Whenever I watch a SHAFT anime, I feel like I’m on acid.
Not just a little bit of acid, a tanker truck filled with it.Summary:
So, we’re back in the architecturally unsound world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In this episode we learn of a few new intricacies which help the story a LOT. Thank you SHAFT for taking this anime, otherwise it would be so utterly generic.
As we know, there are magical girls in this world. The little animal thing, Kyubey, is what gives them their power. In exchange for making whatever wish you have come true, you are forced into a battle against the witches. These witches spread calamity and the like, all the regular witch things. Simple enough, I know.
The kicker is that every time a magical girl slays a witch, they may receive something called a Grief Seed. The seed has the power to cleanse your magical item thus returning the magicks that you had used. This causes competition and a necessity to slay witches. Also why the transfer student, Akemi, was trying to rid of Kyubey to stop Madoka from becoming a magical girl.This is infinitely better than a good vs evil scenario. In a sense, it’s everybody for themselves. However! There is another catch! It seems that each Grief Seed has more than one “charge”. It can cleanse more than one item before its uses run out. This means that alliances can be made and witches are more easily hunted! It’s a delicate balance because it may not be able to replenish everyone’s powers and these are a rarity meaning not every witch will drop one. Again, I have to acknowledge SHAFT. The setting is just insane. It’s an anime meaning that reality does not exist in their world. Any architectural structure can be raised. SHAFT just takes it and runs with it. They create some of the best landscapes I’ve seen in an anime. Always crisp, usually dystopian. That’s a nice view. The school is very clean. And it’s also white. This contrasts very well with the witches worlds as they are dark, dreary and inhabited by gross creatures. I would love to be able to each lunch on that roof daily. Actually, I would just like to see a roof like that. I will say this again, SHAFT is like acid. In exchange for a compelling storyline, you get the creepy shit that comes along with SHAFT. I guess it’s a plus but then again, I feel like I’m being tainted. Ah well, it’s much better than your average mahou shoujo anime so I’ll give them that.