English: Puella Magi Kazumi★Magica: The Innocent Malice
Japanese: 魔法少女かずみ★マギカ〜The innocent malice〜
Published: Jan 24, 2011 to Nov 24, 2012
Serialization: Manga Time Kirara Forward
Score: 7.291 (scored by 1729 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Story: 9. The release of Madoka before Kazumi works to the series' benefit. Where Madoka is dark and foreboding from the very beginning, Kazumi is sort of lighthearted and playful at the beginning. This instantly changes the entire look and feel of the ball court: it puts you in a position where you're forced to discern for yourself where Madoka's influence ends and where the new elements begin. Elements of human sanity and dark psychological trauma almost seems foreign to Kazumi at the beginning, which makes the rest of the story that much more intriguing.
Art: 10. With each character having a meticulously hand-crafted look and feel supported by their background and personality, the artwork is fantastic. This is one case where style over substance need not apply; the backgrounds are also incredibly well done, doing more than just mirroring their predecessor's futuristic approach, and actually creating a style that, in and of itself, redefines the feeling you get when you read the manga. It's a completely different feel, but it's far from a bad thing here.
Character: 10. I honestly thought that Kazumi did one thing right that Madoka did not: it gave a much more in-depth look at both the main protagonists, and a much, much deeper look at their antagonists. The intricate web laid out by the characters' interactions creates a much more profound effect on the manga than one would first expect. It begins like any other mahou shoujo series, which makes the characters even more believable and relate-able than those of Madoka. What Kazumi lacks in the psychological horror element its predecessor meticulously hand-crafted from scratch, it more than makes up for in its character drama, pointing out a closer connection to Nanoha than Madoka - an ironic interaction indeed.
Enjoyment: 9. Kazumi is much closer to the mahou shoujo genre in its direction and character development, and this creates a very different feel from that of Madoka. As such, the enjoyment will ultimately be affected by the readers' ability to separate one from the other. I, for one, appreciated the change, as it made it easier for me to view the manga in a different setting. While both series are extremely dark, Kazumi's scenario just feels so much more lighthearted and justifiable, with main characters who focus more on the possibility than the inevitability of their lives. This ultimately results in a much more intricate storyline, and allows the manga to step away from its predecessor and stand up on its own.
Overall: 9. I highly recommend reading this manga for a variety of different readers. This is one of the darker manga series out there, but it's extremely rewarding and ultimately very engrossing. As the plot thickens, I find myself anticipating the next chapters in the series just as much as the next episodes of any anime out there. read more
Overal 9 - I think Kazumi gets a lot of stick for having to deal with being a spin off of madoka but personally its different although the same idea, they take it down a different route and its fresh, people seem to think it'll be similar but i'd say its different it helps with the mysterious ways of the magical girls and witches and adds more.
Story 9 - Personally I think that this could be an even darker story to madoka magica, there are lots of different twists and turns and I seem to find myself even more amazed every time I read more, the plot ever thickening and getting darker and more twisted.
Art 8 - The arts nice it's different to madoka magica, I kinda feel like its maybe a bit more mature, although this could just be a personal thing.
Character 9 - First of there are more characters in this, meaning more routes to take it but it's really interesting to see how the group interact, also see them interacting more as a group where as in madoka I've never really felt the group as a whole. It's interesting to see where they take the characters, their wishes and how they develop every chapter.
Enjoyment 10 - Obviously because of the story and characters Kazumi Magica is just a treat to read, interesting and a different spin from madoka and oriko magica. read more