At the end of the previous volume of Puella Magi Suzune Magica, a new character was introduced. Suzune was also fighting, and that battle continues into this volume.
This third and final volume of the series contains a total of six chapters, from eleven to sixteen.
Let’s just dive straight in.
Suzune Amano is a hardworking middle school student, but her ever-smiling face conceals a dark secret – that she is a magical-girl assassin. With the entrance of a new magical girl who stands in opposition to her, Suzune finds herself struggling for the first time. What final conclusion will Suzune’s actions wreak…?
Moving on from the blurb, we start with chapter 11, ‘Darkness’. We discover the name of the new magical girl – Kagari – and that she has some kind of connection with Matsuri.
Suzune continues fighting Arisa, with the latter putting everything on the line. Their battle is interrupted, and Suzune’s attention shifts to Kagari.
Chapter 12, ‘Reunion’, we get a flashback to Kagari’s childhood, and discover she knew someone that Suzune was close to. Of course, this flashback also shows her first encounter with Kyubey.
The flashback continues in chapter 13, ‘Memory’. This is where we learn Kagari’s wish for becoming a magical girl.
We learn a little of Kagari’s power when the story goes back to the present, before presenting us with another flashback where Kagari and Kyubey discussed a certain plan.
As Suzune’s memories come back, she’s driven to the edge of despair.
Chapter 14 is called ‘Breakdown’. Suzune attacks Kagari, but is overwhelmed. However, Matsuri shows up, and she’s the one who fights against Kagari. When Suzune gets back on her feet, Kagari is determined to defeat both of them.
‘Isolated’ is the title of chapter 15. Suzune and Matsuri struggle to fight against Kagari, until Kyubey appears and tells the latter what Kagari’s ability is. Matsuri tries to resolve their conflict with words, but Kagari decides to take more extreme measures.
With that, Suzune has one final foe to face.
The 16th and final chapter of the series is called ‘Convergence’. This is where the final battle takes place, as well as the stuff that happens afterwards. If you want to know exactly what happens, then you’ll have to read it for yourself.
That brings Puella Magi Suzune Magica to a close. It flat-out lifts plot points from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which is a shame. Puella Magi Kazumi Magica showed that you can tell an original story within that universe, and arguably set the bar for all Madoka spin-offs.
Though saying that, the last few chapters of Suzune Magica managed to tell their own tale – though it might just be a case of too little, too late, as the first two volumes of the series aren’t exactly forthcoming with original plots.
Puella Magi Suzune Magica retains the dark ‘anyone can die’ nature of the original, but there’s not much of a chance to get attached to a few characters – mostly those who kick the bucket towards the beginning of the series.
To wrap things up, I’d say that you’d be much better off investing in Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice if you fancy reading a Madoka spin-off.
I will say, however, that I do like some of the powers the magical girls have in this spin-off, with Suzune’s probably being the stand-out example for me. Oh, and I suppose the action is fairly enjoyable, too.