Thoughts On Madoka Magica

April 28th, 2011 by Kyle

We just finished watching the last episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The verdict?

This is the best anime series in a over decade, now stands at #4 in my own list of greatest anime series of all time (behind only Legend of Galactic Heroes, Macross, and Cowboy Bebop), and is guaranteed to be a classic.

This series does for the Japanese concept of the superhero (which is what magical girls are) what Watchmen did for the western concept of the superhero – and does it every bit as devastatingly effectively. And, as with Watchmen, nothing in the genre will or can ever be the same after this.

It also is something with some very important messages for adolescent girls – be careful what you commit to; consider consequences; don’t throw away tomorrow for temporary happiness today; don’t trust appearances; don’t believe words just because they come out of a pretty face; find out exactly what’s in a contract before you sign it; if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is; don’t assume that everyone else has the same sense of morality that you do; there’s such a thing as being too nice to others; some wishes don’t come true, and often it’s better that they didn’t.

That it’s beautifully animated in an amazing, distinctive art style is just icing on the cake.

A true masterpiece.

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Episode 76 Show Notes

March 8th, 2011 by Kyle

Episode 76: Review-o-Rama!

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  • RIP Robert Reder

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Razzies winners announced
  2. Phantom Menace 3D coming in February, 2012
  3. Bay admits Transformers 2 “was crap”
  4. Blade Runner prequels, sequels, EU coming
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. “International” Life On Mars remake coming
  2. Elizabeth Hurley is the new Wonder Woman villain
  3. Cary Elwes also joining Wonder Woman
  • From the Gaming Desk:
  1. Nintendo 3DS to feature Netflix streaming
  2. GameSpot gives Neptunia a bad grade
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Butthurt otaku demand Madoka Magica be taken off the air
  2. Kodansha International folds
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Hefner takes Playboy private
  2. “Elfoid” invented in Japan; Ranka Lee’s phone comes to life
  3. Woman does the TJ Hooker from Manteca to Pleasanton

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