Madoka Kaname is an Ordinary Middle School Student
with a loving family and a close circle of friends. One day, an enigmatic girl called Homura Akemi transfers into her class
, setting off a chain of events that will change Madoka's life as she knows it.
In the shadows of the city, a war is being fought between the grotesque Witches
and the Magical Girls
who fight against them. A small cat-like creature
named Kyubey appears before Madoka and offers to grant a single wish
in exchange for her services as a Magical Girl. The idealistic Madoka wants to accept so that she can protect innocent people, but Homura—who reveals herself to be a Magical Girl—seems determined to stop Madoka for reasons unknown.
Bringing together an all-star staff, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
has Studio Shaft
animating, Shaft's primary director Akiyuki Shinbo
directing, Yuki Kajiura
producing the music, Nitro+'s Gen Urobuchi
writing and Ume Aoki
designing the characters for Shaft's first original series
. The show started airing in January as part of the Winter 2011 season, though it was put on a temporary hiatus due to the Sendai earthquakes in Japan
. The final two episodes were broadcast back-to-back on April 21st;
the initial announcement was met with much rejoicing. When it was aired on Nico Nico Douga
, over one million people watched. Compare this to Lucky Star
's similar stream, which had over half
A number of supplementary manga have been released for this series:
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a Comic Book Adaptation of the anime. (3 volumes, released 2011 in Japan and 2012 in the US).
- Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, a Spin-Off featuring a different cast of Magical Girls. (Originally serialized for 23 chapters from 2011-2012, collected into 5 volumes, released 2013-2014 in the US).
- Puella Magi Oriko Magica another Spin-Off which includes characters from the anime as well as new characters. (2 volumes, released 2011 in Japan and 2013 in the US).
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica Anthology and Puella Magi Madoka Magica 4Koma Anthology, two series of non-canon manga stories. (3 volumes for Anthology and 2 volumes for 4Koma Anthology, released 2011-2012 in Japan).
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, a Spin-Off created for the Compilation Movie that is a combination of P.O.V. Sequel, Prequel, and What If?-story. (3 volumes, released 2012 in Japan).
- There is also a magazine entitled Manga Time Kirara Magica, which contains more non-canon manga stories as well as additional stories featuring the Oriko Magica cast.
The series has been dubbed and released in the US by Aniplex USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK. Yen Press has licensed all three manga in the US. The first episode was aired on Australian TV on ABC3
on 6 January as a preview, with an implication that the whole series will air soon. The series can now be found on Crunchyroll
A video game for the PSP
, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable
was released in March of 2012, developed by Namco Bandai
. An official iPhone game by Mobage
featuring four new magical girl characters has also been released.
In November of 2011 a theatrical film trilogy
was announced. It is composed of the following:
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Beginning Story (Hajimari no Monogatari): Part one of a Compilation Movie, released on October 6th, 2012.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Everlasting Story (Eien no Monogatari): Part two of the Compilation Movie, released on October 13, 2012.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story (Hangyaku no Monogatari): A true sequel to the anime, originally intended to be its second season. Will be released in Autumn 2013.
At some point a teaser website appeared
playing voice clips from Madoka. It was eventually revealed to be for a Puella Magi online game
Dojinsoft group Tasogare Frontier, aka Tasofro, has released a Madoka fangame
entitled Grief Syndrome
Compare Neon Genesis Evangelion
, Alien Nine
, Princess Tutu
, Revolutionary Girl Utena
, and Digimon Tamers
for similar top-down, no-holds-barred abstract genre deconstructions. Definitely contrast Cardcaptor Sakura
, which serves as the show's most obvious antecedent.
Compare and contrast Claymore
, Elfen Lied
, Lyrical Nanoha
and Black Rock Shooter
which feature similar cases of specialized women
fighting for survival.
For some of the inspiration of the series, see Faust
/人◕‿‿◕人\ Anything is possible, if you make a contract with me!
Late Arrival Spoiler Warning: Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the most popular anime franchises in the anime fandom as of the Winter 2011 season. It also has a Wham Line roughly every episode. In other words, there are a great deal of SPOILERS below — most marked, some unmarked, but all of which may possibly ruin your enjoyment of the story. Avoiding these pages is highly suggested for those who have not seen the show.
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someone is fighting for you.
As long as you remember her,
you are not alone.