Every time I watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica it reverberates through me for days. It sticks to me aesthetically, thematically and emotionally and refuses to let go. It’s often noted that Madoka is a “dark” series, and in many ways that’s true. It’s filled with loss and tragedy and a hint of existential dread. It acknowledges and understands the struggle of humanity in a troubled world that can’t begin to value all our sacrifices, contained in a universe where the way we think and feel is utterly miniscule. And yet it’s ultimately a tale of hope.
NOTE: This is an old review and my thoughts have changed somewhat. May revisit after a rewatch.
As many reading this may already know, back in 2011 when it aired Madoka Magica became a pretty big deal, and it continues to grow and draw in Anime viewers both casual and experienced. It’s easily one of the most influential things to come out of Anime in the 21st century. However, with influence things tend to also get backlash, often to some extent irrational and arbitrary backlash that’s more gripes with a rabid fanbase than the substance of the product.