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The Madoka Magica Movies Are Finally Here!

Monday 19th October 2015

With all three of the Madoka Magica Movies available on DVD and Blu-ray now in the UK, it’s the perfect time to take a quick look at the franchise.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

While working on the Hidamari Sketch and Bakemonogatari anime series, frequent SHAFT director Akiyuki Shinbo discussed his desire to develop a new magical girl series with Aniplex producer Atsuhiro Iwakami. In the early stages of planning the series, it was decided that the series would be an original anime to allow more freedom in the directing; additionally, the series was planned to appeal to more than just the usual magical girl genre’s audience.

The franchise started with a televised anime series that was broadcast from January through April 2011. The series was produced by popular animation studio SHAFT, the studio that recently brought us Nisekoi. Akiyuki Shinbou directed the series and, later, the films. Announced in November 2011, the first two films were released theatrically in October of 2012. These films adapted the twelve episode series; Beginnings covers the first eight episodes, and Eternal covers the remaining four. Rather than just simply re-cut the series, some scenes were expanded with all-new animation and voices were re-recorded. Thankfully, the staff and cast returned for the films. The same month, the series was released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray.

October 2013 saw the third part of the film trilogy released in Japanese cinemas. Rather than adapt content from the TV series, this movie serves as a sequel to the events that transpired in the series and films, bringing an end to the anime aspect of the franchise. Now, finally, all three films are out in the UK meaning you're able to enjoy the entirety of the Madoka Magica anime.

You can buy Madoka Magica here:

Madoka Magica: Complete Series Collection is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Madoka Magica Movie 1: Beginnings is out now on DVD.

Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eternal is out now on DVD.

Madoka Magica Movies 1 and 2: Beginnings/Eternal Blu-ray boxset is out now.

Madoka Magica Movie 3: Rebellion is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 1 And Part 2 - Beginnings/eternal

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Discover what it really means to be a magical girl.
This limited edition contains Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings & Part 2: Eternal on Blu-ray
Madoka Kaname is an eighth-grader who leads a peaceful, fun-filled life as a student, surrounded by her beloved family and her best friends. One day, a transfer student named Homura Akemi arrives in Madoka's class. She is a dark-haired beauty with a somewhat mysterious disposition. Soon after meeting Madoka for the first time, Homura goes on to issue Madoka a strange warning.
Madoka also meets Kyubey, a mysterious looking white creature. He says, Make a contract with me and become a magical girl! To make any wish come true – Madoka didn't know the meaning of this miracle nor what its cost may prove to be. An impending loss triggers a drastic change in her destiny...
This limited edition Blu-ray box set includes a rigid artbox designed by character designer Junichiro Taniguchi.

Bonus Features include:
Textless Opening and Ending
Theatrical Trailers
TV Commercial Collections
16 Page Booklet



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