Why I don\'t like Madoka is that it is smug compared to its source material. In many ways I feel it is what like Black Butler is to Shonen or Mazes and Monsters was to Dungeons and Dragons. In other words, it has the barest understanding of its genre that instead of being a deconstruction, it’s a caricature. It misses the points that make the genre special. Relationships are the cornerstone of magical girls, and that\'s where this series seriously fumbles. For example, Madoka and Sayaka’s relationship should be the cornerstone of the plot, since these two have known each since they were kids therefore emotional consequences occur when one is harmed. Instead Madoka drops out of Sayaka’s arc past episode 4 and Madoka\'s role as foil is replaced with Kyoko, even though they have little cause to like each other or care about each other\'s well-being. In the span of four episodes Kyoko tries to kill Sayaka, then strangle her, before killing herself in despair for not saving Sayaka when she becomes a monster all while the latter degrades her for being a criminal. Why? Because the middle aged writer clearly knows how girls value relationships, just like he knows about girls secret desire to be groped by naked versions of themselves. Same goes for Madoka and Homura. The entirety of Homura\'s relationship is expressing what a tragic martyr she is for Madoka\'s love. Eye roll. There is no substance here, no development of conflict and the fact all Madoka does is whine whenever Homura tells her to obey shows that Madoka is spineless. Spineless and inattentive, I can\'t help but feel when Madoka was made God at the end of series, the writer was making fun of the concept. Kyubey is one of the most annoying villains in anime because he is unnecessary. His plan is stupid and inconsistent with his characterization. Beyond that he is a distracting hate sink that alleviates the girls of their responsibility when deconstructions are supposed to be about the character’s actions and consequences. If the anime wanted be a deconstruction it shouldn’t have tried to pander yuri pairing merchandise and should have focused on how relationships impacted Madoka negatively. How Sayaka’s love for Kyosuke diminished Madoka’s desire for attention, how Kyoko’s expectations diminished her self-esteem, how Homura’s protectionism made Madoka doubt her judgement. Instead it’s just a show where little girls die and the show expects you to cry over it. Boo hoo.
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