Why didn’t y’all tell me that we were only halfway through the story? As season one of Magia Record has progressed (season two was announced at the end of this episode), I’ve become increasingly critical of the what I saw as wasted time: the slow assembling of a team; the introduction of characters that seemed… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 13: Just the Beginning
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
It’s a tale as old as time: Murderous A.I. hunts its victim. The victim befriends the A.I. and teaches it about humanity. The A.I. learns to love and rebels against its master. A.I. dies sacrificing itself for its human friend. In a lovely little episode, Magia Record goes full Terminator 2, but instead of an… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 9: Kill Your Loneliness
Halfway through, one thing that Magia Record is doing right is that it continues to deepen the mystery. We’re still drilling in instead of making our way out. Episode seven, for instance, isn’t particularly concerned with Iroha and her sister—instead, we’re asking more questions about what’s going on in Kamihama City, and are made to… Read More Madoka Side Story Magia Record, Episode 7: A House Divided
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