This post started off as a lot of different things. But then, in the end, I realized I didn't really care about any of those things, so it's now it's more or less just a post about Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (also known by the name of Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and why I think you should be watching it. So without further ado...
WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH MAHOU SHOUJO
1. It's badass.
Whatever you do, try not to judge the show based on the opening theme, or the cute character designs. Yes, it is a magical girl anime, so there is still that aspect of the majority of the characters on the show being between the ages of 12-14. But overlook that.
If anything, if you really wanted to get a grasp of what the show might be like without watching any of it beforehand, try checking out the ending theme for the anime. It's a little more fitting.
2. It's pretty.
I can't call myself a good judge of what good animation looks like, but I think Mahou Shoujo Madoka would easily fit into that category. It's interesting, it's not irritating, and personally, I didn't think it was wtf random, as SHAFT can be at times.
3. There is a cool mom and cute animals, what more do you want!!!?
Madoka's mom is awesome. She's a workaholic who offers Madoka sage advice (occasionally downing glasses of alcohol while doing so). I think it's cool that this show managed to maintain such a close-knit relationship between Madoka and her mother, on top of all else that happens in this show. And Kyubey...is Kyubey. He has his own appeal.
4. The plot is interesting
Yes, this should be the main point of this post, but I figured that was a given considering the amount of time I am clearly investing to talk about this show right now. But anyway, let me emphasize. Yes, this show actually has a plot. YES, THIS PLOT IS GOOD.
So anyway, go watch Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica now, yes? ／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