3rd Madoka Magica Film's 1st 3 Minutes Aired
posted on by Egan Loo
TV Tokyo aired a two-hour special on the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime franchise on Monday, and the special ran the first three minutes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- (Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari).
[Note: Highlight the text below for the story, which contains spoilers for the end of the television series and first two films]
The film begins as the magical girls apparently take on a witch. The first three minutes has two lines of dialogue:
Sayaka: “Bingo, Madoka!”
Kyoko: “Defense is at the ready!”
The film's premise is as follows:
A girl becomes a magical girl in exchange for her wish. The magical girls have a fate to fight against the witches, the harbingers of destruction that plant the seeds of despair, and in the end, they will succumb to despair and transform into witches themselves... The terrible cycle that had repeated so many times was finally ended by Madoka Kaname's sacrifice, and the world was led into a new order. However, the magical girls' battle must continue. The reason for this is because it is the compensation for the miracle. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, Homura Akemi, the magical girl left behind continues to fight alone in the revived world. Her feelings pave the way for a new story.
...Madoka Kaname, the girl who had become the pillar to the order of the circle and Sayaka Miki, the girl who had lost her life when her magical power ran out both appear in front of Homura. What is the meaning of the appearance of two girls who should not exist anymore at all? Will Nagisa Momoe, the new magical girl who has an unsure face, tell the truth of the matter? And what is the new being that fights against the order of god and tramples the world?
The true climax of Puella Magi Madoka Magica! The story reaches the unbelievable “incredible finale”...
Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto directed the third film at SHAFT with original character designs from manga creator Ume Aoki (Hidamari Sketch). Yuki Kajiura provided the music.
The main cast returned 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 joined the cast as the new magical girl Nagisa Momoe. There is also a new enemy named Nightmare who is not a witch.
The film will play in the United States and Canada with English subtitles starting December 6. In addition, there will be a Hollywood premiere event at the Egyptian Theater on December 3, although it is now sold out.
The third film opened in Japan two weekends ago. 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.
Aniplex producer Atsuhiro Iwakami stated the day after the film opened that "the franchise is now at a blank page. Personally, I think if there is a chance for more…"