~♥ Review ♥~
Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Volume 1, by Magica Quartet and Hanokage
I was really excited for this manga release since I have been holding off on purchasing the DVDs due to their pricing scheme. Unfortunately it was a slight let down. The manga felt rushed and like it was trying to hard to differentiate itself from the anime, while at the same time trying not to deviate too much. I was like it wanted to do something similar to what the Sailor Moon manga does but the problem seems to be that the manga was created after the anime and thus didn’t have the freedom to deviate more since it was not created before the anime.
It also felt exceedingly rushed since there are only 2 books for the manga to the anime’s 12 episodes. I wish they would have allowed more books so that the characters could be even more fleshed out to give us more insights into the story and thus add to the series. But rather it felt like an afterthought with the writer and artist doing the best they could given, with what I’m guessing, was a very tight schedule, because that’s how the book felt as I read it.
There were several times through out the book where previous panels had been obviously copy-pasted for flashbacks/memories which added to the feeling that this manga may have been an afterthought and thus a rushed job because of the company wanting to get out another form of this fantastic show as opposed to giving the writer & illustrator the proper time to create a manga that added to the overall series.
That being said I did really like the style and the character designs, including some of the redesigned weapons; mainly Mami’s Tiro Finale so far, since it looked cute and was an interesting take; although I still like the original Tiro Finale better. That being said I’m not really liking Homura’s diamond-shaped shield re-design. I also wanted to mention that liked the look of Mami’s hair in the manga especially since at times it reminded me of my Mami wig…^^;
My advice is to see the series first and then, maybe read this manga, but I would not recommend reading the manga first since it is not nearly as good as the anime and some things might not make sense without the prior knowledge of certain things the series. I don’t regret purchasing it since I dearly love the series, and the manga was ok, plus the fact that I have heard there are other surprises in store in the manga, but I would not view it as a substitute for the anime which is utterly amazing!