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#1 AbatedDust

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 05:16 AM

Ingredients:
1 part magical girls,
1/2 parts fuzzy mascot,
2 parts evil eldritch abominations,
2 parts horrible continuous mind rape,
1 1/2 parts not what it seems,
3 parts gruesome deaths,
and there you have it, the ingredients for one of the most popular shows to air this spring.
The plot centers around a band of five young girls, all tasked with forming a contract with the fuzzy mascot in order to defeat witches. This is by no means a lighthearted anime though, as horrible event after horrible event befall the main characters either as a consequence or making deals with strangers and having to fight monsters. The mental and physical strain is deconstructed to the point that the reactions are more what you'd expect from a real person that's been thrust into the situation they're in. As these girls teeter on the edge of insanity and death, fate reveals the true form of the ugly hand that has been dealt to them.
This anime is a deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre. It takes everything you've grown to know and love about it, and then shoves in your face everything that's wrong with it. What happens when your enemies are not bumbling idiots, when you don't have friends that will be there to save you in the end, when those magical powers all of a sudden don't look so magical anymore.
The series was initially scheduled to have twelve episodes. It is currently on the tenth episode, but has been postponed indefinitely due to the graphic nature of the series.

The following are a few clips from the show. Be warned though, as everything past the second episode is considered major spoiler material.

The first scene.


This first major fight.


Not the first major breakdown. (Spoilers)


The bastard everyone loves to hate.
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 06:00 AM

postponed, but from what i understand, they promised they'll get the last two episodes done soon

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 06:18 AM

I'm so stoked. I've been drawing QB/Kyuubei nonstop for the last four days.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 11:25 AM

KYUUBEE

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 04:21 PM

The company said that they'll be releasing the DVD box set on May 1st.
That may not seem unusual in and of itself, but in the show, the Walprugis Night comes on the midnight of April 30th.
Amazing coincidence or brilliant marketing strategy?

Also, has anyone ever seen a character that is annoying as Kyubey?
He's like the Navi of anime.
"Hey, make a contract with me."
"You can save everyone if you make a contract."
"Make a contract with me and I'll grant your wish."
"Madoka, you have great potential, make a contract with me."


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GO ABATED!! that is the only time you will hear me say that >.<
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 11:36 PM

Oh yeah... this reminds me, I really need to resume my anime watching.
Meh, it can wait. Gotta catch up with Tegami Bachi.

I've only watched a couple of episodes so far, but this is the best Magical Girl show I've seen.
Which isn't saying much, since I only watched some of Nanoha before.
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#7 Nekasu

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:35 PM

Girl got ate.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 02:46 AM

I most certainly hope it continues.
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:09 PM

I did hear that they were planning on doing a second season that would be in more of a slice-of-life fashion, but then it would just be like another Hidamari Sketch.
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:44 PM

View PostAbatedDust, on 08 April 2011 - 03:09 PM, said:

I did hear that they were planning on doing a second season that would be in more of a slice-of-life fashion, but then it would just be like another Hidamari Sketch.

http://www.sankakuco...-slice-of-life/

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There wasn’t much in the way of smiling faces, and there was much in the way of sad scenes, so if possible I’d like to do ‘Madoka 2′ as an extra story [bangaihen - i.e. a spin-off like Railgun vs Index].

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With the strong characters we developed, it seems a waste to have to lose them like this, so I think we could make a slice-of-life story with them. I’d like to see an ordinary slice-of-life with them.

Not necessarily planning, but a desire to do so was expressed.

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#11 Nekasu

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:53 PM

Because he always tells the truth. Uh-huh.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:35 PM

View Post2Smart4U, on 09 April 2011 - 05:53 PM, said:

Because he always tells the truth. Uh-huh.
Um... he said he wanted to. It doesn't me that they actually are.

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#13 Nekasu

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:48 PM

He's also been known to lie through his teeth.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:20 PM

View PostAbatedDust, on 06 April 2011 - 04:21 PM, said:

"Hey, make a contract with me."
"You can save everyone if you make a contract."
"Make a contract with me and I'll grant your wish."
"Madoka, you have great potential, make a contract with me."


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#15 Nekasu

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:24 PM



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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:47 AM

View Post2Smart4U, on 09 April 2011 - 06:48 PM, said:

He's also been known to lie through his teeth.
How is saying "It would be nice to do this..." a lie? They never said they would do it. There is no promise. Therefore if it doesn't happen, it is not a lie. That was my whole point. There was a note of interest, it could be random musing. Not any actual planning was mentioned.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:33 PM

View PostChat Noir, on 10 April 2011 - 04:47 AM, said:

How is saying "It would be nice to do this..." a lie? They never said they would do it. There is no promise. Therefore if it doesn't happen, it is not a lie. That was my whole point. There was a note of interest, it could be random musing. Not any actual planning was mentioned.
Yes, you've made your point. Perhaps you noticed the word "also" in my post? I am well aware of his vague words.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 03:54 AM

Instead of arguing over what was said, not said, implied, and not implied, lets just all hope that whatever the result, it ends up being good. On a topic-related note, despite all the depression and death in the series, fanartists have this inexplicable way of making the most serious scenes into something you wouldn't want to look at while drinking milk.

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But then it comes right back around to being depressing.

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Strange how that works.
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#19 Nekasu

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:42 PM

My two favorite characters are Mami (gun katas ftw) and Kyubey.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:18 AM

meh, madoka is so-so.

The time-travel magic I knew about since Homerun-chan killed Charlotte, and ever since Mami got *munch**munch*, I knew it'd be like watching an anime version of Goethe's Faust.
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