Madoka pretty much blew my mind this week with an absolutely amazing episode. As much as I loved last episode, and will have a soft spot for it, I think this week was by far the best epiosde of Madoka, and has made watching the whole series worth it. No matter how it ends, it’s been worth it. I also bet the episode will be sub-standard compared to that ending. This is probably the only time we’ll see Madoka as a magical girl.
So. A run down of my observations this episode. A note that a running motif(right word?) in this series is fate, and through the various timelines, we can see what is fated to happen.
Mami, Madoka, and Homura were friends.
Remember back in episode 3 when Mami does her bondage action on Homura, and Homura looks shocked? Homura wasn’t as close as she was Madoka, but she and Mami were still friends, and partners in battle. It would have been devastating to have been attacked by Mami.
It seems that Sayaka is a total wild card. In only one time line is Sayaka seen around Madoka, and becomes a mahou shoujo. It’s the only timeline we see all five mahou shoujo together–although one is a witch when that happens. No wonder Homura couldn’t save her…Homura hadn’t gone through her situation countless times like she had Madoka’s. But that one timeline makes it clear that it’s no wonder Homura hates Sayaka. Sayaka is responsible for the death of three mahou shoujo (counting herself) and traumatizing Madoka. On top of that, Homura shoots Madoka.
Also worth noting is in Sayaka becomes a witch timeline, Kyouko tries to save her. Her love for Sayaka is fate. It also seems that when Sayaka becomes a witch, Kyouko’s death may be certain.
No matter what, she dies. Usually in Walspurgisnacht. But see what happens when Mami finds the truth about being a mahou shoujo? She snaps, and when she snaps, she starts killing her friends. An awesome and terrifying moment. This is probably a much better fate for her.
Homura told her she’d seen countless mahou shoujo die.
What we didn’t know until now…most of those mahou shoujo were repeated deaths of Mami and Madoka, with Sayaka and Kyouko thrown in.
Homura protecting Madoka has hindered her character development
First off, I ask to read Scamp’s article here. How many times have I read about people complaining about Madoka being useless? Yet when we meet the Madoka that Homura meets, she’s a strong girl that stands up to Walspurgnacht, and is able to do many things the current Madoka may not be able to do, such as kill Mami, and ask Homura to kill her. Yes, Homura has kept Madoka from becoming a mahou shoujo, and thus a witch, but because Madoka has been sheltered, she hasn’t undergone the character growth seen in the other time lines. Instead she just cries a lot. Homura is doing what she thinks is best, and if Madoka doesn’t become a mahou shoujo, she won’t become a witch, but still, what a blow to Madoka.
Kyubei is a fucking liar
But who’s surprised? To be fair, he is collecting energy. He’s just lied about the whole ‘greater good of the human race.’
Also, am I the only one who is reminded of another character that is stuck watching the same scenario over and over why she desperately tries to alter events to get a different result?
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