Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika, in this article I will call it Madoka for short) is a 12-episode long 2011 anime series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. Three volumes of manga spin-offs were published in 2011. A PSP game, novels, magazine, and three films(where two of them recapping the anime series, and the third having its own original story) were also released. Madoka Magica is the anime work that has won the most animation award for all-time, including the two anime awards at Kobe and Tokyo, with the addition of Paris World Animation Award. Some other records of Madoka include the most view counts on Internet(1 million), best-sold anime Blue-Ray DVD(top three are all from Madoka) and the top sell DVD(including two episodes per DVD) upon its first week of release(54, 000 sold in Japan).
The story of Madoka Magica surrounds where an ordinary junior high school girl Madoka discovers that, a girl from her dream, Homura, suddenly appears in her life. She and other characters introduce that, in the world Madoka lives in, there are these mystic creatures called “Witches” which preys on human weakness. “Puella Magi”, or magical girls, are the ones who fight against witches. In order to become a Puella Magi, one will have one of her wishes granted. As the story progresses, Madoka will discover deeper truth about the real price of becoming a magical girl through the story of her best friend-Sayaka, two veteran Puella Magi-Mami and Kyoko. The genre of Madoka Magica is predominantly fantasy, with some campus, romance, and tragedy elements well-blended with the theme.
Madoka Magica has a few features, and one of them is the cute art style they use for the anime. When you hear the word “magical girls”, you might think it’s gotta be some sort of adorable, relaxing, or even a little childish anime I’m talking about here. NO, YOU’RE WRONG. THIS IS NOT SAILOR MOON. The story of Madoka will start to flip your world starting from its third episode(please, watch it from the first episode…). The story can be exceptionally dark and sad to many people, and yet it is the attractive part of this anime. Its use of animation techniques are unique as well. Obviously, it does not get all the audience simply by throwing epic computer effect or moe-style drawing into its work. What’s special about Madoka is that it has a very strong story, strong character developments, an interesting setting, well-done OST and music, and most importantly, theme regarding friendship, hope, and morale.
battle scenes in Madoka are done in a stylish way
The third Madoka movie. It is also played in Edmonton Cineplex in December 2013!
screenshot for Madoka’s PSP game
A MAD video with fan singer’s cover for Madoka’s opening theme song “Connect” (WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS)
I won’t be blurring lot of words commenting on this anime like I did for other reviews(laugh), but really, Madoka is one anime series you HAVE to watch–to my highest recommendation!