It’s all going wrong, so very wrong.
In this episode we learn more about Sakura’s past and what her wish was. It’s a depressing sort of a story, made worse with the puppet-like animation style. Her father was basically the patron of a cult that persecutes witches and her wish was so that he could mesmerize the masses. Sakura is labeled as a witch herself and subsequently causes the suicide of her family. Quite sad to be honest.
Sayaka is confused and lost. She is wavering as to what is right or wrong. Her wish, her friends, and her love are leaving her. I wouldn’t begrudge her if she went insane. Perhaps she will take it out on a few demonic creatures.
The majority of this episode is a slow cool down from the shock that we received in the previous episode. However, instead of slowing to a halt, it continues to ramp up. Things are becoming a tad perverse, for the better of the anime might I add.
It’s creepy, how the progression is going. Once we had a fluffy creature that granted magical powers and a fantastical world filled with chivalry and luster. Now, we have an ominous feeling as if nothing can be trusted anymore. Kyubey is a reaper of souls, a blasphemer of God’s intentions. Everyone is a zombie. There is no wish that comes true. And Madoka is caught in the middle of everything.
The fraying nerves of the characters can be felt even through a screen. It’s so obvious that they all want to break out and scream at their loss of sanity. Sayaka does this by brutally ridding herself of feeling and wailing on a witch. It’s so… violent and inelegant. From the previous episodes, Mami always seemed to dance as she eliminated her enemies. Sayaka is simply revealing frustration cleave after cleave. It’s not magical at all.
Everything has gone down the shitter. The anime is still bewitching but in a vastly different way. Goodness me, I do believe that the naivety has lifted.