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Madoka Magica Postponed Indefinitely

by dtshyk
Mar 23, 2011 3:31 AM | 247 Comments
According to the official website, the TV airing and the online streaming of Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica were announced to be suspended for an indefinite period. The releases of the Blu-ray and the DVD were postponed for one month. The fifth volume will be released on August 24th, but the release date of the sixth volume, which contains the episodes 11 and 12, hasn't been announced yet.

According to the official twitter, the producers will keep on working hard to air the remaining two episodes by the end of April.

Urobuchi Gen posted on his twitter that he was sorry for betraying people's anticipation, which was originated from Urobuchi's optimistic comments. He said it had been so painful for these ten days that he couldn't stand without believing a good outcome.

Sources: Madoka Magica official website, Urobuchi's twitter, Madoka official twitter

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Something about earthquakes.

I have a feeling the earth doesn't like the sound of walpurgis night either.

Apr 9, 2011 9:46 PM by blahrgness

What's annoying me right now is that there is absolutely NOTHING, not even rumors, at least that I know of.

Before, we would be getting news, not only in Thursday, but throughout the week. Tweets, announcements of related media, media backlash, etcetera. But apart from delay announcements, there has been nothing. And even those announcements were only two or three. We are in a complete blackout, desperately clinging on to the April deadline, without any further hope given by them.

We need something. To be blunt, they need to throw us a bone.

Apr 9, 2011 3:42 PM by BrickBreak

wow it's felt forever since I watched Madoka @u@ I nearly forgot about it.
i hope the last two episodes get me into it again

Apr 8, 2011 9:05 AM by lame-desu

ycart59 said:
Huh. Well, I guess I should just stop watching it while I'm only two episodes in and not attached to it.

This news is still upsetting. It was rather enjoying, even though I've never been into that type of anime before.
Just remember to hop back in the party bus when the episodes come out :)

Apr 8, 2011 8:51 AM by BrickBreak

I don't see why Oriko Magica needs to be delayed too; if it's supposed to be a prequel, it wouldn't spoil the main plot that will never air.

And anyway, give us the manga if you're not going to give us the anime! For shame.

Apr 8, 2011 12:39 AM by nevermore199

Huh. Well, I guess I should just stop watching it while I'm only two episodes in and not attached to it.

This news is still upsetting. It was rather enjoying, even though I've never been into that type of anime before.

Apr 7, 2011 7:39 PM by ycart59

i hope it still airs i dont want to have to wait till September to see my conclusion

Apr 7, 2011 5:38 PM by 2000shadow2000

OMG I didn't want or expect a good outcome. I hope it still ends badly.

Apr 7, 2011 2:21 PM by Mika_Inamori

Letitbe said:
I don't want an ending - I want to know there is a 2nd series, 12/13 eps not enough!


The latest news is that the series is planned to end mid-April, but since the airdate of episode 11 has already been postponed once, it wouldn't surprise me if the final two episodes aired more towards the end of April or early May. Since they are doing extra work on the final two episodes during this time, hopefully they should be worth the wait!

For those hoping for more Puella Magi, a manga adapataion of Madoka is already being written, containing 3 volumes so far. Also, two spin-off manga are also being produced... Puella Magi Oriko Magica, which will debut after the anime series end of Madoka, and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice which already has several chapters released (the story revolves around three Puella Magi friends living together with the twist that the main character, Kazumi, has lost her memories including the memory of her wish, which she never told to anyone). Also, Madoka will be getting a light novel as well.

While I don't expect that a direct sequel to Madoka will ever be made (considering the majority of the main characters are either dead or have had their secrets revealed), it wouldn't surprise me to see an anime adaptation of one of the spin-off manga stories. Think something along the lines more of Mai-HiMe and Mai-Otome or Chaos;HEAd and Steins;Gate... building on the same basic background story with different characters.

Also, the Shinbo Akiyuki, the director, has already expressed wanting to a follow-up series to Madoka... however, it would be more of a slice-of-life type show with the same characters (I have no idea how that would work lol).

