Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Japanese: 魔法少女まどか★マギカ
English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
German: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Spanish: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
French: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:25 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shaft
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.361 (scored by 738613738,613 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2022
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #101
Members: 1,261,808
Favorites: 54,028

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Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.

Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant any one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However, Homura Akemi, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer, stating that everything is not what it seems.

A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true.

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica has garnered widespread critical acclaim, particularly in regards to its subversive approach toward the magical girl subgenre. In a 2012 interview, series writer Gen Urobuchi remarks that the original story was influenced by Hidamari Sketch, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and Le Portrait de Petite Cossette.

The series has received various awards and nominations since its release. In 2011, it won the Grand Prize for Animation at the 15th Japan Media Arts Awards; the Television Award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards; and 12 Newtype awards. In 2012, it won the 43rd Seiun Award for Best Media as well as the Television Award at the 11th Tokyo Anime Awards.

Released on Blu-ray and DVD in six volumes in Japan from April 27, 2011 to September 21, 2011, the anime was considered a commercial success, with each volume selling over 50,000 copies. It was also released in the same formats in North America by Aniplex from February 14, 2012 to June 12, 2012, spanning three volumes. The company later released a Blu-ray complete box set on September 27, 2016. The series has received multiple video game adaptations and cameos in other media.

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"Connect (コネクト)" by ClariS (eps 1-9,11)

Ending Theme

1: "Mata Ashita (また あした)" by Aoi Yuuki (eps 1-2)
2: "Magia" by Kalafina (eps 3-8,11)
3: "and I'm home" by Ai Nonaka and Eri Kitamura (eps 9)
4: "Connect (コネクト)" by ClariS (eps 10,12)


Oct 2, 2023
Mahou Shoujo is a masterpiece, here's why:

1. It's short. At 12 episodes, any ADHD person will have no trouble getting through the story before their attention span disappears.

2. Story. The story makes sure you will want to keep watching, however it's difficult to explain why without spoiling. Before I say more, just know the best experience with this one is to just watch it with no pre-existing knowledge.

3. the art style. This anime has an art style like no other. For some people, it is very deterring and they miss out on a masterpiece because of it. It creates a very eerie feeling that ...
Jun 6, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is one of the shows which have a lot going for itself on the surface and despite a few shortcomings, does a decent job in engaging the viewer with its plot which engages heavily in philosophy and morality.

The show's premise is of young girls forming a pact with a catlike entity, which promises to grant them any wish in return for them having to fight witches, which are often the main cause behind human tragedies such as natural calamities and crimes committed. If this feels too generic of a plot featuring magical girls and attributing every unfortunate event to fantastical ...
Oct 22, 2023
After initially dropping this there is only one reason i gave in to giving it a second chance: Kyuubey is adorable

Repeat after me, cats are adorable, cats can get away with anything, cats can rip your soul out of you and they'll still be the most eternally cute cuddlefluffs of the universe

Ok now onto the actual review

I'll admit, this wasn't quite as bad as i thought it'd be, it has a few redeaming qualities, the aesthetic for one, from Madoka's house to the school to the hospital, these imposingly large settings along with the series's borderline obsession with chairs gives it an incredibly eerie vibe. ...

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