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Madoka is horrified to learn the true nature of the witches she and her friends, the Magical Girls, have been fighting-and the terrible fate that awaits any Magical Girl who accepts Kyubey's offer of power. Having watched countless Magical Girls sacrificed for the larger aims of his people, Kyubey is only interested in securing more girls to that end, and Madoka is left wiMadoka is horrified to learn the true nature of the witches she and her friends, the Magical Girls, have been fighting-and the terrible fate that awaits any Magical Girl who accepts Kyubey's offer of power. Having watched countless Magical Girls sacrificed for the larger aims of his people, Kyubey is only interested in securing more girls to that end, and Madoka is left with his chilling reminder that she too is destined to be a Magical Girl of incredible power... Can Madoka and her friends escape this tragic fate?...

Title : Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 03
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ISBN : 9780316217163
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 03 Reviews

  • Clair
    2018-12-14 09:49

    Have you ever tried to write a review through a veil of tears? It's not easy. Thanks for that, Madoka Magica manga. And yes, I know I felt like I was punched in the gut in my review of volume 2, but this time, I have just picked myself up off the ground, out of the foetal position.Alright, alright, maybe Madoka's not that sad, but there isn't really a poetic way of putting it – I cried at the anime, and I've just finished a fit of tears after finishing the manga. While volumes 1 and 2 did manage to keep a sort of light tone to them, volume 3 throws us straight into the futility of trying to turn Sayaka human again after her Soul Gem turned into a Grief Seed, meaning she'd turn into a witch, as well as Kyoko dying, Kyubey pulling out more Jeff the Killer faces, and taunting Madoka by describing why his race do all this energy-harvesting, and finally, an entire chapter dedicated to Homura. And then her and Madoka having to face against Walpurgisnacht, a witch of immense power who is coming to the city, as foretold by Kyoko.Oh, also, did I mention that in between all of that, Kyubey is a right little bastard to Homura? She's been trying so damn hard ever since Madoka (who in an alternate timeline is her best friend and contracted with Kyubey) was defeated by Walpurgisnacht, that all her efforts are for naught. Indeed, as Kyubey explains...“You rolled back time for one reason: to save Madoka. By repeating the same time frame for the same reason and purpose each time, you probably intertwined multiple parallel universes, all centring around Madoka. If the threads of fate from these universes - which were never supposed to interact - all connect to Madoka in this timeline, then I can understand why she has so much power. Every thread of fate circulating within the time-frame you've been repeating has wound about and connected back to Madoka. Great job, Homura. You've made Madoka become the strongest witch ever.”You can almost hear him slow-clapping his little paws, can't you?Oh, wait, there's more."A Puella Magi's latent powers depend on how heavily that person is burdened by fate. I would understand if she was a queen or the saviour of a country, but I was baffled as to why the threads of fate all centred around Madoka, who had such an ordinary life. Hey, could it be that Madoka becomes such a powerful Puella Magi... because you repeat the timeline over and over? Yes, I thought so. You're the cause, Homura.""If it comes down to it, Homura will probably negate this timeline and continue fighting. She'll continue repeating this meaningless chain of events, failing to learn from the past. Giving up and coming to a standstill means the same thing to her now. The instant she believes this was pointless and that fate can't be changed, she'll fall into despair and turn into a witch. She knows. That's why she has no choice."I hate to use this term, but this manga really was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. There's this moment towards the beginning of the manga where Kyoko brings Madoka with her into the witch's labyrinth created by Sayaka. Kyoko asked Kyubey if perhaps Sayaka could be revived if Madoka tags along and tries to get Sayaka to be happy, reminiscing on all the times they've shared together. Kyubey just smiles and withholds the information, but you know that little shit is just smirking on the inside. Naturally, Kyoko and Madoka's plan fails, and Homura asks if Kyoko ever had a hope in hell of restoring Sayaka. Kyubey responds with a cheery: “Of course not!” Now, that is a true villain. I hate to keep referring back to Naoki Urasawa's Monster, but I get the same bone-chilling vibe I do when Johan Liebert is around. (And yes, I know Kyubey is just a cutesy magical girl mascot in the same vein as Mepple from Pretty Cure, but damn.)Also, the flashback chapter with Homura? I have one thing to say.I mean, you can't deny just how tragic this whole thing is. Homura has gone through alternate timelines so much, each time with the vain hope that she can perhaps save Madoka from ever making the contract with Kyubey. (Also, I don't remember it being mentioned in the manga, but doesn't Homura also have a limited quantity of sand in the hourglass in the shield on her arm? So she can't take her sweet time, she has to go into these timelines, try to save Madoka, and then try again when it doesn't work.) However, it just doesn't work as the poor girl actually winds up causing Madoka's undoing, all while Kyubey just smiles on.Speaking of Kyubey, I know I've gone on a bit in these reviews of Madoka that Kyubey likes to pull out creepy faces, but here he does it every other pages. Perhaps to a detriment – I think the dark and twisted things he says to the Puella Magi work so much better when he's smiling oh so sweetly, or not changing his expression much at all, such was the case in the anime. Still, thanks for the nightmares, you little rat.I'm not going to discuss much more about Madoka herself, since it's a huge, huge spoiler, and I hope you get to check out this anime/manga some day, but I pretty much started crying at this particular reveal about how great a friend Madoka is, and how she finally gets to tell Homura how grateful she is to have known her. Man alive, I think I've still got something in my eye.5/5.(This review is also available on my blog: http://book-wyrm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/...)

