Magic, Psychic Powers, Blue Sonnet

sonnet2What does it take to be considered a magical girl? We know we require a girl who uses magic. But what of her age? What kind of magic must she use? I feel safe assuming most magical girls attend middle school or below, but can you still call her a “mahou shoujo” if she attends high school or has graduated? What about her powers? What if they come from technology, rather than magic? What if she uses psychic abilities? Can you always differentiate between them? Sometimes the lines blur together. But I try not to worry about it. As long as the subject bears some resemblance to a magical girl, I’ll probably get some enjoyment out of it.

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Magical Cyborg Mitsuki

In the mood for a mahou shoujo video game. What should I pick? Let’s search around the internet. A Madoka game? Nah, too cool for that. Something on the Vita? Maybe if I ever get one. Touhou? Still haven’t gotten over my first rage quit. Oh, how about this cool looking one? Wait, no translation. Sure wish I didn’t give up learning Japanese a couple years back. This one might be good – wait, an eroge, too pure for that. Hold on… what’s this?

10A 20 minute long game hastily made in RPG Maker solely using default RTP resources?

Perfect.

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Chantelise

chantelise5Chantelise does not fall in the mahou shoujo genre. The protagonist, Elise, does not transform into a magical girl. But, she can use magic, and magic proves more powerful than physical combat through most of the game. I won’t review this stupidly adorable action game. Instead, I’ll discuss the magic system, and how fans of magical girls can squeeze a couple dozen hours out of it.

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