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View Poll Results: Madoka Magica - Episode 01 Rating
Perfect 10 20 27.40%
9 out of 10 : Excellent 21 28.77%
8 out of 10 : Very Good 19 26.03%
7 out of 10 : Good 8 10.96%
6 out of 10 : Average 2 2.74%
5 out of 10 : Below Average 1 1.37%
4 out of 10 : Poor 2 2.74%
3 out of 10 : Bad 0 0%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad 0 0%
1 out of 10 : Painful 0 0%
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Old 2011-03-24, 04:54   Link #21
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I gave this episode a 10/10 because it was a refreshing departure from what I usually watch.
Trust me, it's only the beginning of such departure.
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Old 2011-03-24, 12:55   Link #22
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An interesting start, some character introductions and action.
The background music adds a nice feel to the scenes. I liked it, espescially when they're on their way to school.

Sudden weirdness at the last parts, I thought those cotton like things are going to chew them to death or something.

Going to watch the rest of the episodes.
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Old 2011-03-24, 23:19   Link #23
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Originally Posted by Snork View Post
Trust me, it's only the beginning of such departure.
And it's always nice to be surprised once in awhile!
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Old 2011-05-04, 20:15   Link #24
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i've discovered a minor correction in bd release, might as well add here since i don't see it in wiki and other blogs yet.

left (tv), right(bd): this happens after mami's transformation. QB is supposedly nestled in madoka's arms. changes in the background too. =)

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Old 2011-07-06, 14:34   Link #25
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Oh man, here we go, I'm finally undertaking the hit show of the year.

First episode was a pretty good intro to the cast. Madoka is like many magical girl leads past. Like an Usagi, Nanoha or Sakura she's kind of aloof, not really the best at anything, but has a funny likeable personality that seems to draw people to her in spite of all this.

Akemi is much like a Mamoru, Lee or Fate, coming off in her first appearance as cold and mysterious to the point where you aren't really sure who's side she's on. Like those characters she's seemingly good at everything she tries to do and has a habit of popping up at seemingly random times though clearly with some less than obvious goal in mind. Like those characters as well I kind of expect from the hints dropped in the first episode that she actually has a heart of gold and/or some destiny intertwined with the heroine (possible love interest?), but is trying to work alone because of personality issues or some other such complication that the heroine will have to resolve.

The other two girls seem like the typical faithful magical girl allies ala the Sailor Soldiers, but are of course close friends to Madoka in real life. Also I have noted that Madoka hasn't actually done anything combat all. I've kind of had it spoiled for me that that's supposed to be a trend for much of the series.

Overall a pretty basic Magical Girl opener (even though I'm told to anticipate it striking out on it's own path pretty soon) with the requisite character intros, but fairly enjoyable nonetheless. Though most magical girl shows that I've seen don't actually introduce what appears to be the full cast so early. Shinbo definitely couldn't resist being Shinbo in this one either, what with the architecture of the dream sequence and the fact that the city itself seems to be Shinbo inspired in it's architecture. Also he seems to have sent some of his wild crazy visions to menace the girls at the end of the episode. Is that what the antagonists are supposed to be....cause if so I can safely say I've never seen anything like that before.
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Old 2011-07-06, 21:31   Link #26
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Hey, you watched it. Hell, it's about time.

And yea, I'm not sure what the hell they were on when they made the last part of the episode.
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Old 2011-07-07, 13:55   Link #27
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I always enjoy when late comers take the time to post their impressions. It does offer a refreshing POV of when a show no longer has all its 'NEW SHOW' glimmer and is only appreciated by what the series itself has to offer.

It's a shame though that you've been spoiled, but apparently it's nothing serious. Be sure to keep posting your impressions. I at least will be sure to read them.
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Old 2011-07-12, 05:32   Link #28
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Heh, I'm re-watching the show now, and two things happen:

1. I remembered why I loved the show from the beginning: Shinbo's animation and Kajiura's soundtrack. A match made in the twighlight zone. Seriously, from the weird dream sequence to the stylistically too epic morning scene, and then the too serene idyll... I didn't trust it then, but it's downright mean on the second time round.

2. I notice lots of details that didn't stand out the first time round, like Madoka's mom asking after her teacher. Oh, how intricate a web they were weaving from the beginning. Also, it's much easier to navigate through the show by the teme-music alone.

The show gets better on re-watching. I was sort of afraid that the magic would get lost, but it's actually more intense now. I heartily recommend a second viewing. (But maybe I'm late anyway, and whoever's still here is on the 251st viewing. )
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Old 2011-07-15, 16:06   Link #29
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1st part of this episode was meh den it went straight 2 wtf
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Old 2012-01-15, 02:52   Link #30
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Late to this party...but I finally got around to checking this out (since people are very fond of referencing this anime when reviewing some of the more recent shows).

Nothing spectacular this first episode but I find the way they use color and imagery interesting. All of the mundane scenes seem too bright and cheerful when compared to all the odd magical stuff going on in the background. It's intentionally deceptive. So when Madoka receives that warning from Homura I feel like it should be taken seriously.

I'm guessing the magical creature can't be good with the way they have it asking Madoka to make a contract at the very end; also leaves me thinking the title for next episode is meant to be ironic.
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Old 2012-01-15, 03:52   Link #31
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Man I love it when new people show up here...well welcome aboard BC and I hope you enjoy the show!
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Old 2012-01-15, 04:04   Link #32
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though nowaday it hard to get into the series knowing nothing since some plot twist have become as common knowledge to anime fan as "i'm your farther" from star war
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Old 2014-05-25, 18:47   Link #33
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I'm rewatching this show since my first run in 2012, and I was worried my inexperience was helping me enjoy it at the time.

Good thing I was wrong.
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Old 2017-12-02, 06:08   Link #34
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Nice, the thread has suddenly revived. Can't mention much because it will be a spoiler for you though.

And, yeah.. I agree Mami is cool with her guns at ep. 1. ^^
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