25
Jan
11

My Madoka Magica Episode Three Instant Spoiler

M-Ma-Mami-san!!

So Mami’s dead. I know there might have been hints that she wouldn’t live through the series but I certainly didn’t expect her death so early on. Plus her demise was quick – but not painless. Sayaka and Madoka were obviously traumatized from watching Mami get chomped on by the witch, and I expect there’s going to be emotional backlash for the next episode or two. Mami’s death was so surprising (for me) that at the end of the episode, I realized I was in a state of denial: I thought that maybe Mami wasn’t really dead; that maybe – just maybe – she was still alive. Of course she is dead, and so my second thought was whether or not Madoka would use her wish to bring Mami back to life. Theoretically, if Kyubey had the power to keep Mami from dying the first time around (when she first became a Mahou Shoujo), then he also has the power to bring her back to life. I just don’t know if Madoka will think to use her wish that way, and who, between the two girls, will actually do it.

Sayaka clearly has something (or someone) else in mind for her wish. Again whether or not she’ll take action (or when she’ll take action) is another question. First: Mami left Sayaka with some really good advice regarding fulfilling someone else’s wishes, and two: now that they’ve seen a really dark side of being a Mahou Shoujo, will they still commit? Is their life worth a single wish – no matter what the wish is?

I like how deep the whole concept of choosing your wish wisely is in Madoka Magica. These girls don’t just jump at the first wish that enters their minds, though they do think about things like money, boys, looks, clothes… I was pretty upset when Mami suggested that they wish for a cake and a party for Madoka’s induction, but I understand that she was excited to have someone join her in her fight against the witches. Perhaps if she was a little nicer to Homura, they could have been comrades rather than competitors. But then again, they had differing values.

And in light of Mami’s death, it seems Homura isn’t as opposing as she’s initially set out to be. Homura’s probably experienced her own share of pain and loneliness being a Mahou Shoujo, and unlike Mami, would rather stop other Mahou Shoujo from being created than gather more to keep her company.

See, I think the trick to these Grant-A-Wish contracts is that you have to be very specific about the details of your wish. If you wish for immortality, for example, you should specify that your immortality is protected from being stripped by other supernatural beings (Kyubey’s sneaky cousin, perhaps), having the ability to terminate your immortality at any time you choose (in case you tire of living forever), whether or not your form of immortality excludes physical pain and the regeneration of severed limbs or damaged organs… I know it takes the romance out of the whole notion, but I’m being practical here. If Kyubey wants me to form a contract with him to become a Mahou Shoujo, I’m ready. But he’d better bring his reading glasses.

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11 Responses to “My Madoka Magica Episode Three Instant Spoiler”


  1. 1 Myssa
    25 January 2011 at 12:48 pm

    The attention of the ‘sphere for Madoka Magica certainly exploded with the aftermath to this episode. There are going to be many questions that need to be asked about the setting (especially with regards to the mechanics of the Magical Girl system and the truth behind the Witch Hunts), but I personally want to know whether we’re in for a straight plummet into Hell (this IS Gen Urobochi we’re talking about here), or will there be a morning after the long darkness for our pink-haired heroine?

    • 2 blindability
      25 January 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Well we all know Madoka eventually becomes a Mahou Shoujo (unless the opening and ending credits are all lies and we’re in for one of the biggest prank of our lives) so something must happen to convince her that being a Mahou Shoujo isn’t all death and darkness. Part of me thinks that Madoka might just wish Mami back to life, but I’m not very good at predictions.

      I agree that we need to understand a bit more what it really means to be a Magical Girl and Witches; what are the limitations of each category, how are witches born, and is destroying them the only way to defeat them? Kyubey is also highly suspect despite his never-changing cat smile. I guess you can’t always trust the cute things in life. Darn.

  2. 26 January 2011 at 4:02 am

    Lol at that title and screenshot! You know, I hope she doesn’t become a mahou shoujo after all, or not til waaay later, just to annoy the pant off everybody, LOL.

    • 4 blindability
      26 January 2011 at 7:54 am

      It’d be funny if Madoka never became a Mahou Shoujo during the time frame of the show, like how Nino never actually goes to Venus in the anime.

  3. 26 January 2011 at 5:57 am

    Damn straight if there is some contract to sign (if they hand them out to guys at all) I’m going to make sure mine would be incredibly detailed. If my life is on the line I’m not going to mess around.

    There is a lot we just don’t know. Where are these witches really coming from? I doubt Mami really knew much and her only source would be Kyubei. Certainly something needs to fight them so I can accept the need for magical girls to exist. But who set up the rules that Kyubei is following?

    Well I’d honestly hope Madoka just wishes Mami back since it’s not like she had any wishes in mind. She was practically ready to just wish to be a magical girl. Although after that horrible death hard to believe the girls are going to be so willing to just jump into it….

    • 6 blindability
      26 January 2011 at 7:58 am

      Although you’d be surprised at how many times (in fiction and in reality) people are spurred on by another person’s death. I think it gives them even more meaning if they commit to something the deceased had committed their life to as well.

      Unfortunately I don’t think you qualify for being a Mahou Shoujo… Particularly the Shoujo part but maybe Kyubey will make the exception in light of Mami-san’s death and his decreased supply of Magical Girls.

  4. 26 January 2011 at 6:45 am

    Make sure you add that you get eternal YOUTH with mortality. You don’t want to end up looking like a Dawn of the Dead reject when you are pushing 200. Maybe a lawyer should be present. XD

    But yes I like that the wish aspect of the show really has taken center stage. So often….well really most of the time the characters are forced into heroic situations. Or they decide within seconds that yeah, being a super hero sounds awesome. I like that these girls have a choice and are really examining how difficult life will be after accepting this duty.

    I also enjoyed your instant spoiler picture. I thought about doing that but when with the bloody tea cup just in case people hadn’t seen the episode yet.

    • 8 blindability
      26 January 2011 at 8:03 am

      Good call on the youth bit; no one wants to walk the Earth for an eternity looking like a decaying zombie when you can attain eternal youth and beauty like Vampire Knight.

      Blah. I posted so late I figured anyone who was watching had seen it by the time I put it up. If not then they were semi-pre-warned in the title.

  5. 9 kyubey
    26 January 2011 at 7:17 am

    thigh highs really do go with everything. looking good there Mami!

  6. 29 January 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Well this witch was certainly better than the previous one, but what I really liked was how they made Mami’s death, not too slow and no intense screaming, just one quick hit and she’s a goner. But why did she have to die? ;A; Who else can pull out a crap-load of guns in 1 second?


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