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Old 2011-01-10, 15:46   Link #821
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Pa...Pancake faces?



Ume-sensei's widefaces are awesome and adorable. I guess it's something of an acquired taste.

As for whether they fit the mood of the show... I think people are too quick to dismiss this anime as a dark/fucked up show simply because Urobuchi is involved in it. It's obviously not all going to be cats and rainbows, but I don't think it'll be quite as bad as people assume. Sure, Urobuchi has wrote some very messed up stuff before, but that doesn't mean he's unable to write something different and a little more light-hearted.
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Old 2011-01-10, 16:15   Link #822
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Personally speaking, I like pancakes. And I like Umi Aoki's designs, I certainly like the designs in the anime, but I think that when the magical world visuals are present, it creates a really strong contrast that the design of the characters doesn't really work with it. I mean yes, this could be just a matter of getting used to it long enough, but going from the first episode it didn't really fit with the surreal almost dystopian world.

Though personally, the mismatch between the two didn't dent my enjoyment one bit, considering everything else was great. So really, it's a minor complaint on my part.

About the possibility of this going the grimdark/fucked up road, well, Urobuchi's reputation didn't help with it, but neither did the visuals or the demonic monsters >_> I still do think this will take a dark turn, if only due to what Homura told Madoka (and her general mannerism before that speech, especially the biting of the lips)
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Old 2011-01-10, 17:06   Link #823
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Wideface is moe~ And pancakes are delicious, though inferior to rofls.

All this speculation caught me off-guard. Back from the future Higurashi end of the world special? I just interpreted the opening as a simple prophetic dream, and Homura knowing all about Yuno as just good intel (since she's a professional magical girl or whatever).

Glad to see I'm far from the only one who thought "Hey! It's the Pringles guy!" during the acid trip.

A school with transparent walls is kinda... awkward. Odd design choice there. Yuno has a damn big bathroom, too.

Nori pulling a fire extinguisher on Homura was great. Kudos to her!


Suck it, Gilgamesh. You do not have enough swords.

The whole "one wish for the contract" reminded me of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. I hope Yuno's wish doesn't turn out as lame as some of those wishes did. And of course, wishing for the end of the world to go away is against the rules.

(I'll switch to the right names next time... probably. )
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Old 2011-01-10, 17:08   Link #824
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So basically isn't Madoka what you get if you try to explain Nanoha when you are drunk? o_O
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Old 2011-01-10, 17:36   Link #825
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Pa...Pancake faces?



Ume-sensei's widefaces are awesome and adorable. I guess it's something of an acquired taste.

As for whether they fit the mood of the show... I think people are too quick to dismiss this anime as a dark/fucked up show simply because Urobuchi is involved in it. It's obviously not all going to be cats and rainbows, but I don't think it'll be quite as bad as people assume. Sure, Urobuchi has wrote some very messed up stuff before, but that doesn't mean he's unable to write something different and a little more light-hearted.
Well I think it may be a little quick to dismiss this as a drak/fucked up anime atm but 1st ep was rather trippy by any standards and while I love those character designs, I do feel they are a bit outta place with that type of atmosphere and animation.
Guess I'm a little to used to Hidamari Sketch's style of animation and atomsphere for these types of character designs.


Btw for such effort to go into this so far they made a pretty big error at the part when after Mami transforms, Madoka isn't holding Kyuube.
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Old 2011-01-10, 19:11   Link #826
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Btw for such effort to go into this so far they made a pretty big error at the part when after Mami transforms, Madoka isn't holding Kyuube.
I just noticed that as well when I rewatched it he probably turned invisible! Then when the fight was over reappeared
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Old 2011-01-10, 19:33   Link #827
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Why are you watching gg trollsubs? Get the Nutbladder one.
I watched Nutbladder first, but it's super-tiny. It would very nearly fit on my ipod screen as is. I picked up the gg one because it's large enough to actually show some detail.
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Old 2011-01-10, 22:35   Link #828
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Btw for such effort to go into this so far they made a pretty big error at the part when after Mami transforms, Madoka isn't holding Kyuube.
Perhaps Kyuubee can teleport, who knows?

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Old 2011-01-10, 22:53   Link #829
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Btw for such effort to go into this so far they made a pretty big error at the part when after Mami transforms, Madoka isn't holding Kyuube.
Its Magic!!!


