|Japanese Name||観鳥 令 (Midori Ryo)|
|Voiced by||Japanese: Maki Kawase|
Ryo Midori is one of the original characters of the 2017 mobile game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record.
Initially a nameless White Feather in Chapter 9 of Magia Record, her face and name were revealed when she became a playable character in November 2018.
- 1 General Info
- 2 Game Info
- 3 Summary
- 4 Event Appearances
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Etymology
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Memoria Cards
- 10 External links
- Age: 15
- Eye colour: Red
- Hair colour: Blonde
- Origins: Daito ward
- Soul Gem: Teal oval (necktie)
- Weapon: Bazooka
- Wish: "I never want to miss the perfect picture."
- Ability: Reliable photography (infallible)
- Witch form: Paparazzo
- Japanese pronoun: Midori-san (観鳥さん)
- School: Minagi Liberty Academy, 9th grade
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A gossip-generation magical girl, she takes photos of everything and reports it regardless if it’s good or bad. She collects material on school problems among the students, and because of this everyone is both afraid of her and entertained by her. In fact, her photo hobby “Today’s kitty cat” seems to be the most popular among students.
The Doppel of Gossip. Its form is a TLR camera. The master of this emotion continually sought the truth in accordance with her desires. Her Doppel likewise responds to those desires in extreme excess, able to expose an opponent’s truth simply by photographing them in full.
Any truth that this Doppel unveils can never be forgotten. This applies to both the subject and the photographer that are fixed within the gaze of the Doppel’s twin lenses, with the unveiled truth being burned into both of their memories: an equal amount of anger if it finds anger, or an equal amount of sorrow if it finds sorrow.
Should this Doppel’s master continue to use it, she will become unable to open her heart to anyone without first using the Doppel’s ability to expose everything about them.
At the Wings of Magius headquarters, Ryo is writing an article for Magius which some of the other Feathers help her out by reporting things to her for her articles. Ikumi, dressed in her black feather robes, interrupts Ryo who is caught off-guard as she didn't think anyone would show up at that time and as she doesn't have her own robes on and the Wings of Magius aren't supposed to show their faces, even to each other. Quickly throwing on her white feather robes, she asks the black feather what the matter is only for Ikumi to take off her robes laughing. Ikumi asks if she startled Ryo, who takes her white robe back off and stands frowning. Ikumi worries she might have upset Ryo as Ryo continues to stand angrily until she suddenly breaks out in laughter. She says the stern looks were revenging for teasing her. Ikumi is a little thrown off since Ryo isn't the kind to tease others as well. Ikumi had come over to invite Ryo for some tea, seeing as she has a bit of time before her shift at the maid cafe. Ryo has just finished working on her brochure for the Wings of Magius thanks to the help of some of the other Feathers. Ryo asks if she can interview Ikumi for the brochure as well and Ikumi is happy to oblige, turning so Ryo can photograph her from her cutest angle. Ryo reminds her they wear robes to hide their faces and her picture won't be in the brochure. She asks what the interview is for and Ryo says she wants to know what happened between the time Ikumi contracted and her becoming a Feather. Ryo assures her her name won't be used in order to assure her anonymity. Ikumi muses that her and Ryo are tied by fate and thinks it would be nice to talk about why she became a magical girl. She's less concerned about her story being published and is more concerned with Ryo hearing it. In exchange, Ikumi asks to hear Ryo's wish and story, as long as Ryo isn't against telling her. Ryo agrees, since it's only fair.
