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Maho Shojo Madoka Magica 

A creature named Kyubey offers to grant Madoka a wish if she becomes a 'magical girl' and fights grotesque witches. A magical girl named Homura tries to stop this agreement, and the true nature of the contract with Kyubey is revealed.
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Series cast summary:
...  Madoka Kaname 12 episodes, 2011
Chiwa Saitô ...  Homura Akemi 12 episodes, 2011
Emiri Kato ...  Kyubey 12 episodes, 2011
...  Madoka Kaname 12 episodes, 2011
...  Kyubey 12 episodes, 2011
...  Homura Akemi 12 episodes, 2011
Eri Kitamura ...  Sayaka Miki 11 episodes, 2011
...  Sayaka Miki 11 episodes, 2011
...  Hitomi Shizuki 9 episodes, 2011
...  Kyouko Sakura 8 episodes, 2011
Lauren Landa ...  Kyoko Sakura / ... 8 episodes, 2011
Kaori Mizuhashi ...  Mami Tomoe / ... 7 episodes, 2011
...  Junko Kaname 7 episodes, 2011
Ryôko Shintani ...  Hitomi Shizuki 7 episodes, 2011
Rumi Okubo ...  Joshi / ... 7 episodes, 2011
...  Junko Kaname 7 episodes, 2011
Seiko Yoshida ...  Kyosuke Kamijo 6 episodes, 2011
...  Kazuko Saotome 6 episodes, 2011
...  Tomohisa Kaname / ... 6 episodes, 2011
Marianne Miller ...  Kyosuke Kamijo 6 episodes, 2011
...  Kazuko Satome / ... 6 episodes, 2011
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...  Tomohisa Kaname 5 episodes, 2011
...  Mami Tomoe 5 episodes, 2011
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One night, 14-year-old Madoka Kaname has a terrible nightmare - against the backdrop of a devastated city, she witnesses a girl fight a losing battle against a dreadful being lingering above, while a cat-like magical creature tells Madoka the only way to change that tragic outcome is for her to make a contract with him and become a magical girl. The next day, the teen's dream seemingly becomes reality as the girl she saw in her dream - Homura - arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when later on she and her best friend Sayaka encounter the same cat-like magical creature from her dream - who introduces himself as Kyubey - the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to take on the duty to fight abstract beings called 'witches' that spread despair to the human world, and in return, each one of them ... Written by Matías Carabella

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She will not know yet if this encounter is a mere coincidence or a necessity. Which would be, an encounter that would change her destiny.


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Puella Magi Madoka Magica  »

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Chief Animation Director, Junichiro Taniguchi stated Hitomi Shizuki was the hardest character to draw in regards to facial expressions, since she has the largest rate of change, obtaining uniformity was difficult. In contrast, Homura was the easiest to draw, as a cool character she has a lot of outside influence which helps to decide how to draw her facial expressions. See more »

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When Kyubey explains entropy, he says it involves the net loss of energy, which is not possible in physics. What the term actually describes is the decay of energy to its base form - which is heat - and its subsequent scattering through space, until the system reaches equilibrium, at which point all energy conversion ceases until further external energy input. See more »

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The Greatest TV Series of All Time
8 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

It begins very cheesy, as Urobuchi described as a healing series, however, what occurs in the first two episodes has the only purpose to manipulate your expectations. After the third episode the shows true nature begins to creep through and only in episodes nine and ten that the full nature of the whole fictional universe is revealed. Truly a marvelous piece of entertainment and also a work of art. Its a very rare accomplishment, a TV series combining artistic value and entertainment value.

I never cried watching TV, I never felt so affected that I was unable to sleep, but Madoka managed to affect me on a very deep level that no other TV series (including Evangelion) has ever managed to match. It set a new standard for what I came to expect from television: brilliant writing, memorable characterization, over the top visual style.


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