Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – 10
「もう誰にも頼らない」 (Mou Darenimo Tayoranai)
“I can’t depend on anyone anymore”
Well, I can honestly say that I didn’t see any of that coming. I know that we just learned about Homura’s ability to stop time, but I never thought that she would have the ability to travel back through time. I suppose the notion that she’s someone from the future isn’t entirely incorrect, but it’s not like she has a future to return or anything. While I think it would have been awesome if there were some time paradoxes thrown into the mix, the fact that Homura has to relive the worst days of her life over and over really hit me hard. I mean, it was fun at first watching her train to become a more skilled Mahou Shoujo, but as the episode went on I couldn’t believe how ridiculous things were getting. Ridiculous in the fact that Homura continues to go back in time only to end up not saving Madoka from her horrible fate. On a side note, I personally think that Homura looks a lot cuter with her glasses and hair tied, but that’s just me.
If you’ve been following my posts, you should remember how I like to talk about SHAFT trying to shaft us by never letting Madoka become a Mahou Shoujo. While I was blown away to see Mami again, seeing Madoka all dressed up in her cute shoujo outfit made my mouth hit the floor. It was such an amazing sight, that I remember being halfway in-between chewing a piece of my salad at the time, and then forgetting to close my mouth for a good 45 seconds. What I think would be awesome, is if Madoka would be able to rip out her powers without actually making a contract with Kyubei. I’ve been a fan of any kind of happy route and to support my ridiculous idea, I’m going off of how Madoka tried remembering meeting Homura even though it technically never happened in this current timeline. If she can recall non-existent memories, who says she can’t pull out her powers? While I’m sure Urobuchi Gen (the main writer) would beg to differ, I’m hoping for it!
After watching Homura change from a innocent Madoka-esque girl to the cold and calculating one we know now, it served as a reminder of just how difficult the life of a Mahou Shoujo is. Even though Homura isn’t the only one who’s suffered, I can’t believe that even in different timelines with different circumstances, Sayaka still became a witch and Kyoko still starts as the misunderstood girl. While I’ve been wishing Mami was still alive at times, I suppose it’s a good thing that she died only because she might have tried to kill everyone again if she was still around. What I don’t get, is why Madoka ends up always dying every single time. I don’t understand how being the strongest Mahou Shoujo means she will die. Wouldn’t being the strongest mean she could just protect the world from witches forever? For some reason, I can’t help but feel like that there’s still something being kept a secret.
P.S. I thought I was hilarious that the opening sequence played 20 or so minutes in. And in the preview section, the quick picture of Madoka, Sayaka, and Mami sitting on a tower was updated to have Homura and Kyoko as well!