I like how everyone of them has their own individual transformation sequence + their outfits aren’t just the same with a different color combination.
When you think about it, there’s a very solid reason why that’s the case, and not just because it looks nice.
In most Mahou Shoujo series, the magical girls are a unit, they’re working together as friends and comrades to achieve their goal. Their outfits and transformations reflect that by mimicking each others because they are together as magical girls. Their goal as magical girls is achievable because they are together, and more of them is better and makes them more capable of reaching their goal.
In Madoka, that is very much not the case. The goal of a magical girl in Madoka is not achievable by working together, and each girl is very much on her own. Even when working together, they are in it for themselves and themselves alone. Each magical girl in Madoka is a single unit, separated from every other magical girl. They are dressed differently and their transformations are separate to further emphasis they are all on their own.
wow i love this analysis.
I agree^ What makes Madoka such a well made anime is the tragic and dark plotline as well as the significantly different magical girls. The characters develop by themselves and each have their own story. When they work together it just brings trouble proving to themselves and those around them. It’s no fucking fairy tale.