MORE MAGICAL GIRLS!
So yeah for me #1, after much thought, cannot go to any show other than Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Many are familiar with this show, whether you’ve seen it or not, hell even if you don’t watch anime at all. Madoka is often billed as “A Dark Subversion of the Magical Girl Genre”….
But to simply see it as that, or to even see it as that at all, would be doing it a terrible disservice.
After having recently re-watched it on Netflix, I was once again reminded why this is my favorite anime, and indeed one of my favorite animated series of all time. The music, the style, the story, the characters, and of course the animation itself are all really top-notch.
But for me, personally it’s the ending that makes this show. I have not seen the movies, particularly Rebellion, but I’ll be honest the ending to the original series is just perfect in every way for me. Its satisfying, touching, and emotional, but most importantly it stands against the idea of Madoka simply being “Dark Subversion of Magical Girl Genre to Market it to Otaku” since the message of the ending harkens back to that same, all important over-arching message of Magical Girl shows, that through hope, friendship, and most importantly our own strength, we can be there for the ones we care most about.
So yeah, I’ve been thinking of doing a similar list for my favorite Western Shows, the jury’s still out on that decision but who knows.