i dont like that the majority of madoka fans dont recognize that the series is in part a thorough and graphic allegory for the process of growing up and becoming institutionalized on a social level in modern japan
a lot of anime and manga focusing on heavy subject matter is allegorical in some way. many concepts in fictional works from japan are euphemisms for problems experienced in the country, whether those problems are social, political, or otherwise
for the most part, the japanese are pretty adamant about upholding traditional values; in this way, japanese culture can be considered fairly conservative in comparison to western culture as we understand and live it today. in japan, it is considered proper to keep one’s opinions to him or herself in public discussion unless the opinions they want to share are correlated positively with the opinion the majority holds.
it’s very difficult for a japanese person to step up onto a soap box and begin speaking about social progress and development - in fact, the elements of propriety understood by the japanese are so deeply ingrained nto most citizens’ minds that even the more free-thinking individuals may feel inclined to keep their private thoughts just that: private.
anime, manga, and other forms of fictional media allow the country’s creative and progressive thinkers express their thoughts and opinions about different contemporary social issues without being scrutinized. this exists in all cultures where creative media holds considerable power in socialization and social progress, and japan, as a country whose citizens are known to hold their tongues, is certainly no exception.