Let me preface this before you make a wish you can’t ever undo, there are major spoilers for the series ahead and I HIGHLY recommend watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica before you tackle this omnibus. With that out of the way, let’s suit up for this magical girl destiny!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a pretty interesting series for anyone who loves an anime that has a little twist. I will admit that I hadn’t seen the series prior to reading the omnibus, and after finishing the omnibus, I needed more background information on the world. After binging my heart out with the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series, I can say without a doubt...I fell into a trap! The series is glittered with cute, magical girls on the surface and then you fall into a deep, dark pit that’s hard to climb out of! And the monsters, which are referred to as witches, are Photoshopped nightmares!
The omnibus takes place between episodes two and three of the original series and focuses on Mami Tomoe & Kyouko Sakura’s past together. Mami always wanted to have someone with her after her parents passed away. After a long history of Magical Girls competing instead of working together to fight against the witches, Mami was starting to lose hope of ever finding a friend...until she met someone who held similar ideals, Kyouko Sakura. I really liked how they showed how intertwined these two magical girls’ pasts are and filled in several blanks long time fans of the series needed. Even without prior knowledge of the original story, this omnibus kept my attention and tugged at a few heartstrings. I will say that I became biased towards Mami when I watched the anime because I loved her unique battling style and powers. I liked how she would entangle her foes in a web-like string and then unleash an overkill of a blow. But as a typical shonen fan, I knew she was pushing herself to the limit with this battle style. Little did I know at the time, that can be highly detrimental for the Magical Girl’s soul. Another thing I really liked about Mami’s more fleshed out character was her personality and ideals. She wanted to save everyone and be a hero, even if it comes at a huge price. And how she is searching for a friend to help her get through the chaos almost made me make a contract with the devious Kyubey(if they allowed boys to be magical…)
Overall, I really enjoyed this omnibus. As a new fan of the series, I crave more from the story...almost enough to make a contract with Kyubey and its soulless eyes! The history between Mami and Kyouko is very wholesome before it turned sour, and the fight scenes make those pages fly by.
Working at Right Stuf definitely has its perks, and one of them is getting to review manga based on your favorite anime, which in this case is the side story for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I can go on all day about how amazing Puella Magi Madoka Magica is, from the beautiful animation and stunning witches, to the wonderful development of its characters and the dark twists. To me, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is almost perfect, so I definitely had high expectations for the side story, which were definitely met. While watching Madoka Magica, you are left to wonder about Mami. Not much information is given about her in the anime, unlike Madoka, Sakura or Miki. You get a good view of her personality, but her back story is mysterious, along with her wish and why she became a magic girl. While the side story does not go into as much detail of Mami’s backstory as it does with Sakura, you still get a look into why she became a magic girl, what her wish was and the details of her partnership/relationship with Sakura, which the anime seems to skip over. There are many heartwarming moments between them and it really builds their character development. The side story focuses mostly around Mami and Sakura with their feelings about the dark fate that awaits the magic girls in their world. The side story reflects the tragic tones of the main story while actively enhancing it with new information and valuable perspectives, especially in regards to Mami.
Miki, Homaru, and Madoka appear about halfway through the story, however the size of their roles are more like side characters, similar to how Sakura and Mami were in the anime. Unfortunately, for fans of Homaru there is not much information about her background, though she still plays a prominent role.
A warning I will give to anyone who reads this is to watch the anime or read the main story for Puella Magi Madoka Magica first. It won't take you long since it is only 12 episodes and you definitely won’t regret watching it. The side story just jumps head-first into the story and does not give any background information, which can become a problem for those who do not have prior knowledge about the series or characters. References to events in the main story are made as well. Overall, if you are a Puella Magi Madoka Magica fan and you liked Mami or Sakura, you should definitely read this manga and relive the greatness of the original series.
Before Madoka, there was Mami Tomoe...If things had been different, if events had been changed, what would her story be? The Puella Magi series returns with The Different Story, collected into one omnibus!Add to CartLearn More