I just recently finished watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica produced from SHAFT & ANIPLEX. It’s a very interesting twist from the normal Sailor Moon premise we’re used to! Maybe because it’s not the same old story anime fans are used to, is the reason this is such a huge hit in Japan!
WARNING! WARNING!! SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!!
– I will be referring to parts of the entire anime so if you don’t want it spoiled please don’t read the entire review!
First a little background: Madoka Kaname is a school girl in the city of Mitakihara. Her and her friends are doing typical girl things. Going to school, being with family, going to the mall. On one of those ordinary days Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki run into this creature called Kyubei. He is calling out to Madoka for help after a pursuit by another girl. The pursuer is Homura Akemi, another magical girl (we will learn more about her later on). Kyubei has the power to grant one wish to each chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a Puella Magi, a girl with magical powers, and fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.
At first glance Madoka and Sayaka get to behold the amazing and beautiful way these Puella Magi battle and seem to be doing good for the world around them. This comes off as an appealing offer for having that one wish come true. They soon find out the magical girls have locked themselves into a very difficult obligation with the contracts they made with Kyubei.
From the very beginning of this anime,.. when you watch the Intro, it is very sweet and adorably misleading. You have this cute girl in her cute pink outfit and there are shots of her doing cute things! You think you are in for Shugo Chara looking girls fighting crime. And then…BLAMO! Well, not really Blamo. 🙂 You realize after the first episode that this anime has a dark side!
There is this ever present feeling that some small bit of information is being left out. The creators of the anime don’t let up on this. You always feel like you are being left out of some important tid bits. Mostly from Kyubei! This feeling I’m going on about is a big part of why the anime is successful. You have this huge sense of mystery. Unlike in other animes where you can usually figure out quickly what is going on and the hints dropped make it easy to put together the story.
By the end of the anime I found myself saying, “Wow,…Kyubei sure is a damn bastard!” hehe.. That Kyubei is not simply a cute, neko looking creature offering up dreams & the pursuit of truth or justice. He’s a dirty little bastard!! As a dirty bastard would do, he gets these girls to believe it is necessary for them to become a Puella Magi. They make a contract with him, he leaves out very important details to his motives, what will happen to them and how they are connected to these Witches they are fighting.
My favorite character in the anime is Homura Akemi. Her background is a mystery for most of the anime. She has that cool, quiet, intelligent way about her as she flips her hair out. She does that a lot. 🙂 We find out later, she was pursuing Kyubei because she was trying to protect Madoka & had knowledge of Kyubei that no one else had. And the reason being? Her power as a Puella Magi was time travel. She was able to go back in time and try to alter what was happening after knowing what was going to happen. On the way, becoming stronger and stronger while becoming close friends with Madoka.
- I realize I wasn’t able to touch on every part of the anime, but I hope you enjoyed my review! I think Puella Magi Madoka Magica is definitely worth watching! It has an intricate story and didn’t go the typical route of the normal fantasy girl-hero anime. How it ended wasn’t bad, but not my favorite way for it to end. This I choose not to reveal. I still had a sense of sadness after watching the whole thing. I believe the message relayed from the anime is that there is always balance in the world.
To quote a little Full Metal Alchemist: “Human kind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.”
In a lot of anime, reality and equivalent exchange are ignored and there is always a way around every problem. Not this time baby!!
PS: I would love to discuss the anime further so feel free to comment or leave me a message!
Also,.. Madoka does wear that pink dress, I swear she does!! 😉
Have a great week,