The story goes into a flashback in the Daito Ward. Ryo's mother is talking about the neighbor girl's marital problems with her husband. Ryo listens disheartedly as her parents gossip about the girl's marriage. It seems that, while her parents approved of her marriage, her grandfather who is from Mizuna ward did not. They explain to Ryo that in the past, Daito and Mizuna had a lot of conflict. Previously, Mizuna had pushed Daito to renovate the old-fashioned school that Ryo currently attends. But children today don't know about the conflict since it happened a long time ago. Her parents say that as long as that generation still lives, the conflict is still remembered. Ryo makes a mental note to investigate what went on between the East and the West. She thinks about how even though she loves hearing the gossip that goes on between her parents, it holds no real connection to the problems of Kamihama. Ryo suddenly realizes she's late for school and runs off. On her way to school, she hears splashing and sees a white whale in the ocean by the harbor. As she chuckles to herself and plans on telling everyone in school about it, she remembers all of the other incredible things she'd seen and how no one in her class ever believed her. All her life Ryo has run into unbelievable things fairly often and no one would believe it.
It was the middle of a normal day. Ryo is describing the white whale she saw to her classmate, who tells her her wild story is only worth 60 points at best. The girl tells Ryo she'll need proof in order for anyone to believe her. As Ryo considers asking her parents for a camera, she and her classmate hear a voice crying out from the music room. The two girls head towards the music room to investigate. Inside, a girl and a boy are bullying another boy for his monthly allowance. The boy threatens to tell the teacher on them, but the bullies laugh since no one would believe a failure like him over honor students like themselves. Ryo and her classmate recognizes the bullies from the class next door and note that their leader happens to also be the class president. They manage to hide as the bullies leave the music room, and both of them decide to tell the teacher what happened.
In the classroom, the boy bully denies the whole story claiming it to be a misunderstanding. The girl bully claims the boy was nervous and they were helping him practice for his song rehearsal. The boy is brow-beaten by the bullies and reluctantly agree to their side of the story. Ryo and her classmate insist they know what they saw and the boy bully tells the teacher that Ryo can't be trusted since she has a reputation for making things up. Ryo's classmate insists she saw it as well but without proof the teacher isn't convinced. Afterwards, Ryo overhears some of her classmates saying she's spreading rumors and lies again which proves to Ryo how important "proof" can be as people won't believe anything they can't see for themselves.
The following day, Ryo is elated to have a new camera that her parents brought her and that she's able to take it with her to school. As she's walking, a car zooms past her at high speed narrowly missing Ryo and colliding with an innocent woman who was passing by. Ryo is at a loss as to what to do when the car takes off from the scene. Even though Ryo knew that proof was important, she was so frazzled that all she could do was watch as the car sped away. She didn't think to use the camera she had just bought nor was she able to memorize the license plate. Kyubey appears to have been watching all along.
At the hospital, Ryo is unable to answer questions about the car involved in the hit-and-run. The staff assures her she did more than enough just by calling the ambulance and staying by the woman's side but Ryo can't shake the guilt she feels since she was unable to obtain proof of the car. Kyubey continues to watch from afar. The people investigating the accident are disheartened since Ryo can't remember much and she was the only witness. Back at home, Ryo worries since they said they would contact her if they found the culprit but no word has reached her yet. She berates herself for not memorizing the license plate or getting proof with her camera. Ryo's mother leaves for grocery shopping as Ryo shuts herself in her room. At this point, Kyubey appears and introduces himself. Even though now that Ryo knows more about magical girls and realizes she was the perfect prey for him, she still couldn't shake the feelings of guilt she had at that time. Ryo asks Kyubey if she can have any wish granted and wonders if it's possible to wish for the culprit of the hit-and-run to be apprehended. Kyubey responds that hit-and-runs happen all the time all over the planet and asks which culprits she would want to be apprehended. Ryo rethinks her wish, not wanting to be caught in the same situation and decides to wish to never miss a photo opportunity.
Ryo worries a bit since her life is still largely the same after contracting, other than the fact that she has to fight witches now. She takes a moment to snap a picture of the sunset as well as the repair shop nearby. Ryo shows the photos she took to her mother who marvels at the sunset and the reflection of the car repair shop. She notes that their business must not be doing so great since they have only one car in their shop. It's then that Ryo notices that the car in the repair shop is the same car from the hit-and-run. It was there to get the dent caused by the accident fixed. Ryo quickly calls the number from the investigators with her photo acting as proof. The culprit is soon arrested and the woman in the hospital thanks Ryo for all that she's done. Ryo is initially pleased that her wish really was granted.
