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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Analysis)

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Lara Espiritu

on 13 March 2016

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Genre - Magical Girl (Japanese only)
main genre of series
deconstruction of the genre
deconstructs this genre just to reconstruct it again to enhance what seem to work well
Context (2011)
Charlotte (type of dessert)
representation of guilt and regret
wish of giving her mother one last cheesecake before the mother dies of cancer
ironic that her name means ‘dessert’
first form represents herself
ironic that her name means ‘dessert’
her second form shows her tenacity
Walpurgisnacht (Walpurgis' (witches') Night)
Symbol of despair and the build up of sorrow for all people, not just magical girls
the mass of witches means that this is a 'super witch'
Sayaka Miki
Homura Akemi
Madoka Kaname
Kyōko Sakura
(Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika)
Mami Tomoe
"You can be a magical girl!"
written as graphic novel/manga
graphic novels in Japan are completely different from Anglo-Saxon ones
Japan prefer line over form. Panel placement and storytelling is different from Anglo-Saxon comics
panel shows details of setting rather than character
manga has ideas for a broader audience
there is a harsh reality as well as a beautiful fantasy entangled together
The negative impulse that is called anxiety or suspicion, or excessive wrath or hatred.
Character Analysis
witches are able to summon familiars
familiars cause fear and deceit in human hearts like the witches they come from
unlike witches known in the Western world, these witches don't stem from devils
constantly spinning around
witches in different times
symbolises the foolishness and never-ending aspect of being a magical girl
The length of the series is 12 chapters in 3 volumes (4 chapters per volume). The manga is able to show:

the main conflict
development of characters
“laws” of magical girls
series of unexpected twists
the resolving of conflict as the story seamlessly flows into a conclusion

Gen Urobuchi (author, born 1972)
what is just for one may be unjust for another
people get punished simply for having the will to do great things that nobody else appreciates = this can render life meaningless and this can be seen as anarchy and abhorred by society.
Sayaka Miki
Kyōko Sakura
both made their wish for someone else
"They're saying it's a mistake to embrace hope. I want to show them that they're wrong. And I'll repeat it as many times as it takes. I'll keep saying it forever." - Madoka Kaname
they have a sense of despair and tragedy within them

know the consequences of every decision they make
no one acknowledges their efforts
have an understanding of the harsh reality of a magical girl
kills only witches as they give grief seeds but this causes victims of familiars to die
survival of the fittest (her survival) is the most important to her

she learned the secrets to staying alive in her cruel world

love, courage and honour are fantasies of a child for her
still fought for people until the very end
fought from the shadows to protect and save humanity
kills witches and familiars even with the risk of her death
strongly believed that she would be able to save everyone
heavy influence on character drawings of Aoki
Hidamari Sketch
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Japan have become more picky with plot and characters of stories due to different influences, especially the media
young people who would read manga and watch anime would become shunned and become outcasts as it was seen as something strange to do
magical girl genre had been losing its edge
bringing in the magical girl genre and giving it a twist, people would be able to see a new light into this genre

plot is most important
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