Madoka Magica movies in LA

Ah. So. Thought I should do a short blurb on the Madoka Magica movies. I went to the Sunday @1pm LA screening. Please note that there may be spoilers.

–I got there at 10:45am approximately, to wait in line. I was probably 7th in line. They still ran out of booklets, tapestries, and some other stuff before I got to the front…

–The “Head of Shocking Moments” title for Mami’s seiyuu got a lot of laughs.

–Oh my god the new OP theme HOMU/MADO MOE FEST (◕‿◕✿)

–There was an audible D’awwww from the audience during a particular snuggling scene in the OP theme. Just watching it is almost too much

(。・ω・。)ノ♡

–And the hand holding part. Happiness ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ

–Poorfag got some shout outs when she appeared on screen. We do love Poorfag.

–It seemed like they really set it up even moreso than the TV series so that Mami was SO FREAKING HAPPY…and then suddenly lolcharlotte.

–There were a few guys in the theater that yelled “NOOOOOOO” when Mami met her fate.

–It seemed like Mami got less movie-specific development than the other girls. Of course, when you’re dead for 75% of the series, you know…

–Movie started freezing and glitching during the new scene that comes after Kyouko’s final part where she sacrifices herself to stop Sayaka. Audience was like “lol shaft special effects” ∩( ・ω・)∩

–Which was sort of ironic, because the part right after the part that glitched looks pretty glitchy even when it’s played right.

–The part from Episode 10 where Homura appears in Madoka’s window randomly at night (STALKERhomuhomu) got a ton of laughs.

–Also, the Kyubey quote, “Any time you feel like dying for the sake of the universe, just call me!” got some ironic laughs.

–I think a lot of people were crying during the final parts of the second movie. That…probably goes without saying. But it’s kind of neat how even though 90% of us had already seen the series multiple times, or knew spoilers, we still got emotional.

–Personally, that part where Madoka saves other magical girls from their despair always gets me worked up. I can just imagine how anxious they are, how they can see their soul gem clouding, and how much they don’t want to fall to despair and hopelessness and hurt their loved ones as a witch… And then Madoka shows up and takes it all away so they can disappear peacefully with a quiet smile… It’s really one of my favorite moments of the final episodes   (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`)

–Also, of course, crying is almost obligatory as Homura and Madoka converse in space. That part when Madoka apologizes for not realizing how great of friend Homura had always been is another of my favorite moments.

–It was interesting how in the last parts of the 2nd movie Homura offered Madoka’s ribbon to her mother as they conversed. I was glad Homura kept the ribbon in the end, but still, I think it showed how Homura realized other people like Madoka’s mom also lost an important person, even if they don’t realize it.

 

–Adding more as I think of it.

Overall, it was a really, really nice set of movies. And I can’t wait for the 3rd one. I’m really hoping Aniplex likes the response to the 1st/2nd movies, and releases the 3rd one in a similar fashion in 2013 when it comes out. There’s really nothing like seeing magical girls on a huge screen with huge audio and a lot of sniffling people who love those darn magical girls just as much as you do.

Also, MORE MERCH PLZ.

Arrivals: Max Factory’s 1/7 Scale Meiko Honma (Menma)

A few weeks ago, a huge package came! It’s certainly the biggest package I’ve ever received; and it carried my AmiAmi September order~


Slowly, I’ll be getting through posts about all these figures, hopefully. They’re all wonderful, and I regret nothing ∩( ・ω・)∩ (okay, i might regret it later)

First up is Meiko Honma (Menma) from AnoHana!

Her box is really nice, it’s a real space saver and aesthetically pleasing.

Nice blister pack, included plastic to prevent paint transfer and scratches.

As you can see, she’s a lovely girl. Menma is definitely skinnier than even the average anime girl, here and there, you can see her bones right through her skin. You probably noticed her inner tube as well; it’s decorated with all of those kanji from Jin-tan’s shirt throughout the series! It can be removed easily, since Menma separates at the upper chest area to allow you to place that inner tube through her arm. Since I took these pictures at varying times, she’ll have her inner tube off and on during the review.

She’s wearing the lower part of her bikini a bit low, which gives a nice view of her pelvic bones and stomach. That flower on her navel is so cute! Her eyes were done nicely, and I love that pop of red the Hibiscus flower in her hair gives her. Nice use of clear PVC for her hair ends~

That expression of innocently eating that ice pop is just lovely.

Her ankle bones are really nice; they really go well with the shape of her body. There’s not a ton of paint details on her, but the polka dot frills and nail polish are both executed wonderfully.

Some more random pictures…

 

As you can see, Menma’s a really nice looking girl! She’s got a really accurate sculpt that accentuates her thinness and bone structure, and her paint is great. I also really like the accuracy of her face on this version. I feel like the Kotobukiya version’s face is off, and I really don’t feel like the Beach Queen ver. has Menma’s face at all.

…now if we could only forget the irony between Menma wearing a swimsuit and the incident that sets up the premise for AnoHana…

In any case, we’re still not over the Super Peace Busters yet, as Alter has a really nice looking Menma release scheduled for later this month. It ‘is’ Alter though, so a delay might occur. (Since I’ve got her on order, I hope she’s not delayed!)

In case you needed more, Ques Q also has a version coming out in December. (Which I do not have on order; she doesn’t quite catch my eye like Alter’s and Max Factory’s versions.)

Purchasing:

She’s in stock at AmiAmi!