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Otaku everywhere went mental when they found out Madoka would be delayed indefinitely due to the tsunami in Japan. Really, you can’t blame them. It was a TSUNAMI. Finally, it was announced that episodes 11 and 12 would air together on the 21st, practically making it a newly established holiday with all the commotion. For some, the 2 episodes weren’t being aired until the 25th, so they just took a bus to the nearest place that was showing it instead of waiting 3 whole days. tl;dr, PEOPLE LOST THEIR SHIT OVER MADOKA.
Kyubei confronts Homura about her time traveling abilities, finally deducing that she has been rewinding time over and over in order to save Madoka. However, in doing this she has caused multiple parallel worlds to converge so that the fate of that world rests solely on Madoka. Since the power of a mahou shoujo is directly correlated to how much misfortune they can cause, Homura has only made Madoka into a stronger and stronger witch each time she repeats that same month.
With the weight of Sayaka’s death still hitting Madoka like a ton of bricks, she coops herself in her room where Kyubei makes her feel ever worse. He justifies his actions by comparing his actions to how humans slaughter cattle without thought, and then tells Madoka that he has been making pacts with girls since prehistoric times. Almost any famous female figure who died tragically was a mahou shoujo.
Madoka’s mom and her teacher are worried about Madoka, so they have a little talk in an empty bar. Meanwhile, aforementioned pink-haired good-for-nothing shows up on Homura’s doorstep to talk about Walpurgis. As much as Homura would like Madoka to believe she can do this alone, it’s pretty obvious she doesn’t stand a chance against a witch that powerful. She’s been seen through. Homura breaks down and finally explains everything to Madoka while sobbing in her arms.
A storm rolls in that’s so massive, civilians are being evacuated to shelters. The streets are empty and free for Homura to bust out an entire battlefield of explosives and firearms that would pt even Mami to shame. Walpurgis gets hit by every missile launcher, gasoline truck, tank and mine at Homura’s disposal…and is still unscathed. Homura gets knocked back by a sudden retaliation and as she lies amidst the destruction and chaos, she questions why she should continue if it means Madoka will just be an even more powerful witch. As her soul gem starts to fill up with darkness, Madoka tells her it’s okay…she’ll take the wheel from here.
Elsewhere, the army suddenly became very, very underarmed.
Madoka is so powerful at this point that even a wish as impossible as “I want all witches to die before they are born” can be granted. Madoka not only destroys the soul gems of every mahou shoujo before they become a witch, but she kills Walpurgis too. In a sudden jump to what I would assume is almost like a parallel world, Mami explains the connotations of her wish. She has to fight witches forever, in every single parallel world. O_O Have fun with that.
Convert to Madokaism!
Homura awakens in a void where Kyubei’s voice explains that Madoka is reorganizing space like you would organize your sock drawer. Her soul gem is a SHOOTING STAR surging with hope as well as despair. Despair almost wins out, until Goddess Madoka (seen in the OP song kissing Madoka’s forehead) shoots despair in the face and manages to create a world without witches. The catch? She won’t be remembered by anyone. Except maybe Homura, who got to see her naked, and won’t be forgetting THAT any time soon.
And thus the yuri tag on pixiv was never the same again
Madoka’s new universe is suddenly jolted into movement, and Homura finds herself clutching Madoka’s hair ribbons after Sayaka kills herself as a witch. Mami and Kyoko are still alive, and have no recollection of Madoka, unlike Homura who remember right away. Poor Sayaka gets the short end of the stick, but at least she gets to hear Kamijo play one more time (even if he did get with Hitomi).
No one else remembers Madoka except for Tatsuya and Homura…Homura sees the little moeblob drawing her in the sand and then talks to her mother a bit about this “imaginary friend” named Madoka. It’s rather sweet. Although Homura is still a magical girl, things are very different. Mahou shoujo don’t turn into witches, the mahou shoujo fight demons to get power for Kyubei’s world, and therefore everyone gets along more with the incubator. (He still has their souls though…right…? <_<) Homura uses Madoka’s bow now instead of time traveling, a representation of her ever close bond with her cotton-candy haired love interest in the sky.
Bonus Medunka Mederpa:
You got to meet God? High five, bro.
brb, fixing universe
Mahou Shoujo Pedobait Sally, coming next winter
Followed by Mahou Shoujo WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU IN A VOLCANO Betty
End Thoughts: That was a nice, clean wrap-up to a great series. I would have felt wronged if they left us with a cliffhanger after building up so much tension. Madoka DID become a mahou shoujo, even if it was at the end of the last episode, and it was really worth the wait. I mean, she only saved every mahou shoujo ever and set the entire universe right again. She became an all-knowing GODDESS! Pretty epic, if you ask me. I would have never thought such a whiny kid could be so selfless and noble, but I guess she had a lot of time to think. To think Madoka would reach such a scale as RE-MAKING THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE…yep, it went there. Truly impressive. Well, now we know why no one wished for no witches in the first place…because their wish wouldn’t have come true unless they had an enormous amount of power.
Homura and Madoka’s fight with Walpurgis was amazing, but I still think episode 11 and 12 are a smidgen less shocking and mind-blowing than episode 10 was. The bomb was dropped in episode 10, and it must’ve been hard to go up from such a high point. They still revealed new pieces of information until the very end though, what with Kyubei’s explanation of how he’s been around forever. He really isn’t an evil person, his planet is just emotionless. Emotion is a mental disorder where he’s from. No matter how well he explains it, you can’t help but hate the little furball. Even when they’re killing demons instead of witches in the end of episode 12, I STILL hated him. I associate his face with blinding white fury. Not a lot can be done to change that, either. >_<
It could very well have ended with everyone dying miserably, but this sort of bittersweet ending is better. Everyone except for Sayaka and Madoka are alive, and mahou shoujo don’t turn into witches when they die. A pretty happy ending, I’d say. (Aside from Homura suffering miserably. and DAT RIBBON T.T) The only annoying thing about it was the ending was a bit dragged out. I didn’t care about seeing Sayaka have her little moment with Kamijo…They spent too much time trying to make us feel good about the ending, after jerking us around so much. It was a bit too much closure, and I would have liked a more swift ending instead of slowly trickling away.
I am VERY glad I got to blog about Madoka. I’m not the type to go forum-hopping for any sort of speculation or to talk about theories, so I wouldn’t have even THOUGHT of predicting anything ahead of time for Madoka if I hadn’t been writing about it. Writing about it forces me to think more critically about it and see things I would have otherwise missed. Whenever I blog about something, I tend to enjoy it a lot more for this reason, especially shows as multi-tiered as Madoka Magica. I loved discussing theories with ALL OF YOU and hearing everyone’s take on things as well as sharing my own. And that is the end of my posts on what could possibly be the most genre-defying mahou shoujo anime to be created.
There is no such thing as death; only change.