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One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of a whole slew of imitators]], each with their own spin on the concept. The range of works where this series' influence can be felt is extensive, ranging from other anime and manga like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', and ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', to {{toku}}satsu series like ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' [[note]]which notably shares a writer with ''Madoka Magica''[[/note]], to even Western works like the American graphic novel series ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain''.

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One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be served as the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of for [[FollowTheLeader a whole slew of imitators]], each with imitators]] which, by gradually putting their own spin spins on the concept. concept, [[FromClonesToGenre spawned an entire magical girl subgenre]]. The range full scope of works where this series' impact is extensive -- its influence can be felt is extensive, ranging from has been observed in other anime and manga like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', and ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', to {{toku}}satsu series like ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' [[note]]which notably shares a writer with ''Madoka Magica''[[/note]], to and even Western works like the American graphic novel series ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain''.


One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of a whole slew of imitators]], each with their own spin on the concept, like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', and the 2013 {{toku}}satsu series ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' (also written by Urobuchi).

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One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of a whole slew of imitators]], each with their own spin on the concept, concept. The range of works where this series' influence can be felt is extensive, ranging from other anime and manga like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', and ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', and the 2013 to {{toku}}satsu series like ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' (also written by Urobuchi).
[[note]]which notably shares a writer with ''Madoka Magica''[[/note]], to even Western works like the American graphic novel series ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain''.



The series has been dubbed and released in North America by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. The series was aired on Australian TV on Creator/{{ABC3}} starting on June 29. The series can be found on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica Crunchyroll,]] [[http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica Hulu,]] [[https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/k Daisuki]] (all subbed), and dubbed on [[http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70302572 Netflix.]]

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The series has been dubbed and released in North America by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. The series was aired on Australian TV on Creator/{{ABC3}} starting on June 29. The series can be found is available for streaming both subbed and dubbed on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica Crunchyroll,]] [[http://www.Crunchyroll]], [[https://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica Hulu,]] com/series/085f5007-1b32-4dd7-9aea-41397554fb9b Hulu]], and [[https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/k Daisuki]] (all subbed), and dubbed on [[http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70302572 com/title/70302572 Netflix.]]


In December 2015, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-12-08/madoka-magica-concept-movie-will-be-core-of-new-project/.96224 a trailer]] for a new ''Puella'' "project" was released. Because of [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-16/new-madoka-magica-show-considered-after-3rd-film previous announcements]] that the studio was considering making a ''Rebellion'' sequel, this may be confirmation of such a sequel.

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In December 2015, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-12-08/madoka-magica-concept-movie-will-be-core-of-new-project/.96224 a trailer]] for a new ''Puella'' "project" was released. Because of [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-16/new-madoka-magica-show-considered-after-3rd-film previous announcements]] that the studio was considering making a ''Rebellion'' sequel, this may be confirmation of such a sequel.
sequel. But as of 2020, no there has been no further news about the project and it appears to be stuck in DevelopmentHell.


Compare ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', and many other no-holds-barred {{Genre Deconstruction}}s of anime.

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Compare ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/ShadowStar'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', and many other no-holds-barred {{Genre Deconstruction}}s of anime.


In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter ''Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster Hunter Explore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]

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In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter ''Monster ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' (''Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster Hunter Explore'']], Explore''), and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]


In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter ''Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster HunterExplore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]

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In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter ''Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster HunterExplore'']], Hunter Explore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]


In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster HunterExplore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]

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In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter ''Monster Hunter Frontier'' and ''Monster HunterExplore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]


In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with [[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]], featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster Hunter Frontier and Monster HunterExplore]], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]

