Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari

Title:Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari
Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: The Beginning Story
劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 前編: 始まりの物語
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Notables: Animation - Shaft
R1 License - Aniplex of America
In the city of Mitakihara, a girl named Madoka Kaname, along with her friend, Sayaka Miki, encounter a creature named Kyubey and are saved from witches by a magical girl named Mami Tomoe. Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka the chance to have any one wish granted in exchange for becoming a magical girl and fighting witches, whilst Homura Akemi, another magical girl who recently transferred into Madoka's class, is strongly against Madoka becoming one. Before Madoka can make a decision, however, Mami is killed by a witch, leaving Madoka too afraid to become a magical girl. Sayaka, however, decides to become a magical girl herself in order to heal the hand of her childhood friend, Kyosuke Kamijou. As Sayaka soon comes into conflict with another magical girl named Kyouko Sakura, they, along with Madoka, learn the shocking truth that their soul gems, the source of their magical powers, literally contain their souls.
(Summary Courtesy of Anime News Network)

130-minute compilated film released on October 6, 2012 that covers events from the first eight episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica (TV).
Animated by Shaft.
Licensed by Aniplex of America.
[edit] The ↗Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise:

TV Series Movies
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 9 9 8 7 8 Ggultra2764 [series:3050#1552]
Really surprising I'd actually like what is essentially a compilated take on Madoka Magica. In most instances, films that adapt events from their TV anime source alter or compress events to fit into a two hour running time and this tends to kill much of the plot buildup and character exploration that such anime were afforded in TV anime form, this being notable in stuff like a decent number of Gundam titles that are notable for having 50+ episode runs. Since Madoka Magica's TV run was only 12 episodes, not as much stuff gets cut out in the transition between TV and movie format. The movie still takes its time to build up events, more is revealed over time about the twisted nature of being a magical girl in the world of Madoka Magica and many of the major players still get fleshed out (Mami is still underdeveloped compared to the other girls). The movie version sports a higher animation budget thus key scenes from the series sport more details and fluid animation compared to the TV anime, though the suspenseful soundtrack that contributed to Madoka Magica's dark developments isn't utilized as heavily compared to the TV series. Since Beginnings is based on the first eight episodes to the TV anime, it is obviously left open-ended for the second film in the trilogy that covers events from the final four episodes called Eternal. Still, I'm surprisingly loving this movie take as much as the TV anime and look forward to reliving events with Madoka Magica in its second film.

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