This anime is about Madoka Kaname, an ordinary eighth grader with a good family and caring friends whom happy life changed when she met Kyubey, a cat-like creature who makes magical contracts. In his contracts, he offers one wish and, in return, the ones who accept it must become Magical Girls.
The story of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica begins when Madoka, on a dream, watches a mysterious girl fighting a strange creature. Here, she meets Kyubey, who claims that can offer the power to help that mysterious girl. Next morning, a new girl, named Homura Akemi, joins her class. This girl looks exactly like the one Madoka saw on her dream and things get even weirder when Homura speaks to Madoka in private and asks her if she values her family and friends.
While this seems like a cheerful anime at the beginning, it rapidly becomes very dark and deep, with a lot of sad moments. For such a short story, that has only 12 episodes, the plot changes extremely fast, going from a kawaii fairy tale to a gloomy and psychological drama. It sure is fun to watch how the story gets darker and darker, but it could have been more developed has they don’t show us what are the Incubators exactly and what is their story, for example.
When the anime starts, you see your ordinary little girl with a good family and friends that are just like her. But, has the show the starts to evolve, so do the characters. They start to seem different and show us that they are much more than pretty faces. It is certain that one of the things that makes this show so good was the way the characters were so different form each other, having such distinct personalities.
As said several times before, Madoka is the usual kawaii girl that, just like any other girl, wishes to have magical powers. However, thanks to the efforts of Homura, she only becomes a Magical Girl in the end of the show, when it is truly needed. Until there, she lives without knowing what to do as she is pushed by Kyubey to form a contract with her and allway neglecting it. In the beginning of the anime, she seems very childish, without any strong determination whatsoever. But as her friends get killed through all the show and she has to endure all the pain and suffering, she grows up to be a very mature woman who makes the right decision at the end.
In the beginning, Homura seems to be just the new classmate of Madoka but as soon as we discover that she is a Magical Girl everything changes. We even get kind of lured to think she is the villain of the show due to her dark personality. The fact that she keeps Madoka from being a Magical Girl and doesn’t stop trying to kill Kyubey leads to a completely misunderstood and lonely character. Only when her past is revealed, we discover her sad fate that is to protect Madoka, no matter what.
Art and Animation: 10/10
The artwork of Madoka Magica is one of the most original I have ever seen. As the show changes, the art and animation also change, adding more dark tones to the show. All of the animation is awesome, especially during the fights with the witches and when they are in the mazes. The way they drew the characters is also very good and extremely different from other anime. The best moment of the anime, in terms of animation, is when Sayaka loses her head while fighting a witch, refusing to feel any pain.
The music of Madoka Magica is very good and it definitely has one of the best endings in the world of anime (Magia). The opening is also very good, despite of being a misleading. However, the rest of the soundtrack is not that awesome and it lacks a bit of originality.
Madoka Magica is awesome show. It sure has its flaws, just like any other anime but the fact that it fooled the viewers in such an original way makes it up for the show. The anime allways keeps a good pace and the way the characters change is also very nice. I truly enjoyed this anime and I even shed some tears on the last episodes. Nonetheless, it could have been a better show, mostly because of the small number of episodes.
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