Incubators from outer space!
Sometimes I just don’t know what to write for the intro. Yeah, I’m being honest with you guys. What, do I tell you about my day? About how I sat through some lectures then went home and played Sengoku Basara? Think of some witty preamble that leads into Madoka? Maybe if my life was more magical I could say something like “Speaking of mermaid conductors who throw wagon wheels about like they’re beach balls, HOW ABOUT THAT EPISODE 9?” I guess it’s for the best that my life isn’t like Madoka though, because that would be one messed up life.
At first I was rather surprised to see Sayaka’s body still there, despite there being a giant witch in the distance. I quickly remembered that it was just a vessel and Sayaka had indeed turned into a rampaging mosaic of magazine cut-outs. Homura comes in the nick of time to help Kyoko escape, using her time-stopping abilities.
As Kyoko drags her lifeless body along with Homura, they happen to run into Madoka. Homura wastes no time dishing out the bad news: Sayaka is a witch. Madoka has yet another breakdown (why hasn’t she committed suicide yet?) and Kyoko yells at Homura for being so mean. Hey, it’s meant to scare her from being a mahou shoujo and it seems to be working! In fact, when Kyubei pays her a little visit that night, Madoka is disgusted by his reasoning. They use mahou shoujo’s emotion as an energy source to help save their planet since they don’t have emotions themselves. Expect a mini science blurb in the end thoughts, my friends.
Kyoko also has to deal with the despicable fluffball, who watches her as she cares for Sayaka’s body. He tells her it’s pointless, but Kyoko seems convinced there must be a way. Then, she dramatically eats away her sorrow. Too bad se didn’t have any potato chips.
And that’s probably the only bed there to sleep in. Oh baby.
As per usual, Madoka gets up and goes to school. Madoka, no, what are you even doing. Stop that, there are more important things to do. Kyoko sends her a long-distance mind text basically saying “GET YO ASS OVER HURR.” So she does. They agree on trying to wake up the sleeping Sayaka with the power of RABU ANDO FURENDOSHIPPU even though it’s seemingly pointless. And that’s how Kyoko went from “I’m going to rip all of Kamijo’s limbs off” into secretly lusting after Sayaka and being Madoka’s buddy.
Sensing something to be wrong, Homura goes to the nurse’s office LIKE A BOSS. She’d better hurry, because Kyoko is already hot on Sayaka’s trail. The redhead makes some small talk as they search, if you can call explaining that Walpurgis is an immensely powerful witch that neither of them can beat alone as small talk. Nom time is over once they finally find the portal, and the two of them enter to try and save Sayaka.
At first I thought this was a deep, hidden message. Then I saw \(-3-)/….
Madoka has yet another “should I become a mahou shoujo?” moment, as if she’d be any less whiny if she wore frilly pink clothes and 3X the ribbons. No, Madoka, no. You only become one if you REALLY HAVE TO. You saw everyone lose their soul and you still want to become one? DID YOU LEARN NOTHING?
Enough chitchat, it’s time for the witch. In a realm rife with musical symbolism and all things relevant to Kamijo, Sayaka’s grotesque witch form emerges. Madoka tries to talk to it, but Sayaka seems like a lost cause. If anything, her beatings just get worse as Madoka keeps talking. Kyoko gets beat down by wagon wheels, hoping that getting beat up would be atonement for the fight during their first meeting. That is, until she grabs Madoka. Then Kyoko has to up her game and actually retaliate.
The floor suddenly collapses, sending everyone tumbling down. As they near impact, Homura catches Madoka and Kyoko manages to land properly. Most disturbingly, a figure resembling Kamijo’s is there. Kyoko tells Homura to escape with Madoka as she sacrifices her life, using all of her magic to kill Sayaka and destroy her soulgem in a swirl of super lesbian colours. No really, Kyoko is TOTALLY hot Sayaka. I don’t even like yuri and it’s all I could think of.
If that wasn’t a sad enough ending, Kyubei just has to show up and say “ohai, now that everyone is dead you can’t fight Walpurgis alone and now the city is gonna go bye bye lolololol trollface.jpg” Homura isn’t gonna let Madoka become a mahou shoujo so how will they deal with this mess? D=
The Last of Kyoko:
It’s only a matter of time before that soulgem is photoshopped and replaced with someone else…
IT’S BETTER, DOWN WHERE IT’S WETTER UNDER DA SEAAA~~ DO DO DO DO DO DO DO~~
It hurts to be this gangsta.
End Thoughts: Kyoko AND Sayaka died, noooooo!!! WHY ARE THINGS ALWAYS SO INTENSE EVERY SINGLE EPISODE AHHHHHH~~~!!! NOW how will they beat Walpurgis? Without as many characters things might get very…talky…the next few episodes. I don’t foresee any new characters butting in, so episode 10 may just as well be Homura interacting with Madoka. Maybe she’ll reveal more about her timeline. From now until episode 12, it’s all prep for Walpurgis. Will Madoka ever become a mahou shoujo?
Now let’s get these laws of Thermodynamics thing out of the way. Hopefully you’re not rolling your eyes at me – sorry if this is patronizing! While I’m no expert in the matter (feel free to correct me, fellow science nerds), Kyubei’s long-winded explanation makes sense. There is actually a theory that eventually the world will have no more “organized energy” to do work, and it will all be entropy. In other words, we are constantly moving towards a state of entropy where we have no potential/stored energy, so no work can be done. So Mahou Shoujo BREAK THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS and can spontaneously create energy without any input. Energy can’t be created, yo. The only problem with this is that energy on Kyubei’s planet should be shared with Earth, since energy is everywhere, right? Unless he’s from another dimension.
Thermodynamics aside, Kyubei’s talk with Madoka was a bit…long. You don’t need to shove it down our throats – we are aware of the moral gray area here. Kyubei treats the contract as a perfect deal because he sees it from a purely logical standpoint, no emotions attached. He isn’t evil. But since humans have emotions, they got screwed over from not asking the devil for the details. It’s like signing a contract without reading the fine print – not Kyubei’s fault. Oh, I still hate him though. Best anime villain of the year, yes?
While I don’t get how Kyoko could develop into who she is now so goddamned fast, her change of heart has made her a very pleasant character to watch. Caring of others, yet brash in the way she shows it (“make a good decision or i’ll beat you to a pulp!”). Her advice to Madoka was extremely straightforward too. Madoka, whose past is a clean slate without any traumas, should not sacrifice her happy life if she doesn’t have to. This is a world for those who went through hardships. And Madoka…you who has never fallen down, don’t know how to get back up. Stay out. Kyoko backed up her speech by sacrificing herself for Sayaka too. Just to keep her company. JUST TO KEEP HER COMPANY. Despite gorging herself on KFC half the time, Kyoko really is a selfless character.