A new commercial for Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-) began airing in Japan. The ad for the upcoming third Madoka Magica film has small amounts of footage that did not appear in the earlier feature on Fuji TV’s morning program Mezamashi Terebi, although they did appear in the promotional video screened during Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013 this weekend. The ad also previews the opening theme song “Colorful”.
Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto are directing the film at SHAFT with original character designs from manga creator Ume Aoki (Hidamari Sketch). Yuki Kajiura will be providing the music, while musical units ClariS and Kalafina will perform the movie’s opening theme and ending theme (“Kimi no Gin no Niwa” or Your Silver Garden), respectively.
The main cast will be returning from the television series and previous two films, with Aoi Yūki as Madoka Kaname, Chiwa Saito as Homura Akemi, Eri Kitamura as Sayaka Miki, Kaori Mizuhashi as Mami Tomoe, Ai Nonaka as Kyōko Sakura, and Emiri Katō as Kyubey. Kana Asumi joins the cast as a new magical girl named Nagisa Momoe.
The third film will open in Japan on October 26. The film will then open in the United States, Canada, and France this winter. Aniplex announced at Japan Expo in Paris that the film will debut in France in November. Aniplex aims to release the third film in still more countries worldwide, just as it did for the first two films. Japanese theaters will begin selling the second batch of advance tickets, each with one of six different special poster boxes, for 1,500 yen (about US$15) on Saturday.