Which is the best "dark" mahou shoujo series?
No, it happens about 20 episodes before the end.
Really? I never really thought of Princess Tutu as all that dark.
I'm surprised it took a few posts for Lyrical Girl Nanoha to get mentioned, it usually comes up sooner.
Worthwhile to try those two and see if you feel the difference, because there's a definite gap between the seinen and shoujo stuff.
Not that guy, but if you wanted to list the top 3 dark mahou shoujo anime it should probably be Madoka, Uta~Kata, and Utena. My-HiME is also darker than Gen'ei. Although it's definitely top 10 for dark mahou shoujo (if only because there's only maybe 10 dark mahou shoujo).
I guess it depends on what you mean by dark.
Girls aren't always happy
Girls have incredibly sad moments and cry buckets
Girls go from one crushing event to another
Girls teeter on the edge of despair (or just die lots)
Girls would rather be dead but must continue living
A lot of wiggle room in those, too.
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Thing is I wouldn't really count Utena as a mahou shoujo. If so then it would be definitely be at the top. But just because it has something akin to a transformation sequence I don't see how it classifies.
Please what could those little fists possibly-
Madoka. UtaKata and that other one don't even qualify as good dark magical girl. UtaKata because it's such a terrible train wreck of a story, and that other one because it tries so hard to be the same thing as Madoka but utterly fails to understand what made Madoka good.
I wouldn't say so, it had a dark atmosphere at times, but it was usually when the villain appeared. Which is rather expected. Many of the seemingly negative characters actually turn out to be positive at the end.