Suppose this might be the first magical girl in the post MADOKA MAGICA landscape, huh?
The show carries on enough of that show’s cutesy/morbid dichotomy, while still insisting on a brisker pace out of the gate, that I really can’t help but see it as some producer or studio’s ‘answer.’ Surely, that’ll stick into plenty of viewers craw, but I happen to be totally into it. There’s something fun about various shows weaving together a collective narrative of challenges and responses for an entire genre. In simpler terms, it holds the same appeal as hip hop MC’s battling over various songs.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain the same… comfortable academic distance with the MOE elements of this show as I was able to with MADOKA, but this pilot is definitely one of the best I’ve seen so far this season, and it’s the one I’m most eager to follow-up on. Funny thing is, this episode veers very dangerously close to overstuffed frontloading, and I honestly wasn’t able to follow everything the happened as clearly as I probably should’ve, but I got enough of the general gist to be invested in seeing what happens next.
Maybe it’s just a matter of that aforementioned academic distance then? Maybe I just want to see how this show fits together with MADOKA in the greater magical girl cannon...?
Or maybe it’s because I’ve been fascinated by the symbolist power of the Tarot ever since ESCAFLOWNE, and it’s just an interest-piquer for me. What do you lunatics think, though? Am I being far too generous? Is this just a shameless MADOKA rip-off, or is it perhaps the reconstructionist effort to counter all the deconstructionism that show performed?
Watch this episode, "Dark Spot of the Sun” here and decide for yourself.
Now, read my write-ups on other pilots from this season below…