Summer Anime Favourites (2015) + POLL!!!

Just here to update you folks on the blog about my new video on key summer favourite anime I’ll be looking forward to. As well, I wanted to present the summer season poll so you guys can vote for what … Continue reading

Cloudy’s Summer Anime 2015 Line-Up

Ahhhh~ This will be the third summer of anime I will be covering since I started Little Cloud Curiosity. Usually summer holds some of my most anticipated anime but it seems like most of my hype ended with the conclusion of previous spring season series such as Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works and Nisekoi Season 2. I am however excited for a few new shows coming up this summer as well eagerly awaiting more episode from already established franchises. Now then, most you know my general taste judging from my previous reviews – a lot of fantasy, slice of life, romantic, action, epic… not too much gore, not too much blood and so on.  Now without further ado, allow me to introduce to you all the run-down of my anime line up this month…

KALMIAFate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!! (プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ ヘルツ!) – AHHHHHH This is my most anticipated series for the summer!! I reviewed the first two season in previous seasons and I AM SO EXCITED FOR MORE ILYA. With the appearance of Kuro in 2wei, there are still so many unanswered questions to Ilya’s family story (ufufufu) and Miyu’s back story which is one of the most interesting parts of the series. Seriously this is one of the most fun and best spin-off worlds to come from the Fate world and I enjoy it immensely because it combines all the great elements of the Nasuverse with cutesy and enjoyable aspects of the magic girl genre.

Release Date: July 25, 2015

Chaos Dragon- Sekiryuu SenyakuChaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku (ケイオスドラゴン 赤竜戦役)I wasn’t a big fan of the premise because historical fictional action series aren’t usually as stimulating for my taste however the teaser looks so suspenseful and action charged. On top of that the animation is so vibrant and the colours so bold and the script features a pretty strong ensemble of immensely seasoned voice actors such as Unshou Ishizuka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Maaya Uchida and Marina Inoue.

The story focuses on a power conflict between two war-torn countries – Donatia and Kouran. With a plot that boasts the brains of Gen Urobochi, Kinoko Nasu, Iduki Kougyoku, Ryohgo Narita and Simadoriru, this light novel series is definitely hyped up for an action packed release. Anime fans who have been a bit bored from the slice of life and romance series from the Spring season will enjoy a new change in pace.

Release Date: July 2, 2015

Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen HenWooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen Hen (うーさーのその日暮らし 夢幻編) – Ahhh Wooser~~ I have anticipated more of this quirky and fun series since I watched the entire first two seasons in about two hours last summer. Wooser is a rather crass and blunt little mascot dog who gets into a bit of mischief every now and then. The main point of the story telling is on short gags and little skits where Wooser interacts with other characters. Fans of Japanese contemporary trends or anime might catch some of the references from anime series from the same producing company. What’s great about the series is that its dialogue ranges from absolute nonsense to jaded pieces of every day advice. The voice actors are absolutely A+ for this series with popular singer and seiyuu Mamoru Miyano heading the line-up as the beloved Wooser and Hiroshi Kamiya-sama as Darth Wooser.

Release Date: July 3, 2015

Akagami no Shirayuki-HimeAkagami no Shirayuki-Hime (赤髪の白雪姫) – Loosely translated as “Snow White with the Red-Hair” the promo video features a spunky and outgoing girl who, in order to escape marriage with a prince, cuts her hair and runs off to the next country. She goes on… a bit of an adventure and the plot mimics a bit the classical German fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. It seems a bit generic but I’m usually willing to give anything within the fantasy genre a chance. As well, it’s always interesting to see what writers can do with fairy tale spin-off adaptations. The cast of main characters features one of my favourite voice actors ever – Nobuhiko Okamoto (Mikoto from Gekkan Shoujo Noazki-kun, Yoichi from Owari no Seraph and Shouta from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi).

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Charlotte AnimeCharlotte (シャーロット) – Oh P.A. Works we meet again with a new slice of life series named Charlotte. We’ve seen major mishaps with Glasslip but a major pick up since Shirobako in previous season. P.A. Works is probably my favourite company and has a tendency to pick up stories and series that really lean towards my taste as a result I will be checking out Charlotte which incorporates slice of life high school life with supernatural elements in each of the characters. Judging from the promo video, the music seems quite avant-garde off the get go but hits us hard with an emotional ballad towards the end.

