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First Rebellion poster.
Second Rebellion poster.
Third Rebellion poster.
"Even if this world will crumble as well." ~ Red text on the first Rebellion movie poster.
"Hope, or despair." ~ Large text on the second Rebellion movie poster.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ[新編]叛逆の物語 Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika [Shinpen]: Hangyaku no Monogatari, lit. "Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [New Edition]: The Rebellion Story") is the third movie of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie trilogy, serving as a sequel to the story. The movie premiered in Japan on October 26th, 2013. It is 120 minutes long.

The opening theme is "Colorful" (カラフル Karafuru) by ClariS and the ending theme is "Kimi no Gin no Niwa" (君の銀の庭, "Your Silver Garden") by Kalafina.

Contents

[edit] Blurb

See also: Rebellion/Synopsis for a full, detailed synopsis.

A girl becomes a magical girl in exchange for her wish. The magical girls have a fate to fight against the witches, the harbingers of destruction that plant the seeds of despair, and in the end, they will succumb to despair and transform into witches themselves... the terrible cycle that had repeated so many times was finally ended by Madoka Kaname's sacrifice, and the world was led into a new order. However, the magical girls' battle must continue. The reason for this is because it is the compensation for the miracle. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, Homura Akemi, the magical girl left behind continues to fight alone in the revived world. Her feelings pave the way for a new story.

...Madoka Kaname, the girl who had become the pillar to the Law of Cycles and Sayaka Miki, the girl who had lost her life when her magical power ran out both appear in front of Homura. What is the meaning of the appearance of two girls who should not exist anymore at all? Will Nagisa Momoe, the new magical girl who has an unsure face, tell the truth of the matter? And what is the new being that fights against the order of god and tramples the world?

— Taken from Anime News Network

[edit] Character Info

See also: Madoka Magica Characters

[edit] Madoka Kaname

Japanese text: 希望を願う魔法少女がやがては絶望し魔女になる悲劇の連鎖から、全ての魔法少女を解き放つことを願い魔法少女となる。その願いは非常に大きなものであり、まどか自身は新たなる世界の概念と化してしまった。

English Translation: The magical girl who wished to release all magical girls from the tragic chain of wishing for hope as magical girls and eventually falling into despair as witches. Due to the grandiose nature of that wish, Madoka herself became a concept of the new world.

[edit] Homura Akemi

Japanese Text: まどかを魔法少女にさせないため、幾度となく同じ時を繰り返した少女。理が変った世界で、まどかがいた事を唯一覚えている存在であり、その意思を継いで魔法少女として戦い続けている。

English Translation: The girl who repeated time on several occasions to prevent Madoka from becoming a magical girl. In the world with its laws rewritten, she is the only being left who remembers that Madoka was there. And succeeding that will, she fights as a magical girl.

[edit] Sayaka Miki

Japanese Text: まどかの親友で、幼なじみの怪我の治癒を願い魔法少女となる。幸せを祈った分、呪いをため込み魔女へと化し、杏子と共に命を散らせた。まどかの願いにより、魔女になることもなく穏やかな最後を迎えた。

English Translation: Madoka's close friend who became a magical girl when she wished for her childhood friend's wounds to be healed. When she gathered an amount of curses equal to the amount of blessings she wished for, she became a witch and lost her life alongside Kyoko. Through Madoka's wish, she was greeted by a calm, peaceful final moment without becoming a witch.

[edit] Mami Tomoe

Japanese Translation: まどかやさやかたちの先輩にあたる見滝原の魔法少女。お菓子の魔女との戦いにおいて命を落としたが、まどかの願いによりその悲劇は消え去り、魔法少女を続けている。

English Translation: A magical girl in Mitakihara who is senior to Sayaka and Madoka. She lost her life in the fight with the witch of sweets, but by Madoka's wish, that tragedy was erased, and she continues her life as a magical girl.

