Few people know the truth: the world is safe thanks to the Magical Girls who are forced to slay Witches. Even though these girls are putting their lives on the line for a wish, rumors say they can be saved in Kamihama City. That’s where Iroha Tamaki is headed in search of answers. She can’t remember the wish she made to Kyubey, but a shadowy figure haunts her dreams.
Coming into this, I had watched the previous Madoka Magica and expected this to be somewhat of a continuation of this. I was proved wrong. The show is heavily based off the mobile game and while I knew that, yes, I assumed the side story in question played off elements already in place from the previous iterations. That was largely, not the case. The series itself set it up in a way where it seems to play in complete alternate universe and world builds in a way that contrasts from the last series that leads me to believe this way. The story itself, is fine. It has multiple plot points that seem to tie into one another but all done completely unravel by the end but it's getting a second season so that's understandable I suppose. The problem I felt was that the series didn't have a hard hitting story, at least not as much as the last one. I can't help but compare it to what I once knew, and going in I was expecting some story that slowly unraveled to create this intricate and complex plot and I found myself quite disappointed when (in my opinion) it did not. It was pretty clear where the story was headed and I felt the series as a whole took to long to get to the season finale. It was interesting, and had good episodes and animation, but I felt as though it could've done what it did it much fewer episodes and reached the climax quite before it did. The story was decent, nothing quite as amazing as I was expecting but fine all the same. The characters were fine. I liked them but I felt as though most of them weren't expanded upon enough. I needed context, and most characters felt a bit underdeveloped. It could be due to me not having played the game, but it didn't just quite entangle me in the characters as it should've. I found myself wanting to watch more and figure out what was happening with so many moving parts and characters, but some just faded out until the finale or just were left behind. Others just not explained enough. Overall then show was fine, I look forward to the next season hoping it improves upon what it established here but I don't think I would particularly recommend this. It was fine but, unsatisfying in a way. Not a must watch but decent enough
You might feel doubt on the reason that the overall marks would be below the the average marks. It's because of the story plot. For the original story, i.e. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, it's an incredible anime, which contains many scientific knowledge, truth of humanity, realistic phenemenon of the society, (or even a bit of totalism). It's worth to watch and I never feel regretful to watch such movie. However, this side story is completely different. It seems that the production thought that such methods of production of anime is too effective, that "witch" and "magical girl" would be worked forever. The audience should love such combination and mechanism, which leads to the fatal disadvantage among the movie - There are only a variety of magical girls and doppels/witches. The existence of doppel has destroyed the whole mechanism, as it disobeyed the law of conservation of energy. Also, it leads to a very childish "Pretty Cure". No either deep messages or constructable ideas are told to the audience. While the production team would like to churn out a bunch of magical girls and witches that are definitely pointless, why don't think of some deeper messages or ideas? While I see those magical girls who tend to protect the coaster rather than defeating the witches, why don't think of humanity? Although I've criticized this side story in a long paragraph, I should say that it is still valuable to watch this movie, at least the background music is great. As a person who has at least studied music theory for some years, I'd say that the background music is not only skillful, but better than background music from other animes that only use repeatedly notes. All in all, I'd say that this side story is still great, but not in my expectation. It can be done better.
this and granbelm were the first two serious magical girl shows that I watched the rest were strict comedies that's were satires of the genre. So watching mafia record was a surprise. I thought it was going to be a boring show with a bubbly art style and fights. Obviously I didn't know anything about the series going in so the flip in styles for the witches always added a fresh change to the show especially as the story climaxes in the last episode. Also I must say if I didn't hear about the 2nd season I would have rated this lower. Although many of the characters have the typical one dimension characteristic the influx of characters throughout the season keep the typically monotonous one color characters that many shows have a nice change of pace. That being said, the group the MC leaves the first time gets a great side story that is barely shown that shows that the characters have grown from their one dimension to actual human characteristics. This side story also has a nice reveal at the end as well. The music and sound is great two which adds to the ambiance as well. The story is the last thing, the MC wants to find her sister who she has lost her memories since she became a magical girl. with small snippets of memories she follows the information to the city where the story primarily takes place. I won't spoil any more than the first episode though since details are sparsely through the show to let the viewer be reminded that hey she's still looking. Although I have friends complain that the show slows down too much and basically becomes a SOL for a few episodes, so if a mystery show not being Sherlock holmesy all the time annoys you then this might be a sore spot of the show. This show is by no means a classic though with many flaws that many anime have problems over competing, but with a unique art style, some great fight sequences and good music to match this is definitely a fun show to watch. Hopefully the second season can deliver the final blow to give this show a ribbon on top.
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