T(a)LK — Mahou Shoujo Site, Episode 1: The first cut is the deepest

And we have the scars to prove it.

And by “we” I mean; The Pantless Anime Blogger (more commonly known around these parts as TPAB), myself Leap (hi, hello, how are y’all doing), and of course the wonderful Keiko who some of you may already be familiar with (if not more so) from her bubble of “crappy” anime reviews and the likes over at Keiko’s Anime Blog — hence, T(a)LK.

But… what is T(a)LK, exactly? I’m sure a lot of you guys are aware of this, but for those who aren’t; TPAB and Keiko had been doing these “In Conversation” posts for Winter 2018’s Koi wa Amaeagari no You ni, where they basically chat away about the events of the episode in just the most natural way they could (whilst being just naturally entertaining too boot with their analyses). This season TPAB has invited me to join in on the discussion for not one, not two, but three shows this time around! (it’s like I never learned during my last collab that also had me watch three shows xD).

I had my pick for which show to “host”, essentially, over here and while I initially had my sights on Persona 5, because of some logistics involving air-times and our respective timezones in relation to that (us three are across three different timezones, lol), I had to swap it out for something that aired a little bit earlier, and settled on Mahou Shoujo Site.

Here’s us talking about its first episode!
(Disclaimer: We ramble on and go on tangents a lot xD)



Leap
(シ_ _)シ
So.. I feel like I should apologize to start us off.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
Apology accepted… for what?


Keiko
(๑ˊ▵ॢˋ̥๑)
Yeah, err, what are you apologising for??


Leap
( ^o^);;
I mean, no way this is gonna be good right?


TPAB
(*゚ロ゚)
You didn’t like the first episode?


Leap
(꒪⌓꒪)
Not really, no.


Keiko
( ¬_¬)
Nope, looks like this will be a terrible show….


TPAB
(๑°o°๑)
Whoa, really?


Keiko
(°o°;)
What you liked the episode, TPAB?


TPAB
(꒪⌓꒪)
Yeah. I liked it.


Keiko
щ(゜ロ゜щ)
How?!


Leap
щ(゜ロ゜щ)
Why though??



TPAB
(° o°)!
Seriously?! It was dark and fun!
A kitten is killed by a train!


Leap
(゚o゚〃)
It was dark, sure.. but fun?
It’s like, “forced” dark too.
Not even the atmospheric kind…


Keiko
(・□・;)
That wasn’t fun at all….


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
See, I get it.
You guys felt uncomfortable watching it, right?
Isn’t that the point of the show?


Leap
(´・×・`)
It wasn’t that I was uncomfortable.
It was… campy.


Keiko
w(°o°)w
Nope, I never felt uncomfortable watching it.
I just felt it was too flat and boring…


TPAB
(ノ゚ο゚)ノ
Oh my god, seriously?
So you two didn’t like it? Hahaha!


Keiko
Σ(・o・;)
Yeah, lol, I’m surprised you liked it.


Leap
(’へ’)
The opening theme was the only good part so far.


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
I think i’m more forgiving, because yeah, it was kinda campy but I also think it has room for growth too. I guess it takes a lot of effort to suspend disbelief though, lol.


Keiko
(≧ヘ≦ )
We’ll see about that TPAB, lol



Leap
(¬з¬)
What did you think of the bullying then?


Keiko
(─。─)
It felt hyperbolic and unreal.


Leap
( ˙ ¯ ˙)._.)”
Waaay too over the top right?


Keiko
(─。─)
Yeah


TPAB
( ー̀εー́ )
I thought that was intentional though,
just to illustrate how stupidly suicidal the girl is. Haha.
I dunno, I like it.


Keiko
(´・×・`)
Well yeah, it gives a reason for the girl to be suicidial. Her life sucks after all but that just felt wrong. Like the bullies didn’t even seem like proper human characters. They just felt plain evil which is what made the whole thing really unbelievable; bordering stupid for me.


