Which would be an incident that would change her destiny-
Which would be the beginning of a whole other magical girl tale-
Time to look at another volume of manga again, and I’ll be continuing with the Madoka spin-offs.
This particular spin-off is the second one of the Puella Magi franchise, with story by Magica Quartet and art by Mura Kuroe. There are two volumes in this series, though Oriko Magica does actually have a couple of other instalments – but I’ll talk about those at a later date.
For now, we’re focusing on Puella Magi Oriko Magica. This first volume contains three chapters.
Oriko, a magical girl with the gift of foresight, knows the fate that awaits all who accept Kyubey’s offer of supernatural powers. But when she is struck with a terrible vision of the future – of the devastation caused by a single, powerful witch – she decides to prevent the girl from becoming a magical girl in the first place. To draw Kyubey away from the girl’s potential, Oriko directs him instead to Yuma, an orphan who is all too eager to gain powers that will enable her to protect herself – powers that will ultimately lead to her own destruction…
Just for the record, the green-haired girl on the cover you see there? That’s Yuma. The first page of this volume is a colour feature showing Kyouko and Yuma together, quite comfortably sleeping.
Let’s start with chapter 1, ‘Don’t Even Think About Becoming a Magical Girl’. Things begin with Oriko having a vision of a witch destroying Mitakihara. With the knowledge she gains, Oriko tells Kyubey about a girl who has a lot of potential.
Elsewhere, Kyouko defeats a witch and meets Yuma, who’s parents had been killed by said witch. Kyouko tells Yuma about magical girls and witches. When Yuma says she wants to become a magical girl, Kyouko opposes that.
Kyouko ends up taking pity on Yuma and looking after her, perhaps even growing attached to the lass.
Kyouko and Yuma go witch hunting, and it’s here that Kyouko discovers that Yuma was a victim of abuse.
Kyubey ends up showing up just as Yuma goes on about becoming a magical girl again in order to become strong. Kyouko tells her not to think about being a magical girl, but Yuma gets the wrong idea.
‘I’m Not Even Close to Crying’ is the title of chapter 2. Kyouko goes out to fight a witch, leaving Yuma alone. Oriko seizes the chance to tell Yuma that Kyouko is going to die.
Kyouko’s opponent proves to be tenacious. Whilst she fights, Yuma goes out looking for her and stumbles upon Kyubey.
Kyouko’s battle against the witch goes poorly, right up until a familiar face shows up – I’m sure you can guess who, and what exactly happened.
Kyouko isn’t best pleased by this turn of events, though she figures out that Oriko may have had something to do with it.
Elsewhere, a magical girl who literally has blood on her hands contacts Oriko.
Chapter 3 is ‘Love is an Infinity of Limitations’, which opens with a flashback of a young Oriko handing out leaflets for her father at some kind of political rally. It’s clear that present-day Oriko is not as fond of her father as her younger self.
This is where Mami appears, where she defeats a rather familiar witch. She also discovers a dead magical girl, and Kyubey tells her that she was the victim of another magical girl.
The magical girl who contacted Oriko previously is revealed to be called Kirika, and she visits Oriko’s home. A witch attacks, Oriko sits down for some tea and Kirika fights it whilst confessing her love for Oriko.
Kyouko, Yuma and Mami meet up and discuss the magical girl hunter. Kyouko also asks about Oriko, but Mami doesn’t know anything.
Mami does a bit of investigating, including asking Homura if she knows anything. Homura isn’t particularly forthcoming with information.
Mami then encounters Kirika Kure. The pair end up attacked by a witch, and this is where Mami discovers that Kirika is the black magical girl she’s been trying to find out about. Of course, a battle unfolds between the pair of them.
This volume ends with some concept art for Yuma Chitose, Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure, as well as a Witch Field Guide which shows the name of the witches that appeared in this volume.
I have to say, I really quite like this spin-off – it’s rather interesting seeing Kyouko take in a young lass. Seeing how Oriko tries to prevent the catastrophe she had a vision of is also quite neat.
Of course, this is only the beginning – next time, we’ll have a fight’s conclusion, and Oriko opting for a more direct approach to preventing her vision from coming true – though a certain magical girl might have something to say about that…