Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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Cover for first DVD/BD volume of Puella Magi Madoka Magica featuring two characters, Madoka Kaname (right) and Homura Akemi (left)
魔法少女まどか☆マギカ
(Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika)
Genre Dark fantasy, Magical girl, Tragedy
Anime television series
Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo
Produced by Atsuhiro Iwakami
Written by Gen Urobuchi
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio Shaft
Licensed by
Network MBS, TBS, CBC
English network
Original run January 7, 2011April 22, 2011
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Gen Urobuchi
Illustrated by Hanokage
Published by Houbunsha
English publisher
Original run February 12, 2011May 30, 2011
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice
Written by Masaki Hiramatsu
Illustrated by Takashi Tensugi
Published by Houbunsha
English publisher
Yen Press
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward
Original run March 2011January 2013
Volumes 5 (List of volumes)
Manga
Puella Magi Oriko Magica
Written by Kuroe Mura
Published by Houbunsha
English publisher
Yen Press
Original run May 12, 2011June 12, 2011
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Novel
Written by Hajime Ninomae
Illustrated by Yūpon
Published by Nitroplus Books
Published August 14, 2011
Game
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable
Developer Banpresto
Publisher Namco Bandai Games, Nitroplus
Genre Adventure game, RPG
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released March 15, 2012
Manga
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story
Written by Gen Urobuchi
Illustrated by Hanokage
Published by Houbunsha
English publisher
Yen Press
Original run October 12, 2012November 12, 2012
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Game
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram
Developer Artdink
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Action game
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released December 19, 2013[1]
Films

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (film series)

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika?, "Magical Girl Madoka Magica") is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. The series is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi with original character designs by Ume Aoki, character design adaptation by Takahiro Kishida and music by Yuki Kajiura.[2] The first ten episodes aired in Japan on TBS and MBS between January and March 2011, while the final two episodes were delayed until April 2011 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

A manga adaptation of the series and three spin-off manga series, Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, Puella Magi Oriko Magica and Puella Magi Madoka Magica: A Different Story, have been published by Houbunsha and licensed in North America by Yen Press. A novelisation by Nitroplus was released in August 2011. A video game for the PlayStation Portable was released in March 2012, with another for PlayStation Vita released in December 2013. A film series has also been produced, consisting of two films recapping the anime series, released in October 2012, and a third film featuring an original story which was released on October 26, 2013. A dedicated magazine, Manga Time Kirara Magica, was launched by Houbunsha in June 2012.

Plot[edit]

In the city of Mitakihara, the "incubator" Kyubey encounters a 14-year old girl named Madoka Kaname and her best friend Sayaka Miki. This small, cat-like creature offers a contract in which a girl can have any wish granted in exchange for becoming a magical girl tasked with fighting against witches. Meanwhile, a transfer student named Homura Akemi tries to stop Madoka from becoming a magical girl at all costs. As Madoka contemplates becoming a magical girl, she learns that a magical girl's life is not as glamorous as she thought and is filled with anguish, suffering and despair. Madoka soon learns that not only do magical girls give up their souls to form their Soul Gems, the source of their magic, but when those Soul Gems become too tainted with despair, they transform into the very witches they fight against. Madoka also learns that Homura is a magical girl from a different timeline who had repeated the same month countless times in order to try to save her from a grisly fate. Learning all of this, Madoka decides to become a magical girl with the wish to stop witches before they are created, which rewrites the laws of the universe, resulting in Madoka becoming nothing more than a concept and Homura being the only one who remembers her in the new world that is formed.

The third film, Rebellion, takes place after the series and focuses on Homura as she deals with the loneliness of being separated from Madoka. The spin-off manga, Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, is set in Asunaru City and follows an amnesiac magical girl named Kazumi who, along with a band of other magical girls known as the Pleiades Saints, starts to discover the dark nature of magical girls as she regains her memories. Puella Magi Oriko Magica takes place in an alternate timeline to the main series, in which Homura, Mami Tomoe and Kyōko Sakura, along with a young orphaned girl named Yuma Chitose who was abused as a child by her mother, find themselves up against a magical girl pair, Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure, who are hunting other magical girls.[3] The story has two spin-off series, Noisy Citrine, which serves as a prequel, and Symmetry Diamond, which takes place in an alternate timeline. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story also takes place in an alternate timeline, mainly focusing on the relationship between Mami and Kyōko.