Leap
( ˙ ¯ ˙)._.)”
No motivation other than being just… bad kids, lol, straight-up caricatures.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
But think about it — you want to see realistic abuse and bullying?



Leap
(゚o゚〃)
Is that really much worse than the depictions of domestic sibling abuse, animal violence, and attempted assault that we just had here?


Keiko
(;¬_¬)
That would have been more realistic than seeing this.
If they were going to show bullying, then I’d rather it be done properly.


TPAB
( ー̀εー́ )
Yeah, but you want realistic, close to real, accounts of those things?
Because, sorry to tell you guys, but you won’t see it
That’ll never air.


Leap
( ^o^);;
But this is passable huh xD
I like how you can tell this is a late night show because of all this.


TPAB
( ^o^);;
Hahaha! Forgive me, I know my argument has holes xD


Keiko
ヾ(・ω・。)シ
Hahaha! It’s alright, lol.


Leap
ヽ(;^o^ヽ)
It’s not you, it’s the medium. Hahaha!



TPAB
o(^▽^)o
But I think the point is clear:
girl lives a f*cked up life and now she’s a magical girl.
I like it


Leap
( ˙ ¯ ˙)._.)”
Pretty much.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, that’s the premise.
And she has the ability kill people with a cute gun.


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
Yeah, I think next episode is her getting revenge on her brother.


Leap
( ^o^);;
I dunno, the brother seems… important.
He also sounds like Bakugo xD


TPAB
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Leap, you just want more rope scenes!!!!



Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Hahaha! Nah this guy is worse than Bakugo
Her brother seems important but yeah the next ep seems to be about him.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
The only thing I find problematic with this story is that its going to be unavoidably compared to Madoka.


Leap
( ^o^);;
That’s the problem of every magical girl anime after Madoka though.


Keiko
(o˘◡˘o)
Good thing I’ve never watched Madoka.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
I don’t really understand why the magical girl thing is getting progressively darker, lol.


Leap
( ^o^);;
You say that, but almost all magical girls post Lyrical Nanoha were already kinda dark…


TPAB
(¬з¬)
I understand some darkness, but look at the state of things, lol.


Leap
( ^o^);;
True xD


Keiko
(* >ω<)
I tend to avoid magical girl shows so I have no clue what happened there, lol.



TPAB
(/ ‘з’)/
Did you guys catch the ending sequence? WTF was that about?


Leap
(ノ◇≦。)
Good ‘ol real life footage.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Hahaha! That one wasn’t dark it was just plain right bad.
But yeah, that was weird…


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
Y’all see nothing good in this show, huh? xD
The ending sequence also had sperm!!!! Like, wow.


Leap
(˘ω˘ ≡ ˘ω˘)
Yeah, amazingly not the only show that involves that this week. Hahaha!


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, true. Hahaha!


TPAB
(。・o・。)
Whoa, another show had sperm cells in it?! Hahaha!


Leap
(ノ◇≦。)
Is this really gonna be our segue to Devil’s Line? xD


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Might as well be, lol.


TPAB
(。•́︿•̀。)
Oh. I thought there was an actual image of them boys wriggling around. Hahaha!
Wait, so you guys really think this show will just get bad as it progresses?


Keiko
q(^-^q)
Yeah. I’m prepared for the worst.


Leap
( ^o^);;
I’ll try to be optimistic for now.
I picked this show after all :))


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
MyGawd, you guys are fun, huh?
Well, let’s entertain that idea then. Just how bad will it be?
Like, you think it’ll descend more into rape storylines and such??


Leap
( ¬ _ ¬ ; )
Possibly. Probably more mutilation, more self-harm tropes.


TPAB
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
And that isn’t fun?! Hahaha!



Leap
┬┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)
Their magical girl form has them bleeding from their eyes and mouth! xD


Keiko
(〃´o`)=3
Agreed.
I don’t see that as fun…. Yeah, I feel like this is heading for “anything goes” as long as there’s blood and violence involved.