Directed by Yoshiyuki Asai, who was also responsible for series such as Angel Beats and my personal favourite, Nagi no Asukara, Charlotte will feature a cast of voices we’ve seen in a ton of recent and popular anime series. Ayane Sakura (Yozora from Haganai, Shimakaze KanColle and Haru from Nisekoi), Maaya Uchida (Futaba from Ao Haru Ride, Rikka from Chuunibyou, Hyori from Noragami), Kouki Uchiyama (Seiya from Amagi Brilliant Park, Dio from Buddy Complex, Raku from Nisekoi), Takahiro Mizushima (Romeo from Romeo x Juliet and Haruki from White Album 2). There seems to be a lot of potential for a fast-paced series despite the slice of life tag. Oh I’m waiting for you to wrench my heart out Charlotte.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Chu Feng BEEChu Feng: BEE-(雛蜂-BEE-) – Coming at you all this season is a new series adapted from a Chinese manhua originally written and drawn by Sun Heng. I’m not usually into ecchi but the story primarily falls into seinen, fantasy, mecha and action categories as well. The story follows a guy named Shun Hao Xuan who lives in a future generation. When he gets caught up in the arms race conflict and taken as hostage, a beautiful girl swoops in and happens to save him while she’s on mission. The girl – Liuli (voiced by the talented and stunning Kana Hanazawa), is the latest generation of the Vanguard, created from new engineering technologies. Her final mission before retirement is to protect the “Son of Eden.”

Sounds like an interesting premise overall. I really hope it gets fluid animation because the mecha aspects are really crucial to the flow of the story and there is a lot of combat so we need really smooth transitions and high quality animation art to get the mood of the futuristic world.

Release Date: July 23, 2015

Gate- Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku TatakeriGate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri (ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり) –This series initially caught my eye because of how much one of the characters on the poster reminded me of Sinon from Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online. A-1 Pictures is really bringing their A-game this season. This new anime takes place in a future and alternate Tokyo where a “Gate” opened up in Ginza, heralding mobs of monsters into the city. The attack is met by the Japan Ground-Self Defence force and the story narrows in on a young officer named Youji Itami who leads a team to a number of different places. The plot seems to attempt to balance international political conflict with fantasy aspects while incorporating themes such as knowledge, friendship and perspective when it comes character interactions. Sounds like A LOT going on but at least animation will definitely be on par.

The cast is looking good with its main characters featuring seiyuu such as Risa Taneda (Mirai from Kyoukai no Kanata and Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), Junichi Suwabe (Undertaker from Kuroshitsuji, Archer from Fate/Stay Night and Ren from Uta no Prince-sama), Hisako Kanemoto (Taiga from Fate/Zero and Ami Mizuno from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal) and my new favourite, Nao Touyama (Chitoge from Nisekoi and Himiko from Nobunaga the Fool)

Release Date: July 4, 2015

Makura no DanshiMakura no Danshi (まくらのだんし) – OMG WHY IS THIS GETTING AN ANIME =.=””” IT WAS ORIGINALLY AN APP… and it is SOOO ridiculously as an anime series concept. I can’t see how this could even be an anime. Basically… a cute anime boy stares at you and whispers things to you as you go to sleep. In every episode. I know. The anime industry. Japan. Why…

Release Date: July 14, 2015

 

 

 Rokka no YushaRokka no Yusha (六花の勇者)Adapted from a light novel, I’m quite excited to check out this new fantasy series this season. It’s a relatively new series that’s only been out since 2011, written by Ishio Yamagata with illustrations by Miyagi. The story focuses on a boy named Adlet who was selected among the Heroes of the Six Flowers to be the strongest on Earth. He meets up with a band of other interesting characters, one of which is the enemy…

