Thoughts on Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Volume 3

Iroha’s search for her sister continues in the third volume of the Magia Record manga adaptation. A rumour about being able to meet loved ones sparks her interest, so she decides it is time for a shrine visit.
This volume contains chapters thirteen through to eighteen.

Magia Record Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Volume 3

Front cover of the second volume of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, featuring Tsuruno Yui and Iroha Tamaki

Unsurprisingly, the rumour of a shrine where parted friends and family can be reunited piques the interest of Iroha, who remains no closer to figuring out what happened to her sister, Ui. Though Yachiyo is reluctant to partner with another magical girl, she shares Iroha’s desire to see a loved one and agrees to face the Séance Shrine together. They are not the first to be lured by the rumour’s promise – will they be the last?

This volume of the Magia Record adaptation focuses on two rumours – which are the antagonistic forces the magical girls have to fight in this particular Puella Magi Madoka Magica spinoff. We also seem to see Yachiyo warming to Iroha quite a bit more, which is nice.
In fact, it seems that this volume is the beginnings of an entire team being put together, as Iroha and Yachiyo find themselves accompanied by a third magical girl when they go to investigate the rumour – Tsuruno Yui.

Also introduced in this volume is something that I don’t find myself all too keen on when it comes to Magia Record – it is something that really throws out the status quo established by Puella Magi Madoka Magica itself when it comes to a magical girl’s soul gem becoming too tainted.
Knowledge of the anime does mean I’m aware of why it happens to be that way, but it does feel like it kind of cheapens what it means for a magical girl’s soul gem to corrupt. What should be an inescapable tragic fate for a magical girl becomes nothing more than a minor nuisance…
It does lead to a very familiar face becoming antagonistic towards the main characters, though, which has some interesting potential.

Actually, there are two very familiar faces appearing in this volume. That does leave me wondering if Magica Record could stand on its own without bringing in characters from the original. Iroha’s search for Ui is the main point of the story, bringing in those characters kind of feels like the manga going “Look! See? This is Madoka!”.
For what it’s worth, I do think that the story does stand up pretty well. It doesn’t need to lean on that sense of familiarity.

I say this volume covers two rumours, but we only really get the setup for the second one – and wouldn’t you know it, yet another new character joins the fold. That’s something that tends to become a problem with gacha game adaptations: characters numbers can get a bit on the high side. At least it’s not too bad for now.

Still manages to be a decent volume though. Not the best Madoka spinoff there is, but it’s not exactly something I would call terrible, either.

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