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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 12 episode anime about girls who battle Witches by choosing to become "magical girls." As middle schoolers Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are hanging out at the Mitakihara mall, they encounter a strange cat-like creature who refers to itself as Kyubey. Kyubey extends the offer of a contract to each of them. This contract will give a girl the wish of their dreams and in exchange, they become a "magical girl" who must defeat "Witches." Witches are the manifestation of despair, emptiness, and other negative emotions experienced by people and they are source for all unexplained deaths, extending to suicides. Elsewhere, transfer student Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from making the pact with Kyubey, no matter what. While Madoka spends eleven of the twelve episodes debating making a pact with Kyubey, she learns that a magical girl's life is actually filled with anguish, despair, and suffering; curiously, these are the same emotions that give rise to Witches. After learning of the truth behind the relationship between magical girls and Witches, Madoka wracks her brain to think of a wish that is worth the sacrifice.

The series makes use of some specific terms, which will be explained below. Magical girls, also known as "mahou shoujo," are all adolescent girls whose magical powers have a strength and theme tied to the nature of their wish. Witches are sources of negative energies, which normally inhabit a pocket dimension themed around their life before becoming a Witch. Witches can arise from either a fragmented "familiar" or from a magical girl who fails to purify their soul gem. A soul gem is the source of a magical girl's powers and also functions as a repository for her life force; if taken outside of 300 yards from her body, a magical girl's body will collapse. Soul gems are depleted as a magical girl uses her abilities, requiring draining the "grief seed" of a slain Witch to restore the magical girl's reservoir of magical energies.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Anime series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on February 15, 2012. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.3.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica on demand at Netflix online.

1 Season, 12 Episodes
February 15, 2012
Cast: Eri Kitamura, Kaori Mizuhashi, Yuko Goto, Ai Nonaka, Chiwa Saito
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Full Episode Guide

  • Homura challenges Walpurgisnacht alone and is seriously wounded. She despairs because she can't win no matter how many times she tries. Her actions are making Madoka suffer even more, and she becomes despondent. Her Soul Gem begins to turn black.

  • Sayaka's funeral was held in the rain. Madoka returns home with vacant eyes. She barely says anything to Junko who met her at the front door, and goes into her room. Kyubey appears in front of Madoka, who is lost in her grief, alone.

  • A scene depicting a female transfer student. The timid girl is so nervous and meek. She introduces herself shyly while feeling the eyes of all the students in the class. At recess, other girls gather around her and ask questions curiously.

  • Sayaka's Soul Gem turns into a jet-black grief seed, which hatches and a new witch emerges. Carrying Sayaka's body, Kyoko focuses on defending against the approaching witch's attacks. Homura cuts into the witch's labyrinth and leads Kyoko to escape.

  • Despite her own injury, Sayaka keeps shredding the witch in front of her. Thanks to healing magic, she wins without a scratch at the end. But she seems extremely exhausted.

  • Sayaka discovers the truth about her own body as a magical girl. She wavers between the wish that came true by accepting the destiny to fight and the high price she paid for it. Sayaka is in low spirits at home when Kyoko Sakura shows up.

  • Homura appears suddenly on Sayaka and Kyoko's battlefield. She intervenes and knocks Sayaka unconscious with a single blow. After seeing this, Kyoko is on her guard against Homura, and leaves, putting an end to the battle.

  • As a magical girl, Sayaka rescues Madoka and Hitomi from a witch. Now that her wish has come true by signing Kyubey's contract, her mind is clear and she doesn't seem to regret becoming a magical girl.

  • The day after the fierce battle between Mami and the witch was a normal peaceful day. After what they witnessed, Madoka and Sayaka fully realize the demands of being involved in the magical world, and give up becoming on magical girls.

  • Madoka and Sayaka are getting used to Mami's witch hunting trial run. Yet their wishes remain undecided. Mami reveals her past to the anxious two girls. Sayaka asks, "Does my wish have to be for myself?"

  • While rescuing Kyubey from being attacked by Homura, Madoka and Sayaka lose their way in a mysterious space. They find themselves in a desperate situation and are rescued by Mami Tomoe, a magical girl. Afterward, Mami invites them to her room.

  • She has a loving family and best friends. She laughs and cries from time to time. Madoka Kaname - an eighth grader who lives such a peaceful life. One night, she has a strange dream. It was supposed to be an usual routine day, but the arrival of Homura Akemi - a transfer student who came to Madoka's class, changed that.