‘Madoka Magica’ film trilogy project planned

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica,” an animated TV series that gained a lot of attention after it started airing in January, will get a film trilogy adaptation, according to a Nov. 10 post on its official website.

The December issue of Kadokawa Group Publishing Co.’s Newtype anime magazine, which was released the same day, also included a special feature about the film adaptation.

In the feature, director Akiyui Shinbo, original character designer Ume Aoki, screenwriter Gen Urobuchi and producer Atsuhiro Iwakami discussed the project.

According to the magazine, the film trilogy will comprise two compilations of the original TV series and a completely new story.

The release date and other details have yet to be revealed, but it already looks certain that the project will raise expectations from fans.

Produced by anime studio Shaft, the anime attracted significant attention after it wrapped up its four-month run in April.

It sent shock waves through the anime community with its cute-looking female characters in a relentlessly dark fantasy with complicated, multilayered storylines.

The 12-episode series has captivated the hearts of fans and sparked some heated discussion, so much so that it will likely be considered one of the major anime titles from Japan this decade. The upcoming film project is certain to fuel the excitement.

Visit the anime’s official website at (http://www.madoka-magica.com/).

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