MOUSTACHE DANDELION FLUFFS!!! THE HORROR!!!
Still getting a feel for the odd character designs and sudden switches into some crack-induced backgrounds? Yeah, me too. I’ll assume everyone reading this made it in one piece through the field of man-eating cottonballs with facial hair. Let us venture forth into the lair of the booger-butterfly now! Take my hand (unless you have cooties) and come with me on this MAGICAL journey!
Whew, it was all a dream! Or at least, that’s what Madoka thinks until Kyubei greets her in the morning from amongst her stuffed animals. Just like episode 1, Madoka and her mom get ready side by side in their huge bathroom and indulge in idle chatter. Her mom can’t seem to see Kyubei, who is lounging off to the side, which makes things convenient. Now Madoka can always have the fluffy little flea-magnet with her ALL THE TIME!!!
As her mom casually scolds her for being home late last night, Madoka remembers her meeting with Mami. After the fight, they all went to her apartment (which is gorgeous) to mooch off of her and have everything explained. She explains that each girl gets a Soul Gem as proof of the contract. The contract? Kill evil witches and get your wish granted in return. The catch? You might die in the process of witch-hunting.
Since this is quite a big decision to be made on the fly, Mami offers to let them tag along on a witch hunt so they can see what they’re getting into. They eagerly agree, then carry on going to the school the next day. Sayaka, Madoka and Mami now share a TELEPATHY LINK! Mandatory Mahou Shoujo Powah #51! With this link, they can all keep their eyes on Homura in case she tries anything fishy.
Sayaka and Madoka talk on the roof, with Sayaka suddenly going off on a serious monologue. She doesn’t have a wish, so isn’t it unfair that she is one of the ones chosen to be a magical girl? Why wouldn’t someone else who needs their wish granted have been picked? Talk about selfless coming from someone who said she wanted immortality as her wish a few scenes ago. ANYWAYS, Miss ‘tall, dark and emo’ struts in all of a sudden to stir things up by…not really stirring things up. She leaves just as soon as she arrives, only adding to the mystery surrounding her.
Once school ends, the three of them don’t waste any time using the soul gem as witch radar. Well, okay, they waste time in a restaurant laughing at Madoka’s weeaboo drawings. But after that, Mami leads them on the hunt. Madoka seems a little reluctant though, and wrapped up in thought about Homura. Is she really so evil? Maybe she was trying to protect Madoka…
They end up in a desolated area (thank goodness it wasn’t the red light district. Then they’d REALLY learn what Mami has to do to get her wish granted hurr hurr). where a witch may have affected a stray victim. It’s not long before a lady tries to commit suicide by jumping off a building. To remind us that suicide and magic girls can indeed go hand in hand, Mami swiftly transforms and saves the woman. From there, they head into the building and find a witch portal staring straight at them.
The sad truth is that Mami steals the wallet of everyone she saves
If it was spring, I’d tape little moustaches to all the dandelion puffs in my front yard and see how many people get the reference. From clean lines to a crazy art project gone awry, the girls are back in the sinister magical world. Mami is there to protect them again, and she kicks some SERIOUS ASS.
They make it to the boss in one piece. The boss resembles a giant booger, a butterfly, and rotting garbage ALL IN ONE. Mami leaps into action right away, pulling guns out of her skirt and her hat and unleashing rapid fire (well, one shot per gun, so as rapid as it gets). She gets tentacleraped for a bit, but responds with tentacles of her own. She finishes off the witch with a GIANT GUN and then lands with a CUP OF TEA in her hands.
Any other anime, and you’d be getting an eyeful of blue stripes by now
The world dissolves around them, and Mami picks up the fruit of her effort…a Grief Seed. She uses it to suck the darkness out of her Soul Gem and restore her power. She throws it to the shadows after using it, right at Homura.She emerges from the shadows then tosses it back at Mami. Why did she stay there for so long if she didn’t do anything is beyond me. ANYWAYS, the episode ends with Madoka wanting to be as nice as Mami as a magical girl. Is it contract time now?
Creepers gonna creep
This is Soul Bling. Kyubei gives one to every girl to know which hoes belong to him.
Dats right, girls, I’ll grant your wishes if you kill some dirty bitches…I mean witches…for me.
He has ears coming out of his ears, and HE WILL HEAR YOU if you try and run.
Awww, Hitomi, you can sign the “contract” and do all sorts of “things” like them too! =D
End Thoughts: YEAAAHH THIS SHOW IS GREAT! XD It really picked up the action in this episode too. Mami is just too awesome. Did you see how sick her guns were? Maaaan. I wish I could hide weapons under my skirt and in my hat that effortlessly. That battle scene was nothing short of gorgeous, as the psychedelic backgrounds have become more than just a gimmick.
SHAFT isn’t just screwing with our minds with the menagerie of colours and images, it’s a legitimate representation of the dangers and horrors of this magical world. Unlike most magical girl shows, the consequence of losing isn’t “try harder next time” – it’s death. I love how Madoka deals with concepts like death, murder, and suicide – perfectly balancing moe with an actual sense of danger. Being a magical girl isn’t all sparklies and rainbows (although, yeah, MOST of it is XD)…Homura will probably be a testament to that when her past is revealed. I don’t think she’s as evil as they want us to believe.
As for the cute moments, they hit the mark of being sufficiently adorable. Not as cute as K-ON!, but cute. Even when they just talk it’s well done…The backgrounds and lighting are beautiful, the music is GODLY, and the seiyuu are all experienced. Which means I like almost everything. I’m almost 100% accustomed to the character designs too, it just takes some time. I can already feel this show growing on me more than last week…Looking forward to next week~