Cardcaptor Sakura vs. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

I’ve seen a number of mahou shoujo/magic girl anime titles (and their parodies) during my time as a fan — Cardcaptor Sakura, Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy, Sasami: Mahou Shoujo Club, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (and sequels), Mahou Shoujo Tai Alice (Teeny Witches), Dai Mahou Touge (Magical Witch Punie-chan), Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, Po-Po-Tan, Puni Puni Poemi, Ground Defense Force Mao-chan, Ultra Maniac, and maybe a few others I’m not remembering.

One mahou shoujo series I’ve not watched is Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which never appealed to me and for which I could be burned at the stake for not watching (’cause EVERYONE should have seen it, from what someone jokingly told me a while back). ^_~  I do know enough to know that it is a dark and disturbing series.

That brings me to this image I found on a Japanese message board.

Even without having seen Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the commentary (and humor) of the above image is striking in how far the mahou shoujo genre has come (or gone, depending on your point of view).

For the most part, Cardcaptor Sakura was pretty light in terms of content with its controversial materials stemming from the original manga, where CLAMP declared that no romantic-sexual pairing was off limits, including adults in such relationships with children.  ^_^; The anime softened this element up somewhat. Compare that to Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its pretty dark content (not sure if there are any controversial materials in here or not).

Regardless, I found the above image amusing and thought I’d share with you guys. Comments on either Cardcaptor Sakura OR Puella Magi Madoka Magica are most certainly welcome. Just make sure to clearly mark SPOILERS if you feel the need to share.

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14 Responses to “Cardcaptor Sakura vs. Puella Magi Madoka Magica”

  1. Lan says:

    and what, pray tell, makes Madoka Magica dark?

  2. Nights says:

    I was browsing though konachan a while ago and ran across this wallpaper.
    http://konachan.com/post/show/118186/akemi_homura-kaname_madoka-mahou_shoujo_madoka_mag
    It looks like they grew up not quite the way it would have been a decade ago though.

    @Lan
    Its a decontruction of the magical girl genre. Its very hard to say what makes it so dark w/o spoiling parts of it.

  3. AstroNerdBoy says:

    and what, pray tell, makes Madoka Magica dark?

    Nights says part of it — the deconstruction of the mahou shoujo genre. From what I’m told, being a mahou shoujo in this world is not something you want to really be. It isn’t pretty; it isn’t light nor fluffy; it deals with madness, despair, and other dark elements. If you like that, I hear this anime is very good. I’m just not wanting to go into such dark realms for now.

    @Nights — Thanks for the image. *lol* Yakuza and thugs. ^_^

  4. mr.Poneis says:

    Your share has made my day, thanks!

    That’s a show that I have to watch someday… though it´s not a priority…

    There was a rumor that would be a more softer version in the form of a slice of life… but I´m the only one that would be happy with such a thing…

    But Card Captor Sakura is one series that I would like to see a “Kai” version… A shounen oriented version, with a lot more focus on the cards and their uses…

    Well, sort off

    see ya
    mr.poneis

  5. Chii says:

    I like MAdoka because it had me on my seat, gripping with excitement for the next episode. Its dark due to the fact it deals with death and all (I dont wanna give away any spoilers though I think you all know the Kyuubey meme)

  6. GhostStalker says:

    Madoka is a very dark anime, though you might not know it from the OP and first couple of episodes. The first wham hits you in episode 3, though and then the hits just keep coming. Trust me, you do not want to be a magical girl in that universe. Just thinking about Kyuubey makes me shudder…

    Also, it’s produced by Gen Urobuchi, the guy who wrote the Fate/Zero novels and is known for his dark stuff. If you can stomach all of that, Madoka is a very good anime.

  7. Lan says:

    im currently watching fate zero and am disappointed that it hasnt been more of a blood bath, its just been drivvel with lots of talking and no action.

    Madoka Magica is only 13 episodes long. i might have to check this one out

  8. Toonleap says:

    I have not seen Madoka Magica yet…welcome to the club for now… 🙂

  9. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Your share has made my day, thanks!

    You’re welcome. ^_^

    But Card Captor Sakura is one series that I would like to see a “Kai” version… A shounen oriented version, with a lot more focus on the cards and their uses…

    Didn’t the U.S. dub release of this try to make it so with the heavily edited Cardcaptors? ^_~

    (I dont wanna give away any spoilers though I think you all know the Kyuubey meme)

    Actually, I didn’t but I looked it up.

    Also, it’s produced by Gen Urobuchi, the guy who wrote the Fate/Zero novels and is known for his dark stuff. If you can stomach all of that, Madoka is a very good anime.

    I’m sure I could stomach it and would be fine, but of late, I haven’t been in a mood to watch nor read dark stuff. I have to be in the right mood to go dark.

    im currently watching fate zero and am disappointed that it hasnt been more of a blood bath, its just been drivvel with lots of talking and no action.

    I’m going to see about giving the BD release a look-see ’cause supposedly, that WILL be much darker and filled with gore. ^_^;;;;

    I have not seen Madoka Magica yet…welcome to the club for now… 🙂

    *LOL* They will try to get us one way or the other. ^_~

  10. Nymyon says:

    poor sakura is bullied be the other mahou shoujo her fellows :))

    AM GONNA CRY

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sakura seems damn well scared at those other magical girls she is prob all um kero whats this about a contract and kero is prob all no no babe you have a contract with me you have to catch all the clow cards. So then they get more freaked out and run away ;o

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