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->''Which would be an incident that would change her destiny--\\
Which would be the beginning of a whole other magical girl tale--''

''Puella Magi Oriko Magica'' is a manga SpinOff of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', released in Japan shortly after the anime's conclusion. It was created by Mura Kuroe. Unusually, it was released as a series of trade paperbacks/''[[GratuitousJapanese tankobon]]'' instead of being serialized in a magazine, similar to the manga adaptation of ''Madoka Magica''.

'''THIS PAGE HAS UNMARKED SPOILERS FOR THE ANIME. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED'''

Oriko Mikuni, a new MagicalGirl, sees a vision where a powerful witch attacks Mitakihara City. As she realizes that she is unable to fight the witch herself, she receives another vision of a little girl. She quickly tells Kyubey that this girl is a very good magical girl candidate. (On that note, [[IAmNotShazam Oriko is not the girl on the first volume cover]].)

Elsewhere and elsewhen, Kyouko Sakura fights a witch in a new city. At the end of the battle, she finds a little girl, who was orphaned when her parents were killed by the witch. This girl, Yuma Chitose, is the same girl Oriko saw in her vision. In a rare moment of compassion, Kyouko decides to look out for Yuma, though she is adamant that Yuma should not become a magical girl.

As she continues to fight witches, Kyouko realizes that despite the large number of witches in the city, there are no other magical girls. Kyubey reveals to her that all of the previous magical girls in the city were killed...''by other magical girls.''

And so the stories of these girls, as well as those of Mami, Homura, and Madoka, converge...

The series has been licensed by Creator/YenPress and both volumes were released in July and October of 2013.

Additional ''Oriko Magica'' stories are being serialized in ''Magazine/MangaTimeKirara Magica'', the official ''Madoka Magica'' magazine. The first, a two-parter entitled ''Noisy Citrine'', expands upon the backstory of Kirika Kure. The second story is entitled ''Symmetry Diamond'' and focuses on Oriko and Yuma. Both stories were collected in a trade paperback entitled ''Puella Magi Oriko Magica Extra'', which also included a new story named ''Last Agate''. The paperback was released in Japan in September 2013, and will be released in the US in March 2014. A {{Prequel}}, titled ''New Contract Puella Magi Oriko Magica'' began serialization in ''Kirara Magica'' on November 2013.