  • Sesana
    2018-11-17 09:51

    Wow, that was a great ending. I ended up loving this dark take on the magical girl theme, and I think the ending was perfectly bittersweet, like Homura's backstory. The art could get a little scratchy and hard to follow in the action sequences, though. I've heard the anime is even better, which is getting me very excited to see it.

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2018-11-30 15:40

    Not going to lie, here, but the manga version of the end of this series is nearly as breathtaking as the one aired right after the Great Kanto-Tohoku Earthquake in March. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this series in post-earthquake Japan – a guy even volunteered for the suicide mission of going into the Fukushima reactors to stabilize the troubled rods in March because he had hope after seeing the end of the series on TV. And now, reading the manga version (which, of course, in many ways can’t compete with moving pictures and colors) has made me fall in love with this series all over again. And this is why it’s made my best of 2011 (and best of the decade so far) list. Note: if you haven’t seen the final episodes (eps 11-12) and/or read this volume of the manga, you’re going to get spoiled.It needs to be said: at the end of the day, “Madoka Magica” is not a romantic story of magical girls, magic powers, and fluffy dreams. It is a story of loss, repeated loss, and the choice of what to do with those feelings of grief. You can choose to believe in yourself and your friends, regardless of all of the hits that keep coming, or you choose to lose hope entirely, and reject the rest of the world in favor of your own personal (even if tiny) revenge.This is also a story of questioning if there is such thing as preordained fate (Homura’s endless time-travel to save Madoka from the fate of becoming a magical girl), and if interfering in that preordained fate just screws things up more than what was originally intended in the first place. Kyuubey says it himself in this volume: because Homura chose to become a Magical Girl, chose to endlessly pursue Madoka throughout time and space, this world and all parallel worlds because she thought she was saving her, she unwittingly created the most powerful of Witches of all time. It begs the question – do we have our fate planned out? If so, should we choose to accept whatever comes our way? Or should we fight it and risk something as possibly drastic as what Homura faces with Madoka and her alternate Witch-self?This is what I love about this show. Nothing is easy, and everything is a risk-benefit analysis. It makes you think. Yeah, it’s got cutely-designed girls, but that’s not what it’s about. Not in the least. Once you lose hope (and you’re a Magical Girl), your Soul Gem turns to a Grief Seed and poof, you’re a Witch. There’s no reversing the process. There’s no going back. There’s no way to regain that lost innocence and lost blind faith that you once had before. And in many ways, in real life, this is very true – once you’ve lost hope in something, anything, it’s really almost impossible to get that previous innocence back.I admire Madoka, because of her fearlessness and innocence in terms of not being afraid of what may come down the road. She saw what happened to her friends, but became a Magical Girl anyway, even if she knew she was going to be facing off with her alternate-self in order to save the world. I’m not sure I’d have the balls to do that. She lost so much, and yet, she didn’t lose hope. She nearly drowned in grief, but once she saw what it did to her friends, she managed to pick herself back up and believe once more. She even sacrificed her own bodily existence to reshape the universe so that girls wouldn’t hurt so much as to become Witches. Now that takes guts, and if I were in her shoes, I’m not sure I’d have the faith to go on.So yeah, you can see I’m pretty passionate about this series. I cried throughout reading the last two chapters of this volume, as well as the last two episodes of the show, because I wanted to recapture my own faith in everything, my own innocence – and not in a religious sense, but in a sense of not just having to survive, but believing there’s something greater out there for me so that I can keep on fighting for it. It’s something I’ve been working on since I quit self-harming myself ten years ago, and it’s a constant struggle. “Madoka Magica” is one of those series that, even though it’s complete fantasy in terms of setting, can make you want to recapture your own ability to believe in the best of others regardless of what the truth might be.So thank you, Madoka and co., for being there, and for giving so many hope after such a shitty first half of 2011. I sincerely hope that this series gets picked up for US licensing (since it’s Kodansha-published, I think there may be a chance for that), so that Madoka’s message gets out to all.But don’t think that this is the end of the “Madoka” universe – not in the least. There are two more manga series, “Oriko Magica” and “Kasumi Magica: The Innocent Malice” still in production and serialization at the moment in Japan. I’ll be reviewing those soon, too. Hopefully we’ll get as much as we can before Magica Quartet calls it quits for this series and moves onto something else.So if you want something that will make you think, laugh, and cry without being ridiculously sappy or romantic, go for “Madoka”. This is one choice in reading material you will not forget. I know I won’t.(posted to librarything, goodreads, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)

