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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volumes 1-3 | Manga Mini-Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volumes 1-3 | Manga Mini-Review

by June 29, 2014
Volumes 1-3 | Manga Mini-Review


This review is based on Volumes 1-3 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s manga adaptation. All three volumes have been published by Yen Press, and were purchased for the purpose of this review.


- There are limits to what Magica Quartet could put into three manga volumes totalling <150 pages each. However for the most part, all three volumes remained faithful to the original anime plot despite some slight edits and omissions.

- Strong localization on the behalf of Yen Press and translator William Flanagan.

- While the background designs were occasionally lacking in pizzazz, the character designs were particularly good. One highlight was the design of Kyuubey, as since they could use voice to convey his emotions, they chose to give his character visual emotion which came across as dangerously cute.

- Great colour cover artwork in addition to an extra piece of colour artwork as the first page of each volume.


- With Puella Magi Madoka Magica being an in-depth anime series and there only being three manga volumes, some content is either less detailed or omitted in comparison to the anime.

- For those who think Kyuubey in the anime is perfect, artist Hakokage has made it so he shows emotion in the manga which shifts as the storyline progresses.

- Standard book dimensions, unlike a number of Yen Press' other notable works (From my collection), which are slightly larger.

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The Quick Brief

When a new girl joins her class, Madoka Kaname feels she recognizes the mysterious, dark-haired transfer student from one of her dreams...a dream where she is approached by a cat-like creature who offers Madoka an opportunity to change destiny. Madoka had always thought magic was the stuff of fantasy...until she sees the transfer student fighting with the very cat-being from her dream! And just like in Madoka's dream, the cat gives her a choice: Will Madoka become a Puella Magi in exchange for her dearest desire? What will be the cost of having her wish come true?

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Your average, perhaps slightly geeky 23 year old University student who spends his days studying but his nights watching, reviewing and reporting on video games, anime and manga. Has been writing for The Otaku's Study ever since it opened in 2006 as Sam's Anime Study.