Posted by AidanAK47 on 29 November 2016 with categories: Currently Watching:, Magical Girl Raising Project

Calamity Mary dying was pretty expected and the death that followed was equally something that was bound to happen. Though having a third death was not quite what I expected. Considering the small line in one of the halfway blurbs about Nana having some other intentions I thought she might have more to her than one would think. Sadly it turns out she was as boring as she appears when she commits suicide after Weiss’s death. I admit that I didn’t notice that she used Weiss’s scarf as a noose, that as a nice detail. Word of mouth say that the anime changed how the other two died a bit as Mary wasn’t supposed to get a shuriken to the head. In the light novel it seems that Ripple through a window at her which Mary shot up. However thanks to Ripples ability, the shards of glass kept flying towards Mary, turning her into a human pincushion. I don’t really get just way this was changed as it seems like a far more interesting end to the fight.

I don’t think it had to due with animation constraints as they still ended up using the glass anyway and this series has not been shy with showing gore either. It does make me wonder if the lack of impact these deaths have is related to minor changes on the studio’s part. The second change was Top Speeds death as while she was killed the same way both times, in the light novel she was helping Ripple up when she got attacked. Which certainly makes more sense as I really don’t see h0w Ripple didn’t spot Swim Swim behind Top Speed. I am not certain as to how i feel about this particular death as it is rather tasteless. Top speed was one of the more likable characters in the group and the big twist of her being pregnant being used for shock factor doesn’t sit well with me. It’s like a dead baby joke, morally outrageous and shocking but immature and cheap.

Made all the more cruel when you consider that if Swim Swim knew about Nana’s suicide, she wouldn’t have attacked Top Speed. As Swim is the logical type she would see it would be not worth it. Fav fixes this soon enough by going “tee hee, turns out you lot are using more magic than expected so the number is now four instead of eight”. At this point Fav is not hiding his intentions whatsoever, it’s clear he wants the killing game to continue. With this new rule three more girls have to drop out of the running and I doubt both Cranberry and Swim Swim are making it out of this. Swim seems to be making Cranberry her next target and considering her ability she would make for a formidable foe. One thing I found odd this episode was just how little an effect killing Mary had on Top Speed and Ripple.

Mary was hardly a saint but I would have expected the fact that Ripple killed a person would have a more somber effect than “Woohoo! Good job!” But I do see potential in a battle between Swim Swim and Ripple. After all she’s bound to come after her with a vengeance but what will happen when she kills Swim and finds a little girl lying dead in front of her. I think congratulations would be far from her mind then. Though Snow White taking down Swim would be far more devastating, that is of course if she can fight her. This episode did show that her mind reading power has other uses besides finding people in danger. It did reveal that Tama believes she’s in over her head so she could be a potential ally in the future. Though for now it looks like the remaining angel has found out how to kill Alice.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar Vonter says:

    I suppose the aftermath of Mary could have been handled better, but Ripple and Speed knew she was going to keep on causing mayhem if she wasn’t either crippled or killed.

    On the overall view Sister and Prison felt pointless, since their interactions never amounted to other than show Cranberry’s true self.

    Also yeah, the baby killing was cheap, I mean, I think from all deaths the only one worth caring about was the one from La Pucelle and that’s mainly because it’s the only one feeling like it had weight in the real world.

    Anyway it also feels lazy just saying, LOL got to kill some more, ’cause reasons.

    Overall it has declined the appeal for this series, I think they’ve lost a lot of good will making the events that have come feel very pointless.

    I suppose at this point, I’m just curious if they even bother with a cheap twist about what’s the point of all this.

  2. Avatar Starss says:

    Dropped this series early, but these reviews are great for keeping up with the death action! Still don’t regret dropping it, although seems go be getting pretty exciting…and cheap.

    • Avatar Vonter says:

      Not that exciting, tbh, the show has felt like it has been buying time in the latest episodes.

      It’s like if you take one of those bad superhero event comics, take out the recognizable names, and you get a series of events that neither thrill nor move you.

      Also the always classic, “We should do something! Should we do something?”

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