[[caption-width-right:250:[[BlatantLies Cute magical girls]] [[SchmuckBait at its best!]][[note]]Front: Madoka Kaname (with Kyubey in her left arm). Middle row: Homura Akemi, Mami Tomoe. Back: Sayaka Miki. Missing: Kyoko Sakura, [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Nagisa Momoe]].[[/note]]]]
->''"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 MagicalGirl."''
-->--'''Homura Akemi'''

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Madoka Kaname is an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary Middle School Student]] with a loving family and a close circle of friends. One day, an enigmatic girl called Homura Akemi [[NewTransferStudent transfers into her class]], setting off a chain of events that will completely change Madoka's life.

In the shadows of the city, a war is being waged between the [[EldritchAbomination grotesque witches]] and the {{magical girl}}s who fight to limit the former's destructive influences. A small [[WeaselMascot cat-like creature]] named Kyubey appears before Madoka, and offers to [[MakeAWish grant a single wish]] in exchange for her services as a magical girl. The idealistic Madoka wants to accept the contract so she can help people in need, but Homura — who reveals herself to be a magical girl — seems determined to stop Madoka for unknown reasons.

Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Aki]][[LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} yuki]] [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Shinbo]] directing, YukiKajiura producing the music, [[{{Nitroplus}} Nitro+'s]] Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst original series in a decade]]. The show started airing in January as part of the Winter 2011 season, though it was put on a temporary hiatus [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga]], over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which had over ''half'' a million.

The series has been dubbed and released in the US by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. The series was aired on Australian TV on Creator/{{ABC3}} starting on the 29th of June. The series can now be found by [[EagleLand US]] users on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica Crunchyroll]], [[http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica Hulu]], [[https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/k Daisuki]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5XBB1vj1xpjh3dlFM-4OyyTQJZErtyRe Daisuki's YouTube channel]] (all subbed), and dubbed on [[http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70302572 Netflix]].

The original series was released alongside a [[ComicBookAdaptation manga adaptation]] by a manga artist named Hanokage, as well as [[Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica two]] [[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica manga]] [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]]. Creator/YenPress has licensed all three manga in the US. The series expanded to include a [[LicensedGame licensed]] [[VideoGame/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaPortable video game]], a browser-based {{MMORPG}}, and even a magazine. See the [[Franchise/MadokaMagica Franchise]] page for details.

In November 2011, a [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/11/07-1/madoka-magica-film-trilogy-confirmed-by-newtype theatrical film trilogy]] was announced. It is composed of the following:
#''Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Beginnings'': Part one of a CompilationMovie, released on October 6th, 2012.
#''Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Eternal'': Part two of the CompilationMovie, released on October 13, 2012.
#''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion]]'': Part three of the CompilationMovie, released on October 26, 2013. A true sequel to the anime, originally intended to be its second season. The movie also introduces a new magical girl, Nagisa Momoe, to the team.

A [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-16/new-madoka-magica-show-considered-after-3rd-film second season]] for the anime, continuing where ''Rebellion'' left off, as well as several more films for the series, are currently being considered by the studio.

The anime has several spin-offs, which can be found in detail on the [[Franchise/MadokaMagica franchise]] page.

Compare ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/AlienNine'', ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', and ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' for similar top-down, no-holds-barred abstract {{Genre Deconstruction}}s. ''Madoka Magica'' has been perceived to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration]] for later shows like ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' and ''Anime/YuukiYuunaWaYuushaDeAru'', though how much this is true is up for debate.

Contrast ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', which serves as the show's most obvious antecedent; ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' and ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'', which are examples of relatively adult and drama-laden treatment of the genre that are, however, played straight; and ''Anime/KillLaKill'', for a series that is arguably the antithesis to this show.

For some of the inspiration of the series, see ''{{Faust}}''.

'''NOTE:''' Please put tropes for ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' on its own pages.

[+ '''''LateArrivalSpoiler Warning:''''' ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' is one of the most popular anime franchises in the anime fandom as of the Winter 2011 season. In other words, there are a great deal of '''''SPOILERS''''' below -- most marked, some unmarked, but ''all'' of which may possibly ruin your enjoyment of the story. ''Avoiding these pages is highly suggested for those who have not seen the show.'' +]

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->Always, somewhere,
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->As long as you remember her,
->{{You are not alone}}.