Adding to the many magazines she’s dominated, Madoka is idolized on the face of Newtype’s December issue – represented in her “Ultimate” form, a similarly cute yet more so bishoujo variant of the magical girl.
It would normally be regarded as another rehash – there’s null out of the ordinary in Madoka’s “Ultimate” form being exploited, nor the regular variant for that matter, and one will likely have seen all styles of this mahou shoujo in countless works of art already. However, in spite of all of this, there remains an aspect interesting about this specific illustration – and one may have noticed it themselves already, the fact that Ultimate Madoka isn’t sketched to her conventional pose and style.
This particular art piece portrays Ultimate Madoka with a more gentle and homely vibe, which leaves her feeling very familiar and kind – rather than the usual domineering aura she emanates from her more often seen pose of open arms, as if she were an overlord offering us an embrace of amnesty for our hypothetical sins or woes.
With such being the case, this actually makes it rather surprising that a far more fitting take on Ultimate Madoka is currently limited solely to a special edition of an anime magazine.
The plentiful abundance of white pooling the canvas like a viscous substance is one of the main facets making this image offer the relaxing respite which it does – more precisely since it mixes amongst a creamy pink, which while present to less quantity, has a strong contrast. The pair of welcoming bright tones are met with a smile and surrounding lines of soothing and lush curvature – and so then we arrive at the final interpretation, this illustration gratuitous in hospitality and warmth.
She’s always quite deserving of the title to some extent – yet this is truly the first art piece of Madoka which one can say is earnestly worthy of the “Ultimate” prefix.