When I came across Madoka Magica
, I figured I liked the idea enough to give it a go. So I did, and I enjoyed it. Well, let's get into the good things:
The plot, although I'm not exactly sure what the plot is. Still, the Deconstruction
thing is a good idea. The art is cute and all, but THE FACES. I am sorry, but they look gross. The rest is perfectly fine, but THOSE FACES...
Well, with that aside, let us delve into the bad things.
First of all, Homura is the only really developed character. Sayaka is often described as a tomboy, even though there was almost nothing
to her, and she was just energetic. That does not
make a girl a tomboy, otherwise almost every girl out there was a tomboy at one point. Heck, that means that even the girliest girl might qualify as a tomboy. After the second episode, what little personality she had was completely thrown out the window.
Mami was only there for three episodes, so of course she wasn't developed much. I honestly can't see her as the maternal and kind figure she's supposed to be. She was a good character, sure, but looking back on it, I can't really describe her personality.
Kyoko, on the other hand, seemed to have a fully fleshed-out personality, but then before even that
could get properly developed, she suddenly became nicer. Out of nowhere. It's... jarring, really.
And Madoka herself? Ten straight episodes of her crying. Nothing else.
Another thing: "Oh, it's basically Neon Genesis Evangelion
, but for the Magical Girl
genre!" I see people claiming this on almost every website I go on that has anything Madoka-related. Let me tell you something: Mai Hime
is even darker than Madoka. Madoka is not the only dark magical girl anime, like how Neon Genesis Evangelion
isn't even the darkest mecha anime out there. I don't understand how
it can be likened to Neon Genesis Evangelion
, as this very wiki likes to claim. I mean, it isn't even that dark. It's mostly just cute. Hell, the ending was HAPPY!
The one thing I have to admit is that I couldn't see where the deconstruction thing came in. People say it's because the girls die, but then, they die in Sailor Moon
, and no one's labeling that
In short: Madoka
was an enjoyable series, but not nearly as good as others claim.