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Re-watched madoka magica for the 4th time
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I actually haven't rewatched Madoka; I was planning on it at one point, but I've seen the ending nitpicked to death so hard I felt like I'd risk ruining the good feels I got watching it the first time if I risked watching it again.

So I've been holding off; I'll get around to it though.

As for crying, I don't recall Madoka having that effect on me. Which is weird, because it's not tough for a solid anime to tug at my tear ducts; Summer Wars can even do it, which is a tour de force but not exactly a tearjerker.
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I tend to cry fairly easily, which is strange since I hardly ever cry about things in real life. My kids were actively worried about me when my father died because they know how much I will cry about anime and movies and the fact that I was not crying about it made them really wonder if I was OK. I had to explain to them that I am kinda weird like that. I didn't even cry much when my mom died, though I did a bit. (However, when something reminds me of either my mom or dad, I am more likely to cry. If the Cardinals had been playing the Tigers (our favoirite two teams) in this years World Series just thinking about it would probably have made me tear up.)

I am re-watching it with my daughter. We are on Episode 8, and I told her today that the anticipation of where the story is going, knowing what happens next, is a nearly unbearable experience. It is gut wrenching! Probably worse than watching it the first time.

And it is sublime! :)

Insomnist wrote:
As for crying, I don't recall Madoka having that effect on me. Which is weird, because it's not tough for a solid anime to tug at my tear ducts; Summer Wars can even do it, which is a tour de force but not exactly a tearjerker.

Summer Wars? I cried watching that! I will again the next time I re-watch it! Excellent story and a definite tearjerker!
Posted 11/3/13
I've watched it quite a bit in both English and Japan - I always cry at the final episode (and I am not a cryer!). Truly a masterpiece of an anime. I enjoy watching it every time.
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Zensunni wrote:


Insomnist wrote:
As for crying, I don't recall Madoka having that effect on me. Which is weird, because it's not tough for a solid anime to tug at my tear ducts; Summer Wars can even do it, which is a tour de force but not exactly a tearjerker.

Summer Wars? I cried watching that! I will again the next time I re-watch it! Excellent story and a definite tearjerker!

Well, kind of. I can see how it could be.

I didn't well up during the sad part though, it was during the
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I just re-watched the movies in order to prepare for Madoka Magica: Rebellion! It comes out in December! And tickets are already for sale nation wide! WEEEEEEEE! I'm so going to this! So going! Who else is going?
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I lost count at the number of times I've rewatched Madoka Magica...

Well I don't outright cry for any anime but I always tear up for Madokami.
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I duno, phasing yourself out of existence just to save your friends (and a lot you don't know but feel sorry for) is enough to make me swell with tears. The pain and suffering of going through the same month over and over and over and watching your friend die, just to have them do that? Add on top of all that no one even knowing what she did? Her little brother having an imaginary friend that was once her sister? A nostalgic mother saying her once upon a time daughter's name?

Maybe being a parent myself is what sent me over.


The reason I myself did not cry was because of the characters involved, rather than the events that took place.

I'm a harsh judge of fictional character, and Madoka Magica tends to be a great story with great events that lacks in real characters. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought this, me and my sister talked at length while watching Madoka, myself for the second time, about how the entire series worked on us.

The characters seem more like Actors in a play and less like people. Madoka's the naive girl with hope, Sayaka's the misguided justice, Homura's the tryhard tragic, Kyoko's the loner, and Mami's the mentor.

The side characters are great, Madoka's Mom getting huge praise here, and the overarching story plays very VERY nicely.

But it's like Shakespeare, I don't cry when Romeo dies, but I laugh like hell when Mercutio does. I'm not mad when Macbeth goes evil, but I'm intrigued by how it happened. Et tu Brute is a great line, but I didn't care about Julius when he died, as the story followed Brutus and Cassius and how they went from Caesars buddies to his murderers to his funeral.

What happens is what makes this great. But if they wanted me to care for the characters, something Shaft KNOWS how to do, they would have done so.
Homura didn't suffer that pain for us, she did it in a flashback. Building up her character for 10 episodes to do that to her would be phenomenal and heart breaking. They focused on the event instead of her character. It's great storytelling but not something that invests you.
Similar with Sayaka. You KNEW what was going to happen before it did. You didn't root for her, you sat horrified at the events as they transpired. She was a tragic figure in a tragedy, it happens.
And anybody with a passing knowledge of TV Tropes could see Mami's future the second they mentioned Cake.

Imagine Homura doing the Homura thing at the end in her own series? That would give you chances to care for her character while admiring her growth and the world! Anytime something bad happens to her you'll experience it with her, and that would draw you into the story.

My post is wordy, STOP BEING WORDY.

NO SPOILER WARNING, THIS THREAD IS A WALKING SPOILER..and you havn't seen it yet? Come on.
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no i havent but i do sad
and all of u guys r so lucky to go watch Rebellion >.< i really want to watch
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The side characters are great, Madoka's Mom getting huge praise here, and the overarching story plays very VERY nicely.


I thought Madoka's younger brother was incredibly well done. The reactions, sounds etc seemed a lot more plausible for his age than any other animated children that are that young. Some of the people at her school were also excellent.
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Only watched it once. It's good but a little bit overhyped though. Didn't cry either. Plus the twist doesn't have the same impact the second time around. But I'm looking forward to the movie defintiely!

Anyway, off topic: I recommend that people watch Cruel City. It's a korean drama that reminds me of Madoka. It's quite underrated so it'll be great if more people the drama a shot.
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Posted 11/5/13 , edited 11/5/13
I don't think Madoka was all that great, and I'm pretty sure I didn't cry while watching it, and it's not that difficult to get me to tear up lately.


Insomnist wrote:


Zensunni wrote:

Summer Wars? I cried watching that! I will again the next time I re-watch it! Excellent story and a definite tearjerker!


Well, kind of. I can see how it could be.

I didn't well up during the sad part though, it was during the


Yeah, that part gets me every time, even outside of the film, like with AMVs and such.
Posted 11/5/13
i can't cry to what is the anime equivalent of My Little Pony designed for omega male neckbeards
Posted 11/5/13
I didn't cry, but I have watched through 3 times. Everything that happens made me crawl into a ball and give up on life rather than just break down crying. M.M is dddarrrrkkk.
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I rewatched it via the movie and the TV series.
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