Production[edit]

Puella Magi Madoka Magica began development after Akiyuki Shinbo expressed to producer Atsuhiro Iwakami his desire to work on a new magical girl series while they were working on Hidamari Sketch and Bakemonogatari.[4] During the early planning stage, Iwakami decided not to adapt an existing work in order to give Shinbo more freedom in his direction style.[4] He then contacted Gen Urobuchi to work on the project as a scriptwriter and Ume Aoki as a character designer.[4]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The first ten episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica aired on MBS, TBS and CBC between January 7, 2011 and March 11, 2011;[5] they aired one day later in the Kantō region than in the Kansai region. Episodes were then made available for free streaming on Nico Nico Douga and BIGLOBE's Anime One service a week after broadcast. Due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the broadcast of episode 10 in Kantō, as well as the remaining two episodes were halted.[6][7] The remaining episodes were aired in a double bill on April 22, 2011 in Kansai and Kantō.[8] The series began streaming on Crunchyroll on February 15, 2012, as well as Hulu and Crackle.[9][10]

The series was released on six Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD volumes between April 27 and September 21, 2011, having been delayed from the original release date of March 30, 2011 due to the earthquake.[7][11][12] Each volume contains a bonus 4-koma strip by Ume Aoki and a bonus CD. Shinbo has expressed interest in doing a follow-up series that would focus more on a slice of life story.[13] Drama CDs were included with the first, third and fifth BD/DVD volumes. The sixth and final volume released on September 21, 2011 contains a director's edit of episode 12.[14]

Aniplex of America released the series in North America, including an English dub, in three BD and DVD volumes released between February 14 and June 12, 2012, along with limited editions containing the original soundtrack CDs and special items.[15][16][17] Manga Entertainment licensed the series in the United Kingdom and released it on BD/DVD in a complete collection on October 29, 2012.[18][19][20][21] Madman Entertainment licensed the series in Australia, where it began to air on the kids channel ABC3 on June 29, 2013 following an early preview on January 6.[22][23] The dubbed series began streaming on Viz Media's streaming service, Neon Alley in late 2013.[24]

Films[edit]

In November 2011, it was announced in the December issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine that a three-part theatrical film project is in development by Shaft.[25] The first two films, titled Beginnings (始まりの物語 Hajimari no Monogatari?) and Eternal (永遠の物語 Eien no Monogatari?), are compilations of the anime television series featuring redone voices and some scenes with new animation. The first film, which covers the first eight episodes of the TV series,[26] was released in theatres on October 6, 2012, while the second film was released on October 13, 2012.[27] The first two films were screened in selected locations in the United States and seven other countries between October 2012 and February 2013,[28][29] as well as screened at Anime Festival Asia between November 10–11, 2012 in Singapore.[30] The two films were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 30, 2013 in standard and collector's edition sets and is being made available for import by Aniplex of America.[31] The third film, titled Rebellion (叛逆の物語 Hangyaku no Monogatari?), featured an all new story written by Urobuchi and was released in Japanese theatres on October 26, 2013.[32][33][34]

Music[edit]

The soundtracks for the anime and films are composed by Yuki Kajiura. The soundtrack for the anime series was released in three CD volumes, bundled with the second, fourth and sixth BD/DVD volumes in Japan and with the limited editions of the North American BD/DVD releases. For the anime series, the opening theme is "Connect" (コネクト Konekuto?) by ClariS and the ending theme is "Magia" by Kalafina, both of which were released on February 16, 2011.[35] On the BD/DVD releases of the series, the ending theme for episodes one and two is "Mata Ashita" (また あした See You Tomorrow?) by Aoi Yūki, and the ending theme for episode nine is "And I'm Home" by Eri Kitamura and Ai Nonaka. These songs were included on the first and fifth Japanese BD/DVD volumes, respectively.

The opening theme for the first two films is "Luminous" (ルミナス Ruminasu?) by ClariS, which was released on October 10, 2012.[36] The ending theme for the first film is "Magia (quattro)" by Kalafina, and the second film's ending theme is "Hikari Furu" (ひかりふる Light Falling?) by Kalafina, which was released on October 24, 2012.[37] The third film's opening theme is "Colorful" (カラフル Karafuru?) by ClariS, which was released on October 30, 2013.[38] The third film's ending theme is "Kimi no Gin no Niwa" (君の銀の庭 Your Silver Garden?) by Kalafina, which was released on November 6, 2013.[39]

Manga[edit]

