2011 anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica is a knock-out of a magical girl series. some criticse it for its edginess— and i agree it's not for everyone— but i stop short of decrying its legitimacy in the genre. albeit unconventionally, Madoka upholds the traditional virtues of a true magical girl story. these are as follows:
obviously, many characters do not share these views, certainly not by the institution that governs magical girls... but Madoka does. and guess who wins the cosmic struggle? all in all, i appreciate the nuance that Madoka explores, where good and evil, right and wrong, are not so clear-cut.
i especially appreciate this nuance with regard to Homura's character. although i can't say she's a good person, i do admire her... she is so strong and devoted. even though she didn't intend to, it's thanks to her that Madoka got the chance to become God and save all the magical girls. i just want her to be happy.
this is the greatest Madoka Magica AMV of all time. wonderful editing. perfect lyrics. an evocative story. the song "Honeythief" by Halou immediately became my favourite love song of all time.
there are lots more Madoka AMVs that i really like, but they're not available for embedding. they're linked in the sidebar instead.
my favourite thing about the Madoka fandom is all the surreal artwork. i find this series in particular to be very very cool.