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"Has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time..." Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader at Mitakihara middle school, lives such a life. One day, she has a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if it's by chance or by fate yet, but this meeting will change her destiny. This is the beginning of a new story of magical girls... Contains episodes 1-4. Special Features: "Magia" Music Video by Kalafina, Trailer Collection, Textless Opening.

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  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00771V6OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,096 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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225 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Draconis March on March 5, 2012
Format: DVD
It wasn't long ago that I shifted my assessment system for anime to a purely critical perspective. No matter how much I liked the series, I would give it the score it deserved. Since then, I've found that Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the only anime I can honestly give perfect scores across the board (for story, characters, enjoyment, animation, and sound). It currently sits atop the pedastel as my favorite anime, and it doesn't look like that will change very soon. (See comments for my actual review of the series.)

Which is why I REALLY wanted to see the series do well in America. Sadly, that will never happen.

There is a reason why FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks are the biggest licensing companies in North America: They know how to pedal anime. Japan is not the same as the rest of the world: They place a much higher value on their anime. We do not. We are not willing to shell out $500 for a limited collector's edition blu-ray set of our favorite series released in volumes containing only 1-3 episodes. Instead, FUNi and Sentai charge ~$40 for a complete 12-26 episode series on BD--the same content at a fraction of the cost.

Aniplex of America apparently hasn't caught onto this fact yet. They're going more the Japanese route: release the series in pieces (4 episodes each), each costing an arm or a leg. (Each piece costs about as much as an entire series from any other company.) This isn't helped at all by one of the WORST, most grossly misrepresentative trailers I've ever witnessed, ensuring anyone not particularly in tune with the anime scene will immediately be turned away from the masterpiece that is Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.

Top it off with a subpar (to put it lightly) English dub.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Shadow Sora94 on March 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Draconis March really hit it with his review, and I need to agree full force. Let me make this clear my low review has to do with the price, not with the content of the show itself. Even if the English dub is as horrible as they say (never watched it), I would be more than willing to buy this if it contained the whole 12 episode show to have it in Japanese with English subtitles.

This series is, to be blunt, amazing. It has that girlish, child-friendly look on the cover, but trust me- if you showed this to a five year old, you might traumatize them. It is a total deconstruction of the whole Magical Girl genre (like Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura, etc.), deconstructing and tearing apart even the most fundemental themes of those shows usually kept to heart. I cannot go into detail without spoiling the show, but I cannot recommend the show enough.

.... Then, we have the price.

As I'm sure most interested in buying this series know (or even as a gift), anime is taken much more seriously in Japan than America. They have real plots, real development, and are not your normal Saturday morning cartoons. I'm sure in Japan, die-hard anime fans are more than willing to spend 45 dollars on this- even moreso to buy $200+ super limited collector's edition. In America, however, unless you too are a die-hard who really wants to support the industry, that isn't likely to happen. As I said before, even if it was the English dub, as long as it has English subtitles and I could just switch to Japanese audio, I'd buy this in a second for it's price. In fact, I might have even given this a 5/5 review. But, this price for an American release is outrageous. I could go down to Best Buy and buy a full anime for around that price probably.

This is an amazing series, everyone. It is because of it's worth I'm not giving it a 1/5, out of sheer respect for Puella Magia. However, this deal is not worth it.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Magpie on May 6, 2012
Format: DVD
I saw this series first through fandubs when it was being broadcast in Japan. Puella Magi Madoka Magica blew me away with its fascinating premise (magical girls + cosmic horror), lovely animation, and breathtaking soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura. It's a short-and-sweet series with loveable characters and a surprise in every episode. If you grew up with magical girl series like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Tokyo Mew Mew, and Pretty Cure, this is a darker and edgier and very creative take on the genre. Even people I've introduced it to who don't really watch anime or enjoy shoujo got hooked immediately. It is an excellent series with well-rounded characters, a compelling story and a lot to say.

I was so excited when I heard there would be an American release, especially since the DVDs include improvements and edits to the animation. Unfortunately, Aniplex of America botched this release. This is a twelve-episode series, and they're putting only 4 episodes on each DVD and trying to sell them at almost 50 bucks a pop! Sorry, but that's completely ridiculous-- especially when part of what I'm paying for is a poor quality, phoned-in, nails-on-chalkboard English dub. Come on Aniplex, this series deserves so much better than this.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mistress9 on May 1, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I love this series and think it's one of the best ones out there. However, if you want to buy it, you should got to rightstuf.com to get it because this product is expensive, but it's less expensive on rightstuf. Not to mention, on amazon this product isn't even being sold directly by Aniplex on amazon, it's some third party dealer called "animecorner".

Anyway, if you buy the special edition releases on rightstuf, they cost $74.98 each, so you save $64.00 on every special edition box set compared to what amazon wants. Not to mention, rightstuf lists the retail price for a special edition boxset as being $94.98. In other words, if you buy from this animecorner person, you're still going to end up paying $44.00 more per box set than the retail price. (Speaking of that retail price, it's either the price you would pay for the box set in stores or just some arbitrary price they come up with to make you think that you're getting a discount. Either way, it's pretty bad that amazaon/animecorner want $44.00 more than what is considered "retail price".)

In addition to the special editions, rightstuf also sells non-special editions for cheaper. All of the releases are broken up into three sets like with the special edition sets. If you want the series just on DVD, the price is $29.99 per set and if you want it just on Blue-Ray the price is $39.98 per set. To summarize, if you're willing to shell out the cash for this series, buy it on rightstuf. I am not sure where this animecorner person gets his/her copies of the series, but I wouldn't be surprised if he/she buys it from rightstuf and then sells it on amazon for almost twice the price because he/she knows that dumb people will buy it. So, if you buy this set on amazon, you're being ripped off.
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