Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock…
I don’t usually do this, but I was checking almost obsessively for when this episode was going to be released. I would be studying in an entirely different room and then suddenly peep into my room to see if the subs were up. This process would continue for quite a while. <_< I’m not usually this impatient, but for Madoka…I need it ASAP.
Homura saunters in and makes a mockery out of Kyoko with her teleportation skills. Seeing no more reason to fight (especially after Homura knocks Sayaka out with one blow), she flees. She’s not exactly a knight in shining armour though…Madoka gets quite the verbal lashing from her before she leaves her in the alley.
Hi, I’m Kyubei! I have red eyes, white fur, like to eat Grief Seeds, and spend my spare time bossing around little girls! Also, you should tell Madoka to make a contract with me. I’m sure she could help you beat Kyoko. Silly Sayaka, trying to refuse my offer. Okay, now get back to work getting me more Grief Seeds before I go into withdrawal again.
What’s inside Kyubei? INFINITE DARKNESS. You saw it here first.
Story time: Cool used to go to the arcade and DDR so often, all the regulars knew her. I spent a lot of time and money on that game, learning from the masters of the arcade. Arcade Queen nostalgia aside, it really made my day to see Kyoko DDRing to the theme song as she talked with Homura. What did they talk about? Who cares, ROCKY AND DDR! …But seriously, Homura strikes a deal. No touchy Sayaka + beat up incoming monster = you get the city.
Madoka is still tailing Sayaka on her (pretty fail) witch hunts. She tries to get her to stop, but Sayaka just gets pissed off and yells at her. Listen, it’s like yuri ShizuoxIzaya, how can they NOT fight each other when they meet up? GET REAL, MADOKA!
Madoka’s mom has a night chat with her about Sayaka. She’s really a mixed bag of good and bad parenting. I admire some of her advice, and the pragmatic statements about being unable to just fix everyone’s problems by telling them what to do as if you know best….But I don’t think you should tell your kid “OH YEAH, MAKE LOTS OF MISTAKES. ESPECIALLY DUMB ONES YOUR FRIENDS ARE ABOUT TO MAKE. THAT’LL SET THEM STRAIGHT” while swishing around alcohol in your shot glass. Madoka is going to be a drunkard when she grows up because of you. I bet she slipped some alcohol into her orange juice for kicks.
This…IS orange juice, right mom? …Right?
Sayaka seems to be doing okay despite Madoka’s incessant worrying. She goes to visit Kamijo at the hospital, and then does some stalking in order to get to his house when she finds out he’s been discharged. As she stands in front of his door and creepily smiles all alone, she realizes she’s…um…not alone. Kyoko is there, munching on a snack and openly taunting her as per usual. Sayaka takes the bait hook, line and sinker.
Oh no! Her fangs are multiplying!
They end up on a bridge over a highway so as not to attract attention. Kyoko gets a transformation sequence, and Sayaka’s is interrupted by Madoka. Homura also joins in to stop Kyoko. She tries to weasel her way out of their agreement until Madoka shrieks, grabs Sayaka’s soul gem, and THROWS IT ONTO THE ROAD. Oh my god, that’s not what your mom meant, SHE DEFINITELY SLIPPED SOME ALCOHOL IN THERE. Don’t drink and throw your friend’s soul into incoming traffic, that’s today’s lesson.
In a weird strangle/pulse-checking combo, Kyoko realizes that Sayaka is dead. Madoka killed her friend. The two of them spazz at Kyubei, who calmly explains that magical girls are just “hardware” while everything they used to be is condensed into the soul gem. Meanwhile, Homura teleports at light speed towards the cast away soul gem. Just by looking at it and analyzing Sayaka’s condition, she knows the truth. She returns the soul gem to Sayaka and revives her. The episode ends with a very confused Sayaka looking around with wide eyes.
How many of us wanted to do this since episode 1?
Watching porn? Well, Kyubei is watching YOU.
That boy you visited every day? He never existed. You were talking to yourself the whole time…
Bubbles? Sparkles? Flowers? Try an inferno.
End Thoughts: This was about the same level of crazy as episode 3. No one died and stayed dead, but Kyubei’s revelation is certainly a game-changer for Sayaka, Homura, Kyoko and even Madoka. Last episode I was convinced that Kyubei was ripping out their souls and…hey….HE IS. Once again, we tread yet another step further from the typical mahou shoujo stereotype. Once they enter the contract, they are no more than zombies on a tight leash. Fighting witches everyday, pretending to to be content with their normal life, and ultimately being a slave to Kyubei. I doubt there is any way to get their body back either.
Now that they’re fully aware of how much they’ve lost for this wish and how much they will continue to lose…what can they do? I am thoroughly interested in how everyone will react to this. Kyoko, who is the closest thing to a villain aside from Kyubei, might end up siding with everyone. Will they try to find a way out, live in denial, or doggedly press forward and accept the consequences? Madoka’s choice is going to be especially important. I mean, how is she EVER going to be a magical girl if she knows this horrible truth now? Madoka making a contract in the last episode is becoming more and more of a likely option.
As it’s becoming more and more clear that Kyubei is evil, we still know next to nothing about Homura. She’s an irregular and has a special ability which I can only presume to be her teleportation. There’s not much else to work with. All I know is that if even Kyubei doesn’t have a handle on her, she’s the key to something important. I don’t know what that Walpurginacht thing is, but being able to detect that it’s coming must mean…something. My guess? It’s the monster Homura was fighting in Madoka’s dream.
What I really liked about this episode was how the shocking moments actually hit hard. Madoka’s confrontation with Sayaka was dramatic and tense enough for me to really feel the strain between the two. Likewise, the intense reaction to the soul gem fiasco was so emotional that you not only intellectualized the huge implications, you FELT it. At least, I did. Looks like I’ll be spending next Thursday constantly refreshing my downloading site again for Madoka. By then I’ll have finished all of my exams too. UNTIL THEN!
Bonus question for you guys: Would you fight with Kyoko since she sacrifices humans to get her powers if you were a mahou shoujo? Or just leave her alone?