I showed my 11 year old sister the first episode of Madoka Magica. She seemed to really like it, and wanted to continue watching. I wanted to make sure the series is appropriate for her before continuing on. She can handle most PG movies.
Would it be okay for her to continue watching it with me? I would not show Madoka to anyone under 14 at least. It gets very dark and the themes involved are not something that anyone younger than that is really ready to handle.
As a college student it was an emotionally painful watch. This show seems nice and all for the first few episodes. It goes to hell in a handbasket by episode 3 Emotionally speaking. Everyone who has seen it knows what episode in particular that I'm talking about. Evil Suggestion: Buy her a Kyuuby doll and show her how adorable it is.
Then wait until she watches the show herself When she is ready. It's dark, it's hopeless, and deals with loss and pain. Any emotional individual may find a series like that to be very intense. I wouldn't go as far as to say it would "scar" someone, but it's emotional roller coaster that will leave you feeling empty inside.
Nothing bad happened to me. Not I or her have ever cursed or anything. People these days are too sheltered. I think it'd be fine.
All these people talking about the dark themes and stuff, but do you really think an 11 year old would think so much about that stuff? If anything I think you should encourage her to watch it but only when she's with you, as the imagery can get pretty intense and some parts do get pretty dark.
You underestimate the comprehensive capabilities of pre-teens. The dark themes in Madoka Magica are not subtle, background, or noise. They're in your face, no-nonsense, and quite clear. It can be emotionally unsettling, I feel. There isn't any gore in it though; there are acknowledged deaths, and honestly some pretty heavy moments I don't feel are appropriate for an 11 year old. The first episodes don't show this, the first episodes are very soft. Then it gets a bit heavier. Now I think about it, why didn't I make the connection between that behavior and the rest of the series until now?
It made my emotions go completely out of whack.
I don't remember feeling anything for a couple days after I watched it. But maybe she's too young to get that sort of reaction? I honestly would just go for something like Nanoha for an 11 year old. Madoka is pretty uniquely I showed it to my 12 year old little sister and she thought it was pretty tight.
Don't think she fully grasped the deconstruction aspects though. No gore. She probably won't be able to understand it beyond the surface level though.
Pretty grim and dark though. Like most deconstructions. Madoka was my 10 year old nieces second favorite anime, right after Squid Girl. It gets pretty mature, but she picked up on it and understood everything that was going on. It's really going to depend on your sister though, maybe she isnt as mature, maybe episode 3 will scare her instead of just making her sad, who knows. Since most of the responses here seem to argue in certain terms that your sister is too young to watch this, I guess I'm de-facto the voice of dissent.
Honestly, I'd put the age ranges more like this, for Madoka Magica:. The first argument is that, on any level that a "moral guardian" would object to a show like this i. Violence: It's nearly all human vs. Profanity: Only matters if you're watching the English dub, in which case there's a 60 second scene in episode 8 that would constitute, at least in my opinion, the only real argument against the "appropriateness" of this show.
Sex: There's "barbie doll nudity" used in the opening sequence, and one important scene elsewhere in the show. If this offends your sensibilities, then Well, that's kind of silly, but it's the only entry in this category.
I personally don't see anything wrong with it, nor do I view it as being "harmful" to a minor. I'm not going to dispute their presence because that's impossiblebut I think their "inappropriateness" is being overstated. OP mentioned that "most PG movies" are considered okay for her, and I think that's an appropriate context Madoka magica gore how this discussion can be framed. In addition, yeah, this show deals with a lot of heavy subjects, but more crucially, it deals with those subjects in a relatively intelligent manner.
And personally, if I had kids, I wouldn't mind exposing them to philosophically challenging shows at least at her age if I thought that those themes were at least handled somewhat intelligently and I'd say Madoka definitely rises above "somewhat intelligently". Also, think of it like this: if she's too young to be able to deal with those themes, she's probably not really going to pick up on a lot of them. And if she isn't, then it's probably good to be exploring those themes through a work that tries to approach them intelligently, you know?
Common sense says
Of course, the final answer is always going to be "use discretion, and maybe watch the series in advance of her and make your own judgement call", but if it were down to me, I'd say "go ahead". Again, if she were my daughter or something, I'd definitely be watching alongside her, but at no point would I be seriously concerned that the show was "inappropriate" for her.
I hope she's mentally matured. This show is not depressive for the most part for nothing. Off screen? Episode 08 spoilers kindof. Although its not gory, it is overall a very dark and depressing show.
I think 11 or 12 is pretty much the youngest age I'd even consider showing it to someone at. You know your sister better than we do, so I would recommend that you watch through episode 3 or 4 when the show starts to get really dark and then make a judgment call from there. As a word of warning without getting into spoilers, if you and your sister are looking forward to a show where Madoka, Sayaka, Mami, and Homura all have fun magical adventures together, then that is pretty much the exact opposite of what ends up happening.
Lastly, I'm a guy in my mid 20s and that show left me feeling pretty down and just emotionally unsettled for a few days afterwards, so I imagine it would be rather upsetting for her. It's not really intended for an adolescent audience. There's not a lot of overtly mature content. Mostly fantasy violence and dark tones. There's not a lot of bloody gore, or nudity. That being said, it definitely deals in a lot of weighty themes.
Death, depression, suicide, pragmatic morality, just to name a few. Even if your sister is emotionally mature enough to watch the show, a lot of it may just go over her head anyways. Found the internet!
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