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  • All-Star Cast: Take a look at this list...
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Madoka was already becoming a Long Runner in the game of intellectual properties making bank over the long term, but the game Magia Record is unquestionably the single most successful entry, in both zeitgeist penetration and monetary return, since the original show and Rebellion. It's not quite as rock-solid on the grossing charts as some of the other eight hundred ton gorillas of the mobile gaming world (including its obvious predecessor Fate/Grand Order), but its highest profile events tend to have it hanging out in the top twenty list of the grossing charts regularly. Its success fueled a new wave of Madoka works beginning in 2018.
  • Casting Gag: Maaya Uchida and Aya Uchida are voicing a pair of twins.
  • Content Leak: In 2018 people datamined the Doppel transformation animation for 10 girls that didn't have a usable Doppel at the time; six of them have been introduced into the game as of November 2020.
  • Development Hell:
    • The game was initially slated for May 2017, but then was delayed to June. Then it got delayed again to August. The official parody comic Magia Report had a field day with all the delays.
    • According to f4's interview in the second Magia Day stream, the concept of the game has been in development for five years, which means Madoka Magica Online game was a stepping stone for Magia Record.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Animation tied to Corbeau's Magia (but nothing more) was found way back during the first Tart event but wasn't actually used; eventually this changed when she became playable for the second Tart event.
    • Similarly, Sana's Doppel summon animation is different between the leak and the finalized version. However, the general silhouette of the Doppel is the same.
    • There are three unused icons found inside the game that cannot be tied to any other used icon: two status ailments marked with a bomb and a skull, as well as added effect using the icon of an uniform.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Eroha for Iroha due to this page in the official parody comic Magia Report. The swimsuit outfit she got in-game did not help.
    • Legbreaker for Yachiyo, for mangling Tsukuyo's legs in Chapter 4.
    • Rika is usually called Saber-face because her artist is known to copy Takashi Takeuchi's style and made a lot of Fate/ stay night fanarts. She's also commonly refered to as a snail (with her head photo-shopped onto a snail's body) due to her extremely long attack animations.
    • Gorilla, as a part of Fate/Grand Order osmosis, is a term referring to a character sporting a 3/1/1 disk distribution (such as Rena). Unlike FGO however, it's not exclusive to the Blast-focused units (an equivalent of the Buster units whom the nickname is given to), so there are terms like Charge Gorilla unit like Momoko.
    • Ashley Taylor's release give birth to the term Godzilla, referring to the fact that she sports 4/1/0 disk distribution. Her disk set has also spawned the name "Blastley."
    • When talking about the groups, the fans usually uses Nanami-ke for the main characters, Tokiwa-gumi for Nanaka's team, and simply Azalea for the titular event's main characters.
    • The Memoria "A Once Empty World"/"World of Emptiness" is often called "World of Bullshit" due to it allowing players to win or lose Mirrors matches based on random dodges. It's not the only one to have that effect, but it is the first and the most well-known.
    • Sana is referred to as "Snaa" on Image Boards.
    • The various 4* memoria depicting main characters (and Asuka) posing on a backdrop of a flower garden are sometimes called "garden memoria" for short, or "(Character name) garden". For example, the memoria "Attitude Toward Art", which depicts Alina, could be referred to as "Alina garden."
    • Lil' Kyubey is often called Mokyuu by fans for the sounds he makes whenever he "talks".
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Magia Report, the parody manga that stars a borderline psychotic alternation of the main character who serves as both the court jester and the gameplay guide of the game, which then has a part in the April Fool day is also done by Fate/Grand Order and its Learning with Manga! FGO.
    • "Howa Howa Girl"/"Wait, You Got It Wrong!" event has an structure that's a lot like FGO Setsubun 2018 event, being a tower-climbing event using a fatigue system, complete with extra challenge floors beyond the advertised event stories.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Shizuka Tokime is voiced by Shuu Uchida who is able to speak English very well. Shizuka herself has a poor understanding of English due to her sheltered upbringing.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.":
    • In Japan, Holy Mami was released as a playable character in an in-game event before Main Story Chapter 6 was released there. In the North America localization, Chapter 6 came first and marked the character's debut that way.
    • Zigzagged for Sayuki Fumino. She cameos in the anime's third episode. When it aired, she was still only playable in the Japanese version of the game, but does appear in "The Howa Howa Girl"/"Wait, You Got It Wrong" as well as Arisa Narumi's and Mayu Kozue's Magical Girl Stories.
