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How To Watch Madoka Magica? Easy Watch Order Guide

Madoka Magica is an anime that would show you what it really means to be a magical girl.

The show is a deconstruction of the magical girl genre and a prime example of – “do not judge a book by its cover.”

Madoka Magica has one main TV series adaptation and one movie. Also, there is a TV series that acts as a side story. Other media include multiple one-shots and promos that aren’t important.

Madoka Magica is unique in so many ways that you’d be shocked after watching just the first episode. The plot escalates so quickly that it is almost impossible to predict what would happen next.

The show does not shy away from answering questions like why a cute magical animal would grant powers to random moe girls for seemingly no cost.

Or perhaps there is a cost to pay for all those powers since nothing is really free in the real world.

How To Watch Madoka Magica?
Madoka Magica | Source: Netflix

To find out what these secrets are, check out Madoka Magica!

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (2020)

II. Movies

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (2012)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal (2012)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (2013)
  • Magica Quartet x Nisioisin (2013)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Concept Movie (2015)

III. ONAs

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)

IV. Special

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record (2016)

2. Where to Watch Magi Madoka Magica

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3. Chronological Order

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

4. Conclusion

The recommended order to watch Magi Madoka is its chronological order, which covers everything important.

Movies 1 and 2 are just summaries of Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011) without any new additions or scenes. You can skip them. Other ONAs, specials, and movies are one-shots or promotions and can be skipped as well.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Trailer
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Trailer

5. How much Time Will It Take To Watch?

It will take you 16 hours and 9 minutes to watch all the installments in Magica Madoka.

This includes all the TV series, movies, ONAs, and specials.

If you follow the chronological order, you can complete the series in 11 hours and 43 minutes.

Here’s a quick list of each installment and their run time in order of their release:

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (ONA) – 288 minutes
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (ONA) – 1 minute
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings – 140 minutes
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal – 109 minutes
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion – 116 minutes
  • Magica Quartet x Nisioisin – 12 minutes
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Concept Movie – 4 minutes
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record – 41 seconds
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story – 299 minutes

6. Quick Review

I. Story

Madoka Magica is the deconstruction of the magical girl genre. The story uses seemingly naïve characters and puts them in horrendously dark situations.

The story grows more complex as we inch towards the finale, taking unpredictable that could send shivers down the spine of a grown man.

II. Characters

The characters in Madoka Magica have an important part to play.

There are no useless side characters for the comic relief, and each of the main casts’ actions are important to the plot. Their character designs are purposely cute.

How To Watch Madoka Magica?
Madoka Magica | Source: Imdb

Their girly appearance might seem out of place at first, but it only makes the impact of the oncoming darkness even more intense. 

III. Animation

From the dreadfully detailed backgrounds to the painfully cute character designs, everything in Madoka just adds to the story’s overall plot.

The animation does a great job of successfully executing the story.

IV.  Sound

The soundtrack of Madoka is amazing. The opening gives the views a sense of warmth and fluff, contradicting the show’s actual tone.

The closing theme is grimmer and one of the best endings in anime ever. Overall, the soundtrack compliments the tone of the show and makes it more memorable.

7. About Magical Madoka

Set in the city of Kamihama, the game, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gaiden follows Iroha Tamaki, who is searching for her missing sister, Ui.

Many magical girls have gathered in the city to battle. This is where Iroha meets Madoka, the protagonist of the original series, who is on the hunt for Homura.

Iroha transforms into a magical girl due to the desire to heal her sister from an unexplained illness.

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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