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.