Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

Alt title: Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Gaiden

TV (13 eps)
3.447 out of 5 from 970 votes
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Few people know the truth: the world is safe thanks to the Magical Girls who are forced to slay Witches. Even though these girls are putting their lives on the line for a wish, rumors say they can be saved in Kamihama City. That’s where Iroha Tamaki is headed in search of answers. She can’t remember the wish she made to Kyubey, but a shadowy figure haunts her dreams.

Source: Funimation

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ideall
7.5

❥ Magica Record: an anime I looked into, found intriguing, and finished within two days. Although I tend to be biased, this is a review so I will attempt to be as unbiased as possible. Story ❥ The plot was interesting, but not the most interesting. I found a lot of the relationships in the plot reflected that of the original. It is about Iroha's journey to discover her wish that is the reason she is a magical girl, but she has no idea what that wish is. She hears from a fellow magical girl that magical girls are going to Kamihama City in order to be "saved." Hearing about this, and her little sister once being in a hospital in that city, she decides to go there. Once going to the city, she meets multiple magical girls who seemingly have a lot more wisdom about the world of magical girls. Iroha only knows her wish is related to her younger sister, Ui, and two of her sister's friends potentially. If I am honest, I still do not fully understand what her wish was, which was the whole point of the journey. If that was made much more clear, I may appreciate the plot more. It was just missing a few tiny things. The plot did keep me interested though. Which is the point of watching these shows. Animation ❥ The animation was familiar to the original show, but better. I did not notice any obvious lazy mistakes, and it is cohesive. I always enjoyed watching the witches' and doppels' animations; the style it is done in makes shivers crawl down my spine, which prevents me from looking away. When the magical girls transform, I like to see how they do so. I understand it's better not to have that though because it is not the focus of the show. Sounds ❥ The music is what tends to set the mood, and is vital to make a boring moment seem interesting. The music is intense, and delivers powerful messages. Although I was not emotionally attached, it did assist in keeping me captivated. Characters ❥ I found the characters to reflect much of the original anime in terms of their dynamics. A lot of animes, like Love Live for example, tend to do this for some reason. There were more characters in this show than in the original, and I found most to be okay. If they had more faults we could see it would be nice. I did not understand how Iroha grew so strong at the end of show. She did not do a lot of fighting herself, so I do not know where her strength suddenly came from. I found it interesting though that some magical girls outside of the almost cultish group that appears at the end of the show, can have doppels due to rumors. Overall if the characters had more depth to them, I may feel more attached to them. I did not feel a deep attachment to them. ___________________________________________________________________________________❥ If you like magical girl animes, I would recommend this anime. I know it came out with the release of a game so keeping it in that context, it may have been a cash grab. I enjoyed watching it. ♡︎

TheRogueNob
7

this and granbelm were the first two serious magical girl shows that I watched the rest were strict comedies that's were satires of the genre. So watching mafia record was a surprise. I thought it was going to be a boring show with a bubbly art style and fights. Obviously I didn't know anything about the series going in so the flip in styles for the witches always added a fresh change to the show especially as the story climaxes in the last episode. Also I must say if I didn't hear about the 2nd season I would have rated this lower. Although many of the characters have the typical one dimension characteristic the influx of characters throughout the season keep the typically monotonous one color characters that many shows have a nice change of pace. That being said, the group the MC leaves the first time gets a great side story that is barely shown that shows that the characters have grown from their one dimension to actual human characteristics. This side story also has a nice reveal at the end as well. The music and sound is great two which adds to the ambiance as well. The story is the last thing, the MC wants to find her sister who she has lost her memories  since she became a magical girl. with small snippets of memories she follows the information to the city where the story primarily takes place. I won't spoil any more than the first episode though since details are sparsely through the show to let the viewer be reminded that hey she's still looking. Although I have friends complain that the show slows down too much and basically becomes a SOL for a few episodes, so if a mystery show not being Sherlock holmesy all the time annoys you then this might be a sore spot of the show. This show is by no means a classic though with many flaws that many anime have problems over competing, but with a unique art style, some great fight sequences and good music to match this is definitely a fun show to watch. Hopefully the second season can deliver the final blow to give this show a ribbon on top. 

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