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Puella Magi Madoka Magica |OT| - It's a magical girl anime!

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jman2050

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What is Puella Magi Madoka Magica?

Well what does it look like? It's a cutesy magical girl anime of course! Basically think Sailor Moon and you've got a good idea of the basics of this show.

Wait, anime? Little girls? WTF I'm not some pedo I'm not watching this.

Yeah yeah, we've all heard it before, and there are obviously many shows that exploit this particular genre as nothing more than a bunch of cheap otakubait fapping material, but I'm happy to say that, as of the first three episodes, the only real bit of creepiness is a 10-second scene in the OP, so I wouldn't worry about getting on any government lists.

If you just hate shows starring little girls in general, then that's just your loss I guess.

Okay, so what is this show about?

Middle schooler Madoka Kaname(pink hair above) is your protagonist, who has no real talents to speak of but has a drive toward making the world a better place. She and her best friend Sayaka Miki(blue hair) stumble upon the existence of magical girls, sworn protectors of the world who fight "witches", powerful creatures who feed on despair around them. They ally themselves with one of these magical girls, Mami Tomoe(yellow hair), a strong and confident fighter with a great deal of experience who takes a caring mentoring interest in our heroes, although she tends to lose her head in battle if she's not careful. The main source of her power is the mysterious creature named Kyubey, who can grant any wish in exchange for contracting an aspiring candidate as a magical girl. Madoka and Sayaka are given this opportunity by Kyubey, and will find their lives changed forever as a result. But there is opposition in the form of Homura Akemi(black hair), another magical girl whose primary goal is making sure that Madoka will never be able to get her wish.

That sounds generic and boring.

Hey now I'm not exactly the best person to be pitching these shows, but I try! I will say, based on the plot of the first few episodes and the production staff involved, I think it'll end up being a pretty good show to watch, and well worth at least taking a look at considering the general (terrible) quality of most animes this winter season.

So who's working on this again?

The production company is SHAFT, known for such works as Hidemari Sketch and Pani Poni Dash. The director, Shinbo Akiyuki, worked on the first season of Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha, another magical girl series. The character designer, Ume Aoki, also worked on Hidemari Sketch, and the main writer, Gen Urobuchi, also worked on a few interesting projects here and there. They're all pretty good at what they do.

I don't know...

Give it a try! It's only just started and you might enjoy it. If not, no one will hold it against you. Kyubey will definitely be sad if you don't watch, and how can you say no to a face like this?

 

Haly

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Lol wtf that makes Dynasty Warriors look realistic.

::goes to watch 2 and 3::
 

jman2050

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MrBig said:
I'm not sure why all these animes keep getting their own thread when there is a super thread
IIRC seperate threads for anime series at our discretion was actually a mod mandate. So blame duckroll if you must!
 

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Incidentally, this is the first time Shinbo and Yuki Kajiura have worked together since Le Portrait de Petit Cossette. If you've ever seen that, Madoka has a lot of stylistic similarities.
 

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MrBig said:
I'm not sure why all these animes keep getting their own thread when there is a super thread
The super thread is a bit daunting to any newcomers not initiated in the ways of Strike Witches, SHAFT being SHAFT and 7th's own brand of insanity. As the P&S and Kuragehime threads from last season have shown, a dedicated thread can be more inviting and promote more controlled discussion, as opposed to the insanity that is the Anime thread.
 

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Halycon said:
The super thread is a bit daunting to any newcomers not initiated in the ways of Strike Witches, SHAFT being SHAFT and 7th's own brand of insanity. As the P&S and Kuragehime threads from last season have shown, a dedicated thread can be more inviting and promote more controlled discussion, as opposed to the insanity that is the Anime thread.
I didn't understand anything in this post so I'm going to assume you're right.
 

Joule

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Those eyes D: D: D:

I've been reading that Madoka wiki and it's pretty interesting what people have managed to decipher from the show.
 

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Perfect time to get back for awesome gunslinging action!
Nawh, I'll relapse on the new Berserk anime for sure. But I'm kind of done with nearly everything else.
 

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MrBig said:
I'm not sure why all these animes keep getting their own thread when there is a super thread
If anything, this and wondering boy is the only show this season that deserves its own thread. The super thread now can go back to talk about old anime, and how crappy this season is.
 

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Show of the season for sure. Can't wait to see how it goes on from here.
 

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First time in years I find myself actually interested in a magical girl show.

Frankly, Madoka and Miki haven't shown much magical girl potential yet. At least Mami has a good head on her shoulders.
 

jman2050

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trejo said:
First time in years I find myself actually interested in a magical girl show.

Frankly, Madoka and Miki haven't shown much magical girl potential yet. At least Mami has a good head on her shoulders.
Yeah, I get the sneaking suspicion that Madoka is biting off more than she can chew.
 
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Anyone who thinks this is "just another pedo magical girl show" needs to watch episode 3. Seriously. Very disturbing stuff.

Edit: ^ Heh, nice discussion going on there.
 

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Episodes 1 and 3 were awesome, 2 was enjoyable though more of a bridge episode. Definitely has the potential to be the best show in years.

I absolutely love SHAFT's art style. Their shows are just so interesting to watch.
 

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7Th said:
Fixed that for you. Give credit where credit is due.
I wasn't talking about the witch's maze art, though it's awesome as well. More the real world environments, they're even more impressive than they were in Bakemonogatari.
 

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cosmicblizzard said:
I wonder if they're gonna take
Mami out of the OP. Them keeping her there would be kind of mean. Or maybe they'll bring her back with a wish or something?
Madoka will wish for her to be revived.

Mami will come back... as a witch.
 

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cosmicblizzard said:
I wonder if they're gonna take
Mami out of the OP. Them keeping her there would be kind of mean. Or maybe they'll bring her back with a wish or something?
episode 04 is called
"There are Miracles and Magic"
, so im leaning towards option 2.
 

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Regulus Tera said:
Madoka will wish for her to be revived.

Mami will come back... as a witch.
Or maybe we will get two zombie magical girl shows in the same season
 
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