[edit] Kyoko Sakura

Japanese Text: 隣の町からきた魔法少女。他の誰かの為に魔法を使うさやかに反発していたが、自分と似ていることから気をかけるようになる。そして、魔女と化したさやかを救うために自らの命をかけた。まどかの願いがかなえられた世界で魔法少女を続けている。

English Translation: A magical girl from a neighboring town. She opposed Sayaka for using magic for the sake of others, but came to realize that the two of them were similar. And then she risked her own life to save Sayaka who had become a witch. She continues her life as a magical girl in the world granted by Madoka's wish.

[edit] Nagisa Momoe

Japanese Text: 新たに現れた魔法少女。その姿は幼く、何を願い魔法少女になったのか、また何故現れたのかは一切わからない。

English Translation: A new magical girl has appeared. She has a childlike appearence and what she wished for to become a magical girl or why she has appeared is not known.

[edit] Kyubey

Japanese Text: 宇宙から来た謎の生き物。第二次性徴期の少女の希望から絶望への相転移エネルギーを利用する事を狙っていたが、まどかの願いがかなえられた後の世界では別の方法でエネルギー確保をねらっている。

English Translation: A mysterious animal from outer space. Their goal was to use the energy converted from the change of hope to despair in pubescent girls, but in the world granted after Madoka's wish, they seek to secure energy through another method.

[edit] Reviews

"The real star is the riot collage of twisty, breakneck visuals underscoring these conversations and battles: swirling ribbons, fabric-textured backgrounds, fantastical weaponry, demented childhood iconography and shape-shifting forms that create a highly tactile evocation of roiling emotions."
- LA Times
"Alternately enchanting and exhausting"
"Rebellion delivers a convoluted conclusion sure to prove beyond baffling to any franchise newcomers."
- Variety
"Rebellion is gorgeous, 21st century psychedelic eye candy." - Geek Exchange
"Beautiful and troubling." - Fandom Post
"The U.S. Premiere of Madoka Magica Rebellion had long lines, a sold out crowd and the third installment of one of the most shining beautiful animations on the genre of magical girl." - TTDILA

[edit] Official statements about Rebellion

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[edit] Trivia

[edit] Previews

Air Date Description Length Link
2014-01-12 Blu-ray & DVD Release Trailer 0:15 Watch on official website
2013-11-04 First 3 Minutes of the Movie (TV Tokyo Special Event) 3:15 Watch
2013-10-26 Fourth & Fifth TV Commercial 0:30 Watch
2012-10-13 Sneak peak trailer following Eternal movie 1:38 Watch
2013-09-18 Second Preview "Homura suicide" 1:15 Watch
2013-10-03 TBS Preview "Knowing" 1:32 Watch
2013-07-05 MEZAMASHI TV (Fuji TV) exclusive 1 3:54 Watch
2013-09-07 MEZAMASHI TV (Fuji TV) exclusive 2 11:45 Watch
2013-10-24 MEZAMASHI TV (Fuji TV) exclusive 3 04:17 Watch
2013-07-16 First TV Commercial 0:30 Watch
2013-07-16 First TV Commercial (short) 0:15 Watch
2013-09-18 Second TV Commercial 0:30 Watch
2013-09-19 Second TV Commercial (short) 0:15 Watch
2013-10-05 Third TV Commercial "misterioso CM" 0:30 Watch
2013-10-05 Third TV Commercial "misterioso CM" (short) 0:15 Watch

[edit] International releases

Rebellion has been screened in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. See the international screenings page for more details.

[edit] Box Office - Domestic

movie sales chart
Box Office Daily Estimate
Rebellion barely missed the 1.5 billion yen watermark last weekend, earning so far 1,499,260,100 yen on 1,079,924 viewers - good enough to rank 36 in Japan this year.

Rebellion opened at 129 screens across Japan on October 26, 2013.

