「こんなの絶対おかしいよ」 (Konna no Zettai Okashii yo)
“This just isn’t right”
Something that I’m fond of is when a show manages to build up a parent-child relationship and really use it to create something special. Ever since Madoka gave her mom a high-five in episode one, I had this feeling that this overworked mother keeps a special spot in her heart for her daughter. After Madoka spilled out her problems and got some really interesting advice, I started to feel my heart melt a little. Add in a quick comment about wanting to drink with her mom when she gets older, and I had completely forgotten about how dark the plot was getting. Makes me think Madoka’s wish might be related to becoming more grownup — if she ever makes a wish that is.
After everything that’s built up since episode one, I have some pretty mixed feelings about just what Kyubei is supposed to be. At first, it’s not hard to view him as some evil being that is intent on ruining the lives of others. Using Mami as a perfect example of his impeccable timing for appearing right when a wish is needed, it’s pretty ridiculous how he can be in the perfect place at just the right time. But after watching him eat a near full Grief Seed and explain just how a Mahou Shoujo’s body actually works, I’m starting to have this odd feeling whenever I think about him. From the standpoint of someone protecting the world, all of his evil actions almost seem pure. Creating Mahou Shoujo’s to protect the world from the never ending stream of witches, with the reward being a single wish for anything, it doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me. Still, pushing someone into making a wish without telling them about having to give up anything and everything dear to them sounds pretty dirty in my mind. That last sentence kind of sounds like something Homura said back in episode one..
Not only did Kyubei turn from an evil furball into a heartless and methodical one, but watching Madoka actually put some action into her words surprised me. It’s a shame that her new found courage was overshadowed by Sayaka crumpling to the floor. The revelation of just what a Mahou Shoujo is just blew my mind away. While I was thinking about different kinds of clothing or how they got their powers, I never expected that the jewel that they carry is actually the embodiment of their mind and soul — which just happens to be the only thing that links their soul and body together.
All in all, I was really surprised over what happened this week. After watching Kyouko play DDR while keeping a stick of pocky safely in her mouth, I wasn’t really expecting things to shift into overdrive as fast as they did. After watching Homura teeter between siding with Kyouko and then saving Sayaka’s life, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to not like her character any more. And from the looks of it, Kyouko is just as pissed off as Sayaka would be if she had any idea what was going on. Maybe we’ll get our Mahou Shoujo dream team that Madoka wants after all?