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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, or PMMM, is definitely a very interesting and well done show with plenty to say and an emotionally satisfying resolution. It is most decidedly a very dark and disturbing show that is not easy to watch and so challenges the viewer. But while PMMM may deconstruct a few tropes here and there, it is not a deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre as a whole. Before I go any further with that, I'm going to define my terms.

For a trope to be deconstructed, you have to take that trope and follow through with it without glossing over the implications of the trope that you don't want to deal with. For example, in any given Super Sentai episode there is giant robot battle in the middle of the city, yet by the start of the next episode any and all damage to the city has been undone and no one thinks anything of it, so a deconstruction of the trope would force the heroes to have to deal with the consequences one way or another; they could either have to do repair work, be hated and resented by the people they're defending, or strive to try and make sure the giant monster doesn't get into the city in the first place, things like that. What would not be a deconstruction would be adding a darker, edgier twist onto the trope; following my earlier example, making it so that every time a building gets destroyed it contributes towards the breaking of the seal on the big bad is not a deconstruction because this is not implicit to giant robot battles in the middle of a city in general. For a genre to be deconstructed, one would have to deconstruct at least half of the foundational tropes of that genre in the manner outlined above, which necessitates that those tropes be present in some form; if the tropes aren't there, then no deconstruction can take place. Finally, when I refer to the Magical Girl genre, I'm specifically referring to those stories where the magical girls are warriors fighting evil monsters preying on humanity; shows in the vein of Bewitched or the like are not a part of this discussion.

What PMMM does and does not deconstruct and why. )
cypsiman2: I still believe in my dreams (Default)
So last year I watched the first three episodes of PMMM and I wasn't impressed by what I saw so I dropped it. Well, I've since then read the Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura mangas and watched Heartcatch Precure, and I've decided to give this show another shot.

Once again, I wasn't impressed by the first three episodes, and I think its because it feels like everything is violating the "show, don't tell" rule, the characters will tell us how they feel in these big monologues instead of showing us how they feel. Also, the way the faces are animated is off to me, there's this thing they do where they try to give the faces a sense of depth but it doesn't work and ends up looking sloppy instead, and the "deranged animation" of the labyrinth spaces is just gimmicky.

However, once the fourth episode hits things seem to get much better, the characters and their dialogue start feeling more natural and genuine and so the atmosphere and mood become much more effective. So, I'm hoping that the show will continue this trend and keep on improving.
cypsiman2: I still believe in my dreams (Default)
The title of this series is kind of funny to me, because it sounds like a spell out of Mahou Sentai Magiranger. Probably just a strained coincidence, but I find that detail mildly amusing.

That said, I watched the first three episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and I was not impressed. The labyrinth spaces were far too dependent on their Uncanny Valley animation style and stripped of that, reminded me more of the backgrounds from Ren and Stimpy than anything else. Not exactly the sort of thing I want to be reminded of when dealing with the oh so existential horror of the Magical Girl and how horrible it really is, honest. And while I liked Mami well enough, that scene near the end of episode 3 was really trite.

Mild spoilers. )

Also, I have to wonder; what would happen if your wish for Kyubei were "I wish that all the witches were to all die off, go away, disappear, become non-existent, and just generally unable to hurt anyone, anywhere, at anytime, living or dead." Hey, the creepy little thing said any one wish, right? That, or "Eternal world peace for everyone everywhere without compromising Free Will." That would be another wish that seems pretty obvious to me.

I don't know, I think Princess Tutu did a much better job deconstructing the Magical Girl genre.

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