9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

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Madoka Magica is like a Koala on the outside and a wolf on the inside.

It might “look” cute and cuddly, but the underbelly is dark, deep, and vile.

This is the source of Madoka Magica’s biggest life lessons and takeaways. Alongside some more “positive” things to learn from the series.

Here are 9 of the best…


9 Madoka Magica Life Lessons:


1. One “bad” decision is all it takes to ruin a person’s life

This couldn’t be more true for a character like Sayaka Miki.

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

She’s a jolly, outgoing and bubbly girl with a fun personality. Who loves to laugh and joke around a lot.

But the moment she becomes a magical girl, despite having good intentions… everything falls apart from there.

It starts out innocent, noble, and it all seems to be looking good. But the anime starts to paint Sayaka Miki’s future black with every decision she makes AFTER becoming a magical girl.


Life is the same way

While it obviously takes more than one decision for things to turn out bad, it’s usually ONE decision that leads you down the wrong path.

And once you’re on that path, you’ll either live to regret it, or struggle to reverse the damage that’s been caused.


2. Live life on your own terms, and you’ll have no regrets

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

“If you live for yourself you’ve only got yourself to blame. So I can’t really blame anyone else and I don’t have any regrets.” – Kyoko Sakura

If there’s one thing I LOVE about Kyoko Sakura, it’s how independent, responsible and free-spirited she is.

She’s not the type to complain, or blame others, or cry about the decisions she’s made.

Good or bad.

Kyoko lives on her own terms, and lives for herself.

And even though her life isn’t perfect, she’s able to live without regret and be at peace because of her mindset.


Life is the same way

When you live life on your own terms, you’re living life according to your own decisions, beliefs, choices and ideals. Instead of doing things to please others or meet their expectations.

That kind of life will lead you to depression and being unfulfilled.

But when you make your own choices, regret is a myth. And you’ll be much happier and even proud.


3. You can’t criticize others unless you’ve walked in their shoes

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

“If you really wanna help me, you should try putting yourself in my shoes for a change.” – Sayaka Miki

The main character: Madoka Kaname criticizes Sayaka Miki not long after becoming a magical girl.

Let’s not get it twisted. Madoka Kaname’s intentions are pure because she’s genuinely empathic and caring of others.

But the reality is: Madoka judges Sayaka from a distance.

Not being a magical girl herself, Madoka doesn’t know about the “effed up” shit that’s bound to follow.

As well as the hard choices you have to make after forming a contract.


Life is the same way

Judging, or criticizing without context is always a stupid idea. No matter how good (or bad) your intentions are.

It’s always good to be thoughtful of what you’re judging, why you’re criticizing, and whether you have any experience with it.

Otherwise you’re probably gonna do more harm than good (especially if it’s a friend).


4. Change happens when you do something DRASTIC

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

In one scene, Madoka Kaname is having a chat with her mum: Junko Kaname.

Madoka at this point is worried about Sayaka Miki, and she wants to know how she can help her.

So she asks her mum for advice.

And what Junko tells Madoka is this:

“If you find yourself at a dead end and there’s no other options left, doing something the wrong way might do the most good.” – Junko Kaname


Life is no different

To make a change in your life or a friend’s life, you need to do something drastic. Or it won’t have much of an impact.

Think about a time when something bad happened to you, and then all of a sudden you changed yourself and became a completely different person.

When change is drastic, that’s when you change for real.

Otherwise it’s not enough to “push” the needle. Sometimes.


5. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

This one life lessons sums up Madoka Magica.

In your typical magical girl series, even though the thought of being a magical sounds too good to be true, it actually is true.

But not in Madoka Magica (which is closer to reality).

Not ONE single magical girl in Madoka Magica is happy with the way things turn out.

Not in a literal sense.

But that’s the price of taking the bait, and having their “one” wish granted in the first place.


Life is no different

If it sounds too good to be true, and you can’t validate it… it’s probably a scam.

And it’s almost never worth the risk.


6. Be careful what you wish for

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

“The motive behind a wish is what matters most.” – Mami Tomoe

What would you do if the love of your life was confined to a bed as a teenager, without the possibility of ever recovering from their disability?

Would you wish for them to be healthy again, at the cost of your own life? Or your own happiness?

This is a decision Sayaka Miki is forced to ponder on.

Especially after Mami Tomoe warns Sayaka about her reasons and intentions.


Life is no different

“The thing I wished for destroyed my whole family. I brought all this suffering down on my family because I made a wish for my dad without knowing what he really wanted.” – Kyoko Sakura

Be careful what you wish for. Especially if it’s for SOMEONE other than yourself.

Do you really know what they want? Or are you doing it for the sake of gratitude?

It’s a serious question to think about.

A lot of times people think they know what you want, but in truth their lost in their own ideals. And have NO idea what’s truly important to you.


7. Be there for people when they need it most, and pay attention

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

“I’ve been turned into a monster. How can anything ever be good for me again? All I can do now is kill witches. That’s my new purpose in life. I’m useless otherwise.” – Sayaka Miki

Sayaka Miki, besides Homura Akemi, is a character who suffers the most in the Madoka Magica series.

Sayaka’s journey and character development is one of the most powerful for this reason.

Kyoko Sakura, Sayaka’s friend, is unaware of the struggles and insecurities Sayaka is going through.

It’s clear Sayaka is closing herself off and keeping things to herself. And with every passing episode it destroys her from the inside out, little by little.


Life is no different

Think about how some people commit suicide without anyone ever knowing why.

It’s cases like this where the person suffering just needs someone to ask if “they’re ok”. Or something similar.

But because no one notices, their lives take a turn for the worst.

That’s why you’ve got to be there for people who are closest to you, and pay close attention to help them out. Since some of us hide it well enough for no one to even notice.


8. Depression is no joke

Going back to Sayaka Miki again, depression strikes and that much is clear from her character development and journey.

The same is even more true for Homura Akemi.

Without revealing too much, Homura Akemi has been on an impossible mission that would destroy most people and even force them into suicide.

In Homura’s case, she’s alive, but she’s dead inside and it’s clear from the way she sometimes behaves.


9. When you’re desperate, you’ll do anything to succeed

9 Of The Most Meaningful Life Lessons From Madoka Magica

“Repeat. I’ll repeat it for however many times I have to. Until I find the only way out.” – Homura Akemi

Going back to Homura Akemi again, she’s been on an impossible mission before the series even begins.

But she’s desperate to see things through until the end. Even if it kills her.

Desperacy is the one thing she has left that’s pushing her forward in spite of the bullshit, the hardships, scars, and tragedies she’s had to put up with.


Life’s no different

When you’re desperate, you have NOTHING to lose. In a weird way, being desperate is one of the reasons why people succeed and do the impossible.

Parents of new-born babies, business owners… These are the types of people who succeed because they’re desperate.

And contrary to popular belief, being desperate isn’t a bad thing, unless you have bad intentions.


What has Madoka Magica taught you?

Expect more anime life lessons soon.


For now, here are some recommendations:

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Featured Image source: Kyoko & Sayaka

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