Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Episode 8
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Series Premise: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, or “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, is a twelve-part weekly television series aired between January and April 2011, and original series developed for television. Madoka is your average middle school girl, until one day she is approached by a magical familiar, to form a pact to become a “magical girl” and fight the forces of evil and darkness. But despite normal “magical girl” stories, it doesn’t turn out to be all happiness and friendship, bright shiny colors and sparklies; instead, Madoka finds herself dealing with such angst-filled issues as death, suicide, isolation and murders.
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ep. tl;dr review: Ho. ly. Shit. Kyubey, just what are you up to?
Episode Summary: Sayaka revels in her new-found powers, not realizing its consequences. She rejects Madoka’s support, then instantly regrets it. Homura and Kyouko discuss the upcoming Walpurgis Night, and Kyubey visits to warn that Sayaka is deteriorating quickly. Homura visits a deeply depressed Sayaka, who once again rebuffs any help. A disconsolate Madoka turns to Kyubey to form a contract, but Homura kills Kyubey before that can occur, and pleads with Madoka not to throw her life away. Another Kyubey appears and fucking eats the dead Kyubey, learning that Homura has come from another timeline. Kyouko finds Sayaka, but it’s already too late, her soul gem is already too contaminated, and Sayaka’s soul is lost.
My Impressions: Wow. This show only gets more intense over time, it just keeps building and building until it is ready to burst — which is exactly what happens to Sayaka is an explosion of grief and regret. Her descent into her own personal little hell didn’t take long, and now I think we may have a window into the true role of Kyubey (aka “Incubator”) and where witches come from. But I really don’t have a clue where the show is going to go from here, only I know it’s going to be a wild rollercoaster ride and there’s getting off at this point.
So now we know that Homura isn’t from this time period, or reality, or dimension or something. Which is why she knows about the building Walpurgis Night, and why she is so dead-set on preventing Madoka from getting involved (because she knows what is/can happen). Yet poor Madoka is caught in the middle of everything, smooth-talked by Kyubey to form a pact, sternly warned by Homura to butt out, rejected by her best friend yet yearning to help her, and in the end unable to do anything.
I really, really, really hope the final few episodes meet my building expectations, because Madoka is quickly being short-listed as one of the best shows of the year. Reading online there are all sorts of theories and predictions and ideas, hard to avoid learning about what happens next (since most everyone has already finished watching the series half a year ago). Rather than try and dissect everything, I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride.
The verdict: – Awesome. Totally awesome!
For more information:
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (April 16), Episode 2 (May 28), Episode 3 (July 9), Episode 4 (August 4), Episode 5 (August 20), Episode 6 (September 9), Episode 7 (September 25)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, you might also like: Alien Nine, or Red Garden.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Oh god, Kyubey. Oh god. What have you girls done? WHAT HAVE YOUR POOR GIRLS GOTTEN YOURSELVES IN TO?! Well, shit finally hits the fucking fan here as Sayaka finally melts down and Kyubey confirms his evil nature. God damn, even if I saw this coming, it still hits pretty damn fucking hard man. ” – Kurogane’s Anime Blog
- “There were several instances in this episode that I was, frankly, kinda freaked out by. I simply can’t believe that this was originally billed as a regular magical girl show. It’s got one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen in anime: a magical girl shoots the mascot character until he looks like Swiss cheese…I want to see a video of people brainstorming writing ideas and then somebody says “yeah, he gets brutally shot and then he eats his own body” and then everybody around him nods and they’re like “yeah, that’s a great idea!”” – Sea Slugs!
- “Ok….ok I just have to take a moment and breathe here for a second. I haven’t yelled and freaked out this much at an episode since episode three! My god, this show is amazing in its ability to keep throwing things at you that you either don’t see coming ore you do but they are big important dramatic events. This episode had a LOT of them.” – Xebek’s Blog
- “Once again, Madoka has perfect pacing – explaining enough mysteries each week to give closure and introducing enough new plot points to create cliffhangers. Homura = time traveller? Confirmed. Magical girls turn into witches? Confirmed. Kyubei is a jackass who will always be there? Confirmed…As for the next episode, Sayaka is a WITCH. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.” – Metanorn