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Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a revolutionary deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre. However, considering how the series and subsequent movie ends, there’s very little in terms of wiggle room for what a sequel story might be. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas of the Madoka Magica world that can’t be explored. One of those explorations will be the upcoming smartphone game, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record

[Note: This article contains major spoilers for anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica.]

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Magia Record is designated as a “Magical Girl RPG.” Taking place in the fictional city of Kamihama (the original series took place in the fictional city of Mitakihara) the story centers on the character, Iroha Tamaki, a young girl who chose to become a magical girl to cure her sister Ui’s illness. The main plot revolves around Iroha, who is searching for Ui, who has disappeared. Iroha ends up in Kamihama, a city where various magical girls gather.

Those who have seen the original Madoka Magica series will know that by the end of the series, the fundamental nature of magical girls has changed, with magical girls no longer becoming witches. Magia Record circumvents this turn of events by having the story take place as one of time looping character Homura’s early loops through time, in which Madoka became a magical girl and, like Iroha, ends up in Kamihama City searching for a missing Homura. As such, the story is only one possibility among a multitude that happened but we never saw in the anime proper.

The system of Magia Record is divided into an adventure part and a battle part. The adventure part is where the story progresses. Aside from the main story, there are also side stories as well as character stories that focus on individual characters.

In Magia Record, players will be able to gather various magical girls as teammates to battle witches. The battles are turn-based combat with players utilizing teams of up to four characters and a fifth support character. To battle, players select three out of five random battle cards called “disks” each turn. Disks come in three different types, and each character has a different base combination of five disks—Fate/Grand Order players will find the battle system somewhat familiar. Characters can also combine their attacks for added effects.

Each character also has a super attack. The battle system also includes something called the “Doppel” system that allows magical girls to use witch-like attacks without actually becoming witches. Currently the game contains over thirty collectible characters with more to come.

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Magia Record looks to be an interesting exploration in to the Madoka Magica world. Apparently things in Kamihama City are not normal—well, as “normal” as you can get in a magical girl story—with various twists and turns to come in the story. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of my top five favorite anime series, and while I feel the original story and subsequent movie are a completed story in themselves, I do find myself looking forward to further explorations into the old tragic world where magical girls fought a futile battle at the behest of a sick Machiavellian bunny-cat.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record is scheduled for release this upcoming May on Android and iOS platforms. No word if the game will include an English version.

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