Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Fandom
Name: Puella Magi Madoka Magica; Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ
Abbreviation(s):
Creator: Akiyuki Shinbo
Date(s): January 7, 2011 – April 21, 2011
Medium: Anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Official Website (Japanese)
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"Contract?" Art of Kyubey found in a university toilet.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (alternately known as Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) is a magical girl anime. Kyubei, a mysterious creature, offers to grant young girls a single wish. In exchange, they are bound in a contract with him, and become witch hunting "puella magi." The series' main protagonist is Kaname Madoka. Her friends Akemi Homura, Miki Sayaka, Tomoe Mami, and Sakura Kyouko are also central characters.

The airdate for the last two episodes was delayed after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There have been suggestions that the final episodes bear some resemblance to the real-life disaster. Some fans online resent the delay, thinking it was unreasonable ("I don't agree that it's perfectly understandable - I mean, can't they just air the episode with a warning or something at the beginning?"), while other fans support the decision ("It's just an anime, we can wait the extra months for the ending.") [1] [2]

Meta

The series deconstructs some popular tropes in the magical girl genre:

"Then you've got darker series like MAI-hime and Puella Magi Madoka that take the premise and deliberately turn it on its ear: the girls don't triumph over evil through the power of friendship, they kill each other and die horribly; they aren't allies of justice like they (and the viewer!) thought, they're being used for evil." [3]
"You know, someone posted some meta stuff the other day on fandomsecrets (yeah yeah I i know), regarding Puella Magi Madoka Magica and why they found the series' concept a little sexist. The idea (roughly phrased) is that the mahou shoujo genre represents a type of empowerment for young girls. However, when one deconstructs the genre as viciously as Madoka does, it carries the implication that empowering girls is a negative thing." [4]

Witches and Magical Girls: Western and Eastern Fantasy Tropes in Madoka Magica


Aftermath of the Rebellion

A few years after the finale, a sequel movie came out called The Rebellion Story (Hangyaku no Monogatari). Many fans came to the conclusion from its plot and implications that it is a deconstruction on fanfics in general, starting from a soft and light fanfic setting and ending off by fixing the one major problem that the fandom wrote fix fics for by creating a whole new problem.

Fans were split on the ending. Some people declared that Rebellion never happened and that it was the worst thing to happen to the anime, while others wholeheartedly embraced it, with some working on fanfics that address its ending. The irony of fixing a story that deconstructed the very nature of fix fics isn't lost on them, though.

The Fandom

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The fandom is largely gen(?) and femslash focused, as the bulk of the cast is female. Popular pairings include Madoka/Homura, and Kyouko/Sayaka.

Fanfic

Late in the show's run, it's revealed that a character is able to repeat time. The implication that she had done this thousands of times led to many fanfics to have this as a plot, going through events of the show and changing up things, such as characters getting saved/getting killed off, throwing a curve ball in the form of an outside interference (which may or may not be a crossover), or, as mentioned above, femslash.

After the show's two-part finale, most fanfics also focus on the ending and overall implication of there being magical girls across all of history. It's not rare for a fanfic involving Madoka and/or Sayaka's return to crop up, especially if it's a Madoka/Homura or Sayaka/Kyouko fic, however a similar plot was followed up in the sequel movie The Rebellion Story, acting as a canonical fix fic at first glance. The problem is its resolution, while it achieved the fandom's dream of Madoka and Sayaka returning to the real world, it did it by turning Homura into a villain.

Examples:

Fanart

The fandom has a lot of fanart, much of which can be found on Pixiv or Tumblr.

Doujinshi

There are hundreds of doujinshi available for this series. For Puella Magi Madoka Magica doujinshi on Fanlore, see List of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Doujinshi and Category:Puella Magi Madoka Magica Doujinshi.

AMV/Vids

Music

There are fan-made covers of music from the series, [5] such as this Madoka pianoforte and those sung by Paperblossom.

Fan Games

See also: Fanworks at the Puella Magi Wiki

Resources

References

  1. Both quotes are from a discussion at the Madoka Magica LJ comm. MBS refuses to air Madoka 11 and 12 (Accessed April 8, 2011)
  2. Screw The Quake Victims, Give Me My Anime. post at Unfunny Fandom (Accessed April 8, 2011)
  3. Thread at Fail Fandomanon (Accessed April 6, 2011)
  4. Thread at Fail Fandomanon (Accessed April 6, 2011)
  5. Tumblr post (Accessed May 25, 2011)