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
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.
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
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?"
As someone who watched the anime first, I found the manga to be equally entertaining.
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.
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.
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.
as of writing this review, i still have not watched the anime. i have read the manga first.
when i first picked up this manga, i thought it was going to have some sort of sailor-moon vibe ish, where magic girls are just going to fight off evil and it was going to be cliche, however it wasn't that at all, and that is why i really like this manga. there are so many plot twists in this manga it was ridiculous.
i do have to say, i did have a bit of a hard time trying to understand the story, and even to this day of
writing this review, i question myself of what happened on some parts.
maybe this is just me but i found some characters looked so similar that i couldn't really distinguish them when they're in black and white. making the story harder to understand because i thought one character was this other characters. then i just realised my mistake and i would have to flick back a lot of pages just to try to understand the story again. i'm the type of person who barely looks at the pictures and just reads the text, i like to imagine things what's happening, not see. although i do look at the pictures from time to time if they are salient or if the story gets a bit confusing.
what makes it more enjoyable is how short it is. it's only 3 volumes yet it is so good. when i first heard this was only 3 volumes, i had a vibe it was going to be bad, but to this day, this is my favourite manga so far as of writing this review.
so overall, i rate this manga 9/10
there are so many feels in this manga...
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (or Puella Magi Madoka Magica as it is called in English) was a great story from beginning to end. Having watched the anime first, I knew what to expect when reading the manga, but as it goes with these things, reading different interpretations of the same source material never ceases to amaze me. I believe I look for the subtle differences between interpretations.
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.
Like the artist herself mentioned in a side note, the manga adaptation of the insanely popular Puella Magi Madoka Magika anime was kept on a tight leash. The entire anthology for the dense 13 episode anime is 3 volumes, and while the artist does a fantastic job with what she has, It feels like her page limit was working against her.
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.
This manga is the one of many mangas out there that I really like. First of al I want to said about the story. Madoka Magica has a complex but well told story. And the whole story itself is well built with an enormous ending that you can't expect with. The death, the twist and everything! Many things in here that you may never thinking about so it's hard to guess the story unless you had read all the series and that is what makes the story really good. And last, I love the originality of this series, since there were no mangas that had
similar story as Madoka Magica
The art in this manga isn't bad. Even it's look bizzare but that stil acceptable for me. They drew the characters and the details (weapons, background) nicely except during the fight scenes, they didn't drew it really nice, so it's a bit hard to follow their actions. But still, this manga has great art instead.
Third is the character, I found that the character is well designed. From their clothes, weapons and personality. For the weapon and clothes, it's good since they didn't add to many details in their clothes and weapons, but not really simple as well. Then their personality, the personality of each character is really hard to guess, especially Homura. I didn't wan't to spoiler but her personality is different when first you see her and when Walpurgis attack. So that what is one of the "twist" that this series given and I kinda like it.
If you looking for action but dramatical manga serial. I really recommend to read this one. But I also recommend this for those who start reading mangas because this one is really good manga. And for those who has watched the anime and if you like it, maybe you can read the manga as well since the manga has some differences (in art) compared to the anime.
Madoka Magica is a fresh take on the magical girl genre and an unholy union of shoujo and horror.
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.
The first and foremost problem is that it’s difficult to read due to it seemingly being very disjointed. It jumps from scene to scene and explanation to explanation with little to no smooth transition making everything seem very abrupt.
The same reading difficulty actually applies to much of the manga content itself. This manga does a piss-poor job of explaining the plot and circumstances. It does an even worse job with character development. Most of the time, it seem like the author is rushing through the manga at break-neck pace and decided to ignore explanation of details for a clearer
picture in favor of moving the plot along.
That is actually an uncommon experience for me. In most cases, the issue is that the plot drags and the manga would spend inordinate amount of time going over the same situation/information until it’s basically cemented into readers’ head. Madoka does basically the exact opposite.
Reading other reviews of this, it seems the most common praise I hear for it is that it’s much darker than typical magical girl faire. This is true and it allows for a more unique read…but honestly, it wasn’t really that special. Allowing character deaths, blood, and sorrow in a traditionally upbeat genre is a nice touch, but without a well presented story, it’ll just be a bad story with a nice touch.
I had originally planned to watch the anime afterwards as Madoka appears to be one of the few cases where the manga is an adaptation of the anime rather than the other way around, but I’ve decided to skip it now. Whatever popularity Madoka appears to enjoy, it obviously doesn’t fit my taste.
I have already seen the anime beforehand, and I am not one to read manga. My perspective might be a bit biased because of that, but I feel like sticking to the anime is the best option.
The manga version still does a good job of feeling and looking like the actual anime, as the story remains relatively the same and the art style is not only perfectly replicating what the anime was stylized like, but in my opinion even outdoes the anime artistically. However, the manga is shorter than the anime, and the anime was already constrained to only 12 episodes total with almost every
minute containing plot-heavy scenes.
Because of this, the pace of the manga isn't as welcoming as the anime, which I thought had very good progression. The manga can be completed in no more than a few hours, for some people only 2 even. This makes the manga feel like the stort is rushing itself.
That's not to say the manga version still isn't enjoyable or anything, because you'll still be getting the same experience mostly, but I feel like getting the manga is really just determined by if you enjoyed the anime enough to the point that you want to see what it would be like.