At school, Hinano laments something came out the wrong color when she hears the shutter click of a camera and yells at Ryo for going around taking pictures of other people's failures. Ryo claims it wasn't on purpose before running off. She hides in a classroom, telling herself she did it again when she notices the teacher in a classroom across the hall. She snaps a picture of the teacher and someone else. Outside in the hallway, two girls are talking about how Ryo has been taking photos of others when they're down. Ryo overhears them calling her a creep and how she's probably taking revenge on everyone who called her a liar.
At the subway, Ryo sees the neighbor lady that her parents were gossiping about. She sees them with several luggage bags and deduces that they decided to move out together despite her grandfather's opposition. She takes a photo of the occasion and thinks this may be a secret from their families. She decides to delete the photo as soon as possible. Back at home, Ryo is going through her photographs when she comes across the photo of the young couple. She thinks about how she didn't want to take these kinds of photos since it makes her seem like she's purposefully trying to start trouble. It was both a combination of her wish and her tendency to witness rare things.
Ryo continued taking photographs, and one day as her Mom was scrolling through the pictures, she came across the photo of the young couple. Ryo realized she had forgotten to delete the photo and demanded her camera back. Her mother was eager to gossip to her father about it when she realized she had proof that the rumors that the couple next door really were running away together were true. Ryo storms out of the house. Ryo runs off to the park and wonders why her parents were obsessed with gossip and whether it had passed on to her since she kept taking those kinds of photos. After some time, she began to resent her parents.
One day, Ryo wondered if she shouldn't leave her camera behind but couldn't in case something like the hit-and-run were to happen again. As she goes through her photos on her camera, she sees one of her classmate back when the incident with the bullies happened. She wonders why her classmate was there since she too was upset that the bullies were getting away with it when they told the teacher. Ryo decides to talk with her in private the next day at school since she didn't want to jump to any conclusions. Ryo then gathers several photos of her classmate and realizes they all lead to her being one of the bullies as well.
The next day, Ryo meets with her classmate and shows her the photographic evidence. She tells her friend that she needs to cut out the bullying, as these photos are the only proof of her bullying others. Her friend tries to defend herself, saying the class president will pick on her otherwise. She claims the teacher is on their side as well since they are all from the Mizuna ward and wouldn't have believed them even with proof since Ryo is from the Daito ward. It seems her classmate has picked up the prejudices of the adults around her. Ryo runs off in tears as her friend cries out that she doesn't think that way. Ryo had never considered the "West vs. East" problem of Kamihama as part of her life until then. The sting of the person whom she thought of as a friend was too much.
Ryo cries and runs into the chemistry lab where Hinano finds her. Determined to not mess up a result, she asks Ryo what's wrong and offers to listen since she too is a magical girl. Ryo cries out everything about her life from the accident and her contract and everything that had happened recently. She asks Hinano if she was glad she became a magical girl. Hinano says she is, but she also regrets it. All things come with both good and bad and she tells Ryo about the time when there was a scarcity of witches in the city. The East and West magical girls fought for territory daily. She wished she had been stronger in order to stop some of the oppression that went on in those days, where magical girls robbed others of their grief seeds. Hinano explains how you can't always do the right thing in the face of some injustices, so she should decide on what to do and act on it. She needs to decide on what to do with her power on her own. Hinano suggests she talk to Kanagi after going home and resting. Ryo calls Hinano a mini-mom after hearing her advice and heads out.
After meeting with Kanagi, Ryo decides to use her power for both good and bad. She is determined to use her power only to show the truth to others even if the truth can be both beautiful and ugly. So she renames the newspaper club into the gossip club.
