The first episode served more as an introduction for things to come…and said things do not look like they will be adorable.
The show is about a popular mobile magical girl themed “Free to Pay” JRPG called Magical Girl Raising Project where it is just that, train a magical girl to be awesome by battling and collecting super cards. The usual stuff.
One day while heading to school with friends they talked about a blog that featured strange sightings of what looked like magical girls rescuing civilians and fighting crime. Koyuki, our leading girl, had a hard time talking about the reports freely (she wanted to say that magical girls always/should fight for truth, justice and cupcakes) with there not being many people who talk about magical girl stuff.
This takes us to the past where Koyuki slowly lost friends who were interested in the genre as she got older but there was one boy who she shared the love of the genre for a while. Then the two went to different and we neeeeever saw Souta again…
Later that night while Koyuki was playing a quick round of MGRP the game’s mascot, Fav (fahv), spoke directly to Koyuki and offered her the chance to become a magical girl. Didn’t take long for her to accept despite it seeming like a fishy and out of nowhere offer based solely on how devoted she was to the game.
Fav explained that there were 15 magical girls in town. When she got to talk to several of them at the chat lounge one of them, La Pucelle, offered to be Snow White’s mentor.
La Pucelle sent a private message to meet Snow White in person. They discussed what it means to be a magical girl and what awaits Koyuki from now on. Top Speed (witch) and Ripple (grumpy kunoichi) also stopped by to say hi. La Pucelle then revealed her true identity as Souta. Yayyyy…At least he knows how to create a decently attractive magical girl avatar. Whatever. No big deal. As K in the comments section said he deserves brownie points for his dedication to magical girls after all these years. Respect dood.
The show ended after the credits with a message from Fav that the 15 magical girls would be cut down to 8 soon. How this will happen is anyone’s guess but judging from the first scene when the show started…
I predict things will go South around the episode 3 mark since that is the lucky/unlucky number for most 12-13 episode anime.
Some people referred to this show as “Madoka meets Danganronpa”. As long as it’s not the moronic “Madoka ripoff” nonsense that’s become a dated complaint long ago then it’s fine.