On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave me…
5 magical girls
4 unusual penguins
3 bright stars
2 adorable flowers
And a charming idol.
Well, of course Puella Magi Madoka Magica would find its way into these Twelve Days of X’mas! After all, in the spring of 2011, Shinbo Akiyuki blew everyone away with his very own original magical girl series that was anything but normal. This series has had a great deal of special moments, and I consider them to be some of the great anime moments of the year. But, it would be no fair to include all these moments into separate posts, and so I decided to put some of these moments into one post for Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
The first moment that shook and threw me off was the gruesome beheading of Tomoe Mami. What was shocking about this moment was not the cruelty of this moment, but the fact that it happened so suddenly and early in the series. This scene became infamous for its sudden shock, and I have to admit that it was one of the top moments of anime for me this year (and one of the most surprising!).
Another moment was the unfortunate breakdown of Miki Sayaka, who happens to be another favorite character of mine. Faced with the revelation that her body and soul have been separated and the prospect of having her crush taken by her best friend, Sayaka fell to her own despair and became a witch. Madoka and Kyouko tries to save her, but it is all for naught, and in the end, Kyouko sacrifices herself along with Sayaka. The loss of another two magical girls really impresses upon you that this series is not your ordinary, cutesy magical girl series; it is a much darker series.
There were also other worthy moments as well, such as Homura’s amazing barrage against the Walpurgis, and Madoka’s final wish for hope. All these moments alone, not to mention the characters themselves (especially Kyubey), have made Puella Magi Madoka Magica a hotly debated and extremely popular topic for anime fans this year, and for good reason!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica weaves a dark story that culminated in a cathartic shining ray of hope, and I do believe that its story has surely cemented this series’s place in anime history along with the likes of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and Neon Genesis Evangelion.