Anime: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
"A person becomes naďve if they're too kind. Careless if they're too bold. And no matter how hard you try to protect others, there's no gratitude. Those who can't comprehend such things aren't fit to be magical girls."Madoka Kaname is an Ordinary Middle School Student with a loving family and a close circle of friends. One day, an enigmatic girl called Homura Akemi 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 grotesque witches and the magical girls who fight to limit the former's destructive influences. A small cat-like creature named Kyubey appears before Madoka, and offers to 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 Studio Shaft animating, Shaft's primary director Akiyuki Shinbo directing, Yuki Kajiura producing the music, Nitro+'s Gen Urobuchi writing and Ume Aoki designing the characters for Shaft's first 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 due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan. The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st; the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga, over one million people watched. Compare this to Lucky Star'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 ABC3 starting on the 29th of June. The series can now be found by US users on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Daisuki and Daisuki's YouTube channel (all subbed), and dubbed on Netflix.The original series was released alongside a manga adaptation by a manga artist named Hanokage, as well as two manga Spin-Offs. Yen Press has licensed all three manga in the US. The series expanded to include a licensed video game, a browser-based MMORPG, and even a magazine. See the Franchise page for details.In November 2011, a theatrical film trilogy was announced. It is composed of the following:
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Beginnings: Part one of a Compilation Movie, released on October 6th, 2012.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Eternal: Part two of the Compilation Movie, released on October 13, 2012.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion: Part three of the Compilation Movie, 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.
Late-Arrival Spoiler 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.
This anime series provides examples of:
Someone is fighting for you.
As long as you remember her,
Alternative Title(s):Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
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