Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / Magical Girl Raising Project

Go To

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Snow White. While she is the fan favorite in Japan, and the English speaking fandom having mixed opinions at best, the majority of the Spanish speaking audience outright hates her, seeing her as a Spotlight-Stealing Squad to the new characters only because she was on the first arc.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Sakebe", the opening theme that starts off with a symphonic orchestra part and has a building guitar part toward the chorus, where the orchestra returns.
    • Advertisement:
    • "DREAMCATCHER", the end theme that starts with a calm synthesized part and lyrics about chasing a dream.
  • Broken Base:
    • Due to a lack of official translations, English-speaking fans of the series had to rely on fanmade translations of the light novel series in order to fully enjoy it. This all seemed fine until several arguments broke out on 4chan and other websites with fans accusing each other of creating "fake translations" and being "frauds", even going as far as calling other translations "fanfictions". Due to the fact that the fanbase, especially the English-speaking part, is relatively small, these conflicts do not bode well for the growing fanbase.
      • An English translation for Arc 1 was finally released on June 20, 2017... but fans are now using it to compare several translations to it. They also claim that since the official translation almost matches the translation that they rely on, that fan translation is "correct". Any other translation that slightly deviates from the official translation and/or a "reliable" translation is automatically deemed "fake" and "misleading".
      • And even with the anime adaptation and the official translation showing that the first translation was "correct", a minority of the fandom (mainly present in 4chan) still refuse to accept it as anything more than a "fanfiction".
      • And there is the other side of the spectrum, those who say the official translation is the one that is "incorrect", listing some obvious mistakes like (accidentally in one instance of the story) translating "Forest Musician" as "Magician of the Forrest" or changing @NyanNyan's name to @Meow-Meow. Broken Base, indeed.
      • These members of the fanbase, particularly on 4chan, also loathe the Yen Press translation due to the most minute changes in the story or description changes. In other words, they don't like how the official translation's writing style deviates from both the source material and their favorited "correct translation". This leads to only more fandom members resenting the Yen Press translation and other unofficial translations of their choosing as "fanfiction".
  • Advertisement:
  • Base-Breaking Character: Swim Swim. On the one hand, she proved to be the most cold-blooded and smartest character shown in the first arc; on the other hand, many viewers were shocked by the ease with which she betrayed her friends (Including poor Tama, who a few seconds before this saved her life) and killed the more good-natured characters, among whom was even a pregnant woman and several little girls. The fandom was even on the verge of hating her just as much as Ripple does post Top Speed's death.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Cyber Fairy Fav was designed to aid in the Magical Girl selection tests but found them boring and grew excited when an accident killed several of them. Corrupting the one survivor, Cranberry, Fav saw her rise to the rank of test administrator, allowing them to re-engineer their tests for potential Magical Girls, killing those who fail to sate their mutual bloodlust. Responsible for the deaths of hundreds, including young children, over the years, Fav sells the girls weapons in return for their lifespan to further bloody the battles. When Cranberry is eventually killed, Fav's only reaction is to seek a new partner-in-crime to continue with.
    • Advertisement:
    • Calamity Mary, even before she was chosen to become a magical girl, was an alcoholic named Naoko Yamamoto who abused her daughter in order to make herself feel powerful. Upon receiving her powers, she set about using her abilities to torment others for her own amusement. She forced her way into the Yakuza as a way to help out bad people and had no issue abusing and shooting her fellow magical girls when they didn't act submissive. When the magical girls were forced into a killing game, she embraced the conflict with glee. Eventually she escalated into attacking a highway and shooting dozens of civilians to watch the explosions and lure in her rivals, threatening to keep on killing unless she's stopped.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: As much of the douches the Peaky Twins are, some of their antics are so over-the-top it is easy to laugh.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The reaction to the series was mainly this, with many mixed to negative reactions over yet another Darker and Edgier magical girl show being aired at a period in which more typical takes on the genre have become very seldom (at the time, only Maho Girls PreCure, Sailor Moon Crystal and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid were mainstream, and all of them were new installments of old-established franchises instead of fully new works). Even Crunchyroll staffers showed themselves frustrated about it on the live portion of the Fall 2016 Rollout special where they first announced they were simulcasting the MGRP anime.
