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3rd Madoka Magica Film's Trailer Teases New Characters

posted on by Egan Loo
Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- opens in Japan October 26 & in N. America in 2013

The animeanime.jp website began streaming the trailer for Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica [Shinpen]: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-) on Tuesday. The trailer for the brand-new third Madoka Magica film previews the opening theme song "Colorful" by ClariS.

The trailer begins with the phrase, "We keep on fighting." Homura asks, “Exactly what is your goal by taking this roundabout exit?” while Sayaka replies with a question: “Do you intend to run away into your own time field again?” Kyoko, on the other hand, asks, “Is this an illusion or something?” Mami says, “It's the circle of justice that will someday guide us...,” and Madoka tells a crying Homura, “You mustn't get lonely.” The footage ends with the tagline, "The story heads towards a new ending."

The end of the trailer also advertises the second batch of advance tickets that Japanese theaters began offering this month. Each one comes with one of six different posters in a limited special poster box, for 1,500 yen (about US$15).

Aniplex describes the story of the third film:

[Note: Highlight the text below for the story, which contains spoilers for the end of the television series and first two films]

Madoka Kaname. Once a normal girl who led a happy life, she sacrificed herself to save other magical girls from the cruel fate that awaited them. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, magical girl Homura Akemi continues to fight alone in the world that Madoka left behind, dreaming of meeting that nostalgic smiling face one more time...

Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto are directing the film at SHAFT with original character designs from manga creator Ume Aoki (Hidamari Sketch). Yuki Kajiura will be providing the music, while musical units ClariS and Kalafina will perform the movie's opening theme and ending theme ("Kimi no Gin no Niwa" or Your Silver Garden), respectively.

The main cast will be returning from the television series and previous two films, with Aoi Yūki as Madoka Kaname, Chiwa Saito as Homura Akemi, Eri Kitamura as Sayaka Miki, Kaori Mizuhashi as Mami Tomoe, Ai Nonaka as Kyōko Sakura, and Emiri Katō as Kyubey. Kana Asumi joins the cast as a new magical girl named Nagisa Momoe, who appears briefly in the trailer. There is also a new enemy named Nightmare who is not a witch.

The third film will open in Japan on October 26. The film will then open in the United States, Canada, and France this winter. Aniplex announced at Japan Expo in Paris that the film will debut in France in November. Aniplex aims to release the third film in still more countries worldwide, just as it did for the first two films.

Images © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Movie Project Rebellion

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