Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madokarebellion.jpg
Promotional poster for the third movie, Rebellion, featuring main character Homura Akemi.
劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ
(Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika)
Anime film
Beginnings
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Produced byAtsuhiro Iwakami
Yoshinao Doi
Osamu Hosokawa
Kozue Kaneniwa
Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Hirō Maruyama
Written byGen Urobuchi
Music byYuki Kajiura
StudioShaft
Licensed by
ReleasedOctober 6, 2012
Runtime130 minutes
Anime film
Eternal
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Produced byAtsuhiro Iwakami
Yoshinao Doi
Osamu Hosokawa
Kozue Kaneniwa
Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Hirō Maruyama
Written byGen Urobuchi
Music byYuki Kajiura
StudioShaft
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Manga Entertainment
ReleasedOctober 13, 2012
Runtime110 minutes
Anime film
Rebellion
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo (Chief)
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Produced byAtsuhiro Iwakami
Mitsutoshi Kubota
Written byGen Urobuchi
Music byYuki Kajiura
StudioShaft
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Manga Entertainment
ReleasedOctober 26, 2013
Runtime116 minutes[1]
Manga
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
Written byGen Urobuchi
Illustrated byHanokage
Published byHoubunsha
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
ImprintManga Time KR Comics
Original runNovember 12, 2013January 10, 2014
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika) is a series of Japanese animated films produced by Aniplex and Shaft based on the 2011 anime television series of the same name. The first two films, Beginnings (始まりの物語, Hajimari no Monogatari) and Eternal (永遠の物語, Eien no Monogatari), were released in October 2012 and serve as a recap of the television series with redone voice acting and some newly animated footage. The third film, Rebellion (叛逆の物語, Hangyaku no Monogatari), is an all-new original work released on October 26, 2013, with a manga adaptation by Hanokage released by Houbunsha between November 2013 and January 2014. The films are distributed in North America by Aniplex of America. Rebellion was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and won the Best Theatrical Film Award at the 19th Animation Kobe Awards.

Plot[edit]

In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there are certain creatures that can grant a chosen girl any wish they may desire. In exchange for that wish, however, that girl must become a magical girl who must fight against witches, creatures born from despair that are responsible for accidents, disease, and suicide. In the city of Mitakihara, a girl named Madoka Kaname is approached by a creature named Kyubey with the offer of becoming a magical girl. Meanwhile, another magical girl named Homura Akemi seeks to do everything in her power to stop Madoka from becoming one. Madoka soon learns that the life of a magical girl is not the dreamlike fantasy she imagined and is instead filled with tragedy and despair.

Beginnings[edit]

In Mitakihara city, a girl named Madoka Kaname meets a new transfer student, Homura Akemi, who warns her to remain as she is lest she risk losing everything. Later that day, Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki are shopping when they find themselves protecting a strange cat-like creature named Kyubey from Homura. They are caught in a mystical barrier and approached by strange monsters, but are rescued by Mami Tomoe. Madoka and Sayaka learn Mami is a magical girl who fights monstrous beings called witches, and Kyubey offers the two girls the opportunity to also become magical girls, and tells them that if they do they can have any wish granted. Homura is strongly against Madoka making the contract, and Madoka, wanting to help others, almost does after being inspired by Mami. However, Madoka doesn't go through it after watching Mami get brutally killed by the witch Charlotte, while Sayaka becomes a magical girl to heal the hands of her childhood friend, Kyosuke Kamijo. Sayaka soon comes into conflict with another magical girl named Kyoko Sakura, whom Homura talked into an alliance to deal with a witch named Walpurgisnacht arriving to Mitakihara in two weeks.

When Madoka learns that Sayaka and Kyoko are to fight on a highway bridge, she intervenes by throwing Sayaka's Soul Gem, the source of a Magical Girl's power, into a speeding truck. This results in everyone (with the exception of Homura and Kyubey, who already knew) learning the shocking truth that the Soul Gems are the Magical Girls' souls, and that their souls have been removed from their bodies by Kyubey, making Magical girls in some sense zombies. Sayaka is horrified that she is essentially no longer a person. As Madoka questions Homura as to why Kyubey kept everyone in the dark, Kyoko tries to help Sayaka cope by telling the girl of her own experience, in which her family fell apart essentially because of her wish in a dark twist. However, Sayaka resists these attempts and isolates herself from others while falling deeper into despair after learning that her classmate and friend, Hitomi Shizuki, plans to confess her own love to Kyosuke. Madoka nearly makes a wish to help Sayaka but does not because Homura kills Kyubey in the moments before the contract is made, telling Madoka not to be so selfless before Madoka runs off to find Sayaka. As Madoka leaves, another Kyubey appears and devours the dead Kyubey as Homura identifies it by its true name: Incubator. Meanwhile, Kyoko finds Sayaka, who admits she was being an idiot before her Soul Gem completely darkens and explodes into a Grief Seed. As darkness flows out of the Grief seed, Kyubey muses how a "magical girl" is only a "witch" yet to fully mature.