  • Alexandra
    2018-12-12 13:28

    No matter how many times I revisit this story... I always end up crying. Madoka is such an intricate story - there are layers upon layers waiting to be peeled and going through it again always makes me want to think and write thousands of words on the characters, the complexity of the story, how things manage to link into each other and no matter how these girls try to do good, it almost always backfires in the end because the universe needs balance. The concept of hope and despair and its continuous way of feeding into each other is really interesting. Even the ending is not truly an ending and gives the impression that this is a cycle that no one, no matter how powerful, can break. And that's kind of scary.

  • Teresa Sporrer
    2018-12-01 12:51

    Die Mangas sind zwar nicht so gut, wie der Anime, aber wie soll man an so ein visuelles Highlight auch rankommen? :D Bester Anime ever!

  • poesielos
    2018-12-06 10:51

    3.5 / 5*

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-23 13:52

    The manga is 3.5 stars; the anime gets 4.5-5 stars I have an ....interesting relationship and history with this series. My first exposure was reading the first volume back in summer '13, and feeling completely confused. Then February '15, a co-worker begged me to check out the anime (which the manga is based on, not the other way around), and I watched the first half (6 episodes, which isn't saying much) on and off for the next couple months.... Until late April, when I devoured the second half in one night. The anime officially won me over as one of my top "honorable mentions," but I still hadn't finished the manga. So I recently completed volumes 2 and 3 during a Barnes & Noble visit. Aaaaaaaand.... I must say I prefer the anime. The manga can feel rather rushed and not fleshed out enough, whereas in 12, 20-minute episodes, you can add a lot more atmosphere and characteristics that cannot be shoved into three manga volumes. It's a big reason why I can fall madly in love with shorter anime shows, but simply be left confused and forgetful by nearly any manga series less than 5 volumes. Still, the artwork is lovely and the story is still just as unique and twisted. And Kyubey is ....even more demonic! (though the expressionless eyes of the anime are still scary...) There's not much else to say other than praise the anime more. I only give the manga a good rating because of how similar it is to its counterpart; and who knows? There's a bunch of spin-off series that I might enjoy....

  • Malcolm Ross
    2018-12-08 16:25

    Such a good ending to a wonderfully dark/cute series. YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!!

  • Andres Becerra
    2018-11-22 17:23

    Mi corazón... está tan roto en este momento :(Gracias al mon <3

  • ✿ cassandra ✿
    2018-11-21 11:43

    The ending tho. ;-;

