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In an article devoted to the ongoing Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime in the 34th issue (2011 Spring/April) of Asukashinsha's Quarterly S magazine on Tuesday, director Akiyuki Shinbo revealed that he wants to do a "Madoka 2" project as a side story to the anime series. While he said that writer Gen Urobuchi's plot scenarios and story for the anime series are excellent, he thinks that the characters' personalities are also well-developed with Ume Aoki's designs and the voice cast's talent. Therefore, he wants to do an ordinary slice-of-life story with the characters instead.
When the interviewer suggested that a different, "heartwarming" version of the story might be enjoyable to watch, Shinbo responded that such a version could have a bath scene, deal with the teacher Kazuko Saotome's romantic life, or cover the attempt of Madoka's mother to join a company. He added that if he can, he would like to do a second season or a side story of their characters' daily lives.
In an interview in the May issue of Enterbrain's Otona Fami magazine on Friday, director Yoshiyuki Tomino revealed "for the first time" that he has plans for directing a new Ideon work. The topic came up after the interviewer discussed the restructuring that Tomino did when he turned the original 1980-1981 Densetsu Kyojin Ideon television anime series into The Ideon: A Contact (1982) and The Ideon: Be Invoked (1982). He mentioned the new Ideon plans when discussing how modern audiences would react to the starkly depicted death scenes in Ideon.