My friend knew the spoiler going in, I didn't. When we were just sitting down to watch it, I let drop that Mami was my favourite character so far... he told me afterwards he had trouble not giving it away with his reaction. And wow did it hit me out of nowhere... I didn't actually buy that she was dead until she didn't appear outside like the other three.
But yeah, she actually was my favourite of the characters so far, since she's the sweet and charming type. I didn't expect her to do a heel face turn, although I was expecting her to turn out to be a Knight Templar type since its already been demonstrated she's pretty ruthless. Kyuubey, on the other hand, I find very suspicious.
(Side note: I keep thinking that this set of photos indicates Megumi Natsumi could do an excellent Mami cosplay: http://mpzerocos.exblog.jp/14417978/
Unlikely though, since she doesn't do that many costumes per year.
It does have a bit of an Eva vibe, doesn't it? I doubt it'll be a break through on that level, but I do expect the show to be big, which is nice since it's been a while since there's Shaft also doesn't seem to have skimped on budget for once, Shinbo has done a lot of projects since Bakemonogatari, but I think this is where we get to see what sort of clout he has nowadays.)
I agree that this is obviously a huge project - despite all the other shows Shinbo has done over the past year or so, this is the first one that feels like a followup to Bakemonogatari. I don't think it's going to have anything close to the broad impact NGE did since its still a late night show, but I'm expecting some really good sales numbers.
Yeah, I can definitely see how Madoka is a fusion of Kirino and Kuroneko's different tastes in anime. That, or this is an anime wrote by Kuroneko intended to "troll" Kirino with.
Episode 3 of Madoka might have made me rage as well... except that I couldn't resist the temptation to read the Episode 3 thread before I had Episode 3 myself, and hence I was spoiled on what happened there.
Spoiler for Madoka spoilers:
This likely lessened the emotional impact for me, at least in comparison to people who saw the death scene before they knew it was coming, of course.
It seemed like everybody and their mom was predicting that Madoka would go dark, so that I didn't find surprising at all, but what I did find surprising is:
1) Just how quickly it happened.
2) Who the first major character to die was. So many people thought that Mami was going to do a heel turn, or be revealed to be villainous all along. I have to admit that I chuckled a bit over how that widely held prediction didn't pan out at all.
I don't intend to drop Madoka either, but I have mixed feelings on the choice to have a major character death this early on. A lot will depend on how the anime makes use of it going forward, of course.
I do get the sense, though, that this is an ambitious project. That the folks behind this might be hoping that Madoka is to magical girl anime what NGE was to mecha anime...
Main reason I've never signed up for MAL is that assigning numeric values to series has always driven me nuts for some reason. I know you don't have to rate the series you watch, but it seems a bit pointless otherwise.
BTW, I'm not sure if you caught my comment about Madoka a while back, but I asked if I was the only one who thought the show was basically a fusion of Kirino and Kuroneko's tastes in anime.
Episode 3 actually made me rage, albeit more in a "you bastards" way rather than an "I'm going to drop this" way.
Dropped a couple comments on your blog... the second because I wasn't quite sure if I was clear about the point of my first. As usually, it's a bit of a ramble but I hope it raised some interesting food for thought.
I know you keep an eye out for romantic dramas just as I do, so I think it's worth noting that this fall season has one: Yosuga no Sora.
Fair warning though: it does put the envelope quite a bit. I was kind of surprised that some of the stuff made it past the censors until I realized the show is being shown on AT-X in Japan. Not that it's the only show pushing the envelope this season, as Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt and MM! are pushing it too (and the former is pretty amazing).
I have the feeling that I'm either going to be a) watching a lot of shows this season or b) making some painful choices in a few weeks.
(edited to get rid of the "extra text" I sometimes leave at the bottom of posts when I replace revisions...)