Hinano sees a copy of the gossip club's paper "The Midori Report" hanging up in the school hall. In it is an article about her successes in the lab. Everything from small everyday things to big terrible things such as the bullying being covered up by the teacher was in it. Soon the bullies she previously encounter began to worry and even the teachers were talking about it since the proof was in the photos that accompanied the articles. Although the teacher involved became angry, he backed down lest she expose the truth further and issues of the Midori report just kept coming, soon becoming a staple of the school. Ryo received fan mail both admonishing her and thanking her.
Ryo remained troubled however, and one day as she narrowly defeats a witch, she realized that no one knew about how difficult it was to be a magical girl risking her life fighting. She resolves to make the next issue of her report about witches and magical girls. Ryo tracks down a witch and enters her barrier, pleased to note two other magical girls had beaten her to it. Ryo intends to photograph the other magical girls fighting the witch and be ready to jump in should they need the help. Instead, she showed up just in time to photograph the moment one of the magical girls unleashed her doppel. She watches dumbfounded as the doppel and witch fight until the barrier begins to collapse. She urges the magical girl she was watching, Ikumi, to escape while she can as she carries her friend who has collapsed from exhaustion.
Safely outside of the barrier, Ikumi tries to wake her friend Yuuki who is badly injured. Ryo asks her about what she just saw, but Ikumi doesn't know and wonders if it's a bad thing. Ryo urges her to take her friend to Mitama's place and ask if she knows anything about it. There, Mitama explains to the two girls about doppels. Ryo thinks the doppels look a lot like witches and decides to postpone her article until she can gather more evidence, but she's hesitant to do so. Mitama then leaks the information about Ryo and Ikumi knowing about doppels to the Wings of Magius.
Later, Tsukasa and Mifuyu find Ryo and introduce themselves. They explain to Ryo the truth about magical girls and witches and Ryo is shocked to discover she was betrayed by Kyubey. Mifuyu and Tsukasa leave Ryo to decide for herself if she wants to join their group that is dedicated to liberating magical girls from this fate. Ryo ponders this decision all night, knowing from experience that the girls weren't lying to her, but they weren't exactly trustworthy either. The next day, she joins the Wings of Magius and started staying at their headquarters. After being given a white robe, Mifuyu introduces her to the Black Feathers that will be under her command. Ryo and one of the black feathers (Ikumi) quickly recognize each other.
Ryo finishes telling her story to Ikumi, who is saddened to hear about all the things that Ryo had to go through. Ryo cheers her up, saying it doesn't bother her anymore and teases her about keeping up her pop idol persona. Ikumi asks to see the article Ryo will be writing about her once she's done, but Ryo won't publicly publish something that was told to her in confidence. The girls realize the time and Ikumi rushes off to her shift at the maid cafe. Back outside, Ryo notices a cat and snaps its picture for the next issue of her Midori Report.
Ryo has gone to the beach with Ikumi for a big scoop for her Midori Report. There have been rumors circulating at her school about a popular couple and how both of them may have different lovers. The rumors have even speculated that one of the lovers is a teacher so if she can get to the truth it’ll be sure to make the Midori Report even more popular. In order to not stick out, Ikumi is trying not to stay close to Ryo. Ryo soon spies the couple and starts observing them intently. The couple are chatting normally and eating yakisoba. Ryo is starting to get bored and wonders if maybe they’re just a normal couple after all when suddenly the guy seems to be upset and both him and the girl enter a tent to change into their swimsuits. After the guy leaves, a different guy enters the tent. Ryo starts to get excited as the first guy re-enters the tent. Ryo gets ready to watch a bloodbath go down when suddenly a different girl enters the tent as well. Before she knows it all four of them exit the tent dressed in swimsuits and prepare for a beach volleyball match. Ryo begins laughing to herself as she realizes that it was just four good friends having fun at the beach and nothing more.
