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MADOKA MAGICA #9 - - - Watch & Learn

Oh, what horrors lurk on the plushie shelf?

That’d be one hell of a trick, wouldn’t it? Make a show about Magical Girls where the main character never actually becomes a Magical Girl herself. That’d just be the total deconstructionist stroke, no?

I’ve seen promo art of Madoka in full-out Magical Girl mode that’d seem to spoil the surprise of her taking Kyubey’s offer eventually. Then again, there’s also been plenty of promos showing all these “puellae magi” working together as a team and, considering how 3/5’s of that roster is either dead or hideously transformed by this point, the show’s crew has proven itself to not be above using misleading promos to manipulate expectations.

Or maybe everybody will just get resurrected and rehabilitated in the three remaining episodes. There’s always a possibility of that, isn’t there?

For all the conjecture I’ve put forth about the Soul Gems and Grief Seeds probably being reinterpretations of familiar objects in the genre, I should say that they are rather brilliantly creepy concepts. The scenario of Madoka and Kyoko carrying Sayaka’s discarded husk of a body while fleeing from her grotesquely-mutated soul was a gripping one - - bolstered all the more by Madoka’s pitiful hope that she’ll somehow be able to change her friend back to normal.

I’m a sucker for stories about characters trying - - to whatever result - - to reverse the fates that have been laid out to them. In the aforementioned case with Sayaka, that’s the tragedy of a friend trying to reverse the irreversible. Interestingly enough, the series as a whole seems to be a larger recreation of that. Instead of Madoka fruitlessly trying to save Sayaka from witch-hood after it’s too late, though, it’s Homura traveling back and having plenty of time to talk Madoka out of becoming the Ultimate Witch.

(My AP English teacher would be so proud of me for noticing the doubling in this narrative).

Let’s just hope that this series carries this momentum all the way through to the end instead of fumbling at the goal line like so many other intriguing series of late. I really don’t want to be wishing I had some time-traveling friend to go back and warn me to check my expectations before I started watching this...

Watch this episode, "I'd Never Allow That To Happen" 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. 27, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.

Interesting that you didn't talk about Kyubey's reasoning for making girls in to magical girls inorder to heat back the universe but he'll have a better explanation of it later on. Yeah, the emotional impact really adds to the characters. The promos had been indeed misleading with what to come.

Elfenlied1012on Nov. 27, 2012 at 9:52 p.m.

I love that magical girls are the solution to the limits of thermodynamics

No_name_here staff on Nov. 27, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

@Elfenlied1012 said:

I love that magical girls are the solution to the limits of thermodynamics

Haha. YES.

@metalsnakezero said:

Interesting that you didn't talk about Kyubey's reasoning for making girls in to magical girls inorder to heat back the universe but he'll have a better explanation of it later on. Yeah, the emotional impact really adds to the characters. The promos had been indeed misleading with what to come.

I suspect they'll be getting into more detail about it next episode, yeah, so more commentary about it there. I did think it was funny that Kyubey got so specific with his terminology.

Lurkeroon Nov. 28, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.

I found the fact that Madoka Magica got into a discussion about physics and thermodynamics to be both awesome and crazy. This show was already good because of believable character drama and realistic dialog, but then they tossed in the science and I was loving it.

It's like Kyuubi found the solution to cold fusionfor the world he comes from.

Cold fusion is a hypothetical type of nuclear reaction that would occur at, or near, room temperature, compared with temperatures in the millions of degrees that is required for "hot" fusion. It was proposed to explain reports of anomalously high energy generation under certain specific laboratory conditions. It has been rejected by the mainstream scientific community because the original experimental results could not be replicated consistently and reliably, and because there is no accepted theoretical model of cold fusion.

zaldaron Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.

I was going wait what when that whole explanation started and yea the next episode is a game changer as was this one. Have we had the scene where kuby is on top of a skyscraper yet and talking about the correctness of calling these characters "girls"? That was a freaky scene.

As a chemist the greatest part of this was though it was most defiantly simplified the science was right and for a species that had no understanding of individuality or emotion his responses were correct as well.

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