Magia Record Story The Diary I Wrote With You
This page will cover the original event story and the extra story chapters added in the re-run.
Original Event Story
This is a sequel to Ren Isuzu's sidestory. Ren and Rika Ayano team up to fight a witch. Afterward, Ren rescues one of the witch's victims, who is implied to have been witch kissed. The person is horrified to find they tried to commit suicide. Ren comforts them. Afterward, Rika notes that Ren has been working hard to save people lately. Rika tells Ren she is kind. Ren thinks that by becoming a magical girl she was able to live again, but she doesn't think she's kind or strong. As Ren and Rika depart, Ren thinks that she's able to live now because she met Rika.
Ren goes to a stationary shop to buy colored pencils. She uses these pencils to draw pictures in her diary. Every time she saves someone, she buys a new pencil. This time she buys a cherry pink pencil, which is Rika's favorite color. Ren thinks that Rika is cheerful, is good at talking to people, and has many friends - the exact opposite of Ren. She wonders if Rika is embarrassed by her. After buying the pencil, Ren thinks about how she made this little tradition to build her self confidence. Every pencil corresponds to a person Ren saved, and so by seeing all her pencils together she can see how many people she helped. She hopes to become someone who can stand beside Rika. As she wonders what to write in her diary, she thinks about how it's still her own secret.
Later, Ren is talking with Akira Shinobu. Akira is taking about an incident where a man was getting angry while Rika was laughing. It's revealed the girls are at Emiri's consultation stand. Konomi Haruna appears bringing flowers from her aunt and is directed inside. Ren's narration explains that while the stand is open to normal customers it's also a hangout for magical girls, and it's where Ren and Rika usually meet. Akira resumes her story and says that Rika isn't the type to read the mood. Ren disagrees, saying Rika is always aware of Ren's own mood. Akira laughs and says Ren becomes talkative when Rika's involved. Ren is embarrassed by this observation. Then Emiri Kisaki arrives with Rika, who asks if they're talking about her. Ren is flabbergasted. Emiri wonders if Ren was badmouthing Rika but they both deny it. Rika says her and Ren are close friends.
Ren marvels over how easily Rika can say she's close friends with Ren. She wishes she can say things with the ease Rika can. Later, Rika asks Ren if drawing pictures is a hobby of hers. Rika explains she guessed because of Ren's collection of colored pencils. Ren says she does draw pictures, but she's not very good. Rika really wants to see Ren's pictures, but relents when she learns they're in Ren's diary. Ren still considers showing the pictures to Rika, but then remembers what she wrote in her diary: All of the entries are about Rika in some way. Ren says she can't show Rika her diary. Rika is fine, and asks Ren to tell her if she changes her mind.
When Ren returns home, her parents want to give her something. Her father got two tickets to a picture book exhibition at work. Thinking of Rika, Ren asks if she can take both tickets, which her parents agree too. Ren leaves to put her bag in her room. While she's away, her parents talk to each other about how Ren has gotten more cheerful lately. In her room, Ren reads about the event: "Brooklyn Herman's 150th anniversary -Anthony Cat exhibition-" at the Kamihama Hall of Contemporary Art. Ren wonders if Rika would be interested. She spends some time thinking about how to phrase an invitation.
Ren composes an email to Rika with the invitation, but she still wonders if it's weird to send it. Ren finds her hands are shaking and wonders if it would have been easier to invite Rika if they were ordinary girls of the same age. Ren's parents call her down for dinner, prompting Ren to send the email. Ren wonders how Rika will react and finds her chest is tightening from nervousness. Suddenly she gets an answer. Rika thanks her for the invite, but already has plans that day. Ren thinks the answer came as greater shock then she expected. She also is overcome by a feeling of loneliness and shame. She thinks that even though she's been only turned down once, she feels overwhelmed. She wonders if she would feel overwhelmed if she was greater friends with Rika.
Sometime later, Ren looks for another place she can go together with Rika. Ren sees an advertisement for a teddy bear exhibition and thinks back to when Rika told her she liked bears the most. She wonders if Rika would be interested in teddy bears and decides to send her an invitation for next Sunday. Ren wonders if she's being too insistent. She gets another answer from Rika, who says she's sorry. Because she has to go to supplementary lessons she doesn't think she'll be able to hang out much. Ren gets a feeling of shock, as if she's about to collapse. Ren knows that she can't do anything about Rika going to supplementary lessons, and it shouldn't make her cry, but it does so anyway.
