2011's Madoka Magica is an amazing little anime that plays on your expectations of what a magical girl anime should be and blindsides you with a compelling story filled with twists and turns. The PlayStation Portable game, Madoka Magica Portable, goes a step further.
Madoka Magica is one of the best anime of the past decade. It deconstructs the magical girl genre and builds an emotional narrative filled with memorable characters. Unfortunately, the new Vita game, Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram, does little more than ride on the anime's coattails.
Recently, Japan saw the release of a new Madoka Magica video game on the Vita. As I was playing, I decided to look around for other Madoka games—and the fan-game Homura Combat really caught my eye.
Late last month, Japan got a new Madoka Magica game: Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram for the Vita. Half visual novel and half 3D brawler, The Battle Pentagram gives fans of the anime a new original story with the popular cast of magical girls.
With its twisted-yet-compelling take on magical girl anime, Madoka Magica is one of the most critically acclaimed series of the past decade. Now, two years after the anime's end, myself and Toshi Nakamura are here to look at the new sequel movie, Madoka Magica: Rebellion.
In preparation for the release of Madoka Magica: Rebellion in Japanese theaters this past weekend, I decided to look at one of the series' forays into the gaming world, namely the social game Madoka Magic Online.
As a critic, I always believe that a work should be able to stand on its own, that you don't need to be a fan of something in order to comment on an artistic work—be it a painting, play, game, or anime.
The anime industry, while not as strong as it was back in 2004-2006, is still booming. During any given week, there will be between 30 to 50 series airing (not counting reruns) on TV, generally during the late hours of night. Most series run for about 11-13 episodes (A few will go between 24-26 episodes). This means…
Last weekend, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings, an abridged and enhanced version of the first eight episodes of the Modoka Magica anime was released in theaters across Japan. Now, exactly a week after the release of the first movie comes the second, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2:…
Madoka Magica is an award winning anime series, famous for deconstructing the "magical girl" anime genre and turning it into something more akin to a psychological thriller. More than that though, the series is beautiful, mixing several disparate art styles to make an anime unlike any other. This past weekend, the…