The series will be brought to you by Studio Passione, featuring a main cast of voices including Soma Saito, Yoko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki, Koki Uchiyama, Ai Kakuma, Rina Sato and Kenichi Suzumura; all in all a fairly stable cast of seiyuu. I virtually know nothing of the series except what I’ve seen in promotional media since I have a tendency to read light novels after their anime adaptations. Hopefully Rokka no Yusha will bring some much needed mystery fantasy elements into our lives this season.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Working!!Working!! (ワーキング!!) – This cute new slice-of-life series by A-1 Pictures caught my eye last minute when I was scrolling through the summer chart releases. The story takes place specifically in Hokkaido, Japan called Wagnaria. A high schooler named Sota Takanashi ends up working part-time at a restaurant with a bunch of quirky and eccentric characters. The promotional video looks TOTALLY DERP but I suppose that’s what gives it its charm in this season’s line-up. The cast has some of the most notable voices in the industry, Daisuke Ono, Hiroshi Kamiya-sama, Jun Fukuyama, Jouji Nakata, Eri Kitamura, Kumiko Watanabe, Kana Asumi and many others.

Release Date: July 5, 2015

Junjou Romantica Season 3Junjou Romantica Season 3 (純情ロマンチカ) – AHHHH Yaoi and boys love fans will be thrilled for the latest anime adaptation of Nakamura Shungiku’s popular series, Junjou Romantica. Personally I like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi more because it has more lighthearted back story material versus Junjou Romantica which features more mature emotional content between the characters. However, I am a HUGE fan of Nakamura Shungiku’s art style and writing. Her humour is ON POINT. Junjou Romantica is also great for yaoi fans who want a lighter series for their taste as well as beginner readers who are looking to dip their toes into the genre.

The series follows three different couples but mainly a boy named Misaki Takahashi, who through his brother, ends up living with a famous author named Akihiko Usami (and becoming his lover in the process ahem*). The original cast is back of course with Takahiro Sakurai (as Misaki Takahashi), Hikaru Hanada (as Akihiko Usami), Kentaro Itou (as Hiroki Kamijou), Nobutoshi Canna (as Nowaki, Kusama), Kazuhiko Inoue (as You Miyagi) and Daisuke Kishio (as Shinobu Takatsuki). Studio Deen will be handling the animation.

Release Date: July 9, 2015

Also looking forward to checking out… Sora ga Seiyuu!, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Gangsta, Aoharu x Kikanjuu and Joukamachi no Dandelion

Thank you guys so much for reading, if you have time or feel so inclined, please take a moment to offer your vote in the poll, your opinion and votes really make a difference to which main series I follow on a weekly basis with blog recaps and contribute to the brainstorming process for new anime impression vlogs and series review. First impressions vlogs and blog posts will be coming for most if not all of the series listed above so stay tuned for that. Let me know in the poll suggestions if you have a recommendation for me not listed above or tweet me @CuriousCloudy to tell me what new series you’re most looking forward to and I will talk to you guys very soon ^^/

– Cloudy

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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin Episode 1 Impressions

Indian Jones with cute anime girls. And a ghost. Yes. This is definitely what this is. Rating: 3.5/5 complacent clouds  Yama Juugo, disowned by his father, arrives on Nanae Island to the Student Special zone where students make up most … Continue reading

Mekaku City Actors First Impressions…?

Mekaku City Actors is based on the hype over a video featuring a song called Kageou Daze that was shared on Niconico. The song has generated over three million views, a light novel and manga adaptation has been produced based … Continue reading

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion Part 2 FINALE Review

Mahou.Shoujo.Madoka☆Magica.full.1573386Hey guys and welcome to Part 2 of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion review (wow that’s a mouthful). If you randomly stumbled upon part 2 and you’re looking for an overview and review of the plot, click here. Part 2 will look at Characters, Music and my final thoughts on the film series. Now without further ado, let’s get started…

Characters

Like all magical series, the story intensely revolves around the lives of a certain group of girls whose lives and destinies are intertwined by magic, and in this case, that magic involves a contract. In many magical girl series and, there are more or less two routes the character development can take. The first is intense development with one or two of magic girl characters and she’s usually the leader of the group. The second is shallow character stories due to the short amount of time and focus divided to giving each magic girl her back story and air time. Somehow, Madoka Magic has both, but leans more to the first route of character development. Even though the story (and fandom) is greatly devoted to Madoka and Homura’s close friendships, their trials and tribulations, we obviously don’t see as much of the other magic girls. They’re either dead in some timelines or they’re just not significant to the main conflict in the story’s main timeline. Still, you can’t help but love Mami’s stern but loving leaderly qualities or Kyoko’s hardass personality; even Sayaka’s character is wonderfully reconciled in this movie. Overall, the characters are properly constructed and mature accordingly to how the story progresses. No cop outs.

