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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 Epub Ë Magi Madoka


    Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 Epub Ë Magi Madoka Girls sacrificed for the larger aims of his people, Kyubey is only interested in securing 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3
  • Magica Quartet
  • English
  • 18 April 2017
  • 0316217166

10 thoughts on “Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3

  1. Victoria ♡ Victoria ♡ says:

    Ugh this has such a beautiful ending I don t know whether to be sad or super happy but I love it all the same I remember crying at the anime a bit tbh haha The character development is amazing and how everything ties in and comes together, omg I just love it view spoiler It always gets me how Homura met Madoka sooooo many times and she s her best friend but Madoka didn t know gahhh and at the end where she tells her she knows, it s always so sad but I m so happy for them Also imagine lo Ugh this has such a beautiful ending I don t know whether to be sad or super happy but I love it all the same I remember crying at the anime a bit tbh haha The character development is amazing and how everything ties in and comes together, omg I just love it view spoiler It always gets me how Homura met Madoka sooooo many times and she s her best friend but Madoka didn t know gahhh and at the end where she tells her she knows, it s always so sad but I m so happy for them Also imagine loving a friend so much you replay the same month over and over to save her and it ends up making her the most powerful magical girl ever because she s so important to you hide spoiler This might forever be my favourite magical girl series, just because it s so unique and ahhh I love Homura so much view spoiler Seeing her wearing Madoka s ribbons at the end ughh and talking to her familyit s so bitter sweet hide spoiler I just love a manga about strong girls being good friends and saving the world together view spoiler and literally becoming a God and fixing the universe together hide spoiler


  2. usagi ☆ミ usagi ☆ミ says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 upthan 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 onceShe 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 twomanga 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


  3. Sesana Sesana says:

    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.


  4. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    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 conti 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


  5. Malcolm Ross Malcolm Ross says:

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


  6. MC MC says:

    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 th 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 happeningThen 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 mattersuncomfortable 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 , 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 evenstartling 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


  7. Maddy Maddy says:

    This is for all three volumes of this series, though I tried to not put too many plot spoilers in this review While I did not read these manga in order I read the different story first, when it was probably supposed to go last , I had already seen the anime and movies so I have an idea of how twisted this story is supposed to be That will probably shock readers the most, if they aren t prepared for it If you like plot twists, boy are you in for it, with the Madoka series.This series or sets This is for all three volumes of this series, though I tried to not put too many plot spoilers in this review While I did not read these manga in order I read the different story first, when it was probably supposed to go last , I had already seen the anime and movies so I have an idea of how twisted this story is supposed to be That will probably shock readers the most, if they aren t prepared for it If you like plot twists, boy are you in for it, with the Madoka series.This series or sets of series since there are several plays with the idea of the genre of magical girl manga anime I think it s easier to understand the anime than how the plot of the story is presented in the manga, especially some of the action scenes I m not the only one who thinks so, I ve seen this complaint on goodreads from several other reviews The pace of this story is very quick which might make it a little disorienting if you re not already familiar with the dark world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.Madoka, the main character is approached by Kyubey, a cutesy looking creature that offers to make a contract with her to turn her into a magical girl As a magical girl, she would protect humanity from witches, or so she is led to believe All she needs to make a contract is a wish She and her best friend from school, Sayaka both are destined to be magical girls, Kyubey claims.Madoka and Sayaka are saved from a witch by their upperclassman and veteran magical girl, Mami Mami trains both Madoka and Sayaka Unfortnately for them, Mami is killed by a witch Before the witch can kill them as well, Homura, the mysterious transfer student, saves them by killing the witch Homura is an anti hero who has pit herself against Kyubey because she wants to prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl Of the magical girls, only she knows the truth about Kyubey, the witches, magical girls and their wishes I liked the ending in this seriesthan in either of the other two series that I ve read so far Homura s Revenge and The Different Story are both spin offs of this series There is also a manga series for The Rebellion Movie and another about Homura travelling to other worlds called Puella Magi Homura Tamara that I will eventually read.If you re going to read the manga series for Madoka Magica, start here This is the story that those other four series are based off of The anime is better for fight scenes and action It s been years since I ve seen it, but I think the initial surprise of the plot twists and the storyline was better the first time I watched it.I rated this book series 3.5 stars If you like anime, manga, horror, fantasy, or stories with unexpected extreme plot twists, these series could interest you.Trigger content warning graphic violence, sudden, violent death, and mentions of suicide not as a main topic or plot relevant


  8. Lee Ann Lee Ann says:

    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 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


  9. Emily Jayne Emily Jayne says:

    I never thought reading a magical girl manga would be this damn heartwrenching and masterfully done, seriously it made me seriously question some shit This was a phenomenal take on the magical girl genre, showing the bleak version of reality if something sounds too good to be true that s because it damned well is Seriously a must read not for children


  10. Manja Manja says:

    I still ship Homura and Madoka so much xDThe way this story mixes the cutesy stereotype of teenage magical girls with dark elements and even mental health issues is something that made this one of my favorite manga Definetely watch the anime too though, it s so wonderful The way the art styles mix between the real world and the witch realm is really well done there.