The next Sunday afternoon, Ren walks through the streets of Kamihama and hears the announcement of a Sunday sale. Ren thinks that if it weren't for Rika's lessons they would be at the teddy bear exhibition. She imagines being at the exhibition with Rika, with Rika overjoyed by the sheer amount of bears. Ren suddenly think she's acting like a spoiled child, since Rika is working hard. Suddenly she hears a voice. It's Rika, thanking Kanoko Yayoi and Emiri for help. Kanoko says it was nothing, while Emiri says they're true friends after all. Rika offers to treat them to tapioca. Kanoko says she doesn't need to, but Emiri wants to be treated. Kanoko says Emiri isn't very reserved. Suddenly Emiri sees Ren, to Rika's surprise. Rika stumbles over her words, trying to give an explanation. Ren just says it's fine and leaves. Kanoko says that wasn't very good, to Rika's agreement.
Later that day, Rika sends an email to Ren apologizing for the other day. She says that she knows Ren doesn't want to hear excuses, but insists she wasn't just hanging out with Kanoko and Emiri. Ren think that there should be many things she wants to say, but she's scared to ask about any of it. Ren thinks that if she were to join Rika and her friends she would have a lot more fun, but she thinks it could also be more painful.
Ren stares at her cell phone screen, unable to write anything. Ren thinks she can change things back to how they were. As she thinks of how Emiri and Kanoko acted to Rika, Ren feels as if her heart gets worn out. She wonders if this is envy. She then wonders how Rika is around her other friends, and what they know about her that she doesn't. Ren thinks this is nothing more than jealousy, and finds it embarrassing and shameful. Ren wonders when she became an impertinent human.
The next day Ren returns home. Her mother asked if anything happened, but Ren says it's nothing. In her room, Ren tries to write something in her diary, but can't think of anything. Ren thinks that a single light of hope can make things sparkle with colors, but when that light disappears, there is nothing beautiful in the darkness. Ren wishes she never knew this feeling, because when she compares what she feels now with the feelings she had when she was with Rika, it isn't a very bad comparison. As Ren starts sobbing she thinks she was an idiot - things can't go back to the way they were.
Later, Rika tells Akira that things have become a problem. Akira asks if she still hasn't heard anything from Ren. Rika says she hasn't and guesses she'll have to tell Ren about her present. Kanoko appears and says it's expected, since Rika was all flustered when she tried to explain herself. Kanoko guesses that Ren thought Rika was lying to her. Rika supposes that was the reason. Kanoko thinks Rika should have done something sooner. Akira asks if Rika has spoken to Ren directly about what happened. Rika says she hasn't because she thinks Ren is avoiding her. Rika doesn't want Ren to think Rika is forcing herself on her.
Kanoko says Rika is wrong and with a misunderstanding like the one Rika had, Ren's behavior is expected. Akira tells Rika to find Ren and talk to her face-to-face. Rika says she's right and dashes off. Kanoko and Akira think Rika is the same as always. As she searches for Ren, Rika recalls that Ren's favorite room at school was the audiovisual room. Ren liked it because it was a quiet place where people rarely came. As Rika heads to Ren's school, she sees a shadow. Rika runs into the school. Going to the audiovisual room, Rika hears a sound there. She thinks about coming in, but then gets a better idea.
From within the audiovisual room, Ren gets a phone call from Rika. Rika says if she saw Ren's face she might not be able to tell her everything she wants to say. Ren thinks that she likes places like the audiovisual room, where she can make everything outside wait for her. Rika asks Ren if this is because of the other day when Ren saw her with Kanoko and Emiri. Upon hearing Ren's startled reaction, Rika explains to her what actually happened that day.
It turns out Rika was trying to give Ren a birthday present. She asks Akira about what to get, mentioning that she knows Ren collects colored pencils. Rika thinks that if she just bought some, they would only be another set of pencils. Suddenly Emiri arrives, asking the girls to look at her decorated phone case. This gives Rika an idea - they can buy normal pencils for Ren and then decorate them. The girls think it's a good idea, and Emiri suggests bringing in Kanoko to help. Rika says it's a good idea, since she's not good at making things by hand.
The girls then try to decide what design to use. Rika first think of using a lotus flower (Renge in Japanese). Akira thinks flowers suit her, but Rika thinks Ren isn't a lotus flower person. She then thinks of using May bells (Suzuran in Japanese, sounding like Ren's name). Akira thinks it sounds like a dad joke, but Konomi suddenly appears and says it's fine. She says that in flower language May Bells mean "Genuine" and "Pure". The girls decide that May bells are good. Emiri then takes Rika to meet Kanoko, with Akira and Konomi chuckling.
