Puella Magi Madoka Magica also known as Magical Girl Madoka Magica is an anime series written by Gen Urobuchi.
At the beginning, we meet Madoka Kaname in a world under attack by a supernatural force. In the middle of all this chaos she meets a cat like creature named Kyubey who gives her a chance to stop the destruction by going into a contract with him to be a magical girl. Before she can give an answer she wakes up from what seems like a dream.
The first episodes of the series introduce other magical girls and their reasons for making contracts with Kyubey. Sayaka Miki is one of Madoka’s best friends who wishes to heal others at the expense of losing her soul when entering a contract. She received her wish at a price of becoming a magical girl who destroys witches. As Sayaka finds out she could never have the potential and power like Madoka does as a magical girl, and loses the chance to confess her love to her crush, her mental and overall wellbeing diminishes from being overwrought with despair until she too turns into a witch. Madoka and Kyoko try to bring Sayaka back to her human form, but after many unsuccessful tries Kyoko defeats Sayaka by sacrificing herself.
Meanwhile, a mysterious transfer student named Honmura Akime tries to keep Madoka from Kyubey offers to make her a magical girl. Actually from the future, Honmura is an irregular magical girl who can control and freeze time. She is protective of Madoka, most of the time advising Madoka to not believe anything from what Kyubey says and to not go into a contract with him.
When compared to the other magical girl anime series such as Cardcaptor Sakura or Sailor Moon, I find that Madoka Magica stands apart from the other shows in the same genre and is more suited for a mature audience. There are many violent bloody killings of enemies and of most of the main characters. However, after I watched the first episode, I found myself very intrigued to find out more about its story. I could not stop watching until reaching the end of this fantastic anime all in the same day.
Unlike other magical girl anime series such as Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, I can't recommend Puella Magi Madoka Magica for younger audiences. Instead, I would recommend Puella Magi Madoka Magica to anime viewers who are 14 years of age and older.