Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 04
「奇跡も、魔法も、あるんだよ」 (Kisekimo, Mahoumo, Arundayo)
“Miracles and Magic Really Exist”
After Mami’s gruesome death last week, I’m sure that everyone expected Madoka to use her wish to bring her back and then become one of the strongest Mahou Shoujos ever, which is why it was interesting to watch everything but that happen. Seeing how this is only the fourth episode, I was pleasantly surprised with how SHAFT managed to tie up some of the loose ends. The biggest one for me was when Homura explained how a dead person’s body never returns from the other world — not only did it amp up the pressure involved with becoming a Mahou Shoujo but it really drove home the fact that Mami really did die.
The biggest thing this episode was probably the shift in the overall mood. While the past few episodes have had some darker scenes, nothing came close to this one. This week’s witch seemed to be the perfect compliment for describing the feeling on screen — feeding off of the guilt of others and displaying it right in their face. The guilt of being unable to do something seemed to be a pretty big theme. From Madoka’s fear preventing her from becoming a Mahou Shoujo, Homura’s numerous failed attempts to prevent new Mahou Shoujos from being created, to Sayaka’s desire to give Kyousuke the ability to use his fingers again — everyone seemed to be fighting some sort of internal battle.
But let’s not forget about Kyubei — the white raccoon looking cat hybrid who feels almost evil thing. I can’t help but add a negative connotation to anything he says! After watching him say farewell and apologizing to Madoka and Sayaka for all the trouble he’s put them through, I couldn’t help but think that he had something else hidden up his sleeves (if he had any). Lo and behold, when the tension between Sayaka and Kyosuke gets near the breaking point over his hand, guess who’s sitting on a windowsill when only “a miracle or magic” can fix the situation? Damn you crafty furball.
As some of you have commented on, I also don’t think Homura is as bad of a person that everyone makes her out to be — every episode her cold exterior looks like it’s slowing being worn down (Sayaka might have ruined that though). While I really would have liked to see Mami resurrected, I suppose the only good thing is that the impact of her death still feels as powerful as ever. With a new, and more aggressive Mahou Shoujo entering the picture, I can’t even imagine where things are going to go from here.
Wouldn’t it be horribly trollish for SHAFT to never let Madoka become a Mahou Shoujo?