  • Ear Worm: Both the OP and especially the ED songs.
  • Eight Deadly Words:
    • A very common complaint, even by fans of the show themselves, is that it is hard to feel any impact at the death of characters who barely get any development before being mowed down. Part of the fault goes to the anime attempting to adapt all the side stories and backgrounds of the cast from the first arc, which leaves no screen time to dedicate individually to every one of them given the short length of the series. Being a twelve episode anime trying to flesh out sixteen characters meant that it could not even focus on a single character per episode.
    • This problem actually is endemic to the light novel itself, as many fans agree that the characters in the first arc, which the anime adapts, were weaker in terms of characterization. Later arcs were much better received both in character depth and world building.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Nemurin has accumulated a surprisingly large amount of popularity, despite being the Sacrificial Lamb of the first book, and receiving virtually no characterization in the novel itself. This has so far been increased as the Drama CD Magical Girl Raising Project in Dreamland focuses on Nemurin greatly. She is even the writer's favourite character!
    • Lapis Lazuline has gained a massive amount of popularity, second to Snow White herself.
    • La Pucelle has gotten incredibly popular, especially in sites like Tumblr, possibly owing to the fact that she's actually a boy that really admired magical girls so much so that he became one himself.
    • Marika Fukuroi has been especially popular with both Japanese and Western fans, who love her personality and battle-lust. She is also the illustrator's favourite character.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, and Mahou Shoujo Site due to their similar genre.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Danganronpa, and to a lesser extent with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Funny Moments: Has its own page here.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Hardgore Alice. In the West, she is a mild Base-Breaking Character, with the worst being people finding her just uninteresting, but in Japan she placed directly under Swim Swim of all people in the first popularity poll.
    • Top Speed placed not much higher in the same poll, but outside Japan she is liked for being a Cute Witch and a Cool Big Sis. She is one of the kindest and most easy-going characters, and her liveliness makes her stand out in the midst of all the darkness.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Sister Nana's official profile states that she's worried about her weight. Her original LN art depicting her civilian form with thick legs does show something that she's worried about, but the anime does not really depict her in any way that reflects her worry.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some Western viewers saw the show negatively as yet another Deconstruction anime series, especially of the Magical Girl genre, even although it can be argumented that Raising Project is actually a Darker and Edgier take rather than a deconstructive one (this being ironically a complaint that was already on Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the series which Raising Project is most often compared with). It could also be said that the series is a Decon-Recon Switch, as many characters, such as Snow White, Lapis Lazuline, Wedin to name a few, cling to Magical Girl ideals, such as helping others, doing the right thing, and not letting the darkness that the world throws at them affect them.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Since the series's announcement, word of mouth had it as a potential Spiritual Successor of Madoka Magica, and a lot of viewers were drawn to it solely by this notion. Ironically, as stated above, this similarity would end up turning Gone Horribly Right and becoming a point of contemption.
  • Les Yay: Let's just say, it's a series with around 140 female character that has only 10 male characters.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The series has a large female cast, a lot of Les Yay, and a few canonically queer characters, so it attracts people. It also helps that female-assigned-at-birth people aren't the only ones who can become Magical Girls, which attracts trans fans.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Fuck Swim Swim. Explanation (spoilers) 
    • Fire extinguisher bullying. The manga adaptation of the second arc shows Snow White's battle with Flame Flamey, and fans quickly attached to the expression of pure terror Flamey had when Snow White used one against her.
    • Uluru. A Magical Girl in ACES has the power of telling believable lies, which inevitably led to fans posting her picture when trolling or spreading false information.
    • Melville's speech impediment is often mimicked, either to make fun of her or as a tribute by fans.
    • Pythie's hair fetish.
    • #PrayForOvejaEnLlamas (Spanglish for "pray for sheep on fire") has become one in the Spanish speaking fandom for the sheer ridiculousness of the scene.
    • Magician of the Forest, a mistake in Cranberry's full title on the official English translation, has become one for being a complete mistranslation.
    • @Meow-Meow has also become for the very same reason.