Madoka Kaname (3.5/5)- From start to finish, I’ve always felt that even though the series is named after Madoka and despite her main role in the creation of the Law of the Cycle, she serves as more of a symbol of hope and figurehead of goodness. You can easily like her, but perhaps not grow to love her as much as one of the tortured characters that you come to love after a ride on their emotional journey.

Homura Akemi (5/5)- Part 3 really focuses on how Homura copes with the world after her closest and dearest friend leaves her. She even wonders if she had hallucinated this girl named Madoka because no one else remembers anyone named Madoka Kaname; she neither exist in the past, the present nor the future. I’ve grown to really love the character that Homura’s become in Part 3. She’s no longer a crybaby and like how Sayaka said she felt the tough and strong Homura was truer to Homura’s personality, I agree with that as well. Homura’s risen into the list of my favourite anime characters because of the realistic three-dimensionality of her personality that brings out the best of humans – self-sacrifice, unconditional love, perseverance and in this movie, the worst – selfishness, hopelessness and despair. She embodies all of these things and more making her truly one of the most enjoyable characters on screen.

Sayaka Miki (4/5)- We see a lot more of Sayaka, a side of her much more mature and level-headed versus the depressing and somewhat annoying little girl we see in the first parts of the story. She becomes a key character in the show and her role is a defining feature of Madoka’s ways of the world. In contrast to the original story timeline where she’s the weakest of the group, she becomes one of the strongest characters of the show and in the most unique way possible thanks to God-doka. She even shocks Kyubey.

Mami Tomoe (4/5)- Though her death was a pivotal moment in the initial release of the show, she comes back in other timelines so she’s not at all sidelined in the story, especially not in Part 3. We’re shown just how powerful an experienced magic girl senpai can fight – and she’s pretty badass. Her role in the conclusion of the movie kept her pretty much in the same position in terms of being a side character of the main cast. She’s important in her own way and moves the plot deeper but her role finishes quick.

Kyoko Sakura (3.5/5)- I guess it’s because we saw so much of Kyoko in the original series that there’s not much else to talk about in Part 3. She’s actually the first one Homura approaches when they tackle the opening conflict of the movie’s plot. I don’t want to give too much away so you’ll just have to watch but she does contribute quite a bit to character development. For Sayaka X Kyoko fans, you’ll absolutely love the camaraderie that we see between the pair.

Nagisa Momoe (3/5)- Ah, our new character~ the wish she made was apparently formerly announced and we’re given subtle hinted at the details of her wish throughout the movie. She was originally the sweets witch that killed Mami in the original storyline and in this timeline she’s really a new cute girl to keep things fresh, really. If a giant fanbase explodes over Nagisa, I could see a mini side magic girl series being focused on her; how she became a magic girl, the specific details of her wish and how she descended into despair, maybe even her perspective as a witch when she’s fighting Mami.

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Score and Soundtrack

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 yukikajiuraIt’s Yuki Kajiura. Nuff said. The name itself already warrants a listen to the soundtrack. She adds a nice collection of sounds in the continuation of the series. It’s hard for me to draw out a full review of the music because you don’t usually pick up the instrumentals as you’re absorbed in the action, but that’s just how amazing the music is. The best score and soundtrack is one that elevates the storytelling to a mesmerizing state for the audience. The one key score piece that I did pick up on was the uniquely abstract and refreshing soundtrack that went with each girl’s full magical transformation scene. It just fits immensely well with the art style and atmosphere that the story evokes. This is not your regular magic girl anime, so it requires not so regular magic girl music.

