One quick look at Shaft’s anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and you might find yourself shrugging at the idea of another magical girl fantasy anime. Those who don’t stick around, however, will be missing out on one of the most original and intriguing anime series to come out in years.


Puella, at first, appears to have a straightforward plotline. Madoka and her friend Sayaka discover a familiar named Kyubey, who promises the two one wish in exchange to become magical girls. In order to become magical girls a Soul Gem is created, which can be powered up and kept bright using the Grief Seeds found after a Puella Magi defeats a witch. Homura, another magical girl, warns the two to not make a pact with Kyubey, as the the wish made might not be worth the risk of being a Puella Magi. The risks, as it turns out, are way out of the ordinary ones seen in most Mahou Shojo anime.

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