THE PATH TO THE CHALLENGE!~
~WARNING: May contain some spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica and (semi) mild cursing ;3~
So I have a lot to say about this anime and I'm sure that my friends on Facebook are tired of hearing about things none of them know much about nor really care to know much about. X3 So I'll use DA as an excuse to rant.
I know that Madoki came out a while ago...in fact, it's almost been a year now, I guess. I remember seeing the very first commercials for it while watching some other anime...it might have been Natsume 3 or BridgexBridge...but I don't remember. I just recall seeing a bunch of cute girls attached to the names Shaft and Shinbo Awayuki. *o* -Drools- That is a pretty epic combination...but I'm not really into the whole Magical Girl genre (even though I've watched a few of them X3) `cause it just seems like Fetish Fuel for NEETS and old men. Thus, while I was excited to see what Shinbo could come up with, I wasn't exactly convinced.
So Madoki came out and I never got around to watching it. But one thing did surprise me. For once a Shinbo animation was getting the widespread popularity that they really all deserve. So I knew that it was going to be good, but still, a part of me saw all the attention as over-hype (I know, I'm a rebel...NOT hipster cause hipsters don't exist ). Plus I figure that any half-decent anime with cute-looking girls is bound to get some attention.
But then people kept saying things like "Madoka Magica? That anime's fkked!" So I was intrigued...but, then again, what anime isn't "fkked" during some point in the series? It's like Japan has the ideology that "It's not good if it don't trip your mind!" Which is actually a lot better than the American companies', so I won't complain.
All the same, I really did want to watch Madoki Magica. The cute costumes. The popularity. The SHAFT.
But there's just too damn many anime series in the world! It just kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list...I mean last year's summer lineup along with this year's winter lineup are frikkin epic. I mean I'm already balancing four anime right now...which is sort of a record...and with Natsume 4 proving to be sexxi wonderfulness and Nisemonogatari coming out...@,@ [THANK GOD I FINALLY finished Pretear...it was a pretty satisfying anime despite the fact that they TOTALLY dropped one of my favorite shippings into the middle of nowhere and just totally forgot about it...Now I just need to finish Towards the Terra...which is frikkin hard when everyone episode makes me want to put a bag over my head and jump into a lake...>,>] Plus there's all the anime that's already come out that I still need to see...it's a hopelessly endless list. @,o
Sometimes you just need to do it.
And so, after being thrown about back and forth for a while, I just decided to watch it. After all, I tend to stick to thirteen-episode series (occasionally going to twenty four but wincing at anything beyond that). And after hearing this or that on the Internet yesterday...and since I had finished another Magical Girl anime...I just went ahead and watched Madoki's first episode. And I thought...Hey...twelve episodes...three-day-weekend...that's only four a day!
And so my power-through of Madoka Magica began...
And here is where I must turn this rant into another direction.
WHY KYUBEY IS "A CHARACTER THAT JUST NEEDS TO BE SHOT REPEATEDLY"~
I might have actually started watching Madoki about a week ago if it hadn't been for one thing: Kyubey.
In fact, the reason why Madoki so recently bubbled up from being perpetually dropped to the bottom of my endless "To See" list was because of one of the few anime blogs that I admire enough to keep up with was ranting about the horrible Madoki English Dub that is about to be released and stupid Aniplex's trailer for it (although, I must admit, I've seen some pretty epic Aniplex trailers in the past -U,U Is a person who likes to watch anime trailers on DVDs ;;;- ). One of their complaints was that Kyubey wasn't creepy enough.
Up until then I had been of the naive crowd of OMG KYUBEY IS SOO QUEWT!!! Yeah. No.
She posted a screenshot of it (now I know it's from when Miki contracted) and I thought...
Fascinated, I looked up more on the web.
THIS IS WHAT I SAW:
And thanks to that, I watched THE ENTIRE SERIES on pins and needles just waiting for Kyubey to frikkin mindrape me. And that thing was CREEPY enough as it is! >< >< >< GAWD I hate Kyubey...I was honestly glad when it got shot (although I literally screamed OH SHIT out loud and my dog freaked)...and even though I sometimes willed Madoka to make the contract (even though I knew it wasn't going to happen) Kyubey and his LITTLE BITCH TRICKS (WOW he even tried to turn the friends against each other...WHAT A DOUCHE!) always convinced me that Homura's somewhat frustrating interruptions were probably for the best. I saw someone's comment going "DOI DE DOI, WOULDN'T IT BE SO EPIC IF MADOKA HAD TO FIGHT SOME TWISTED, EVIL TRANSFORMATION OF KYUBEY AS A FINAL BOSS!? " And I was like: BITCH NO I DON'T WANT TO BE DISTURBED FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!
