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Absolite's Anime Review: Puella Magi Madoka MagicaAbsolite Greetings, fellow otakus! Absolite here, and today I will be reviewing the beloved anime series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Now, this is my first anime review, so here is the layout. First, I discuss the story. Then, I discuss characters. Finally I discuss art and music. I was inspired to do reviews by my good friend ModernSpongeBobSucks and the Youtube critic Blackcriticguy.
So without further ado, let's get started! Oh, and spoiler warning.
First, the story. Basically, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is about Madoka Kaname, who has a dream about a girl battling a monster (a witch) and a cat-like creature asking her to become a magical girl in exchange for a wish. The next day, she meets the girl (Homura) and she realizes that her dream wasn't just a dream. Later, she meets a magical girl named Mami who shows her and her friend Sayaka Miki (who was also offered a contract) the ropes of becoming a magical girl. She finds out the true horrors of a magical girl's life when Mami is brutally murdered by a witch. Later, however, Sayaka becomes a magical girl, to Madoka's surprise. And after meeting another magical girl named Kyoko (who has also suffered a lot), Madoka must decide if one wish is truly worth your life. This premise is a genius deconstruction of the magical girl subgenre, which was already very popular. The story is actually a psychological thriller, which is my favorite genre of anime. Bias aside, the plot is dark and perfect for someone looking for a change.
Next, the characters. The characters are simply wonderful. Madoka is caring and kind, yet indecisive. Sayaka is loving and somewhat of a tomboy. Mami is like a stereotypical magical girl, but that's not a bad thing. Homura is emotionless on the outside, but extremely soft and sensitive on the inside. And Kyoko is hotheaded and hyperactive. They each have their own distinctive personalities, which I admire.
Finally, the art and music. The art is exquisite. It's distinguishable from other anime significantly, and it's beautiful. Madoka Magica was animated by the studio SHAFT, which was responsible for other popular series such as the Monogatari series. The labyrinths in which the magical girls fight the witches are trippy, but in a beautiful way. And the music! The music was composed by the legend herself, Yuki Kajiura! She also created ledgendary soundtracks such as Fate/Zero and Sword Art Online. Breathtaking songs such as Connect and Sis Puella Magica led me to really love the soundtrack.
Overall score: 10 out of 10
Conclusion: Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an amazing anime for anyone looking for something new. I recommend this to everyone, as this is my favorite anime thus far.