So, the last two episodes came out recently, and I got home from work and, after a quick shower, and going on about 3 hours of sleep, started streaming Madoka. I just could not wait. I even dealt with the annoying hidden-anime.tv ads- I didn't want to use a fansub and even glimpse a screenshot or comment. I knew the end would have to be powerful to live up to the buildup of the last few episodes, and knew beforehand that I would have to do some rewatching for any sort of analysis. So this is just some thoughts after watching 12. Spoilers, obviously.
11 starts with Kyubey discussing with Homura about the source of Madoka's power- her misfortune. It appears that, although her misfortune is not the worst in the show, the fact that Homura repeats these time-adventures strings all her misfortune together into some fantastic brew that will be the ultimate witch. Huh?
Well, Homura continues on anyway, because the alternatives are to die, or give up and become a witch. I guess since she's already cheated her way out of becoming a grief seed countless times, just losing her resolve is instant witchings for her. We do get to see the extent of what she can do- she's had ample time (lol) to prepare, but she basically destroyed half the city. She gathered enough supplies, including explosives, AT4s, and such, to level half the city. Not that it really affects the Walpurgis witch, though.
12, starts (or was it in the middle? I was sleepy.) with Madoka's wish- to reverse and circumvent the tragic and inevitable end of puella magi- becoming witches. When I read that line, "erase them before they are born," I thought Madoka wanted them to have just not existed at all, wreaking royal havoc on time and causality. Now, I wasn't actually that far off. She just happens to want to do it herself. Now Puella Magi simply disappear when they get to the end of their path. I'm not sure, but it seems it completely cuts all the remaining Puella Magi off from renewing their magic gems, because there aren't any witches. Anyway..
Homura is still fighting- distortions are the new enemy, aka, the generic evil enemies common in magical girl shows. And they are able to give off some form of energy that for Kyubey, is fine too, apparently. Nobody remembers Madoka, except as plot (read: Homura) dictates- I've gotten used to this from Shana and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, but it is a terrible fate in any show.
with these last two episodes, I just dropped the overall rating from 4.5 to 4. Outside circumstances probably include me watching these two separately from the last two, weeks later, (marathoning always biased me towards the show and characters), and I was tired.
While the series was outstanding overall, these last two episodes just felt.. emptier than I'd expected. Even for this show, it makes no sense to have a downer ending, so I felt this happier ending was proper- I just feel as if some sense of justice was missing. Now, the "villain" was Kyubey, so it's not like there is any karmic justice to deal out. He doesn't even remember the events of the series as being logically possible. And no shaggy dogs were shot either- major universe changing events happened (like the biggest source of entropy being taken away).
Ugh, it bothers me trying to figure out what was missing from here! Stupid perfect ending..
Oh, by the way, Max Factory's Haruhi Gekisou came in yesterday. I bought her ($170, free s/h) from another collector on MyFigureCollection- the packaging and the figure look gorgeous. I need 2 things right now- a camera, and that display case from IKEA. Guess there's nothing more to say on that matter.
Taking the 360s to get repaired on Monday- called the guy, appears that I'll pay just over $100, less than half the cost+shipping to send to microsoft, and turnaround is just a few days (compared to almost a month with microsoft). Things are lookin' up :) Now, if I can just get my pit license back..
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