The Nardio Anime Review
Is Puella Magi Madoka Magica Worth Your Time.
Holy crap, yes.
What Should I Watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica On?
You can stream it on Crunchyroll, Netflix and Amazon TV. There is a dubbed version for Netflix but I prefer it with subs.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
Honestly, saying anything about Puella Magi Madoka Magica is potentially spoiling it. I personally was awed at the amazing story, excellent artwork and real emotion I felt throughout the entire series. It’s only 12 episodes but man, those 12 episodes are a rollercoaster.
Why it Works?
I feel like giving a review at all of Puella Magi Madoka Magica will kind of force me to give some spoilers so if you haven’t watched it then GO WATCH IT NOW and don’t read the text below the spoiler section! It’s an amazing anime.
SORT OF SPOILERS BELOW
Puella Magi Madoka Magica starts off with a nightmare the titular character Madoka has then it seems to be just business as usual for a magical girl anime. Madoka is a cute and cheerful girl who likes helping people out. One day she and her friend Miki rescue a cat-like creature called Kyubey. He tells them that he can grant any wish and turn them into magical girls with powers beyond their wildest imagination. Before they can answer, Homura – a mysterious girl – comes and scares the creature away. She then warns Miki and Madoka not to make the wish and leaves with no further explanation. Madoka and Miki then meet Momoe – another magical girl – who offers to mentor them. Things go downhill fast. Magical girls are tasked with defeating witches – powerful beings that alter reality and can also make humans commit suicide or other atrocities. It’s up to the magical girls to dispatch of these monsters quickly and with limited casualties.
Sounds pretty standard, right? Well, it’s a LOT darker than I ever imagined. In fact, I had avoided Puella Magi Madoka Magica for a while because of the cover. It looks like just another sugary magical girl anime. When I finally got around to watching it, I was floored. Sure, it starts off innocuous enough but by the third episode, things get real. It becomes a LOT darker and it really turns the genre on its head. For example, Kyubey might be reminiscent of Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura but he isn’t nearly as harmless. Behind that cute face are some really dark secrets and he has no problem lying by omission. As well, there are very real consequences to these girls’ actions from the very moment they make a wish. Nothing is ever easy and as the anime continues things just start to look more and more bleak for them. With each startling revelation I wondered if it was possible to even have a happy ending. While technically it could be considered a happy ending, it was heartbreaking as well. Puella Magi Madoka Magica kept me riveted throughout the entire series and really put me through the emotional wringer. This series also made me very interested in other works by Urobuchi (the screenwriter of the series) and I am working up the courage to watch them all.
Nothing, honestly. They covered all of their bases and tied up any potential plot holes and issues I had in the beginning of the series in later episodes. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I call Puella Magi Madoka Magica one of the best anime series I’ve ever watched.
- 12 Episodes
- Stream on Crunchyroll, Netflix and Amazon TV
- Official site of Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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