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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica the Movie – Part III: Hangyaku no Monogatari

「劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 叛逆の物語」
(Gekijo ban Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica: Hangyaku no Monogatari)
“Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica the Movie – Part III: Rebellion Story”

“They are the ones who pray for hope, embrace hopes, and fight ever onward. They are magical girls.”

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April 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm Comments (143)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – OST II

So once again I return to Kajiura Yuki and her typically unique soundtrack for Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Since there’s no real point in me repeating what I had to say in my last post, I’ll instead suggest that if you haven’t already read it, you go back and do so. That way I can skip straight over introductions (and recommendations at the end) and focus entirely on the meat of the soundtrack – the music itself.

Important note: There will be spoilers. If you haven’t watched Madoka and plan to do so in the future do not read this post!

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June 12, 2012 at 5:00 am Comments (25)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – OST I

Kajiura Yuki has long been one of my favourite soundtrack composers, both in the anime and video game industry. With series like .hack//SIGN, Mai-Otome, Pandora Hearts, and of course, Fate/Zero under her belt, it’s always fair to expect great things. For Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica she brings us a typically unique soundtrack filled with unintelligible lyrics, folk influences and Latin titles!

Important note: There will be spoilers. If you haven’t watched Madoka and plan to do so in the future do not read this post!

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May 15, 2012 at 5:20 am Comments (49)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 11, 12 (END)

「最後に残った道しるべ」 (Saigo ni Nokotta Michishirube)
“The Only Way Left”

In a world where the final outcome will always be one where someone loses, no one will ever feel that they have completely won. It’s that feeling that pushes certain individuals to strive and move toward finding that one possible solution to conquer a never ending vicious circle.

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April 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm Comments (501)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 10

「もう誰にも頼らない」 (Mou Darenimo Tayoranai)
“I can’t depend on anyone anymore”

Well, I can honestly say that I didn’t see any of that coming. I know that we just learned about Homura’s ability to stop time, but I never thought that she would have the ability to travel back through time. I suppose the notion that she’s someone from the future isn’t entirely incorrect, but it’s not like she has a future to return or anything.

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March 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm Comments (507)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 09

「そんなの、あたしが許さない」 (Sonna No, Atashi ga Yurusanai)
“I won’t allow that”

First, all of you who said Homura had the ability to stop time — you were right. The question I pose to you is, are those powers from being a Mahou Shoujo or something else? Getting back on topic, it felt like this episode was used specifically to close up some loose ends. Once again, after the proper context is brought in, I can’t help but feel that Kyubei is not completely evil.

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March 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm Comments (282)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 08

「あたしって、ほんとバカ」 (Atashitte, Honto Baka)
“I’ve been such a fool”

The phrase “my mind has been blown away” doesn’t really fit how broken my mind is. As I try to settle my thoughts and try to figure out a way to condense them into something comprehendible, the first thing that comes to mind is how much I would like to rip Kyubei’s head off.

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February 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm Comments (267)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 07

「本当の気持ちと向き合えますか?」 (Hontou no Kimochi to Mukiaemasu ka?)
“Can you Face your True Feelings?”

Something about the thought of having my soul extracted from my body just doesn’t sit well with me. Seeing how I’m a normal human being, I would feel a little violated if someone decided to rip my soul out my body. Isn’t your soul the basis of your very existence — the single thing that makes you who you are?

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February 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm Comments (144)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 06

「こんなの絶対おかしいよ」 (Konna no Zettai Okashii yo)
“This just isn’t right”

After this week’s episode, I’m not sure who or what I’m supposed to believe anymore.

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February 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm Comments (191)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 05

「後悔なんて、あるわけない」 (Koukai Nante, Aru Wake Nai)
“Absolutely No Regrets”

Sugar, spice, and everything nice — I don’t think any of these things are actually used to make a Mahou Shoujo. It’s more like deceit, despair, and lies!

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February 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm Comments (106)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 04

「奇跡も、魔法も、あるんだよ」 (Kisekimo, Mahoumo, Arundayo)
“Miracles and Magic Really Exist”

After Mami’s gruesome death last week, I’m sure that everyone expected Madoka to use her wish to bring her back and then become one of the strongest Mahou Shoujos ever, which is why it was interesting to watch everything but that happen.

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January 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm Comments (121)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 03

「もう何も恐くない」 (Mou Nanimo Kowakunai)
“I’m Not Afraid Anymore”

What started out as a seemingly quiet and peaceful episode, quickly turned into something dark and gritty. Besides making me think that Kyubei might actually be some kind of evil monster in disguise, amongst all the character development I was caught off guard with a pretty big plot twist.

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January 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm Comments (165)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 02

「それはとっても嬉しいなって」 (Sore wa Tottemo Ureshii Natte)
“That Would Make Me Really Happy”

Instead of striving to be that “cute” show that tries to capture your attention with fan-service or using mystical devices, Madoka flies past the competition using it’s ability to change the atmosphere on a whim. By switching between a light hearted scene to a serious one, and making it flow smoothly, a sense of tension starts to build even though nothing is actually happening on screen. Something other shows only dream about doing.

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January 14, 2011 at 12:17 am Comments (72)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 01

「夢の中で会った、ような……」 (Yume no Naka de Atta, You na……)
“As If I Met Her in My Dreams……”

From the great people at SHAFT comes an original work that looks like it’s going to blow my mind away. After being pleasantly surprised with their work with Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru last season, I was ecstatic to see that SHAFT was going to put out their own original series. While it is a “Mahou Shoujo” or magical girl show, I dove in head first, ready for anything.

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January 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm Comments (113)