Houbunsha has published three manga series based on the franchise. A direct adaptation of the anime series, illustrated by Hanokage, was published in three tankōbon volumes, each containing four chapters, released between February 12 and May 30, 2011.[40][41] The manga has been licensed in North America by Yen Press.[42] A side story manga, Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice (魔法少女かずみ☆マギカ〜The innocent malice〜 Mahō Shōjo Kazumi Magika: The Innocent Malice?), written by Masaki Hiramatsu and illustrated by Takashi Tensugi, was serialized between the March 2011 and January 2013 issues of Manga Time Kirara Forward.[40][43] A third manga, Puella Magi Oriko Magica (魔法少女おりこ☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Oriko Magika?), written by Kuroe Mura, was released in two tankōbon volumes released on May 12, 2011 and June 12, 2011 respectively.[40] Both Kazumi Magica and Oriko Magica have been licensed by Yen Press in North America.[44] The first volume of Kazumi Magica was released in May 2013.[45]

The first volume of an official anthology comic featuring guest artists was released on September 12, 2011.[46] A dedicated monthly magazine by Houbunsha, Manga Time Kirara Magica (まんがタイムきらら☆マギカ Manga Taimu Kirara Magika?), launched on June 8, 2012 and features various manga stories, including spin-off stories of Oriko Magica.[47] A film comic adaptation of the series titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Film Memories went on sale on May 26, 2012.[48] Another manga by Hanokage, Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, was published in three tankōbon volumes between October 12 and November 12, 2012.[49][50][51] The Different Story has been licensed by Yen Press for release in 2014.[52]

Video games[edit]

A video game based on the series titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ ポータブル Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Pōtaburu?) for the PlayStation Portable was released by Namco Bandai Games on March 15, 2012. The game allows players to take many routes, changing the fate of the original storyline.[53] Gen Urobuchi returns as the writer with Shaft doing the animation production on the title, while Yusuke Tomizawa and Yoshinao Doi act as producers.[54] The game was released in two editions, a standard box including a bonus DVD, and a limited edition box containing a Madoka Figma, a bonus Blu-ray Disc, a Kyubey pouch, a 'HomuHomu' handkerchief and a special clear card.[55]

A free smartphone application, Mami's Heart Pounding Tiro Finale (マミのドキドキティロフィナーレ Mami no Doki Doki Tiro Fināre?) was released on October 14, 2011.[56] A third-person shooter titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica TPS featuring Homura Akemi was released for Android devices in December 2011.[57] A second TPS title featuring Mami was released on August 2012[58] and a third featuring Sayaka and Kyōko was released on October 16, 2012.[59] A puzzle game for the iPhone titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puzzle of Memories was released on March 29, 2013.[60] An action game titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (魔法少女まどかマギカThe Battle Pentagram?) was released by Artdink for the PlayStation Vita on December 19, 2013.[61][62][1]

Costumes from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, alongside content based on other anime and games, are available as downloadable content (DLC) for the PSP game Gods Eater Burst in Japan.[63] Costumes and accessories are also available as DLC for Tales of Xillia 2.[64] Costumes and accessories were made available as DLC for Phantasy Star Online 2 in October 2013.[65]

Other media[edit]

A novel adaptation of the series written by Hajime Ninomae and illustrated by Yūpon was published by Nitroplus on August 14, 2011.[66] A pre-release was available at Comiket 80 on August 12, 2011.[67] A book based on Gen Urobuchi's original draft treatment for the anime, titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Beginning Story, was released in November 2011.[68]

Reception[edit]

The first BD volume sold 53,000 copies in its first week, 22,000 of which were sold on its first day, breaking the record previously held by the sixth BD volume of Bakemonogatari.[69] The second volume sold 54,000 copies, breaking its own record.[70] Each subsequent volume has managed to sell over 50,000 copies in their first week.[71][72] The Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper reported that before the release of the third movie, the anime has grossed a total of 40 billion yen in the sales of related goods.[73] A live broadcast of the entire series streamed on Nico Nico Douga on June 18, 2011 gathered around 1 million viewers, surpassing the previous record of 570,000 held by Lucky Star.[74]

The show won the Television Award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards,[75] as well as 12 Newtype Anime Awards[76] and the Grand Prize for animation in the 2011 Japan Media Arts awards.[77] It also won three Tokyo Anime Awards in the Television Category, Best Director and Best Screenplay,[78] and the Selection Committee Special Prize award at the 2012 Licensing of the Year awards.[79] Madoka Magica was awarded a Seiun Award for "Best Media" at the 2012 Japan Science Fiction Convention.[80] In issue 103 of Neo, journalist Matt Kamen wrote, "With its...daring approach to a dated genre, Puella Magi Madoka Magica essentially does for magical girls what Neon Genesis Evangelion did for giant robots." Production I.G's Katsuyuki Motohiro was amazed by the series, believing it exceeded Neon Genesis Evangelion and was later motivated to request Urobuchi to write the crime thriller Psycho-Pass.[81]

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