Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular middle school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.
Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However Homura, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer since everything is not what it seems.
A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true. – My Anime List
Based on 25 review scores:
Anime News Network
Madoka Magica is a series that people could overlook due to the drawing style and conceptualization of the world in which the story takes place. But for those who are willing to allow the story to really develop, you’re in for something unique and engaging. There aren’t a whole lot of stories out there that make you question aspects of your own life, who you are, and what you’re doing to make the world better (or worse, for that matter), but this series does just that. But it does it in its own subtle way, where you don’t realize it until after watching the series and contemplating what happened and how the events have parallels to your own life. Madoka Magica has something for everyone, and so much more. This is definitely a must-see series. It can be streamed on Hulu and Netflix.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica surprised me. In every way possible. It’s dark but intriguing. The art style is pretty amazing, but it gets better in the barriers. Madoka and Sayaka and Mami and all the girls are real. I’d love to be Madoka’s friend.
My Shiny Toy Robots
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not for people expecting a light and fluffy magical girl anime. It’s dark, grim and wholly depressing. It completely subverts the usual conventions of the genre, and the result is something unlike any others that have come before it. With a beautiful and wide variety of art styles, well developed characters and a truly engaging narrative, this series is a must see for maturer anime fans.
This show is dark and not meant for kids. Girls under 13 will likely be traumatized, especially if they still have fantasies about being a magical girl and like cute little talking anime critters. But if you are an adult of any gender, you will likely enjoy this anime.
I cannot recommend this anime enough as long as the reader is mature enough for the content and knows what they are in for. This is not a happy story. It is a brooding portrayal of how truly dangerous a fantasy world can be, no matter how bright and colorful it seems.
Anyway, don’t be deceived by the title— Madoka Magica is a show about magical girls, but it isn’t a show for little girls. Expect something dark and violent.
Character issue aside, it’s important to remember that the series succeeds almost flawlessly as a deconstruction, rife with parallels (both to the magical girl tradition and to Goethe‘s Faust), haunting imagery and music, and recurring images–such as Kyubey’s infamous smile–that accompany the story on its descent into the psychological horror genre. Add to this the fact that the show is above average from a production standpoint and the result is a solid, refreshing production that challenges genre preconceptions with a wonderfully stylized tragedy that comes only at the cost of slightly less real characters.
Strawberry Milk Anime
Madoka Magica made me sympathize with God. It brought God into more relative terms that I could understand. This is extremely hard to put into words, but I’ll try my best… Knowing that Madoka (kind of like God) had feelings like myself, I felt more connected to her. I found the whole concept of an all powerful God to be much more relatable. I never really understood the story of Jesus, but this anime brought the story more close to home. I still don’t believe in God; I’m too much of a skeptic, and Christianity doesn’t exactly fit my morals or my personality. Even as I grow older and mature, I may still not adhere to Christian or any other religion’s beliefs, but with this anime, I can understand the root of their religion a little bit better.
It’s definitely a well written and thought-provoking series that continues to evolve. It deserves to be watched, and I see no way for this series to not show up in the top 10 of best eries of 2011. I don’t think that I’ll end up ranking this amongst my favourites, but that entirely because I just consider a lot of other series to be better, not for this show to have major flaws or anything. If I had to nitpick and mention a flaw of this series, then I’d point at the characterization: if the characters here were put in any random slice of life or a more conventional action series, they wouldn’t be interesting to watch at all. It’s entirely the story and the setting that makes something memorable out of them. Again though: this is just nitpicking.
While it may not display gore or utilize any real vulgar language, the story of Madoka Magica is not for the faint of heart, and I pity anyone who may have gone into viewing this series thinking that the happy-go-lucky intro sequence was an accurate depiction of what the series was all about.
My Anime List
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has got to be the best anime I have ever watched. The way the producers trick the viewers into thinking that this anime is just another Mahou Shoujo is simply brilliant. The characters are interesting, the art managed to catch my attention, and the music is good, but this series’ biggest selling point is definitly the plot. Plot twists, drama, heartbreaking AND heartwarming moments… all of these converge into a brilliant plot with a really good ending.
The Geek Lyfe
If you enjoy a dark anime that is drenched in twists then I highly recommend Madoka Magica. If you are looking for a good time then go far away from this anime because there is nothing but pain and suffering here.
Don’t let the cutesy character designs fool you though… this isn’t for kids, both because it’s so disturbing and also because I don’t think they’d really understand it once the true nature of the magical girls starts to come out.
Weak character development drags down what could have arguably been a magical girl epoch. Still a solid anime despite this, though.
Crow In A Cloudy Sky
In the end, though, the series on overall is amazing. I don´t take that, in the end, to be a total deconstruction (as I don´t consider Evangelion itself – as of Rebuild of Evangelion – a deconstruction of the mecha genre as well, but instead a celebration of it).
Selena’s Manga Anime Circle
Yes, I think Madoka Magica IS overrated, but only a little bit. This actually came close to getting my pink flag, but it just fell short due to me actually not REALLY LIKING this anime a whole lot. I would recommend this anime to people like deconstructions or moe girls doing awesome things. Actually, I would recommend this anime to a lot of people.
CTRL Geek Pod
Once you have seen this anime, you can see why it ignited a lot of buzz when it first came out in 2011. The anime is probably not re-watchable as a whole, but Madoka Magica‘s art and animation (in the latter parts of the anime) were definitely some of its best highlights.
Madoka Magica is something that will betray your expectations, the best way to watch it is to not expect anything from it. No summary, No review can give you any idea about what Madoka Magica is (without giving spoilers that is), so watch it yourself to understand and enjoy its beauty.
If you still haven’t seen Puella Magi Madoka Magica, definitely go check out the series. I may disagree with how it ends, but I do that with a lot of shows. I do however believe it’s a really good series overall and worth checking out. Do not bother checking out the films. -Rebellion- doesn’t offer anything good, and the other two films cut down a 12 episode series into 2 shorter two-hour films, and that just no bueno to me.
The Otaku Judge
A contrived ending, that cruelly throws one of its most beloved characters under the bus, ultimately destroys an otherwise fine movie. To make things worse the film effectively hits the reset button on the whole series, thereby erasing everything that happened in one of the most critically acclaimed animes of all time. In the end Studio “Shaft” live up to their name. The bait and switch ending they pulled left me feeling just as bad as the magical girls Kyubey duped through his deceptive contracts.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the series that tricked the masses into thinking it’s good. Even the anti-weeaboo masses fell in love with it, but not me. For the great AbimeDeTenebres, as I can truly see s*** anime for what it is: s*** Anime. Now, people will constantly tell you that Madoka Magica is the best mahou shoujo ever made and how it’s better than Sailor Moon.