Episode 10 of Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku went as expected: with most of the Magical Girls dead and gone, the battle becomes more intense.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 乱入バトル確変中!
Swim Swim hunts down Hardgore Alice, Cranberry hunts down Swim Swim. The episode is a combination of brutal killings and sentimental flashbacks. Snow White is still going through a personality crisis since her magic is basically useless when it comes to fighting. Ripple is upset about her friend’s death, no surprises there.
Starting off, we see a scene on Hardgore Alice’s life. We find out that her father assassinated her mother and that she feels like a burden to him, her schoolmates, and her aunt’s family who is taking care of her. On a moment of weakness, we see her writing down her will and hiding it in her drawer. Before she decides to kill herself, Snow White calls her and asks her to meet up, to express her appreciation towards her, and asks her to stay close.
However, this very sentimental situation is interrupted by FAV who is being a shithead as usual and announces that the Magical Girls’ number is going to be reduced to 4. Snow White loses her marbles, and being the bipolar that she is, pushes away Hardgore Alice who is trying to comfort her, screams at her, and runs off. She also throws the rabbit foot back at her. Nice one, girl.
We then get to see Hardgore Alice’s human form being hunted down by Swim Swim. FAV’s voice pops up in the background, reminding them that if their identity is exposed, they will be stripped of their powers. So many rules. Swim Swim obviously catches up with the kid and slays her. Snow White listens to her last words as she’s bleeding in a puddle of rain and blood. She gets to her only a few moments before her death, to find out the following:
- They had met before. Snow White once returned her lost keys.
- The reason why she thought they would be so good together is because she dresses in black, and Snow White dresses in, well, white.
- She was trying to cheer her up when she ran off screaming, but being a child, she didn’t do it properly.
She gives her back the rabbit foot and dies. Minael’s plan on disguising herself as her plushie is unfolded for us to understand properly. A sulking Minael talks about how genius her plan was and that they should be doing this all along. She reminisces about her sister, how they grew up together, and how they got to be Magical Girls.
Cranberry is having a chat with her annoying attaché, who needs to write a report to their supervisor, in which he has to conceal how they’re basically having their candidates kill each other for Cranberry to enjoy herself. Ripple is blaming herself for Top Speed’s death and promises to destroy her killer.
Back to Cranberry, who is luring the AUCG into a trap. She seamlessly kills Minael, who is transformed into a rock, then injures Tama. The episode ends with Swim Swim taking a walk with Tama and telling her to keep her cool as Cranberry is onto them both. Cranberry is excited and admires her calm judgement. The end.
Themes & Trivia
Twins: Did you know that twins are much scarcer in Japan than in the western world? Adding to a list of absurd Japanese prejudice against women, bearing several children is considered a beastial act. No wonder they are being portrayed so inaccurately in anime.
Battle Royale: I am surprised I haven’t mentioned that before, but that whole ‘character elimination game’ does remind me a lot of Battle Royale. Cool movie.
Ying Yang: FAV, the floating dildo, like a vast number of anime characters, is black and white, symbolizing a mixture of good and evil. Even though he is purely evil. Minor details.
Even though I admire her to a certain extent, I would want to see Swim Swim die. Something about her psychopathic personality has been putting me off lately. Hopefully Cranberry will be making sushi off of her and finally Tama will be left alone.
Great battle approaches. Be excited.
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Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project)
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