Anime Synopsis: Puelle Magi Madoka Magica

Thursday, 10 February 2011, 8:00 | Author : Ludovico
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English Title: Magical Girl Madoka Magica

In her dreams, Madoka witnesses a post-apocalyptic battle between a magical girl and a mysterious dark flying ship, while a small cat-like creature offers her the chance to make a difference – all she has to do is accept a contract and gain her own magical powers.  Upon awakening, Madoka is shocked to find the girl from her dreams is a new classmate, who takes her aside and insists that she not accept the contract or risk losing everything she holds dear.  When Madoka discovers the creature from her dream injured and needing help, reality melts around her as she gets wrapped up in a dark magical world she doesn’t understand.

There’s certainly more going on here than the normal magical girl fare.  Between the Faustian implications of the pact of power, and the surrealist dreamscape they fight in, it’s obvious that the creators are reaching for a darker sort of cutesy magical girl show than, for example, Cardcaptor Sakura.  This is from the studio behind Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, with a soundtrack from the excellent Yuki Kajiura and an impressive sense of visual style, so even if it’s not a genre you’re interested in, it might be worth a look.

(But if you’re still not interested in the magical girl routine, but want a more actiony show with the same surrealist tendencies, check out Yumekui Merry.)

Mah? Sh?jo Madoka MagicaM

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