Art & Music
The media of the show would be considered rather basic. Decent animation, but nothing jaw-dropping, with the battle being interesting at best. The colours are very dim throughout the whole show, as it mostly take place at night. That makes sense, but on the other hand, I personally wouldn’t mind some colourful funkiness when I’m light-heartedly watching underage women kill each other in funny outfits.
The voice acting is sufficient, with some pretty cool performances by Megumi Ogata (Cranberry) and Inori Minase (Swim Swim), but you will not find any superstar voice actors playing here. The music is what you would expect on a show of that style and content, with an upbeat emotional song (‘Sakebe’ by Manami Numakura) as an opening theme (this ‘IMAAAAA’ screaming will be staying with me for a while) and the ending an uninteresting jrock song (‘Dreamcatcher’ by Nano).
Themes & Trivia
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku belongs to that very long list of Magical Girl themed anime, spanning off from Sailor Moon to this day. The extravagant transformations, sexy fantasy clothing and special power of each girl are all stereotypical traits of the genre. However, I find its content to be less superficial than that; possibly a reference to the whole aesthetic of Magical Girl culture, and maybe even a critique to the whole naiveté that comes with it.
Nevertheless, the themes are still very strong. The protagonist is a perfect doe-eyed cutie, the portrayal of women is obviously sexualized and even though it brings together an interesting mix of elements, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku fails to break the mould, remaining a non-controversial, standardized anime series that ‘wasn’t bad’ but very few people will actually remember in the following years.
Did I enjoy this show? Yes. Was it amazing? No. Would I recommend it? Maybe. When it comes to great anime, I believe there are two great categories: the ones so good that even non-otakus can watch, like Death Note or Ghost in the Shell, and those that make use of everything the genre has to give and create rich content that will set a paradigm for others to follow, or touch subjects in a completely innovative and ground-breaking way. And quite frankly, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is neither, which makes it just average. Pleasantly yet definitively average.
Spoiler alert: there’s no such thing as Magical Girls.
- Outfits, hairstyles, and powers, gotta love that in a Magical Girl anime.
- Swim Swim, best character award, even though I was rooting for her to die to the very end.
- Interesting backstories.
- FAV. Why the hell do we need this annoying high-pitch voiced side-kick everywhere?
- Top Speed’s voice: sorry, high pitched doesn’t get any sympathy from me.
- The Peaky Angels: yep, same for you guys, get out.
- Snow White surviving and winning, boring.
Bah. This show could have done way better. Disagree? Let us know in the comment section below. See you in the next season, if there will be one that is! Don’t forget to check our Winter 2017 episodic anime reviews! I am going to cover Demi-chan wa Kataritai, so look forward to it.
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project)
Part of the Fall 2016 Season (October)
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