[edit] Receipts

See also: Rebellion Box Office Tracker and Analysis
Date Weekend
Ranking
Gross (Yen) Viewers Source
Day 2 1 400,003,600 271,279 [2]
Day 5 570,000,000 [3]
Day 9 860,000,000 [4]
Day 10 2 955,334,350 684,141 [5]
Day 13 1,004,538,650 722,527 [6]
Day 16 3 1,236,832,450 886,010 [7]
Day 21 1,391,457,150 1,005,092 [8]
Day 23 4 1,499,260,100 1,079,924 [9]
Day 30 4 1,677,159,700 1,210,391 [10]
Day 37 7 1,781,051,800 1,292,836 [11]
Day 44 10 1,848,000,281 1,330,000
Day 51 11 1,935,409,156 1,400,000 [12]
Day 67 2,002,879,400 1,451,121 [13]
Day 86 2,066,414,600 [14]
Day 93 2,080,000,000 [15]
Final 2,250,000,000 [16]

[edit] Records

  • 1st anime film to break the 2 billion yen barrier from a 20XX (this millenium) franchise.
  • Highest grossing for a late-night anime film, by then. [17] ANN [18]
  • Biggest opening weekend (in attendance) for a late-night anime film, all time.
  • Biggest opening weekend (in gross) for a late-night anime film, by then.
  • Highest grossing Warner Brothers film for 2013 [19]
  • #1 movie in Japan, opening weekend [20]
  • Highest grossing magical girl film, all time
  • Fastest late-night anime movie to top 1 billion yen at 13 days, surpassing the previous record by 8 days (K-on! Movie This is It) [21]
  • Top-20 in both highest initial and overall gross chart for 2013 [22]
  • Cinema Connection ranks Rebellion as the most successful movie of 2013.

[edit] Box Office - International

[edit] Receipts

  • USA: Earned $190,479 off 39 screens in US over the Dec 6-8 opening weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo. [23]
  • Canada: Earned ~$100,000 CAD (8,300 viewers) off 35 screens in Canada over a single day Dec 15. Announced via facebook
  • $375,447 in US/CA according to BoxOfficeMojo (January 9, 2014).
  • All showings sold out same day in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

[edit] Records

  • Best US opening weekend for a non-Ghibli anime film since 2004 [24]
  • Best US non-Ghibli opening weekend for a Japanese film since 2005 [25]

[edit] 2013 Polling

Megami best anime of 2013 viewer vote, Rebellion wins by a WIIIIDE margin.

Public polling for "most interesting animated film for 2013." 1000 total surveyed, 500 male/500 female:

Male:[26]

1. Madoka: Rebellion 29.2%

2. The Wind Rises 28.8%

3. DBZ 11%

4. Princess Kaguya 5.9%

5. GotS ARISE 5.9%

Female:[27]

