episode of Mahou Shoujo Site thus far has introduced us to a new character. And while this week's installment does not break that pattern, it amps it up a level or two by introducing an entirely new sect of makeshift superheroes. While Aya and Yatsumura have been assembling their own Avengers-style team of magical girls, Kosame has apparently been doing the same on the other side of town. So now, we have a gigantic squadron of magical girls ready to band together and take down a site administrator. Will this endeavor go down well? Oh, not a chance- but at least they're out here trying to make some sort of a difference.

On the opposite side of things, however, the admins continue their push to cut off the girls before they try and make any moves. The key to this operation, at least in Nana's part of town, lies in the hands of Sarina. But even though Sarina seems to be a sort of errand-girl at the moment, she shows off a bit of gall in straight-up telling Nana that she wants to do things her own way. And while she has no qualms with offering up her assistance, Sarina makes it clear that she wants to hold on to all of the magic-sticks she's stolen up until the moment that she kills Aya and Yatsumura. Also, while I have a second, can I just say that I really wish there was a cooler way to word "magic sticks?" I can not get over how stupid that sounds.

Sarina's alliance with the administrators isn't the only conflict this week, though. You see, Nijimin is still entirely gung-ho about killing Rina and, in a slightly expected turn of events, Rina also transfers into Aya's class. Of course, this prompts the blue-haired dog-idol to jump on top of her desk and have a mental breakdown in the middle of class as she shouts out about murdering her in front of everyone. How is this problem diffused, you ask? The answer is simple. Yatsumura tackles her and Aya straight-up pulls Nijimin's underwear off so she can't command Rina to kill herself or whatever. And while this scene is in stark contrast to the tone of the series as a whole, it was actually pretty funny. The mood shift, while incredibly noticeable, is welcome as it converts a high-intensity scenario into what is arguably the highlight of the episode.

While panty-thievery may just be that highlight, the most significant occurrence in all of episode seven is really the fact that the Avengers (Better name under construction) have finally assembled. The new girls are just as unique, if not even more so, than the pre-existing ones and each of them seems kind of overpowered in their own way. Hell, one of them can straight up insert himself (Yup, it's a dude) into another's mind through telepathy. That has to come in handy somehow, right?

Oh, also, Yatsumura is probably going to die soon because there was a hell of a lot of foreshadowing for it and I'm pretty sure Kosame even told Aya this during a random-ass phone call. How she's going to die is still unclear but, honestly, Yatsumura is in way too good of a mood right now to not be cut down in the next few episodes. But hey, I guess we'll just have to see how things play out, won't we?

In Summary:
The inclusion of several new characters bumps an already diverse roster to new heights and is sure to make the coming attack against the administrators quite exciting. Of course, more characters means more chances for fatalities and, apart from Yatsumura's impending death, I'm excited to see who else gets cut down. Nana has made it clear that she is quite terrifying when she wants to be so, if she's the one that the girls try to take down, I can't really imagine anything going over well. The shock value has died down a bit this week and this may be indicative of things getting significantly more intense in the near future. Of course, myself and anyone else who hasn't read the source material can not confirm this in any way, but let's just say it's always safe to assume that something ridiculous is about to happen in Mahou Shoujo Site.

Episode Grade: B
Streamed By: Prime Video

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