***SPOILERS BELOW FOR MADOKA MAGICA. FINISH THE SERIES BEFORE READING***
Hey guys! I just finished watching the anime series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica on Netflix. It gave me a lot of things to think about. It’s about an 8th grader named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki. They live normal, happy lives until meeting Kyubey, a magical animal-like creature. Kyubey offers a chance of a lifetime. It can grant them any wish in exchange for becoming a magical girl. Magical girls are destined to spend their lives fighting against evil witches. That sounds fair, right? I used to think that before episode 3 and 4. Madoka and Sayaka witness the death of their beloved friend, Mami Tomoe, in one of the witches’ labyrinths. It was so shocking, I didn’t expect for a magical girl anime to take such a dark turn. That was only the beginning.
As the show continues, there are important issues that Kyubey didn’t tell the girls, simply because they didn’t ask. Kyubey is incapable of feeling emotions and doesn’t understand why humans are so emotional. One of the conditions is a device called a “Soul Gem”. Another condition is the fate of death and being reborn as a witch. The other condition mentioned is falling into despair when wishes backfire. For soul gems, Kyubey takes the soul from a girl’s body and puts it into a container. This makes it safe for her to fight and retain massive damage without killing her. Kyubey explains that the human body is just an outer shell that houses their souls.
I got to thinking, what would I wish for? I don’t even know where to begin, if I was in that situation. It seems like something you’d agree to if you’re on the brink of death or in an accident. I could wish to eat a really delicious cake or to have all of the money in the world. Though, it doesn’t seem like it would be worth it to put your life in danger constantly. I think happiness is something you have to cultivate on your own. Wishes don’t make your reality better. It would be nice to save a loved one from dying, too. That would be a noble wish. Is it really worth it to become a magical girl? Yes and no. Some people are desperate and it’s their only option while others have the luxury of choice. I don’t think I’d want to be a magical girl in this universe. There is so much darkness present in the contracts they make with Kyubey. I don’t see myself as brave enough to face nefarious witches. The labrinyths are so scary and death is a constant possibility. As boring as it is to be normal, I’d rather be safe than put my own life on the line.
This anime made me realize that not every story has a happy ending. Sometimes we get into messes we can’t undo. I wonder what would happen if the characters were older. Would they make different choices for their wishes? Is Kyubey truly evil? His society sees emotions as a mental disorder. Is Kyubey right? Do feelings hold us back that much? Is it better to be logical but cold and calculating? Emotions are what make us human. I can’t imagine being without my emotions. They guide me to where I need to go. Your conscious is your north star.
*Images are not my own, credit goes to Crunchyroll and the studio that created the show
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