Here’s something I probably should have got around to before now: sharing my thoughts on the fourth and final volume of the Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer manga. Chapters twenty through to the final chapter (24) are contained within this volume.
Since her transformation into a magical girl, Kirika has served as Oriko’s muscle, sparing her the trouble of battling witches – and other magical girls – herself. Little did Oriko know that Kirika was also protecting her from a terrible secret, one that will shake Oriko to her core. As past and present sins press against her, will Oriko’s resolve stand firm?
As you might expect from a final volume of manga, a few secrets come to light here. Kirika regains memories of the wish she made to become a magical girl, and Oriko ends up discovering a few things about her family.
Whilst these revelations do affect Oriko, she doesn’t stray from her ultimate goal. She does gain a new perspective, though.
This leads up to a final confrontation: Homura, Mami, Kyouko and Yuma against Oriko and Kirika. The battle isn’t as simple as magical girls fighting though; Kirika has managed to put a twist on a magical girl’s fate. Kyouko and the others have a difficult fight, which could be made much easier if only they worked together…
This volume of Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer is a decent conclusion for this spin-off. It does have the same general tone as Puella Magi and the other spin-offs, so don’t go expecting sunshine and butterflies in the end. Though saying that, it may have one of the more hopeful endings, due to it incorporating a certain major event from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer is an enjoyable spin-off from the Puella Magi universe, but it hasn’t really threatened Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice as my favourite of the spin-offs.
Still, I would definitely recommend checking out both Puella Magi Oriko Magica and Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer if you enjoyed Puella Magi Madoka Magica.