Hello, So this is one of my first post so please be nice! So recently I watched Madoka Rebellion, and I have very mixed thoughts on this movie. I had been putting off watching Madoka because I had heard how dark it was but finally broke down and watched the anime and powered through it in a few days. I did enjoy the ending because it was something that was very different, both in the animation style and story telling. So, when I found Rebellion on Netflix I was really excited… but then I watched the movie….. I was completely taken back, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the film but it just wasn’t the same feeling I got at the end of the show. My thoughts will be more detail at the bottom.
Madoka Rebellion takes place after the show ends. It follows the magical girls Sayaka, Madoka, Homura, Kyoko, and Mami on their adventures to defeat the creatures made from people’s nightmares. The world seems counter to the world we left in the original series, where Sayaka was dead and Bebe, the witch who beheaded Mami, was part of the group and fought on the side of the magical girls. As the movie progresses soon Homura starts to realize that there is something wrong in this world. She goes out to uncover the truth and find out the world that they are living in is not all it seems. But for Homura to uncover the mysteries it will come at a great cost.
When I watched this movie I was excited to see what the new world, that Madoka created, would be like… however that was not what I got. From the very beginning we see all the magical girls together fighting the nightmares. We are given no context as to why the girls are together (even the ones that died in the show). Homura is reverted back to shy girl she was when she first met Madoka in the show and it was hard the get past her change in character. However as she continues to fight with the girls she starts to figure out that this world is inside of a witches barrier, even though witches don’t still exist. This was one of the best parts of the film, watching Homura struggle to find out what is going o in this world. She soon starts to remember the world she left behind and that Madoka is really the Law of Cycles and not able to be with her anymore.
The witches barrier Homura was in was her own barrier. Right before she was about to join the law of the cycles the Kyubeys, isolate her and she is in a state of almost being a full witch all so that they can try to capture the law of cycles allowing them to go back to the original contracts from the show. Right when Madoka and the magical girls finally are able to reach Homura and try to bring her into the law of Cycles. Homura instead becomes a demon and rewrites the laws so Madoka isn’t the law of cycles anymore, but if Madoka ever remembers things will revert back to her being the law of cycles.
So I feel like I am the only one who did not love this movie. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it up until the last 10 minutes when Homura evolves into devil Homura. I understand that all of this was done so she could protect Madoka, but at the end Homura is ok with becoming a villian. To me this was all unnecessary. When Madoka comes for her she explains that now they can always be together. Instead Homura changes the world…. I just don’t get it. The mystery of the world was so interesting and seeing characters who died too soon interacting.I understand Madoka isn’t about happy endings but like seriously there was no need for Homura’s change.
In the end the movie was fun, a bit confusing at first when everyone is together in a world that makes no sense from the ending of the show. I soon found myself lost in the same mystery that Homura was. That was a great feeling and I had no problem with my confusion. The end was not the same. I was lost for a whole different reason and sadly that was the part that stuck with me the most. I wanted to love the movie but the ending was something that just took me out of the movie.
I am sorry if it seems like I ramble, but it is hard for me to give my thoughts when just one part of the movie struck me in a way that really left a bad taste in my mouth