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Friday, April 22, 2011

[Review] Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika

Anime Review - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
http://i.imgur.com/aFSAn.jpg


HELL YEAH!
time to shine!
the 200th post of this blog ... containing our mascot's anime review...

hmm... spoiler here... it's rare for us to see the MAIN CHARACTER of
mahou-shoujo anime...
become mahou-shoujo at the last episode

please don't block it if you don't want to be spoiled


Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
魔法少女まどか★マギカ
Puella Magi Madoka Magica


the image
art by Buriki ("Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko" and "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai" Light Novel illustrator)
as seen in ep 11 endcard...
well, this is the full version ^^




Information


Official Site: http://www.madoka-magica.com/
Visit : Puella-Magi wiki
Aniplex: http://www.aniplex.co.jp/lineup/anime/madokamagica/

ANN ----------------------------------- MAL ----------------------------------- Wiki


Plot Summary:
After experiencing a bizarre dream, Madoka Kaname, a kind 14-year old girl, encounters a magical creature named Kyube. Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki are offered the opportunity of gaining magical powers if they agree to make a contract with the strange little being. He will also grant them one wish, but in exchange they shall risk their lives by accepting the responsibility of fighting witches. Invisible to human eyes, witches are catalysts of despair in the areas they inhabit. An ally of Kyube, a magical girl named Mami Tomoe, befriends and encourages the two girls to accept the contract. For an unknown reason, another magical girl named Homura Akemi is determined to prevent Madoka from accepting the deal.

It is an anime made by Magica Quartet, which consist of SHAFT and Aniplex (under Iwakami Atsuhiro as main producer), Akiyuki Shinbo as director, Gen Urobuchi as script writer and Ume Aoki as character designer.
well.. it's SHAFT!
sasuga shaft... for making this great anime

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MAL
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Producers: Aniplex, Shaft, Nitroplus
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Genres: magic, horror, psychological, science fiction, a little school life
(by CraneAnime)
Rating: 17+ (by CraneAnime) as long as you are not disgusted by gore and mindbreak
Opening Theme:
"Connect (コネクト)" by ClariS
Ending Theme:
"Magia" by Kalafina
Insert song:
"Ave Maria" by Bach/Gounod (ep 5) (ep10) (ep12)
"Magia" by Kalafina (ep 1) (ep 10)

Characters


Madoka Kaname (鹿目 まどか) / VA: Aoi Yūki
http://i.imgur.com/2JDI4.png
An ordinary 14 years old girl who is a sophomore at Mitakihara Middle School. Her life changes when she encounters Kyubey, who offers to transform her into a magical girl. She is a rather selfless girl and sees herself as a person without special qualities or talents.

Homura Akemi (暁美 ほむら) / VA: Chiwa Saito
http://i.imgur.com/HRkI5.png
A smart, graceful, athletically talented girl, yet also a mysterious magical girl who transfers into Madoka's class. She seems to know Madoka well and tries to prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl.

Mami Tomoe ( ) / VA: Kaori Mizuhashi
http://i.imgur.com/cElHs.png
A senior at Mitakihara Middle School and a magical girl who saves Madoka and Sayaka. She wants Madoka and Sayaka to become Puella Magis and acts as their mentor. She has the ability to produce a near-infinite amount of musket as her weapons, and can use ribbons to suspend her enemies.


Sayaka Miki (美樹 さやか) / VA: Eri Kitamura
http://i.imgur.com/ITmti.png
An energetic girl, Madoka's good friend and classmate. She later get an offer to become a magical girl. Sayaka's weapon is a sword (rapier???). She hates people who think only of themselves whilst hurting others and is easily provoked into a fight.

Kyōko Sakura (佐倉 杏子) / VA: Ai Nonaka
http://i.imgur.com/8X6cl.png
A rival magical girl who comes to the city later in the story. A girl with an equally fiery personality to match. She is always seen eating something, even while she is battling. She wields a spear which can extend itself, split into multiple sections, and produce a ball at the end of the chain, which can constrict and hit others at the same time. She seems to be able to change the size of the spearhead as well.

Kyubey/QB (キュゥべぇ) (Hell YEAH!) / VA: Emiri Katō
http://i.imgur.com/K7qkI.png
A messenger of magic who can grant any wish to a certain girl, on the condition that she become a magical girl and fight against witches. He has so far made contracts with Mami, Kyoko and Sayaka, and shows particular interest in making Madoka a magical girl.



Episode List


EPS 01 - "I Met Her in a Dream..." / "Yume no Naka de Atta Youna ..." (夢の中で会ったような・・・)
EPS 02 - "That Sounds Wonderful" / "Sore wa tottemo Ureshii natte" (それはとっても嬉しいなって)
EPS 03 - "I'm Not Afraid Anymore" / "Mou Nani mo Kowakunai" (もう何も怖くない)
EPS 04 - "There are Miracles and Magic" / "Kiseki mo, Mahō mo, Arundayo" (奇跡も, 魔法も, あるんだよ)
EPS 05 - "There's No Way I'd Regret It" / "Koukai nante, Aruwakenai" (後悔なんて、あるわけない)
EPS 06 - "This Just Isn't Right" / "Konna no Zettai Okashiiyo" (こんなの絶対おかしいよ)
EPS 07 - "Can you Face your True Feelings?" / "Hontō no Kimochi to Mukiaemasu ka?" (本当の気持ちと向き合えますか?)
EPS 08 - "I'm Such a Fool" / "Atashitte, Honto Baka" (あたしって、ほんとバカ)
EPS 09 - "I Can't Forgive That Kind of Thing" / "Sonnano, Atashi ga Yurusanai" (そんなの、私がゆるさない)
EPS 10 - "I Can't Depend on Anyone Anymore" / "Mō Dare ni mo Tayoranai" (もう誰にも頼らない)
EPS 11 - "The Only Path Remaining" / "Saigo ni Nokotta Michishirube" (最後に残った道しるべ)
EPS 12 - "My Best Friend" / "Watashi no, Saikō no Tomodachi" (わたしの、最高の友達)



