3.368 out of 5 from 27 votes
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara High School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
Both manga explore the darker side of making contracts. Kaname Madoka and her "friends" contract with Kyubey in the hit series which rips the magical girl genre to shreads. A wish can be asked of a witch in the obscure manga "Only One Wish," but it can be twisted into a dark rendition of the askers original intention (this is especially true in the first story).