Hello, dear readers!
This anime surprised me.
At first glance, I thought that the show was extremely pretty–artfully drawn–but very cutesy. The main characters are eighth and ninth graders, after all. In the beginning, the concept of becoming a magical girl seems fun and harmless. You get to fight some strange, scary witches. But nothing bad ever happens, right?
By the third episode, one of the main characters is killed. No longer does the idea of becoming a magical girl seem so fun or so harmless anymore.
While this show has violence, it’s not nearly as graphic as Attack on Titan.
Even though it’s about young schoolgirls, it’s never dull. There’s drama, but it’s more political than just back-stabbing or gossip. There’s psychological pressure for the young protagonist, Madoka, to enter the world of magical girls. Even Madoka’s best friend, Sayaka, is pressured into becoming a magical girl, even after she decides not to make a contract with the creature Kyubey.
I don’t want to give anything else away.
If you’re interested in a futuristic world that deals with fighting witches, magic, and responsibility for your actions, then this is a show for you.