So, I wrote a rough draft for my week in review around Monday, and then had to scrap it because so much had changed. As everyone knows, there’s a pandemic. I live in Ohio, where Governor DeWine has been handling our response. He’s been cited by various media outlets as being proactive and showing the rest of the nation what needs to be done to keep people safe. Unfortunately, to help Ohioans practice social distancing, he closed different businesses daily. First it was schools, then restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, and other places soon followed.
Category Archives: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
On the 7th Day of Christmas, I got seven my little ponies, six friends and their princess. What started on 4chan would spread to the rest of the internet , and became a phenomenon noticed even by the outside world. Recently, The Wall Street Journal struggled to describe bronies on the front page of one of their sections.
On Day 8, I got 8 initial bachelors and bachelorettes. While everyone else took an arrow to a knee, I checked out the newest Harvest Moon and gave up adventuring for farming. Bitches love farms. While reviews are mixed, it’s my favorite Harvest Moon game yet.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas I got a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. I was woken up by my mother, shocked to hear about the earthquake which hit Japan and the tsunami which followed. The media enjoyed hyping up the fear of a nuclear meltdown in Japan as nuclear plants were hit hard. Everyone banned together from the blogging community to the government to send aid to Japan during this time.
Yesterday, they were hit by a 7.0 earthquake, but seem to be okay.
On the tenth day of Christmas, I got the tenth episode of Madoka. The tenth episode not only answered the mystery behind Homura, but was, by itself, a fantastic and moving episode which demonstrated just how much could be done in only about 23 minutes. In my opinion, the episode is just as memorable as the series itself.
It would also be last episode the anime community would see for months.
On the 11 Day of Christmas, I got 2011 ending with two bills by my very own government to limit our internet use. An upsetting move, it made transparent how corrupted Congress is, with the fact that most of the country is against the bill and it violates the first amendment, but with two big industries pushing for it, it’s an uphill battle to keep it from passing. I think it was Conan who said that messing with a country’s internet is the stupidest thing you can do back in 2010 or 2011. People will put up with endless shit until you threaten their ability to play Angry Birds.
The current argument is everyone against the bill is a pirate, but when that means accusing the Human Rights Committee of being a pirate, your argument falls a little short.
With the bills fate still in limbo, 2012 opens up to a year with political drama (and not the lulzy kind from the Republican nomination race) in the air. Congress is the one who needs to be convinced, as even if the president vetoes it, a veto can be overturned.
On the 12 Days of Christmas, I got 12 people fighting to the death. Future Diary is an interesting show in that it constantly gives the finger to logic, but everything is so over the top and awesome, it makes it forgivable. It’s a dark show, but I enjoy that this focuses more on having fun with the premise. In a weird way, I wish more shows didn’t take themselves seriously, as this one does, yet still focused on delivery an entertaining product.
Last year, I talked about how with Heartcatch Precure, the magical girl genre was showing signs of life. This year followed up on that, with magical girl making a return with a few of the most memorable anime this year.
Following the end of the very popular Madoka, there were two spin-off mangas released, as I suppose it was thought that wasn’t enough
lesbians dark magical girls out there, and a lot of money to soak out of people. Question is, are they actually any good? Now that I’ve read both, I’ll talk about what I thought. These reviews cover the first volume of both.
Of course, one thing that really stands out from the manga is there no longer is the wonderful Shaft animation that gave Madoka it’s surreal and disturbing edge. Not that I expected it to reproduced in the manga, but it’s something I really noticed once it was gone.
Mahou Shoujo Kazumi Magica
Kazumi follows the mythology of the world Madoka, but except for a picture of Madoka and Kyubei mucking around, makes no reference to the series from which it comes from. Instead, there’s a whole new group of magical girls.
The series is honestly a little off-putting to me when I first started reading. The main character has amnesia, a huge cliche, and then things start happening that don’t fit into the mythology of the world. It’s one of those things it turns out, the reader just has to ride out.
One thing I liked is that there is an example here of girls wishing for dumb or flat out selfish things, where as in the series of Madoka, the wishes were always huge wishes, usually for others. In this, there is one girl who wishes to talk to animals, another to find an agent for her writing. Much different world.
It is flawed. Way too many characters are introduced in the first volume, and when it gets really interesting, the first volume ends. In the end, this feels like a fun fanfic rather then a serious addition to the Madoka universe.
Puella Magi Oriko Magica
Now if you want more of the same, Oriko is where you look. Not only does Oriko feature Kyouko and Mami, but it also has the dark ‘dog eat dog world’ mentality seem in the series. All the new characters introduced in here are fabulous, with the two creepy as hell Puella Magi and Kyouko’s adopted loli.
This is an alternate world that Homura will end up restarting. In this world, Madoka and Sayaka never knew about the world of Puella Magi, Mami kills Charlotte, Mami and Kyouko are allies, and there is something mysterious killing off the other Puella Magi. Homura also makes a cameo where she threatens Mami–and is scary as hell doing so. Oriko is only going to be two volumes, but it’s set itself up to be a well done spin-off.
The art takes a bit to get use to, but I love it. Especially how Mami is drawn.
Between the two, I think Oriko is the superior one, but Kazumi is by no means bad. Just know what you’re getting. Oriko is more the same, Kazumi is more humerous and Madoka ‘lite’. The fortunate thing is at this point, neither is terrible and both are an enjoyable read, which seems to beat all the odds the series had against it. If you’re a fan of the series, giving at least one of these a shot is something I recommend.
Things have finally come to an end, and I personally enjoyed the ending. However, I still have a lot of thoughts bouncing around that will all be covered here.
He is one of my favorite characters ever. Everything up to when Madoka *beeeeeeeeeep* was awesome, and just, the little guy and all his manipulative ways has really grown on me.
Although at the end of episode 12, I didn’t like Kyubei as much, but still couldn’t help thinking the only reason he was that way was due to the fact that it was the behavior that was the most productive to getting what he wanted…I will never see a magical girl mascot the same way again.
This is a International SaiMoe post.
Personally, I think Kanade of Angel Beats will go home victorious this year, but I would like if one of these ladies made a strong showing.
Both Mami and Homura nearly made it through phase II only to be knocked at the very end.
My personal favorite among the candidate is Mami. As the beautiful lady of war, she didn’t last long on the screen, but while she was there, she made more of an impact then most characters make in an entire series.
Homura is a strong candidate as well. The formerly vulnerable girl, she has become cold and hard through being forced to relive the same events over and over, and has completely run out of patience for anyone else’s shit. What’s utterly fascinating is who she use to be, who she is now, and just has easy attached I’ve become to both her incarnations. All out of love for some now dead girls that all happened to be similar enough that she could see them as the same person. It’s also hard not to feel sorry for her. Even if she saves Madoka, this Madoka won’t be the Madoka(s) that she so fiercely loved.
When I say vote for Madoka, I don’t know which one in the race. The wimpy one, or the confident heroic one? I suppose whichever one you personally perfer. She’s been the least popular girl in Saimoe, probably due to how unpopular she is overall–but personally I like both incarnations. I wouldn’t mind if she made into the actual competition.
A little late getting this out, but it’s been a hectic week. I had a con last weekend, something this weekend, that bug inbetween, and then my mom was sick. I’m just tired and worn out. On the blogging scene, we’re all slowly moving on, but not forgetting the events in Japan. Madoka is officially on-hold. And the Spring Season is coming, complete will allergies. So what did this week bring us?
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