So answer me this: why are all the most depressing anime also the prettiest ones?
If you follow anime news at all, you are probably aware that Puella Magi Madoka Magica
is a deconstructive magical girl show that aims to stomp up and down on the genre and also the viewers with enormous spike-heeled boots. I too was aware of this, which is why I watched it, because I cut my anime-watching eyeteeth on deconstructive magical girl shows; they are my kryptonite. (Though I have now actually seen some non-deconstructive magical girl shows too! Expect a post on these at some point in the future.)
Anyway, I knew this, but I was not prepared for the ridiculous stylistic gorgeousness
, which honestly is the most overpowering reason I want to rec this show. Musically and visually, it's completely arresting. ( Collapse )
The character designs are deliberately cutesified and simplified by contrast (elspeth_vimes
has a good character primer post here
, so I'm not going to do it!) which is for meta reasons, but also I am pretty sure it's also because the animators were just so proud of their backgrounds that they wanted people to PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. And justly! My praise for the style is one hundred percent wholehearted.
My thoughts on the story (basic plot: cute magical critter recruits girls to gain magic power and fight despair-inducing witches, subverted in half a dozen obvious ways and another half dozen less obvious ones) are a bit more conflicted ( Collapse )This entry is cross-posted at Livejournal from http://skygiants.dreamwidth.org/241891.html. Please feel free to comment here or there! There are currently comments on Dreamwidth.