I swear Madoka is one of the only series where the whole audience overlooks the opening sequence and expected it to be something completely different. It told you what it was going to be right away. That's how shows usually package themselves. A light and fluffy story? It most certainly isn't.

Well, what room do I have to talk. This is somebody who went in knowing Mami was going to die. For some weird my memory fails me. I thought I watched it from the start, but I vividly remember watching it after the massive flood of spoilers graced the Internet and knew a head was about to roll. So I guess I watched it after her death (which was unfortunate, considering my own dad's death was around this time exactly... Madoka episode four was the only episode I streamed as it aired in Japan, and what a depressing thing to do when I was depressed already. Go me).

Seriously, we have a race against the time scenario from the start. A dark sky with a gigantic monster flying high above, and the implementation of Kyubey's wish. Not to mention it ends with Homura almost falling to her death if you don't already realize this series is time travel. And while we knew the series was about the future for a start, the fan theories about Homura's time travel ability wasn't even revealed until episode 10. Then it was hailed as one of the most epic episodes a lot of people had seen. At least, that's what I saw said so far back.

I have to admit, I loved the series watching it originally and wondered all these things back then myself. It's just so obvious now what the whole intention was, and we had that extra month inbetwen episodes 10 to 11-12 because of the Fukushima tsunami. There was a loooot of extra time to evaluate about fan theories and decide how things would end. Maybe that's why Mami's death was still so shocking. Even most gruesome shows don't have a main girl dying so immediately with her head eaten off.

Still glad we ended up Madokami, though. Madokami is a blessing to the universe.

Felt like simply musing on this, I guess.

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