When the girls meet Kanoko she points that while she has a workshop at home it's a metal workshop. Kanoko can't do woodwork. Rika says that they'll engrave Ren's name on the pencils themselves, but she also wants to engrave drawings on the pencil case. Kanoko agrees that would be metalwork. After pleas from Emiri and Rika, Kanoko says that as the daughter of Itagane Yayoi she can't leave a job half-done. She promises to give Rika all the supplementary lessons she needs. However, she insists that she will only be the teacher and that Rika will do the actual work. Rika agrees. Kanoko spends the whole day training Rika, while Emiri provides refreshments. Kanoko says metalworking is hard, and Rika thinks it's respectable. Finally, Rika finishes her gift.
Back in the present, Rika says she wanted Ren's gift to be a surprise. Suddenly Ren leaves the audiovisual room. Rika gives her the present and wishes her a happy birthday. Rika asks her not stare at it too much, since it's the first time she's done something like this. She admits her gift is pretty rough. Ren sees the gift is twelve colored pencils, and on the case is an engraved picture of May bells. Ren think it's the prettiest thing she's ever seen. Ren thinks it's unfair, since now things can never go back to way they were. She mentally apologizes to Rika, because when she looks at the gift and thinks of how Rika made it, the May bells slowly blur away.
Ren starts crying and thanks Rika for making the gift. Rika says you're welcome. Ren narrates how every day she saves someone, her pencil count increases by one. But in this one day, her pencil count increases by twelve. Ren thinks that once again, Rika easily does thing Ren wishes she could do. As they walk home, Rika tells Ren to cool down with some ice so her eyes won't swell. Ren apologizes for the misunderstanding, calling herself embarrassing and weak spirited. Rika says she's not weak - she's gentle and genuine. Rika explains she chose May bells because of what Konomi told her about their meaning in flower language. Rika thinks it's a perfect flower for Ren. Ren wonders why Rika can always tell her exactly what she wants to hear and thinks it must be a miracle.
The girls look at the sunset. Ren thinks that she still wants to change, to be able to talk more about herself, and to learn more about Rika. She promises to herself that one day, when she gets to the final page of her diary, she'll tell her everything about it. She mentally tells Rika to wait a little more. As the girls depart, Ren thinks how in her diary there's a special page she always wants to read again. It's the page she wrote the day she met Rika. But on this day, she wrote another page she wants to read again. On the corner of that page is a drawing of Ren's name, encircled by May bells. It's drawn with twelve colored pencils.
Rerun Extra Chapters
The extra chapters are a perspective flip of the original event story, from Rika's point of view. The chapter starts with Rika inviting Ren to see a movie. The girls need their student cards to see the movie, and Rika notices Ren's birthday on it. Rika decides to surprise Ren with a present on her birthday. The movie is about a high school girl whose life changes when she meets a boy (paralleling Ren and Rika's relationship). The girls enjoy the film.
The next day, as Rika wonders what to get Ren, the girls visit a stationary shop. Rika asks Ren about her colored pencil collection, and Ren lets slip she draws pictures in her diary. After returning home, Rika thinks more about what to get Ren. She hits upon getting colored pencils, but then remembers Ren has so many of those already.
Later, Emiri tells Rika she decorated her phone case. Rika realizes she can also get a Ren a decorated pencil case with Ren's name on it. Rika goes to visit Kanoko to ask for help making the pencil case. Kanoko's father allows the girls to use his factory's equipment. However, Kanoko is still hung up on what material to use for the pencil case. Eventually, Rika receives a message from Ren, inviting her to go to a picture book event for the weekend. Still needing time to make the gift, Rika declines.
That weekend, Kanoko finally decides on the material. However, when she asks Rika to practice using scrap metal it turns out poorly. Kanoko makes Rika practice every day. Eventually Kanoko decides Rika is ready to do it for real. At that moment, Rika receives another message from Ren asking to go to a teddy bear exhibition. Rika has to decline the offer again. The next weekend, Rika finishes the gift. As she thanks Kanoko and Emiri for their help, they run into Ren.
After that day, Rika tries to contact Ren, but can't get an answer. Mortified by her actions, Rika decides to ask Emiri and the other girls for help. Akira tells Rika to talk to Ren directly. Rika says she wants to be friends with Ren forever, and heads to Ren's school. She remembers that Ren said her favorite room in the school is the audiovisual room, and guesses that Ren is there.
After giving Ren her gift, Rika is relieved to see that Ren is happy. Sometime later Rika fight a witch alongside Hinano Miyako. After the witch is defeated, Rika realizes it's their fastest witch defeat yet. Hinano says that Rika's fighting style has changed, claiming she is less reckless when she fights and is more focused on helping others.
Rika says she no longer fights witches to relieve stress, but to help everyone. She thinks that somehow being a magical girl became relaxing. Rika decides that she can't change the past, but she can change the future. As she goes to see Ren the next day, she thinks she's changed because of Ren. Rika promises to always be there for her.