Ryo heads to the food stands, somewhat disappointed with the day’s turnout. She had been hoping to make this the big article for the next issue of the Midori Report but it seems there’s nothing to report. She then hears Ikumi’s voice and sees her standing with some guys. She can tell that Ikumi is starting to get mad so she heads over to interrupt. Ikumi is glad to see Ryo but instead of stopping them Ryo takes Ikumi’s picture instead. Ryo says this will have to be her main scoop and titles it “Makino Ikumi, age 19 and picking up fans with flirting”. Ikumi says it was all a misunderstanding as she laments the damage to her reputation that this will cause. Ryo laughs and says she’s just messing around as Ikumi sobs.
Halloween Costume (2020)
Eternal Sakura is daydreaming about the big Halloween party she and the others are going to. In her daydream, Mitama gathers everyone together as Karin leads a toast for Halloween. Ryo then approaches Sakurako and tells her “Trick or Treat” before asking which one Sakurako will be giving her. Sakurako says she has some treats she was told to prepare but Ryo looks disappointed. Ryo had been hoping to see all kinds of mischievous tricks this year so Sakurako asks her Trick or Treat. However, Ryo has already given away all the treats she had so Sakurako asks if she doesn’t have a trick for her instead. Ryo says the whole setup feels like a trick already so she offers Sakurako some of the treats that the other girls had given to her earlier. Ryo then looks at Sakurako and asks her what kind of trick she has to offer.
Outside the Coordinator’s shop, Hinano Miyako tries to get Sakurako’s attention by calling her name. Eventually she’s broken out of her daydream and tells Hinano that she was deep in her fantasies trying to come up with a way to trick Ryo but she couldn’t think of anything. She’s sad that Ryo won’t be able to make it to the party, but she can at least pull a trick on Hinano when they get there. As Hinano gathers the candy they brought with them for the party, Sakurako thinks about how nice it is to be able to create new memories and wishes that Ryo could have made it too.
- Wings in the Wind
- A New Beginning
- Welcome to Uwasa Aquarium! ~ Entrust Your Memories to the Tamatebako
- Halloween Castle of Prayers and Funeral ~The Living are Bewildered, The Dead are Silent
- Sentimental Gaze
- The characters of her last name mean "観" (appearance) and "鳥" (bird) respectively.
- The character of her first name means "令" (command).
- Her illustrator is Ryou Nagi
- She likes her camera so much that it appears in her winning animation
- Her death was foreshadowed in the Halloween Castle event, where she received a costume with Kanae and Mel, two characters deceased in Magia Record.
- In addition, certain lines implied her death. For example, when Momoko was thinking about 'all of the dead girls' she met so far, she noted that they seemed off, but she wasn't close to any of them to be certain. Ryo acted strangely during her appearance in the event and rarely interacted with Momoko before her death. <ref>https://irohasesun-fm-foot.hatenablog.com/entry/2020/11/06/180000</ref
- Her Doppel's name is "Paparazzo" derives from paparazzi, but is the singular version of the word. 'Paparazzo' was the name of a character from the movie La Dolce Vita, whose name became a concept to denote agressively determined gossip press photographers.
- The word on her doppel reads GOSSIPDOLL (GOSSIPDOLL).
- When her doppel attacks by taking a photograph, the side of the film reads 51 SCANDAL FILM 800 (51 SCANDAL FILM 800).
|Card||Effect||Cooldown||Eng Text||Jap Text|
|Max Limit Break:
Attack DOWN [II] & Status Ailment Resistance DOWN [II] (All / 3T)
|Max Limit Break:
|You can hear the footsteps of a Goodbye approaching closer, but whenever I look back my arm is pulled forward.
Even if the future is dark, it’s ok if you look forward Beyond that, I’m sure you will find everyone’s precious smiling faces. As long as you don’t lose sight of that, then you can move forward without hesitation.
