Before you read the rest of this, remember that this is just my opinion on the show. If you really liked this show (and chances are more than not that you love it) then please don't get deeply offended and take this as a personal attack against you. This is why I didn’t write a review.
Recently I watched Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (try saying that five times fast) because I never stopped hearing the end of how good and awesome and magical-girl-genre-redefining it was from my friends and online, so I decided to check it out. What I found was a pretty decent anime that had its moments, but failed to live up to all the hype it cast, as is usually the case. So while it was a good romp, I have some observations to share about how I felt about the anime.
First off I’ll begin with the story. This story is about a middle school girl named Madoka who, after a series of events, finds out that there are magical girls and that they fight witches. She then decides whether to be one or not. I was actually a bit disappointed with it, as I felt that they could have done a little more with this than what they did. It never really seemed to me like the plot was going anywhere and felt like it was like three totally different story arcs than one seamless narrative, which can be good, but with only twelve episodes to work with it made the story just seem all that more rushed. As to how magical girl genre-redefining it was, I honestly couldn’t tell you, as the only other anime that I’ve seen that was somewhat magical girlish was Princess Tutu, which I wouldn't call a pure magical girl anime. But I will say that as a narrative it had its ups and downs. There are a couple of plot twists, but I saw them coming and where predictable, some disconnect between episodes, and to me (I’ve heard from people that fell either way on this) a very disappointing, wrap-everything-up-as-quick-as-possible ending. All in all, not the best story I’ve ever experienced.
Which now brings me to the characters. Madoka is a typical anime protagonist who finds out about something new and tries to deal with it. This led me to have nothing against her, but she wasn’t all that memorable to me either, just a vessel in which to tell the story. The other girls had their strong and weak points, and I liked Homura, the purple-haired one, but it felt to me like these girls where based on the same principal that harem shows are based on, as in you have the tsundere, the moe, the gutsy one, etc., and one of them I felt didn’t actually do anything at all except monologue and swing a weapon around a few times.
The art style was good, as Shaft always is, but I think that I was a little disappointed in it, if only because I had just finished watching Bake- and Nisemonogatari, which had a crisp, cleaner look to them. The voice acting was good, I watched the English version, and fit well with the characters.
So overall I enjoyed Madoka Magica (even though the way I just nitpicked everything it might not seem that way) but just didn’t believe it lived up to all the hype it generated. It had a decent story with a couple of thought-provoking instances, the animation and voice acting was good, and I liked a couple of the characters. Not the most perfect anime I’ve ever seen, but by far not the worst either.
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