Apr 7, 2011 12:06 AM by killbethy

well, Walpurgis night (i thin kthats how its spelled) is on the eve of may first (april 31) i thionk they plan on airing the final episode on that very date, Would add a little atmosphere to it :3

Hate how they first killed off Mami and now Kyoko??? WhY MUST THEY KILL THE BEST!!!

Apr 6, 2011 7:16 PM by Isaac0

im starting to really miss Madoka =(
i hope they are able to start airing this again soon!!!!!

Apr 6, 2011 6:42 PM by CrystalLake

I don't want an ending - I want to know there is a 2nd series, 12/13 eps not enough!

Apr 6, 2011 2:21 PM by Letitbe

Side note: after having just watched Chrno Crusade's ending,

Apr 6, 2011 2:09 PM by BrickBreak

Sucks for the indefinite cliffhanger, though I do agree that Japan getting back on its feet is the top priority.
Otherwise, I'd rather wait a month (hopefully no longer) for a brilliant ending rather than a rushed one that falls flat, especially after episode 10.
Though I'm feeling that the ending will (obviously) be majorly Homura-centered and end up one of two ways:

The anticipation is killing me. @___@

Apr 6, 2011 2:00 PM by crankyy

kFYatek said:
ringoo4 said:
There is one thing Urobuchi/Miyamoto said about this anime.

"This series is made to reject the possibility or hope for miracle."

But Urobuchi also said "I want to end this series with the story of DREAM AND HOPE, but I don't know if watchers will accept it that way." And even you were the one who posted that line translated on the Internet.

Though I'd pretty much like a happy ending. But happy does not necessarily mean cliché. I'm sure Urobuchi can pull off something totally epic either way.
My bad, my wording was wrong. Just remove the 'hope' part and just make it 'miracle'. That's what Miyamoto actually said.

Like, you can still have hopeful ending but reject miracle, right?... And that's probably the most depressing ending possible that Urobuchi can make.

Apr 6, 2011 3:39 AM by ringoo4

I'm betting on the bittersweet ending. I honestly hardly ever see an anime series end without at least a ray of hope. Direct happiness or tragedy seems too unrealistic to me.

Apr 4, 2011 10:06 PM by Seabury

Omniknight said:
BrickBreak said:


And please... I don't know what's going on with people. I want a purely brilliant ending, sad or happy does not matter to me, as long as it is well done. I'm sure everyone thinks that as well, but most simply believe that it is impossible, or less likely, to do so with a happy ending.
I quite simply do not believe that.


I think a hopeful ending is more what I am looking for. Bad things happen, people die, but not all is lost.
The only ending I don't really want to see is a resurrection ending.
But in the end, it all comes down to execution, regardless of where the story goes.
If you look at Madoka Magica objectively you will realize there's nothing outright superb about it's plot or characters. They've been done to death before in one way or another. It's the execution which has been able to create the hype and enrapture the fans. So I agree, the sucess of the ending depends squarely on it's execution.

Apr 4, 2011 5:51 PM by Leon-Gun

BrickBreak said:


And please... I don't know what's going on with people. I want a purely brilliant ending, sad or happy does not matter to me, as long as it is well done. I'm sure everyone thinks that as well, but most simply believe that it is impossible, or less likely, to do so with a happy ending.
I quite simply do not believe that.


I think a hopeful ending is more what I am looking for. Bad things happen, people die, but not all is lost.
The only ending I don't really want to see is a resurrection ending.
But in the end, it all comes down to execution, regardless of where the story goes.

Apr 4, 2011 5:25 PM by Omniknight

LoL
With all that said, I'm betting on a bittersweet ending xD Although, as I already stated, I'll be happy with anything as long has it is well written, executed and doesn't leave plot holes behind.

Apr 4, 2011 10:56 AM by hontobaka

kFYatek said:
ringoo4 said:
There is one thing Urobuchi/Miyamoto said about this anime.

"This series is made to reject the possibility or hope for miracle."

But Urobuchi also said "I want to end this series with the story of DREAM AND HOPE, but I don't know if watchers will accept it that way." And even you were the one who posted that line translated on the Internet.

Though I'd pretty much like a happy ending. But happy does not necessarily mean cliché. I'm sure Urobuchi can pull off something totally epic either way.

No miracle then. Only hard work.

Apr 4, 2011 6:03 AM by ninryu

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