As part of Frozember, we are doing a few user-submitted posts to get readers views on the film. This is a user-submitted post from Branko B.
I’m getting really excited for Frozen. I hope it will be as good as I hear.
That also got me thinking about another animated film opening soon after called Madoka Magica: Rebellion, which is of the films submitted for Best Animated Feature this year.
Madoka and Frozen share a few things in common. They both feature two girls as the central characters. They are about the strong bond and personal relationship they share, and one of more of them has a magical power.
Madoka is part of a well known genre of anime called Magical Girl made most famous in the West by Sailor Moon. Since its release though, Madoka has become highly acclaimed for its story and deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre.
Madoka Magica: Rebellion is the follow up to the twelve episode TV series and I’ve heard the film lives up to the quality of the show.
I thought it was quite astounding two animated films that shared such important qualities with each other would open so closely together. I intend to see both films as soon as possible and find out if they live up to all the good things I’ve heard about them.
From what I understand, it is not necessary to watch the series to be able to follow the movie, but all twelve episodes are readily available on Hulu and Crunchyroll to enrich the experience.
Zac Bertschy from Anime News Network reviewed the series better than I ever could: “If Madoka Magica is saying anything, it’s saying that life will absolutely crush you and entropy is inevitable, but there’s reason to hope. That wishing for your loved ones to be safe and fighting for the things you believe in is the most important thing a human being can hope to do, even in the face of all that. If that isn’t a happy ending, then I don’t know what is.” And the last line: “It is a must-see for anyone remotely interested in what anime can accomplish as an art form.”
Madoka Magica: Rebellion
premieres in the US on December 3. It will play in limited theatres across the US. The complete theatre listings: http://madokamagicausa.com/rebellion/
Do you think Frozen and Madoka Magica similar? Which do you think has a better shot at winning the Oscar?