First airing in 2011, Puella Magi Madoka Magica received tons of praise for its artistic direction and complex narrative. However, it created a lasting impression because of its unconventional take on the “magical girl” sub-genre.
Madoka Magica centers around contracts made with a cat-like creature known as Kyubey. Kyubey grants middle school girls one wish in exchange for fighting witches as magical girls. However, being a magical girl isn’t as delightful as the girls imagine.