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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Manga)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Alternative Titles

English: Puella Magi Madoka★Magica
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Japanese: 魔法少女まどか★マギカ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 12, 2011 to May 30, 2011
Authors: Urobuchi, Gen (Story), Hanokage (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.251 (scored by 8867 users)
Ranked: #4082
Popularity: #238
Members: 16,200
Favorites: 818
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When a new girl joins her class, Madoka Kaname thinks she recognizes the mysterious, dark-haired transfer student from one of her dreams...a dream where she is approached by a catlike creature who offers Madoka an opportunity to change destiny. Madoka had always thought magic was the stuff of fantasy... until she sees the transfer student fighting with the very cat being from her dream! And just like in Madoka's dream, the cat gives her a choice. Will Madoka become a magical girl in exchange for her dearest desire? What will be the cost of having her wish come true?

(Source: Yen Press)


Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica was published in English as Puella Magi Madoka★Magica by Yen Press from May 29, 2012 to December 11, 2012 as well as in ebook format on June 23, 2015.

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Nov 15, 2012
Let me just start off by saying that I read this before watching the anime which isn't what a lot of people did (since the anime came first before the manga) so my heart lies with the manga rather than the anime (though I do love both)

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 read more
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Jun 22, 2013
I am notorious for picking up manga, reading halfway, and then dropping them. Waiting a few months, maybe read a few more chapters, drop them again. I will have you know that Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica is the only manga I have ever read continuously without stopping. I honestly read all 12 chapters/3 volumes in one sitting.

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 read more
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Aug 21, 2011
I just saw there were any review, so I decided to make one. My English is not the best, but I do what I can.

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 read more
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Aug 20, 2013
10! ALL ACROSS THE BOARD! So many feels in one series! This is what I call a MASTERPIECE! Something that has soooooo much greatness I couldn't help but write a review!

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 read more
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Right off the bat, generally speaking they both have a grim, heavy atmosphere with hints of despair and hopelessness at times. Besides that, they both deal with wishes and dealing with the results/consequences of those wishes. A happy normal everyday
life is broken by said results/consequences.
There are further similar points but I'll refrain from mentioning them to avoid spoiling anything. 
reportRecommended by kurosaki_kabuto
Manga: Mahou Shoujo Site
Both Mangas have:
* Magic with a dark side,
* Both protagonists have suffered,
* Blood,
* Good girls.  
reportRecommended by Ana_anilist16
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Both involve characters making a wish involving sacrificing something about themselves. In addition, after the wish, the characters can transform and they use this power to collect objects.  
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Madoka and Ahiru are both two little girls who thinks to have any special ability, they both try to become stronger with the help of ambiguous helpers and have to face all the responsibility coming from this choice.
Besides both manga represent really cute girls overcoming big magical problems and even fighting other little girls, who choose their side due to their personal insecurity or worries. 
reportRecommended by Jajja

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