[Discussion/Spoilers] 2nd Puella Magi Madoka Magica

martikhoras

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Re: 2nd Video. So this one shows how the much lamented 4 girl team up would have turned out. Mami get's mindcrushed by Kyubey by accident or intention (telling her about the witch fate or mocking her for asking for another wish for the same issue) this makes her witch out but before the darkness totally takes her she blows her head and soul to pieces. Miki tries but between the stress of losing Kamijo to greengirl and the sheer maddening hopelessness and ferocious barrage even when she's started to befriend Kyoko its not enough and in a key moment she blacks out and falls dead and unconscious. Kyoko is there for her and her body after Walpurgis issues a raining retort which has wounded them all critically. She overclocks as in canon and self destructs stopping a second witch's formation in a magnificent plume of destruction for downtown Mitikhara.

The Queen of Witches STILL stands.

Madoka cut out of the loop and told to stay out of the way now appears. She cries and mourns for her friends insistent she make the magical girl leap. Kyubey appears right on cue to provide. Homura shoots him but it is for naught. Walpurgis sights her would be rival and crushes her. The fleeting instance of her failing so thoroughly haunts her eye before Akemi Homura rewinds again.

All the SLinks filled and the full party arranged minus Madoka. (the countdown from five missing a number) and though Akemi includes everyone in as early as possible. Saves Mami, keeps Sayaka relatively functional, and recruits Kyoko the future refuses to change. This illustrates more the sheer mad POWER of Walpurgisnacht. Moreso than I think the series. Akemi was so harshly no selled there it seemed, honestly, more of a cheep event. But here.. here we see the mad queen dominate three veterans and a promising upstart. Even with planning it falls into a clusterfuck of ruin as the witch queen gets serous and expends more and more made power in response barely suffering from the attempt.
Kyubey is at a more diabolical role crucially undermining the alliance all to get at Madoka, I recall Shay Guy's notices how it doesn't matter what the girls decide. Kyubey has determined Madoka's worth more than the rest of the planet and their own lives combined no matter the future cost. He even manages a mean smirk. This puts the Witch Queen though firmly in the role of the primary antagonist. She can't be denied.
 
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I've also seen rumors that production staff have strongly hinted that they have a second series or something in the works after the movies, but again, I can't read Japanese and I haven't seen anything more official than 'some dudes posted this on Tumblr or something.' But assuming the movies do well, it wouldn't exactly be a shocking idea.
Aaaaand there we go.
Writer Gen Urobuchi revealed in a Sports Hochi newspaper interview published on Tuesday that the Puella Magi Madoka Magica staff is considering a new television series after the third film, as well as more films.
 

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So, last night I went to the French premiere for the first two Madoka movies. The venue wasn't great (the screen was so low it made it hard to see the subtitles between other people's heads, and the sound mix made everyone's voices sound way too squeaky), but still, great movies.

The big thing to know about those first two movies : they're "compilation" movies. The animation looks better, some of the action sequences are even more impressive, and the score has been upgraded, but it's still a close experience to marathonning the series. Don't come to those movies expecting much in the way of twists or original content ; that'll be for the third movie, presumably.


As for the actual contents of the movies, I'll spoiler block them.

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First movie : Episodes 1-8 in about 2h05.
  • There was also a 10-minute sequence where the 6 main voice-actresses were on screen to great the audience. Mostly content-less fluff, although they do say they redubbed the whole thing from scratch, now with a better understanding of their characters.
  • We get a new opening song by ClariS, which manages to be even blander than anything else I've heard from them. Definitely a step down from "Connect".
  • As I stated before, this is a scene-for-scene, nearly shot-for-shot re-edit of the original, to the point that it'll be quicker to just note all the small scenes that I noticed were omitted (presumably for length reasons) :
    • Madoka's initial "dream" : we skip straight to the next morning
    • We don't get to see Homura being all-around awesome in every class (or Madoka having much reaction to seeing her in a dream the audience hasn't seen). Instead, we do get to see in full a cute deadpan gag in her introduction that was shortened in the TV version :
      Teacher : "Please introduce yourself."
      Homura "I am Akemi Homura. Pleased to meet you." /stands still
      Teacher /pauses after writing "Akemi Ho-" on the whiteboard
      Homura "..."
      Teacher "Er... please continue..."
      Homura /takes a pen and writes "-mura" on the whiteboard
      Homura /bows
    • We don't get to see Mami's flashback, and learn nothing about her backstory.
    • Madoka's dad loses half his screentime with the omission of his pep talk.
    • There's no scene of Kyubey eating a Grief Seed.
    • Sayaka doesn't berate Homura for "purposefully" letting Mami die.
    • Homura doesn't get to offer a Grief Seed to Sayaka.
    It's been a while since I saw the TV series, so maybe there's more. I do get the impression they also cut down on some establishing shots and random content-less padding bits.
  • All the witches get their own new song for their battle scenes. Which means that "Magia" doesn't play until the ending credits, unless I'm mistaken. It's the full version... and we get to see many other silhouettes of magical girls besides the main 5.

Second movie : Episodes 9-12 in about 1h45
  • Again, this is nearly an exact recreation of the original TV series. This includes repeating the "Sayaka going dark" scene like episode 9 did for 8 (although in a slightly different way).
  • Here, on the other hand, everything is slightly expanded. I think the magic battle scenes are slightly longer and we get a bit more detail on Homura's flashbacks, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what's different.
  • "Connect"/the original OP sequence actually play in full after Homura's life story, exactly like before. I wasn't expecting that.
  • The scene where Homura confronts Kyubey for fooling Kyouko now happens in a cemetery at dusk, which mostly seems to be an excuse for some scenery porn and padding.
  • The movie ends exactly the same way as the original : post-credits sequence with winged Homura fighting on, and group shot of everyone with their backs to the audience.

We also got a trailer for the third movie, although the lack of subtitles (booh !) didn't make it very enlightening. From the look of it, it'll be the adventures of Homura, Mami, Sayaka & Kyouko (with some help from God!Madoka) in the new status quo. I have mixed feelings about this : is there any point to seeing that story, really ?

Well, we shall know that at some point in 2013...


The quality of the French subtitles varied from the very good (Kyouko's tough-girl inner-city slang was perfect) to the facepalm-inducing ("Which high school are you from ?", from a random classmate to Homura ; inconsistent name ordering that culminates in Kyubey randomly switching to calling everyone "AkemiHomura" and so on). Mostly good, though ; I was pleased to see that the consistent use of "Puella Magi" ended up allowing Kyubey's dreadful pun to actually make sense.
 

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We also got a trailer for the third movie, although the lack of subtitles (booh !) didn't make it very enlightening. From the look of it, it'll be the adventures of Homura, Mami, Sayaka & Kyouko (with some help from God!Madoka) in the new status quo. I have mixed feelings about this : is there any point to seeing that story, really ?

Well, we shall know that at some point in 2013...
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From an interview I saw with Urobochi, I believe he said that the third movie will explore the idea that Madoka got in over her head with her wish. So I imagine things will be a little more complicated than just that.
 
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