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Magical Girl Site
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With this anime adaptation, It is very misfortunate. Plus, it's like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, except edgier and less to no charm at all.
Genre: Magical girl, Horror
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 6 - June 22, 2018
Network(s): JNN (MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, SBS, ATV), AT-X
Starring: Yuko Ōno, Himika Akaneya, Aina Suzuki, Yū Serizawa, Yumi Hara, Haruka Yamazaki, Nobuhiko Okamoto
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 12


Magical Girl Site (魔法少女サイト) is a psychological horror magical girl anime series produced by production dóA based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Kentaro Sato, which is a spinoff/sequel to the manga Magical Girl Apocalypse. It premiered on April 6, 2018, with the first episode being pre-released on March 18 of the same year during the Magical Festa event.

Plot

Aya Asagiri is a 14 year old middle school girl who has problems both at school with bullying and at home from her brother's cruel abuse. One day after getting punched, kicked, and choked by her cruel brother, a suspicious website pops up on her computer screen, showing a creepy-looking person. This person appears to take pity on her and announces that she will grant Aya magical powers. Later at school, Aya finds a gun that mysteriously appears in her locker. She is soon cornered by bullies and with nothing to lose, Aya fires the gun at them. The shot causes the bullies to disappear, but to her horror she finds out that they have somehow been hit by a train nearby and died. Aya feels as though she had somehow killed them, and is confused to find herself with longer red hair and blood flowing out of her eyes. She later finds out that she is not alone, when a classmate reveals that she is also a magical girl. The classmate, known as Tsuyuno Yatsumura, becomes one of her new friends, while offering to help her. Tsuyuno teaches Aya about magical girls and the power she has acquired. However, the two girls do not know the reason for something that resembles a countdown clock on the website, and they fear it may be something really bad. After meeting a group of other fellow magical girls, all with different powers and abilities of their own, Tsuyuno and Aya attempt to discover what the countdown really means, all while trying to make sure no one knows about their powers.

