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#1 Feb 17 2011 at 10:48 PM Rating: Good
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Anyone seen this show yet? Most people are describing it as a Neon Genesis Evangelion-style deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre. I'm not sure I'd describe the show as living up to NGE-quality, but I do enjoy it. It's currently on Episdoe 7, airing on Fridays (which means fansubs are up Thursday nights, depending on time zones).

Things start out looking like a traditional Magical Girl anime, up until the sh*t hits the fan in episode 3.

I've never really seen a Magical Girl anime before, much like I had never really watched a Giant Mech anime before I saw NGE. But I'm liking it so far.

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#2 Feb 17 2011 at 11:01 PM Rating: Excellent
I haven't seen episode 7 yet, but I have enjoyed the first six. It's a very new and interesting take on the magical girl genre (which I have seen many examples of), which is why I'm still watching it. It is rather dark, and my anxiety level skyrockets when watching an episode because it's hard to predict what's going to happen next, but it still keeps me coming back, and that says something I think. I won't yet call it my favorite series this season, but the jury's still out on that one.
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#3 Feb 17 2011 at 11:16 PM Rating: Good
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#4 Feb 17 2011 at 11:34 PM Rating: Good
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Oh yeah, I forgot how related it was. Smiley: lol He's definitely my favorite character in any of this season's shows. I KNOW he's got some ulterior motive, I just haven't figured out exactly what it is yet. I think that's what grabs me so much; I'm convinced there's another plot yet to be revealed.
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#5 Feb 18 2011 at 1:11 AM Rating: Good
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[Almost] My favorite shows this season (you really just can't beat Zombie).

At first, I wasn't too sure about the show. As mentioned, it is a magical girl anime which usually tend to be presented as "cute, flowery, and full of girl power." I really enjoy the alternative look at the world of magical girls (seriously, episode 6 is some ****** up ****). I really like the animation style and character design, even if it looks lazy at times to me. Special mention has to go to Kajiura Yuki, her music helps to really set the mood of the show.

This show has such a strong start, I hope it will continue this way for the rest of its season(s).
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#6 Feb 18 2011 at 1:20 AM Rating: Good
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My favorite show of the season, I just love hating Kyubei for some reason Smiley: lol
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#7 Feb 18 2011 at 8:57 AM Rating: Good
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Kyubei creeps me right the **** out.
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#9 Feb 18 2011 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Hey look, you can recycle images from GG's website!
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#10 Feb 18 2011 at 10:13 AM Rating: Good
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Hey look, you can recycle images from GG's website!
And this matters why? It's relevant, I wasn't pretending that I made it, and it's not like 99% of the images people post here didn't come from somewhere else on the internet anyway. Why are you trying to make a big deal about it?
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#11 Feb 18 2011 at 11:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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#12 Feb 18 2011 at 10:13 PM Rating: Good
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Vataro wrote:
Hey look, you can recycle images from GG's website!
And this matters why? It's relevant, I wasn't pretending that I made it, and it's not like 99% of the images people post here didn't come from somewhere else on the internet anyway. Why are you trying to make a big deal about it?


I wanted to be belligerent. I recommend getting over it.
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#13 Feb 19 2011 at 7:24 PM Rating: Decent
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It's totally more offensive that you claim these images came from a website that wasn't 4chan. Or you know, in the case of the first image, the actual anime.

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#14 Feb 23 2011 at 10:35 PM Rating: Excellent
More Kyube! (Link goes to Sankaku; NSFW)
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More Kyube! (Link goes to Sankaku; NSFW)
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#16 Feb 25 2011 at 12:48 AM Rating: Good
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Episode 8.

******************* called it.[/i][/spoiler]
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#17 Feb 25 2011 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
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Vataro wrote:
Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Vataro wrote:
Hey look, you can recycle images from GG's website!
And this matters why? It's relevant, I wasn't pretending that I made it, and it's not like 99% of the images people post here didn't come from somewhere else on the internet anyway. Why are you trying to make a big deal about it?


I wanted to be belligerent. I recommend getting over it.


Stand up, sit down and shut your ***** mouth.
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#18 Feb 26 2011 at 2:34 AM Rating: Good
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Episode 8.

@#%^ing called it.
Me too. And I think I get to say that again in an episode or two, if my suspicions (that I have had since episode 1) are correct.
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#19 Mar 11 2011 at 2:34 AM Rating: Good
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Episode 10 was... interesting.

