Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a tortuous series: It took viewers into the darkest night before pulling out a hopeful, if heartbreaking, ending. Magia Record from the very beginning sought to emulate PMMM, but much like the deviations that Anno took in the second Rebuild film, this one doesn’t go quite as deep into the… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 12: Friends and Choices
Much like the original series, Magia Record has an unusual vibe going in that (at least until the very end) the heart of the series doesn’t sit with the pink-haired protagonist, but instead with the quite, cool, no-nonsense girl. That was a purposeful choice in PMMM (though I’ll say that Madoka exhibited more personality than… Read More Madoka Magica Side Story Magia Record, Episode 11: Mysterious Friends
As the episodes progress, little surprises are dropped each week, but I was not anticipating the one in episode ten. With Alina waiting outside of the Endless Solitude for Iroha and Sana, and having released a witch to contend with both those two girls and the rest of the group, a savior arrives: Mami, whose… Read More Madoka Magica Side Story Magia Record, Episode 10: Magia Mami
Episode eight begins with Iroha transferring into Kamihama Middle School as she continues her search for her sister, Ui. While there, she tries to meet up with Kaede, who in unresponsive; instead, Iroha runs into Rena, who tells her of two rumors: an invisible girl whose quiet responses to classmate eventually lead to her disappearing… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 8: Crossed Signals
Well…that was a disappointment. I’ve spoken thus far of my admiration for Magia Record, even though it’s started to settle into the formulaic. Episode six solidified the structure: Introduce new magical girls (one of whom has a problem), investigate a rumor, and fight against the rumor while also solving the magical girl issue and moving… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record Episode 6: So Lucky, So What?
Much like its predecessor, Magia Record has so very much to relate, layers unraveling what should be a simple tale. Episode five of Puella Magi Madoka Side Story progresses the story by leaps and bounds, but while doing so deepens the mystery instead of unraveling it. I was surprised this was the case until I… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record Episode 5: The Demon Within
As we make our way through our tenth anniversary year, I’ll be doing throwback posts each month to some of noteworthy posts. For our first month, we go to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. When I started this site, I had an the idea of using anime as a device to speak about faith, but I… Read More Throwback Thursday: Madoka Then and Now