Madoka and Homura will finally return to the big screen eight years after Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3’s release in 2013. A new Madoka Magica movie will be out, continuing the two protagonists’ magical story.
The new Madoka Magica movie will be officially titled Turning the Tide of Walpurgis. It is a sequel to the 2013 film, though it remains to be seen what story it will entail.
The series’ 10th anniversary
According to CBR, the upcoming film is part of the franchise’s 10th anniversary online event.
As early as now, it already dropped an official trailer, giving a glimpse of what fans may see in Madoka and Homura’s return.
By the looks of it, the original series’ creative team will all return, led by director Akiyuki Shinbo.
Gen Urobuchi will also make a triumphant comeback to write its script and the original character designer, Ume Aoki.
The original cast members, Aoi Yuki, Chiwa Saito, Kaori Mizuhashi, Eri Kitamura, Ai Nonaka, Kana Asumi, and Emiri Kato, will also return to reprise their roles.
Once again, fans will once again hear them as Madoka, Homura, Mami, Sayaka, Kyoko, Nagisa, and Kyubey, respectively.
In addition, it also released an official poster, carrying the tagline, “Now, let’s continue the story.”
『劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 〈ワルプルギスの廻天〉』ティザービジュアルを公開いたしました。
— 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ (@madoka_magica) April 25, 2021
Sequel movie’s other major details
Studio SHAFT, which is behind the original anime series, wants to celebrate the franchise’s monumental 10th anniversary with a huge event.
So, the upcoming Madoka Magica movie will mark the series’ incredible milestone.
However, with the continuous threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has to go virtual, per Comicbook.
Either way, it promises to be as big as its physical version.
The new movie will serve as its fourth movie installment overall. The first two movies are recap films, while the third one is an original feature.
Madoka Magica: Turning the Tide of Walpurgis will follow the events of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 3 Rebellion.
Studio SHAFT has yet to reveal when it will be officially out even in Japan, so its international release remains unknown.
The franchise’s other adaptation
Originally, Madoka Magica is an anime series that premiered in January 2011. Thanks to its different dark take of the magical girl genre, it quickly turned into a big hit.
The 12-episode season then gave birth to two compilation films after just a year, giving birth to its third movie.
After the anime, it had a manga series and several spinoffs, films, and even a mobile game with its own anime story.
Madoka Magica is currently streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and HBO Max.
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