    • Silver-Coloured Metal Spoon.Explanation 
  • Misaimed Fandom: A lot of western fans, particularly those on Tumblr, assume that (or like to interpret) La Pucelle is transgender. However, canon material shows that Souta had absolutely no qualms with being seen as male. La Pucelle is a Gender Bender, but most definitely not trans.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Swim Swim backstabbing her superior Ruler doesn't count, then she would have many more moments where she crossed the line, including:
    • Ambushing good magical girls (Weiss, Top Speed and Alice) while they were in vulnerable states. In extension, she's also responsible for Nana's suicide, as one of them is her lover.
    • Slashing the head/throat off her own teammate (Tama) because she happened to see her civilian form.
  • Narm Charm: The middle of La Puecelle's decisive battle with Cranberry includes a flashback of him peeking down his blouse and flushing over the fact that he has boobs. However, this does not ruin the drama as a pervy moment is supposed to, as this changes Souta's misconception that only girls can become magical girls. The flashback also established how he resolved to become a strong Magical Girl Warrior.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Swim Swim could easily become more hated than intended for those who find her cool and prudent mind not being able to outweigh her crimes. At some point, the hatred for her was so strong that it led to the creation of a local meme.
    • The twins Minael and Yunael because of their extreme Jerkass-nature and the absence of any moral doubts when performing Swim Swim orders. Moreover, Minael does not show any doubt with the disclosure of the present identity of Alice, even knowing that it leads to the killing of a child.
    • Calamity Mary is one of the most hated characters in fandom because of her sadistic inclination and the absence of any regrets. That said, her cruelty makes her intentionally hated not just by the fans, but also by in-universe characters.
    • Since QUEENS was released, Puk Puck has become one of the most hated characters in the series, if not the most hated one overall, for her lack of any kind of morality and extremely manipulative nature.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general opinion about the adaptation anime is that, although it is rather secondary and clearly trying to imitate Madoka, the show can still be interesting and exciting for people who like works with a lot of cynicism and characters with different superpowers.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Reactions to the anime's announcement were quite negative, with many dismissing the series as yet another Madoka clone and feeling that the original concept of the genre was being targeted too often in modern times. It was later when it was revealed that the Land of Magic and the Magical Girl system aren't corrupt and the villains are largely rogue agents.
  • They Copied It, Now It Sucks: Negative opinions about Raising Project started when it became obvious that the series was obviously inspired by Madoka and trying to reproduce a lot of the latter's psychology and elements. Even if some people were willing to give it a chance out of sheer hype, it didn't improve much when critics started point out that Raising Project had even replicated Madoka's shortcomings (namely its Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, polarizing characters and excessive dependance on Break the Cutie) while also adding some new ones (a compressed storyline, very modest artistic values and a noticeable lack of character development, the latter of which struck pretty badly given that Madoka had been praised precisely for its character focus).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Hardgore Alice. Sure, her character and motivations were basically those of a revamped Homura Akemi, but for some people that was precisely her draw, or more precisely how would she evolve from them in relation to Snow White and the plot. Even although she ended up used as a Sacrificial Lion for Snow White's development, the fact that Alice was possibly the only character who gave her a much needed unconditional support in her Break the Cutie process led people to wish she would have stayed around and received more usage.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Ruler's backstory shows her being bullied in her workplace and ignored by her boss, being put back in her place when she brings up a plan to raise efficiency. However, she is so haughty and such a jerk to everyone around her, even her own boss, that one might think that all those things could have been avoided if she just had been nice about it. Or that people disliking or brushing her off was the logical conclusion to her being cold, mean and acting superior to everyone around her.
  • Values Dissonance: Koyuki hides the fact she likes Magical Girl series because the works are seen as immature. In Japan, most magical girl works are aimed at little girls and many Magical Girl Genre Deconstruction works are Subverted Kids Shows. Internationally, many Magical Girl works have predominantly adult and teenage fandoms.
  • What an Idiot!: Sister Nana, whose blind pacifism eventually led to the death of her lover and was the cause of her own suicide. It's not a good idea to go with the offer of friendship to the people who are known for their cruelty, is it?


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: