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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 1

(Puella Magi Madoka Magica #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,516 ratings  ·  181 reviews
In this world, there exist strange creatures who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a magical girl and use their powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.

In the city of Mitakihara, a schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Yen Press (first published February 12th 2011)
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Nicko Moknu Actually, it is only a 3 volume Manga that has a lot of story and is surprisingly complex for the time it is given. The other spin-offs are not…moreActually, it is only a 3 volume Manga that has a lot of story and is surprisingly complex for the time it is given. The other spin-offs are not important they are just a cash grab.
This is one of the quintessential deconstruction anime/mangas out there :P(less)

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Victoria ♡
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-manga
I decided to re-read this because I've been wanting to get to all the side stories and I'm finally gonna do it! So I'm starting with the base series of course.

This volume is just as amazing as I remember it to be! The world is so magical (obviously!!) yet so creepy at times and it's a great first volume. I really love Homura, she's probably my favourite girl and I just want her to be happy :')

I really recommend you try this series, just because it's so different than your conventional magical
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Strange creatures, a world where nothing is as it seems and a young girl who ends up having dreams about other people that suddenly come into her real-life. Most of the chapters were good until the final one. Lots of events were happening at once and got confused over which character was who. Liked most of the illustrations throughout!
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Don't be fooled by the cover
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
Kyubey you dirty liar.
usagi ☆ミ
Note to self: Don't make a contract to become a magical girl with a fluffy cute creature unless I want to keep my soul.

This series, when the first information hit the web in December, really fired up both fans and critics of Studio Shaft (the studio responsible for the TV anime). People were pretty evenly divided, since Shaft now has their own individual signature animation style, and everyone was wondering if this was just going to turn into another typical Shaft-style show. I myself was
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
This starts off as a fairly standard magical girl manga, with some really nice art. But by the last chapter, it becomes clear that this isn't going to be a typical series. It starts in a pretty standard way, with schoolgirls Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki getting the call to become magical girls and fight witches. They're guided by Mami, a more experienced magical girl, and Kyubey, an adorable, talking, magical critter. So far, quite normal, and it's only the art style that would make the series ...more
usagi ☆ミ
Yen Press/Orbit/Hachette did an absolutely fabulous job with this translation. I'm really happy with it - and hopefully now they'll pick up the rest of the Madoka manga (and its spinoffs) for US publication, too!
The Scarecrow
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Before I get on with reviewing this, I have to admit that I had a little trouble finding this series by volume since it goes by a plethora of different names. Wikipedia told me it was chapters 1 through to 4 that make up the first volume, so I went with that. Apologies if I made a mistake.

On with the show!

Now this one was recommended to me by Vanessa, who has recommended two other tiles to me so far. The first was Black Butler, which was so frivolous and disappointing that I actually fell asleep
Nicko Moknu
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-books
As my sister is ever so insistent on making a Homura Akemi doll out of paper modeling clay (and I think it's going to turn out awesome!) I was thinking that rewatching the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime would take too long so I remembered stumbling across the manga on Goodreads and thought to give it a try.

Now taking note that I have seen the anime in its full in March 2013 I will note the differences between the anime and the manga adaptaion so I will be very thorough. Oh and if you did not
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Anime did a much better job conveying the subtle creepy tone and atmosphere.
Somehow manages to be incredibly cute and incredibly evil.

I like it.
Kari Trenten
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was the first volume of a manga adaptation of one of the most stunning and surrealistically beautiful, yet dark takes on the legend of the magical girl.

Madoka Kaname has been plagued with dreams of another girl fighting a desperate battle, only to have a small, strange creature suggest that she can save this girl by becoming a magical girl herself. She awakens to another day of her father fixing breakfast, her mother rushing off to work, and her baby brother trying to form complete
Maggie Hesseling
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
becoming a magic girl and helping people seems like the greatest thing in the world at first glance, but when things go wrong these young ladies will really realise that magic wishes aren't always in your best interest and being a magic girl isn't what it's all cracked up to be.

honestly I was a little bored with this manga. I found the girls quite irritating. And the fact that they're being pushed and pulled between becoming a magic girl or not soon becomes frustrating. What kept me interested
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
(Marking just the first volume but I've read the entire manga)
I've watched the anime first, so reading the manga felt more like a complement to it.
The story is quite surprising and there are many plot twists, which it's different from most of the mahou shoujos titles.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Don't trust Kyubey.
"Make a contract with me. Become a Magical Girl!"

