[author’s note: you should watch puella magi madoka magica before reading this]
Hi! I’ve been watching several anime of this Winter 2013 season, and I have finally found one that I really like! The newest member of the Precure franchise is Madoka Precure, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best yet, as far as I’ve watched, at least.
Madoka Precure stars a young 8th grade girl named Madoka Kaname, who happens upon the cute ferret creature, Kutie! He’s being attacked by the dark magical girl, whose name is Cure Timestop, and Madoka saves him in the nick of time.
Kutie offers Madoka the ultimate prize for saving him; any wish she wants granted, any in the entire world, in exchange for becoming a magical girl. However, Madoka only wishes for her family to be happy, and as a result of her selfless wish, she becomes the ultra-powerful Cure Hope!
A picture of Cure Hope, the dopest magical girl this side of Otakuville!
Now she has to manage living a normal life and helping Kutie defeat the evil Walpurgisnacht, who has been turning all of Kutie’s other magical girls into evil witches in the last several months. Cure Hope is tasked with the mighty mission of helping turn each and every one of these witches back into a magical girl by destroying the evil curses inside of them.
Of course, she has a few friends to help her along the way, including:
Cure Mermaid, the ally of all justice. She’s Madoka’s best friend, and became a magical girl to save her good pal after he got in a bad car accident. She has a sweet blade, and has the best water elemental powers. Her demeanor usually is pretty sweet, but she can act a little silly at times.
And Cure Starlight. She’s a well-mannered young woman; one of the most polite you’ll ever meet. She’s never one to lose her head, and acts as the conscience of this magical girl group, despite Cure Hope being the true leader of the gang.
Together, these three magical girls make up Team Madoka Precure, though many other magical girls show up as guest stars, and some of them appear more frequently than others.
Speaking of recurring magical girls…
After defeating many different witches across this 52-episode series, they begin to learn the motives behind the mysterious Cure Timestop.
It turns out that this dark girl used to be one of the greatest magical girls that ever was. She defeated more evil villains for Kutie than anyone else, up until the day when Walpurgisnacht began to take her over as well. However, due to her time travelling powers, the witch infection affected her much differently than other magical girls. She began jumping randomly to various points in time, and when she got there, she had to stay for 30 days at a time. And during each of these, she would have to fight as hard as she could to stave off the witch side of her from finally taking over! But any time she made any progress in finally defeating this curse, she would warp to a new point in time and have to start all over.
Upon the discovery of this sad tale, Team Madoka Precure decide to help Cure Timestop out! It is a hard battle, and she almost gives in to the witch completely, but with the power of friendship, Cure Hope is able to turn the tides, and the four of them are able to defeat Walpurgisnacht for good!
Don’t get me wrong; Madoka Precure isn’t just another kiddie magical girl anime. There is some serious stuff in there! There’s a pretty long story arc where Cure Starlight herself is turned into a witch, and it takes several episodes for Cure Hope and Cure Mermaid to turn her back.
There are also some pretty cool fight scenes; the episode where Cure Mermaid goes head to head with the selfish and greedy Cure Firemaid is one of the coolest in the entire Precure series! And the final battle between Walpurgisnacht and Team Madoka Precure is one of the coolest ever, finally being able to see Cure Hope at her full potential.
Overall, I really love Madoka Precure. It doesn’t stray all too far from the magical girl formula, but it’s still one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in quite a while. Because of this, I’m greatly looking forward to the next Precure series, Nanoha Precure! No details have been released other than the name, but I’m super excited for it. Until then though, I’ll be watching Madoka Precure over and over again!