[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃

魔法少女育成計画 (Magical Girl Raising Project)

Summary

Japanese

大人気ソーシャルゲーム『魔法少女育成計画』は、数万人に一人の割合で本物の魔法少女を作り出す奇跡のゲームだった。幸運にも魔法の力を得て、充実した日々を送る少女たち。しかしある日、運営から「増えすぎた魔法少女を半分に減らす」という一方的な通告が届き、十六人の魔法少女による苛烈で無慈悲なサバイバルレースが幕を開けた……。

The translation from the English version of the book seems pretty accurate and it’s certainly better than I could translate myself.

English

The hit social network game ‘The Magical Girl Raising Project’ selects one out of every tens of thousands of players to become a real life magical girl. The lucky chosen girls gain magic powers as well as incredibly good fortune, and spend their days blissfully. But one day, an absolute announcement declares that the number of magical girls has risen too high and must be cut down to half. Sixteen young maidens are thrust into a merciless, deadly contest to survive…but how many will come out the other side?

Availability

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/479668039X/
There doesn’t seem to be an ebook version even though it’s a recently published book…

Personal Opinion

Magical girls + battle royale sounds pretty awesome to me. I watched the anime adaption, which was entertaining, and supposedly the light novel is much better.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Interesting premise.
  • It’s a good length at 284 pages.

Cons

  • Perhaps too violent for some.

Pictures

I don’t have a copy of the book yet and the lack of ebook version makes it hard to get pictures that aren’t blurry. However, there is a preview on the Amazon page linked to above. The prologue is four pages long, but make sure to check out the beginning of the first chapter too because I remember the prologue being deceptively easy.

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

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