1. The Wind Rises 39.9%

2. Monsters University 10%

3. Princess Kaguya 9%

4. Madoka: Rebellion 8.1%

5. Detective Conan 7.6%

[edit] Speculation

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See also: Rebellion/Spoilers for more in-depth speculation. Spoilers!
  • Prior to the movie release, fan speculation is divided among different opinions as to what is happening in the third movie: it is an alternative universe, it is an alternative timeline, it is a dream.
  • The very last part of the new ending animation for the first movie features an unknown pink silhouette - most likely that of Ultimate Madoka - with another silhouette that is somewhat smaller and floating inside its belly, or womb (?) The smaller silhouette appears to be regular Madoka in a fetal position.
    • This has fueled speculation of a pregnancy. In Goethe's Faust, Gretchen was actually pregnant with Faust's baby and she was forced to murder her baby by drowning it.
  • There have been hints that the witches will reappear in the new movie in some capacity.
    • There have been hints that Madoka Kaname will reunite with Homura Akemi, which probably strengthens the speculation above.
    • Homura is seen shooting with a gun, not a bow like Madoka's, in the trailer.
      • It's the REBELLION story so maybe Madoka would have rebelled against Homura or vice versa.
  • In the new trailer, Homura is wearing her usual black headband and not the red ribbons Madoka gave her. Could she have lost them somehow? Could they have been stolen or destroyed by something or someone?
    • A flyer released in Japan on 9/26 hinted the movie will take place both before and after the end of the original series. Which would explain this.
  • There are also mentions of Hitomi Shizuki and the word "nightmare" associated with her, implying that she will play a prominent role in the third movie. How this is related remains to be seen.
    • Nightmares could be the result of wraiths possessing humans, this would make sense since Hitomi was possessed by a witch in the previous universe and this was changed to accommodate Madoka's wish.
      • If monsters are now born out of ordinary humans rather than just magical girls then Urobutcher got Madoka's ass really hard.
  • It is speculated that the third movie could be taking place in a different universe. See here.
    • The movie might also partially take place in the city of Kazamino.
  • It seems likely that the movie will have "flashbacks" to alternate timelines.
  • Kyoko is seen in the uniform of the school attended by the other girls.
    • In recent footage, Kyoko was seen in the same classroom with Madoka, Sayaka and Hitomi (sitting in a desk by Sayaka). Both Kyoko and Mami are supposedly the same age, and Mami is in a higher grade than Madoka and Sayaka. It can be speculated that Kyoko was "held back" a grade, due to how little she attended school earlier.
  • Across from Mitakihara's school, Kyoko (who is wearing the school uniform) and Homura are sitting together, in which Homura has glasses and braids again. Homura also has her hands on her knees and she is looking down, possibly to indicate shyness again.
  • In the beginning of the first trailer, Homura's soul gem appears to be partially tainted on the close-up.
  • It can be speculated that Homura and/or Madoka could somehow become a witch in the new movie.
    • This whole new timeline, order of the universe with Ultimate Madoka, and the new system of magic could all even be an illusion. Madoka's ultimate wish could actually be turning out to be a disaster.
      • Kyubey rebelling against Madoka.
  • The new trailer suggests that Homura could be losing her memory of Madoka, like everyone else has.
  • The first trailer, which is shown clearer at the end of the second movie's Blu-Ray disc, reveals the silhouette of the mysterious magical hirl standing behind Mami in the below picture. On closer inspection, she has short hair (unlike the girl she's speculated to look like in the pic) and seems to be wearing something on her head, with two bun-like appendages at the top, curled side hair/side-bangs popping outward, and two flaps connected to a string with balls at the end. Where the silhouette is lit up on the bottom, she seems to be wearing fishnet stockings, or at least something with a crisscross pattern up to her thighs.
  • Nagisa Momoe, the new magical girl, is speculated to be Charlotte the Dessert Witch as a magical girl. Nagisa's strawberry and chocolate color palette, pink candy bows on her shoes, yellow hair scrunchy, and polka-dotted theme can be matched to Charlotte's designs and color palette. If you look closely, even Nagisa's eyes which are yellow and orange-ringed can be compared to Charlotte's secondary form's eyes. Since Madoka's wish erased witches, this seems very plausible.
    • However, it is also speculated that Nagisa may be an Incubator in human form or a manifestation of Madoka in the new universe. The latter is supported by the ending sequence of the first movie, during which the pink silhouette resembling Ultimate Madoka at the end had another silhouette resembling Madoka in its womb. In Goethe's Faust, Gretchen was actually pregnant with Faust's baby, which further supports this theory.
  • Madoka's wish may have changed the fate of magical girls but not that of humanity, it could be that her wish only altered cause (witches) but not effect (disasters), meaning that catastrophes like Walpurgis Night attack or even Kriemhild Gretchen's apocalypse will still play out in a different form despite of Madoka's wish.
  • In a bonus trailer from the Rebellion advanced ticket event, there is extra footage of Homura biting(?) and breaking her own soul gem.
    • It is also speculated that it could be Madoka breaking Homura's soul gem, by either biting it or breaking it in her fist.
  • Since the first release date of the Rebellion Story movie is on October 26th, it could possibly have a slight Halloween theme to it since it is only 5 days before the holiday. Though "witches" do not appear in this third film, the new nightmare creatures including the yellow and orange doll-like one and Charlotte (most likely also considered a nightmare now) apparently do appear in this new universe. The darker themes about Homura and her soul gem also contribute to the possibility of her become a "nightmare".
    • Homura's witch form, Homulilly, is the only witch seen so far that looks like a classic witch.
  • A flyer released in Japan on 9/26 included the following quotes hinting towards the plot of the new movie -
"Why am I… this…" - Speculated to be Hitomi
"If this is what you really feel… I’ve made a dumb mistake" - Speculated to be Sayaka
"Am I the only one who feels this way? - Speculated to be Homura
"Are you planning on running to your own time again?" - This line is said by Sayaka in the second trailer.
"Can you explain all of this to me?! What did that child say?!" - Speculated to be Kyoko

