This show was made for me.
I think that should be your sign that you won’t find a paean to the greatness of Madoka and why it is man’s greatest work.
I mean, I was sold on the show already back when it was just “Shinbo makes an original anime”. That’s all it took.
And then it became “Shinbo makes an original magical girl anime” and I’m like, whoa, even better. I mean, I liked Nanoha. More of that? Yes, please.
And then it became “Shinbo makes an original magical girl anime with character designs by Ume Aoki, music by Yuki Kajiura, and script by Urobuchi Gen”. By this point I’d gone nuts. Magical girls! Designed by Ume-tentei! I mean, yeah, Kajiura and Urobuchi were kinda weird choices for a wide face magical girl show, but still, they’re great too. This will be amazing!
And then the characters! The character designs! Aoi Yuuki! Friggin Chiwa Saitou voicing mahou shoujo Senjougahara. Mizuhashi Kaori voicing a magical girl WITH GUNS. KitaEri voicing swords girl. An adorable mascot character!
If the anime that we got was the anime that was presented through only these CMs, I would have been ready to call it anime of the year already.
And then the actual first episode happened. I watched most of the episode going THIS IS AMAZING and then we get to the witch barrier.
And then Mami comes with her Gate of Babylon and her GUNS.
I mean, you can probably imagine my mental state as I wait for each week of this cartoon. And so this goes on and I flip out each week and once episode 3 rolls around I go, screw this, I’ll just watch the live stream.
Yes, I watched episode 3 raw when it aired.
And of course, each week while I’m watching this, I just send my friend a series of FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFs.
And then we get to episode 10. I don’t know if it was apparent, but my favourite character is Homura, probably largely because Senjougahara is one of my favouritest characters. So yeah, we get to episode 10 and this is the best anime of the year and possibly of all years.
Yes, I know a lot of people have problems with it and a lot of what people have said about the show is pretty hyperbolic. Maybe there it does strain itself in trying to be deep and all. Maybe the characters weren’t amazing. I will admit that it very likely is not the best anime ever.
But I don’t think there’s been an anime that has been quite so attuned to my brain. And that is why I love it so.