Magical Girls and Magical (Half) Genie Girls!
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Oct. 17th –
Hello again, my Giga-Friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! I may have been absent last week, but it’s only because I care more about anime (and my salt) than I do about anything else! Wait, that came out wrong. . .
Anyway, I’ve been up to no good this past week. Running around San Diego throwing out my resume to anyone with hands being my first priority. Thankfully that paid off because, as of today, am once again employed! I am now a working member of society! I can once again become a plebeian-ass human! The money will be nice to fuel my anime and video game needs too.
Speaking of, I’ve finally started playing Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on Steam recently. I’ve been a fan of the game for a while now because of how silly and fun they are. Shantae never really takes itself too seriously and has a healthy dose of comedy and 4th wall-breaking antics to fill my pallet for the time being. Aside from that, it’s a pretty well put together Metroid-Vania game that introduces a bit of exploration to the mix. My only problem with the game is that it isn’t difficult or big enough. I just wish there were some more challenging modes without the self-imposed difficulties thrown in. But, it’s definitely worth the $10 or so dollars, at least on my end, because of the laughs and antiquated references.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
I’ve finally started watching anime from this current season after finally finishing my saltily-salted salt-inducing review here.
One of my first picks was Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical Girl Raising Project) just because of its description. “The Butcher” has had a very strong helping-hand in making the “dark magical girl” sub-genre popular in today’s anime. Madoka Magica was a turning point for a lot of us manly-men who watch manly anime for men (that are manly), that really turned the genre on its head. What started out as a cutesy show about girls wishing for cake, turned into something about the ultimate sacrifice and what it means to fight with no end in sight. With that, I’ve been watching this new one that seems to be in the same vein. It opens up with a young girl whose only wish is to be a magical girl. That wish granted, she takes it upon herself to help anyone in need, partnering up with an old friend to help those in immediate danger. Only two episodes in, things start to take a more dramatic and dark turn and we’re left wondering how the other girls will start to react to the situation. It isn’t ground-breaking, so far, but it’s started off on the right foot and I can admit that I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Also, for your cuteness fix this season, watch Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari, an anime about a man adopting a little shape-shifting tanuki boy! IT’S SO CUTE!
Anyway, that’s it for me today my Giga-Friends. I hope you have a great day and an even better week! -J.R