It was odd (and sad) seeing Madoka die so many times.

A room mate thinks that the Walpurgis will be Homura. It'll be the troll ending, where Homura has to kill herself to prevent Madoka from dying, or something.


Myself, I'm still not sure how it'll end.
Also, awesome usage of spoiler tags Smiley: lol

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#20 Mar 12 2011 at 1:20 AM Rating: Good
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Episode 10 was... interesting.

It was odd (and sad) seeing Madoka die so many times.

A room mate thinks that the Walpurgis will be Homura. It'll be the troll ending, where Homura has to kill herself to prevent Madoka from dying, or something.


Myself, I'm still not sure how it'll end.
Also, awesome usage of spoiler tags Smiley: lol

Edited, Mar 11th 2011 1:38am by Kirby
Your skill with spoiler tags is most impressive.

This episode was fantastic. I've been waiting to find out Homura's backstory and motivation ever since she appeared, and the little things like her revealing that she knew Modoka and her ability to travel through time exponentially increased my curiosity.

I definitely agree with you, it was very sad. I would hate to have to relive the same time over and over again, especially something like that. I have no idea how it's going to end either, but I will say that this episode jumped the show from an 8/10 to a 9/10, and the ending will determine if that goes up to a 10/10. Very powerful stuff. I can't wait for the rest.
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#21 Mar 13 2011 at 1:13 AM Rating: Good
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This episode confirmed what I've assumed about Homura since episode 5 or 6. Definitely a good one though, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the episodes.
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#23 Apr 01 2011 at 10:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Just watched the first two episodes (and read the first 8 episodes' worth of manga - skip it, the anime is much better and the manga is based off the anime).

***** you guys, this is fun. I've managed to hide myself from spoilers, but I'm calling QB as evil*. I don't trust anything whose mouth doesn't move when it talks. And loving that there's a bunch of flash games dedicated to shooting his plastic grin right off his face.

*This is kinda cheating, as said I've read up to chapter 8 in the manga so I saw his creepy face.

Edited, Apr 2nd 2011 12:52am by LockeColeMA
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#24 Apr 01 2011 at 11:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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Just watched the first two episodes (and read the first 8 episodes' worth of manga - skip it, the anime is much better and the manga is based off the anime).

***** you guys, this is fun. I've managed to hide myself from spoilers, but I'm calling QB as evil*. I don't trust anything whose mouth doesn't move when it talks. And loving that there's a bunch of flash games dedicated to shooting his plastic grin right off his face.

*This is kinda cheating, as said I've read up to chapter 8 in the manga so I saw his creepy face.

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#25 Apr 10 2011 at 10:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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Madoka Magica episodes 11 and 12 will air together on 4/21.

edit: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21

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#26 Apr 10 2011 at 11:37 AM Rating: Good
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Madoka Magica episodes 11 and 12 will air together on 4/21.

edit: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-04-10/madoka-magica-anime-to-resume-on-april-21

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#27 Apr 10 2011 at 11:49 AM Rating: Good
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Speculation from gg that had me slightly disappointed:
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According to a post on the Madoka webpage, the broadcast of Madoka is suspended until further notice. They’ll update the webpage with the new schedule once they know it. Also, all of the BD/DVD have been pushed back a month.

People have been making some bad jokes about Walpurgis and the tsunami… Maybe there really is a big flood in eps 11/12 and now they have to re-animate?
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#28 Apr 10 2011 at 11:57 AM Rating: Good
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Speculation from gg that had me slightly disappointed:
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According to a post on the Madoka webpage, the broadcast of Madoka is suspended until further notice. They’ll update the webpage with the new schedule once they know it. Also, all of the BD/DVD have been pushed back a month.

People have been making some bad jokes about Walpurgis and the tsunami… Maybe there really is a big flood in eps 11/12 and now they have to re-animate?
Yeah, I suspected that myself. I really hope they didn't change the ending (regardless of the content), but I certainly understand if this was the case and they felt like it was a necessary step. All that matters is that the end is both fitting and excellent.
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#29 Apr 21 2011 at 9:24 AM Rating: Excellent
WE FINALLY GET OUR CONCLUSION TONIGHT PEOPLE. I can't wait!
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#30 Apr 21 2011 at 8:30 PM Rating: Good
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Both episodes have now been subbed by gg, and are up on the torrent sites.
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#31 Apr 21 2011 at 8:58 PM Rating: Good
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Added to my queue. I've got a year worth of stuff to catch up on, along with dealing with current stuff. Smiley: motz
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#32 Apr 21 2011 at 9:37 PM Rating: Good
I just got finished watching them, so let's hear some thoughts!

