Reviews: Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion

An enjoyable continuation to Madoka\'s story

Before we begin, I'd like to point out that unmarked Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoilers are ahead. If you haven't seen it, I recommend not reading any further until you've seen the anime (and, of course, seeing the anime itself).

As might be expected of a sequel, the (debatably) happy ending gets overturned, although it's initially unclear how it happened. Still, things are amiss, and they leads to Homura trying to find the truth, and in turn, her search leads to a fierce battle and another drastic upheaval. It might have been nice to see more about how the events at the end of the original series affect the lives (and deaths) of magical girls now that they no longer have to fear what happens when their Soul Gems completely darken, but the plot is an interesting mystery with many twists and turns, similar to the secrets revealed about magical girls in general and some characters in particular late in the original series.

Homura's decision at the end is the part of the movie that's both the most controversial (whether it's right, done for the right reasons, in character, etc.) and (obviously) the hardest to discuss without spoiling it. All I can say about that, is that, in my opinion, the respective answers are yes, mostly, and yes as a result of Character Development in the film. Some viewers have apparently rethought shipping Homura and Madoka as a result of seeing this, but I still ship it, and hold out hope for the two finding happiness together.

The music is quite good, as might be expected of Madoka, particularly "Absolute Configuration," which nicely complements what is perhaps the best fight scene in the entire Madoka franchise, and a definite high point for the movie as far as action goes.

All in all, while Rebellion is definitely not a good place to get started with the Madoka franchise, I'd recommend it for those who enjoyed the original series and are eager to see what happens to Homura and the others.