Well, I’ve shared my thoughts on the first volume of Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, so it makes sense to move on to the second volume. The first volume is lighter and softer than Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and that will continue with the second volume, right…? Let’s take a look. Oh, and potential spoilers abound, so watch out for that.
Let’s start with the blurb once more: Kazumi is determined to battle witches alongside the Pleiades Saints, a group of Magical Girls who were Kazumi’s companions prior to losing her memory. But it turns out that witches aren’t her only enemy… Yuuri, a Magical Girl, has turned against her own kind and targeted the Pleiades Saints for destroying what was precious to her. What better way for Yuuri to exact her revenge than to destroy what the Saints hold dear?! Abducted by Yuuri, Kazumi knows she has to help the Pleiades Saints… but does she have what it takes to fight one of her sisters-in-arms?!
This volume contains a total of five chapters. Chapters four to six focus on the confrontation with Yuuri, the Magical Girl who appeared in chapter three. We also learn about ‘Evil Nuts’, which are strange Grief Seed-like objects that caused people to turn into monsters.
The last two chapters of volume two has Kazumi join Niko on a witch hunt, where they meet a second antagonistic Magical Girl.
Chapter four, ‘Evil Nuts’, starts with the introduction of Juubey – a ‘sprite’ that turned the Pleiades Saints into Magical Girls. This marks another thing that separates Kazumi from Madoka – Juubey is very different from Kyubey, and not just in terms of looks.
The chapter than continues on with Kazumi being kidnapped by Yuuri, who seeks revenge against the Pleiades Saints.
Yuuri tries to use some evil nuts on Kazumi in chapter five, ‘Magica Arrabbiata’, but the timely arrival of the Pleiades Saints puts a stop to that. This chapter also has a big revelation for Kazumi – and that is where witches come from. It was only a matter of time before she found out.
We also learn about Yuuri’s past, and what her wish was in order to become a Magical Girl – gone is the lighter and softer stuff of the first few chapters – we’re in dark territory now.
Chapter six, ‘Bucket Parfait’, is the confrontation with the witch, and Kazumi learning that those that have turned can only be killed. This chapter brings a close to the first story arc of the manga, but there are still two chapters left in the volume.
Chapter seven, ‘Picking Gems’, opens with the Pleiades Saints cornering a Magical Girl, watched on by the next antagonist – Ayase Souju. Kazumi is oblivious to all this, as she is at Souichirou Tachibana’s restaurant.
Kazumi ends up joining Niko on a witch hunt, and that’s when they run into Ayase – a Magical Girl who collects Soul Gems. She also says that she saw the Pleiades Saints do the same thing.
Niko fights Ayase, and we get an explanation of her powers – since her wish was to do with rebuilding and reforming, she can change the composition of matter and reform it into something else. This leads to some interesting battle tactics.
Even more interesting is that Ayase Souju isn’t defeated so easily, as she has two souls inhabiting one body.
Chapter eight is the final chapter of the volume, and is entitled ‘Fried Ice Cream’. This involves Niko and Kazumi combining their powers in order to fight against Ayase.
There’s also the part at the end where we learn that the Pleiades Saints hunt other Magical Girls, though they can’t go into too much detail before the arrival of another witch – and that’s where it ends.
Yep, volume two stopped with the lighter and softer stuff and dropped some pretty shocking revelations on Kazumi. These things naturally come as a shock to her, but those who know their Puella Magi Madoka Magica would have expected to see those things happen sooner or later.
Yuuri’s backstory is definitely interesting, and is one of the more unique wishes. Ayase makes for an interesting adversary as well, and I think the strategy that Kazumi and Niko develop for defeating her is neat.
With the impending witch and the truth about the Pleiades Saints waiting to to be revealed, volume three is definitely going to be an interesting one.