I was seriously considering waiting for this movie to appear somewhere in better quality, but in the end, my impatience got the better of me, so I actually watched the crappy camrip.
If my impatience to finally watch this, doesn’t make it clear enough already, let me just tell you this; I loved the anime as well as the first 2 movies, which were recaps of the anime anyway. And knowing that there is a sequel to this already amazing anime, I just couldn’t wait any longer.
Most of you have probably not seen the movie yet, so I’ll warn you before you continue to my actual review. There will be some spoilers and those might ruin your watching experience. So if you only want to know whether this movie is watchable and how I rated the single categories, skip to “Final Enjoyment” at the end of this review, where I will list all my ratings.
So, first things first, when I heard the news that there will be a sequel to the Madoka anime, I was torn between eternal excitement as well as wariness. The anime was, as I would say, an
almostperfect show, on which many fans will agree with me. And of course if something’s that popular, why not make even more money out of it?
Nothing’s really wrong with that so far, but in many cases, what is being released after the actual story, often doesn’t even come close to the brilliance of the original work and sometimes, it can even destroy the whole series. I mean just remember what Kaishaku did with Himeko and Chikane…
But anyways, I can proudly say that this movie doesn’t only scratch the awesomeness of the anime, no, it is equally great and it truly deserves to be its sequel.
Story 9/10 and Characters 10/10:
To be honest, I was a little surprised when I started watching this movie. The trailer and the sneak peeks that I had already watched, made it look like this movie would somehow start off where the anime had left off. However, you’ll spend almost half of the movie thinking that it’s not a sequel, but rather takes place in an alternative universe or maybe in another timeline. In my opinion, it took this movie a little too long to get to the point, even though I enjoyed those kind of carefree and happy moments during the first part of it.
So the plot revolves around the lives, our 5 Magical Girls spent in Mitakihara, after the events of the anime. You already think that there’s something wrong with this? Then you’re damn right! So after a while, Homura notices that there’s something wrong, not only with the city and the people living there, but in general with the whole situation and the fact that the 5 of them are still together fighting “Nightmares”.
From the beginning, this movie seemed a little weirder than what I was used to from the anime. Everything felt so surreal and even in times they weren’t fighting Nightmares, strange things kept happening. And the fact that QB is suddenly not speaking anymore and that BB witch is now living with Mami, really freaked me out.
Well, at first, I didn’t really bother thinking too much into it, since this surrealism was present in the anime as well, but it still gave me the impression that something ought to be wrong and I was damn right. So after the turning point, the real epicness takes place.
The first big question is, who’s behind this masquerade, or to put it another way, who’s the mastermind behind all those strange occurrences in Mitakihara? And that’s where the movie starts messing with you.
I mean, I was fooled so many times during this movie, lead to false assumptions, just to be totally surprised when I was proven wrong, so that I sometimes didn’t even know what to believe anymore. It even felt like the movie was fooling its own characters if that makes any sense at all. So needless to say, I was pretty much lost at some points and simply didn’t know what was going on, but when the movie finally decides to reveal some truth, it was absolutely stunning.
I felt like the answers to some of the questions were right in front of my eyes the whole time and I simply didn’t realize it until it was outright pointed out to me. It’s so hard to describe, yet that’s exactly how it felt like and that is such a complex and clever way of presenting a story, that this alone earns this movie some extra points.
I will say some things about the ending later, but let’s now focus on the characters.
Since this is the third movie already, it doesn’t really make sense to list all the characters again, so let’s skip this and come right to the most important one.
While I feel like the first 2 movies really had Madoka as the central character, this one focuses almost solely on Homura. And ohh did I love that.
We’ll see her as the shy and clumsy girl she was before, as well as her serious and aloof self she became later and in the end we’ll also see her as a Yandere.
