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Madoka Magica – Actually Not Cute, Just Really Effed Up

I know what you must be thinking.

“But Alex, these girls look so cute and adorable! This is obviously just a fun show about magical girls with some potentially tough stories but in the end everything is great! They even have a sidekick cat!”

I’m sorry, dear internets, but you would be mistaken. Terribly. Mistaken.  Also? That ‘cat’ is an asshole.

As I mentioned in my First Impressions post, I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy this anime. The first episode had my eye twitching, had me worried that this was just not going to be my kind of thing. Fortune Cookie from Defective Geeks stressed to me that I had to watch it to at least episode three. So I did.

And episode three is where everything changes. I actually gasped, and wrote the words holy shit holy shit  in my notes as I watched. And then sat there with my jaw on the floor.

And then watched the next episode. And the next.

From that point on, things are just…a mess. Really, terribly, a heartbreaking mess. Every episode is just full of terrible things happening to the group of girls, specifically to Madoka. As the overall plot of the story unfolded, and the stories of each girl were revealed, I just felt worse and worse for them, thinking WHAT ELSE COULD GO WRONG.

Look, what I’m saying is, I’m a rabid Fullmetal Alchemist fangirl, and the Elric brothers weren’t put through as much of a shitty time as these girls were.

And really, I do think that this is what kept me watching. I felt bad for these characters. They weren’t just magical girls prancing around and clumsily fighting off bad guys. Their stories were all tragic. Why they were magical girls was tragic. What inevitably happened to them was tragic. I was intrigued that the story was nothing like what I imagined, and ya, a part of me felt bad for judging the show just on the character art.

This anime is sad, but also kept my interest, and I would actually recommend it. Who saw that one coming? Certainly not me.

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First Impressions: Madoka Magica Anime

Okay, instead of just jumping into an anime review, I decided to approach this one like I did for Tiger & Bunny. Madoka Magica is in a genre that I generally don’t get into these days, BUT it seems to be extremely popular in the cosplay community. So I’m curious.

I didn’t do any research prior to jumping into the anime. All I knew is that there were guns and girls in cute outfits, and I always see the blonde one cosplayed. And so, here is what I got out of the first episode.

The main character is a young girl, Madoka, who has a creepy dream featuring a bad ass girl fighting and a talking cat. This intro scene is cool, kick ass, rock music, I could dig it.  The cat says Madoka can save the girl, stop all the destruction, by making a contract with it.

Then she wakes up. I don’t like her Mom, but maybe that’s because she talks about how Madoka needs to be flashy and how a woman’s appearance is the one thing she can’t afford to get looked down on, and encourages her daughter to act as though she has secret admirers because that’s the secret behind every pretty girl’s success. Cue eye twitching, but maybe that’s a personal issue I should consider working out another time. /deep breaths

When she gets to school, that same girl from the dream shows up as the new girl, named Homura. Later that day, Madoka hears someone calling out, and upon wandering down a creepy lot witnesses a fight between a monster and the new girl, and Madoka and her friend get caught [of course]. Then, BAM, magical things happen, ANOTHER girl named Mami shows up and kicks ass, creature escapes, the talking cat is there [named Kyubey] , and ohey, wants Madoka and her friend Sayaka to become magical girls.

Yay! [?]

There is of course the magical transformation moment, and as a Sailor Moon/Ronin Warriors fan, I can’t roll my eyes. I can’t. I mean, I used to wake up at 6am on weekdays to watch these shows that both featured magical transformation and cheesy dialogue. I’m not sure yet what it is about this anime that has me twitching. But I am told by Fortune Cookie from Defective Geeks that I should keep watching.

Perhaps it’s because it ends with the cat asking them to become magical girls, and that’s that. No explanation, which I guess is supposed to drive viewers to say OH WHAT DOES THIS MEAN and entice them to watch the second episode. But for me, I wanted to know right then and there, exactly what that meant. Am I getting too old for some anime? D;

I am going to keep the promise I made to Fortune Cookie tonight over delicious carnitas fries and watch at least to episode three. A promise made over those fries is precious.