My magic girl withdraw symptoms got the best of me

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.

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5 thoughts on “My magic girl withdraw symptoms got the best of me

  1. It’s obvious this wasn’t as perfectly planned/orchestrated as Madoka.

    Tbh I think they’re expanding too much; it would’ve been nice as a standalone series. Why does all original series have to get adaptations?

    (Also, join the church http://j.mp/fsWOqL)

    • Oh this manga was perfectly planned/orchestrated all right: to appeal to a typical mahou shouji audience.

      I don’t think I’ll continue to follow up on this manga. However, I am waiting for the prequel Mahou Shoji Oriko Majika. I guess it will fill in the gaps that the original series could not cover.

      Although I must agree that keeping the story standalone would be more preferable than trying to milk this franchise for all its worth.

      But that is the way of all anime/manga franchises after all.

  2. Nice, I’ll bump it up on my reading schedule now that I know it’s an alternate story, thanks!

    @Mushyrulez. Is it such a bad thing for an alternate adaptation to be out there for people who aren’t 100% satisfied with the anime? If it’s so obviously different, will it really harm the TV show?

  3. In the Kazumi manga it’s really hard to tell what’s going on because the art contrast is bad. The latest chapter has been the best though. Also I WANT ORIKO TO BE MADE INTO AN OVA.

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