- Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
- Verlag: Yen Press (11. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0316217166
- ISBN-13: 978-0316217163
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Dezember 2012
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Magica Quartet is a team formed of members of anime production studios SHAFT and Aniplex who came together to create "Puella Magi Madoka Magica." Members include Iwakami Atsuhiro, Akiyuki Shinbo, Gen Urobuchi, and Ume Aoki, who is also the creator behind "Sunshine Sketch."
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The story here is just as great as it is in the anime. If you loved the anime, you'll love this.
If you haven't watched Madoka, then all I can do is recommend it. In the spirit of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Madoka seeks to deconstruct the magical girl sub-genre of shoujo manga. A must read for any shoujo fan.
I would argue that this is one of the most vivid examples of Christian symbolism ever in fiction. I will get to why I say that later on in the review. Warning that there are spoilers coming up.
Before we get to the story itself, let's discuss the aesthetic aspects. The art work is kinda strange. It doesn't capture the otherworldiness and Lovecraftian horror aspects of the witch's barriers as the anime does. But that is to be expected, given the limitations of black and white drawings on a page versus moving, full-color drawings done in a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT animation style than that of the rest of the show.
For this reason, the sense of despair, horror, and in the end, triumph, is not captured nearly as well in the panels of the manga as in the anime. But the basic gist of the story does come through.
Oh, yes, I called it "Lovecraftian". I read a nice summary of the story as a "Lovecraftian story in magical girl clothes" or something like that. Why that is, with the chilling horror of the truth of the world, the hopelessness and impossible (but NOT necessarily truly impossible) chance of victory, will be obvious as you read on.
The story begins with a young girl Kaname Madoka having a rather vivid dream whereby she sees a girl in desperate straights, and a funny-looking creature offering the power to prevent this from happening...
Then she wakes up and goes about her day. Yes, she is troubled by the dream, but thinks it is your typical, though perhaps unusually frightening, nightmare. That is, until she gets to school and the teacher introduces a new student - who happens to look and sound just like the girl from her dream!
To make matters more uncomfortable and strange, the new girl, Akemi Homura, seems to know an awful lot about both the school and Madoka (things she shouldn't know yet as a new student to the class and school). When Madoka shares her concerns with her friends, they tease her and laugh about it with her good-naturedly about her "dream girl".
Madoka seems to agree that she is being goofy on this and dismisses her concerns from her mind. Then she gets the shock of her life when follows some mysterious "cry for help" only she can hear, and sees Homura AND the creature from her dream. Well, to be exact, she sees Homura trying to murder the creature from her dream.
After saving the friendly little guy, named Kyubey, (at least it APPEARS MALE), she begins a series of events culminating in her learning of the existence of "magical girls". Not fake ones from anime or manga, but real ones. What's more, Kyubey, the creature who grants the powers to the young girls, does so by granting a wish. Any wish that is commensurate with the magical potential of the girl in question, can be granted.
The girls are necessary, Kyubey says, to fight the witches. These evil creatures are invisible to all but those who have magical potential, but cause some - though not all - of the murders, suicides, and catastrophically deadly weather phenomenon. When a witch's magical "barrier" approaches, such mayhem follows in it's wake.
So, young girls with enough potential get a cool wish, as well as being needed to fight injustice as magical girls. They save lives and help people, all in exchange for a cool wish granted. All give and no take, right? A great deal, right? Uh, not really.
You see, Kyubey is hiding quite a lot behind his smiling, adorable facade. He is in fact part of an alien species who have a benevolent goal to save the universe via the energy they get from this "magical girl process" they have set in motion. But like many extremists in the real-world, they don't care about the suffering of anyone in particular on the road to their over-arching goals. Kyubey's people, the "Incubators" are the real villains of Madoka.
Basically, the horrible truth is that the "witches" are, in fact, fully-grown magical girls. It is inevitable that their "soul gems" that they carry will, when the despair they feel fills it up completely, transform into the witch's "grief seeds", thus birthing a new witch.
After reeling from this revelation, Madoka learns even more startling news. Homura is from a different time plane than her. She has been reliving the same month over and over again (according to the creator, Gen Urobochi, for a DECADE). She has failed again and again to save Madoka from either dying or becoming a witch. So she resets time to try again and fail again.
You see, her whole life, Homura was sick with a heart issue, and so had no real friends. Madoka was her first friend and she has loved her deeply ever since. But no matter how hard she tries, she can not save Madoka.
After explaining all of this to Madoka, and how Homura is about to either die or finally realize the futility of her efforts and become a witch, Madoka makes her choice. Boy is it a doozy.
I won't go into exactly what happens, but just that Madoka makes the greatest sacrifice possible, and in the process, saves all magical girls. She doesn't die, but it isn't necessarily fun what happens to her either. Yet she doesn't care. The part that gets me is the pureness of her love and self-sacrifice, her Christ-like attitude, for Urobochi admits she is a Christ-figure.
Mami: "You’re not just granting hope. You’re becoming hope itself!"
Madoka: "If someone says it's wrong to hope, I will tell them that they're wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!"
The way that she saves the day and then comforts a distraught Homura is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen or read. I brings the same sense of joy and (if this makes sense at all) happy, touching sadness that the sacrifice of Aslan brings in Narnia, or the speeches in The Lord of the Rings. It reminds me of the best of who we are, and the greatness of my God.
You see, Urobochi has a nickname, "Urobutcher". He is not known for his happy endings. Yet he wanted to see some joy in the world. He wanted to find a way of looking at the world that brings hope. He settled on Christianity for the philosophical and allegorical basis of his story.
In the midst of this despair, only the selfless sacrifice of one person can save the day. Only the one who is a picture of the Savior can make a difference. Only that hope offered can save the day. This is a picture of how in the real world, Christ offers us hope via his sacrifice for our sins, thus saving our souls.
And yes, the metaphors are this obvious if you think of it, but are still subtle enough if you do not. I have seen subtle messages and blatant messages in fiction, but rarely have I seen messages that were BOTH subtle and blatant at the same time.
Oh, to be sure, there are other bases as well. From classical literature like Faust, to The Little Mermaid (the original Hans Christian Anderson story, not the Disney version) among many others. All of these are woven together to form a tale of sadness and defeat, but then, of triumph and hope emerging victorious in the end.
I can't think of many other stories that show us such despair and hope, defeat and triumph, and point to Christ so well as this one does. I can not recommend it heartily enough.
This is one of those examples of how what CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien called "the One True Myth" coming through in other myths. Good stuff.
I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone who likes a "different" history .