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In October 2016, it was revealed that the anime will be crossing over with [[VideoGame/TheBattleCats ''[[VideoGame/TheBattleCats The Battle Cats]], Cats]]'', featuring characters from the anime as Cat units and enemies. It has not yet been revealed what content will land on Madoka Magica's side.[[labelnote:Note]]This is far from the series only collab, as over the course of its life, Madoka has collaborated with certain games, including but not limited to [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter [[''VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster Hunter Frontier Frontier'' and Monster HunterExplore]], ''Monster HunterExplore'']], and many mobile games such as ''Valkyrie Connect'', ''Kurokishi to Shiro no Maou'' or ''The World of Mystic Wiz''.[[/labelnote]]


[+ '''''LateArrivalSpoiler Warning:''''' ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' is one of the most popular anime franchises. As such, there are a great deal of spoilers. Most of them are marked, while others aren't. ''Avoiding these pages is highly suggested for those who have not seen the series.'' +]

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[+ '''''LateArrivalSpoiler Warning:''''' ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' is one of the most popular anime franchises.franchises to come out of the 2010's. As such, there are a great deal of spoilers. Most of them are marked, while others aren't. ''Avoiding these pages is highly suggested for those who have not seen the series.'' +]


Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica''[[note]]''Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica'' in Japanese, with "Mahou Shoujo" meaning "MagicalGirl"[[/note]] has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga,]] over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which was closer to ''half'' a million.

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Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica''[[note]]''Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica'' in Japanese, with "Mahou Shoujo" meaning "MagicalGirl"[[/note]] has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon [[DistancedFromCurrentEvents due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga,]] over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which was closer to ''half'' a million.


Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga,]] over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which was closer to ''half'' a million.

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Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica''[[note]]''Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica'' in Japanese, with "Mahou Shoujo" meaning "MagicalGirl"[[/note]] has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga,]] over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which was closer to ''half'' a million.


Compare ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', and many other no-holds-barred {{Genre Deconstruction}}s.

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Compare ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', and many other no-holds-barred {{Genre Deconstruction}}s.
Deconstruction}}s of anime.


Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga]], over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which had over ''half'' a million.

The series has been dubbed and released in North America by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. The series was aired on Australian TV on Creator/{{ABC3}} starting on June 29. The series can be found on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica Crunchyroll]], [[http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica Hulu]], [[https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/k Daisuki]] (all subbed), and dubbed on [[http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70302572 Netflix]].

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Bringing together an all-star staff, ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' has Creator/StudioShaft animating, Shaft's primary director [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Akiyuki Shinbo]] directing, Music/YukiKajiura producing the music, {{Creator/Nitroplus}}'s Creator/GenUrobuchi writing and Creator/UmeAoki designing the characters for Shaft's first [[AnimeFirst 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 [[TooSoon due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan]]. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21 The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;]] the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-21/1-million-stream-free-madoka-magica-in-japan-taiwan When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga]], Douga,]] over one million people watched. Compare this to ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s similar stream, which had over was closer to ''half'' a million.

The series has been dubbed and released in North America by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. The series was aired on Australian TV on Creator/{{ABC3}} starting on June 29. The series can be found on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/puella-magi-madoka-magica Crunchyroll]], Crunchyroll,]] [[http://www.hulu.com/madoka-magica Hulu]], Hulu,]] [[https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/k Daisuki]] (all subbed), and dubbed on [[http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70302572 Netflix]].
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One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of a whole slew of imitators]], each with their own spin on the concept, like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', and the 2013 {{toku}}satsu series ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' (also written by Urobuchi).

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One thing becomes clear early on, though; things are [[GenreDeconstruction not as they seem]]. What appears to be a straightforward MagicalGirlWarrior tale becomes a twisted, morally complex, and [[SurpriseCreepy surprisingly terrifying]] exploration of concepts like hope, despair, entropy, utilitarianism, and the psychological issues of the Magical girls, and it does not pull punches in regards to the horror the girls have to endure. The series is, in fact, the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlGenreDeconstruction, and has been perceived (how true this is is up for debate) to be the [[FollowTheLeader primary inspiration of a whole slew of imitators]], each with their own spin on the concept, like ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'', and the 2013 {{toku}}satsu series ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' (also written by Urobuchi).

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