I’ve been really excited about this. After all, Shinbo did already direct this, well, semi-obscure magical girl series that I guess has a few fans and I happen to be one of them. So when it was revealed that he’s doing it again, and this time with the whole SHAFT studio behind, I had my fingers crossed that it would be good. After all, I know he can make the genre work. So far, I’m very very pleased.
The first thing that stands out is the visuals. SHAFT always has flashy visuals, the question is will the aid or detract. In this case they add so much, giving a horror vibe in the beginning. The girl running down the hallway, opening the door…the apocalypse like imagery in front of her…I don’t know anyone else, but it sent a chill down my spine. Madoka doesn’t want to be seen as the typical light and fluffy magical girl, and right from the start it cracks that image.
Although it seems to be a dream, and on to daily life for our star. From there, we meet the main character Madoka’s family, as they attempt to make the introduction as painless as possible. She has a father, a little brother, and a really cool MILF, as well as a house with some really creative décor. There is the outgoing friend, and the shy friend. And then there is the transfer student who happens to look just like the girl from Madoka’s dream…hm…
And then things get weird. And don’t get unweird, even if it looks like it might. Akemi knows Madoka, as well as other things that she shouldn’t know. She’s crazy good at everything. And then she gives Madoka a strange warning about not changing. As well as making a bunch of facial expressions that make her look angry, pained, or like she has really bad constipation.
In most magical girl shows, the magical girl has a cute animal companion she has to meet up with it. Usually the girl or girls rescue it. However, in most magical girl shows, the meeting or rescue doesn’t involve transportation to another place that is full out scary and liable to give you nightmares for the next 10 years. Seriously, I’m not sure if this is magical girl, horror, or both.
I’ve mentioned it before, but the visuals in this are amazing. I think this is a futuristic world, and SHAFT has put a lot of energy into making it look impressive. There’s also a catchy celtic like background music to the whole thing that I really like, and is definitely different.
At the very least, the first episode is a definite hit for me. On top of that, I think the yellow haired girl has the cutest outfit.