"Are you using your wish on someone else for their happiness, or for their gratitude?"

I can't gush enough how much I adore this manga. I've watched and loved the anime beforehand, so I knew I had to read this adaptation.

'Puella Magi Madoka Magica' is my second favourite anime of all time (the first being 'Fruits Basket'). It is an exploration and deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre. The 12 episode series is adorable - with deceptively pretty
Lottie Eve
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
You know, those magical girl manga that are super cute? You know, those magical girl manga that make you happy? You know, those magical girl manga that make you laugh. Well, this isn’t one of those magical girl manga. Puella Magi Madoka Magica starts out very light-hearted but as the reader turns the pages the story gets more and more mysterious. And then is starts to become absolutely heartbreaking. I really can’t write a better synopsis than the one shown above so please read that.

I really
Despair Speaking
This manga is the most beautiful and heart-wrenching manga I've read so far. It started out in an ordinary magical girl genre way. Madoka dreams about this girl who is in the midst of something like the apocalypse. This girl turns out to suddenly appear as the new girl in school, Homura. Homura gives her a cryptic warning. Madoka is called by a magical cute creature and she saves him from Homura who was trying to kill him. Then she is introduced to the world of the Puella Magi, magical girls ...more
Claire Slezia
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is by far a very interesting concept plotted into a story. Set in Japan, a group of friends meet strange fates when they learn about strange creatures, simply called Witches. These witches are the cause of most illogical deaths and disappearances all over the world.
This book is definitely different from most others in its genre by easily stitching its strange plot into a common location, making it so that anything that happens in it could possibly be true, despite the
Bookkitten (collector of nice things)
I dont know what to make out of this manga. Its definitely a darker urban kind of magical girl manga. I am pretty sure fans of shojo magical girl mangas (like Wedding Peach, Kamikaze kaito Jeanne or Petty Cure)will dislike this.

Being a Magical girl has a cruel high price in this manga. And the girls dont only fight witches (which are black wart blobs in this manga and no human beings [insert the rant of a fangirl of the mystical fan corner here]), they fight each other too. And they dont have
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nicola by: Christopher
I'm borrowing this series from my nephew as he told me it was dark and he loved it. I'm not too sure where this is going in the first volume yet. I'm intrigued. It seems to be typical shojo fantasy at first, but there is something off about these magical girls, the dialogue is quite depressing, and we come to realize these magical girls' lives are not all fun and games. The art, however, is usual cutesy shojo form. I'm definitely interested in continuing on wth the series but not sure whether ...more
Erika Schoeps
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. The premise of the manga is worn out(magical girls), but executed well in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The characters were well-developed and likeable, and the plot was fun and interesting. I'd say this one was a little bit slow because it's the first in a series, and there were lots of explanations and introductions. There's an AWESOME twist at the end.... I'm still thinking about what happened. Anyway, pick this one up! :)
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Look, I LOVE Madoka, but the manga felt lacking. It moved too quickly and seemed to assume you've watched the anime. It didn't have the same feel as the anime.

I'll read the rest of the books because I'm a huge Madoka fan, and I'm hoping things will improve. I recommend watching the anime if you want the full experience of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
I love the anime, for the most part the manga still follows it pretty close but doesn't invoke the same amount of emotion as the anime series. Good magical girl manga, if you haven't read it or watched the anime, it's a must. Five stars! ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
IT may seem girly, but wow this is kinda violent..
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is definitely a manga series i can get into.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kyubey is a lot less creepy in the manga than in the show.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is for all three volumes of this series, though I tried to not put too many plot spoilers in this review.

While I did not read these manga in order (I read the different story first, when it was probably supposed to go last), I had already seen the anime and movies so I have an idea of how twisted this story is supposed to be. That will probably shock readers the most, if they aren’t prepared for it. If you like plot twists, boy are you in for it, with the Madoka series.

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“Miki-san... do you truly want that person's dream to come true? Or is it that you want to be that person's savior for making that dream come true? If you're going to fulfill someone else's dream, that's the time when it's most important to be sure you know your own wish. The two might seem the same, but they're entirely different.” 9 likes
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