Prequels’ Influence On “Madoka Magica”

I am not an expert or fan of anime so I’ll take this essay‘s word for it when it discusses the prequels’ influence on a popular anime series:

Another trait that Anakin Skywalker and Homura Akemi share is that over their story arcs, they become more selfish as the story contnues. In The Phantom Menace Anakin selflessly gives to Padmé, Qui-Gon and Jar Jar without any thought of reward. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin selfishly tries to save Padmé because it’s not about her, it’s really about him.

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8 Responses to “Prequels’ Influence On “Madoka Magica””

  1. Captain Fordo Says:

    Don’t really like animu but this still proves the hater boys wrong once again as if the PT had really bombed, other people wouldn’t use it as inspirations for their own works. Nice little read though.

  2. Keith Palmer Says:

    Being an anime fan myself and having taken this particular series in, the comparison did get my attention. I’d have just said something about how “the monomyth” doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a direct connection (nor would I need there to be one) without having read the article to see a quote from the anime’s screenwriter, though…

    I’m tempted to suppose Bob Clark might be that much better suited at saying something about this. I have been waiting for a particular, decades-earlier anime OVA called “Iria” to be re-released after having seen a comment from him about it having anticipated some of the “prequel cosmos…”

  3. Riva Says:

    As a Madoka Magica fan, I’m not sure if the prequels really influenced the series. Madoka Magica was mostly influenced by Goethe’s Faust – which in turn also influenced Episode III for obvious reasons. There are indeed parallels between Anakin and Homura: both of them with abandonment issues that refuse to let go of those they love, but the difference with Anakin, is that we don’t have Homura’s complete backstory: all her past revolves around Madoka, in contrast to Anakin’s whose past doesn’t involves only Padmé but also his childhood in slavery, his separation from his mother….so perhaps it’s just a motif? Gen Urobuchi (Madoka’s writter) hasn’t said anything about other external influences on Madoka Magica safe Goethe’s Faust, so perhaps the similarities run there: that both Madoka and Episode III were inspired by that work.

  4. ReViewMeMedia Says:

    Thanks Riva for leaving a comment, as the author of the essay, I do think that even though Madoka Magica series isn’t realy influenced by Episode III, I do see a lot of parallels with Episode III, but Rebellion was definitely influenced by Episode III, when it comes to Homura’s decisions, and reasoning regarding Madoka, she’s just like Anakin as in they both believe they deserve to have the person they love with them.

    • Riva Says:

      There are indeed lots of parallels between Anakin and Homura when it comes to Episode III and Rebellion, indeed. Specially when Homura basically alters the order of the Universe just to keep Madoka with her – the same way Anakin doomed the Galaxy to save Padmé. It’s interesting, perhaps there was a subtle influence, but then Urobuchi hasn’t said anything about it, although it can be possible, since both Madoka Magica and Episode III include a heavy Faustian alegory.

  5. Bob Clark Says:

    I think Urobuchi was just using it as an easy example to compare in the interview, but apparently that shows it was on his mind at least. Really, anime is such a world unto itself that you can really do an exhaustive read on nearly anything without getting to a reference that isn’t part of that world. Still, it’s possible it was an influence. I just think that, beyond the easy hook the interview provided, it’s not a big thing.

  6. lazypadawan Says:

    Jett Lucas retweeted your original post! Congratulations!

  7. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    I’ve always thought that Anakin’s growing selfishness and arrogance pretty much reflected the growing selfishness and arrogance of the other major character. Anakin – at least to me – is really a reflection of the saga’s major characters and of human nature. He shows us how low we humans can sink or how high we can rise.

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