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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Manga)

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

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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: 8.271 (scored by 7294 users)
Ranked: #4102
Popularity: #234
Members: 13,405
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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)

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Sequel: Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Shinpen - Hangyaku no Monogatari
Spin-off: Mahou Shoujo Oriko★Magica, Mahou Shoujo Suzune★Magica, Mahou Shoujo Kazumi★Magica: The Innocent Malice, Mahou Shoujo Homura★Tamura: Heikou Sekai ga Itsumo Heikou de Aru to wa Kagiranai no da., Mahou Shoujo-bu Madoka★Magica, Mahou Shoujo Tart★Magica: The Legend of "Jeanne d'Arc", Tomoe Mami no Heibon na Nichijou, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Homura Revenge!
Other: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Anthology Comic
Adaptation: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica


Akemi, Homura
Kaname, Madoka
Miki, Sayaka
Sakura, Kyouko
Tomoe, Mami

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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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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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Sep 15, 2011
I loved this. I really, truly loved this. This is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, manga's of all time. The art was beautiful. Each character was so special... Madoka, so kind and innocent, Homura, so mysterious, Mami, so cool and beautiful, Kyuubey, so... odd, Sayaka, so brave, and Kyouko, so badass. I loved everyone of them. This manga starts out seeming like a normal magical girl series, but then it starts twisting, and turning darker. I reccomend reading this, but not on a bad day. The manga was so original. You really must read it.
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Dec 13, 2014
I watched the anime first only because the manga is based on the anime, which is uncommon. I had hoped for the manga to surpass the anime but wow I was wrong.

The story is great of course, it's not like your usual "magical girl" manga and it will really intrigue you.

The art was about the same as the didn't really have a lot of detail. I guess the manga for this is a little better because of the illustrations but that's all that really stood out better.

The characters are all different with their own personalities and such but since the manga was so read more
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Dark and violent magical girl series with well done stories and many surprising story twists.
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Both Madoka and Tsubasa start out as light-hearted, generic stories that eventually become horrific beyond words, with amazingly complex plots full of unexpected twists..
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.
Hunters becoming the hunted.

Both manga feature strong female characters.
Both Mangas have:
* Magic with a dark side,
* Both protagonists have suffered,
* Blood,
* Good girls.
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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