Magical Girl Raising Project

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3.7
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  • 18 out of 25 people found this review helpful:
    A Very Promising Debut!
    At this point you might be thinking, "Oh no! Genco is ripping off Aniplex!" Or a more forgiving but still skeptical, "Wait, a spiritual successor to Puella Magi Madoka Magica? No way will it measure up to the original."

    However, this series does me as many unique favors in it's pilot alone as my previous favorite "Magical Girl" anime. In fact, it does me quite a few more favors than most.

    If ...
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  • 9 out of 11 people found this review helpful:
    Promising start, completely squandered
    The show gets up to speed quickly and starts out promising. But then everything set up is squandered. Rather than develop characters they're just killed off, and by halfway through it's clear that it's just one long diablos ex machina.

    The obvious comparison for this is Madoka, but unlike Madoka this series has no understanding of what makes tragedy work. Madoka's world is unfair, but ...
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  • 6 out of 8 people found this review helpful:
    Brutal, but not Madoka.
    The comparison to Madoka is a bit too easy. However, the similarities stop around "Dark Magical Girl anime".

    Magical Girl Raising Project has a fundamentally different aim than Madoka. Madoka had a larger philosophical story with a great amount of depth, Magical Girl Raising Project is an exercise in moral ambiguity and futility. It is not particularly deep, but it has compelling vignettes of ...
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  • 8 out of 13 people found this review helpful:
    When in a death-game, hire a bodyguard and cry in your room until everyone else dies.
    This show has a handful of abilities and ideas that are interesting and fun, but the story is predictable. Most of the cast's deaths are foreshadowed by their entire backstory being delivered in flashback scenes shortly before their demise. The antagonists' actions are clearly designed to result in the death-game plot of the show but don't actually make sense when considering their supposed ...
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  • 3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    A strong start to a puttering finish
    This show starts off pretty strong albeit cluttered. Its enough to draw you into the world and its characters, but when this anime starts to hit its stride is where the seams seem to show. It builds up towards the end but it putters to a stop. If you're looking for the next madoka this is not it.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Fails at being a magical girl anime
    Despite containing the words Magical Girl in the title the magical girl qualities of this show are shallow and perfunctory. It's indistinguishable from a shonen anime with character designs that range from fashion crime to ugly and every aspect of this show as an adaptation is a rushed mess which is amazing considering the original book was even more rushed and inconsistent. Obvious ripoff of the ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    So close to greatness
    Magical Girl Raising Project is so close to greatness, it's something beautifully tragic and thoroughly engaging though for a reason I can't fathom it feels a little shallow and empty at the same time. Frankly, it's no Madoka Magica but that's expected; it will never come as close as what really defined the grim magical girl genre but for what this show is, it is good, try and go in without ...
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  • 13 out of 25 people found this review helpful:
    Utterly Disappointing
    This show is right up there with Corpse Party in showing a completely hopeless situation where people lose all ability to tell right from wrong. The fact most of the characters who die are minors makes this even more off-putting for me. There's nothing enjoyable about watching disadvantaged children kill each other out of desperation. It's shock porn at best.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Everybody loves a good killing game anime
    Fans of Future Diary and Danganronpa rejoice, you've found your new fix. This anime is beautifully animated and the story/fight scenes are exciting and fun. The powers are designed intelligently and the way characters use then in battle to their full potential is wonderful (but not brilliant, except Swim Swim), I found the maincharacter was kind of... totally useless though. You don't bond with ...
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  • 3 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
    I like this anime even more than Madoka Magica!
    Man, I am gladly surprised by this anime, so much so that I'd be happy if it got a second season or even a shoot off in the same world. This anime did something I thought would be hard to do, and that is make me cry like I was re-watching Clannad After Story for the hundredth time, and also make me laugh like a maniac as if watching Higurashi When They Cry once more as the death and gore seem to ...
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