Eternal[edit]

Homura saves Kyoko and Sayaka's lifeless body from the witch Oktavia von Seckendorff, revealing it to be Sayaka herself as the result of her Soul Gem turning into a Grief Seed from having succumbed to despair. Kyubey explains that he and his fellow "Incubators" have chosen to turn human teenage girls into magical girls to harvest the energy output from their transformations into witches to prolong the inevitable heat death of the universe. Kyoko, hoping for a chance to restore Sayaka's humanity, takes Madoka with her to try and reach Oktavia. But the attempt ultimately fails, with Kyoko sacrificing herself to end Sayaka's suffering. Kyubey, having known that reversing the process was impossible, taunts Homura, saying that without Sayaka and Kyoko she has no chance of stopping Walpurgisnacht without Madoka also becoming a magical girl, a fate that Homura had been attempting to spare Madoka from. It is then revealed that Homura had re-experienced the one-month period leading up to Walpurgisnacht many times in the hopes of saving Madoka from Walpurgisnacht, using her time-manipulation powers granted during her pact with Kyubey to become a magical girl. With this new information, Kyubey deduces that Homura's actions have caused Madoka to possess the potential energy to become a witch whose power dwarfs Walpurgisnacht.

Homura attempts to face Walpurgisnacht alone, despite Madoka's protests, but is ultimately defeated and pushed to the brink of despair. Madoka arrives and inevitably becomes a magical girl, the wish granted to her by the pact with Kyubey resulting in Madoka transcending into a godlike psychopomp. Madoka establishes a new "Law of Cycles" in which magical girls disappear into a higher plane instead of becoming witches. The result of the action causes Madoka's existence to become erased from reality, with only Homura remembering her. Homura awakens to find herself in a world where Mami and Kyoko are still alive, as the three of them now hunt new monsters called "Wraiths".

Rebellion[edit]

In the seemingly carefree city of Mitakihara, Homura transfers into school and joins Madoka, Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko, along with a familiar named Bebe, as they become magical girls and fight against creatures known as "Nightmares" (ナイトメア, Naitomea). Following them defeating a Nightmare embodiment of Hitomi's frustrations over not being able to see Kyosuke, Homura realizes something is amiss in their memories as she and Kyoko learn they are trapped in a fake Mitakihara inside a witch's labyrinth. Homura proceeds to interrogate Bebe, remembering her as the witch Charlotte, only to end up fighting Mami, who remembered they fought something different from Nightmares.

Homura is spirited away by Sayaka while Mami is kept from pursuing them by a mysterious Magical Girl: Sayaka, revealing she possesses her memories along with manifesting her Oktavia incarnation while warning Homura to reconsider uncovering the truth. Meeting with Madoka helps Homura clear her head and reach the conclusion that she is the witch who created the barrier, Kyubey confirming himself and his fellow Incubators to have masterminded it. Kyubey explains that hearing Homura speaking of a reality predating the Law of Cycles timeline inspired them to isolate her Soul Gem from the rest of the universe for observation with a labyrinth created within which Homura subconsciously used to bring in specific people like Madoka. While Kyubey admits that Madoka's memory loss was unexpected, he decided to observe her until they devised the means to contain her and restore the previous timeline so they can better amass energy from magical girls transforming into witches again.

Kyubey's intentions provoke Homura into completing her transformation into the witch Homulilly to have her familiars kill every Incubator within the labyrinth, while resolute to destroy herself rather than be saved. But Sayaka and Charlotte's original self Nagisa Momoe, both reborn as Madoka's guardians of the Law of Cycles, update the others on what is happening as they fight their way through Homulilly's familiars to save Homura from herself, before she and Madoka destroy the barrier separating Homura's real body from the rest of the universe. Madoka recovers her memories and power as she proceeds to cleanse Homura of her curse and bring her into the Law of Cycles, only to be grabbed by a prepared Homura who reveals the curse consuming her is love rather than despair. Homura separates Madoka from her divinity while her curse enables her to transcend into a "demon" to rewrite reality so Madoka and their friends can return to a normal life, forcing the Incubators to take Madoka's place in bearing the collective misery of magical girls across time. Homura revels in her new world while accepting that she may become Madoka's enemy should she regain her godly powers and oppose her. A post-credits scene shows Homura seated in a chair while watching over Mitakihara with a badly-beaten and mentally scarred Kyubey nearby before she leans over a cliff and falls.

Production[edit]

The original anime television series of Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a collaboration between Aniplex, Shaft and MBS. The series was written by Gen Urobuchi and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo with original character designs by Ume Aoki and music by Yuki Kajiura.

