Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
Puella Magi Madoka★Magica
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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

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Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Japanese: 魔法少女まどか★マギカ
English: Puella Magi Madoka★Magica
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 12, 2011 to May 30, 2011
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror
Themes: Mahou Shoujo Mahou Shoujo, School School
Serialization: None
Authors: Magica Quartet (Story), Hanokage (Art)


Score: 8.071 (scored by 1931519,315 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6262
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #425
Members: 38,257
Favorites: 1,483


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Fourteen-year-old Madoka Kaname has a surreal dream about a strange creature and a girl in trouble. The next morning, a mysterious girl named Homura Akemi transfers into Madoka's class; to her surprise, Homura appears to be the exact same girl that she saw in her dream.

Later that day, Madoka hears a plea for help in her head. It turns out that the cries belong to an injured Kyuubey, the cat-like creature who was also in her dream. But she finds Homura at Kyuubey's location, who warns Madoka to get away from the small entity. Making the connection that her new classmate attacked the helpless creature, Madoka takes Kyuubey and runs away with the help of best friend Sayaka Miki.

After their escape, Kyuubey offers the girls an enticing opportunity: become a magical girl in exchange for having any wish granted. However, not everything is as it seems, as the weight of their wishes may be a lot heavier than they might have expected.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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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Jul 26, 2012
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.
Mar 27, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I think almost every weeb worth their salt has an opinion on Madoka so I hope mine is worth listening to.

Madoka Magica is a cultural touchstone for Otakus everywhere.
It was many peoples first anime and it revolutionized the Magical Girl sub-genre, as it popularized the whole "magical girls but grimdark" trope that has become so common now.

So why is it scored so average by me?

Well its not without its issues. The art (especially action scenes) is difficult to follow, some characters (Mami) feel rather bland and clearly exist only to die. The plot is also rather poor and the ending veers into a textbook ...
Sep 30, 2016
I really did not like this manga.

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 ...

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