Fansub:

gg, Nutbladder, Chihiro, MahouShoujo-yesy

well, I'm watching gg... why? becoz of

http://i.imgur.com/fVpyG.jpg
MORNENG RESKIUUUWW!!!


Music
BGM will come later
also there's no download links

「OPENING」 ClariS - Connect

Tracklist:
* コネクト (Connect)
* Dreamin’
* キミとふたり (Kimi to futari)
* コネクト (Connect) -Instrumental-


「ENDING」 Kalafina - Magia

Tracklist:
Regular Version

* Magia
* snow falling
* Magia (instrumental)

Anime Version
* Magia
* Magia (magic mix)
* Magia (TV Version)
* Magia (instrumental)


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Review

Story ( 99 - 88.5 = 9.5/10)
I will give 99/10 for this anime's story.. but the ending kinda dissapoint me, so I just give 9.5/10 for this anime, why?
coz shaft gives us such great, tragedic, complicated yet simple system of Mahou Shoujo in madoka magika world...
it's rare for me to have such a curiosity and wanting more and more eagerly waiting for the next episode... There are times where it's pleasant and nice, where you're smiling watching it, just like watching a slice of life anime.. there are times where you feel a deep pity and sadness for some characters or blatant hatred for others.... Gen Urobuchi wove this tale intricately but not intricate enough where you're confused... as for me, I'm already used to this kind of story... The fact that it's intricate keeps you on your toes and guessing... Plot twists, when inserted in the right place, can make a story much better than it already is.... Madoka is chock-full of the well-placed plot twist. The storyline also flows very well. Some may feel like it builds up slow, but the pace is what creates all of the tension... well, just like some great preparation and great finishing I just have dissenting opinions on the ending of the story
but hell... it was written and executed in an amazing way.


and the last thing about story, IT CANNOT BE SPECULATED BY JUST WATCHING SOME EPISODES, BUT ALL OF THEM WILL MAKE IT CLEAR..

why ?
coz I have some speculation made by myself, and I read all of my friend speculation too...but none of them are correct... well, lastly said about story, SASUGA Gen!!

Characters(9/10)
all of em are great...
almost all of the main characters (read: all of Mahou Shoujo) here are unique, and have personality development, or we can just call it improvement in their life...
You really sympathize for the characters and the pain they go through. You'll find yourself wanting to scream at Madoka, pull your hair out at Sayaka, cry for Mami, smile at Kyoko and hug Homura. Most of all though, you'll want to kill Kyuubey. See what I mean? You really get the feeling of knowing the characters through their actions and through their progression in the storyline.

Art + Graphic (9/10)
it's a pain to distinguish them, so... whatever
Superb!
This is a SHAFT anime, so you should expect ridiculous art.. yes... I'm sure you will say "weird" or "ridiculous" if this is the first time you watch SHAFT anime...
Akiyuki Shinbou is notorious for this style of art and it's in full effect. It isn't used all the time, but when it is used, it is freakin' EPIC.
I personally love it ( remember the art in Bakemonogatari??? That was AMAZING) but others may have different opinion from me

if someone said that the faces are too wide, I think it is fine...
and also Shaft fix them at the rest half of the Anime...


Sound (10/10)
it's also a pain to separate bgm, op/ed and seiyuu

OP + ED = SUBARASHI!! no other words... only SUBARASHI!
BGM = :top:
The seiyuu (voice actresses/actors) are well-chosen for the characters it's a pretty renowned cast and they all pull off their roles extremely well.

Personal Enjoyment (10/10)
You'll find yourself at the edge of your seat watching Madoka. If you're not coming in with negative expectations, you should have a great time watching it... All the elements of the show come together to really hit you. Whether it's the action, the emotion, the art, the music, the characters or the story that gets you, you'll be enticed by Madoka... I wouldn't mind watching it over and over, just to pick up things I had missed before... (this is critical, you need to re-watch it for greater good)


Overall (10/10)
I think that this is one of the best anime to come out in a while... hell... I'd say that it has the possibility to be the best Anime of 2011. (at least it the best winter anime) It managed to pack an entire warehouse full of epicness in 12 episodes. I recommend Madoka to anyone who is trying to see a "revolutionary anime" done epic-ly...


some credit of this review goes to: steviePOPO
stevie, I'm gonna use some of yours...

ah...

happy easter everyone ^^

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― Don't forget.
Always, somewhere,
someone is fighting for you.

http://i56.tinypic.com/2hqxuv9.gif

― As long as you remember her,
you are not alone.
http://i.imgur.com/OqBTe.jpg
final endcard as seen in ep 12 illustrated by Ume Aoki ;_;
this pic is removed by gg... damn...


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