In the season of winter 2011, some of the greatest in the anime industry united to bring us the new 12 episode mahou shoujo anime of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
With the combined effort of the director of Arakawa under the bridge and Maria Hollic, Yukihiro MIYAMOTO, and the script written by Nitro+, this show promised to deliver a new take on the Mahou Shoujo Genre. After the final delay, I think that I can safely say that it did just that.
The art-style used was just amazing; switching between the moe-ish art in the normal world and the disturbing cut out style in that of the witches, this show knows how to play with visuals to create the biggest impact possible on the viewer. Inside the witch’s’ barriers is a whole new world, and this show managed to beautifully deliver that fact.
The characters were also beautifully constructed. All of the girls show out their true selves eventually and naturally. They manage to go beyond the stereotype characters that we might have seen. The transformation of Sayaka Miki was extremely fascinating and disturbing to watch.
The storyline feels like it was borrowed from Higurashi – When they cry. Many elements are the same like repeating a few months over and over in order to try and find a good future and how the characters slowly turn insane. That doesn’t mean that the show wasn’t enjoyable because they are still different genres. The fact that this show managed to create such a deep atmosphere in only 12 episodes is simply amazing.
I also liked the new take on the magical contract animal
One last thing I loved about this show are the suggested yuri pairings =3