Aniplex USA's official twitter account announced just minutes ago that the first two movies in the upcoming trilogy of Madoka Magica movies will run in US theaters this October. The first two films, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: Beginnings and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal will be shown in select US theaters as a double feature just days after the Japanese release date.
The films will recap the happenings of the television anime series. They are being distributed by Eleven Arts who also brought Trigun: Badlands Rumble and Evangelion 2.0 to US theaters. It's safe to assume that the film will be shown with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles.
At the time of writing this, the websites for the theaters that are scheduled to show the film have not yet been updated to include film information or ticket sales. Currently the film is scheduled to run in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, and New York. You can find a full list of theaters showing the film on the series' official English website.
Nico Nico Douga will be streaming the first episode of the English dub of the hit anime, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica next week. The first episode is scheduled to air Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM EST on the Nico Nico Live program. Fans who live in Japan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand will be able to tune in to watch. After the episode there will be a special segment with three of the English voices behind the characters.
UPDATE: Added link to stream.
Aniplex has been spreading the word that they intend to announce the rest of the English voice dub cast for the dark magical girl anime, Madoka Magic on CrunchyRoll's Live Show the all week. They had previously announced a significant portion of the cast at this year's New York Comic Con / Anime Festival. Below you'll find the full voice cast list as well as the first English trailer.
Thank you based Madoka! According to the Anime News Network, the December issue of Newtype magazine will be announcing the there will be a theatrical film of Madoka Magica. Although it was expected that there would be another Madoka related project, since writer Gen Urobuchi has been mulling it over since the television anime ended, most people expected another anime series. There isn't any further information available yet, but we'll keep everyone posted.
UPDATE: According to Crunchyroll, the image of the December cover of Newtype has not been confirmed to be real. But it looks pretty real so we'll have to wait until Thursday to know the truth.
UPDATE 2: Anime News Network has confirmed that Newtype magazine will be announcing the Madoka Magica theatrical film project.
UPDATE 3: More info about the Madoka Magica movie has come in. Instead of being a single movie it will in fact be 3 movies. Two of the movies will recap the series (no surprise there) and the third will be a completely new story. What that entails is a mystery, but director Akiyuki Shinbo and writer Gen Urocuhi are on the case! There are currently no further details but we're stoked!
Can't get enough of your favorite Puella Magi and (maybe) one cute contractor? If you live in Japan or plan to visit the country soon at least, you can visit the new Puella Magi Madoka Magica cafe opening in Akihabara on the fifth floor of the Akiba Culture Zone building.
Yen press has announced a whole slew of new releases for their Yen Plus online magazine, and new titles that they’ve acquired for the upcoming year. The first main draw is the new adaptations of two widely popular English young adult novel series into graphic novel form: The Infernal Devices, written by Cassandra Clare and Dark Hunters: Infinity written by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
The Infernal Devices is a prequel of Ms. Clare’s Moral Instruments - a riveting tale about the adventures of American teen Tessa Gray in the supernatural hallows of Victorian London. Dark Hunters: Infinity is also a prequel to the Dark Hunters series. It follows Nick Gautier and his travels into the occult and horrifying within the streets of New Orleans, encountering the Dark Hunter Kyrian of Trace. Both comics will be making their big splash in Yen Plus this fall!
The second draw is the announcement of the addition of the popular Soul Eater Not! series to Yen Plus for 2012. Yen Press also took the opportunity to announce that following the release of the current English issues, Yen Press (in collaboration with the author and publisher) will make Soul Eater Not! a simultaneous release series. As soon as those issues hit the shelves in Japan, all you yen plus subscribers will get you fix of Soul Eater slice-of-life goodness!
If you've been aching to get details on Madoka Magica the wait is over. Field correspondent, SolidX, has obtained the much awaited voice cast and release details. The most surprising detail of them all is that yes they will release Madoka on both DVD and BluRay! Read on for more details.
Aniplex USA has begun streaming an almost 2 minute long trailer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica on it's YouTube channel. The trailer was previously screened during their live panel on NicoNico last Friday. Aniplex, who has the release rights in North America will be releasing the series with subtitles as well as dubbed as they had announced at this years Otakon. The release date has yet to be announced though.
In related news the 2 Japanese retailers have announced an exclusive BluRay bonus episode. The episode is supposed to be the Director's Edit of the 12th episode of the series. The final 2 episodes had been delayed in Japan out of restraint after the March 11 Earthquake. It is unknown at this time if the North American release will contain the Director's Cut.
Kita kore!!! Kyubey is now available in convenient plush form. Not only is he deceptively adorable, but he probably will make an excellent punching bag. Toy manufacturer, Medicom Toy announced they'll be offering the polarizing plush for sale starting this September. Although this isn't the first Kyubey plush, it is the first that anyone can acquire. (The other is being offered by Banpresto as part of a lottery line of products.)
Preorders are scheduled to open on June 24 for the 16 inch long replica of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica's memorable mascot menace. If you're interested in purchasing one, it will probably set you back around US$44 without shipping.
This is what happens when I oversleep. I'm late to the party. But this is a GLORIOUS PARTY. Madoka has an air date! According to the official website, the 11th and 12th episodes will be airing on April 21.
After the episodes were put on hold as an act of "self-restraint" the series was then delayed temporarily to complete the final two episodes. According to the announcement on their site, they apologize for having kept the fans waiting and thank them for their continued support.
Now that we have episodes to look forward to again, I recommend anyone who hasn't seen the series marathons it right now!