Still the music is one of the most memorable part of your movie-going experience because some would argue that it’s the music that sticks with you the longest, after the action explosions have faded and the credits have run out.  Though I can’t point out the melody, I can still remember the way I felt when I heard the soundtracks. Another key moment of orchestral brilliance are the moments when Homura prepares to die as a witch. Delicate and tragic yet so chaotic and destructive, reflecting turmoil of emotions that Homura feels when her soul descends into the abyss. I love Yuki Kajiura’s work and I can’t wait to have a listen of the full OST when it gets released.

cover…And now on a slightly more positive note. Since ClariS has been singing the opening songs in the Madoka series so far, I did expect a new ClariS song from them and I wasn’t disappointed. The new opening was aesthetically pleasing in the most artistic way possible which really compliments the hopeful and magical sounds of the opening song, “Colorful.” If you listen carefully, you can hear violin sounds in the track. I have it on repeat and it’s just so addicting.

Click below for a listen or the link to download the song!

http://www.mediafire.com/download/dotqqmd6kg63nco/Puella+Magi+Madoka+Magica+Movie+III+Opening+-+ClariS+-+Colorful+%28littlecloudcuriosity.com%29.mp3

Mahou.Shoujo.Madoka☆Magica.full.1319098Contribution to Genre

The fact that Part 3 of the film series is called “Rebellion,” tells you a lot about what’s happening in the story. Of course in the magic girl series you generally expect pretty dresses, flashy powers and cute girls. This has all of that – and So. Much. More. The story never lets us forget that its written by Urobutcher. Madoka Magica gives us a reality slap check when it comes to critiquing and reviewing magic girl series – it totally destroys our presumptions that twelve and older magic girls can go to school by day and fight evil by night and still function cheerily with less than three hours of sleep every night. AND NO DARK CIRCLES! Must be great to be a magic girl right? Not in this world. This series takes everything you ever thought you knew or wanted in a magic girl series, reconstructs and reinvents part of the genre for more mature audiences who have enough of their share of cutesy pointless magic girl clichés and want substance in the plot, all the while keeping the traditional elements of the magic girl genre true to its core.

Whether you love fantasy or action, drama or just a hell of a good anime no matter what the genre, you should watch Madoka Magica. It’s one of those anime defining series that proves to anime-haters or non-anime watchers just. how. good. anime can get.

Final Thoughts? (in no particular order)

– I need the God-doka Magica Nendoroid like now

– Gonna go and read Magical Girl Kazumi and Oriko

– Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion places the series on my list of absolute favourite animes that everyone should watch

– Don’t show Puella Magi Madoka Magica to your magic girl loving cousins or you might ruin their magic girl dreams and they’ll start telling you that there’s a Kyubey under the bed instead of a Bogeyman. Of course, because even the Bogeyman’s afraid of that creepy thing.

Anyway, we’ve now reached the end of our review and now that we have reached the end, I wanted to show you guys some cool freebie character cards that were up for grabs in the theatre. I could only find the three most common character cards so if you have a Sayaka X Kyoko or Mami  card, I’m super jealous of you!! There were some really great bonuses that scores  up some big points on the score for overall movie-going experience.

I hope you guys liked this thorough two-part review on the finale of the Madoka Magica film series. If you liked this don’t forget to share it with friends or follow me for new stuff coming almost every day. Thank you guys very very much for dropping by and reading. Let me know what you guys thought of the series? Whether or not you liked Homura’s ending and if you think there will be a magic girl anime that could EVER TOP Madoka Magica.

I will talk to you guys soon!

– Cloudy

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion Part 1 Review

Magica Madoka NA Poster“Even though I’m lonely, even though I’m sad, no one else can understand how I feel…” – Homura

After seeing this movie, I sincerely believe that Madoka Magica is going to be an enduring series for the rest of anime history. It’s left its mark. Seriously. And it’s one of those series that older magic girl lovers and anime fans are going to cosplay at conventions year after year after year. When people ask you, “What’s the best magic girl anime out there?” you say, “Madoka Magica, without a doubt.”

I had the pleasure of seeing both first parts of the movie in theatres when I was just starting this blog and this year, I’m once again stunned by how amazing Gen Urobushi’s story planning is and how awe-inspiring and outright smack you in the face gorgeous the animation touch-ups are. Major major props goes out to the character design, animation and art direction team.