Yeah, prepare for that…
Strangely enough, all of these personalities suite her and even as a creepy Yandere I somehow still loved her. But let’s just face it, she’s one of the greatest characters of all time and one of my favorites, no matter how she acts~
Of course the rest of the girls take part in the movie as well, while Madoka takes in a special role as the one who is held responsible for almost all of Homura’s actions. Also there is a “new” character introduced, namely BB (Momoe Nagisa), who is basically the witch who bit off Mami’s head in the first movie and anime, so yeah…
Sound and Music 9/10:
For the background music of this movie, they used many of the tracks from the 2 previous movies and the anime, which is great, since the background music in those was already pretty awesome.
Other than that, I don’t have much to say here, well of course other than the fact that the voice acting is yet again superb, especially Saito Chiwa’s (Homura) voice acting, which is something I’d even call addictive~
Art and Animation 9/10:
Just like the anime, this movie comes with a quite unique art style, in which the line between cuteness and creepiness is very thin.
And despite the fact that it is a really bright and colorful art style, the mood often switches to gloomy and depressing within just seconds, while you can sometimes not even decide whether a certain scene is meant to be frightening or to simply look cute. That’s especially true, when you consider the fact that BB is part of this as well and not as an enemy…
The only bad aspect I can possibly name, is the fact that I’m not really a fan of these wiiiiide faces and I would have preferred it, if they were at least a little slimmer, but that’s probably just me.
Oh and let’s not forget about the typical dramatic head turns and I promise you, there are a whole lot of them!
As always, here’s a trailer:
This movie comes with such a heavy amount of subtext that I’m even close to calling the pairings canon.
Seriously, there were some great Sayaka x Kyouko moments, in which the both of them either cutely mess around with each other or even one in which they hold hands and basically tell each other how much they care for the other.
Talking about MadoHomu is something different… On the one hand, there is so much subtext going on, that even if you don’t like the genre, you have to admit that something is going on between the two of them, even though it mostly sprouts from Homura. If I remember correctly, Homura even calls the feelings she harbors, or more precisely the feelings that cause all her despair in the end “love”.
Still, I’m not really happy with how things turn out between my favorite Madoka Magica couple, but I’ll explain the reasons for this later.
Anyway, if you want to read more about the yuri undertones in this show, I highly recommend you to read this. It’s a huuuuge article and a very nice read~
The Ending 5/10:
As much as I praised this movie so far, the ending is the one thing that will probably ruin the whole story for some of you, while others will just find it as mind-fucking awesome as the rest of the show. Personally, I find it to be an ending fitting for a show like this, but as a fan, I’m simply devastated. Homura turning into a Yandere is one thing, but having her turn into a demon is just wrong.
During the last 20 minutes, I was watching this with my mouth literally hanging open for the whole time because I couldn’t comprehend what the hell was going on.
Especially this one moment, in which Madoka offers Homura to finally be together with her forever… it was so overwhelming. However, this beautiful moment was not only ruined, no, it was literally raped and murdered and turned into the worst thing imaginable. Yeah I know, I’m exaggerating, but that’s how the whole thing felt to me in the end.
Seeing Homura like this, after all she’s been through is just something I cannot accept, which is why I hate how things turned out, even though it is probably a good end for the movie.
Total Enjoyment 9/10:
I’ve said it before and I will repeat myself again, just because I believe that this is very important. This movie was great, it kept surprising me on so many levels and in general exceeded my expectations, making it a worthy sequel to an already great anime.
And while I heard some people saying that they could only watch this movie once, for what kind of feelings it conveyed, I claim that you at least need to see this movie twice, to fully enjoy it and understand everything that is going on.
Finally, here’s also a warning. This movie is confusing at times. In fact, it sometimes felt like I was sucked into a deep black hole of confusion that refused to let me out. Partly the blame is on me, since I sometimes needed some time to follow the story, and partly I can also put the blame on the crappy translation I used. But as I’ve said, it is confusing, especially towards the end.
Still here’s one last warning: Please keep in mind what I said about the ending and decide whether you really want the ending of the anime to be ruined for you like this.
But then again there is some hope. Urobuchi Gen, the writer of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, revealed in an interview that the 3rdmovie won’t be the end of the series, even though he doesn’t know what the continuation will be like.
Sound and Music: 9/10
Total Enjoyment: 9/10