Madoka Kaname is an ordinary young girl; she has great family and friends, and she’s extremely sweet, if a little unsure of herself. However, she meets a strange little creature named Kyubey, who claims that she would make an extremely powerful weapon against the witches. Witches are invisible spirits who prey upon people; they create negative emotions, like grief and depression and cause people to act upon them. Puella Magi, or magical girls, protect people.
Kyubey pressures Madoka into becoming a magical girl, claiming that she could save a lot of people. However, a magical girl named Homura Akemi desperately tries to prevent Madoka and her friends from becoming magical girls. As the series goes on, Madoka and the others come to learn what becoming a Puella Magi really means.
I was really impressed with the series. On a basic level, it’s deceptively cute, and thus can be extremely haunting. Even though it’s only twelve episodes long, it packs a lot in. I think my favorite aspect of the series was that it asked a lot of why questions regarding the magical girls. I love how the creators revealed just horrible being a Puella Magi really is. It takes a lot of the glamour away and leaves one with a lot of unease that is not helped by the strange fight scenes and deceptively cute artwork the rest of the time. The little critter Kybuey is a particularly good example of this. I also liked how the struggle with the girls’ decision was portrayed; I thought it really brought up interesting questions about what a grave decision it is. I also think the series also really shows what growing up is all about and gives a good lesson on how temporal emotions and situations are.
So, definetely check this one out! You will never look at magical girls the same way again.