「友達にしてごめんね」 (Tomodachi ni Shite Gomen ne)
“Sorry For Making You My Friend”
Rumours are trending this season, first with Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun and then with Kyokou Suiri. Maybe it’s a reflection of the times, where information is disseminated so quickly, so easily that there is no singular universal ‘truth’ anymore, just rumours.
Like most rumours, if repeated enough — become true.
Except MagiReco‘s rumours are witches, or witch-like beings. It’s appropriate, considering Madoka‘s original wish creates ‘witch-like’ creatures that feast on human misery… … and that asks the question: is Kamihama City the only place where Madoka’s wish came true? Why do Kyuubeys die once they cross the border?
It’s all very mysterious, especially the fun times during soul gem adjustment where we’re introduced to the group’s coordinator Yakumo Mitama. Does adjusting your soul gem remove despair? Supposedly it gives more ‘power’, but according to the original Kyuubey — power is suffering, or the potential of fate, so how does this adjustment work?
And that’s all on top of the overarching mystery of Ui Tamaki and her two friends, who became idols? (Tripe-H from Penguindrum, is that you?) The tinkling music and off-key lullaby is completely not ominous (yea right). Just look at this burning fire. Not foreshadowing at all eh?
Honestly, I’m kinda at a loss. The pacing is weird and jumpy, and there’s so many loose ends and mysteries that it’s difficult to keep track of. I hope that the series doesn’t go off a deep end and leave us hanging, the joy of the original Madoka was the extremely satisfying, if tragic, ending.
What I love though is the detective-game symbolism and surreal imagery. It’s pandering, but week after week I gleefully decode all the witch runes and look for patterns. I love little clues like the motif of birds as rumour-mongers that carry throughout all 3 episodes so far. And then there’s the gorgeous reconciliation scene between Kaede and Rena looks like a Hopper painting.
This week, we get proper transformation (henshin) sequences too, and THREE of them! Rena’s power is surprisingly useful, it’s not just mirroring, but reflecting as well. And one mystery is cleared up at least — both Kaede and Rena wrote their names on the staircase since they both were taken after apologizing.
Most of all…. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MAMI. Ohhhhhhhhh boy. When she appeared on screen with a totally evil looking Kyuubey I screamed. OMG WHAT. WHAT. WHAT IS GOING ON. WHAT. WAIT A SECOND. ISN’T SHE DEAD. WHAT.
I’m excited to see what happens next!!! MAMI’S GOING TO KAMIHAMA AHHHHHH!!
Catch you next week!!