Now he’s made me weak and he says to me ‘Yeah, you wanna play my game?’
If any of you caught that lyric reference (Devil Got My Soul by Fake?)..well…you’re my soulmate. XD So, are you guys enjoying the parade of January birthdays? There are a loooot of people with birthdays this week! Amongst my friends I have a slew of early February birthdays, so I’m going to be broke again from buying stuff. So all my birthday money is going to be used up. ^^; Oh well, tis for a good cause! Future parents: don’t have unprotected sex 9 months or so before January! JANUARY IS ALREADY OVERLOADED WITH BIRTHDAYS!
Festivities and parenthood planning aside, (I have no idea how it came to that.) you all came here for Madoka. And Madoka you shall receive! Well, for now..Sayaka. She goes to visit her love interest, but he’s in the rehabilitation centre. Sayaka laments not being able to help him, and sets an overall dark tone that persists for the rest of the episode. Madoka isn’t coping so well either, and she cries at the sight of an egg yolk. Her dad must be dumb or something, because he thinks it’s his cooking. Seriously? Even the 2 year old knows something is up.
Sayaka acts as normal as she can to avoid any awkward questions from her friends, while Madoka openly mopes. Once they’re alone on the rooftop, Sayaka lets some of her sadness show as they generally vent and cry on each other. Kyubei must not like yuri, so he ditches them for some other chick. I’m sure their fear of becoming a magical girl will diminish once they realize how useless they are on their own fufufufu~
Madoka breaks into Mami’s apartment and goes around sniffing her cushions and sobbing. Okay, maybe she doesn’t sniff the furniture, but…she could’ve. She runs into Homura when she leaves the apartment, which actually turns out to be a…nice conversation. Homura has seem many mahou shoujo die, and her goal is actually to save people. As noble as this sounds, she doesn’t seem very positive about the roles of mahou shoujo in life. She also tells Madoka that she is “too kind.”
Yeah, because being “too mean” isn’t a problem either
Please tell me someone else had that WTF ad in the middle of their show. PLEASE. Because I generally do not want to see crippled children cutting themselves preceeded by MORNING RESCUE!!!!!!!! Luckily, the sudden turn from what we thought was a kind gesture on Sayaka’s part to Kamijou lashing out was strong enough to make me forget the near-luminescent beverage. His convenient lines of “if only miracles or magic existed” were…convenient. But it was enough to push Sayaka into the contract, with Kyubei appearing at just the right time. Does he know this will happen or does he MAKE it happen?
Sayaka, I have a confession to make. About the music you buy me.
I. HATE. JUSTIN. BIEEEEBEEEERRRRRR!!!! -slit-
Madoka runs into Hitomi on the street, but notices something odd…She has a witch’s mark on her neck. She drunkenly stumbles off to commit suicide, while Madoka follows. Madoka, you don’t have Homura’s phone number, but you know what number you do have? 911. <_< Anyways, Madoka bravely follow them right into an abandoned warehouse where they start pouring noxious chemicals (i.e. Mr. Clean) into a bucket. Hitomi convinces Madoka that the fumes will take them all to a better place, and to just relax.
We’re just cleansing our soul. GET IT? CLEANSING?! Ahhh, we’re committing suicide just for this pun, you know.
Well, Madoka is having none of this bullshit, so she grabs the bucket and tosses it out the window. It quickly turns into Left 4 Dead as the infected stumble towards her. She shrieks and hides in the safe room…but it’s not so safe. She slowly delves into the witch’s realm, where she becomes listless. Why not use this chance to atone for her sins? As this OH MY GOD AMAZING acid trip of the week flashes across the screen, Madoka is left helpless.
Come back! You took our only source of puns!