So, Madoka is Jesus. On Easter weekend. Getting that out of the way early. Oddly, that probably doesn't bother me as much as it might others; it's been done before, so this isn't some deus ex machina thing, which would have really ****** me off. I felt that they explained everything satisfactorily (not at first, mind you, but all my questions were answered eventually except maybe one). Overall, I'm pleased, though the ending didn't resolve itself as much as I would have liked, so for that reason I'm leaving this at a 9/10 until I do some more thinking (and maybe a rewatch). If I had two words to describe the whole series, I would say "profoundly sad". I got that feeling a lot, particularly in the last three episodes.

That's all I'll say for now until some more people share their thoughts. Looking forward to see if anyone agrees/disagrees with me.

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#33 Apr 21 2011 at 11:08 PM Rating: Good
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I'll agree with your assessment. Not quite the ending I was hoping for, but not necessarily bad. 8.5/10 overall for the series.
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I'd give it a 9/10, but not for the reason you'd think.

I found the plot, the character design, and the music to all be top notch. It was an interesting twist on Magical Girls and threw out the sunshine and rainbows model. Since the show focused more on emotional conflict, the action was much more limited, but I thought it was done well in such a way to not make the abilities and magic over used.

I actually liked the ending, though I'm tempted to check out the manga to see if it had a different one. I'm not really sure what I was expecting as a conclusion, but what I can say for certain is that the ending was well thought out (FIST OF COURAGE!) and that alone is valuable. I found that her wish was not only grand, but it still exemplified Madoka's qualities. The wish also wasn't so easy to grant since it required a huge sacrifice as well. Overall, I loved the show and while I have no clue what was going on in the last 30 seconds, I can only hope it's a hint of some sort of sequel (doubtful, but I can hope).

When I finished the show though, I found myself curious about the laws of the new world- guess I'll have to put my imagination to work.

I had one problem with the show and it's really the only reason I wouldn't give it 10/10: the animation. I liked the character designs and I loved how the world appeared, but every time there was a close up of someone's face, there were these thick lines outlining the shape. I don't know if they were actually going for that style, but to me it just looked like laziness. While this is a minor issue, it was there EVERY ******* TIME! It might be silly, but it really got to me after a while and so, because of the appearance of lazy animation, the show loses a point.
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#35 Apr 24 2011 at 11:01 PM Rating: Good
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I ended up giving the show a 7/10 on MAL. It was sitting at 8 until I saw the last two episodes.

I agree with everyone else, that it was a nice twist on the Mahou shoujo anime, but I didn't particularly enjoy the ending. I feel like I've seen it before a few times. And not in a good way.

Madoka's wish was pretty awesome, and I felt like Kyubei wasn't a douchebag for once because of it.

Madoka's brother is still the best character imo.

lol.

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#36 Apr 24 2011 at 11:31 PM Rating: Good
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I ended up giving the show a 7/10 on MAL. It was sitting at 8 until I saw the last two episodes.
It does make me curious if they changed the ending at all due to the disasters, and if so, what the original ending was. I know that was all simple speculation in the first place, but they did take an awfully long time to release the episodes compared to all the other series. Admittedly, I find it unlikely that they would have significantly altered the ending, even if they did change some of it. Still, it's a very curious "what if"...
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NSFW http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/04/25/the-real-reason-madoka-was-cancelled/

Dunno how much they changed, but I doubt it would have made a difference for me.
It was still a good show, I just think a lot of people are overrating it.
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#38 Apr 26 2011 at 4:43 PM Rating: Good
I just finished 12, and I like it. I just wish it weren't 12 and done.
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#41 Apr 26 2011 at 7:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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Just a thread that's been making its way around the internet.

Specifically, /a/
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#42 May 01 2011 at 5:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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#43 May 04 2011 at 6:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Watched it all back to back and gave it a glorious 10/10. Music was awesome, which I found out later was because of yuki ******* kajiura. It was so screwed up that I loved every bit of it. Even the ending wasn't a 'good' end.

This isn't anything like one of my mahou shoujo animes. /Otacon
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