Can I wish for my sanity back?
I am having a very, very lazy day today. I should probably be getting ahead in my readings, or buying cooking ingredients…But nope, today spiraled into a day of anime watching and blogging. Oh well, that’s what the weekends are for! Besides, when it comes to Madoka, there is no way I could wait.
Sayaka is still batshit insane, continuing to wail on the witch even after it’s dead. Even though she wasted so much energy on all those blows and healing her wounds, she still gives the Grief Seed to Kyoko. She says she’s fine, but can’t even walk without Madoka helping her. Even though she can’t feel pain, Madoka is extremely upset over how much Sayaka is hurting.
When you live in a nightmare, it’s written all over your face
Waiting for the bus gives Sayaka plenty of time to let out all of her pent up frustrations on the meek Madoka. She accuses her friend of not stepping up to help her, despite being the one with the greatest potential. Her life essentially has no meaning, and Madoka doesn’t really know how to debate against that. It ends with Sayaka telling her to never come near her and running off.
Homura has a meeting with Kyoko about the incoming Walpurgisnacht, which should be arriving at the clocktower any time soon. Kyoko seems to be catching on that Homura is special, asking how she knows these things so precisely. Kyubei is just as curious, furtively sneaking his way into the meeting. He tells them that something “unfortunate” may happen to Sayaka before Walpurgie (my nickname for him) appears.
Not my idea of a romantic, candle-lit dinner
Speaking of something horrible happening to Sayaka, she’s absolutely devastated at the sight of Kamijo and Hitomi chatting it up on a bench. Her soul gem is already corrupted enough, but now she has to waste more magic on killing a familiar to get her anger out.
Miss teleport-to-wherever-the-hell-I-please materializes and gives Sayaka a Grief Seed. Like what Homura did to mami, she refuses it and calls Homura a liar. She doesn’t care about her, so why should she trust her? Like a dying stray mutt refused to accept food, Sayaka is determined to be self-reliant…or die trying. Pissed off at how she doesn’t realize what she’s doing to the all-important Madoka, she decides to kill Sayaka herself so Madoka doesn’t have to witness it. Kyoko jumps in (Magical girls always know where other magical girls are, don’t they?) and stops her, allowing Sayaka to limp away. Homura uses a flash grenade to escape, probably using some time magic in the process as well.
On the bus ride home, Sayaka hears some guys talking in a typical sexist manner about how girls are practically objects. Sayaka gives them an earful about their chauvanistic ways, changing her rant halfway into questioning why this world is worth saving. As her sanity starts to decay, she almost turns into a witch then and there.
This same night, Madoka has been looking everywhere for Sayaka when she couldn’t find her at home. Instead, she finds Kyubei. NO MADOKA, RUN. RUN. HE’S THE DEVIL, DON’T LET HM CONVINCE YOU TO BE A MAHOU SHOUJO! If I could’ve shot him, I would have, but Homura beat me to the punch. Madoka narrowly misses becoming a soul in a rock thanks to Homura, who comes to her in tears. Madoka, completely ignorant of her own self-worth, doesn’t get why it’s wrong to sacrifice herself for others so easily. She gets some deja-vu, wondering if she’s seen Homura before…Then leaves. She just leaves her sobbing. UGH, MADOKA.
THE GLORIOUS MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR
Kyubei’s replacement body shows up to taunt Homura, eating up his old body like it was a lump of cotton candy. I guess his soul is just as mobile as the mahou shoujo are. Having been killed twice by Homura, he is able to tell that Homura uses time magic and isn’t from this timeline. Why does she want to protect Madoka so badly, even he doesn’t know. Homura then reveals that Kyubei’s real form is called “The Incubator.” Meanwhile, Kyoko finds Sayaka in the subway and strikes up a casual conversation to try and be nice. Too bad Sayaka is in the mood for exploding and turning into a witch. If Madoka finds her now, there will be hell.
Phoenix down? OH COME ON, THAT’S CHEAP.
Insta-spear. Also handy for playing pool or as a back-scratcher.
…Madoka’s shadow appeared when she turned into a witch? Hmmm..
Sayaka, you be tripping.
…Is it bad that I think he looks kind of tasty?
End Thoughts: 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. It feels good when your theories are right (Even if the only original theory I came up with on my own was witches = magical girls lol). As for the next episode, Sayaka is a WITCH. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.
Sayaka, Sayaka, Sayaka. You poor, hopeless creature. All these emotions being let out in the wrong way. Really, Sayaka, if you had taken some time to talk about your issues maybe you wouldn’t have ended up on par with most mental ward patients. Then again, Madoka isn’t very good at saying things other than “Sayaka…Sayaka D=”, which may be where her lack of good advice comes from. If Homura actually cared about Sayaka the way she does about Madoka, I bet she’d be fine. Sadly, Sayaka is one of those characters who does things for the sake of others but secretly grows bitter about throwing herself away for nothing in return. She’s not as selfless as she’s trying to make herself out to be. Oh well, we all know how much I adore watching characters go cuckoo.
I want to know why Homura cares so much about Madoka. It’s probably not just a “if she dies, the world ends” sort of thing, since Homura seems too personally attached to Madoka’s safety. Why is she so important to her? Meanwhile, Madoka just left her crying to search for Sayaka instead, who is a lost cause at this point. It seems like everyone is having breakdowns of some sort, even Homura and Madoka.
As for what happens next, Kyoko is the only one at the scene of the crime right now. Sayaka is probably going to attack her since she’s a witch, so I’m desperately hoping Kyoko isn’t killed by Sayaka….Do you think the witch retains Sayaka’s healing abilities? Because that would be baaaaaad news. I just hope Homura does her usual perfectly-timed entrance to stop anything from getting too out of control. I really hope Madoka doesn’t see Sayaka like that, the poor little thing is already enough of a mess. She’s been scarred so many times, it’s a miracle she hasn’t picked up a noose and hung herself. Speculate away – we have to wait yet another grueling week to find out what really happens!