Before I begin to review The Movies, let me briefly describe how I feel about the TV series. You see, before I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica, my undisputed favorite TV show was The Sopranos, a show about which I still can gush for hours. This kind of down-to-earth style fiction still dominates the majority of my favorites list. The narrative of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, however, is in many ways an antithesis to that of The Sopranos:
- Rather than realistic human beings, the characters start out as complete archetypes; Intentionally so, so as to explore them in fascinating detail.
- Instead of a real setting, the story takes place in an ambiguously futuristic fictional city in which everything is an allegory and every scene is crammed with symbolism.
- Rather than taking a lot of time to tell a dramatic story, the fast pacing allows for very dense twelve episodes of 25 minutes run time each.
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