Dec 27 2012 06:54 PM
So this series aired back in Winter 2011, almost 2 years ago.....why am I only watching it now? I don't even know why it took me so long to watch this series, it only took me about 5 and a 1/2 hours to complete it.
First of all, this anime is probably the best "mahou shoujo" anime ever, I don't think I have actually watched anything that comes close to it in the magical girl department....oh wait, I don't want to include Shakugan no Shana in this genre, I find SnS more of a shounen series rather than a mahou shoujo one, I know they can be both but in this occasion I'm going to keep separate.
For me this series just turned the mahou shoujo genre on it's head and I knew from the get go that Kyubei was no good but I guess that can't be helped since his species don't really have emotions, the ones who do are regarded as mentally disturbed. Kyubei's reasoning is frightening enough but this series takes everything up a notch with deaths, betrayals and revelations.
The OPs and EDs are quite simply amazing and was really surprised that the band, Kalafina did one of the EDs.
The animation is done in typical SHAFT fashion that never gets old for me.
The character development is engrossing and the tragedy that befalls these girls honestly makes you feel for them. For a wish, they essentially killed themselves all in the name of "increasing the lifespan of the universe"......what right does Kyubei's civilisation have over the rest of the universe!?!
I knew of the hype whilst this anime was airing but during that time I had taken a break from anime and was watching more American TV series back then, I sorta regret that I did that because I spent a month watching all episodes of LOST, which was so pointless and a waste of time. I wish I was watching this series whilst it was airing.
My score for this genuine gem of a series is a masterpiece rating of 10/10