  • MC
    2018-12-08 10:34

    In reviewing this third and final volume of the English translation of the manga adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica I will be discussing the overall story and the themes therein.I would argue that this is one of the most vivid examples of Christian symbolism ever in fiction. I will get to why I say that later on in the review. Warning that there are spoilers coming up.Before we get to the story itself, let's discuss the aesthetic aspects. The art work is kinda strange. It doesn't capture the otherworldiness and Lovecraftian horror aspects of the witch's barriers as the anime does. But that is to be expected, given the limitations of black and white drawings on a page versus moving, full-color drawings done in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT animation style than that of the rest of the show.For this reason, the sense of despair, horror, and in the end, triumph, is not captured nearly as well in the panels of the manga as in the anime. But the basic gist of the story does come through.Oh, yes, I called it "Lovecraftian". I read a nice summary of the story as a "Lovecraftian story in magical girl clothes" or something like that. Why that is, with the chilling horror of the truth of the world, the hopelessness and impossible (but NOT necessarily truly impossible) chance of victory, will be obvious as you read on.The story begins with a young girl Kaname Madoka having a rather vivid dream whereby she sees a girl in desperate straights, and a funny-looking creature offering the power to prevent this from happening...Then she wakes up and goes about her day. Yes, she is troubled by the dream, but thinks it is your typical, though perhaps unusually frightening, nightmare. That is, until she gets to school and the teacher introduces a new student - who happens to look and sound just like the girl from her dream!To make matters more uncomfortable and strange, the new girl, Akemi Homura, seems to know an awful lot about both the school and Madoka (things she shouldn't know yet as a new student to the class and school). When Madoka shares her concerns with her friends, they tease her and laugh about it with her good-naturedly about her "dream girl".Madoka seems to agree that she is being goofy on this and dismisses her concerns from her mind. Then she gets the shock of her life when follows some mysterious "cry for help" only she can hear, and sees Homura AND the creature from her dream. Well, to be exact, she sees Homura trying to murder the creature from her dream.After saving the friendly little guy, named Kyubey, (at least it APPEARS MALE), she begins a series of events culminating in her learning of the existence of "magical girls". Not fake ones from anime or manga, but real ones. What's more, Kyubey, the creature who grants the powers to the young girls, does so by granting a wish. Any wish that is commensurate with the magical potential of the girl in question, can be granted.The girls are necessary, Kyubey says, to fight the witches. These evil creatures are invisible to all but those who have magical potential, but cause some - though not all - of the murders, suicides, and catastrophically deadly weather phenomenon. When a witch's magical "barrier" approaches, such mayhem follows in it's wake.So, young girls with enough potential get a cool wish, as well as being needed to fight injustice as magical girls. They save lives and help people, all in exchange for a cool wish granted. All give and no take, right? A great deal, right? Uh, not really.You see, Kyubey is hiding quite a lot behind his smiling, adorable facade. He is in fact part of an alien species who have a benevolent goal to save the universe via the energy they get from this "magical girl process" they have set in motion. But like many extremists in the real-world, they don't care about the suffering of anyone in particular on the road to their over-arching goals. Kyubey's people, the "Incubators" are the real villains of Madoka.Basically, the horrible truth is that the "witches" are, in fact, fully-grown magical girls. It is inevitable that their "soul gems" that they carry will, when the despair they feel fills it up completely, transform into the witch's "grief seeds", thus birthing a new witch.After reeling from this revelation, Madoka learns even more startling news. Homura is from a different time plane than her. She has been reliving the same month over and over again (according to the creator, Gen Urobochi, for a DECADE). She has failed again and again to save Madoka from either dying or becoming a witch. So she resets time to try again and fail again.You see, her whole life, Homura was sick with a heart issue, and so had no real friends. Madoka was her first friend and she has loved her deeply ever since. But no matter how hard she tries, she can not save Madoka.After explaining all of this to Madoka, and how Homura is about to either die or finally realize the futility of her efforts and become a witch, Madoka makes her choice. Boy is it a doozy.I won't go into exactly what happens, but just that Madoka makes the greatest sacrifice possible, and in the process, saves all magical girls. She doesn't die, but it isn't necessarily fun what happens to her either. Yet she doesn't care. The part that gets me is the pureness of her love and self-sacrifice, her Christ-like attitude, for Urobochi admits she is a Christ-figure.Mami: "You’re not just granting hope. You’re becoming hope itself!"Madoka: "If someone says it's wrong to hope, I will tell them that they're wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!"The way that she saves the day and then comforts a distraught Homura is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen or read. I brings the same sense of joy and (if this makes sense at all) happy, touching sadness that the sacrifice of Aslan brings in Narnia, or the speeches in The Lord of the Rings. It reminds me of the best of who we are, and the greatness of my God.You see, Urobochi has a nickname, "Urobutcher". He is not known for his happy endings. Yet he wanted to see some joy in the world. He wanted to find a way of looking at the world that brings hope. He settled on Christianity for the philosophical and allegorical basis of his story.In the midst of this despair, only the selfless sacrifice of one person can save the day. Only the one who is a picture of the Savior can make a difference. Only that hope offered can save the day. This is a picture of how in the real world, Christ offers us hope via his sacrifice for our sins, thus saving our souls. And yes, the metaphors are this obvious if you think of it, but are still subtle enough if you do not. I have seen subtle messages and blatant messages in fiction, but rarely have I seen messages that were BOTH subtle and blatant at the same time.Oh, to be sure, there are other bases as well. From classical literature like Faust, to The Little Mermaid (the original Hans Christian Anderson story, not the Disney version) among many others. All of these are woven together to form a tale of sadness and defeat, but then, of triumph and hope emerging victorious in the end.I can't think of many other stories that show us such despair and hope, defeat and triumph, and point to Christ so well as this one does. I can not recommend it heartily enough.This is one of those examples of how what CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien called "the One True Myth" coming through in other myths. Good stuff.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-12 14:42

