English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Published: Feb 12, 2011 to May 30, 2011
Serialization: Manga Time Kirara Forward
Score: 8.331 (scored by 4342 users)
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Jun 22, 2013
Starting with the story, I found it extremely original. The idea of "magical girls" has obviously been done before, but never like this. A single wish puts these young girls at the heart of demise, struggling to fight the despair in the world in order to save others. Their powers come from their own souls, and unless they slay witches, their souls become cloudy and dark themselves. Without giving away too much, I will definitely say this story was deceiving at first glimpse. The twisted plot may be why I enjoyed it so much, but I will definitely say the story itself makes it worth reading. It's relatively short compared to many other manga, so I really would recommend just trying it.
As far as art goes, it's not horrible. Many people will argue with me saying that the art is supreme and heavenly over others, but the reality is the art is good. The art is up to par with other mangas definitely, but I would not go as far to say it's superior. Luckily, the art will not make the manga hard to read as the characters are still beautifully drawn and the Puella Magi outfits are stunning and original.
The character this story has is absolutely outstanding. The reason I could read Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica without stopping is because of how much you could relate to the characters. There's the main protagonist Madoka Kaname who is the classic sweet girl main character, however the decisions she makes do separate her from the "classic clueless shoujo protagonist". Miki Sayaka is the most relatable for myself, being that she is conflicted with doing good deeds for herself or for others, and if she does the potential consequences of it. Sakura Kyoko is the counterpart for Miki Sayaka, who made a contract with Kyuubey in order to make her father's wish come true, only to have great despair thrust upon her family. Mami Tomoe fights to save others, Kyuubey creates the Puella Magi, etc. etc. All-in-all, the characters are very fun, very original, and very relatable.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, and would definitely recommend it to everyone. This shoujo manga is not what it seems! You may find yourself asking the very common question, "why?" read more
Sep 15, 2011
Aug 20, 2013
The story it's one of the best plots I've read in a manga, this is like on a Death Note level of "WHOOOA!" . And the feels, I haven't felt that emotional since I finished Angel Beats!
This story makes it seem all like it's a happy fun story. Girls get a wish become fairies who save the world by fighting witches and saving the world, seems innocent right? WRONG! This series takes on some crazy moments and plot twist you just can't stop reading!
Frankly, I love the art. I love the costumes they have, I love the characters design. The fight scenes and how they're drawn have so much detail and drawn so well. It was just amazing. I loved it to death.
Characters in this series start off pretty normal high schoolers, your MC is the innocent type who isn't really special. Not skilled in anything in particular. But then as the synopsis says a new girl walks in and her life is changed. Your support characters are the remaining the mysterious loner, the confident one, the mean one and the best friend whose opposite from our MC. But I judge way to quick, these characters all are great and their development is better!
Enjoyment, it's not even a question if I enjoyed this series. My answer is self explanatory. But of I had to rate it with words. "EPICNESS IS A UNDERSTATEMENT". That's my answer
OVERALL RATING: 10
Nov 23, 2013
Anyway, onto the review.
Magical girls fight witches. A cat-like creature named Kyubey grants their wishes and they become magical girls. Without spoiling anything, that is the basic review. There are twists and turns, and if you expect this to be your typical magical girl manga, it's not. It stands far apart from the normal, from the mundane, from the happy-go-lucky-save-the-world-with-the-power-of-friendship motif that is present in most magical girl stories. It looks happy? Yes, it does, but within the pages is a darker side of the story. I would warmly refer to the illustrations on the covers as very effective camouflage.
STORY 9/10 - as I mentioned above, without giving anything away, this story had me hooked.
ART 9/10 - Beautiful art by Hanokage, I was utterly impressed. In fact, I prefer this art over that of the TV series. The creepy designs of the witches......I can't get enough, I love it.
CHARACTERS - utterly brilliant characters.
ENJOYMENT - an awesome ride from beginning to end.
So overall this manga gets a 9/10. Read this as soon as possible, you will not be disappointed. read more
Aug 21, 2011
So far, the story is the same from the anime. Maybe there's some differences in dialogs, but so far, it's the same. For me, I think that Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a "Chef-d'oeuvre", the story is well develloped, there's no plot hole, and it's really a fun read.
The art is really good and cute, the witch and familiars too. In the anime, it was real picture, but in this, the drawing give them a cute but deadly look.
The character are developped really well, we know how they think, and the reasons behind.
It's really fun to read,I always wonder what will happen after the end of a chapter, even if I already know the answer.
If you like the original anime, you will like the manga. Even if you don't know the premise, read it, you won't be disappointed. read more
Jul 26, 2012
The manga is much shorter than the anime, with each episode compressed into one chapter. However, this does not detract from the story much at all.
Personally, I found the manga art style better than the anime. The manga art style was very expressive and helped convey the characters' emotions beautifully. The witch labyrinths were not as effective as in the anime, but still very surreal.
Even if you haven't watched the anime, the manga is still a brilliant read. I would recommend that you read this now.
Dec 3, 2012
Story/ Plot (8): The story is actually quite good. The plot is something creative, something that we've never really seen before. There are commonly utilized plot devices like character death and dreams, but the combination of this with the horror aspect of the witches and deception actually creates a really good manga recipe.
Art (10): The art of this series is absolutely gorgeous. It's minimalisitic and well defined and it knows what it wants to be. It's shoujo to the max--little girls with round faces and huge eyes and unrealistically colored hair. The outfits are well thought out and the expressions convey what need to be conveyed. In a lot of ways, the art of the manga is significantly better than that of the anime.
Character (7): These characters are very formulaic; there's really nothing new here. The strength of Madoka Magica does not lie in the character development. That being said, the characters are not ignored and are actually well done. Characters are developed predictably, but well.
Enjoyment (9): This manga is so much fun! It's thrilling and fun and terrifying and heartbreaking and there's not much to say besides that. The relationshiops that develop, the situations, the guessing, it's all electrifying and makes this story simply excellent.
Overall (8): Madoka Magica reads like a fairy tale. It's short and does what it intends to do: to tell a good story. It says what it needs to say and leaves it at that. And it does this very well. If you like shoujo manga and fantasy, then you'll like this a lot. Think Sword Art Online + K-On. read more
Nov 15, 2012
There are some scenes (minor things, nothing too big) that were added into the manga that aren't in the anime that REALLY makes me wish that everyone would take the time to read this, even if they have already seen the anime. I think they just add this little touch that makes things so much more powerful, especially towards the end of the manga, like the very last chapter is just, it really leaves off and wraps the story up into a pretty little package compared to the anime ending.
This manga is the most beautiful thing. The art is INCREDIBLE and it never wavers throughout the entire 12 chapters. The facial expressions are really I think what makes this so special. The facial expressions that the characters make when they are in pain and are suffering are so much more powerful than they are in the anime, they really bring a whole new level of emotion to the story of Madoka and without them I feel like maybe I wouldn't have felt as strongly about the story and as strongly for the characters as I do now.
If you have not watched the anime yet, I actually really suggest reading this before because they are different enough to the point where the story is not a boring repeat as some anime/manga adaptions are. They have different art styles and the action scenes sometimes in the manga may seem a little hard to understand (you are still able to get the general gist of everything don't worry!), so the anime I think clears up any confusion after reading.
I love the anime and the manga and in no way is this review intended to bash or criticize the anime in any way, really, I enjoy both of them so much.
The manga is beautiful. I wish everyone could take the time and just read through these 12 chapters, because it is worth it. read more
May 13, 2013
Overall, I wish I could give this adaptation a better rating, but it just feels very rushed. I wouldn't recommend reading it before watching the original anime.