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10 thoughts on “Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3

  1. Victoria ♡ Victoria ♡ says:

    Ugh this has such a beautiful ending I don t know whether to be sad or super happy but I love it all the same I remember crying at the anime a bit tbh haha The character development is amazing and how everything ties in and comes together, omg I just love it view spoiler It always gets me how Homura met Madoka sooooo many times and she s her best friend but Madoka didn t know gahhh and at the end where she tells her she knows, it s always so sad but I m so happy for them Also imagine lo Ugh this has such a beautiful ending I don t know whether to be sad or super happy but I love it all the same I remember crying at the anime a bit tbh haha The character development is amazing and how everything ties in and comes together, omg I just love it view spoiler It always gets me how Homura met Madoka sooooo many times and she s her best friend but Madoka didn t know gahhh and at the end where she tells her she knows, it s always so sad but I m so happy for them Also imagine loving a friend so much you replay the same month over and over to save her and it ends up making her the most powerful magical girl ever because she s so important to you hide spoiler This might forever be my favourite magical girl series, just because it s so unique and ahhh I love Homura so much view spoiler Seeing her wearing Madoka s ribbons at the end ughh and talking to her familyit s so bitter sweet hide spoiler I just love a manga about strong girls being good friends and saving the world together view spoiler and literally becoming a God and fixing the universe together hide spoiler

  2. usagi ☆ミ usagi ☆ミ says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 upthan 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 onceShe 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 twomanga 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

  3. Sesana Sesana says:

    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.

  4. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    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 conti 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

  5. Malcolm Ross Malcolm Ross says:

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

  6. MC MC says:

    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 th 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 happeningThen 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 mattersuncomfortable 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 , 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 evenstartling 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

  7. Maddy Maddy says:

    This is for all three volumes of this series, though I tried to not put too many plot spoilers in this review While I did not read these manga in order I read the different story first, when it was probably supposed to go last , I had already seen the anime and movies so I have an idea of how twisted this story is supposed to be That will probably shock readers the most, if they aren t prepared for it If you like plot twists, boy are you in for it, with the Madoka series.This series or sets This is for all three volumes of this series, though I tried to not put too many plot spoilers in this review While I did not read these manga in order I read the different story first, when it was probably supposed to go last , I had already seen the anime and movies so I have an idea of how twisted this story is supposed to be That will probably shock readers the most, if they aren t prepared for it If you like plot twists, boy are you in for it, with the Madoka series.This series or sets of series since there are several plays with the idea of the genre of magical girl manga anime I think it s easier to understand the anime than how the plot of the story is presented in the manga, especially some of the action scenes I m not the only one who thinks so, I ve seen this complaint on goodreads from several other reviews The pace of this story is very quick which might make it a little disorienting if you re not already familiar with the dark world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.Madoka, the main character is approached by Kyubey, a cutesy looking creature that offers to make a contract with her to turn her into a magical girl As a magical girl, she would protect humanity from witches, or so she is led to believe All she needs to make a contract is a wish She and her best friend from school, Sayaka both are destined to be magical girls, Kyubey claims.Madoka and Sayaka are saved from a witch by their upperclassman and veteran magical girl, Mami Mami trains both Madoka and Sayaka Unfortnately for them, Mami is killed by a witch Before the witch can kill them as well, Homura, the mysterious transfer student, saves them by killing the witch Homura is an anti hero who has pit herself against Kyubey because she wants to prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl Of the magical girls, only she knows the truth about Kyubey, the witches, magical girls and their wishes I liked the ending in this seriesthan in either of the other two series that I ve read so far Homura s Revenge and The Different Story are both spin offs of this series There is also a manga series for The Rebellion Movie and another about Homura travelling to other worlds called Puella Magi Homura Tamara that I will eventually read.If you re going to read the manga series for Madoka Magica, start here This is the story that those other four series are based off of The anime is better for fight scenes and action It s been years since I ve seen it, but I think the initial surprise of the plot twists and the storyline was better the first time I watched it.I rated this book series 3.5 stars If you like anime, manga, horror, fantasy, or stories with unexpected extreme plot twists, these series could interest you.Trigger content warning graphic violence, sudden, violent death, and mentions of suicide not as a main topic or plot relevant

  8. Lee Ann Lee Ann says:

    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 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

  9. Emily Jayne Emily Jayne says:

    I never thought reading a magical girl manga would be this damn heartwrenching and masterfully done, seriously it made me seriously question some shit This was a phenomenal take on the magical girl genre, showing the bleak version of reality if something sounds too good to be true that s because it damned well is Seriously a must read not for children

  10. Manja Manja says:

    I still ship Homura and Madoka so much xDThe way this story mixes the cutesy stereotype of teenage magical girls with dark elements and even mental health issues is something that made this one of my favorite manga Definetely watch the anime too though, it s so wonderful The way the art styles mix between the real world and the witch realm is really well done there.

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