    Confesso que quando comprei o primeiro volume de Puella Magi Madoka Magica, não sabia muito bem sobre o que se tratava a história - apenas o que a sinopse contava - mas presumi que fosse mais um mangá sobre meninas com poderes mágicos, como o próprio nome sugeria. Até aí tudo bem, até porque esse é um gênero que me agrada. Mas caramba, a história é sobre muito mais que isso!Queria ter lido os três volumes em sequência, porque acho que teria tido mais impacto em mim, mas tudo bem, da forma que foi já me deixou bem ~desestruturada. É incrível como em apenas três volumes o mangá se tornou super sombrio e pesado! Cheguei a chorar nos últimos capítulos desse volume, de pena e raiva pelo o que "teve" que acontecer para fechar a história.Apesar de em alguns momentos eu ficar meio confusa com o que estava acontecendo, (view spoiler)[como no capítulo flashback da Harumi, que eu demorei um pouco a entender que era realmente um flashback (hide spoiler)], gostei muito dessa série, especialmente desse volume. Sei que tem outras séries nesse mesmo universo, no futuro até pretendo ler elas também, mas acho que preciso de um pouco de tempo pra me recuperar do final de Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

  • Lee Ann
    2018-12-11 09:24

    Will Madoka Magica ever not make me cry? Probably not.This is the third time I've read/watched this story through the whole way and it still gets to me. As I said in my first review of volume one, the manga loses some of the magic that the animation and music provide in the show. But the manga is just as fun. And I definitely value it for the fact that I could carefully read and reread some of Kyubey's explanations that kind of confused me when I heard them in the anime. I definitely understand the plot better having read it at my own pace.Kyubey also seemed even creepier in the manga than he did in the anime.Overall, 5/5 stars. I love Madoka and Homura so much. This is just the story I needed to read these days. With America falling towards fascism, it's hard to hold onto hope. Madoka is a reminder of the resilience of women and the importance of optimism in the face of adversity. Love love love it.

  • María Granger
    2018-11-19 15:44

    Leí un comentario de una chica sobre el anime en el que decía: ''A mí este anime me gustó pero me confundió mucho, la verdad''. Pues lo mismo me ha pasado a mi con el manga, la historia no está mal y hasta el tomo 2 me entero bien, pero a partir del tercer tomo... No sé si es que lo he leído muy rápido o qué pero hay cosas que no pillo. La historia en general me ha gustado pero meh, otras me han gustado más.

  • Rosemary
    2018-11-28 10:37

    This series was excellent. This volume was more difficult (because of its complexities) than the first two. It introduced moral questions and the drama was far darker than the first two. I enjoyed that. Will continue reading the other Magica series.

