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After a weekend of Extreme Animes at ACEN, I had no choice but to bring this one up! Can you tell that I like Soundtracks yet?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of my favorite shows, period. It's an anyone-can-die deconstruction (and reconstruction?) of the magical girl genre, and it hits so many notes that are just... perfect.
It didn't hurt that the score was composed by Yuki Kajiura, who's tied with Yoko Kanno for my favorite soundtrack composer. If you watch a lot of anime, you might know her work from .hack//sign or Noir.
Her compositions bring so much emotion to each scene! From the beautifully sad Decretum, to the triumphant Credens Justitiam, to the just plain awesome Pugna Cum Magna. I don't think the show would have been quite the same without her involvement. If I think of any of the big moments from the show, chances are I can remember what song was playing; The two are so perfectly tied together.
Oh, and of course the Ending theme was awesome too. I loved that they hold out on playing it until the third episode, just in case you didn't know what kind of show it was already.
I guess this post doubles as an Anime Recommendation, which is fine by me >:3