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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:28 pm

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ep8... holy fuck... can't wait for the next one >=(
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:05 pm

Sweet mother of gawd, Puella Magi is so damn addictive.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby fuzzygeek » Fri May 20, 2011 11:14 am

Just finished Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

I'm impressed. Many people argue it's the best show of the season, and I tend to agree.

I don't like the entire Magical Girl genre -- it gives me the creeps. The story here is so strong it manages to obviate that for me -- the "pretty shiny magical girl" isn't really the focus of the story -- it is the cost and burden of that power, and the inevitable outcome in an entropic, zero-sum universe. This is a grittier universe; in the second episode there is some German graffiti on a building. It is a Faust reference. This is significant.

They subvert many, many tropes and create a number of characters it is difficult to categorize as "good" or "evil." The ending is a little unsatisfactory but logical in character and context. The world and universe is internally consistent, even if it is warped at some points, and some things don't stand the refrigerator test. I couldn't stand the character of Madoka for pretty much the entire series, but I don't think the show is really about her, even if she is the titular character.

The artwork fluctuates between amazing and horrible; I don't like the character designs at all. I wish they moved the age bracket up a few years, but there is a very specific and insidious reason girls this age are used.

But still. If you like good anime but are avoiding this because it's a Magical Girl show, give it a shot. Watch the first three episodes at least. I would classify this as a Drama/Horror/Tragedy, so if that's not your cup of tea either ...
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Fri May 20, 2011 12:57 pm

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Despite everything said, the real protagonist is Homura.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Snake-Aes » Mon May 23, 2011 10:04 am

So...Madoka...


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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:13 am

Snake-Aes wrote:So...Madoka...


ouch.


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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Sabindeus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:13 am

I haven't managed to convince myself to watch Madoka yet... however I did recently download Durararararararararara!!!!! (lol) so probably going to watch that soon.

Recently finished Eden of the East (11 tv eps + 2 movies). I highly recommend it.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:17 am

Episode 3 is the make or break episode. If you don't like Episode 3, then Madoka is not a series for you, if you do like it, then you will enjoy the rest of the series.

I know it was for me, and I know several other people that were having doubts regarding Madoka till they got to see Episode 3. Most of them loved the series from then on, the ones that didn't also pointed out Episode 3 as the reason why they moved away from the series.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Snake-Aes » Mon May 23, 2011 10:18 am

Klaudandus wrote:
Snake-Aes wrote:So...Madoka...


ouch.


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Sabindeus wrote:I haven't managed to convince myself to watch Madoka yet... however I did recently download Durararararararararara!!!!! (lol) so probably going to watch that soon.

Recently finished Eden of the East (11 tv eps + 2 movies). I highly recommend it.


The show's setting and goals resonate fairly closely with things like Evangelion and, as someone here said, what would happen if the magical girls fought EVIL stuff instead of stuff-that-needs-a-hug.
Episode 1 marks for its weird animation. 2 is the blandest as it's all to set up for 3, which is a reality check.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:20 am

Well, I always thought of Madoka as the Bokurano of the magical girl genre -- which makes me wonder if we will soon see the Gurren Lagann of the magical girl genre
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Snake-Aes » Mon May 23, 2011 10:23 am

Klaudandus wrote:Well, I always thought of Madoka as the Bokurano of the magical girl genre -- which makes me wonder if we will soon see the Gurren Lagann of the magical girl genre

I don't know Bokurano so I can't relate :/

Dunno when something will reach Lagann's level of both over-topness and scale. Can't really beat galaxy shuriken.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:26 am

Well Bokurano is so soul-crushingly depressing that makes all that the guys from evangelion went thru seem like a walk in the park.

Granted, Madoka ends on a higher note than Bokurano, but both are still some of the best deconstructions of their respective genre.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Snake-Aes » Mon May 23, 2011 10:28 am

I see. I guess I don't have to fear a replay of Saikano for Madoka. Sad may be good, but I have my limits.
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby Klaudandus » Mon May 23, 2011 10:32 am

Like I said, it's all about Homura. =P
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Re: New Anime Season

Postby fuzzygeek » Mon May 23, 2011 11:28 am

Snake-Aes wrote:I see. I guess I don't have to fear a replay of Saikano for Madoka. Sad may be good, but I have my limits.


Madoka's ending is relatively "happy." It is a net positive for the universe and most of the characters, but it is still a zero-sum universe and prices must be paid. Whether or not the price is really "sad" is ripe for debate. It's a hopeful end, though.

Saikano is just kind of soul crushing and nihilistic.

I watched Eden and the first movie and it really never came together for me; does the second movie pull it together?

It probably doesn't help that I have little patience with the Japanese conceit of nebulously "saving X." Maybe it would help if I mentally translated it as "redeem" instead.
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