If you’re wondering why I’ve been extending this series into the 3 ep post group, it’s because this series has reached a somewhat predictable path in it’s story. But to be honest, that surprisingly doesn’t hinder the experience for me. The dark atmosphere, great action and making sure nothing is filler makes for a fun time I really wish others would join in.
Before I start, I have to address the whole “THIS IS A MADOKA RIP-OFF!” argument that’s been going on the internet for a while. Just because they both involve magical girls in a dark atmosphere does not make them the same. The themes between Madoka and Genei are very different(self-sacrifice vs will to kill). Not to mention that the dark elements are far more gruesome in Genei, which could be considered a good or bad thing.
Having said that though, I do agree that this show’s plot is very simplified compared to Madoka. It follows a monster-of-the-week formula that seems to go for developing backstory rather than advancing the plot. Because of this, it’s easy to predict how an episode is going to progress: innocent person becomes Daemonia, Akari listens to their problems, character development for one of the girls, rinse and repeat next week.
Does that make this show bad? NOT AT ALL! If there’s anything this show does well, it’s in the pacing. Despite the formulaic set up, it still gives off tidbits of a larger story that’s happening in the backgrounds, including new villains. At the same time, it makes sure to stay focused on who’s the Daemonia victim and who that death will affect. This balance is what keeps it from falling apart, something that’s happened to quite a lot of series.
On top of that, the backstories themselves aren’t handled that badly. Ginka’s relationship with a Daemonia victim that previously helped them during a financial loss was simple, yet compelling enough to care for her loss. Seira’s hatred of Daemonia is explained through pretty gruesome scenes, along with the fact that her weakness of not being able to face the Daemonia as humans means she lacks the will that Akari has when it comes to facing them. And of course, the Daemonia victims also get to shine in their sacrifice, either through desperation or sheer insanity.
As for the art, I agree that the character designs are pretty rough and improportional. But after a while it doesn’t really matter, because everything else about the visuals ROCK! The animation in the battles are truly a feast for the eyes, and the editing and choreography in it look absolutely stunning. This is going on a different tangent, but the soundtrack for this is really well-done. There’s enough variation in it to make sure nothing feels jarring, but when it knows when to get you pumped for the action. I’m sorry for mentioning it so late, but I love the OP. I freaking love it!
So overall, I do see that Madoka is obviously superior to this. And yes, I do agree that this show has reached predictable territory as well. But as long as that’s not hindering my enjoyment, i’m cool with a handful of clichés. And as far as enjoyment goes, I can’t wait for more.