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Puella magi Madoka Magica (Manga)Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 01 - Magica Quartet, Hanokage Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 02 - Magica Quartet, Hanokage Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 - Magica Quartet, Hanokage
Puella magi Madoka Magica (Manga)Review
Art: The artwork is really good like a chibi shojo mix however it doesn't have the oomph that the anime does the transformations are not as an elaborate show and are poof there and back in a flash. However the artwork shows the story well, Kyubey for example, gets a new creepy look half way through since you can't easily project his creepiness in manga with out doing it. While not as stunning as the anime it shows the characters and the world very very well B
Characters: See anime review here A
Story: Unlike the anime you can tell this is Homura story which also makes it easier to explain with out spoilers. The Magical girl genre is very well known but this anime asks a question “Whats the price?” in every MG its your basic formula and while this has some of that it amps up the horror and tear jerker so that this is no longer a Magical girl fluff story but instead a psychological thought proving masterpiece. Keeping the characters ages in mind though out the story shows how heart breaking it is. The characters gain as much as they lose and vise versa sometimes the gain isn't worth the loss even but being young they don't see that.The basic is the same Modaka kaname finds a strange creature that asks her and her friend to be magical girls. From there the story is also the same although some things were added ( Kyubey's Creepy smile and eyes, some creepy shadow creatures in one fight) and taken away(editing out part of a fight, the transformations). The story here is easier to fallow in short its about a girl who wants to save her best friend from a terrible fate no matter what. The thought provoking stuff is still there too but again in a easier to fallow package sometimes to simple. What made the anime so good is Kyubey was creepy but you could almost side with him. In the manga he is more evil he looks the part and its hard to want to side with him. The story sticks the same to the anime other then that little nitpick the anime is more dramatic at some points but some parts of the manga is actually grimmer and scarier then the anime so its a win win. B+
Cover: Modaka and Homura Modaka giving her the bow while homura grabs it the colors are beautiful and pastel like its very eye catching and pretty yet also kind of ho hum in a way B
Rating: OT for older teens
Company: Yen press
My rating : 4 of 5 I decided to review this manga as a whole all three books and as a whole they are only one star away from the anime. The parts I enjoyed were parts that I felt the anime (while beautiful) didn't cover enough like hevan or some deaths I liked the way they were covered. also Kyubey's creepy translated into manga as well as Sakuya's decedent into madness was again nicely done in the manga (another thing I didn't really get in the anime) Over all a nice short three book manga that any fan should pick up its also a good way to get into the anime just be prepared for the differences as the anime care first