- A new Madoka Magica movie, titled “Walpurgisnacht Rising,” will be released in Japanese theaters in Winter 2024, serving as the official sequel to the Rebellion film.
- The upcoming film will feature the original creators and staff members from the anime series and previous films, ensuring a continuity of vision.
- Director Yukihiro Miyamoto will helm the project, with key cast members expected to return, creating excitement among fans for the highly anticipated continuation of the franchise.
The Aniplex Online Fest announced earlier today that a brand-new Madoka Magica movie will be making its debut in Japanese theatres in Winter 2024. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie –Walpurgisnacht Rising– is the official sequel to the Rebellion film released 10 years ago in October 2013.
A teaser trailer and a brand-new key visual were also released, which confirm the 2024 debut as well as the director of the film.
The upcoming Walpurgisnacht Rising film will be worked on by the same staff that produced the original anime series and its films, including the original creators Magica Quartet, chief director Akiyuki Shinbo, original character designer Ume Aoki, the character designer of the animation Junichirō Taniguchi, scriptwriter Urobochi Gen of Nitroplus (Song of Saya) and many other returning staff members at Studio SHAFT.
Walpurgisnacht Rising will be directed by Yukihiro Miyamoto. Cast members expected to return include Aoi Yūki (Tsuyu Asui, My Hero Academia as Madoka Kaname; Chiwa Saito (Hitagi Senjogahara, Monogatari Series) as Homura Akemi; Ai Nonaka (Fuuko Ibuki, CLANNAD) as Kyōko Sakura; Emiri Katō (Mayoi Hachikuji, Monogatari Series) as Kyubey; Eri Kitamura (Mina Ashido, My Hero Academia) as Sayaka Miki; Kaori Mizuhashi (Ogi Oshino, Tsukimonogatari) as Mami Tomoe and Kana Asumi (Popura Taneshima, Wagnaria!!) as Nagisa Momoe.
The original Madoka Magica anime ran for 12 episodes from January to March 2011, with the last two episodes being delayed to April that year due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Eternal compilation films opened in Japan in October 2012, with Part 3: Rebellion hitting Japanese theatres in October 2013. An anime of the spin-off Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story mobile game aired in January 2020, running for 12 episodes until March; with a second season dropping in July 2021 and running for 8 episodes until September 2021, and the third and final season consisting of four episodes aired in April 2022.
A number of manga based on the original Madoka Magica anime and films were also spawned since the series’ debut in 2011, with the direct adaptation of the anime series illustrated by Hanokage. It was published by Houbunsha and ran for three volumes between February and May 2011. Another spin-off titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, also by Hanokage released another three volumes between October and November 2012. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie –Walpurgisnacht Rising– is set to open in Japanese theatres in Winter 2024.