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    Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:29 pm





    "With kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a Magical Girl."
    Homura Akemi



    Madoka Kaname is an Ordinary Middle School Student with a working mother, a stay-at-home dad and a close circle of friends. Other than a strange dream about a black-haired girl fighting off a huge monster in a ruined city, her life is a peaceful one. Then, one day, that black-haired girl, Homura Akemi, transfers to their class.

    Things begin to change when, after school, Madoka hears someone's voice calling out to her. This voice belongs to Kyubey, a small cat- or ferret-like creature. She and her best friend, Sayaka Miki, then find themselves in a bizarre dream world where they witness an upperclassman, Mami Tomoe, transform into a Magical Girl and save them from otherworldly monsters. Kyubey then asks Madoka and Sayaka to become magical girls, too. The process is very simple - Kyubey will grant them a wish (any wish, no matter how small) and in exchange, they will sign a contract with him, which will allow them to become magical girls...

    Too bad things simply are not as they seem to be.

    Bringing together an all-star staff, Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Studio Shaft animating, Shaft's primary director Akiyuki Shinbo directing, Yuki Kajiura producing the music, Nitro+'s Gen Urobuchi writing and Ume Aoki designing the characters for Shaft's first original series. The show started airing in January as part of the Winter 2011 season, though it was put on a temporary hiatus due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan. The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st; the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga, over one million people watched. Compare this to Lucky Star's similar stream, which had over half a million.

    Initially, there were three manga series related to this anime. The first is a direct adaptation of the television series, under the same title. The others are Spin Offs. Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice focuses on a different cast of Magical Girls while Puella Magi Oriko Magica features characters from the anime as well as several new characters. For both of these series, it is strongly recommended to watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica first since they reveal critical plot elements from the anime. Some time after the anime ended, an official but noncanon manga anthology series was released. A fourth manga series with the same artist as the first manga has been announced. It is set to be published in the Fall of 2012, alongside the first two movies.

    This series has a wiki which is maintained and updated very efficiently. Therefore, proceed with caution as spoilers abound.

    A dub of the series has been confirmed. Aniplex USA's teaser page for the series can be found here, now updated with more information about the characters and the series itself. Yen Press has confirmed that they will be publishing the manga adaptation of the series in English. Finally, Crunchyroll and Hulu have begun streaming the series for free.

    Namco Bandai is developing a video game for the PSP, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable. It is slated to be released in March of 2012, and its gameplay is described as a Roguelike RPG. Odds are good that it will avert The Problem with Licensed Games because of heavy involvement of the anime staff — Gen Urobuchi writing the scenario, and visual design by SHAFT and Gekidan InuCurry. An official iPhone game by Mobage featuring four new magical girl characters has also been released.

    Plans to make a theatrical film trilogy have been announced. The first two movies will premiere on October 6 and 13, 2012. It has been revealed that another Spin-Off manga will be released simultaneously with the two films (see above)

    At some point a teaser website appeared playing voice clips from Madoka. It was eventually revealed to be for a Puella Magi online game.

    Dojinsoft group Tasogare Frontier, aka Tasofro, has released a Madoka fangame entitled Grief Syndrome.

    Compare Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bokurano, Narutaru, Alien Nine, Princess Tutu, and Digimon Tamers for similar top-down, no-holds-barred abstract genre deconstructions. Definitely contrast Card Captor Sakura, which serves as the show's most obvious antecedent.

    Compare and contrast Claymore, Elfen Lied, Lyrical Nanoha and Black★Rock Shooter which feature similar cases of specialized women fighting for survival.

    For some of the inspiration of the series, see Faust.


    /人‿‿人\ Anything is possible, if you make a contract with me!





    This is one of my favorite anime's. I must confess there is something about these Magical Girl anime that I like. The fact that this one can get really depressing doesnt help either.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Dawn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:45 pm

    I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:48 pm

    Dawn wrote:I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.

    Ive only watched 2 I think...and to be honest TV tropes says that both of them dont really follow the same path as most do. This and Lyracal Nanoha. So I might not really like the genre it might just be these two shows.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Dawn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:55 pm

    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.

    Ive only watched 2 I think...and to be honest TV tropes says that both of them dont really follow the same path as most do. This and Lyracal Nanoha. So I might not really like the genre it might just be these two shows.
    Yeah, I get that, and my favorite is Nanoha. But about the actual thing, I can't wait for the movies but especially the third one since it has new stuff.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:57 pm

    Dawn wrote:
    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.

    Ive only watched 2 I think...and to be honest TV tropes says that both of them dont really follow the same path as most do. This and Lyracal Nanoha. So I might not really like the genre it might just be these two shows.
    Yeah, I get that, and my favorite is Nanoha. But about the actual thing, I can't wait for the movies but especially the third one since it has new stuff.



    There's going to be new stuff in the third one?


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Dawn on Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 pm

    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:
    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.

    Ive only watched 2 I think...and to be honest TV tropes says that both of them dont really follow the same path as most do. This and Lyracal Nanoha. So I might not really like the genre it might just be these two shows.
    Yeah, I get that, and my favorite is Nanoha. But about the actual thing, I can't wait for the movies but especially the third one since it has new stuff.



    There's going to be new stuff in the third one?
    The first two are recaps and the third is new material, yes.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:00 pm

    Dawn wrote:
    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:
    Jordan-The Manamancer wrote:
    Dawn wrote:I'm gonna really have to say that if I can like some "Traditional" magical girl anime more than this, there may be no magical girl anime that I can dislike if I watch it... But even I haven't watched a lot of them. And even then, I'd probably only watch ones that actually sound interesting so it's not like some other anime I watched.

    This was still really good, I loved it.

    Ive only watched 2 I think...and to be honest TV tropes says that both of them dont really follow the same path as most do. This and Lyracal Nanoha. So I might not really like the genre it might just be these two shows.
    Yeah, I get that, and my favorite is Nanoha. But about the actual thing, I can't wait for the movies but especially the third one since it has new stuff.



    There's going to be new stuff in the third one?
    The first two are recaps and the third is new material, yes.



    Cool now Ive got something to look forward too Smile


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Dawn on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:59 pm

    http://www.mangareader.net/magical-girl-kazumi-magica

    Oh, I'm currently reading this. Mostly one chapter a day and then sometimes some other manga.

    Gonna read chapter 5 right now. Very Happy


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:22 pm

    Dawn wrote:http://www.mangareader.net/magical-girl-kazumi-magica

    Oh, I'm currently reading this. Mostly one chapter a day and then sometimes some other manga.

    Gonna read chapter 5 right now. Very Happy

    Hm I'll have to check it out sometime Smile


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by HSektor on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:34 pm

    I WATCH IT FOR THE YURI SUBTEXT.


    NO REGRETS.

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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:41 pm

    HSektor wrote:I WATCH IT FOR THE YURI SUBTEXT.


    NO REGRETS.

    Welcome Fellow Yuri Fan Smile


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Dawn on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:25 pm

    That isn't specifically why I watched it but... I definitely enjoyed that. :3


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    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:27 pm

    Dawn wrote:That isn't specifically why I watched it but... I definitely enjoyed that. :3

    I started watching for the cool fight scenes. The way the animation changed just made them look bizzare Smile

    But I enjoy the yuri fannon as well.


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    Re: Madoka Magica

    Post by Magic Man on Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:21 am

    Madoka was alright for me. It was definitely a good watch and it's safely established itself as a staple, but...I just didn't latch onto the characters and story as much as everyone else seems to have.
    That might have been because I watched it in 3 sittings as opposed to 1; each time they released 4 dubbed episodes.


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