Yuri Artbook: Movie Version Magi Puella Madoka Magica Official Guidebook ‘with you’

September 2nd, 2013

The complete title of this book is Movie Version Magi Puella Madoka Magica [First Part] The Beginning Story/ [End Part] Eternal Story Official Guidebook ‘with you’. (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [前編]始まりの物語/[後編]永遠の物語 公式ガイドブック劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [前編]始まりの物語/[後編]永遠の物語 公式ガイドブック with you) It was way too long to use as a title. ^_^

I haven’t seen any of the Madoka movies yet, but paging through this artbook sure makes me want to. Lots of Yuri pairing goodness in the art for Madoka x Homura and Sayaka x Kyouko fans and even some  Sayaka x Madoka and Mami x everyone love. So, whatever you’re looking to find, the team that brought you Madoka on every surface of every piece of clothing, tools, accessories, toiletries, health and beauty items and random toys of many kinds, has included it. It remains the supreme example of what I call a “saturation series.”

As with most movie art books, there is promotional art in the form of posters and postcard giveaways, backgrounds from various scenes, production sketches and and tons of  interviews with cast members and key staff.

I had seen this book last year in Japan, but didn’t get it, because I was a little burnt out on the series, I still haven’t rewatched it for a review of the Aniplex DVDs (and, presumably a zillion other people have covered those.) But when I saw the book again recently in Sanseido, I decided “why not.” I haven’t had a new artbook in a while and the cover appealed to me. (Really, Erica, we’re shocked.)  And once I got it home, I found there was a lot to like. So now, I want to watch the movie. Pretty good for an artbook. ^_^


Overall – 9

If you’re a fan of the series, this Official Guidebook  with you is a good get.

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10 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    I’m waiting on the movie DVDs getting a lower price north american release, sadly. But I plan to get them eventually. *lol*

  2. Greg Carter says:

    Gotta say, I was impressed with the way they turned the 12 episode series into two 2-hour movies. They did an excellent job trimming it down. Plus you don’t have to sit through the opening and ending credits every 20 minutes (even though I like the songs), that helps a lot. ^_^

    Interesting that I didn’t see any Yuri in the series or first two movies… other than in the credit sequences. The third movie may be different however. I can’t wait to see it. I absolutely love the series and movie version.

    And I guess I’m going to have to break down and buy this book. I chose where I ordered the movie Blu-rays based on who had the best extras included.

  3. dm00 says:

    I was lucky enough to see the two films in a local theater. I don’t anticipate buying the DVDs for the films, because they were pretty faithful to the series, and I have the DVDs for that. By dropping the repetition of the opening and closing songs the 12 episodes of TV series aren’t much longer than four hours, after all. What minor changes were made I thought were detrimental.

    That said, a good artbook for the series/movies might be very interesting.

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