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巴 • マミミミ!

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, also known as Mahou Shoujo Madoka Majika, is perhaps the most talked mahou shoujo anime series of this season.

Madoka Magica is a not-your-so-typical mahou shoujo anime not based upon any other material (Light novel, manga), an original production made by Shaft, the studio behind many successful series in the past (Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Negima!, Hidamari Sketch)…

Before I go ahead I’ll have to warn you that everything after this line will contain spoilers of what happened in the episodes of the anime thus far…

Please head thataway if you wish to digest the sweet and sour story in your own time frame or if you’re just downright hate spoilers… ^_~

Basically, Madoka Magica is set in the modern world, telling a story of several young girls approached by a familiar named Kyubey (QB, Kyuubee, Kyubei, Kill Bay, whatever… ^^;), who offers to grant them a single wish, any wish.

However in return, the girls will have to become a Magikano (Magikaru Kanojo/Magical Girl) to fight the Majou (Witches), negative magical entitities that is responsible for all the murders and suicides around town…

The process of becoming a Magikano involves Kill Bay extracts a Soul Gem from the contracted girl, allowing her to transform. The Magikano’s task is to gather the Grief Seeds left by Majou after thair defeat, and by using it, extracts the dark energy within their own Soul Gems as it will become tainted with time…

Our heroine of the series, Kaname Madoka, along with her friend Miki Sayaka, stumbled upon a nest of a Majou when Madoka heard and head towards the cries of an injured Kyubey, hunted by Akemi Homura, a Mahou Shoujo under contract by itself.

They were saved by timely intervention by Tomoe Mami, who’ve became Modoka and Sayaka’s Magikano mentor later on as they ahem becoming interns for the position of being a future Magikano… Elsewhere, Homura transferred to Madoka’s school, and warned her not to become a Magikano herself…

Mami is lovable and kind chara from the start; Elegant, graceful senpai and of course having one of the most awesome Magikano finisher ever – the Unlimited Musket Works… XDc

Now you may think this is your standard Magikano fare with monster-of-the-week approach and happily ever after ending, something that screams Shugo Chara!, PreCure or any other of the same genre you may think off just now, you’re not really right…

About a moon ago in the airing of the 3rd episode, we were SHAFTed (Verb; 1. You wa Shokku-ed, disgusted, awesomed, awed, impressed. 2. Applies only to Shaft produced anime series.) by the sudden decapitation of one of the most lovable character in the anime – Tomoe Mami, showing us that this is not your typical sweet happy mahou shoujo anime…

Discussions around the interweb was abuzz with such horror of Mami’s sudden death, some even claiming this as a trolling by Shaft… ^^; My view: Shaft’s being innovative not to follow the ever boring Magikano formula… ^_~

In memories of our beloved Mami… T^T

Of course after this event, Madoka and Sayaka were devastated and became afraid of becoming a Magikano themselves. However upon much coaxing by our kawaii ebil Kill Bay as well as her desire to have her wish come true, Sayaka becomes the successor of Mami.

However, another Magikano named Sakura Kyouko arrived from off town and was caught in a fight with Sayaka due to their contrasting morality and values on how to destroy the Majou. As Sayaka is just a n00b, she was almost killed by the more experienced Kyouko, if not for Homura’s intervention (Again?)

Last week, we were once again SHAFTed by another plot twist: As Sayaka prepares to face Kyouko’s invitation for a duel, Madoka steps in and steals Sayaka’s Soul Gem and threw it away to prevent her to transform. However, the Soul Gem dropped onto a passing truck, and Sayaka collapsed as the Soul Gem got carried far away from their place.

Fans of this series even made a mini flash game based upon this particular scene! XDc I’ve only managed to score 2 thus far, how is yours?

Anyways, much to their shock (Including Kyouko), Kyubey explains that as a Magikano, the Soul Gem is what keeps the Magikano’s soul in place while the body is just an expendable vessel, and the body cannot work without the Soul Gem close by. This literally explains the reason it is called a SOUL Gem, and as Kyouko puts it, their body is but an empty carcass much like a zombie’s…

Now this is getting more and more interesting… I wonder how will Madoka and the rest of the Magikano endure such truth as to become a Magikano means a path of no return, much like what Homura warned her about…

However, rumours are spreading across the net now that Tomoe Mami might make a come back in future episodes! Now that I think of it, her Soul Gem wasn’t shown destroyed when the Majou om nom nom her… Coupled with the new revelation that Magikano’s body is just a vessel… Maybe Mami will be resurrected!?

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14 responses

  1. omg yeah… you’re so right… Madoka still has Mami’s soul gem doesn’t she? One of em must do… or maybe Kyubey ate it O___O evil evil Kyubey…

    (And I got to 2 as well. Evil game XD tricky timing…)

    15th February, 2011 at 13:47

  2. /Prays hard for the return of the Headless Musketeer!

    15th February, 2011 at 14:01

  3. It’s actually shaping up to be a excellent series. Glad it didn’t turn into another senseless series or Magical Girl archetype. I think Mami might have a chance to come back, however forgot what happened to her soul gem when she was defeated…. (well, beheaded)

    17th February, 2011 at 07:20

    • Same here! Didn’t really notice where her Soul Gem was…

      17th February, 2011 at 09:31

  4. Problem: Mami’s soul gem turns into a hairpin. Guess where that was during Episode 3?

    So, she’s not coming back unless Madoka brings her back via wish.

    17th February, 2011 at 07:33

    • Really? Which part? Can you point me to that time of that episode?

      17th February, 2011 at 09:33

      • Her head decoration, the white feathery one. If it’s not ruined by the munching and gnawing, also possible that it got blown to pieces by Homura’s grenade party.

        Besides, character revival plot often got looked down upon by fans as weakness by the production staff anyway.

        18th February, 2011 at 13:24

        • LOL Tell that to Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny… XDc

          18th February, 2011 at 13:33

  5. I might have to go back and watch it again myself since I really didn’t catch that, lol. First series in awhile that made me do something like that.

    18th February, 2011 at 01:45

    • Better make it fast, looks like another SHAFTed episode this week too! GOd I love this anime!

      18th February, 2011 at 06:39

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  7. Razgriz

    [quote]omg yeah… you’re so right… Madoka still has Mami’s soul gem doesn’t she? One of em must do… or maybe Kyubey ate it O___O evil evil Kyubey…

    (And I got to 2 as well. Evil game XD tricky timing…)[/quote]

    Homura has Mami’s Soul Gem, Not Madoka. (Watch Ep.03 carefully at the end. You’ll see that Homura was picking up Mami’s Soul Gem not a grieve seed.)
    and given the fact that Kyubei said the body is just a vessel so yeah… I trusted that Mami’s Soul is still alive.

    20th February, 2011 at 20:26

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