The Rebellion Story

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [New]: The Rebellion Story (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) is the third movie of the Madoka Magica Movie trilogy. It is scheduled to be released in Autumn 2013. A date has been set as shown in a segment on Mesazashi TV on 2013.07.5. At the end of the trailer shown in the segment it displayed a date of "10.26", or October 26, 2013. The opening theme is Colourful (カラフル karafuru) by ClariS and the ending theme is Your Silver Garden (君の銀の庭 Kimi no Gin no Niwa) by Kalafina.

Synopsis

Taken from ANN:

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 order of the circle 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?

Video Previews

Air Date Description Length Link
2012-10-13 Sneak peak trailer following The Eternal Story 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 3:54 Watch
2013-09-07 MEZAMASHI TV (Fuji TV) exclusive 11:45 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

Official statements about The Rebellion Story

Very little has been revealed about the third movie. This section has been created to compile all official information about the third movie's contents.

Trivia

  • Takarajima's men's fashion magazine Smart revealed in its April issue that the movie would be released in Summer 2013. They later reported on Twitter that this was an error. [1]
  • On September 3rd, 2013, the official website added a character page that revealed a new magical girl named Nagisa Momoe.
  • In Mezamashi TV's feature, it is revealed that there will be a new kind of enemy named 'Nightmare' and Madoka is once again seen attending school with Kyouko and Sayaka. Aoi Yuuki also revealed that the Nightmare is not a witch.

International release

United States

State City Theatre Date
CA Los Angeles Egyptian Theater December 3, 2013
AL Birmingham The Edge 12 December 7, 2013
AZ Phoenix Harkins Theatres - Valley Art December 13, 2013
CA Los Angeles Downtown Independent December 6 - December 19, 2013
CA San Francisco New People December 20, December 21, 2013
CA San Francisco 4 Star Theater December 6 - December 8, 2013
CO Littleton Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Littleton December 8, 2013
DC DC The Movies at Montgomery Mall December 6, 2013
FL Clearwater/Tampa Bay Clearwater Cinema Cafe December 6, 2013
FL Fort Lauderdale/Miami Cinema Paradiso December 6, 2013
HI Honolulu Doris Duke Theater December 26, 2013, December 27, 2013, December 28, 2013, December 29, 2013
IL Chicago Music Box December 8, 2013
MA Boston Brattle Theatre December 6, 2013, December 7, 2013
MO Kansas City Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mainstreet December 8, 2013
NC Raleigh Raleighwood Cinema Grill December 10, 2013
NC Greensboro Carousel Luxury Cinemas December 7, 2013
NM Albuquerque The Guild Cinema December 13, 2013, December 14, 2013
NV Las Vegas Theatre7 December 6, 2013
NY New York Big Cinemas Manhattan December 6, 2013, December 7, 2013, December 8, 2013
NY Buffalo The Screening Room Cinema Cafe December 6, 2013, December 7, 2013, December 8, 2013
NY Yonkers Aramo Drafthouse Cinema Yonkers December 8, 2013
OH Cleveland Cleveland Cinemas - Cedar Lee December 8, 2013
OK Tulsa Select Cinemas - RiverWalk Movies December 8, 2013
OR Portland Hollywood Theatre December 6, 2013
PA Pittsburg The Hollywood Theatre December 6, 2013
TX Austin Alamo Drafthouse Austin Slaughter Lane December 6, 2013
TX Austin Alamo Drafthouse Austin Lakeline December 8, 2013
TX Houston Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Vintage Park December 7, 2013
TX Houston Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park December 7, 2013
TX Dalls Texas Theatre December 7, 2013
TX San Antonio Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Westlakes December 8, 2013
UT Sandy Megaplex Theatres - Jordan Commons December 7, 2013
WA Seattle Grand Illusion December 6, 2013, December 7, 2013, December 8, 2013

Canada

Province Location Theater
BC Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village
BC Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas
BC Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
BC Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
BC Victoria SilverCity Tillicum Victoria
MB Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
AB Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
AB Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
AB Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
SK Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina
SK Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
ON North York SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas
ON Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Pergola Commons
ON Mississauga Cineplex Odeon Courtney Park
ON Toronto Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Square
ON Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
ON Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
ON Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiner's Road
ON Toronto Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
ON Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
ON Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas
ON Scarborough Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas
ON Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
ON London SilverCity London Cinemas
ON Ottawa SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
ON Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
QC Quebec City Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy
QC Montreal Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal (Scotiabank Theatre Montreal)

France

  • Paris - Le Grand Rex (November 22, 2013)

Taiwan

  • E-Muse announced that the movie will screen in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung on November 23-24, 2013. Ticket goes on-sale Oct 15.

Speculation

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  • 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.
  • 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 Kasamino.
  • 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.
  • 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 Girl 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


Language of Flower Speculation and Symbolism

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your friendship means so much to me.[3]
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Borage represents Courage, Bluntness, Abruptness, 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.

Speculation Gallery

Observation

  • If one looks closely to the movie poster, there are aqueducts zigzagging on the background.
    • These aqueducts are very similar to the one's in Ophelia's barrier.
    • Aqueducts also appear in the background during the Mami versus Homura battle. Interestingly, they seem to contain crosses. They can also be seen in the background of this picture with Nagisa.

Gallery

Character Info

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.

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

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.

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 Dessert Witch, but by Madoka's wish, that tragedy was erased, and she continues her life as a magical girl.

Kyouko 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.

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.

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.

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