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What do you all think of this recent trend for tragic magical girls? The big one that made a splash recently was Madoka Magica, where the girls end up as witches. Then we had Selector Wixoss, which seems to be a cross between YuGiOh and Madoka Magica where the girls die if they lose too many battles, or disappear into the game if they win. Now we have Yuki Yuna is a hero, where the girls are sacrifices to a god to keep the world from being destroyed.

All of these end up making for a rather dark anime series. It gives a lot different flavor from something like Sailor Moon. At anime conventions you see a LOT of cosplayers as Sailor Moon. How many girls do you think will want to cosplay as as someone doomed to die?

Are these dark magical girl series something that will be popular for a long time?
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Japans next step in moe was to kill it off.

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On the other end of the spectrum you have the PreCure franchise which shows no signs of slowing down and is actually quite good.

Having variety in the magical girl trope is better than nothing I suppose, and I've been enjoying the offerings.
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kiltmaker wrote:

What do you all think of this recent trend for tragic magical girls? The big one that made a splash recently was Madoka Magica, where the girls end up as witches. Then we had Selector Wixoss, which seems to be a cross between YuGiOh and Madoka Magica where the girls die if they lose too many battles, or disappear into the game if they win. Now we have Yuki Yuna is a hero, where the girls are sacrifices to a god to keep the world from being destroyed.

All of these end up making for a rather dark anime series. It gives a lot different flavor from something like Sailor Moon. At anime conventions you see a LOT of cosplayers as Sailor Moon. How many girls do you think will want to cosplay as as someone doomed to die?

Are these dark magical girl series something that will be popular for a long time?


AK's post defeated this thread; That being said, I think the novelty will wear off over like a decade.

It's not just Magical girls, "Shock" writing is super trendy right now, it seems like (See also: ALDNOAH, Akame ga Kill)
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Maybe it's because I tend to think of the manga before the anime (first one), but Sailor Moon isn't nearly as happy as people always make it out to be. It's definitely not Madoka grim dark or anything, but some messed up stuff still happens. And that's how I like it, a nice balance of tragedy and comedy (in the Shakespearean sense of the words).

Yu-Gi-Oh + Madoka? Now I'm going to have to go look into this wixoss thing.
Posted 12/11/14 , edited 12/11/14
You forgot Day Break Illusion, too.

I think it's probably here to stay. It's almost starting to look like a new trope.

But I don't know how much staying power it truly has. I'm not sure it will be terribly popular with die-hard magical girl fans, and it still look like most of them are too cutesy in the beginning for broad appeal. So who knows, maybe it's just a fad.

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I enjoy tragic magical girl series as I do our typical lighter ones like PreCure. They both have their own charm.

I think they'll be around for a while longer, as they have been around since the early 2000s; but doubt the fad will stay as strong as it is now for long.
No reason for saying this though, just a gut feeling.
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The whole shock factor thing is getting a bit out of hand if you ask me lol.

We had plenty of dark animes like Monster or Death Note which were able to keep interest without having to resort to major whiplash inducing plot twists every few episodes.

On the other hand we barely have adventure animes anymore. Like One Piece and Chaika are the only ones I can think of. Slayers, Orphen, Rune Soldier, Zoids, Scrapped Princess. Gensou Maden Saiyuki, there used to be so many adventure-style animes about searching and exploring.
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xxJing wrote:

The whole shock factor thing is getting a bit out of hand if you ask me lol.

We had plenty of dark animes like Monster or Death Note which were able to keep interest without having to resort to major whiplash inducing plot twists every few episodes.

On the other hand we barely have adventure animes anymore. Like One Piece and Chaika are the only ones I can think of. Slayers, Orphen, Rune Soldier, Zoids, Scrapped Princess. Gensou Maden Saiyuki, there used to be so many adventure-style animes about searching and exploring.


Log Horizon is sort of adventure. Granted, it's sort of kind of but not really a lot of things.

That being said, I'd welcome some more old fashion fantasy shows where the characters to on quests and what not. It's not like dark and fantasy are mutually exclusive. Maybe the upcoming show about the dude who becomes Skeletor in a game will deliver on that front.
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xxJing wrote:

The whole shock factor thing is getting a bit out of hand if you ask me lol.

We had plenty of dark animes like Monster or Death Note which were able to keep interest without having to resort to major whiplash inducing plot twists every few episodes.

On the other hand we barely have adventure animes anymore. Like One Piece and Chaika are the only ones I can think of. Slayers, Orphen, Rune Soldier, Zoids, Scrapped Princess. Gensou Maden Saiyuki, there used to be so many adventure-style animes about searching and exploring.


I think it ties in heavily with anime getting more focused into Otaku culture instead of general shows, that'd match the thematic shift.
Posted 12/11/14
What about Princess Tutu?
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