Oriko, Yuma, and Kirka all made [[http://mm.my-gg.com/news/information/detail/1992 appearances]] in the ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online'' game.
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!!Tropes in ''Puella Magi Oriko Magica'' include:
* [[spoiler:AlasPoorVillain: Oriko was never truly evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist although her methods were pretty brutal]], and she died protecting the lifeless body of Kirika.]]
** Considering [[spoiler:how utterly ''horrible'' said methods were, some people consider her TogetherInDeath scene with Kirika a borderline KarmaHoudini, even when she does acknowledge that she did it wrong.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: [[spoiler: The first collection included artwork of three of the witches in their original Magical Girl identities, specifically Cecil, Stacy, and Virginia, but not what their original names or abilities were. The fact that Rosasharn didn't have a Magical Girl form included has led fans to believe she was originally a familiar.]]
* AlternateTimeline and/or {{Prequel}}[=/=]{{Interquel}}: It's not known when, what period, or what individual timeline this takes place in.
** ''Symmetry Diamond'' takes place in a separate timeline from the original ''Oriko Magica'' story.
* AlwaysInClassOne: [[ContinuityNod Just like in the manga adaptation of the original]], Mami is shown to be in class 3-A.
* [[spoiler:AntagonistTitle]]
* ArtEvolution: The art is noticeably smoother in Noisy Citrine compared to the first manga.
* ArtShift and/or GenreShift: Happens quite often to some characters when they shift between serious and humorous moods.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Kyouko ''specifically tells'' Yuma not to contract with Kyubey because of this. [[spoiler:She doesn't listen.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Let's just say that each character gets to be a BigDamnHeroes for someone else. Must be a RunningGag...
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Mami, Kirika and Kyouko.
* BloodierAndGorier: Compared to the ''Madoka'' anime (not the manga, which is quite violent), which never went past a bit of blood. ''Oriko'''s very first chapter has people being eaten alive.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure.
* CallForward: The story begins with Oriko having a vision of a powerful witch destroying the city, similar to Madoka's dream in Episode 1 of ''Madoka Magica''.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Charlotte in chapter 3.]]
** Blink and you might miss this--the first chapter has a (rather gruesome) image of Kyouko's sister.
* ContinuityNod: In Chapter 2, Kyouko mentions that she wanted to have a dream of a happy life [[spoiler:when she believes she's going to die.]]
** [[spoiler:Images from Episode 10 appear in Chapter 6.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Much like the anime, the title character of ''Oriko Magica'' isn't exactly the main character [[spoiler: although in this case it's because Oriko is the BigBad.]] Kyouko and Yuma are the main characters in the first volume, with Mami taking a supporting protagonist role. [[spoiler: And then, like the anime, Homura ultimately takes the role of protagonist from all of them.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Homura and Madoka only appear briefly in Volume 1. Sayaka is only mentioned. Justified because this is a prequel, and thus happens before Madoka and Sayaka meet Kyubey. [[spoiler:Or rather, this is a rare timeline where Homura was able to stop Madoka and Sayaka from meeting Kyubey. Since Homura's not {{adorkable}} and seems to know what's going on, it's not the first timeline, but rather something inbetween the 3rd or 4th timeline and the one in the show.]]
** [[spoiler:All three girls get expanded roles in the second volume.]]
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Right when it looks like Homura might save Madoka in this timeline, Oriko fires a parting shot that kills Madoka.]]
* DividedWeFall: The magical girls pair off in four distinct groups: Kyouko and Yuma, Mami on her own, Oriko and Kirika, and finally Homura with Madoka and Sayaka [[spoiler:though the latter two don't contract in this timeline]].
* DramaticIrony: See ForegoneConclusion below. The reader might get the impression that everything the {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s did was a waste of time.
* DoomedByCanon: [[spoiler:Madoka. On the other hand, Mami, Kyouko, Sayaka all make it in this timeline. Yuma would count too, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse if we actually knew what happened to her in the anime.]]]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Oriko's plan is thwarted, Oriko and Kirika are killed, and neither Madoka nor Sayaka contracted. But [[DiabolusExMachina not so fast, bucko]]. With the last of her strength, Oriko kills Madoka by impaling her with a chunk of Witch-Kirika through the chest/stomach. HereWeGoAgain!]]
* DoNotGoGentle: Delivered by, out of all people in the world, [[spoiler:Yuma Chitose when Mami and Kyouko have hit their DespairEventHorizon and are ready to lay down and die. This parallels with Madoka, in which both Yuma and Madoka want to find a purpose in life.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Yuma:''']] "You know I...used to think that every time [[spoiler:my Mama picked on me]]...that I'd rather be dead. But when that witch attacked us and I thought I was going to die...I did everything I could to stay alive!"
--> [[spoiler:'''Mami:''']] "Someday we'll probably [[spoiler:become witches]]!"
--> [[spoiler:'''Yuma:''']] [[TookALevelInBadass "But someday is not now!"]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: All else aside, Oriko and Kirika do genuinely care for one another.
* {{Expy}}: Yuma and Oriko seem to function as counterparts towards Madoka and Homura respectively. [[spoiler: Much like Madoka inspired hope, later actually becoming hope itself, Yuma is the bright-eyed idealist who ends up inspiring Kyouko and Mami to keep fighting after they hit their DespairEventHorizon. Oriko seems to be a counterpart to Homura in that both are taking drastic measures to try and save their world after going through much suffering in their lives. The differences lie in that, even though Yuma inspires Kyouko and Mami, her efforts aren't enough to save this timeline from the inevitable rewind that Homura causes once Madoka dies, and Oriko's actions have left her with too much blood on her hands to the point that she questions as to whether or not it was worth it.]] They seem to function in the sense that nature abhors a vacuum.
* ForegoneConclusion: As this takes place in a previous timeline, it's already established that Madoka will either die and/or contract and become a witch by the end and Homura will try again.
