Sunday, May 1, 2011

FINAL THOUGHTS: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

File this on the completed series. Grade: EXCELLENT.
So in her past life, Akemi Homura is...kawaii mega-ne?

First off, let me tell you something. I'm not entirely fond of the magical girl genre. Sure, I'm familiar with shows like Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura and Magical Knights Rayearth -- I even watched a few episodes of them -- but I never really got into the whole young girl in a silly costume battling demons and monsters all while reciting scripted mantras about how love and justice are all that matters in this world. No. Never really one for the frilly stuff.
they were BFFs

Fortunately, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica isn't all that. While the series doesn't necessarily overturn all my previous misconceptions and biased opinions about the magical girl genre, it does offer something new to the table. A glimpse of the other side. Because for every hope, there is an equivalent amount of despair in the world, for every joy, there is suffering, for every desire, there is grief. The show might be peopled with girls far too cute as to be sickening (time and time again, I've said in this blog that I don't like loli), but cuteness is the farthest thing from the show's actual storyline.
oh and by the way, homura-chan, i'm a force of nature now, like, literally

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a story about the consequences of choices, the strong bonds of friendship, the resilience of the human spirit, the inevitability of fate, and yes, it's about magic, too, and young girls taking up the glory and burden of saving the world from the bad. The show will not blow your mind with all of this but it's a fairly novel take on a tried and true genre.

Also, apparently, Joan of Arc and Cleopatra were magical girls. lolz