Ignoring the Fact that I Missed Reviewing Madoka Magica Episodes 6 and 7

To distract everyone from the fact stated as the title of this post, I’m going to play the Devil’s Advocate. That’s right, I’m advocating Kyubey’s case: The production of Puella Magi.

Now I know two weeks ago, I was just like everyone else, tagging Kyubey as evil and inhumane, but is he really? Homura points out in Episode Seven that Kyubey’s actions seem cruel to Madoka and the other girls only because of their value system; Kyubey doesn’t operate according to normal human values, which is just as well, because his business would be greatly affected if he did.

Kyubey is an entrepreneur. He goes out and finds girls who have the talent and power – and need – to form contracts with him to become Puella Magi. I’ll admit his methods are a bit underhanded, often approaching girls in dire moments or times of emotional instability, but he does offer a bona fide wish and has followed through on his end every single time thus far. Mami wished to live after being caught up in a terrible car accident; Kyoko wished for her father to have followers of his teaching; Sayaka wished that Kamijo Kyosuke would play the violin again. All those wishes were fulfilled by Kyubey.

Wishes fulfilled, the Puella Magi now surrender their life to fighting witches, but there was a lot fine print they didn’t read in their contracts before they signed their lives away. Like that clause about having your soul ripped out and turned into the safe and compact form of your Soul Gem. Like how your human body is nothing more than an empty shell, “hardware” used for fighting. For the girls, this is a traumatizing, life altering revelation. For Kyubey, it just makes sense. It’s not the physical body that’s important to him, but the soul – the life that he now owns – that carries value. Plus, with the soul removed from their physical bodies, the girls experience less pain which means they fight more effectively. Damage to their outer shells can be fixed with magic and used again. When girls contract with Kyubey, it’s his job to rip out their souls and turn them into Soul Gems – or in other words, protect his investment.

And on the plus side, it’s because of this set up that Kyoko didn’t die when her father lost his mind and killed the whole family. It’s because of this that Sayaka was able to keep fighting against Kyoko in the alley way. I suppose the reason the separation of soul from body didn’t save Mami was because the witch chomped all of her that time, either destroying or consuming her Soul Gem as well.

It also seems that none of the girls had asked for full disclosure of the job description before sealing their contract with Kyubey. And so when they accuse Kyubey of being a liar and withholding information from them, he simply says that they never asked. The girls see Kyubey as being dishonest for leaving out the truth of these details, but Kyubey feels that if they didn’t ask for the information, then he’s not at fault for omitting these details; plus he feels that it’s unnecessary for the girls to know, especially after the girls have already sealed their contracts because the agreement can’t be annulled, and as the transformation has already happened, it basically becomes a moot point.

Forming a contract with Kyubey is like signing a contract for a job – a lifelong job. The wish he promises to fulfill is like an advance, one-time bonus that also serves to attract the girls into employment. While the details and full job description aren’t presented beforehand, they’re also not requested by the girls forming the contract with Kyubey. Grief Seeds are the commission pay for a Puella Magi: If they do their job and do it well, then they receive payment.

Now Madoka is the last girl standing, fully aware of the Puella Magi and the witches they fight. IF this girl ever becomes a Mahou Shoujo, I hope she’ll have learned from her peers about finding out all about the job before committing her life to it, and being very, very detailed with her wish. And since she hasn’t – and doesn’t look like she’s going to wish Mami back to life, I wonder if she’s going to wish Sayaka out of her contract with Kyubey so she can live a happy life hugging and kissing Kyosuke in a non-zombie body.

Since Madoka supposedly has massive potential to become the world’s greatest Puella Magi, Kyubey’s not likely to back off anytime soon – in fact, he’s more likely to manipulate the situation and people around her until she caves. I’m surprised that Homura hasn’t continued trying to kill Kyubey since that would be the most effective way of preventing Madoka from forming a contract with him. I guess that’s because if Kyubey dies now – even though he’s not the main protagonist – the show ends. And that’s just bad for business.


10 Responses to “Ignoring the Fact that I Missed Reviewing Madoka Magica Episodes 6 and 7”

  1. 21 February 2011 at 5:32 pm

    It’s just Shaft’s fault for framing Kyubey in evil ways!

    I get the feeling that even if the girls had read the fine print, they would have still made the contract anyway. And you can’t blame Kyubey for going to girls in time of need. That’s like blaming a funeral parlour going to people who had a loved one recently die

    • 2 blindability
      22 February 2011 at 12:42 am

      Well the funeral parlour is available whether you go to them or not; Kyubey is kind of like the funeral parlour director showing up at your home or hospital room immediately after a death. But I think you’re right about the girls probably still becoming Puella Magi regardless of how much they knew. It’s quite typical, really, that they act before they know everything, and feel victimized when they do learn the full details.

  2. 3 edru
    21 February 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Kyubey: “Before you took up the burden of this fight, you had a wish you wanted to see fulfilled. And I did make that wish come true, didn’t I?”
    im also not part of the whole “kyubey-is-evil” bandwagon. I just think he’s a thing you should be wary and careful. he’s like a regular genie except he does keep his promise without twisting their wish and that its not free.
    as homura said, “miracles are normally impossible to achieve but thats exactly what he’s selling”.

    • 4 blindability
      22 February 2011 at 12:43 am

      I think Kyubey is a little more realistic in what he sells because the wishes aren’t free, and it’s not like he rushes them into forming the contract either. And yeah: You should always be wary of something or someone who says they can grant you a wish, haha.

      • 24 February 2011 at 12:21 am

        Actually I think that Kyubey DOES rush the girls… or at least puts some psychological pressure on them to accept. Just like with Mami and Sayaka, he takes any gap to form the contracts, even if the girl is dying… Or keeps putting Madoka in compromised situations to weaken his decision of not converting into a MS,

        • 6 blindability
          24 February 2011 at 7:47 am

          I disagree: There’s a difference between manipulation and rushing. Sure he shows up at highly opportune times and takes advantage of emotional situations, but he does also ask the girls to think long and hard about their wishes. Sayaka and Madoka were each encouraged to take their time before making their wishes. It just so happens with Mami that she was in a time sensitive situation and had to make a split-moment decision to become a Mahou Shoujo.

  3. 22 February 2011 at 1:53 am

    Well, I have the feeling that Madoka’s wish will be something overwhelming.. like saving all the Magicals at the same time and becoming the only – and perhaps also the last – one standing… I think Homura is not killing Kyubey since becoming or not a Mahou Shojo is now Madoka’s decision, she just made sure that she had as much details about the job as possible…

    And as an extra.. I don’t know you, but the soundtrack is pretty nice, i just love how the I get chicken-skinned when the climax scenes are sounded…

    Really enjoying this show..

    Ja ne!

  4. 22 February 2011 at 6:23 am

    I agree. If they eliminate Kyubey, then the show might as well go down the drain.

  5. 22 February 2011 at 8:02 am

    Kyubey isn’t evil. He just doesn’t even begin to understand human values and morals. But without him there wouldn’t really be a show at all.

  6. 10 Mentar
    22 February 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I find it hard to grasp how anyone can consider QB’s actions anything else but evil. But alas 🙂

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