On Saturday I went to my local screening of the Madoka Rebellion movie. It was much busier than the last REEL ANIME screening, which had a mighty three people in the theatre, including me (granted, it was the last day, as opposed to only one day of Madoka screening). I got this lovely poster, now stuck on my cupboard, but unfortunately I arrived too late to get the limited edition card. Although I’m sure all it would do is gather dust somewhere if I got it.
There was a photographer there who took some pictures. Here’s one of me. Oh no! My precious anonymity, shattered!
So yeah, it was pretty packed. There was also a greater proportion of NERRRRRRDS than I was used to. Most of the people were in their late teens/early twenties, although there were a few older folks.
The theatre experience was great fun, and you really felt the mood. I would love to go to more events in the future, assuming I can organise them around uni. It would have be better if I went with friends though. I probably should acquire some friends who are anime nuts 😛
Random Lame Thoughts (With Some Spoilers):
- There was a cute message from the voice actors before the movie. They talked about what you should look forward too in the movie, and Sakura’s VA said “Sakura’s wearing a school uniform” which was adorable.
- A lot of it was confusing for me 😦 . I was disoriented at the beginning, desperately trying to figure out the status quo, when I realised that they wouldn’t abandon the TV series’ conclusions. Suddenly it became a lot easier. So after that, I managed to follow the story all right, but the Homura demon thing threw me off.
- I found the Mami/Bebe combination disturbing (in a good way), given the previous events between them…
- I’m not sure why they decided to add Bebe to the cast, given she didn’t do much.
- The music really, really worked. Yuki Kajiura was fabulous. Every piece enhanced the atmosphere, whether it was one of the beginning’s lighter tracks, or full-on creepy from later on. While I don’t know how it would hold up when taken out of context of the movie, I don’t care. To me, the most important objective of a soundtrack is to work within the show, and it definitely succeeded. The OP and ED (by ClariS and Kalafina respectively) were both appropriate for the situations.
- I have mixed feelings on the animation. They looked gorgeous, and the psychotic, hallucinogen-drenched visuals were fit the movie perfectly. However, two hours of SHAFT craziness was too much for my brain to take, I was tired of it by the end.
- THE FEEEEEELS~~~. A lot of the time I was immersed in the nostalgia instead of thinking about the movie, lol.
- While I’m all right with the ending, I prefer to think of it as a “what could have happened”, an alternative universe version. I think the TV series’ was better. They left the movies open enough so they could pimp out the franchise more if they wanted to.
- Anyone know what the post-credits scene was about?
So in the end I enjoyed it, and gave it 8/10 on my crappy rating scale. This translates to “plenty of scenes I loved, a few I weren’t so keen on”. Or something.