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Maho Shojo Madoka Magica 

A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.

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Series cast summary:
Aoi Yûki ...  Madoka Kaname 12 episodes, 2011
Chiwa Saitô Chiwa Saitô ...  Homura Akemi 12 episodes, 2011
Emiri Kato Emiri Kato ...  Kyubey 12 episodes, 2011
Christine Marie Cabanos ...  Madoka Kaname 12 episodes, 2011
Cassandra Lee Morris ...  Kyubey 12 episodes, 2011
Cristina Valenzuela ...  Homura Akemi 12 episodes, 2011
Eri Kitamura Eri Kitamura ...  Sayaka Miki 11 episodes, 2011
Sarah Anne Williams Sarah Anne Williams ...  Sayaka Miki 11 episodes, 2011
Shelby Lindley ...  Hitomi Shizuki 9 episodes, 2011
Ai Nonaka ...  Kyouko Sakura 8 episodes, 2011
Lauren Landa Lauren Landa ...  Kyoko Sakura / ... 8 episodes, 2011
Kaori Mizuhashi Kaori Mizuhashi ...  Mami Tomoe / ... 7 episodes, 2011
Yûko Gotô ...  Junko Kaname 7 episodes, 2011
Ryôko Shintani Ryôko Shintani ...  Hitomi Shizuki 7 episodes, 2011
Rumi Okubo Rumi Okubo ...  Joshi / ... 7 episodes, 2011
Carrie Savage ...  Junko Kaname 7 episodes, 2011
Seiko Yoshida Seiko Yoshida ...  Kyosuke Kamijo 6 episodes, 2011
Junko Iwao ...  Kazuko Saotome 6 episodes, 2011
Kyle Hebert ...  Tomohisa Kaname / ... 6 episodes, 2011
Marianne Miller Marianne Miller ...  Kyosuke Kamijo 6 episodes, 2011
Karen Strassman ...  Kazuko Satome / ... 6 episodes, 2011
Tetsuya Iwanaga Tetsuya Iwanaga ...  Tomohisa Kaname 5 episodes, 2011
Carrie Keranen ...  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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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 January 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Puella Magi Madoka Magica See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The character Madoka is a personal favorite of producer Atsuhiro Iwakami. 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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Lasting intrigue and beauty
23 January 2014 | by cheekiechick88See all my reviews

This anime I truly believe is a masterpiece, however, it does not receive the review it deserves based on one misguided fact: that this is a series for children.

Madoka Magica, is dark in its themes, it struggles with the definition of good and evil, right and wrong and even the existence of the human soul. It takes on tough issues and sadly these are thrust onto young pure-hearted girls, but their reactions are what give a main strength to the series. Though they are too young to deal with things that even adults run from that leads to an incredible amount of admiration from older audiences.

However, though I said the series has dark themes, do not be mislead into thinking that it is not visually appealing, because it is. Oh god, it is.

Adorable characters, wonderful weapons, skillful imagery as well as the battle scenes, even the bad guys we're meant to hate, draw us into masterpieces of art. The visual stimulus here is incredible and undoubtedly one of its major draw-cards.

The story is skilfully done too, two young girls on the cusp of adulthood, open-minded and willing to do whatever they can to make the world a better place. But very soon they realise that 'give' results in 'take' and this new world they enter will give them a great gift, the power to fulfil any wish they desire, but in receiving the power to save the universe there is more sacrifice than they bargained for.

If you like good looking animation, done up cute, and something that really draws you inside a well-constructed world - then give this a go! I recommend this to every single 16+ girl and guy that likes a bit of good-looking mind-bendiness. Younger audiences I give them caution, it's a great show, nothing sinister, however it deals with issues that the characters should not have to deal with in reality. There's a bit of psychology here that young audiences might not only find difficulty with understanding, but may find confronting.

All in all - Ah - may - zing!!!


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