Anime Discovery 2015: Puella Magi MADOKA MAGICA the Movie – REBELLION – #132

Previously on Madoka Magica:

“You’re a magical girl, Madoka.”
“Contract.”
“You are now a god.”
“You’re a time traveler, Homura Akemi!”
“MAADDOKKKAAAA!!!!!!”
“Who?”

And now back to regularly scheduled program and by that, I mean more talking about Madoka.

So anyway, ever since Madoka has been released, the popularity of the show rocketed sky high that it was bound to get the treatment of milking this show for what it’s worth and that’s from the two compilation movies that tells the whole series but in a shorter amount of time (first movie covering the first 8 episodes and the 2nd movie covering the last 4 episodes)…..but since I already reviewed the show, I’m skipping those and heading straight through the 3rd movie, which is wholly new material following the show or movies, whatever you choose to watch it.

Madoka Kaname used to be a normal girl living happy days of her life. This all ended when she sacrificed herself in order to save other magical girls from the utterly cruel fate that awaited them. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, Homura Akemi continues to fight alone in the world that Madoka left behind for humanity in order to see her smile once more.

A first few minutes into the movie and the way things ended for the series can have your head scratching. It seems like at first nothing seemed to be affected after the events or so the movie shows me as it opens like the first episode but with a few tweaks in the beginning and after that, it’s a whole another tale that’s basically like a regular magical girl show….pretty much what I thought of the original series when I first watched it. Anyway, each act manages to get more intense as the story goes along but when it comes towards the third act, you might start the question one character’s particular actions throughout the movie. Hell, you even wonder if one of them is good as they say they are or maybe you might be fooled again.

And speaking of characters, Homura easily gets the spotlight for the majority of the movie in a way where its split that you really feel for the character for what she’s going through, wanting to make sure her memory of Madoka doesn’t fade away. But then you wonder if she’s really doing this for Madoka or for herself.

The animation and art is of course, trippy as hell as the last time you saw this but then again, this is made by SHAFT so that’s to be expected along with their unique but crazed artsy designs, their trademark head tilt, and visions that could turn into nightmares later on.

The music is wonderfully done by Yuki Kajiura and she does some amazing work throughout here and possibly the few things as of recent that a score she makes has been remarkable and distinctive. The same goes to ClariS and Kalafina for doing the opening and ending themes, respectively.

There’s not much to say on the English dub from Bang Zoom! The performances are stable and on par with the TV show but slightly better, especially with Cristina Vee (Homura) and Carrie Keranen (Mami). There is a slight change in one minor voice role (Julie Ann Taylor voicing the Madoka’s mom as Carrie Savage wasn’t available to record) and a new addition to the cast with Bebe voiced by Xanthe Hyunh and two things: she nailed whatever gibberish Bebe spoke in the movie and she really loves cheese.

Perhaps too much.

FINAL VERDICT: I’ve never been this puzzled on an anime ever since Evangelion. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie for what it was but I’m left in a conflicted and suspicious manner regarding one of the characters. However, the experience didn’t leave a spiteful feeling as it wanted to do an idea worth seeing and it did paid off.

I just wonder if they plan to continue this, how they will go from here.

So, with that said……..I’m giving this a

8/10 – Solid B.

Yes, I still enjoyed the movie.

 

If I didn’t mention this before (although I probably did), here’s a recap: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA – The MOVIE TRILOGY is available on DVD and Blu-ray either Domestic or IMPORT release via Aniplex of America.

For the show, still might be available on DVD & Blu-Ray via Aniplex of America. Catch it on Crunchyroll, Hulu (Aniplex Channel), Daisuki, Crackle and Netflix.

 

Well, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, saying that I should probably go on that break until May.

 

PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA: REBELLION – animation by SHAFT / distributed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA

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