About the designs, Hidamari had a more solid animation, the eyes in Madoka's series are changing depending on how close is the "camera".
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Old 2011-01-10, 23:31   Link #830
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A question of some interest: what is so bad about becoming a magical girl that Kyubey offers an unlimited wish as an incentive? Usually folks don't get that sort of wish without offering to sell their soul, and there are generally all sorts of bad side-effects as well. Many girls would wish to become a magical girl, but he's offering them that for free, and talking as if a wish for anything is somehow necessary to "repay" them for agreeing to the contract. That doesn't bode well. Of course, folks have already been predicting trouble. Heck, Homura started it.

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Old 2011-01-11, 03:15   Link #831
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I actually expect to see there faces -> (l _ l)

I'm surprised that I didn't see it in first episode.

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Watching blogs around interner many distrusts Kyuubee...
Spoiler for ...a lot =_=U:
lol At least he is cute though. I think that mahou shoujo in this series are not evil but they may have many factions. This thread deserves more images.

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Old 2011-01-11, 03:19   Link #832
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"sell your souls to me, and then you can wear cool dresses"

Like i'd said before, i'm willing to treat the contrast in style as intended way to enhance the "something is off" feeling that I'd been having the whole time watching this episode.
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Old 2011-01-11, 05:02   Link #833
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Magazine illustrations! Crappy picture quality since I don't have access to scanner right now. Click to enlarge as usual.

Animedia 2011/02 illustration by Kishida Takahiro. Best one so far.


Animage 2011/02 illustration by Takahashi Mika. Her usual stuff.


NewType 2011/02 illustration by Takahashi Mika. Looks better than Animage one.


Few more informations from an interview. First-hand this time, not from someone in 2ch.

Animedia, interview with producer Iwakami
Spoiler:
Animage, interview with Urobuchi Gen.
This one has some actual spoilers so don't look if you care!
Spoiler:
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Old 2011-01-11, 05:08   Link #834
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Magazine illustrations! Crappy picture quality since I don't have access to scanner right now. Click to enlarge as usual.

Animedia 2011/02 illustration by Kishida Takahiro. Best one so far.
Spoiler:


Animage 2011/02 illustration by Takahashi Mika. Her usual stuff.
Spoiler:


NewType 2011/02 illustration by Takahashi Mika. Looks better than Animage one.
Spoiler:


Few more informations from an interview. First-hand this time, not from someone in 2ch.

Animedia, interview with producer Iwakami
Spoiler:
Animage, interview with Urobuchi Gen.
This one has some actual spoilers so don't look if you care!
Spoiler:
Unless they are not trolling, and SHAFT's budget doesn't get depleted; we're in for a fun ride
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Old 2011-01-11, 05:40   Link #835
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Animedia, interview with producer Iwakami
Spoiler:
Animage, interview with Urobuchi Gen.
This one has some actual spoilers so don't look if you care!
Spoiler:

if we combine both information we get much deeper infomation:

- so main theme is "believe" how do you believe? are believing in yourself?
- seem there is a war or some conflict before that involved many mahou shoujo. homura was one of the survivor and prevent madoka to join the war.
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Old 2011-01-11, 06:06   Link #836
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I just hope it doesn't have an Eva end.
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Old 2011-01-11, 06:16   Link #837
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Something tells me that there'll be a timeskip, as I think that the silhouette that appears in the OP is the older Madoka.
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Old 2011-01-11, 06:23   Link #838
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I think that it may have another contractors besides Kyuube.
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Old 2011-01-11, 08:00   Link #839
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Personally speaking, I like pancakes. And I like Umi Aoki's designs, I certainly like the designs in the anime, but I think that when the magical world visuals are present, it creates a really strong contrast that the design of the characters doesn't really work with it.
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I am not invested in the designs or their authoress, I did not like the designs in the anime, but I think the contrast really makes them work. Sometimes you want to establish a disconnect between characters and the world around them and the 1st episode of Madoka seems to fit the bill. So moar pancake faces I say! MOAR!!
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Old 2011-01-11, 12:37   Link #840
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at the moment it's still debatable as to how the story will progress.

I would love to see a typical Urobuchi storyline, however they can still troll us by making this still fluffy.

(didn't read the interview because of the warning)
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