Bad Qualities

  1. This anime adaption from this manga of the same name feels like it didn't exist. By understanding, it probably only exist to capitalize on the dark magical girl genre just like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which has similar themes.
  2. It's writing is more amateurish but worse than it's manga.
  3. Same as the manga, it still a non-stop series of events about Aya and her friends enduring incomprehensible pain against their tormentors.
  4. The main protagonist, Aya Asagiri, is much more useless than in the manga. But, she still has the same traits and actions found from the manga.
  5. The rest of the magical girls in this series are hit-or-miss in this story and are never developed.
  6. The series takes similar horror anime, Higurashi: When They Cry, and Elfen Lied to a more modern take on the next level. And tries It WAY TOO seriously by missing the point and attempting be mature just like the manga.
    • Since being a horror AND a magical girl series, It clearly tries to make it TOO scary enough, with plenty of gore. But it makes a lot of scenes found from the manga to be too repulsive and unpleasant to sit through.
    • For that, it doesn't even feel like a horror anime, it's just plain mediocre.
  7. Despite it being faithful to the manga, they added too much filler and alter scenes that weren't in the manga.
    1. They even removed lesser plot points like how Kaname described Aya during his father's beatings, why Kichiro Misumi kidnapped Kaname, the relationship between Aya and Makoto Hinomoto along with more about Yatsumura, and Keisuke's friendship with Kaname.
    2. Also, it has lots of moments that are very misfortunate just like the manga but even more worst and unfaithful whereas the scenes were not found from the manga, making it a loose adaptation:
      • Kaname kicks Aya, starts being hysterical by flipping up his face, cover his mouth, and then jumping on Aya's bed to choke her.
      • Aya and her friends being weak and unable to stop Kaname.
      • Yatsumura nearly died and almost been turned into a Site admin.
      • Aya getting surrounded by Shota and Erika revealing the collar of the cat, Mya, to Aya and saying that "the guts went everywhere". Revealing to Aya that she killed her kitten.
      • Kaname revealing the panties to Keisuke, and taunt him of how much he will use those and used him to commit suicide.
      • Kaname crawling to get Kosame's box cutter to heal him while moaning in his thoughts about god, and keeping Aya out of trouble.
  8. Abysmal, yet unquestionable production values for its animation and character design along with often lots of art balancing errors like Nana's face being different in every episode along with one of Sayuki Ringa's Yakuza guards' eyes look very messed up to the right.
    1. Same as the plot, the animation is beyond amateurish and over-the-top like the manga along with grotesque character expressions because...HORROR.
    2. Speaking of Production DoA' (whom are new, non of the anime's production members barely have any experience working on it or even read the manga. But, try to cram in new scenes just to make it a more generic horror series like the manga.
  9. A confusing mess of a horror anime with inconsistent, yet pacing that makes no sense.
  10. One of the things that ruined the manga's source material, was reducing the role of Aya's male classmate, Makoto Hinomoto, who appears as a cameo in episode 1, and his scenes with the relationship with Aya from the manga are removed for no reason, probably time constraints.
  11. Just like the manga, it's still has the same mean-spirited and cruel nature but worst, by making Sarina, her friends, and Kaname, even more eviler than they were in the manga.
  12. The title feels like a fan-fiction about a haunted site in the internet as same as the manga that was based on.
  13. It has a lot of unlikeable characters that are just kinda like malicious Japanese stereotypes for no reason with villains being hit or missed:
    • Kaname Asagiri, Aya's older brother, is still the same selfish, cruel scumbag that he is from the manga and he still abuses Aya like this, since his sadism is worst than Sarina.
      • Just like the manga, He is still rubbish as a villain who has no build-up and any purpose to greater narrative of the story.
      • Since being unlikeable, Kaname has a lot of screentime from the anime, and he never stops stalking Aya.
      • His motivations were left from the manga, and is just about how he described his father and the human race as scums only in the anime.
      • He also still has same traits and goals found from the manga doing things like using Nijimi's panties by threatening a store cashier, Keisuke Naoto to commit suicide, stealing magic sticks, killing Nijimi in self-defense with no remorse, and not getting into custody as punishment when he was kidnapped by Detective Kichiro Misumi, instead he is tortured and sodomized.
      • His blue hairstyle unlike the manga, is a straight up rip-off of Shinpei Sakamoto from My First Girlfriend Is a Gal.
    • Sarina Shizukume, Aya's classmate who only bullies her for being ungrateful, and uses her friends to keep Aya out of trouble.
      • She still has the same traits from bullying Aya but very sadistic. But does the same things found from the manga like vandalizing Aya's locker, desk, and class table, pulling Aya's head down to the toilet as her face drowns, using an older male student to assault Aya, scaring Aya with a box cutter, telling Nijimi about where Rina Shioi is, and tried to kill Aya and Yatsumura.
    • Aya's father, is still an abusive parent to the family as he still pressures Kaname into studying and hits him as a disappointment. But, is still the source of Kaname's sadistic complex nature from abusing Aya as a stress relief. His scenes from the manga were butchered along with how Kaname described him.
  14. Keisuke Naoto is just another pop star idol fanboy who serves no purpose to the main narrative of the story. His friendship with Kaname are removed.
  15. The first episode didn't stay close to the manga, instead they just butchered some scenes that were in the manga and alter them.
  16. The 9th episode expects viewers to show how evil Kaname is when he uses Nijimi's panties and then tried to steal all the magic sticks, but nothing else matters. He doesn't care if he's evil. But this really feels like the writers are giving up writing Kaname.
  17. Uncharismatic characterization even in edgy/horror anime standards of the 2010's.
  18. Just like the manga, It lacks the charm of being an inspiration of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and every horror anime.
    • It is also an insult and a disgrace to what made Puella Magi Madoka Magica so special for it's disloyality of how it handles the horror aspects.
  19. It suffers the same case from other series like DICE: The Cube that Changes Everything, and the Devil's Boy (that bares similar themes and nature). All of them probably have wasted potential and does that have a premise that is interesting enough, but poorly executed.
  20. Some episodes have deceptive and very lazy titles that some of them have poor writing, notably only "Magical Girl Site", "The Successor and the Transfer Student", and "God Won't Abandoned Me" for example.

Good Qualities

  1. Magical Girl Apocalypse, the author's first manga series to it's spin off and predecessor should have been adapted into an anime before Magical Girl Site. That way it'll explained the plot-holes.
  2. Good chemistry and relationships between Aya and Yatsumura.
  3. While nothing special, the animation is good and decent enough in 2010's anime standards.
  4. The character designs can provide a wide array of standard anime girl types and indeed adapt Kentaro Sato's 2013 art style (for example, Yatsumura's eyelashes are yellow, but later black, a year later)
  5. The opening and ending of the anime are amazing to hear.
  6. Keisuke Naoto's role is reduced shortly in order to focused more on the main story.
  7. Its dark magical girl concept of receiving magical girl sticks from a dark website is an interesting concept. But, it was poorly executed because it kinda rips off a light novel series, Magical Girl Raising Project, which is another Puella Magi Madoka Magica-inspired series.
  8. It has some good disturbing/scary moments, despite those that are too meanspirited and unbearable to watch.
  9. Sarina does redeem herself for her bullying just like in the manga and joins Aya's team to stop the Site Administrators and an event called "Tempest."
  10. While their voice acting aren't worth the show, it's still decent.
  11. It is satisfying to see how Kaname deserved to get tortured by Detective Kichiro Misumi for all the cruel abuse and killing that he did to Aya and others in the final episode.
  12. The Site Admins are much different than the "Witches" from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  13. Few likable characters such as Aya, Yatsumura, Rina, Nijimi, Sayuki, Asahi, Kosame, Kyoharu, and Mikari (despite they didn't have more character development).
    • Of course, Yatsumura wasn't a rip off of Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and doesn't have any similar powers. Even better when Yatsumura doesn't become a site admin named Ni in the manga and is free from Site Admin Nana's' influence.
    • Aya's mother is a nice character who is aware of his husband's abuse on Kaname.
    • Speaking of Detective Kichiro Misumi, he’s the only good male character who is not as cruel or evil than Kaname ever was. But sadly, he doesn't have more screentime.
  14. It did omit scenes from the manga to tone it down so that the viewers won't be unsettled such an angry Kaname punching Aya outside of their home, and pulling her hair after leaving the bathroom when he reveals that he met Nijimi and notice about the Magical Girl Site.
  15. The last 2 episodes, while not perfect, are much better than the previous ones.
  16. They did have "Tempest", an event that marks the destruction of earth and start anew, as an overarching plot.

