Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Volume 2Book - 2012
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This book is the second of a three-part series of the official manga adaptation for the 2011 anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Each volume covers 4 of the 12 total episodes of the anime, with this volume covering episodes 5 through 8.
The transformation of Sayaka Miki, Madoka Kaname's best friend, becoming a magical girl, attracts the attention of mysterious new girl Homura Akemi and a magical girl from a nearby city named Kyoko Sakura, who came to take over as the main magical girl of Mitakihara after Mami's death. Kyoko starts to pick a fight with Sayaka, which goes on brutally until Homura intervenes. After the fight, Madoka, fearing that Sayaka might hurt herself, asks her mom on advice, while Homura tries to make a deal with Kyoko to leave the girls alone.
This deal gets quickly broken when Kyoko confronts Sayaka again. Madoka stops Sayaka from transforming by throwing her Soul Gem, a source of a magical girl's magic, away, causing her to fall and turn lifeless. Madoka and Kyoko learns that Kyubey creates magical girls' Soul Gems by literally sucking out the souls of magical girls, causing magical girls to turn lifeless if their Soul Gems are not near them. After Homura retrieves Sayaka's Soul Gem, Sayaka freaks out and skips school the next day. Kyoko finds Sayaka and brings her to her late father's church, where Kyoko shows sympathy for Sayaka as both of them made their contracts for the sake of others.
The two no longer hold a grudge against each other, but much to Kyoko's annoyance, Sayaka refuses to regret making her contract for someone else. However, this attitude begins to change, as Sayaka goes back to school the next day and learns that Kyosuke is back as well and that Hitomi, like Sayaka, has feelings for him. Hitomi plans to tell Kyosuke the next day, but gives Sayaka a chance to tell him first. Sayaka immediately becomes distressed, as she feels she is no longer human anymore and has no right to be with him, secretly regretting becoming a magical girl.
Sayaka's distress nearly makes her insane, as she brutally tortures a witch in her latest witch hunt, much to Madoka and Kyoko's horror. Sayaka then acts unlike herself to everybody, and her Soul Gem slowly turns into a bitter black color. Madoka becomes distressed by Sayaka's behavior, and attempts to contract Kyubey in order to save Sayaka. This attempt becomes stopped when Homura kills Kyubey, and it is revealed, after Madoka runs away, that Homura is a girl from another time. Kyoko later finds Sayaka after she ends up missing, where she witnesses Sayaka's Soul Gem turn into a Grief Seed, which is what a witch hatches from. Sayaka then turns limp, and her Grief Seed gives birth to a new witch.
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