Thoughts on Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc Volume 3

The story of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc reaches its climax in this third and final volume. The number of remaining magical girls has dwindled, but they still have to face down a massive threat.
This volume contains chapters seven to nine.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Wraith Arc Volume 3

Front cover of the third and final volume of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc, featuring Homura Akemi

Weary of doubting her own memories, Homura succumbs to Wraith Madoka, which consumes Homura’s emotions until she slips into a peaceful stupor. Mami and Kyouko worry for their friend, but wraiths don’t actually kill humans – or so they thought. Whatever is behind the giant wraith’s power has also turned the creature into a deadly threat for the city… and the magical girls tasked with taking it down!

We now come to the end of the Wraith Arc, and things happen to be looking pretty grim. Then again, when don’t things look grim in Puella Magi Madoka Magica? The ultimate foe this time is a giant wraith, which this volume spends quite some time explaining.
After all the action scenes of Mami and Kyouko fighting wraiths, it feels jarring to have that all stop so we can get some lengthy exposition on what exactly the giant wraith is. I do like the idea behind quite a bit, but getting to that reveal takes a long while. Perhaps the whole explanation could’ve been more concise.

The aforementioned action scenes are quite nice. It’s great to see Mami and Kyouko holding their own against wraiths. It brings to mind The Different Story, where Mami and Kyouko were the main focus. Homura also gets to return to the action, and the climax of the story very much revolves around her – including that exposition. Again, fascinating stuff, but it went on for a little while too long for my taste.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc is an interesting story that bridges the original anime series and the Rebellion film. It felt a little too samey at the beginning with it effectively repeating Sayaka’s arc from the anime, but it soon found its own identity.
It does offer up some very intriguing ideas regarding the world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. If only it could be better at explaining them…
Still, definitely worth a look for fans of Madoka.

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