My Reactions to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

…Damn you, Kyubey!…
…(*In awe of the fight scene*)…
…Goddamn it!…
…Homura~chaaaaaaan!!!…
…Madoka?!…
…Seriously?…
…Noooooo, Madoka!!!…
…(*Realizes that he has been holding his breath the entire time…*)…
…Wut?…
…Oh, I see…
…Sayaka~chaaan!(*weeps*)…
…All hope is not lost…

– Don’t forget.
Always, somewhere,
someone is fighting for you.
– As long as you remember her,
you are not alone.

…(*Rewatch, and repeat.*)

… And that was what was going on in my mind the entire time I was watching the final two espisodes of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Sorry for the extremely late delay, as I was very busy with college studies since it is the last week of classes for me and then finals next week. But, let’s not dwell on college for a moment; instead read on ahead for my complete thoughts and impressions.

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Ok. First off, for the uneducated peons who have failed to watch this show or not even heard of it, here is a synopsis:

Beloved family, good friends, laughter and tears – these things make up the ordinary life of Kaname Madoka, a second year student of Mitakihara City Middle School. One night, Madoka dreams of a mysterious dark haired girl struggling against a terrible evil; the next morning she discovers that the girl, Akemi Homura, has transferred into her class. This encounter will lead to an incident which will alter Madoka’s fate forever.

This is NOT a typical mahou shoujo anime, with flashy transformations and simple good vs. evil plot cliche. This is a much darker mahou shoujo anime that explores many different themes and issues. And it does its job very well in several different ways that can be interpreted however you like (Everyone’s entitled to their opinion!).

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So, where to start? To be honest, there are so much that I want to say about this series, but I’ll start off with a few. First off, the characters. All the characters are definitely unique in their own rights, and they all have their major roles. Tomoe Mami is the veteran, doomed Puella Magi, Miki Sayaka is the rookie, hot-blooded Puella Magi, Sakura Kyouko is the aggressive, but good Puella Magi, and Akemi Homura is the lone, mysterious Puella Magi. The naive, pure main character, Kaname Madoka, doesn’t even become a Puella Magi until near the end of the series which is very unusual for a mahou shoujo genre anime. Despite this, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica still manages to become one of the best anime series of the year so far, in my opinion and also judging from the anime-blogging community’s reactions.

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From left to right, Kyouko, Sayaka, Mami, Homura, and Madoka.

So, all these unique characters, plus the evil bastard Kyubey (I hate him so much! :x), makes for a very good interaction within the story and each of them has her major role. Mami is the veteran teacher that introduces Sayaka and Madoka into the dangers of fighting the enemies, Witches, and Homura is the anti-heroine who is trying to keep Kyubey from recruiting more Puella Magus. Sayaka is the prime example of what happens to a Puella Magi in the end, which is becoming a Witch, and Kyouko can be likened to being the one with the most common sense and tries to do the best she can as a Puella Magi. Kyubey is the conniving, emotionless character who is trying to push Madoka into becoming a Puella Magi with no regard for her feelings or reactions. As you can see, they contribute to the story immensely, particularly in influencing Madoka’s actions and thoughts throughout the story and to the end.

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There’s a lot that I want to say about the characters here, but I think that I will do character posts so that I can go more in depth plus add some nice wallpapers and pictures. Moving on. From episode 01 to 10, I have been hooked onto this series and left wanting more. So, when the earthquake struck Japan (Pray for Japan….) and the airing of the 11th episode was postponed, you can imagine the pain of having to wait an entire month for it. Of course, that gave SHAFT time to refine the episodes and I think that was a great move, because man, were the final episodes really good! The 11th episode started off with Homura finding out that she was the cause for Madoka’s abnormal Puella Magi power, and then her later on fighting Walpurgis Night alone and Madoka making her final decision. The action fight scene between Homura and Walpurgis Night was amazing, but the real emotional moments were in the final episode, when Madoka finally makes her own wish and become a Puella Magi.

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Madoka becomes the strongest Puella Magi of all time…

The final episode begins with Madoka making her own wish, a wish to erase all Witches in all worlds, the past, and the future before they were born, and she gains the power that could be likened as the equivalent of a god’s power. This wish meant that she would be bending and altering the universe’s law to her own will, and she would be forced to fight Witches forever at the cost of her life, but restoring the hopes of the various Puella Magi who were forced to fight in a life-or-death battle.

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Homura is extremely sad after seeing Madoka make her wish and clashing with all the Witches and Walpurgis Night, as she discovers that Madoka’s existence would be erased entirely from the universe and everyone’s memories and become merely a concept of the universe. The end result was that the Puella Magi have been able to continue on with hope and fight against the weaker, less nourishing for Kyubey, Demons, which have replaced the Witches. Of course, some Puella Magi are not able to continue on, as Sayaka is never brought back to life, her wish having been fulfilled already and becoming a Witch.

PhotobucketAnd so, Madoka has become a entity or the equivalent of a goddess. Homura continues to fight against the Demons, while along being the only one to remember Madoka. If you ask me, I think that this ending ended off at a very nice point, even though we know that Madoka and Homura are fighting and protecting everyone for all eternity. This is a very sad ending, but it does give us a moral somewhat; to never give up hope and continue on.

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My impressions of the final episodes: they were a great satisfying end to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, even if it turned out to be bittersweet. Madoka now lives as an eternal existence separated from the universe, and yet, I can find it as a possible, realistic result to Madoka’s wish. But, of course, there are burning questions about the wish-system, and many people are asking why not just wish for more wishes? Well, that would be pushing it too far, methinks. In my humble opinion, I would say that asking for more wishes far outweighs one wish of the same power. But, of course, it’s all up to speculation and interpretation.

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What do I think about the anime series as a whole? Well, in my humble (quite certain) opinion , I believe that Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica will become one of the greatest anime series on the stage along with other legendary series such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. In the anime-blogging community, I have seen many reactions and many interpretations of the anime series as a whole, but I can definitely say that this will surely go down in anime history as being one of the most unique and moving anime series with a great story and premise, and rightly so.

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4 responses to “My Reactions to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

  1. All (including the show popularity) is my merit, so everyone should thank me!!! :]

  2. Yi

    “To be honest, there are so much that I want to say about this series”
    I can totally understand that…

    Anyway, agreed that the characters are indeed very colorful, even the loathsome Kyubey is quite fascinating. Also agreed that this anime will go down as one of the more memorable series.

    • How did I miss a comment this long ago? Oh, well, here’s my late reply:

      Yep, the characters are colorful and I’ve noted that the colors and styles of their clothing actually fits their personalities. Homura’s purple and black clothes lends an air of mystery to her, and Madoka’s pink and white clothes shows her purity and innocence. All the more reason that I should do some character posts on them!

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