Reception

The first episode received a score of 2.8 on Anime News Network.

Just like the manga that was based on, it was mixed to negative reviews and panned by Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Magical Girl fans alike for its mean-spirited nature, and the depiction of school bullying and sibling abuse. Even the rest of the magical girls and the villains were the subjects of being underdeveloped, along with being hit or miss.

Trivia

  • Sakae Shibuya, the character designer, is known for the DC animated movie, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
  • Originally, Alice Magnuma or her real last name Misumi, was going to appear in the anime. However she didn't appear in the show for unknown reasons, but it is possible that the writers didn't appreciate Kentaro Sato's vision of the what the manga's story is about, but further tone down the manga's source material. Making the anime, non-canon to the manga that was based on, with the exclusion of Alice.

Comments


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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
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"Madoka."

That sounds similar to Eiji's fan film.
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TheAnimeLover

5 months ago
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Madoka Magica is an anime show which has an article on Best TV Shows Wiki.
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Cecilia1945

3 months ago
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The sad part is, this show, and manga, completely misses the mark on what made Madoka Magica so memorable. Yes, Madoka was dark, but it was also emotional, vivid, profound, and at times, beautiful. It wasn't needless shock value or scary stuff there just to be edgy, it was a complex series with a myriad of different emotions. This, on the other hand, just portrays everyone as awful people and throws in random violence, horror elements, and gore for no reason other than "ooh, mature, ooh spooky". There's no build up. There's no reason or hidden depth behind it's mature elements. It's just a horror anime, for the sake of being a horror anime.
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Slaughterman

2 months ago
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Right, but's it's not handled by the abysmal, uncharismatic characterization along with the use of bullies and abusers as subplot devices. Yeah, this is like Madoka Magica but it's too scary, edgy, and treats the girls as frightened, while villains act as creeps for no reason.
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Slaughterman

2 months ago
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I watched 12 episodes of these, some of them are good, some of them are just too one-dimensionally creepy. While it is faithful to the manga, but they just changed scenes that weren't in the manga, making it worst than said manga.

One of the most irritating parts I've seen just like the manga, were cruel brother, and the bullies that are completely one-dimensional creeps who have no reason to treat others like trash.

It is possible why the manga that the anime is based on was probably the author ran out of ideas. But now, he gived us this series, and IT SHOWS.
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Slaughterman

2 months ago
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The only saving grace i've seen is the Aya, Yatsumura, and the rest of the magical girls are likeable and innocent. Even the final episode was the only redeeming factor of this disaster. Despite I said that the anime wasn't TRULY faithful to the manga, it's still declared non-canon or a different canon route.
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Cecilia1945

2 months ago
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Aya is the LEAST of what's wrong with this show (in fact, she's not what's wrong with it, at all), the other magical girls like Tsuyuno and Nijimi are fine, but then, there's Kaname and Sarina, the EPITOMES of what's wrong with this show. They are one-dimensional, bland, are just plain horrible people. That's all that can really be said about them.
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YukariWayne

2 months ago
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or Kentaro Sato had personal problems
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No bias

2 months ago
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Oh boy this anime is really not for HSP (Like me)
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YukariWayne

2 months ago
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for Slaughterman:

Have you readed Magical Girl Apocalypse? what do you think about it? I liked that manga, it was also created by Kentaro Sato.
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Slaughterman

2 months ago
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Yes, I did in which it's very different than Madoka Magica. It has characters that are likeable and caring including the police officer, Rintaro.
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YukariWayne

2 months ago
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do you liked that manga?
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Slaughterman

2 months ago
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Yes
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YukariWayne

2 months ago
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the Magical Girl Site wiki needs our help
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YukariWayne

one month ago
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I find this anime interesting despite its flaws.

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