[edit] Flower speculation

Rebellion special ticket

Madoka

  • In the language of flowers, the deep red rose and its thorns have been used to symbolize both the blood of Christ and the intensity of romantic love, while the rose's five petals are thought to illustrate the five crucifixion wounds of Christ.

Homura

A white daisy symbolizes common love.

  • The daisy brings a message of innocence and purity, saying, "You have as many virtues as this plant has petals," or, "I will consider your request."
  • In Victorian times, young, heartbroken women who wished to be loved began a custom using the daisy. A young maiden would pluck a daisy's petals, one by one, and sing, "He loves me, he loves me not," as she pulled each petal. The last petal plucked would be the future of her relationship. This custom is still in use today.
Mami Flower Clear File, set of 5

Mami

  • Your friendship means so much to me.[28]
  • In Ancient Greece, Iris, the Goddess of the rainbow, acted as the messenger between heaven and earth. Today, the flower named for her is considered a symbol of communication and messages. In the language of flowers, the three leaves of Iris represents faith, hope, and wisdom. Yellow Iris symbolizes passion.

Kyoko

  • Craspedia represents good health.
  • Commonly known as just billy balls or bilyl buttons, are cheerful, bright yellow flowers. The round pompom flowers are fairly inexpensive and a great accent flower when paired.
Rebellion screenshot
  • Kyoko's transformation in Rebellion features flower of Epiphyllum, the Orchid Cactus. A lone blossom, fragile yet beautiful, despite one finds this flower of humble origin, harsh environment, and prickly exterior. A rather fitting tribute.

Sayaka

  • Borage represents courage, bluntness, abruptness, and rudeness.
  • An old adge, "I, borage, always bring courage." Since men who are civil and respectful when sober often become blunt and rude in manner when under the influence of warming cordials, this warming property may have led to borage being used as the emblem of bluntness and rudeness. It is indeed deemed a suitable representative of these characteristics on account of its rough and shaggy appearance the whole plant hanging loosely and being covered with rough hairs.

Nagisa

Has no associated flowers unfortunately.

[edit] Speculation Gallery

[edit] Gallery

[edit] Movie posters

[edit] Oscars mock-up posters

Rebellion has been submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

[edit] Tokuten

A common promotional practice for anime film in Japan, Privilege (特典 Tokuten) are limited supply collectibles offered to movie patrons on certain weekends.

Week 1 (2013/10/26 to 2013/11/01)

Replica sign boards illustrated by Original Character Designer Aoki Ume, 5 versions:

Week 2 (2013/11/02 to 2013/11/08)

Postcards, 7 versions:

Week 3 (2013/11/09 to supply exhausted)

Madoka Magica Rebellion film strips

Week 5 (2013/11/23)

One-million viewers commemoration card

Week 9 (2013/12/25)

Kyoko and Sayaka Christmas card

Week 10 (2013/12/31)

Mami New Year post card

Week 12 (2014/01/11)

Two-billion yen box office hit commendation mini clear file

[edit] VA Illustrations

from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Pia magazine

[edit] Rebellion Postcards

[edit] C87 album

[edit] Screenshots & GIFS

[edit] Miscellaneous

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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