Japanator's Brad Rice writes, "Madoka Magica is an audacious show. There’s simply no way of denying that. Up until this point, the magical schoolgirl genre had long since petered out, existing in only stale shows meant to push figures and adult toys or act as a punchline to some otaku joke. It was hard to take the genre seriously, and there wasn’t much to hang your hat on, other than the nostalgia of Sailor Moon. It was not a genre to be proud of at this point in time -- it was a prime example of the 'anime fans are pedophiles' complaint. And then Madoka came along and upended the genre."