「そんなの、あたしが許さない」 (Sonna No, Atashi ga Yurusanai)
“I won’t allow that”
First, all of you who said Homura had the ability to stop time — you were right. The question I pose to you is, are those powers from being a Mahou Shoujo or something else? Getting back on topic, it felt like this episode was used specifically to close up some loose ends. Once again, after the proper context is brought in, I can’t help but feel that Kyubei is not completely evil. Sure he’s manipulative, acts like a psychopath, and even eats his previous bodies, but the phrase “We ask you to make a contract, not force you” left a strong impression on me. Such a strong impression that even after listening to him coldly describe the dire situation that the universe is in, how pubescent girls have the ability to overcome the laws of physics and thermodynamics, and his total disregard of human life, I couldn’t really hold it against him. On a moral level, is it right to compare aliens to humans? It’s like comparing superior oranges to apples, at least the superior oranges are giving the apples options. But from a human perspective, yes, I think it’s pretty screwed up.
Besides breaking the laws of physics, Kyoko’s death really bothered me. I’m normally not good at noticing death flags, especially since I don’t enjoy watching characters just dying in general. But after watching Kyoko finally open up to Madoka and her valiant attempt to save Sayaka, I was pretty devastated to watch her die by her own hands — especially after she said she wanted an ending where love and courage come out on top. The only positive thing that came out of this had to be Kyoko’s words to Madoka about becoming a Mahou Shoujo. I know that Madoka is going to have to gain some confidence for the upcoming battle during Walpurgisnacht, but did Kyoko really have to die and take Sayaka with her?
Just like Kyubei said, it seems that the only Mahou Shoujo left is Homura. With Walpurgisnacht right around the corner, and no one except Madoka left to help her, I can only see one thing hopefully happening. Then again, I can only imagine what a kick SHAFT would get if they didn’t let Madoka become a Mahou Shoujo in the end.
P.S. Kyubei’s name is actually spelled キュゥベえ or kyuubee. Personally I think that it looks pretty ugly when romanized, so I’m going to continue using Kyubei.