In a review for a film of such magnitude, I’m going to be breaking it down in four broad categories – Storytelling and Script, Characters, Score and Soundtrack, Contribution to its Genres and lastly, Final Thoughts.

Storytelling and Script

Most of you might know that the original Madoka Magica series consists of twelve episodes, all released within a regular season of anime. When the movie was released, fans all over the world wondered if there would be extra added features that may explain certain aspects of the inner-workings of the world that were left out in the short original series. While Part 1: Beginnings left us at a sort of suspenseful part where the Sayuka and Kyoko action is building to its peak, Part 2: The Eternal Story, which resolved the original story, followed the anime’s plotline shot for shot, perhaps omitting certain details and throwing in a few action scenes. All in all, it was the handful of preview shots after the credit roll of Part 2 that had us on the edge of our seats for more answers. For me and my friends, we launched into a forty minute discussion on Kyubey and the concept of magic girls on the bus all the way back home though there technically weren’t any right answers.

For Madoka Magica being the first anime film I have ever seen in North American theatres, it certainly made my first experiences a memorable one. There were considerably more people in the theatre for Part 3: Rebellion – part of them were recognizable from the previous screenings while many were mostly likely attending to find out what happens AFTER episode 12. AFTER the “happy” ending with the salvation of magic girls, the conception of God-doka and Homura’s journey in the world as a magic girl AFTER the world is rewritten. Because of course, there’s no way Urobutcher could ever leave us with a happy endings with and rainbows and sparkly pink-haired magical gods. No… there must be more… because the incubators are still around, and you just know that creepy white kitty thing is just lurking somewhere waiting to make a magical contract with you.

The screening actually begins with a word from the main cast of Madoka Magica – Aoi Yuki (the voice of Madoka), Chiwa Saito (the voice of Homura), Eri Kitamura (the voice of Sayaka), Kaori Mizuhashi (the voice of Mami), Ai Nonaka (the voice of Kyoko), Emiri Kato (the voice of Kyubey) and Kana Asumi (the voice of Nagisa Mome – a new character of the show).

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Magica Madoka picks up in a reset world, or so you think. In Mitakihara City, Madoka Kaname, Mami Tomoe, Kyoko Sakura and Sayaka Miki with their old friend Kyubey – who incidentally only says “Kyu-Kyu” like Pokemon at the start of the film, welcome a new transfer student and fellow magic girl named Homura Akemi. Oh and by the way, did I mention that Charlotte, the sweets witch actually becomes Mami’s chibi creature sidekick nicknamed Bebe? Yeah, she’s the white-haired loli in the poster.

So at the start of the series, you might think that everything’s a reset, in a world where no one dies as a result of their wishes. Things are pretty good for the girls, they’re working together as a team to fight evil things called “Nightmares” and it seems like everything is as it should be in this classic magic girl world. But of course, something’s not normal and Homura is the first to notice this. She realizes, and after some investigation, realizes that this world, this version of Mitakihara City is not normal nor is it real. It’s a city created by a wish that was designed to keep this perfect idealized magic girl world. Now the question is, who is the creator of the world? And why?

It’s really Homura’s interactions with Madoka that prompt her to the answers she’s looking for. This initial plot conflict opener seems pretty big, but then it gets bigger. Homura pinpoints three problems of the perfect city ; the first is that certain magic girls should not even exist nor encounter Madoka, the second is that the sweets witch should not be an ally and the third is that Sayaka should not remember anything about Madoka, Homura is the only one who can ever remember.

As the story develops, Homura having been moved by Madoka’s kindness realizes the Madoka of this world is not a fake because for someone to create such a Madoka akin to the real one, it must be someone who knows Madoka well. Of course, the person who knows Madoka best is Homura. We discover that Homura is really a magic girl being experimented on by the incubators. At the end of Part 2, where Homura is explaining the aspects of the old world to Kyubey, the incubators start to become curious about the concept of “witches” in which they isolate a magic girl, enclosed from the “Law of the Cycle” that Madoka reworked into the universe in order to save the souls of magic girls, so that the incubators could learn about/recreate the “witches.” Even in this restructured world, the Kyubey have hypothesized that the transition from hope to despair that magic girls may make would generate enormous amounts of energy for their kind. What happened during the experiment was that Homura ended up reconstructing an entire city inside her mind and invited certain individuals to fill that city. After Kyubey’s explanation, Homura almost immediately guesses that the incubators are attempting to divulge the secrets of Madoka and control her.

