Puella Magi Madoka Magica closes the Japanese themed read and I'm so happy about it. I couldn't find anything better, but to close with a manga. I won't hide from you that I'm excited to read this one since the anime series is one of my favourite. In the same time, I'm anxious if this version will do justice to Gen Urobuchi's amazing story. Despite it being a magical girl story, it's very deep and nothing like other works of this particular genre.
Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol.1 - 3
Author: Magika Quartet
Publisher: Yen Press
Date of Publication: 2012 (first published in Japan in 2011)
Number of Pages: 192 pages each volume
In this world, there exist strange creatures who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must become a magical girl and use their powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from the darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.
On the city of Mitakihara, a schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar Kyubey, who offers to grant each of them one wish in return for making each of them a magical girl. Another magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from making such a deal while Kyubey urges Madoka by telling her she will become the most powerful magical girl. However, contrary to the glamorous notions one would expect, a magical girl finds herself dealing with death, isolation, loss of humanity, agony over the value of her wish, and existential crisis. Madoka, following her friends, soon sees the darker side of being a magical girl, and because of knowing the truth about being a magical girl, she questions if she should become one as well.
Quick note on Magica Quartet:
Magica Quartet is the name of the group formed of SHAFT and Anipex for Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise. Iwakami Atsuhiro as the main producer, directing by Akiyuki Shinbo, writing by Gen Urobuchi and character designs by Ume Aoki.
Do not be fooled by this though!