Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie III: Rebellion

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(´;ω;`)ウッ…

Holy shit, Homura. Holy shit.

As they say, better late than never. And I’ve never been glad to be late than never on watching this movie.

The first two movies were decent, but as far as TV-series material remade to theatrical versions, it didn’t really offer anything drastically new for fans of the series. And of course, the third, original movie was always a wildcard which I was always afraid of, as there’s the constant worry in the rush to capitalize on such a hot new franchise, would they go the “safer” route and do something bland but offers a lot of fanservice to pull the crowd in. Or would they try something new and original, that actually is a worthy follow-up to the TV series. After watching this movie, I’m glad to say the latter was the case.

To go further on, at least for those reading without the benefit of enjoying this masterpiece (better turn back now before you get spoiled!), basically Homura finally succumbs but the Incubators aren’t going to let her off easy which results in a world that looks so much like those “safe” route cashgrabbing movies that I was ever so worried it was. And I’ll be honest the first half hour of the movie really made me almost stop watching at parts (they really put a *lot* of effort in those henshin scenes!) with how ridiculous things were.

But shit quickly hits the fan hard, with a following hour after that a slow run in to the Twilight Zone and the subsequent reveal of Homura finally reaching the end stages of the Puella Magi lifecycle. If the movie ended here, it would have been a very poignant goodbye and a decent curtain closer to the franchise but no, Urobuchi is not contented with that.

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Devil Homura is very fine indeed.

It’s the final half hour of the movie that puts this production up to greatness as Homura turns the table around and drags a part of  Our Goddess out from her and reinvents the universe to allow her mortal existence to continue. Oh, I’ll just add she made the Incubators her bitch in the process (can’t believe they didn’t do that from the start!). All this done using the sheer power of her obsessive love towards Madoka. And the best part is, she even sets herself up as the Lucifer to Madoka’s Goddess, even as she still holds on to her own wish of making Madoka happy. Those words do somewhat ring hollow, yet ominous at the end of this movie.

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Finally putting those furry bastards in their place!

My mind hasn’t been blown this much since the End of Evangelion. And even that legendary production could be said as a sort of “Good End”, while Rebellion, truly living up to its name, quite clearly is a “Bad End” of sorts. Goddamn, I’m impressed by Urobuchi’s balls to actually do this, especially after the “True End” of the TV series.

In a way, this movie really keeps up to the overall feel of the TV series, even if it entirely overturns the final message of the series itself. It also explores what the true depths of a person’s despair can go to, and even despair itself can gradually be turned into a weapon (of sorts). The way Homura finally falls in to the “dark side” and even manages to elevate herself to a higher existence thru sheer power of will born from the combination of love and despair… it’s a bold move to be doing this for a commercially successful franchise. Truly, this is how religions are born ≧∇≦ブハハハハハ

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Aren’t those eyes just so… charming?

So yeah, I’m really liking the movie, just for the sheer ballsiness of pulling this off, plus points for the amazing presentation as well. I really expected the twist of Homura reaching the end of her span as a Puella Magi was the main thing the movie was offering, but the twist behind that was just… sublime. To cap it off, it even foreshadows and affirms that this is truly a “Bad End”, no ifs and buts there. If you’ve been on the fence for this movie, really, go watch it now.

Liked: 100/10
Rewatch: This movie is going to be hard to top anytime.

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Despair? Fear? In any case, they really had it coming…

24 Comments

  1. NovaJinx Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    Kurogane is back, and now he posts several paragraphs of text to go with the pic spam. Repent, the end is nigh.

  2. Mentar Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Say again? A Kuro post? :)

    Wheee!

    Okay, so I guess I need to schedule a Rebellion viewing after all…

  3. CrimCrusader Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Serves those Incubators right for all they have done!

    It’s a shame that Homura had to become the Lucifer to Madoka’s Jesus to permanently deal with them.

  4. Anonymous Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    IT’S AI YO

  5. Sheraz Hussain Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 11:47 pm

    oh my gah! kurogane we miss you man.

