Finally Watched it: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 3.

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Again,this volume follows the manga but there are some more strange camera angles or the calm voice of the actor not matching the screaming face of the animated figure (or the reverse). But the music is amazing and the movements are clean and smooth. The plot is tight and there are so many anime out there with tons of filler that it’s nice to see a narrative get to the point and stay there.

I had fun watching this series and I think it’s a wouldn’t mind coming back to watch more than once. It’s dark but also adorable and heartfelt. I’m glad I took time for this one. Anything that thoughtfully turns tropes upside down is welcome. Its super creepy that Kyubey is one obvious metaphor for being taken advantage of during one of the most vulnerable time in a young person’s life. And poor Homura… But seeing her in action?! Picking up all those techniques?! Fucking WIN!

Now, I have been poking around and there are other manga for this series that I may try to hunt down and read. If I can find them, I may review those as well.

All in all, this was fun and I LOVE being back into anime again.

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Finally Watched It: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 2

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This volume follows the second volume of the manga pretty closely and while the voice acting and music keep their quality, there were a couple of questionable camera angles that had me confused. They were super diagonal or oddly framed in a way where you know no human being would have deliberately placed a camera. At one point two characters were sitting at a table and I think the camera would have to have been sitting on the girl’s lap, at an angle, with the zoom at 150%. This only happened a couple of times so it wasn’t too distracting.

The tone also is constant but I was a little taken aback by the gore being blacked out. Perhaps I’m spoiled by other anime were zero fucks are given and people spill gallons of blood all the time. I wonder what this would have looked like if the animators were really allowed to let loose.

Overall, I’m enjoying this! I don’t know if this is an anime I’d watch more than once, though.

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Lenni Reviews: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 3 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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Now that Madoka – and Kyouko as well but Homura already knew – knows exactly what it means to make a contract with Kyubey, Madoka has a very important decision to make. She is destined to become the most powerful magical girl then also the most evil witch. Homura has been reliving this over and over attempting to save Madoka from this fate even as Kyubey deliberately trying to ensure Homura fails. In the end, it’s only Madoka’s choice that matters.

As magical girl stories go, this is really sad. It’s a great story and I look forward to the next volume of the anime. At it’s core, the message boils down to ‘be careful what you wish for’ as the cost may be dear and the person offering it may not be trustworthy.

The ending is kinda satisfying but – spoilers – that asshole Kyubey doesn’t get murdered. Other than that, a very creative take on magical girls.

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Finally Watched It: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 1 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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Obviously, this is the anime which tells the same story as the manga I have been reading and reviewing. And it was completely worth it to see this on screen.

The story is the same but it was so awesome to see the characters moving and talking. The soundtrack is amazing, the animation is clean and sharp, and the voice acting is on point. One thing I will say that the anime does better than the manga is the witch labyrinths. Seeing that in color and moving was like seeing a twisted wonderland where all the cute things are designed to kill you. And I’m thinking this is entirely the point.

The anime shies away from gore but it does take more time to revel in the horror. You can turn a page fast but having to watch the characters cry and suffer is a different experience.

Again, I am enjoying the different take on magical girls. I’ve said that a lot, but it’s true. There is another volume (so I don’t feel guilty for watching this before reading volume three since volume three isn’t on this DVD) which I’m waiting to get into my hot little hands and of course, I will be reviewing it.

Seeing the same ole stories in a new light is always fun and I can’t wait for the next one!

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Lenni Reviews: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 2 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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*Spoilery review

Nadoka’s friend, Sayaka, enters into a contract with Kyubey in order to have a wish granted: for the hands of a boy she likes to be healed. On Sayaka’s first outing as a magical girl, another girl shows up named Kyouko, who has been killing familiars for a long time. Kyouko reveals not only is it the task of a magical girl to hunt and kill witches and their familiars, the girls eat the witches. After killing a witch, a grief seed is left behind. The girls supposedly use the seed to clean their soul gems and get their magic back but in reality, the grief seed is being consumed. Not only that, those cute little soul gems aren’t just a talisman, they are the girl’s actual souls! Their bodies are just empty shells; effectively, they’re DEAD.

What the ever-loving fuck…

While Sayaka works on getting the hang of the killing familiars thing, Homura is desperately trying to keep Madoka from getting involved. Turns out Homura’s special ability is time manipulation and she knows exactly what Kyubey is and what it’s planning. Then the guy Sayaka essentially died for hooks up with someone else and loses her fucking mind.

There are only three volumes of this and there seems to be a lot getting thrown out at the reader. I haven’t seen the anime (I plan to) and I won’t watch it until I finish the books, but I shudder to think how this will wrap up. So far, it’s compelling, screwed up, and a bit disturbing.

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Lenni Reviews: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” vol 1 by Magica Quartet and Hanokage

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I heard this series was fucked up and right in the first volume, it lives up to it’s infamous reputation.

But I get ahead of myself…

We start our story with Madoka Kaname starting a typical day at school A new transfer student joins her class and its the same girl Madoka dreamed of the night before! Sure enough, the dream is prophetic as a little creature named Kyubey offers to make Madoka a magical girl. All Madoka has to do is make a contract with Kyubey and she will have one wish granted in return. But the new girl; Homura Akemi, tries to warn her against it and Madoka soon learns wishes come at a price and being a magical girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I think the shock of this manga comes in the marketing. You look at the cover with the bright colors and smiling girls, you read the blurb on the back and it’s pretty standard for a magical girl book; but then you read it and some girl gets her head bitten off. If this book was marketed as a horror, I don’t think people would be as shocked. It’s nice to see a different take on the magical girl genre, though. The tone reminds me of Titans: Sissors, Paper, Stone; which I read a million years ago (and probably have a copy somewhere…); as it’s a commentary on the glorification of superheroes. It’s all fun and games until shit gets real. Seeing as how Puella starts off dark pretty quick, I doubt things will get any better for the characters.

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