「魔法少女たちと美しきこの世界」 (Mahou shoujo-tachi to utsukushiki kono sekai)
“The Magical Girls and This Beautiful World”
If there’s one thing I like more than weekends (and oh boy do I like weekends) it’s getting things right, and MSTA certainly provided in this regard—and in a few others beside. With all the teasers and hints beside it’s easy to guess where this show plans on leading off, and while it may be right before the “true” story begins—i.e. after finally learning the Babel Brigade’s actual mission—at least MSTA is doing it with style. After all nothing satisfies more than some good action following a season of muted buildup.
Probably the biggest surprise for me this week wasn’t so much the fact Gies and new magical girl lost (both were going to lose because being the antagonist is always a losing endeavour), but that they actually lost after achieving what they came for. One noble sacrifice in the name of escape I can understand, but actually throwing both pieces away? I expect that magical item to be something truly special for the Queen being fine giving up two thirds of our known enemies so late in the game. At least we got some choice discussion between both Gies and Chisato for the cost, because as we know being a magical girl is suffering and oh boy Chisato definitely met that requirement. Leave it to the literally half human cyborg to take the roundabout method for mahou shoujo recruitment when a few honeyed words probably could’ve done the trick just as well. Just look at Kurumi to see how well some cutesy Asuka encouragement went towards her fruitful career of
torture victim playmate collecting.
Beyond the shock and awe however, Chisato’s real backstory also brings up the act of making magical girls in the first place. Hilariously enough, after nearly a full season, we still don’t actually know how magical girls arise in MSTA. They may technically have the freedom of choice (even if only an illusion), but what beyond that? Is there a psychological requirement, certain life conditions—i.e. physical state—or is it entirely down to serendipitously encountering the cute and cuddly? And what about the thing/item/device keeping magical girls as, well, magical girls? It’s quite a big void MSTA hasn’t touched on at all, although it’s pretty easy to guess the circumstances required. Kurumi’s history for example (alongside that of Chisato’s) heavily implies suffering and tragedy is a prerequisite towards getting superhuman abilities and the personal mascot companion. It may not be entirely accurate of course (Asuka’s past seems to lack any serious torment pre-parental murder), but never doubt something along these lines eventually being revealed for all our mahou shoujo. After all considering all the talk about regret and the actions required of these teenage girls, you can bet there’s still some major secrets waiting to be revealed.
The only question is just how many secrets we will discover in MSTA’s last big anime kick at the can.