Yet another episode not just rich in character development, but moving the plot in a shocking speed as well! I didn’t expect some of the twists I’ve seen, or even how fast we got the ones I was suspicious of. I’ll try to note how I saw each character “grew up” in this episode:
Sayaka: Continued her breakdown until she utterly got shattered. I felt something like this would happen along the lines but I admit I was surprised when Sayaka ended up transforming into a Witch herself. If Witches are broken Majokko, what’s the deal with Familiars then?
Kyouko: Apparently her speeches about caring only for oneself are mere words. Kyouko couldn’t hide her sympathy toward Sayaka, who was like a mirror of her older self, and was actually protecting her in the dark. Too bad she couldn’t save Sayaka anyway but witnessed her last moments as a Mahou Shoujo instead. (I wish to know what’s the deal between Kyouko, Homura, and the Walpurgis by the way..)
Homura: Two things I suspected about Homura before and both of them were revealed in this episode. The first one is how she was secretly caring for ONLY Madoka from the start. I love how it was cleverly hidden in the ED clip from the start (you should notice how only the silhouette of Homura turns toward Madoka as she runs). The second thing is her true fragile nature behind all the cold-blooded act (she didn’t hide it well when Madoka threw the Soul Gem away before haha). I’m eager to know the relationship between her and Madoka now. If Homura is a time traveler then there are endless possibilities for what it might be. It must have something to do with the intro scene with Madoka’s first dream, I’ll bet on it! XP
Madoka: There is clearly no turning back to her cute innocent life again. She got too involved in the matter when she shouldn’t have. I dunno how it will work for her. But I know I don’t want her to become a Majokko, especially after the messed up ideas of becoming a goddess were put in her head. That would be the worst-est of worst outcomes that might ever happen. I was so shocked and GLAD that Kyubey got that shotgun blowing his head!
Kyubey (Incubator!): The “creepiest mascot” might not fail to secure this title for eternity after all! I mean like, you get your head blown then you eat your remains with a new container like it’s nothing?! I can’t hold my disgust.. It seems he’s challenging Homura to save Madoka heads on from now on. Kyubey also reveals one more secret behind the Mahou “Shoujo” of them “growing” into Witches, but still doesn’t tell his ultimate role in the process. He’s the “Incubator” though, and he eats a lot of freakin’ stuff, so we can’t tell what is he incubating exactly. Is it the Majokko souls entrapped in Soul Gems? Or Grief Seeds that give rise to Familiars? Or something even worse? Hmm, is it safe to consider Incubator to be the “bearer” of the main villain of Madoka Magica by now?