This was a great world and character building episode. We get the motivation behind Kyubey and his people (and see more of just how manipulative they are), see that Kyoko has found someone to fight for again and Homura continues to be Madoka’s guardian angel. It was a fantastic episode with some great action too.
The episode was directed by Miyuki Katayama and Masahiro Mukai written by Gen Urobuchi. ai a
The story picks up where we left off with Kyoko escaping Witch Sayaka with Homura and bringing along Sayaka’s body as her soul is now a giant Witch. From here Kyoko approaches Madoka for help after Kyubey explains why his people create Magical Girls and turn them into Witches. In the end Madoka and the Magical Girls confront Sayaka’s Witch and try to save her soul.
The Pros: Kyubey – Kyubey is not good nor are his species but they at least have a motivation now beyond themselves. In this episode we learn they create Soul Gems and Magical Girls so that the universe will continue to have energy and to prevent entropy from ending all things and that Magical Girls becoming Witches and when they die releases so much energy that other civilizations in the Galaxy use and that they hope humanity can join them all someday. They still are unethical but you can at least understand their motivation now. Kyubey is upfront that Magical Girls are sacrifices.
Sayaka’s Witch – It is a giant night and her battle music is an orchestra…it all ties into her wish so well and we see that she is one of the most powerful witches so far as Kyoko who tends to finish off Witches easily even has a hard time and has to take her final form to neutralize Sayaka’s Witch. Best Witch design thus far. The use of music as a weapon and Knight’s armor was very well done and capturing Sayaka’s motivations for becoming a Magical Girl in the first place.
Homura – Homura is once again Madoka’s protector and also the adversary of Kyubey in his people, though with Kyoko staying behind and possible dying when facing Sayaka’s Witch she is alone with Kyubey and his people in control and counting on Madoka to not make the contract, even with the city at risk through Walpurgis.
Kyoko – Kyoko learned how to love again through Sayaka’s sacrifice and sacrifice’s herself in turn for Sayaka, staying with her Witch at the end when Madoka is not able to reach Sayaka’s soul. Her arc is powerful and shows just how far she’s come. She’s gone from selfish to someone who is willing to ask for help and work with others (Homura and Madoka) and loves Sayaka. She’s become one of my favorite characters in this.
Okay: Madoka – Madoka takes action to try and save Sayaka and her calling Kyubey’s people out showed good characterization but she still felt too passive this episode. She gets an information dump from Kyubey and Kyoko and she hasn’t fully acted on that information yet.
This was another great episode, though the weakest link was Madoka…I’m very curious where her arc is going to go and what the writers have in plan. Kyubey and his people are manipulative and evil so we know we can’t count on or trust anything they say (Sayaka could never be saved Kyubey admits to Homura) and everything they want is to get Madoka. The big battle is coming and I’m very interested to see how the endgame turns out.
Final Score: 9.6 / 10.