Finally Watched it: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 3.

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Again,this volume follows the manga but there are some more strange camera angles or the calm voice of the actor not matching the screaming face of the animated figure (or the reverse). But the music is amazing and the movements are clean and smooth. The plot is tight and there are so many anime out there with tons of filler that it’s nice to see a narrative get to the point and stay there.

I had fun watching this series and I think it’s a wouldn’t mind coming back to watch more than once. It’s dark but also adorable and heartfelt. I’m glad I took time for this one. Anything that thoughtfully turns tropes upside down is welcome. Its super creepy that Kyubey is one obvious metaphor for being taken advantage of during one of the most vulnerable time in a young person’s life. And poor Homura… But seeing her in action?! Picking up all those techniques?! Fucking WIN!

Now, I have been poking around and there are other manga for this series that I may try to hunt down and read. If I can find them, I may review those as well.

All in all, this was fun and I LOVE being back into anime again.

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Finally Watched It: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 1 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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Obviously, this is the anime which tells the same story as the manga I have been reading and reviewing. And it was completely worth it to see this on screen.

The story is the same but it was so awesome to see the characters moving and talking. The soundtrack is amazing, the animation is clean and sharp, and the voice acting is on point. One thing I will say that the anime does better than the manga is the witch labyrinths. Seeing that in color and moving was like seeing a twisted wonderland where all the cute things are designed to kill you. And I’m thinking this is entirely the point.

The anime shies away from gore but it does take more time to revel in the horror. You can turn a page fast but having to watch the characters cry and suffer is a different experience.

Again, I am enjoying the different take on magical girls. I’ve said that a lot, but it’s true. There is another volume (so I don’t feel guilty for watching this before reading volume three since volume three isn’t on this DVD) which I’m waiting to get into my hot little hands and of course, I will be reviewing it.

Seeing the same ole stories in a new light is always fun and I can’t wait for the next one!

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Lenni Reviews: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 1 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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I heard this series was fucked up and right in the first volume, it lives up to it’s infamous reputation.

But I get ahead of myself…

We start our story with Madoka Kaname starting a typical day at school A new transfer student joins her class and its the same girl Madoka dreamed of the night before! Sure enough, the dream is prophetic as a little creature named Kyubey offers to make Madoka a magical girl. All Madoka has to do is make a contract with Kyubey and she will have one wish granted in return. But the new girl; Homura Akemi, tries to warn her against it and Madoka soon learns wishes come at a price and being a magical girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I think the shock of this manga comes in the marketing. You look at the cover with the bright colors and smiling girls, you read the blurb on the back and it’s pretty standard for a magical girl book; but then you read it and some girl gets her head bitten off. If this book was marketed as a horror, I don’t think people would be as shocked. It’s nice to see a different take on the magical girl genre, though. The tone reminds me of Titans: Sissors, Paper, Stone; which I read a million years ago (and probably have a copy somewhere…); as it’s a commentary on the glorification of superheroes. It’s all fun and games until shit gets real. Seeing as how Puella starts off dark pretty quick, I doubt things will get any better for the characters.

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