From the introduction:
“They’re giving 14-year-old girls magical powers so they can fight and kill monsters. What did you think would happen?”
The city contains a hidden danger that mortal eyes cannot see. The youma, creatures born of dark magic and humanity’s hidden desires, prowl the shadows of the city and the souls of men. Their victims are devoured, ripped from reality itself and never seen again. However, the city is not without defenders. There are creatures born of brighter magic and purer emotion, the tsukaima, who recruit humans with magical potential to fight the youma. Males have too little magical power, and adults have even less, so girls must become mahou shoujo, or magical girls, to defend the city and the people they love. It is a danger-ous task, but it is not without rewards. Each fully grown youma yields an Oblivion Seed, and a magical girl who gathers thir-teen seeds can make a wish.
Magical Burst is a dark magical girl role-playing game. It is not dark in the sense of things being decrepit and shadowy—if any-thing the city is outwardly a little too shiny and perfect—but rather in terms of the human cost of the power of magic and the fight against the youma. In this game each player takes on the role of a magical girl, a young girl (age 10 to 16) who has made a pact with a tsukaima to gain the magic power necessary to fight the youma. Magical girls are not necessarily good people, and the tsukaima do not have their best interests in mind.
This is a dark, screwed-up game that can involve some violent and disturbing imagery, starring little girls no less. Please play responsibly. If the game is making you feel uncomfortable, speak up and figure out a way to fix it, even if you have to stop playing. However, while the game is designed to be bleak, the story can have a happy ending.