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Thank you for your in-depth comments on my review of Magical Girl Raising Project, I really appreciate your input. When I posted the review here, I was a bit worried that people would come after me for disliking it like they did with my review of Cross Ange, execrable garbage that it was. Not that I need my opinions validated, but it's always better to know your readers are actually, you know, reading, instead of finding knee-jerk reasons to be angry.
Anyway. You're right, magical girls are my passion. I consider myself an authority on the subject. Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever loved, I've loved it nonstop ever since I found it, and I've done in-depth analysis on both it and many other series in the genre, especially Madoka. I came into MGRP from a perspective of a magical girl genre fan, not a Danganronpa fan.
Total honesty: I've never seen or played Danganronpa, and based on what I know about it, I don't much care to. Kids committing brutal murder on each other for someone's sick enjoyment doesn't sit well with me as a concept; it's upsetting to me on a primal level. For MGRP, I was aware of the DR comparisons and hesitant because of them, but because it seemed to be trying to bring something new to the magical girl genre (and again, because I love the "dark magical girl" subgenre that Madoka inspired, despite how few post-Madoka series capture what made it special), I wanted to give it a shot. That said: if this series is what Danganronpa is usually like, then now I have even less interest in being any part of it.
I agree, MGRP's pacing was extremely rushed and did the story a disservice. I can't comment on how faithfully or unfaithfully it adapts the novels since I've never read them, but based on what I was able to find... it seems like the anime had some very strange boundaries in place. It significantly toned down Calamity Mary's death when she was so horrible that the grislier novel death would have been cathartic and seemingly more appropriate, yet it drained all the emotion out of La Pucelle's by showing him being beaten in his last fight while the novel simply cut away and let the audience fill in the details.
When possible, I judged MGRP keeping in mind the information I knew from the novels, but I primarily had to judge it on what was right in front of me: the anime iteself. I know that, for example, the Star Wars EU (the old one, at least) could fill in every one of the movies' plotholes and explain the motivations and backstory of every character on screen for more than half a second, but when I'm sitting there watching the original or prequel trilogy, I'm not thinking about the EU, I'm thinking about what's happening now on the screen. I believe a good story should be able to stand on its own, without the need for some footnote saying "To understand more about what drives this character to become a murderous psychopath, please see Book VII" or something similar. Learning that information should enhance the story, but not be necessary for it to function... and when you cut essential stuff like the motivations of the most antagonistic character for time, it feels like a cop-out. I hope that makes sense.
I didn't comment much on Ripple because I didn't have many feelings about her one way or the other. Maybe the series would have worked better for me if she were the main character instead of Snow White, but I don't know. She's very "meh", that's all I can say.
"Torture porn" may not have been the best term, I admit. "Misery porn" may have been closer to what I was going for. My point was, the suffering of La Pucelle and Alice in particular felt to me like it was played up way beyond any believable levels and into fetishism. What is or isn't fetishism is of course very subjective, but as I sat there thinking the series over after the final episode, that's what came to mind when I considered the story's treatment of those two.
As I said, there are things I appreciated about MGRP, and for the most part I think of myself as more disappointed with the series as a whole than repulsed by it (as was the case with Cross Ange). I hope that distinction is a bit more clear.
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