Note: This review contains mild spoilers. This won't ruin the movie entirely, but you have been warned otherwise. This will also be the first review to follow my new rating system from here onwards and on top of that, is a review in the belated honor of the holiday, Walpurgisnacht (Night between April 31st and May 1st.)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story is actually a third installment in the movie versions of the original Madoka Magica series. While the first two were recaps, this movie is a direct sequel to the story and this time follows Homura Akemi as she investigates an alternate world where she is beside Madoka, Mami, Kyouko and Sayaka and a new member as a group and fighting against monsters known as “Nightmares”.
At first, despite the lot of them being really fun, things were really hard to comprehend at first considering the trippy happenings caused by both the Nightmares and Mitakihara City alongside the return of most of the magical girls due to the past events of the TV series and their fates. Up until the investigation points and the reveal of the full truth onward does the tale end up becoming more clear as it goes on. From there leads to the controversial parts of the second half that ended up leaving on an open note, but while some characters' fates turned out to be a very good and effective twist from there, the open end itself was understandably frustrating enough to actually do well due to how fun the rest of it turned out.
For this go-around, most of the characters retain their quality and saying it now, that lovelorn teacher earned her spot in “the club” (seriously, breaking up over boiled eggs?) while the other side characters turned out fine. While Kyuubey doesn't even speak until the truth comes out, they manage to serve the story well with what they and their species had done this time around. There is a new face and that happens to be Nagisa Momoe, but despite her helping the gals out later into the movie and becoming a fun character in all of her forms, she doesn't serve too much for it and her very small amount of development showed, outside of being a reborn soul from a past witch.
Kyouko also retains her good standing and also turned out to be a good part in being unknowingly involved in uncovering part of the full truth alongside Sayaka, whom ended up with an increase in quality like the remaining returning characters thanks to how her return and her actions with the other magical girls were handled. The very same goes for Mami, except that she ended up being more fun thanks to her involvement during Homura's search for the full truth and likewise with Madoka, aside of feeling more like a side character through her actions up until that pivitol point, where she obtains a increase into her already good quality. Lastly, the protagonist is Homura here and she turned out to be an exceptional character all around, including after the pivitol points, which made her even more fascinating and fun as a character, despite the rather controversial bits that she got involved into.
Pros and Cons
For starters, the multiple art styles for the normal events and the monster-involved events are both beautifully made to compensate with the brilliant and fluid animation throughout this movie. The very same goes with the phenomenal music overall, especially with some key events like the main girls' transformation scenes and when said full truth is revealed to Homura.
However, one huge thing is to consider is that there's a huge chance that some viewers at the first time around will definitely be confused or heartbroken with this movie's events if they aren't careful enough, specifically from the controversial points onward. (However, the heartbreak is much less of a con after considering said plot points.) They may also not like the bit of the monster hunting fanservice (and mild usual fanservice) that this movie has.
Dub and Sub Comparison/Evaluation
Both voice tracks happen to be done exceptionally well to the point that the voices suit pretty much everyone for either version. There are hardly any goofs from the localization department onward either, so whichever version that suits a viewer's preference will still end up being pleased with either version.
At the first time, I was definitely one of the people that got very shocked and confused, but after running into it again, it turns out that I wasn't really paying attention at the first time around and ended up enjoying the movie a lot more, the open ending aside. This ended up being an Absolute Beauty due to the overall performance. Definitely check this out if you are willing to after seeing the TV series for Madoka Magica in full.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
So you don't do score anymore like Taka I see. Granted score is basically there to show how much you like something which can be equally express by words, but numbers, but score do feel more tangible.
Also personally my favorite movie of all time, granted while I can understand some of the hate to a certain extent, the movie is basically perfect for me aside from the fact that the ending after the twist ending did felt like a trailer, but it does show a good job of showing Homura and Madoka constant role swapping with Madoka protecting Homura, to Homura protecting her, and now going back and forth. Plus yuri confirmation, and not just people saying yuri because they are naked for some reason and hugging each other, which was just weird, which I mean I had an awkward boner.
Also, like how they did embrace the magical girl aspect and had fun with it. Many people said "but the original show did that also" which I said no it did not god damn it, it basically try to make the magical girl the equivalent of that job a kid dream of just to find out is crap and life is god damn motherfreaking suck with hard decision, except once you been told that is a magical girl show that is just dark you already get the gist of the show. Honestly, I would have loved the show more if I was watching it weekly instead of waiting for 5 years to see it. The movie, however, I came in with no knowledge.This movie was fun, while also being just as dark as the original with a great atmosphere of suspense that somewhat reminds me of Eraserhead or another suspense "horror" movie and mixed it well. I was watching a bunch of Halloween movie at the time, and honestly, this movie fits right in.It managed to be just as fun as what I imagined their adventure would be if they did not have to deal with the witches crisis, with one of the best transformation over the top yet stylish transformation sequence with of course all the girl line up in a row, and of course the motherfreaking cake sequence. Actually, the cake sequence alone should be enough reason to love this movie XD, but there just soo many things to love about it and better stop writing got god damn final next week.
Way I seen Rebellion was much of the first half was padding to drag out the movie length and pander to fans, while the second half attempts to mess with fan perceptions like the TV anime yet fails spectacularly since it lacks the TV anime's length to build things up and a good chunk relied on infodump to tell its story. It's a rather needless addition to Madoka Magica, assuming Shaft plans to create any more titles for the franchise.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I have...mixed feelings about Rebellion. It has some of the best action scenes I have ever watched and fleshes out characters that barely got any screen time in the original series...but that ending...wasn't a fan. It felt incredibly out of place. Personally, I only see the original series as 'canon' until they come out with more material to justify that ending.
Well I am into yuri and a huge fan of Homura as she was the only character I was rooting for while the other character are basically tools for the story ( I mean good tools, but not someone you can root for and are more victims role play), so no surprised I love the twist ending.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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