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, FantasyFantasy, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 2 hr. 11 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 8.221 (scored by 101896101,896 users)
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Ranked: #3492
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Popularity: #1204
Members: 200,893
Favorites: 941

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Synopsis

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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Background

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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"Luminous (ルミナス)" by ClariS
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"Magia [quattro]" by Kalafina




Reviews

Aug 8, 2013
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, ...
Oct 24, 2012
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 ...
Apr 15, 2016
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Having never been a fan of recaps (nor a hardcore fan of Madoka), I have always wondered why anyone would think that making movie recaps was a good idea. While it may mean an improvement in terms of animation quality, is it really necessary? Are any other successful series ever this lazy? Heck, even 90s Sailor Moon had a different plot for each one of its movies, but I digress.

Although I was happy to see the girls return, cramming 8 episodes into a 2-hour movie often felt like watching the series while pressing the "fast-forward" button. I was further confused by the fact that ...

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