Dai Mahou Touge is supposed to be a parody of the magical girl genre. I say "supposed" because I've had no intentional exposure to it, and the unintentional ended soon (television network decided Sailor Moon was the best anime they could buy...may their eyes turn to acid and burn their brains). I've no patience for it, I don't find it cute, amusing or whatever. However, DMT was supposed to be a parody of it. Well, that's not really fair. It is a parody. And it's probably a good one, too. It's just that I still didn't find it cute or amusing, not to mention funny. And just like the "regular" examples of the genre, it was still incredibly annoying. The main joke is the cute-but-monsters gag - Punie, her mother, her pet, her sisters, and so on. It's a cheap laugh - so cheap, it really isn't a laugh. Throw in a few tired supporting character stereotypes and you have DMT.
I guess people who like magical girls will have an interesting time. Them and other masochists. As for me, I've learned what I already knew - saccharine little girls aren't interesting, even when they're in fact psychopaths*. The parody format disallows any character development, story is just a gag framework, and, in case you've missed it, I absolutely hated all of the main characters - and yet I've given it 2.5/5? I guess I didn't want to feel bad for actually finishing it. I'll go rectify that now. The rating, not the feeling bad part.
*At the moment, I cannot decide do I dislike magical girls more than even psychopaths. But the combination...
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