It’s time for some more silliness featuring Tamura- oops, I mean Homura, and the other magical girls of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Last time we had loads of soul gems, loads of Mamis, loads of Homuras and many more bizarre situations.
Volume 2 has some equally odd things going on as well, so without further ado, let’s just dive in and take a look at what happens.
In each new time flow she visits, Tamura – er, Homura – is introduced to a unique Madoka, Kyubey, Sayaka, and Kyouko… and a fresh headache. Travelling blindly through the temporal landscape, Tamura – er, Homura – encounters worlds ever more wildly different from the one where she first befriended Madoka Kaname. The more Madokas-behaving oddly she sees, the more Tamura – er, Homura – longs to meet her dearest friend as she once knew her… if only to reassure herself she hasn’t gone absolutely crazy!!
With the blurb out of the way, this volume starts with ‘Tamura and Nagisa’s 30 Minute Cooking’. 30 minutes isn’t nearly enough, though…
Colour pages follow that, with Bar-Homura telling the other Homuras about the worst time flow she’s ever seen – the level 9999 time flow.
Episode 11: ‘”Everyone Think About It Long and Hard” Time Flow’ has Homura realise that she may be too focused on Madoka. It also involves Kyubey trying to teach Homura to understand the emotions of others… yeah.
Somehow this ends up working a little too well…
Episode 12: ‘”Metal☆Magica” Time Flow’ goes all Iron Man on us. It’s definitely pretty out there, but that’s par for the course for this series. Mami and Sayaka end up fighting, and Madoka is at the top of her game.
Episode 13: ‘”All Kinds of Homura” Time Flow’ features Homura returning to Bar & Grill Akemi-ya. One of the Homuras we get to see here is Professor Homura, who is scared to death of witches. She spends her time developing weapons in the hopes of coming up with one that is sure to defeat any witch she encounters.
The conversation turns to the different Homuras’ hobbies.
Episode 14: ‘”Rookie Homura” Time Flow’ focuses on a different Homura to the one referred to as Tamura. This one, as you may have guessed, is a rookie. She is… odd, to say the least.
Episode 15: ‘”The Mink and Animal Friends” Time Flow’ starts with Homura considering taking up harmonica as a hobby.
We then get a tale told about Sayaka and Kyouko, though Homura is far more concerned about Madoka’s whereabouts. Oh, and the story has a narrator and script writer – a couple of familiar faces.
Episode 16: ‘”Magica☆Rider” Time Flow’ has the girls becoming Magica☆Riders as opposed to magical girls. It seems that a lot of stuff in this world revolves around motorcycles.
Episode 17: ‘”Okonomiyaki” Time Flow’ has Homura’s transfer into Madoka’s school go rather poorly – turns out she’s in Practical Joke-Homura’s original time flow. For some reason, witches are attracted by takoyaki. Homura also learns a lot about Monja.
Episode 18: ‘”Mami and Homu” Time Flow’ features Mami trapped in some kind of purgatory, which has driven her a little insane. She’s grateful for Homura’s appearance, which means that the pair of them can become a comedy duo.
Episode 19: ‘”Akemi Mechanica” Time Flow’ has the return of Professor Homura. We see there are a few Homuras that don’t use magic – Professor Homura meets with two in particular. They are Sword Master Homura and Gouken Homura.
Professor Homura gathers data in order to try and design something to take out witches.
Episode 20: ‘”Spring Cleaning” Time Flow’ features Homura’s shield playing up again. She ends up inside it, where there’s all sorts of items just strewn around – and some living things, too. There had been times when Homura had been quite lax about dealing with enemies…
This second volume ends with Homura and Nagisa – apparently the latter isn’t a fan of garlic, much to Homura’s chagrin.
The absurdity of this series remains consistent in the second volume, whilst providing plenty of laughs. I’m glad to see the return of Bar & Grill Akemi-ya, and meeting some other Homuras is a lot of fun.
Of course, the stuff featuring the other characters is enjoyable too, but Homura is my favourite character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Though saying that, I think the superhero parody stuff was pretty great as well.
I’d say overall I prefer this second volume to the first, simply because there’s a greater focus on all the different Homuras – I would love to see more from Professor Homura in particular.