While I’ve loved Magic Girls forever, more or less since I watched Minky Momo and Lalabell in TV, after Sailor Moon I kind of… abandoned my hope in the genre. Everything after Usagi and her friends seemed so… samey. Even Precure (Which I discovered later was FAR better than first impression) left me kind of blah.
Enter Madoka Magica. Which I had to watch to write an article in a magazine because the heartless editor wanted me to suffer (jk. I was the heartless editor, and given that all I knew about Madoka were the cutesy designs, well, I wasn’t going to make one of my writers suffer). This was right when it premiered, btw, so no one knew what it was really about, and no one, NO ONE, was prepared for Episode Three.
Needless to say, I got hooked.
If you haven’t watched it, and are free of spoilers, watch it. If you watched it, watch it again. Because it’s a good anime. And I will always love it because it brought me back to re-discover a genre I adore.