「後悔なんて、あるわけない」 (Koukai Nante, Aru Wake Nai)
“Absolutely No Regrets”
Sugar, spice, and everything nice — I don’t think any of these things are actually used to make a Mahou Shoujo. It’s more like deceit, despair, and lies! After watching just how Kyubei turns a normal girl into a Mahou Shoujo, something just felt wrong with the whole process. It might have been the creepy shadow behind Kyubei, or the words he used while talking to Sayaka, but watching him yank out Sayaka’s powers right from her chest just didn’t sit right with me. Maybe because the spot where her powers came out of just happened to be right where one’s soul normally sits? And if ripping the powers out of someone wasn’t bad enough, after hearing Kyouko’s twisted strategy on how to harvest grief seeds, I wasn’t sure what a Mahou Shoujo’s purpose was anymore.
Besides watching Kyubei seize every chance he got to try persuading Madoka to become a Mahou Shoujo, there were a few other surprises hidden in this episode. First, I never thought that Kyouko would be able to get the upper-hand in a one on one battle. After Sayaka got beat down, I was hoping that her hot headed attitude and desire to win would allow her to pull off some kind of crazy retaliation attack — which she almost did! I remember yelling out in excitement after watching that look of hope flash through her eyes only to get depressed a few seconds later after Kyouko maintained her dominance. Second, after such a serious talk between Homura and Madoka, I never expected that Homura would be the one who would save Sayaka at the last second (I was rooting for Madoka to step in).
Ever since last week’s episode I’ve felt that Homura wasn’t as cold as she tries to be. I can’t help but think that Madoka’s earnest personality is what cracked open Homura’s cold outer shell. After that talk from earlier, I’m not sure I’ll be able to buy into her cold attitude anymore. Plus you can’t deny that her hair flip right before the ending sequence was probably the smoothest way anyone could enter battle.
Another question that’s been bugging me is how a Mahou Shoujo’s powers are chosen. After hearing Kyubei describe Sayaka’s superhuman healing abilities due to her wish being used for someone else and Homura being an “irregular” Mahou Shoujo that Kyubei may or may not have made, I instantly started thinking about how all of this could apply to Madoka. Just hear me out, but seeing how this is called Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, I think it’s safe to assume that Madoka should become a Mahou Shoujo at some point. What if the “ability” she wishes for is actually the other Madoka in the opening sequence — the human form for her “ability”? And if you remember when Mami was talking about Madoka’s potential, what if Madoka could somehow become a Mahou Shoujo without Kyubei’s help like Homura possibly did? While all of this is only speculation, I’m really rooting for Madoka to be able to shine in some special way. As each episode passes by, I can’t help but feel my brain flooding with more theories in anticipation of Madoka turning into a Mahou Shoujo.