    • Ikumi Makino's first appearance in the English game was in Ashley Taylor's side story.
  • Meaningful Release Date: For various events in the Japanese version:
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Issue #152 (September 2020) of Magia Report Season 2 shows a crane game full of Sana nesoberi in the background, a subtle reference to the popular "snaa" meme. PAPA, creator of Magia Report, has liked Twitter posts featuring the meme in the past, confirming that this is a deliberate shout-out.
  • No Dub for You: Mainly because of the large amount of voiced dialog (particularly the cutscenes) that would be too tedious and expensive to dub. Averted with the anime adaptation, which did receive an English dub.
  • No Export for You:
    • The game was officially available only in Japan at first. In August 2018 a Chinese release was announced. The North America version was announced on April 19th, 2019, and released on June 25th, 2019.
    • The 2018 April Fools' Day camera mode event, "Mitama's Photography Meet", was not ported to the official NA version when "FM Kamihama" was. Instead of Iroha's and Madoka's group members appearing without warning as their Magia Report selves in camera mode, their "costumes" can be unlocked in the Support Points shop and used on demand.
    • The official NA version held its last events in September 2020 and shut down the following month, so Main Story Arc 2 was never officially translated. This version ended with the events "The Flowers' Lament" and "Mitama's Special Training: Iroha and Yachiyo".
  • Relationship Voice Actor: A lot of Magical Girl teams have their voice actors know each other in real life.
    • A noticeable example is Iroha, Yachiyo and Tsuruno are voiced by members of Trysail.
    • Three members of Tokime clan and Hagumu of Neo-Magius are voiced by members of Prima Porta.
    • All members of Promised Blood have their voice actors working in the same company. Inverted with Juri's, since she left on July 2020.
  • Release Date Change: The anime adaptation was originally announced for a 2019 premiere but was delayed to January 2020.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Ria's section in the first Magia Archive artbook is the only one that doesn't have the artist's comment likely because her artist, Nardack, was caught in a controversy where she was accused of supporting a violent radical feminist group.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Eri Yukimura, who is usually known for voicing motherly, gentle characters now playing Ranka - a Gamer Chick Valley Girl.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • The game was delayed several times, as covered under Development Hell above.
    • The Mirrors mode has an ongoing plot of its own. After the game released, the story was updated once on September 2017. And then...nothing. It took nearly a year for Mirrors to update again, at the end of August 2018. It's especially galling because the plot stalled on a cliffhanger involving a popular character.
  • Teasing Creator: For the first few months of the game Sayaka Miki was conspicuous through her absence. Her appearence in-game was limited to The Cameo in Mami Tomoe's sidestory. Players would post sad Sayaka images in response to the game's Twitter announcements. In what might overlap with Ascended Meme, an event released in November 2017 features a battle against Madoka, Homura, Mami, Kyoko...and an empty spot where Sayaka would be. Ironically, a battle in the 2018 April Fools' Day event had Sayaka present along with Madoka, Mami and Kyoko - but Homura's the one replaced with the empty spot, probably because her non-glasses self wasn't in the game yet.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In early summary of the story, it is said that Homura's disappearance in Kamihama is the reason why Madoka searches for her and ends up teaming up with Iroha. This is seen when in the prologue, Homura is the one who see the mysterious girl that beckon her to the city, creating this plot thread. In game story proper, Mami is the one who is missing and lured the other Holy Quintet to Kamihama.
    • Besides differences in interface (possibly implying some of the mechanics worked differently than in the final release), pre-release screenshots showed Iroha with AAABC disk layout (instead of AABBC) and Himika as a 3-star unit, when she's a base 4-star in the actual game.
    • If the staff's comment in the first anniversary livestream about Iroha's birthday is true, then the game was intended to be launched at Walpurgisnacht before it was delayed.
    • Other things shown in pre-release material were backgrounds that are nowhere to be found in the final game. While many of them are likely just early designs of existing places, there's one background that depicts a specific place that has yet to actually appear in the game: the Witch barrier for Elfriede, Momoko's witch.
    • If the internal game files are anything to trust, there'd have been a chance for the Eternal Sakura rumor being called 'Aira Kanon' (逢良 かのん). This name, however, is never used in any officially-released content; her civilian name is Sakurako Hiiragi.
  • Wiki Rule: The game has a few, including an English one.
    • Links to English translations can be found here and here.

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