Puella Magi Madoka Magica 08: Incubator

Too far gone.

We continue with the ever constant decent of Sayaka, from the positively glowing knight, the savior, to an insane bloodthirsty swordsman.

A conference for those privileged with knowledge.


As Sayaka persists in her degradation, the other Magical Girls begin to plan. However, they are not the only ones who are devising; Kyubey is slowly corrupting Madoka who remains the last hope.

Sayaka is no longer a human nor a Puella Magi. The corruption of her powers is too great and she refuses to cleanse her stone. I fear that she will become a witch or something far worse. Kyubey and Akemi both understand the repercussions but this is exactly what Kyubey is shooting for. In order for Akemi to stop this she has come from a different time, a time where Kyubey has revealed his true self: Incubator.

In order to save Madoka, Akemi will go against her own principles.

This anime started off slowly but the past few episodes have been accelerating the plot at a rapid pace. In addition to story, we are slowly grasping the powers of each character.

Kyubey, perhaps I should refer to him as Incubator now, is immortal in the sense that he possess several bodies and yes, he does die in this episode (huzzah!). Of course, being the disgusting bastard that he is, he’s a self-cannibal. He also states that this is the second time Akemi has killed him, interesting.

Akemi uses explosives as well as firearms. The disk on her arm basically produces these weapons constantly. Also, since she’s able to travel through time, she’s able to control the space around her.

A cry for those who can be saved.

So, what I can surmise so far is that Akemi is a time traveler of some description. She has definitely seen Madoka before or at least what Madoka can do. Kyubey is still very much a jerk, whether in the future or not. And Sayaka is corrupted as all hell due to her idiocy. This is just great isn’t it? Its unfortunate that Madoka is so easily impressionable and persuaded. She nearly caused the doom of the living world by agreeing to become a magical girl. Luckily Akemi shot Kyubey to pieces; I’ve been waiting for that since the second episode.

Everything is so muddled at this point, I’m awestruck as to how crazy this series has become. The moment they showed Mami being devoured, the entire atmosphere changed. Do not be fooled by the cute caricatures; this is an anime charred black. Perhaps not along the lines of Berserk or GANTZ it’s fundamentally dark at a psychological level. The use of colour and symbolism is very well done.

Literally shot to pieces.

Rubbing a gross amount of salt into Sayaka's wounds.


Seriously? He eats himself.


At the very least, the vistas are still nice albeit dark colourwise.


Noir. The dialogue in the background simply emphasizes the broken state in which Sayaka is in.

– Jacqivarius



About jacqivarius

"I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
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5 Responses to Puella Magi Madoka Magica 08: Incubator

  1. Valence says:

    And now that we know his true name, we can roughly tell what he does, huh?

  2. Myssa says:

    We now know WHAT Kyubey is, but the whys are still nebulous. One thing is clear though: he’s a creepy little bugger through and through, and that was BEFORE he ate his previous incarnation.

    Interestingly enough, I think that a lot of the problems that were shown in this episode might have been solved by calm-headed conversation instead of, y’know, jumping to the wrong conclusions.

    • jacqivarius says:

      Being level headed would certainly help in any situation. The thing is that Akemi traveled through time to stop this and it’s all unraveling in front of her eyes. A stern talking to would not have stopped Sayaka from falling out nor would it calm Madoka. Everyone is in a state of panic and are delusional, I don’t think they could be all that calm even if they tried to their utmost; more drastic measures had to be taken.

  3. If Sayaka remains as she is, then this might actually turn out to be true:

    Gear Witch = Sayaka


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