Manga: Puella Magi Oriko Magica
"Who in the world is this young girl standing before Mami and Kyoko...?"note
Which would be an incident that would change her destiny— Puella Magi Oriko Magica
Which would be the beginning of a whole other magical girl tale—
is a manga Spin-Off
of Puella Magi Madoka Magica
, 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/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 Magical Girl
, 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, Oriko is not the girl on the first volume cover.)
Elsewhere and elsewhen, Kyoko 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, Kyoko decides to look out for Yuma, though she is adamant that Yuma should not become a magical girl.
As she continues to fight witches, Kyoko 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 Yen Press
and both volumes were released in July and October of 2013.
Additional Oriko Magica
stories are being serialized in Manga Time Kirara 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 Story
, 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: Sadness Prayer
began serialization in Kirara Magica
on November 2013.
Oriko, Yuma, and Kirka all made appearances
in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online
Tropes in Puella Magi Oriko Magica include:
- Alas, Poor Villain: Oriko was never truly evil although her methods were pretty brutal, and she died protecting the lifeless body of Kirika.
- Considering how utterly horrible said methods were, some people consider her Together in Death scene with Kirika a borderline Karma Houdini, even when she does acknowledge that she did it wrong.
- All There in the Manual: 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.
- Alternate Timeline 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.
- Always in Class One: Just like in the manga adaptation of the original, Mami is shown to be in class 3-A.
- Antagonist Title
- Art Evolution: The art is noticeably smoother in Noisy Citrine compared to the first manga.
- Art Shift and/or Genre Shift: Happens quite often to some characters when they shift between serious and humorous moods.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Kyoko specifically tells Yuma not to contract with Kyubey because of this. She doesn't listen.
- Big Damn Heroes: Let's just say that each character gets to be a Big Damn Heroes for someone else. Must be a Running Gag...
- Bittersweet Ending
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Mami, Kirika and Kyoko.
- Bloodier and Gorier: 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.
- Brains and Brawn: Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure.
- Call Forward: 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.
- The Cameo: Charlotte in chapter 3.
- Blink and you might miss this—the first chapter has a (rather gruesome) image of Kyoko's sister.
- Continuity Nod: In Chapter 2, Kyoko mentions that she wanted to have a dream of a happy life when she believes she's going to die.
- Images from Episode 10 appear in Chapter 6.
- Decoy Protagonist: Much like the anime, the title character of Oriko Magica isn't exactly the main character although in this case it's because Oriko is the Big Bad. Kyoko and Yuma are the main characters in the first volume, with Mami taking a supporting protagonist role. And then, like the anime, Homura ultimately takes the role of protagonist from all of them.
- Demoted to Extra: 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. 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.
- All three girls get expanded roles in the second volume.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: Right when it looks like Homura might save Madoka in this timeline, Oriko fires a parting shot that kills Madoka.
- Divided We Fall: The magical girls pair off in four distinct groups: Kyoko and Yuma, Mami on her own, Oriko and Kirika, and finally Homura with Madoka and Sayaka though the latter two don't contract in this timeline.
- Dramatic Irony: See Foregone Conclusion below. The reader might get the impression that everything the Well Intentioned Extremists did was a waste of time.
- Doomed by Canon: Madoka. On the other hand, Mami, Kyoko, Sayaka all make it in this timeline. Yuma would count too, if we actually knew what happened to her in the anime.
- Downer Ending: Oriko's plan is thwarted, Oriko and Kirika are killed, and neither Madoka nor Sayaka contracted. But 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. Here We Go Again!
- Do Not Go Gentle: Delivered by, out of all people in the world, Yuma Chitose when Mami and Kyoko have hit their Despair Event Horizon 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.
Yuma: "You know I...used to think that every time 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!"
Mami: "Someday we'll probably become witches!"
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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. Much like Madoka inspired hope, later actually becoming hope itself, Yuma is the bright-eyed idealist who ends up inspiring Kyoko and Mami to keep fighting after they hit their Despair Event Horizon. 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 Kyoko 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.
- Foregone Conclusion: 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 everything that happened in it will ultimately be altered by the Cosmic Retcon.
- Foreshadowing: Kirika's introduction at the end of chapter 2 already implies that she's not exactly good.
- For Want of a Nail: Spinoff Symmetry Diamond is about what happens when Oriko foresees Walpurgisnacht instead of Kreimhild Gretchen. Turns out she's downright heroic when circumstances allow for it.
- Gallows Humor: 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.
- Gambit Roulette: 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.
- Guest Star Party Member: In Madoka Online players had the chance to get an Oriko, a Yuma, and a Kirika in their team.
- Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming: As with Madoka, all chapters are named after a line said in them.
- Imagine Spot: Kirika has a few of these featuring Oriko in Noisy Citrine.
- Insistent Terminology: Kirika's Berserk Button is people referring to her feelings for Oriko as a "crush" rather than "love."
- Karmic Death: 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.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: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.
- Male Gaze: A few times, but this is an especially noticeable example.
- Mortal Wound Reveal: 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.
- 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.
- Multiple Head Case: 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.
- Mythology Gag: Mami first appears in chapter three after she's defeated Charlotte, the exact opposite of how things happened in Madoka. Mami even remarks that she would have been killed if she had let her guard down.
- No Ending: Kind of. 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.
- No Name Given: 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.
- Panty Shot: Yuma pulled one on Mami, reducing her into a crying wreck.
- Serial Killings, Specific Target: 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.
- Shout-Out: Given the author's leanings, some fans suggest that Oriko's signature sphere weapons are a reference to the danmaku in a Bullet Hell game.
- Taking You with Me: 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.
- Third Line, Some Waiting: The main plot is about Kyoko and Yuma, while the secondary plot is Mami investigating the magical girl killings. Both these plots are connected via Oriko. The C plot is Homura's attempts to protect Madoka, which ultimately takes over the plot. Again.
- Together in Death: The final fate of Kirika and Oriko.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kirika Kure and Oriko Mikuni.
- Tragic Mistake: 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.
- Transformation Sequence: All of the magical girls do this, but the most obvious one is Oriko's in chapter 1.
- Two First Names: Still present with the new characters.
- Villainous Breakdown: 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.
- Wham Episode: In Volume 1, the fact that Oriko is not the green haired girl on the cover and the reveal that Oriko is actually an antagonist.
- Volume 2 has the following:
- Chapter 5: The witch Oriko saw was Kriemhild Gretchen. Oriko's true goal is to kill Madoka.
- Chapter 6: Oriko began the magical girl killings and made Yuma contract just to distract Kyubey from Madoka.
- Chapter 7: Just when it looks like Oriko has been defeated and that this timeline will turn out differently, a Diabolus Ex Machina occurs and Madoka dies. Here We Go Again, but what did you expect?
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know what happened to Oriko, Kirika, and Yuma in any of the anime timelines, including what happened after the Cosmic Retcon. 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 small changes in the timeline.
- Symmetry Diamond helps answers a few of these questions. 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 Kyoko.