  • Konstantina_pap
    2018-12-01 16:41

    It's not a secret that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. Indeed it's nothing like you would expect it to be. Contrarily this is a manga that not only isn't targeted to a young female audience, but also feels very mature, almost heavy at times. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a magical creature, Kyubey, who urges them to become magical girls. In exchange they will have one wish, whatever that is, granted. But the mysterious transfer student Homura Akemi tries to stop them from making a contract with Kyubey. So, in order to help them a veteran magical girl, Mami Tomoe, takes Madoka and Sayaka with her to watch whan their responsibilities will be. When things start to go wrong another magical girl appears, Kyouko Sakura and things get really complicated, while the truth is slowly revealed. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\The story starts off really nicely, but the pace picks constantly up. In that way, things go forward quickly but luckily never rushed. In the beginning there isn't any indication as to what this story is all about, just some girls that thinking about becoming magical girls. But, it becomes quickly obvious that this is a perilous job and sadness is part of the deal. For what wish would anyone be willing to risk losing everthing they have and everyone they love? By the time the final chapter is finished so much has happened that it's sure that no-one will remain unaffected. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\The characters in Puella Magi Madoka Magica are all well developed. Each of the five magical girls has its own personality and the way she sees the world. Madoka is a sweet girl, the perfect child, as her mother declares, Sayaka tries to fight for justice, Mami is similar but feels terribly alone, Homura is distant and tries to protect Madoka no matter what and Kyouko seems to care for nothing else than herself. There is also a significant difference on what each of them wished, and each wish has brought equal amount of pain to all of them. Kyubey at the beginning is a cute creature that the girls are consulting, but by the end the hatred towards it is just too much. Indeed, from the second volume and onward I just couldn't stand it! If I could, I would be violent against it, so much hatred! /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\The illustration is absolutely amazing! These two pages are just a small part of the manga, but you can see how unique it is. All the characters are slightly different from their anime version, but what I really liked is the change in Kyubey's design after we begin to hate him. The witches, the creatures that magical girls have to kill, are very stylish, some of them are even cute. The only thing that I missed from the anime version is the change of atmospere in the mazes, the places where witches live, they are some of the best visual scenes I've ever come across. Oh, and the music! /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\Now, the time has come to talk about wishes. What kind of wish would make anyone fight for it, while putting his life in danger? Eternal youth, happiness, money, all things are included, but there are also wishes that help someone you love. The thing is, when you do help someone else, what do you expect of him? The motives may be pure, but we all seek something in return, even if we can't admit it to ourselves. When all these girls wished for something, they put a curse on themselves at the same time. It's sad, but the world needs to balance. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ Full review at: http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr...

  • Victoria
    2018-11-18 15:44

    A girl has a strange dream of her city being destroid. As she watches a girl fight a wich, she feels as if she needs to do something. Thiis book is about a girl named madoka magica. She mets an alein named qude wich wants her to make a contract with him and become a magical girl, and in doing so, you get one wish. we hear homoras story and who she really is. She fights falpergusnocted by herself and relises that there is no way to alter the outcome of this event. Has madoka found her wish?I cried.. yep......Its was just to good to not cry.

  • Emma
    2018-11-16 15:42

    All the sads. This was really good and brought the entire series together.

  • Nicoleta (The Cover Hoarder)
    2018-11-28 13:42

    Again, may contain spoilers! This was the last volume of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica and what can I say about it?It was not great, by any means. It reminds me a lot of volume 1 of the trilogy, because of the same reasons I listed up in that review.It lacks time to emphasize on the emotions of the characters and, in my opinion, I really feel the absence of the music from the anime. For this particular volume in order to get into the mood I put the respective Yuki Kajiura songs for each fragment (yeah, I memorized most of them!). What this volume lacks in the same manner as the first one is a sense of atmosphere, brought on by the urgency of Homura's struggle and the ethereal aspect of Madoka's ascension to Godhood. The song whose absence I felt the most was Sagitta Luminis (this song plays only once in the entire anime, at the climax, when Madoka makes her wish and I can say that this song made me bawl my eyes out - and it took me more than half a year to listen to it without bursting into tears). I felt nothing when reading the climax of the Madoka Magica manga (even WITH the aforementioned song playing!). At the end I didn't really like the fact that Homura's hairstyle is made to resemble that of Madoka (I think she looks too much like Madoka, less like herself).Though I will admit to having shed a tear at the very end when Madoka and Homura reunite. That was a really touching conclusion to the story.(And yes I have seen the 3rd Madoka Magica movie "Rebellion Story" - mind screw if there ever was one, I don't think my head hurt that much since I watched Memento).What can I say about the manga as a whole. Well it was a manga it won't incorporate all the elements of the anime in it. But it's nice that they tried.My other reviews :D

