This was a great episode of “Madoka Magica!” It here we see that Madoka and her friend are truly considering the price to become Magic Girls, as well as getting to see what Magic Girls actually do and what they get in return, beside the use of magic. It is a very introspective episode with a lot of great action.
The episode was directed by Masahiro Mukai, Mika Takahashi, Noboru Jitsuhara and Fuyumi Toriyama and written by Gen Urobuchi.
The story picks up where we left off with Mami explaining what Magic Girls do and how to become a Magic Girl. Madoka and Sayaka learn that to become a magic girl you must make a wish as their enemies, witches are people who were born out of curses. She also shows them the soul gem that holds their power that they receive after making the deal. From here Madoka and Sayaka know they have a decision to make and consider their wishes as Madoka asks her Mom for advice and remembers Homura’s warning. Later that day they go witch hunting with Mami.
The Pros: Mami – She has become the mentor figure to Sayaka and Madoka and is awesome. We see her take out a Witch (in this instance the witch looks like a giant slug with butterfly wings) and she even offers Homura a charge from the Witch’s seed. She is by far the best character so far.
Madoka – Madoka is the one who knows fear this episode and the one thinking the most deeply about what it means to be a Magic Girl, this is contrasted by her idealizing the job with designing a costume at the beginning of the episode, but on second thoughts realizes she doesn’t know her wish and she fears the Witches. She is also strong in that she asks Homura what her wish was? Madoka wants as much knowledge as possible before making her choice.
Sayaka – Sayaka is the tomboy and brings a baseball bat on their Witch Hunt. She loves the battle and hates Homura since Homura is so guarded.
The Witch – The Witch looks creepy and it is awesome! Once again the world is surreal and the witch is fighting using thorns made of chains as it flies around the interior of it’s chambers as Mami fights it. At one point it looks like it will win too, showing that these Witches are a threat beyond how they make people want to kill themselves by sucking away their life force.
Okay: Madoka’s Mom – When Madoka asks her what she’d do with her wish she begins designing her book and becomes like Faust and forgets Madoka is even there. Not much of a character there, but it does give us some good foreshadowing of what could eventually happen to all the Magic Girls.
Kyubey – Tags along to school with Madoka for protection. Acts cute, but doesn’t do much besides explain the nature of the contract and that it will grant the wish to the ones it makes into Magic Girls. Still don’t trust it since it looked like a Giant Kyubey was being fought in the first scene of the first episode.
This was a great episode, I really liked the battle with the wish and how all the Magic Girls and Potential Magic Girls got explored as characters. This is already shaping up to be a solid small series, which is exactly what I was looking for. Can’t wait to see how they grow and how the magic changes them.
Final Score: 9.5 / 10.