** Since Oriko was released after the end of the anime, it can also be established that [[spoiler: everything that happened in it will ultimately be altered by the CosmicRetcon.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Kirika's introduction at the end of chapter 2 already implies that she's not exactly good.
* ForWantOfANail: Spinoff ''Symmetry Diamond'' is about what happens when Oriko foresees Walpurgisnacht instead of Kreimhild Gretchen. Turns out [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome she's downright heroic when circumstances allow for it]].
* GallowsHumor: While bantering with Mami, Kirika praises Mami's endurance. Mami claims she's so proud, she'll repeat that to all her friends at teatime. Mami is losing hope of survival and has no friends.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Oriko began the magical girl killings and tricked Yuma into contracting to distract Kyubey from Madoka and to ensure Madoka would be placed in a position where she would get killed. Kyubey eventually sees through it.]]
* GuestStarPartyMember: In Madoka Online players had the chance to get an Oriko, a Yuma, and a Kirika in their team.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: As with ''Madoka'', all chapters are named after a line said in them.
* IAmNotShazam: The green haired girl is Yuma, not Oriko, whose hair is white.
* ImagineSpot: Kirika has a few of these featuring Oriko in Noisy Citrine.
* InsistentTerminology: Kirika's BerserkButton is people referring to her feelings for Oriko as a "crush" rather than "love."
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Yuma reveals that she was constantly abused by her mother. In a brief flashback, it is shown that Yuma's mother is killed by a witch, and it was neither fast nor painless.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch:[[spoiler:The first time we see Yuma's mother being eaten by an unseen witch, it's one of the most horrific, stomach-churning things to yet happen in the franchise. A few pages later, we learn what Yuma's mother was actually like, and people wish they could high-five said witch.]]
* MaleGaze: A few times, but [[http://www.mangareader.net/mahou-shoujo-oriko-magica/2/38 this]] is an especially noticeable example.
* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler:After a near-fatal fight with Mami, Kirika reveals to Oriko that her Soul Gem is ''cracked''. In a pre-Madoka-Ascension world, this is ''worse'' than actually being mortally wounded.]]
** [[spoiler:Following Oriko's attempt on Kyubey's life, it's shortly revealed that Madoka took the fatal blow Oriko had meant for the little puke.]]
* MultipleHeadCase: The witch Cecil has two extra heads on tentacles coming out of the eye sockets of her main head. Also, the cat witch Stacy has two faces.
* MythologyGag: Mami first appears in chapter three after she's defeated Charlotte, the exact opposite of how things happened in ''Madoka''. Mami even remarks that [[HarsherInHindsight she would have been killed if she had let her guard down]].
* NoEnding: Kind of. [[spoiler:After Madoka dies, we just see a single panel of Homura's shield, followed by a small scene between Oriko and Kirika that's presumably in the afterlife. Of course, the anime reveals what ultimately happens, but ''Oriko's'' ending is very abrupt.]]
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:Witch!Kirika. Odd, considering that all the witches in the first volume were named. However, from how her barrier has it written before the main room's door, her name might be Margot.]]
* PantyShot: Yuma pulled one on Mami, reducing her into a crying wreck.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: It's revealed the reason why Kirika is killing magical girls (under Oriko's orders) because she and Oriko were planning to go after Madoka to stop her from becoming a world-destroying witch.
* ShoutOut: Given the [[OneOfUs author's]] [[{{Touhou}} leanings]], some fans suggest that Oriko's signature sphere weapons are a reference to the danmaku in a BulletHell game.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Witch!Kirika is destroyed, and Oriko knows her plan has failed. What to do? Shoot Madoka, taking Kriemhild Gretchen with her, as she's foreseen that Homura won't be able to prevent Madoka from contracting.]]
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: The main plot is about Kyoko and Yuma, while the secondary plot is Mami investigating the magical girl killings. [[spoiler:Both these plots are connected via Oriko.]] The C plot is [[spoiler:Homura's attempts to protect Madoka, which ultimately takes over the plot. Again.]]
* TogetherInDeath: The final fate of [[spoiler:Kirika and Oriko]].
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kirika Kure and Oriko Mikuni.
* TragicMistake: [[spoiler:This timeline would have continued, with most from the original anime (plus Yuma and minus Kazuko and many classmates) alive if Madoka hadn't decided to try and help Homura, getting herself killed in the process.]]
* TransformationSequence: All of the magical girls do this, but the most obvious one is Oriko's in chapter 1.
* TwoFirstNames: Still present with the new characters.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Oriko is normally cool, calm, and collected--until Witch!Kirika is defeated and she realizes that the world she envisioned will never come to be. Figuring out that QB saw through her plans didn't help her any.]]
* WhamEpisode: In Volume 1, the fact that Oriko is not [[CoversAlwaysLie the green haired girl on the cover]] and the reveal that [[spoiler:Oriko is actually an antagonist]].
** Volume 2 has the following:
*** Chapter 5: [[spoiler:The witch Oriko saw was [[DarkMessiah Kriemhild Gretchen]]. Oriko's true goal is to kill [[ApocalypseMaiden Madoka]]]].
*** Chapter 6: [[spoiler:Oriko began the magical girl killings and made Yuma contract just to distract Kyubey from Madoka.]]
*** Chapter 7: [[spoiler:Just when it looks like Oriko has been defeated and that this timeline will turn out differently, a DiabolusExMachina occurs and Madoka dies. HereWeGoAgain, but [[ForegoneConclusion what did you expect?]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:We don't know what happened to Oriko, Kirika, and Yuma in any of the anime timelines, including what happened after the CosmicRetcon. We also don't know why this timeline was different, although Oriko's wish to know the meaning of her life is the sort of wish that could change dramatically simply because of [[ForWantOfANail small changes in the timeline]].]]
** Symmetry Diamond helps answers a few of these questions. [[spoiler:Specifically, the ones related to what happened to Oriko, Kirika and Yuma in the early anime timelines. Instead of seeing Kriemheld Gretch upon using her magic for the first time, Oriko foresees Walpurgisnacht, and avoids the entire sequence of events that leads her and Kirika to commit mass murder while looking for Madoka. She also does not see Yuma as a potential magical girl, but instead meets her in a park and later foresees her death, caused by her mother's abuse. She and Kirika eventually assist Yuma in finding a new family, so she goes on to live a normal life, never meeting Kyouko.]]
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