  • Artemis
    2018-12-09 10:29

    And now that the true nature of Magical Girls is revealed, Kyuubey has his nightmare face on every panel he's in.Great ending to a great series. There were things in this manga that I didn't think about when I watched the anime - it highlighted certain ideas and expressed new themes! The characters truly shine here and it's amazing to see how far they will go to achieve what they want. The sacrifices made are genuinely tragic; I adore these magical but human girls.And I've come to accept that not every panel is going to imitate the anime, because the artwork and the emotion put into it is heart-wrenching all on its own. I also have to talk about a certain trope that relates to 'Madoka Magica' in regards to feminism:Too often in movies, TV series and books, whenever a woman or a girl-becoming-a-woman is made powerful and is supposedly highly intelligent, it is a mandatory rule that she must go insane. She can't keep so much mental and emotional responsibility under control without a man by her side. I think this stems from a misogynistic world viewpoint that females can't handle adulthood - they must stay innocent and pure and young, so that men can protect them always (after all, to call a grown woman a girl is considered a compliment mostly, whilst calling a man a boy is widely seen as an insult). Also, this implies that men are not allowed to be emotional - or heck, human - in mainstream culture. Without giving away spoilers, 'Madoka Magica' does present this trope... kind of. But in the case of this franchise it actually makes sense - to the concept and the plot. Besides, as it contains an abundance of three-dimensional female characters who are strong in their own way, a slip-up like this is easily forgivable. To me anyway.Full of twists and turns and inevitable outcomes, I got teary-eyed all over again. 'Madoka Magica' is brilliantly-written, thought-provoking and beautiful. A dark and perfect Magical Girl story.Final Score: 5/5

  • Hud-c
    2018-11-26 11:30

    ****JAW DROPPED****I felt like NASA being photobombed by a frog!!!>WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?! My brain synapses or neurons went haywire at the middle of reading. I should have research more before deciding to pick this manga!SO Kyuubey is what!? (view spoiler)[something like an alien (hide spoiler)]****JAW DROPPED AGAIN****I know there's something wrong with that fox-like + plush-toy-like creature. Man, when Kyuubey's eyes turned round and still, his (im just assuming he's a he) facial features really gives me goosebumps. Remind me of those serial killers' expressions. But I just didn't expect the reason behind the existence of Magical Girls. What the f**k - ENERGY HARVEST THATS IT?! And another thing, although it was hinted in the previous volume - the suspicions that Homura is a time traveler - I can't believe what transpired in this volume. Okay, this is the last but it was too fucking fast for me.... I mean I felt like riding a race car and going 110kph BOOOOOMM. The sudden revelations (view spoiler)[ this all about saving Madoka from being a Puella Magi and Homura being her best friend in another timeline & defeating Walpurgis Nacht.And what the hell is Walpurgis Nacht?!! I think I have to back read gain (hide spoiler)], shit it was just too much. Don't get me wrong. This was fun. And I cried for this volume although I like 1 and 2 better. The plot was really good but I think it ended too abruptly. Volume 3 holds too much information, I think it was more better if they created 5 volumes for this manga. 3.75 stars["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mirriam Basuki
    2018-12-09 14:52

    I have wrote a review for the anime, I guess it's time to do one for the manga.While I watched the anime before reading the manga, the manga was just as enjoyable and was still a page turner even though I knew the plot in a nutshell.The first book started off as a blargh to me because I felt awfully confused to the fact the book starts with an apocalypse. At first I started to think; "Why would anyone enjoy this?" but then the more I read, the more I felt like the manga made sense.Yes, 3 volumes to make sense of all the "Entropy" and stuff, but it was a well-paced manga to begin with. It became fast real quick, Mami died in a few chapters after Madoka and Sayaka met her, that's nice. Same goes to Kyoko. The entire series was well wrapped up in the third volume, after how and why Homura would go back in time to help out Madoka. And I've got to admit, this book was pretty cheesy at some parts, but mostly enjoyable.I also would like to mention, at the end of the manga, the chapter ended with a good message;"Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. --As long as you remember her, you are not alone."This tells the reader that they are not alone in this world.Graphic-wise, I thought Hanokage did really well for their first published series. There were very little flaws in the manga and there were so many details I can't stop looking at.So I would rate this entire series 5/5 and would definitely recommend it to everyone! But for people who started reading manga, you might want to start on something lighter. Also, for those who might be little sensitive to Yuri, (meaning f/f relationships) this book might be a little trigger :)★★★★★Also I love Kyoko

