Red team vs Blue team
Did everyone survive the snowpocalypse? I know this didn’t happen everywhere, but there was a big snowstorm in my area. Or at least, that’s what everyone made it out to be. There really wasn’t a lot of snow in the end…Sure, everyone else had a snow day and classes canceled but nope, not my University. NO SIREE, WE’RE GONNA HAVE THIS LAB EVE IF IT’S THE SECOND ICE AGE UP IN HERE. But really, it wasn’t that bad, I just jump at any excuse to miss school.
Once I returned from teh blizzard, I had Madoka to warm me up. Kyubei contracted Sayaka, reaching into her heart with his freakish second pair of ears and producing a Soul Gem. It looked more like she was dying than becoming a peppy, magical superhero. It looked a LOT like dying, actually. Is that what it means to be a magical girl?
No sugar and spice to be seen anywhere.
The next day, Hitomi waves off her group suicide ritual as sleepwalking. Sayaka is happy too. Madoka, however, is still very worried about Sayaka. They talk by the river as Sayaka assures her friend that this is what she wants. Don’t worry, Sayaka will protect the city~!
Now the only question is if her wish was worth it. Back at the hospital, she talks to Kamijo about his hand and how surprised he is to have healed. A real miracle. She takes him up to the rooftop presumably for some fresh air in his wheelchair, but that’s not really her motive. His family and close friends are waiting with his violin in hand to give a mini-celebration for his healed hand. He is handed his violin, so he starts to play. The answer is yes – Sayaka’s wish was worth it.
Kyoko watches from afar with her supaa magical gal binoculars~ to scope out her prey. Kyubei warns her about Homura, who he seems to have very little reign over despite being the chief contractor out there. Kyoko eats her waffles, which I am now craving like you DON’T EVEN KNOW, and heads out to relieve her boredom. Madoka knows that Sayaka is going to get hurt somehow, and asks Homura to team up with her. Homura’s breezy reply about Sayaka being fated to die isn’t taken very well.
Madoka decides to help Sayaka herself by following her on her witch hunt. Sayaka plays it off like she’s all confident, but then turns around and admits that she’s nervous. She lets Madoka come for support on the hunt, with Kyubei boring holes into her skull with his crimson stare.
They find the portal in an alleyway, leading them into a world of stationary and writing utensils. The witch familiar appears, inciting a super badass transformation sequence from Sayaka. She makes swords spontaneously appear from her cape and starts her assault on the witch. She would’ve nailed the little bugger if her attacks weren’t blocked by another magical girl. The familiar escapes and she somehow casts a spell to escape from the portal, scolding Sayaka for hunting a familiar before it turns into a witch.
The two have a clash of morals, with Sayaka so fired up that she can’t help but cross swords with her. Madoka is helpless, and can only watch as Kyoko eats taiyaki in one hand and fends off Sayaka with another. Effortlessly. Her spear is apparently also segmented with chains, so she uses it like a nunchuck or a whip to smack Sayaka to the ground. Ouch.
Sayaka uses her regenerative powers to stand up right away and start a REAL fight with her. This time, they’re both in it for the kill. Sayaka fights valiantly, but it’s not long before she’s on her back again. Kyubei uses this as the perfect time to give his “contract with me!” speech. Madoka nearly does it too, until Homura saunters in like it’s nobody’s business and does a hairflip. So who wins this catfight? Well, that’s for next week!
Bonus Mahou Fluff:
HOMURA TO THE MORNING RESCUE!
Now is not the time for a panty shot, so stop looking.
Stop them? No can do, Maddie. I can only take out peoples souls and give them superhuman powers. You know that!
Whoever drew Kyubei in this scene NEEDS TO BE FIRED.
4 mirrors and a chair JUST FOR THE MIRROR. Vain much?
End Thoughts: Every week, Madoka delivers. Every week. Right from the ominous ceremony at the beginning (is the soul gem their actual soul? Kyubei really does sound like the devil…) to the amazing battle at the end, it was fantastic. I especially liked where Kamijo had his hand healed. I still think something bad will happen to that boy, but for now, it was nice seeing him happy. That small smile that slowly crept onto his face as he was playing was priceless. The whole scene was touching, in fact.
The only thing I didn’t really like was that Madoka started to annoy me. She wasn’t acting unreasonable in the least, so I should cut her some slack…But she should have more confidence in her friend, at the very least. She’s acting like Sayaka is going to die no matter what, and that can’t make her feel good. It’s like someone saying “Don’t feel bad if you lose” right before a big game. -_- Sayaka on the other hand proves to be a breath of fresh air with her selflessness, strong sense of justice and honesty. She may cover her anxiety and sadness, but she at least admitted it! I’m really starting to dread the next episode if she kicks the bucket. I mean, SOMEONE has to go down, right? (I…I like the new girl too though…)
This episode brings up some interesting topics for theory discussion two. Kyubei mentioned that Sayaka has regeneration powers due to her selfless wish. So does that mean your powers are proportional to the power of your wish? If your power = your wish strength, then why is Kyoko so much stronger than Sayaka? Could she have made a wish that was actually….good? <_< Homura must’ve made one hell of a wish too since she seems like the most powerful one there. Now, if this is true, you can bet Madoka is going to make the WISH TO END ALL WISHES thus making her one overpowered mofo.
The other two things are why Kyubei seems unable to stay in control of Homura and how familiars can turn into witches. How did Homura escape Kyubei’s watchful eye? What is it that makes her an “irregularity”? Whatever that means, she’s SPECIAL and will probably stick around for a while. No head-slicey quite yet. Also, if familiars can turn into witches, that makes me a bit more disinclined to think witches are fallen magical girls. Doesn’t prove it wrong, but it makes me go “bwuh?” Anyhoo, there’s still a lot of things left shrouded in mystery, so we can only wait to see which predictions actually come true. See you then~