Normally, I don't find the Magical Girl genre appealing. Seeing so much unwarranted attention to easily tearable frilly dresses makes me want to stop the video and pace a bit. But, seeing the crazy hype this gets, I broke down and watched it. ART: I know the character models were made for the Bait And Switch midseason, but they may be the worst part of the art direction. However, I will give the background artist credit...when he's taking from real life. The surreal squiggles were hard to get used to, though. CHARACTER: Most of the lot was interesting...except Madoka. Why she had a Bile Fascination with this occult drek, and pretend nothing happened and go on with life (like actual adults) is beyond me. Anybody who can have a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum is not somebody you'd think is pure. As for the rest - Sayaka wasn't the bitch everybody claims she is, but in this world of Melodrama, she can get on nerves; Kyouko was the most interesting of the bunch because she seems to be the Only Sane Woman, although that's not saying much. Homura? Just too much subtext, please. THEMES: Having sacrifice and Wish Fulfillment being the main themes does not make it profound/deep. Although the extent it is milked is an achievement, mining a concept that has no real place in the world is stretching some people's nerves. ESPECIALLY the ending. Having such miracle that ties every bow neatly reminds me of the shounen spirit this has. Well, I guess the writers couldn't dare to kill Kyubey, whom appears to be the real villain of the series. Or take a page from The Butterfly Effect, and teach an applicable moral that you can't save everyone (I must become Godlike and save everybody from their facebook woes!) for the intended audience. Intended audience...oh who am I kidding? This is a series for people who grew up with Magical Girls, and teasing with Sour Grapes. Woe be to the new generation of children who take this depressing series seriously.
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