たとえ向かう先が暗闇だとしても、前を向いて進めば平気 その先に、きっと大切なみんなの笑顔があるから それさえ見失わなければ、私はもう迷わずに歩いて行ける
Attack UP [II] & MP Gain UP [I]
Max Limit Break:
Attack UP [III] & MP Gain UP [II]
|Passive||The Gossip Section…the unique eyes of the newspaper department・Midori Report. I wanted to hide, so I didn’t tell anyone. The most popular person at the newspaper who’ll sniff out where articles are coming from, she took the picture of the street corner cat in “Today’s Cat Diary”.||ゴシップ部…もとい新聞部の目玉・観鳥報 隠しておきたいあんなこと、誰にも言ってないこんなこと どこからか嗅ぎ付け記事にしてしまうその新聞の一番人気は なんと、街角のネコを撮った“今日のネコ日記”だった|
Chance to Darkness [III] (All / 1 T)
Max Limit Break:
Chance to Darkness [IV] (All / 1 T)
Max Limit Break:
|Nobody can escape from Midori’s camera. That was the wish, and also Midori’s pride. The lens captures the facts for articles that are neither good nor bad, only an obsession to deliver the truth in as many articles.||誰も観鳥さんのカメラからは逃げられない それは願いであり、観鳥さんの矜持でもある 事実としてレンズに収め、記事にする そこにあるのは善か悪かではなく、真実を届けるという執念だけ|
Chance to Anti-Counter [V] & Attack UP [II]
Max Limit Break:
Guaranteed Anti-Counter & Attack UP [II]
|Passive||We wished for hope, and that hope was used against us. We won’t let this go quietly. This is unforgivable and now we’re baring our fangs. We very well may regret this deeply soon, but we won’t ever regret this moment.||希望を願ったから、その希望を利用されたから、目を瞑れなかった。
許せなかったから、静かに牙を剥くことにした きっと近いうちに、悔しさで胸が詰まるかもしれない その時は恨むけど、今日のこの一瞬は決して後悔しないだろう
|Max Limit Break:
Attack UP [III] & Accele MP UP [IV]
|Passive||When embarrassed by unknown emotions
There were people who could think together and reach out. Someday the day will come to an end... so that the days I've been with will not disappear I want to walk carefully in the days ahead.|-
共に考え、手を差し伸べてくれる人たちができていた いつか終わる日が来るとして…共にあった日々が消えてしまわないよう 私はこの先の日々を大切に歩いていきたい|
Guaranteed Curse (One / 1 T)
Max Limit Break:
Guaranteed Curse (One / 1 T)
Max Limit Break:
|The fate of Magical Girls can consume them at any time. It can suppress them, drown them, or drag them down into an invisible pool of darkness… One of them panics alone, because she cannot clearly envision a place where she truly belongs.||魔法少女の宿命は、いつでも彼女たちを呑み込むことができる押さえ付けて溺れさせて、見えない闇の淵に引きずり混んで...鮮明に浮かぶ光景は、激しく離れがたく縋り付きたい場所それがないから、彼女はひとり焦り続ける|
Accele MP Gain UP [II] & Chance to Evade [II]
Max Limit Break:
Accele MP Gain UP [III] & Chance to Evade [III]
|Passive||"What happened that day was shocking... It was almost as if the two of them were transformed into angels."
"I was surprised too, but it all made sense to me."
「む、自分は驚きはしたが、意外と自然なことかと思ってしまったぞ」 「いやいや、あんなのは現代の科学でも証明できるもんじゃないぞ…」 「観鳥さんの写真にも、羽は写ってなかったからねぇ」
- Recording of Ryo's Transformation Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Ryo's Magia Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Ryo's Doppel Video on Youtube (JP)
Side Story and Costume Story Videos
- Recording of Ryo's MSS on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Ryo's Swimsuit Story on Youtube (JP) (Subtitled)
- Recording of Ryo's Halloween Costume Story on Youtube (JP) (Subtitled)
- Recording of Ryo's Dialogue lines on Youtube (NA)
- Recording of Ryo's Swimsuit Dialogue lines on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Ryo's Halloween Costume Dialogue lines on Youtube (JP)