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What is your opinion on Madoka Magica?
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Posted 6/6/14

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Overrated. This ain't the first anime where characters die...


Well...yeah.
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I thought it was very good. I watched it when it first came out, and I had never seen a dark magic girl anime before. To be honest, it shocked me a bit in what it did, and because of that, and decent writing, I do not think it was over-rated.
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I thought it was very good. I watched it when it first came out, and I had never seen a dark magic girl anime before. To be honest, it shocked me a bit in what it did, and because of that, and decent writing, I do not think it was over-rated.


I agree, I was not expecting it to be so dark at all. I was expecting something girly.
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Nicholi wrote:

I thought it was very good. I watched it when it first came out, and I had never seen a dark magic girl anime before. To be honest, it shocked me a bit in what it did, and because of that, and decent writing, I do not think it was over-rated.


The ratings actually vary on how ppl watch. Ppl who watch as soon as they come out and ppl who watch it after it was finished, rate stuff differently. All the moe/harem/slice of life stuff that ppl say are boring, well, if you watch them one episode every week, they are not boring.
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I enjoyed it a lot, but I couldn't connect with the characters the way a lot of other people did. I'm also not fond of how it almost completely took over the magical girl genre for a while, and hopefully Sailor Moon will reclaim it this summer. For a long time after its initial airing, there was a boom in the interest in magical girls, but all of them were either puella magi, or had incredibly dark motives and background stories anyway. I liked the cute and fluffy magical girls.
I think my main problem is too many people seem to like it purely because it took something light and fluffy, and made it super dark.
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I think my main problem is too many people seem to like it purely because it took something light and fluffy, and made it super dark.


People like it because every other magical girl anime had the same formula (girl finds cute anime.Animal gives her powers to fight evil).Sailor Moon is especially guilty for doing this,and Madoka Magica broke out of the cycle by deconstructing its genre.
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Posted 6/7/14

Hakuotter wrote:

I enjoyed it a lot, but I couldn't connect with the characters the way a lot of other people did. I'm also not fond of how it almost completely took over the magical girl genre for a while, and hopefully Sailor Moon will reclaim it this summer. For a long time after its initial airing, there was a boom in the interest in magical girls, but all of them were either puella magi, or had incredibly dark motives and background stories anyway. I liked the cute and fluffy magical girls.
I think my main problem is too many people seem to like it purely because it took something light and fluffy, and made it super dark.


People like it because it's good.

Why can't we keep it simple?
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Posted 6/7/14 , edited 6/7/14

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Wrong! You owe me 5 bucks.


Haha dammit. I underestimated the Mainstream.


Lol what just happened on page 2 is gold!
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I think it's certainly genius! I mean it was really interesting how the show was handled, the sensation that was created showing a perfect-happy-cute-magicalgirl scenario and then changing it completely was something I hadn't seen before. The art was amazing, really original and the movies were really good. I keep thinking Madoka Magica was inspired somehow in Evangelion.... with the movie 1 and 2 being a rework and the third movie being a complete mindfuck thing is quite similar.
Posted 6/7/14
My honest opinion...

I liked it the first time I saw it. I measure how great shows are by how much I'd want to return to them though. I have zero plans to ever rewatch Madoka. Not to say it is just a gimmick show for the first impression, but I could never complete a rewatch and I've seen some of my favorites at least a dozen times. Even "just good", but not my favorites allow me to enjoy them over and over. With that in mind, Madoka in terms of enjoyment is average.

Including visual novels, their story was pretty much to the formula. I say Ever 17 is my favorite game and yet I've never re-played the True Ending. Madoka is probably at a worse place just because I've seen so much more anime than I played games where it just gets drowned out while Ever 17, despite me thinking it doesn't provide much re-play, is still amazing above other things of its genre.
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I liked it because I liked it. Not being sassy, but I think the dichotomy was one of those things that caught me. Superficially cute but it'll eat you alive. Also one of those series that I liked enough that I support by buying merchandise. In this case, the two movie special edition that Aniplex recently announced (and a Figma). Will probably buy the third movie later.
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Hakuotter wrote:

I enjoyed it a lot, but I couldn't connect with the characters the way a lot of other people did. I'm also not fond of how it almost completely took over the magical girl genre for a while, and hopefully Sailor Moon will reclaim it this summer. For a long time after its initial airing, there was a boom in the interest in magical girls, but all of them were either puella magi, or had incredibly dark motives and background stories anyway. I liked the cute and fluffy magical girls.
I think my main problem is too many people seem to like it purely because it took something light and fluffy, and made it super dark.


People like it because it's good.

Why can't we keep it simple?


Because the natural response when people like something you don't is to assume that they don't have any good reasons for liking it, so that you avoid feeling dumb and don't think you're missing out on anything. I know I've done that.

My theory about the disagreement: Madoka is an extremely introvert-oriented show. Extroverts and people otherwise put off by introspection, angst, chronic uncertainty, characters who struggle to communicate and understand each other, etc. have difficulty relating to the characters, and often just don't like the show at all. Oddly enough (and unlike that other extremely introverted show about giant robots), it ends with an overall message of hope and reaching out to others so they can help you fight your inner demons--making the point that everyone needs to open up to someone, at least a little.

Extroverted-leaning people often see no point to all of this, because they already think about others more than about themselves. They tend to prefer things like AoT or Gurren Lagann, where characters interact loudly and aggressively with each other and, occasionally, stop to consider themselves, which is treated as a huge dramatic thing... all of which seems just as backwards to introverts as Madoka does to extroverts.
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Posted 6/7/14
I'm not a fan of shows that put a shock-gimmick in the place of real writing.
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Fantastic series. Definitely one of my Top 5 favorite anime. The writing is solid. The characters are FANTASTICALLY built up and handled perfectly. And the third movie gave me "The Void" feeling that I have not had since 2008. Gen Urobuchi is one of my favorite anime writers. Madoka, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass... the dude is just great. (He is also doing a very decent job with Kamen Rider Gaim, which is getting Kamen Rider back into form!) Really, though, the characters are what sell this series for me. Madoka, Homura, Kyouko, Sayaka, and Mami are all great characters. I find it incredible they did as much as they did with only 12 episodes (and a movie.)
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Posted 6/10/14 , edited 6/10/14
I thought the series was great. I took the magical girl genre an smashed it with a monkey wrench. The story was intriguing, the characters had a lot of depth, the pacing was awesome, and the conclusion was pretty bittersweet. Just thought the whole show was well done. Urobuchi never disappoints.

I haven't gotten around to seeing the movies yet, but I really want to so I can see how the third movie ends it. I'm guessing it doesn't have a happy ending


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Looks like we got ourselves a big Urobuchi fan here!
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