I’ve been slacking on keeping this feature going, but i’m going to try to post these more frequently. I was also inspired by a semi-recent twitter exchanged where i recommended anime to someone via twitter,so i’m hoping this series might perhaps have that same effect(Also, i am planning to update my Kubrick series soon,for those who remember that). This entry will focus on the magical girl anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica
After experiencing a bizarre dream, Madoka Kaname, a kind 14-year-old girl, encounters a magical creature named Kyube. Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki are offered the opportunity of gaining magical powers if they agree to make a contract with the strange little being. He will also grant them one wish, but in exchange they shall risk their lives by accepting the responsibility of fighting witches. Invisible to human eyes, witches are catalysts of despair in the areas they inhabit. An ally of Kyube, a magical girl named Mami Tomoe, befriends and encourages the two girls to accept the contract. For an unknown reason, another magical girl named Homura Akemi is determined to prevent Madoka from accepting the deal.
The art style has a “cute” feel like most magical girl anime’s,but it still manages to have a distinct look. It has a “arty” feel that imo makes it stand out from the rest. In particular, the witches have some of the most unique creature designs i’ve seen in a anime, and the battle scenes involving them are animated in a different way than the rest of the series.
Despite its cute style, the story itself is quite dark. It is basically a deconstruction of the magical girl genre, and shows why its common tropes would not be so pleasant when looked at realistically. It examines why a girl would want to become a “magical” girl, and what kind of creature would use a young girl for that purpose. The characters are also extremely well written,with far more angst to them than your average characters of this genre.