  6. Wanderer Said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    Who is this Kurogane person? There hasn’t been anyone like that on the internets since time immemorial. Must be a new blogger. ;)

    Urobuchi’s continued depravity as he seeks yet more ways to do evil unto innocent girls is depressing and appalling. I shall not acknowledge the existence of this movie.

  7. Crimson7 Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    Glad to see you back!

    I read that Urobuchi originally planned to end the movie with Homura going to “heaven” but Shinbo said it was too final, and suggested what we saw here.

    http://feral-phoenix.livejournal.com/685568.html

  8. CrimCrusader Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 12:07 am

    To be fair, the ending of Rebellion was not Urobuchi’s idea.

    Iwakami and Shinbo were the ones responsible for giving the suggestion that Homura and Madoka are to ultimately become in opposition to each other.

  9. S_1 Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 3:37 am

    Kurocchi come back and blog harder!

  10. Wanderer Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 5:26 am

    *takes notes* So I have to include Iwakami and Shinbo on my hit list now too, hmm? ;)

  11. Haesslich Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 7:22 am

    Homura is still my goddess, even if she’s gone and become the Lucifer to Madoka.

  12. MartianMage Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    wow a post by Kuro… long time huh?

    Anyway I’m happy to hear that you also liked Rebellion :)

  13. DayNightDiscretion Said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    Woah Kuro’s back with a lengthy post. WB.

  14. Ghostalker Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 5:27 am

    I think you guys are not yet updated. The interview on the bluray booklet clarifies his thoughts about the ending: Gen states that Homura going with Madoka to magical girl heaven is not the best outcome, he was stuck and cannot decide on an ending because he doesn’t think it will make Homura happy, that until Shinbo gave him an idea which he wholeheartedly agreed which is how the movie ends that way.

    http://prism-madoka.tumblr.com/post/82048767409/whatishappened-from-the-bd-booklet-or-whatever

  15. Mee Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    I was at the hollywood premiere, and I thought that if it had ended with Homura. It wouldn’t have been as “happy” and ending.

    Everybody lives in this ending, in the other ending, Madoka, Homura, and Sayaka all dead.

  16. CrimCrusader Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    Oh, and considering all that has happened, I have this to say:

    HAIL HOMUCIFER.

  17. Cleff Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Time to update your blog’s secondary text to praise demon Homura too XD

  18. Giovanni Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    The world needs more Homucifer.

  19. omo Said,

    April 29, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    I need to watch the bonus materials on the blu-ray…

    this is probably the most positive review of the movie i’ve read, and at least it makes sense.

  20. Ghostalker Said,

    April 30, 2014 @ 4:08 am

    The bonus bluray features the Homura first stake which basically is a full copy of the movie but with no subtitles and a more wicked Homura speaking her lines during her rebellion.

    Also a 2 hour special which features interviews and recap of the TV series and promo videos.

    Then there has the Monogatari movie theater collaboration that I believe was shown before the movie starts. All of which have no subs, how I wish they subbed it also.

  21. CrimCrusader Said,

    April 30, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    The ultimate kicker concerning Homura’s full name is that it translates roughly to ‘Flame of Dawn’, which is synonymous to the transliterations of Lucifer’s name (Morning Star, Son of the Morning, Light Bringing being possible transliterations).

  22. Skribulous Said,

    May 1, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Welcome home, High Priest of the First Church of Goddess Madoka. :)

    I really, really hated the twist when I first watched the third movie, but I had a change of heart after a second viewing. It a way, it really is the only True End for Homu-Homu, as any other resolution would be lacking.

  23. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    May 3, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    We are starting the Church of Homura.

  24. CrimCrusader Said,

    May 12, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I was there at the Cathay Cineleisure in Singapore, when I saw Rebellion.

    The audience participation for the movie in my screening was minimal until the post-credits scene, in which the moviegoers (at least in my screening session) gave a thunderous applause for obvious reasons!

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