  • David
    2018-12-01 17:23

    "Homura reveals to Madoka and Kyōko that Sayaka had become a witch as a result of her Soul Gem transforming into a Grief Seed. Kyubey, whose true identity is 'Incubator', explains to Madoka that he raises magical girls to become witches in order to harvest energy needed to counter entropy in the universe. Still believing there may be a way to save Sayaka, Kyōko takes Madoka to try and reach her, but in the end she is forced to sacrifice herself to stop Sayaka. Homura's past is explained, in which she came from a different timeline and became a magical girl in order to go back in time and prevent Madoka's death at the hands of a powerful witch known as Walpurgis Night. When she eventually learned the true nature of magical girl, she spent several time loops trying to prevent Madoka making a contract in the first place. Back in the present, Kyubey shows the history of the magical girl to Madoka. Madoka laters sees Homura, who reveals her secret to her and decides to fight against Walpurgis Night alone. With Homura outmatched, Madoka makes the decision to become a magical girl, wishing to prevent all the magical girls throughout history from turning into witches, becoming a god-like entity with no evidence of existing on Earth. As history is changed, Homura is the only one who remembers Madoka, and continues to fight against a new enemy in her memory."What an ending

  • Kelly
    2018-12-06 11:37

    If you think you know Magical Girl manga, this one will throw you way off course. This brings in the darker elements of the genre and runs with it. I haven't read a dark magical girl series like this since Sailor Moon (the original manga, mind you; don't go solely by the anime from teh 90's). Albeit, the conclusion was a bit confusing and I had to backtrack, but I'm willing to forgive. This final volume brings the mystery of Kyubey and the Witches full circle, really putting the reality of Magical Girls in a very bad place. Usually, with this genre, if an alien comes to earth and offers you magical powers, all he asks in return is for you to fight monsters and save the world. Right? That's where Kyubey sucks 'em in. Sure, you can get these awesome powers, fight with your friends against the perils of darkness... but there's a hefty price along with a promise, and he never mentions the fine print completely bedazzled with astericks. You're not going to get out of this fight alive, because these magical aliens want only to benefit themselves. So, still want to sell your soul to be a magical girl? You'll save the universe.. one tainted soul at a time. Beginning with yours. And you're not going to get it back.

  • Mara
    2018-12-04 10:31

    The last of the trilogy! The ending was a suprise and left me dwelling and feelsy as Madoka makes the ultimate decision. It was nice to read a manga that ended in just three books, rather than 300! The story behind our threatening classmate is revealed and her life is discovered to be closely entwined with Madoka's; In another life, they were the closest of friends. Now, she replays her life endlessly, to save her friend from a fate she has no idea of. But as always, playing with time has consequences. How can you save someone when their future is becoming darker and darker?

  • Christina
    2018-12-08 15:25

    Mami, Sayaka and Kyouko are all dead. Homura has gone to fight Walpurgis Nacht on her own, sure to meet her demise. We find that it has been a clockwork fate from the very beginning, Homura has traveled to different time lines again and again in hopes of saving Madoka and failed miserably every time, tying more threads of fate to Madoka each time. No matter where they may go now, Madoka is sure to die and Homura and everyone else to live this time line over and over again. Will these four sad, strong, pitiful and beautiful girls ever escape this cruel fate?

  • dani! ❀
    2018-11-25 10:27

    "Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone."Not as amazing as the anime, but that goes without saying. Nothing could ever live up to the anime. Listening to the Madoka soundtrack while reading this... I did almost cry at the ending. I wasn't blubbing like a baby as I was with the anime, though! Ahahaha...Incredible. Does the anime justice, if anything at all.

  • Fuchsia Rascal
    2018-12-02 15:40

    Finally, the manga improves enough to give it five stars. In this volume, the artist was given a lot more freedom, as well as more information on the formation of the anime. The increased page count also helps, as we now have entire pages that are just filled with battle sequences and no dialogue. The manga is given room to breathe here, and it really shows. A great conclusion to the series, and now I'm excited to seek out the spinoffs!

  • Feather Mista
    2018-12-04 17:29

    Dignísimo final para una serie a la que revolucionaria le puede quedar grande, pero "del montón" mucho más todavía. Lástima que podrían haberse jugado con un final un poco más oscuro en la tónica de las revelaciones que venían tirando, pero de todos modos está más que bien.Ahora, a ver si sigo viendo el animé, salto directo a la peli Rebellion o me leo el manga que la adapta, o vuelvo a colgar todo como es mi costumbre. Está difícil.

  • TypewriterBelle
    2018-11-24 17:49

    8/10 -- I really thought I would be more emotional at this conclusion. Maybe it's my mood, or the fact that I read this on my lunch break at work (meaning I wasn't as focused as I might have been at home), but as much as I enjoyed this volume, it didn't punch me in the gut like I expected it to. Series review to come.