The previously announced Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Walpurgisnacht Rising (4) movie revealed a trailer and key visual earlier today. The movie will premiere in the winter of 2024 in Japan, while international release dates will be announced at a later time. SHAFT is animating the movie, which was announced in April of 2021. Yukihito Miyamoto is directing.
Akiyuki Simbo is credited as the chief director of the fourth movie in the series. Gen Urobuchi of Nitroplus is writing the script. As before, the movie will feature Ume Aoki’s (aokiume) original character designs. Junichiro Taniguchi is credited as the chief animation director. The main cast from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV anime is returning for Walpurgisnacht – Rising movie:
- Aoi Yuki as Madoka Kaname
- Chiwa Saito as Homura Akemi
- Kaori Mizuhashi as Mami Tomoe
- Eri Kitamura as Sayaka Miki
- Ai Nonaka as Kyoko Sakura
- Kana Asumi as Nagisa Momoe
- Emiri Kato as Kyubey
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an original anime project created by the Magica Quartet (Akiyuki Shinbo, Ume Aoki, Gen Urobuchi, and producer Atsuhiro Iwakami). The anime premiered in January 2011 and ran until April of the same year, with a total of 12 episodes (the broadcast of the final two episodes was delayed due to the Great East Japan Earthquake).
Although the anime project wrapped up the story, the series also spawned multiple manga series (adaptations and spin-offs), a novel by Nitroplus, a dedicated magazine, and video games. Two recap movies were released in October of 2012. They were followed by a third movie, titled Rebellion, which premiered in October 2013. The movie featured a new original story and is the prequel to Walpurgisnacht.
It’s worth noting that the Magia Record spin-off story spawned an anime adaptation (also by studio SHAFT) and a mobile game. The anime ended earlier this year.
Source: Aniplex Online Festival 2023, Official Website
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