TPAB
(/ ‘з’)/
I did like the fact that the girl shot a heart and it killed two people.
C’mon, that was FUN!!! Hahaha!
I’m waiting for a Kyubey-like character, to be honest.


Leap
(゚o゚〃)
It’s that creepy black-and-white doll thing.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Hahaha! Yeah, that doll has me interested if anything.



TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
Hahaha! Ripped out of a Junji Ito story, lol.
To be honest, I was actually waiting for a f*cked up magical girl show like this so I guess it’s why I personally like it xD


Leap
( ^o^);;
I would’ve recommended you something else if that’s what you wanted, but eyy, you’re welcome..?


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
Only thing missing now is a tentacle monster and we’re good to go.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, true, lol. A tentacle monster and this show has everything.


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
I get a weird Lovecraftian Horror vibe from the anime, but maybe it’s just me.
Is cosmic horror too much to expect? xD


Leap
( ^o^);;
Expecting Lovecraft might be a bit too optimistic xD


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, that’s too optimistic for this show.


TPAB
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
But tentacle monsters are fine?! Hahaha!


Leap
┬┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)
It’s par for the course of this show at least.


Keiko
(〃´o`)=3
Yeah, and it would work with how bad this already is.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
OK then, this’ll be a fun twelve weeks, guys xD
Given how much you love the show.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, we’re in for a ride, lol.


Leap
(; ▽; )
3 months of me and Keiko bagging on the show while you defend it.
Sounds awesome.



TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
lol, yeah, nothing unfair about that.
Oh, the show had a jump scare, and I actually fell for it — when she was hiding in the parking lot and the rapist guy was trying to find her,
The audio surprised me for the most part, but I found that part good.


Leap
( ^o^);;
Oh, yeah, legit got me too xD


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
I knew he’d find her. It was too obvious.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
OK then, lol. which do you think will be worse: Devil’s Line or this? :p


Leap
( ^o^);;
I’ll reserve my judgment until the third episode.
As per tradition.


Keiko
(〃´o`)=3
Hard choice…. they’re both pretty bad as of right now.


TPAB
(。•́︿•̀。)
Boo. I like both, by the way.


Keiko
щ(゜ロ゜щ)
Seriously?!


Leap
( ^o^);;
We have to talk about this xD


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
Are we done with Shoujo Site this week?
How would you rate this episode, guys? 7/10 for me



Leap
(꒪⌓꒪)
Like, one dead kitty out of none.


Keiko
(¬з¬)
Err, probably a 0.


TPAB
(゚Д゚||)
Wow *leaves* xD


I reckon we’ll be a bit more… structured in our talks once there’s something to actually talk about but for now, I hope you enjoyed me and Keiko railing on how not!good this show is so far while TPAB is having his fun with it (I mean, I only picked this because of Suzuki Aina, lol, and she’s not even in this episode).

As I said earlier, we’ll be talking three anime titles this season, and we each had our picks of which shows to watch.

See us three talk about Boku no Hero Academia S3 Episode 1 over here with TPAB, and watch him try to fish out manga spoilers from me.

Read our discussion on Devil’s Line Episode 1 over at Keiko’s place while Keiko and I contemplate on the shows that we decided to follow for twelve or so weeks.

Lastly, join in on the fun —
feel free to share your thoughts on the show down below!

 

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10 thoughts on “T(a)LK — Mahou Shoujo Site, Episode 1: The first cut is the deepest

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  2. we should also just predict stuff just to be sure.
    love your format. i’ve been thinking of clever ways to make it read better, and your idea is the best, lol. I’ll stick to mine for this collab, but I’d def stealing it on other posts, lol.

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    • I have a list that I keep just in case I need ’em but yeah no I was also surprised at how many there are, lol

      About this collab; we actually have TPAB going on record saying that if by chance a blogger whose name starts with an “M” joins us for another run of this in the future, he’ll leave so we can then be called “M(i)LK”, so the door’s open Moya xD

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