In November 2011, it was announced in the December issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine that a three-part theatrical film project was in development by Shaft.[2] The first film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ[前編] 始まりの物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika (Zenpen): Hajimari no Monogatari), covers the first eight episodes of the anime series.[3] The film was released in Japanese theaters on October 6, 2012.[4] The second film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2: Eternal (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ[後編] 永遠の物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika (Kōhen): Eien no Monogatari), covers the final four episodes of the anime series. The film was released in Japanese theaters on October 13, 2012.[4] The first two films feature redone voices and some scenes with new animation. They were screened in selected locations in the United States and seven other countries between October 2012 and February 2013,[5][6] as well as screened at Anime Festival Asia between November 10–11, 2012 in Singapore.[7] The first two films were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 30, 2013 in standard and collector's edition sets and is available for import by Aniplex of America.[8] The films were re-released by Aniplex USA with an English dub on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 15, 2014.[9]

The third film, Puella Magi Madoka Magica New Feature: Rebellion (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ[新編] 叛逆の物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika (Shinpen): Hangyaku no Monogatari), is an original story which takes place following the events of the previous films. The film was released in Japanese theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 26, 2013.[10][11] Special skits featuring characters from the Monogatari series aired prior to the film, with a different skit shown during each week of its screening.[12] The film was screened in North America by Aniplex of America in December 2013.[13][14] The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with English subtitles on April 2, 2014 in Japan and was released by Aniplex of America as an import title in North America on April 8, 2014.[15][16][17] A re-release with an English dub was released in North America on April 7, 2015.[18]

The opening theme for the first two films is "Luminous" (ルミナス, Ruminasu) by ClariS, which was released on October 10, 2012.[19] 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.[20] For the third film, the opening theme is "Colorful" (カラフル, Karafuru) by ClariS, which was released on October 30, 2013,[21] and the 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.[22]

Other media[edit]

A film comic adaptation of the first two films, titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Film Memories, went on sale on May 26, 2012.[23] A manga adaptation of Rebellion illustrated by Hanokage, who previously did the television series' manga adaptation and The Different Story spin-off manga, was published by Houbunsha in three tankōbon volumes between November 12, 2013 and January 10, 2014.[24] Yen Press began releasing the series in English starting December 15, 2015.[25]

An action-adventure video game based on the films, Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram, was released in Japan on December 12, 2013 for the PlayStation Vita. The game follows an alternate plotline to the first two films, in which Madoka makes a wish that all the magical girls could work together and defeat Walpurgisnacht.[26]

Reception[edit]

Beginnings grossed more than ¥500 million at the Japanese box office.[27] The Blu-ray Disc edition of the first two films sold over 80,000 in its first week.[28] Rebellion was one of 19 animated films submitted for Best Animated Feature for the 86th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[29] The film has earned 2.08 billion yen in the Japanese box office, breaking the previous record of 1.93 billion yen, held by K-On! the Movie for a film based on a late-night anime television series.[30][31] The first week sales of the Rebellion limited and regular edition Blu-rays placed first and second in the weekly Oricon chart, having reached 127,501 and 9,872 units.[32] Rebellion was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 37th Japan Academy Prize[33] and won the Best Theatrical Film Award at the 19th Animation Kobe Awards,[34] and a Notable Entry Award at the 2014 Tokyo Anime Award Festival.[35]

Jacob Hope Chapman of Anime News Network gave Rebellion a B rating, praising its gorgeous visuals and creativity, but citing the film's last-minute twist as "mean-spirited and ludicrously out-of-character."[36] Richard Eisenbeis and Toshi Nakamura at Kotaku reviewed the film positively. Toshi's final thoughts being, "Aside from my aforementioned problems with the pace of the initial mystery, I loved everything else about the movie. It plays with your emotions like crazy, but at the same time, it’s emotionally fluid. While you might not agree with characters' choices and actions, they all make sense and are never forced." Richard's final thoughts were, "Personally, I loved it. It's a great character piece and a worthy addition to the franchise, but it is far from an uplifting cap to the series."[37]

Geoff Berkshire of Variety gave a mixed review, stating "Rebellion delivers a convoluted conclusion sure to prove beyond baffling to any franchise newcomers." Berkshire praised other aspects such as the visuals of Gekidan Inu Curry.[38]

Accolades[edit]

Year Name of Competition Category Result Recipient
2014 37th Japan Academy Prize Animation of the Year Nominated Rebellion
13th Tokyo Anime Award Anime of the Year (Film Category) Notable Entry Rebellion
19th Animation Kobe Theatrical Film Award Won Rebellion
2015 2015 UK Anime Network Awards Best action anime[39] Nominated Rebellion

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