Mahou Shoujo Site
(One episode watched):|
The term 'magical girls' summons forth images of plucky, idealized girls taking on stereotypical villains and defeating them--although, obviously, nobody actually gets hurt. Well, Mahou Shoujo Site is definitely not your usual magical girl anime. Before I watched episode one, I was very tired and almost went to bed without watching it. Afterwards, I was so on edge as a result of the rampant brutality and sadism that I couldn't go to sleep until I had watched another innocuous anime to calm myself down. At one point Aya nearly gets raped, and the tone of the show had been so disturbing up to that point that I really believed that it might happen. And yet, this turned out to be one of the most gripping and intriguing shows I have yet seen this season (and this season seems to have more good shows than usual). It's extremely cathartic when Aya first makes use of her magical power and turns the tables on an attacker. She has been hurt so much that it feels good when she finds a way to fight back. Also intriguing is her discovery that she's not the only girl who has been granted magical powers. But at what cost? One cannot help having misgivings about a website that has a cadaver-like avatar, and whose 'magic' causes blood to drip from your eyes. So, I have little idea where this show will go from here, but am confident that it will be fascinating--and that I will have to endure a good deal of highly realistic brutality as well. The cruelty of ordinary humans to one another is more horrifying than anything ghosts or zombies might do could possibly be.
Last updated Wednesday, April 18 2018. Created Tuesday, April 17 2018.