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Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari
To say this film is pointless would be a complete understatement. Serving as the third film of the Madoka Magica film trilogy, Rebellion's existence within the franchise is a rather controversial one among fans as it depicts a "what if" scenario that takes place revolving around Madoka's power she gained in the finale of the TV series and second movie of the trilogy. Digging into the major things that the movie attempts to twist around with the TV series ending would be major spoilers for what is revealed during the later parts of the movie. All I will say is that the attempts to implement the film's infamous twist ending revolve around a rather dragged-out infodump monologue from a certain amoral character and another major character going completely out of character in how they choose to mess with Madoka's power. In other words, the movie attempts to mess with viewer perceptions with its plot and theme like the TV series yet lacks the effective cohesion and slow pacing that made the plot twists of the TV anime and first two movies effective at surprising the franchise's fans. The movie also needlessly wastes time for a decent chunk of its first half to pander to the audience when the main five girls of the series are shown going through things like a typical magical girl title with the five having dragged-out transformation scenes, teaming up to battle evil demons and having cute, cuddly animal mascots around a la Sailor Moon. Plus for all the hype given to her character, the addition of Nagisa Momoe's existence to the Madoka Magica franchise was utterly pointless as she only exists as a reference to a certain shocking event that took place with Mami in the series.|
Presentation-wise, Rebellion retains the surreal visual animation style it employed with earlier installments of the Madoka Magica franchise as the world in which Madoka and her friends inhabit being depicted with a diverse number of bizarre animation styles to depict its abnormal nature much in the same vain that the worlds of the witches were in the TV anime. With the higher animation budget, Rebellion sports more cleaner details with its surreal visuals and more fluid movement coming from the characters, particularly in action scenes. Madoka Magica's penchant for haunting and dramatic musical pieces with its soundtrack are retained as well for this movie and are as memorable and effective in conveying the twisted nature found within the Madoka Magica franchise.
Overall, Madoka Magica: Rebellion really has no reason to exist within the series mythos as it adds nothing new to the franchise as what it attempts to create with its plot results in a messy narrative that wastes time and the resulting plot twist ending being poorly implemented. This is easily the weakest entry within the Madoka Magica franchise to date (assuming Shaft plans to milk it to death) and you shouldn't really go out of your way to give into the hype it has received just because of Madoka Magica's large following with fans.
Last updated Tuesday, June 23 2015. Created Tuesday, June 23 2015.