I ended up reading the Madoka manga. While the art is quite nice, the artist obviously dislike putting too much effort into backgrounds and battles. What’s more, the pacing feels quite…wrong. Then, I stumbled upon Puella Madi Kazumi Magica.
There is one main reason to read this: the story deviates from that of Madoka. While some may see this as a bad thing (the soul gems looked like pebbles and the grief seeds looked like freakier shaped pebbles until chapter 3), I think it’s good that they aren’t tying themselves down with settings which were designed for another plot. What’s more, new readers will have no problems.
Ok. I lied. The main reason to read this is because Kazumi is several shades of awesome. She’s *GASP* intelligent, a glutton in the cutest way possible, and despite having magical powers (being the cannon of the group, this means A LOT), she uses logic and her ahoge of awesomeness to deal with situations. Plus, she’s adorable. If you can’t think of her as cute, this isn’t the blog for you.
There are various other good points, such as eye candy and nice battles, thanks to an awesome artist (the writer is not the artist. Instead, the same writer writes for all three Puella Magi mangas). And of course, quirky characters, and some nice comic relief. And fanservice too, can’t forget that. Unlike the TV Madoka, the Madoka manga actually shows blood. And unlike both of them, the Kazumi manga actually shows naked bodies, pantsu, etc. Whether this is a good point or not is up to you, of course, but I certainly don’t see it as a bad thing.
I am a bit worried about the story though. Unlike Madoka, this is considerable more similar to a generic magical girl/shounen manga. Some parts of the story feels off. Despite a good deal of foreshadowing at exactly what Kazumi has lost due to her amnesia, I can’t quite shake the nagging feeling that the story is being made up as it goes along. For instance, in chapter 3 it is revealed that the 3 magic girls who have been introduced are actually part of a larger magic girl team, something that the two girls who HADN’T lost their memories conveniently forgot to mention.
Well, this is only chapter 3, after all. I can’t wait to see what comes after. Bibbidi bobbidi boo~
…Dammit, moe is getting the better of me.