Alternative title(s): Mahou Shoujo Site
Manga Adaptation by Production DoA
Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Aya Asagiri’s life is a living hell, much like watching this show. Things get better for Aya when a mysterious site offers her magical powers in the form of a toy gun. For us, things just get worse.
Aqua’s verdict: Magical Girl Shite
One of my greatest vices is a love for terrible, horrible, no good manga. As this site’s very own Random Manga Theatre can attest, the wealths of deplorable shlock to be found in the archives of your favourite manga reader site are truly beyond your wildest dreams. Despite how bad the genre usually is at conventional humour, it’s an absolute riot to see its D-list creators constantly trying to out-edge one another with sex and bloodshed so generally misanthropic it comes close to affirming your love for mankind all over again. Currently on top, at least in my view, is this ridiculous scorcher of a scene from Tomogui Kyoushitsu, in which the villain of the week reveals how evil he is by putting a live cat in a microwave oven just for shits and giggles. Such twisted creativity deserves to be rewarded, methinks, though the only reward the authors in this case are due, is laughter.
Unfortunately, there is no line thinner than the one between “so bad, it’s good” and merely bad. The opening minutes of Magical Girl Site are so vile, so odious, so drenched in only the most vicious disdain for its characters, they’re impossible to grant even the iota of credit most of its peers do deserve. There is no warped hilarity to be found here, just a cavalcade of degrading, nauseating brutality at the expense of its poor protagonist Asagiri. Magical Girl Site‘s dedication to its physical and psychological violence is unrelenting and uncompromising, yet ultimately contributes nothing to its narrative but the absolute and unconditional dehumanization of its characters. Asagiri exists merely to be a victim and a punching bag for the incessant, bloated horrors it tries to shove down our throats. Even her big moment of empowerment is completely taken out of her hands and turned into yet another trauma. Her tormentors’ wickedness is smeared so thickly their faces are set to psychopathic smirks around the clock, while her brother is such a hateful caricature I’m surprised he’s even draw in the same art style as the rest of the cast.
With the shallowness of its characters and the accelerated rate at which it tends to shoot itself in the foot with yet another brutal assault, animal murder or attempted rape, Magical Girl Site ultimately proves itself a prime example of how not to do a genre deconstruction. The conventional aspects of the genre aren’t being cleverly turned on their heads, but merely exaggerated — from the listless main character to the monsters she fights. Magical Girl Site isn’t interested in being, damning or subverting the trope it named itself after, maintaining only the most superficial of ties just to ride on the coattails of a popular genre that embodies every value this show seems to abhor. A hollow husk lacking in empathy, tact, creativity and point, it’s little more than a desperate, pathetic cry for attention. As a bit of an expert in those, let me ask you not to grant it what it’s pleading for.
Zigg’s verdict: Do Not Watch This Show
I’ve never before had to stop watching a show partway through because I was simply too disgusted to continue, so I guess Magical Girl Site is breaking new ground on that front at least? Let’s be clear – I have no problem with extreme content when it’s used for the purposes of furthering the story, but that’s absolutely not what’s happening here. Instead, this is misery pornography of the highest order, a gross, leering look at a series of increasingly disturbing and vile abuses. I guess there’s an audience that gets off on this shit? Let’s ignore them and just say this was the worst thing I’ve ever seen while writing here, and it’s not even close. Despicable.
Iro’s verdict: Nope
There’s “shock value”, there’s “grimdark”, there’s “torture porn”, and then there’s this: 24 minutes of entirely unpleasant, grossly edgy violence and abuse of all stripes. I gained nothing by watching it, and in fact would say it actively ruined my day. I will be glad to never think about it again for the rest of my life.
Artemis’ verdict: Best Worst Comedy of the Season
Once in a while, an anime comes along that just tries so hard to be edgy and grimdark, so relentlessly over the top in its story and tone, that I can’t help but laugh at its sheer ridiculousness. That’s Magical Girl Site in a nutshell, and I have nothing at all positive to say about it (other than that the fact that it provided me with enough entertainment to literally make me cry with laughter by the 5-minute mark – after that, my response was mainly disgust). The show doesn’t even make up for any of this in its technical aspects either – in fact, some of the animation looks shoddy and low budget enough to have been fan-made, which I admit also made me laugh even though that clearly wasn’t the intent. This is by far the worst series I’ve seen in a long time, and comparing it to the likes of Madoka Magica or even its inferior successors like Day Break Illusion would be an enormous insult. If you value your integrity (or even just your sanity), for the love of god do not watch this.
3 thoughts on “First Look: Magical Girl Site”
sigh man this show and magical girl ore are the worst attention seeker anime I’ve seen. they’re both trying to be different for difference sake just because and OF COUSRE the main heroine’s friends have to automatically be other girls because every “new” mahou shoujo now has to go down a yuri path otherwise guys won’t tune in and creators think men are scums of the earth. I loathe what madoka has done to the genre now instead of stories being about hope, love, and beauty now it’s about death, despair, and destruction because it has been “in” so to speak for a while.
Looks like I’m not the only one who thought of the “Magical Girl Shite” joke, heh heh.
I agree with Asha though, I’m not a fan with what the overrated Madoka Magica has done with the Magical Girl genre, with the exception of the Precure franchise, Magical Girl Ore and the Unmagical Girl manga (which could work as an anime if done in the right hands), it’s like every magical girl series has to be “darkerer” and “grittierer” to where it’s just crazy, even if I do like the Magical Girl Raising Project franchise.
Another shitty Magical Girl anime to avoid is Magical Girl Spec Ops: Asuka, if you drop that series partway through, I can’t blame ya!!
You see, I adore Madoka Magica, but even I find this trend ridiculous. In my opinion, Madoka used its darkness for the purpose of building characters and cleverly twisted many staples of the genre to end up with creative new ideas.
Unlike what Asha says, I do think Madoka ultimately delivers a message of hope — that love, care and self-sacrifice can ultimately defy a world in which you are seemingly destined to die cold, alone and desperate, and that for me justifies a lot of the “horror” in the series. What also sets it apart, is that unlike in Magical Girl Site, the “horror” is shocking, but not gratuitous. These “dark”, post-Madoka shows simply do not understand what made that show such an overwhelming success.
In the end, we have a situation in which everyone loses. Fans who prefer the traditional magical girl and didn’t care for Madoka are now left with their beloved genre being taken over by stuff trying to ape it, and fans of Madoka are left with a bunch of pale imitators that barely hold a candle to the cleverness and creativity of the show they love. It’s rather similar to where the mecha genre is at post-Neon Genesis Evangelion.
In any case, I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about the recent Precure shows. I’m not against “traditional” magical girls at all, so I should probably give that franchise a go once I have the time.