That is, until her knight in shining armour appears! Sayaka! BADASSERY ENSUES! She beats the hell out of the Witch and saves her damsel in distress. Madoka is mostly horrified that her friend is now in danger, and so is Homura. Homura, like Kyubei, pops up EVERYWHERE. This is rather unsettling, and I’m beginning to wonder just how good she is…
Kamijou regains the use of his hand, which must’ve been Sayaka’s wish. He looks kind of like he’s going to pluck out his own eyeball though. What a weird expression to have after having healed miraculously. At least smile, bro. Unless…something else is wrong? Kyubei, meanwhile, is chilling with another girl who he called over to replace Mami. She was late though, and now Sayaka is taking over the area. The red-head, Kyoko, proposes that she just defeats Sayaka. Kyubei doesn’t seem to mind. SHOW MOE FANG AAAAAAND END SCENE!
She is the one named Sailor Moon~
Homura takes “wandering eye” to a whole different level. It wandered OFF OF HER FACE.
So, funny story. I was drunk and I got this tattoo on my neck. Also, there’s a party at an empty warehouse! WHEE!
Mom, you sure know a lot of ways to kill yourself…
End Thoughts: Oh my God. My God. OH MY GOD. YOU GUYS. CAN I JUST SAY HOW AWESOME THIS EPISODE WAS? WELL, IT WAS AWESOME. I NEED TO FANGIRL OVER THIS WITH SOMEONE, LIKE, NOW. Most magical girl shows rush having the characters contracted as a magical girl without much thought. Madoka Magica is content to wait until the characters reach an emotional epiphany before they accept. Sayaka had hers, and soon Madoka will have her own turn of events that set off a cascade of emotions. Despite being 4 episodes in and Madoka not zapping things with pink bubble or whatever her power may be, this show is still superb. It takes a lot for a show about MAGICAL GIRLS to still be good when there aren’t even MAGICAL GIRLS in it half the time.
For example, this episode was about the aftermath of Mami’s death without much magical shenanigans until the end. The girls reacted pretty realistically…Madoka being scared out of her wits, and Sayaka desperately masking her sadness as a coping mechanism. While Madoka spent the whole episode crying, I couldn’t find any opportunity to be mad and call her a crybaby. Her friends head was gruesomely torn off right before her eyes – OF COURSE she’s going to be sad and afraid. She still carried on with her life and tried to save Hitomi though. The drama was very well-done, considering how shallow most mahou shoujo drama is. (OH, NO, I’M BEING IGNORED BY MY FRIENDS! BOOHOO!) But really…everyone should stop comparing this to NORMAL mahou shoujo by now, because this is anything but that sort of thing.
I’m glad Sayaka became a magical girl, although I know I am really going to regret saying this soon. Why? Number 1: Kyubei’s wishes almost certainly have some sort of horrible price to pay for getting them granted. And it’s not just becoming a mahou shoujo, there’s some catch that Homura seems awfully familiar with. Are the wishes temporary unless they keep finding Grief Seeds and killing witches? Is that why they’re so desperate for territory? Number 2: That Kyoko chick is going to kill her. I am feeling some bad vibes that she will destroy Sayaka and prove the “Death Clock” theory right. She sounded like she was foreshadowing her death in the elevator…I’m still a bit doubtful that everyone on that clock will die in that specific order, but regardless…Sayaka is in serious trouble. Just when she got a badass outfit too…
This show gets darker and more delicious by the second. I would talk at length about the quality and depth of some of the monologues of Sayaka and Madoka here but…I don’t want to assault everyone with a wall of text. Basically, the script = WONDERFUL.
I predicted the red-head to be a nice girl acting as the Mami replacement, but I guess she’s the rowdy one whose favourite passtime is ass-kicking. Huh, funny how things work out. Also, Homura’s description of mahou shoujo surprised me. Are mahou shoujo really just greedy people fighting because they want their wishes granted? There’s no glory or heroism? That’s pretty bleak, if it’s true. Again, I think Homura has some beef with the whole wish thing.
Can I really wait a week for the next episode? The answer is yes, yes I can, but as soon as it comes out I will POUNCE ON IT AND WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY. See you guys then~