Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 03
「もう何も恐くない」 (Mou Nanimo Kowakunai)
“I’m Not Afraid Anymore”
What started out as a seemingly quiet and peaceful episode, quickly turned into something dark and gritty. Besides making me think that Kyubei might actually be some kind of evil monster in disguise, amongst all the character development I was caught off guard with a pretty big plot twist.
I don’t know about you guys, but something came off as terribly evil this episode — and I’m not talking about the trippy battle scenes. That quick scene where a young Mami is lying in the wreckage of a serious car accident still shocks me. Thinking about how Kyubei was conveniently at the site of the accident made me question just how trustworthy the little fur ball is. It didn’t help that he started commenting on how much potential Madoka had to become the strongest Mahou Shoujo. It also REALLY didn’t help after Homura confronted Mami over why Kyubei was pushing to have Madoka become one so bad. As I watched the rest of the episode, all these different things kept making me question what hidden intentions Kyubei might have. It may have just been me, but every time Kyubei asked Sayaka or Madoka to become a Mahou Shoujo, it almost feels like he is just trying to force the situation — trying to make them become Mahou Shoujo just for the sake of getting them under a contract.
I also felt that Mami might be just like Kyubei, up until her heartfelt conversation with Madoka. As I started thinking about her entire situation (and looking at the episode title) I couldn’t help but feel sad over how Mami must have felt inside. After being able to dodge death and get a new lease at life by becoming a Mahou Shoujo, she continued living only to have all of her freedoms stolen from her. Combined with my newfound realization that she has probably been alone for most of her life and the fact that Mahou Shoujos are always competing while hunting (the stronger one gets to recharge their magic) — I can see why she would be so enthusiastic after finally finding someone to become her partner.
After I watched Mami get her head ripped off, I was shocked more than anything. Especially after finally understanding a little more of her character, I can’t believe that she’d be done in so easily. It didn’t help that Homura managed to just jump in and finish off the boss without breaking a sweat. With Mami’s body missing after the barrier disappears and both Madoka and Sayaka in tears, not only did Homura NOT fix her position with Madoka and Sayaka but I think her rude comment didn’t even come remotely close to preventing them from becoming a Mahou Shoujo. If anything it probably just helped in pushing them over the edge.