I went to see Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2 – Eternal last wednesday here in Montreal.
The movie theater had technical problems getting the show started. I don’t want to dwell on that too much. The delays would’ve spelled doom already for a half mediocre film, however this was a better story than that. As the truth behind Madoka’s mysterious friend, Homura Akemi, sinks in, you really start to appreciate what she has been trying to do.
Shaft does a good job in keeping the tension going all the way up to what we know will be a breaking point. The film was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi.
This time around we learn Homura Akemi is actually Madoka’s friend and a Magical Girl who can stop, start and reverse time. She has witnessed Madoka’s confrontation with the ultimate Witch, Walpurgisnatch. She has seen all the possible outcomes, and has been continuously repeating the same last month over and over trying to change her destiny.
One moviegoer, whose name I should probably have asked, resumed the entire feel of the series for me. “It’s the Evangelion of Magical Girl series.” Which I could’ve credit him with that quote.
That couldn’t have been a better description. Although Homura is the one doing the fighting, the main stage becomes Madoka’s for the finale. I felt bad for Homura, living and fighting in the shadow of her friend to provide her for the chance to become something greater than herself. The first movie makes little sense without the first one, but at the same time provides you with a very satisfying ending. The friendship between Homura and Madoka can feel a bit corny at times, but it’s the force driving this film. Recommended if you want to see what the Magical Girl genre is all about, but you will have to see the first movie to understand this one.
That will do for now.