While I had not been expecting to see a magical girl mecha series, I was even more surprised when I found a magical girl musical. But while the writers certainly got the ‘magical girl’ and ‘musical’ parts down, they really mailed in the setting.
While detective stories seem to be beyond the skill of most Japanese writers, give them a high school urban legend and they can work wonders. It’s dark, it’s creepy, it’s full of dolls, and I have no idea where it’s going to go from here. I suspect that people will start dying, and then it will be up to the protagonist to fix everything before his entire class ends up in pools of their own blood. Even if he is a rather generic lead, whose entire personality consists of being irresponsibly curious and ignoring warnings from others, the main focus of the story is not him, but rather the secrets that surround the town. It’s had a solid build-up so far, and I am looking forward to finding out what the hell is going on.