12 Days “Where Others See Hope, I See Despair”

Being a magical girl is all about packing heat.

This is part of a series of shorter posts recapping some of the more whimsical aspects of 2011, and not necessarily having to do with any of the main topics covered by this blog.

The winter season was dominated by one series when it came to discussion, Madoka. The SHAFT series captured a large audience for its twist on the magical girl genre. Homura’s journeys back in time weren’t revealed until the latter stages, but then the conclusion of the series was delayed by the tragic earthquake in March.

If I'm going to misinterpret the ending, I may as well misinterpret this scene too. Oh yeah.

This allowed for plenty of time to speculate on what the conclusion might be, I even sarcastically suggested Madoka could make a wish that could end the series. When it finally came to the conclusion, Madoka made her wish sacrificing herself for a safer world where magical girls wouldn’t feed into another never-ending loop of tragedy and despair.

The general consensus I could gather was that it was a happy ending creating hope out of nothing as Madoka became the goddess of a new world. I took an opposite view that even blowing up the world and starting anew meant that magical girls were still needed and that in fact little in this world had really changed. That gulf in opinion bothered me for sometime, but ultimately it really doesn’t matter in the end.