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Madoka Magica Writer Urobuchi Compares Plot to Al-Qaeda

posted on by Egan Loo
Gen Urobuchi discusses origin, themes of recent TV anime

In an interview in the Tuesday morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun paper, Puella Magi Madoka Magica writer Gen Urobuchi compared the plot of the Madoka Magica anime to the real-life terrorist network Al-Qaeda. The interview in the newspaper's Culture section begins with the following two questions, which contain spoilers for the anime series.

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Asahi: Madoka Magica is an original story. Where did the idea come from?

Urobuchi: I received a request to write a bloody story where magical girls appear, and then drop out one by one. I paid attention to the aspects that are troubling or overlooked in the traditional magical girl genre. I've been thinking that magical girls who have acquired superhuman abilities will find themselves removed from the world, which would cause contradictions and reactions.

Asahi: Magical girls, who are full of hope and who strive to save the people, soon suffer from hatred and jealousy, which turn them into the enemy witches. The change from good to evil left an emotional impact.

Urobuchi: For example, Al-Qaeda brought down the Twin Towers due to their self-righteousness. Justice for some people is an evil for others. Good intentions, kindness, and hope will not necessarily make people happy.

[Via Yaraon!]

Image © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS

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