I can’t tell you how badly I fanboy-ed when I found out “Puella Magi Madoka Magica; Rebellion” had been added to Netflix (yes, sad for a 40 something man). I had previously watched about half of it online on my computer, but knew it was something that needed to be experienced on a bigger screen if possible. How true that is.
This series has been a surprising favorite of mine and (as many know) was put out by my favorite studio, Shaft.
I have now watched it twice. Once alone, and once with my boys.
It is beautiful, confusing, and wonderful.
First off. The animation is beautiful. You can tell the studio went to astound audience in a theater with the animation of the film. It is detailed, creative, and downright surreal at times.
The story is confusing. This I’ll admit. I have read some of the criticisms and agree it could have ended half an hour earlier. However, after a second watch I found it more agreeable than the first time around. So to those who watched it once and got mad: Watch it again. You may come away with a different impression.
And there are things like the cake song that make you go: ????
It is ultimately a love story. If not a romantic one, a one of a deep love for your friends and those you care about. I won’t give too much away, but this scene was a great one that nearly made my older son cry:
And who can blame him? I came to tears as well. But that was true in many parts. As the title of this post suggests: “Rebellion” is not the feel good film of the year. It is sad, touching, and a bit maddening at times (hence my son’s loud declaration that “No one can be happy! Can there just be an AU where they can just be happy lesbians where no one dies or turns into a fucking demon?!”).
He’s got a point.
A dramatic, teenage, point.
But if it wasn’t good enough…There was another ClariS song: Colorful
and that is a good thing.
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Watch it. But if you haven’t seen the show, watch that first (and don’t bother with the first two movies).