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MADOKA MAGICA #6 - - - Watch & Learn

You just get some of the worst advice in arcades...

If only more important strategic alliances could be forged on the DDR dance floor. (And I’m guessing this is the hallucination-inducing, memory-warping scene Nick mentioned. Speaking of which - - we just recorded a Vice Pit about this show with him. Stayed tuned for it!).

Anyway, here’s another episode's worth of supporting evidence for my deconstructionist thesis. I’ve seen enough darker, creative reinterpretations of long-running fantasy franchises to recognize one when I’m watching it - - even when I’m not totally familiar with the material that’s getting spun around - - and this whole revelation about the nature of the Soul Gems totally makes me think of “the Anatomy Lesson” from SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING.

To those unfamiliar, that was an issue where WATCHMEN-creator Alan Moore revealed that the Swamp Thing wasn’t actually a man who'd turned into a plant monster, but a plant monster who mistakenly thought he was a man. Go on and look that trade up. It’s totally worth it. And, more importantly, you’ll understand my ramblings here a lot better.

Actually, while we’re on the subject, I’ll go ahead and throw out a theory that Homura must be decades or centuries old. She’s been frozen in the body of a young girl this whole time, and that’s why she seems so wise beyond her years. I feel even more convinced of this since her mature behavior’s being juxtaposed with Madoka’s Mom and the horrible, horrible life advice she gives.

Look, the second part of what she says is sound. All that stuff about it being better to learn how to fail when you’re young - - it’s solid advice. But the first part? The part about it being for the greater good to lie to your friends or sabotage them when you want to change them? Eeesh. That’s the kind of advice that turns an impressionable teenager into a manipulative, passive-aggressive psycho for life.

Actually, I’m starting to wonder if the biggest deconstructionist flourish in this series will come at the end. I mean, it would be funny if this whole series capped off with Madoka making the disastrous decision to become a Magical Girl because she listened to some really bad advice. It'd really be the inverse of all these uplifting adventure yarns we enjoy so much where the heroes go through such struggle to learn positive life lessons, wouldn't it?

Watch this episode, "This Can’t Be Right" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

metalsnakezeroon Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:22 a.m.

Homura role is all of this is a nice twist and one you wouldn't expect till you understand her abilities. Madoka Mother will be giving out some better advice later on that help Madoka understand the value of her life in all this, this first advice she gotten is just a stepping stone to her journey.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:41 a.m.

Maturity can come from experience, as well as age.

We're at the halfway mark: I'm most curious about your reactions to two episodes: !) episode 10 and 2) the non-fiction references, specifically, in the final episode.

Lurkeroon Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

Tom, you are in for a surprise. I would advise you to stop trying to analyze and just enjoy the ride, but you have to write your thoughts for this column.

I did enjoy Homura's frank personality. It matches that of my own. I am not very tactful when it comes to conversation as my words are often blunt and honest. This world where people are easily offended by honestly offends me. Homura is doing you a favor. There is no SANTA! Stop lying to your kids, people!

The juxtaposition of personalities is clear as day now. Wise, naive, arrogant, desperate, and I guess the one that died could be considered optimistic.

zaldaron Nov. 19, 2012 at 8:09 a.m.

I really wouldn't consider her advice all that bad honestly sometimes people need to be lied to when they are about to do something terribly terribly stupid. Not sure if this is the episode he was talking about or not their still is some revelations to come in next episode or so I think. We still don't know the end game for kuby yet by this time I think..

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