Every quarter we are running a Manga Review Contest where you can submit a review from a selected list of manga. If you want to participate or learn more, click the link. Today we are highlighting this manga review that we enjoyed covering Puella Magi Madoka Magica Wraith Arc.
This review is by Ryan.
The Wraith Arc is just one small piece of the already classic franchise known as Puella Magi Madoka Magica. However, don't let the title scare you away because what lies at the heart of this franchise are some very well thought out, cohesive, and character-driven stories. Every character has an important role to play and there is no unnecessary fluff slowing down the narrative. That being said, this would not be the ideal starting point for the franchise as it picks up right after the conclusion of the original work. The main function of this Arc is to fill in the gap of time between the original story and the Rebellion Arc.
This specific volume does a very good job of introducing the new threat in a way that is both new and unique as well as familiar to the themes and ideas of the original work. This allows it to feel like it belongs within the franchise as a whole, while not feeling too contrived or redundant to the original story. Additionally, the art is excellent and does a good job of creating a truly unique and otherworldly enemy force that serves as the replacement for the threat of the original work.
All in all, what this franchise does best is blend the trope of Magical Girl manga together with deep and insightful character growth, as well some very dark and shocking revelations that you would not normally expect from something that on the surface seems to be so cute and inviting. It shows you that things are not always as simple as they may appear and often the reality of the world can create problems that are very tough and arduous to overcome.
Check back every month for our manga review contest page as we will be adding new manga to the list! Don't forget to submit your reviews for a chance to win a $75 gift card like Ryan did!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Wraith Arc Manga Volume 1 features story by Magica Quartet and art by Hanokage.
All the witches in the universe, past and future, may have disappeared, but in their place emotion-eating wraiths prey on humanity. The magical girls fight to protect Mitakihara City once more.Add to CartLearn More