Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings

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Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Movie 1, Magical Girl Madoka Magica Movie 1
Japanese: 劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 始まりの物語
English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings
French: Puella Magi Madoka Magica-Film 1: Au commencement
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2012
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shaft
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 2 hr. 10 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.231 (scored by 8949589,495 users)
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Ranked: #2902
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Madoka Kaname and her best friend Sayaka Miki are ordinary middle school students in the city of Mitakihara. But one day, they encounter a strange cat-like creature named Kyuubey, who claims he can grant them one wish. In exchange, they would become magical girls and fight against evil perpetrated by witches. A veteran magical girl in the area, Mami Tomoe, decides to show them how to hunt witches, while the mysterious transfer student Homura Akemi warns them to not take Kyuubey's deal, though she refuses to say why.

However, after witnessing the brutal reality of fighting witches, the girls decide it may be safer to decline Kyuubey's offer. But when another magical girl arrives in the city and Sayaka decides to make a wish to help the one she loves, things quickly escalate as they are confronted with the harsh truth behind their powers and the ultimate price of their wishes.

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Hajimari no Monogatari is the first of the two recap movies, released on October 6, 2012. It features the theme song "Luminous" by ClariS as the OP and a new version of "Magia", "Magia [quattro]" by Kalafina as the ED. The movie is 130 minutes long, covering the first eight episodes of the anime series. It earned ¥570 million at the Japanese box office.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shinbou, Akiyuki
Miyamoto, Yukihiro
Director, Episode Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Luminous (ルミナス)" by ClariS

Ending Theme

"Magia [quattro]" by Kalafina

Aug 8, 2013
Veronin (All reviews)
A number of things come to mind when thinking of the mahou shoujo genre. Friendship, frilly dresses, cute young girls, and equally cute mascots ... what more could a young female audience ask for?

All of these of these things are prevalent within Madoka★Magica. And yet there's no anime quite like it.

Back in 2011, Madoka★Magica took the anime industry by surprise with a decidedly mature take on an otherwise lighthearted genre. Important characters die in brutal fashion. They struggle with the concept of right-and-wrong, that 'justice' is arbitrary and often fanciful. The villain is driven not by greed or vengeance, but by rational motives, read more
Oct 24, 2012
Aeroblip (All reviews)
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise is a juggernaut. When it first aired in 2011, the series quickly became popular, appealing to fans around the world with its amazing visuals and suspenseful story. Riding on the success of the original series, Shaft decides to expand on the franchise with a movie trilogy.

Yet, was it needed?

Let's set the record straight: the first two movies cover the same story of the original series. However this is not a simple rehash of the original. It's a bit unfair to use the term "recap" simply because most fans know the story; the movie contains the same events, but everything read more
Jul 22, 2013
Stark700 (All reviews)
Well, by this time, most avid anime fans probably heard about a series that debuted in 2011 known as Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica). It features the traditional theme of magical girls which is nothing new to the anime industry. However, what it presents is something far beyond that after a second look for its presentation of the magical girl theme like never before. It's dark. It's twisted. It's Madoka.

For a movie to be adapted for another run (especially in terms of story retelling), popularity and revenue often comes as one of the reasons. In fact, anime that have been revived in read more
Jun 23, 2015
WanTaisho (All reviews)
I highly recommend newcomers to Madoka Magica to watch the regular anime series first before watching the movies. (Spoiler-free review)

Okay, now that I've said that let me explain. If you haven't already heard, the first two Madoka Magica movies are mostly recaps of the regular t.v. series with some added/modified scenes. I recently finished the series subbed and re-watched it dubbed. Before watching the 3rd Madoka movie which continues the story, I decided to watch the first 2 movies to avoid missing anything (I know, I'm crazy). The recap movies are great in their own right, but I would argue that it is mainly because read more


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