If Madoka Kaname had known of the tragic transformation that would mark the end of her magical-girl journey, how would her story have unfolded? In this telling of her story, Madoka remembers the outcomes of her previous timelines—but so does Kyubey. Even with the knowledge of her previous lives, can Madoka outmaneuver Kyubey and avoid her fate?
Source: Yen Press
This short manga is a 'what-if' scenario; during one of Homura's many rewinds, rather than waiting for Madoka to turn into a Witch, she decides to restart while taking Madoka with her, so in the new timeline, Madoka keeps her memories of the previous world, as well. It had the potential to be a really good idea. Given that the series revolves around Madoka and Homura's relationship, and Homura doing everything in her power to save Madoka from becoming a Witch, having a timeline where Madoka remembers everything could have taken the story down an entirely new path. But the effect is spoiled by the fact that the creators decided that they wanted to step away from the grim style of storytelling the original Madoka had, and insert random slapstick scenes here and there. It completely ruins the entire thing. Mood whiplash can be very effective, if it's done correctly, and it's absolutely not done well here. Slapstick and Madoka Magica do not go together, thank you very much.
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