In order to prevent the incubators from targeting Madoka, Homura decides to raise the witch’s curse on her own and attempt to commit suicide. At this point, Homura descends into her state as a witch and is prepared for her soul to be cursed for all eternity to suffer. At which point, Sayaka and Mami Nagisa reveal that they’re “secretaries” for Madoka, who have been sent to help the Madoka inside Homura’s world to realize her true memories. At which point, Homura is purified by the magic girls and everyone returns to the real world. The action gets pretty intense… but it’s not over… Things get messy, but Madoka’s ready to receive Homura into magic girl heaven (wherever that is, out there in the universe) because her Soul Gem’s run out and she’s going to die. You’d think that at this point, this when the story wraps up with a nice bow but Homura actually yanks Madoka down from her godliness, and detaches the person that is Madoka, from her godly half. Homura is able to do this because her Soul Gem’s descended into a level of despair worse and way past a regular curse, where she’s reached the pinnacle of human emotion which she calls love. They say there’s a fine line between love and hate and Homura really embodies this by the end of the film. Her Soul Gem transforms into something so different that she herself becomes a powerful demon with the powers equivalent to that of a god’s. She’s ripped a part of Madoka’s universe for her own and exists as evil in which she states twice after that when the world ends, when all the magic girl’s souls will be collected, the final battle will very likely be between her and  Madoka.

The greatest part of it is that Homura is powerful enough to take on the incubators. She abducts Kyubey to “help” her and returns the little creature, which can usually heal, respawn or regenerate and beats it into a PULP at the very end. Versus the many times that little magic girls look at Kyubey and think to themselves, “I really should have stayed away from this cat thing,” Kyubey’s got that same scared out of his mind look plastered on his tattered expression at the end. GO HOMURA!

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More on Storytelling

The sort of ending that you’re given by Urobushi is the sort of ending that completely follows his style but of course, it’s never anything you can predict or expect. And it’s so dark and yet plausible in that world that you can’t help but blink for a moment away from all the other magic girl and regular anime series that finish with super sunshine conclusions. For someone who’s such a sucker for happy endings – as clichéd as they may be at times, this ending thoroughly satisfied everything that you want in a happy ending and yet you can argue that it wasn’t an entirely “happy” ending. If you watch the movie or you’re familiar with Urobushi’s work, you probably know what I mean.

Urobushi really shook things up, but it takes a really great director and team to bring the screenplay alive. Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto do a spectacular job at drawing out the storytelling in a fairly easy to follow pace even as we’re caught up in all the character development and action. And there is action. And there are explosions. Not only is it packed full of magic girl action we’re dying to see, there a wickedly innovative magic girl transformations for each of our characters who form a Holy Quintet magic girl team.

I don’t cry for anime much. This film did it for me. It takes a lot for an anime to make me cry and there’s only been one other anime that moved me to tears in the history of my anime watching.

Storytelling Rating: 5/5 legendary clouds 55rainbowclouds

I hope you guys enjoyed Part 1 of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion review. Stay tuned if you wanna see the review on characters, the genre, my final thoughts and a little surprise at the end!

– Cloudy

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Madoka Magica Movie Part III Review Update

250px-MadokarebellionHey guys! So… I just saw Part III of Madoka Magica and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING *goes into fangirl mode– takes a moment*

Okay, so here’s how it’s gonna go down. I started writing the review for this film anddddd it ended up being realllllyyyyyy long so it’s going to be posted in two parts. Part 1 will encompass a general itnroduction, storytelling review and there’s going to be a large section of the post devoted to a rant on an actual summary of the movie events (or at least, what I remember). I really tried to pay extra attention to the sequence of events and how they unfolded. Part 2 of the review will talk about a few smaller sections consisting of mini character reviews, the series’ contribution to the genre, my final thoughts, personal enjoyment and special feature surprise at the end 😉

If you’re interested in the first two parts of the Madoka film series, check out the post here.

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– Cloudy

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