But it's not like I hate him; it's like...he scares me more than anything in any anime I've every seen...and I tend to gravitate towards the more fkked-up anime, anyways. So I know the underbelly of anime. He really tops.
AN HOMAGE TO MIKI SAKAYA, ONE OF THE BEST FEMALE ANIME CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME~
Before watching Madoki, seeing all the hype, I'd often find pictures of the girls or their costumes around the web. And, of course, I'd think about which one I liked the best. I mean, being me (BLUE HAIRED GUYS ARE JUST SO FRIKKIN HAWT), I naturally thought of the blue Puella as my favorite. However I marked her character down for the "cool, silent type" (PPPfffTTT way off there) and I didn't like her outfit that much, even if she had a (badass by default) sword.
So when I actually began watching the anime, I saw the blue-haired girl and went "lol wut?" cause she obviously wasn't silent. BUT DAMN WAS SHE COOL! Actually...in the beginning, I hated her. Well, I thought she was going to be the annoying lesbian type always trying to feel-up some other girl (which makes me laugh, thinking back on it). And when I first saw Kyousuke Kamijo, I thought he was a chick ><.
But it was around the time of Kyousuke's introduction that I really began to love Sayaka.
At first, I was excited when she was dragged by Madoka into the Magical Girl business (cause she has blue hair). And I though it was SO BADASS when she became a Puella Magica (and we all knew she was going to break first, am I right?). PLUS she uses a sword which is automatically amazing and her costume started to grow on me as well.
But I think what really made me love Sayaka and makes her now (along with Asuka, Haruhi, and Hokuto) one of my favorite female anime characters of all time is just the God-damned tragedy of her story. I mean, Madoka's story was sad, but I thought it was a beautiful sort of sad (and her "ultra transformation" thing at the end was pretty frikkin epic). And I really liked Homura (even though I couldn't exactly understand why she'd do all of that for Madoka...to a point...) but I didn't think her story was that tragic either. I mean, she had the power to change the future and save lives. And those characters all had sad stories because of the choices they themselves had made.
Sayaka's story was tragic because she sacrificed everything for the person she loved...and then that person used that as an advantage over her, destroying Sayaka in the end.
So, I just have to say, I was HARDSHIPPING on SayakaxKamijo. I mean, right from the start. He's the only dude (really) in the show and I loved his cute little character design and the fact that he played the violin. And I loved how they knew each other for so long, like a childhood love...and I could totally imagine how Sayaka's feeling of admiration blossomed into love. Plus some of their "hospital" scenes were soo cute and showed a good chemistry between the two. But...
SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE JUST RETARDED BITCHES. As soon as Sayaka made her contract I knew either one of two things was gonna happen. A) Kamijo was going down. or B) He would use his recovery as an excuse to grow away from Sayaka, eventually forgetting her and going with someone else.
But even as the ship sunk I enjoyed it to the end. ;_; The scene where she takes him up on the roof...>< <3 >< <3
WHAT A FRIKKIN STUPID BOY!!!
But I could never have predicted the person that he'd end up with.
I mean, has anyone else ever seen an anime with SO MANY DAMN BITCHES IN IT? Granted, most of the bitches in Madoki (Homura, Kyoko) ended up being pretty awesome by the end, HITOMI WAS JUST A BITCH. I know, she can't help that she fell in love with him. BUT IT WAS BASICALLY HER FAULT THAT SAYAKA GOT MINDFKKED. Cause she knew that she would lose the person she had sacrificed everything for. Which is why Tomoe also warned her again such a wish. ;_;
I was happy to hear the teacher say that Hitomi felt like shit after Sayaka died. AND WELL SHE SHOULD.
But seriously, the real little piece of crap was Kyousuke. WHO THE HELL GOES OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE WHEN THEY HAVE A GIRL LIKE SAYAKA AT THEIR SIDE!? And he just totally used her up like TRASH. WHAT A BITCH! So as much as I loved him, I hated him in the end.
The very last episode did something to satisfy my ravenous RAGE at the INJUSTICE of the ship-breaking. When Kamijo suddenly realizes that Sayaka has died...AND HE FINALLY ACTS LIKE HE GAVE A SHIT ABOUT HER.
FRIDGE MOMENT THERE, BUDDY?
TOO BAD IT WAS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!!!
But then I realized something that made Sayaka and her story THAT much more epic.
Her story...is exactly like Hans Christen Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" (The best fairytale every written, and yes, I will die to defend that statement).
I mean, think about it.
A girl who is driven by love, and not just love, but a desire to achieve an impossible goal; to be good and do the right thing [Why am I always drawn to the "ne`r do well" characters who always end up screwed by the creators in the end cause JAPAN AND THE REST OF THE WORLD SEEMS TO HATE GOOD PEOPLE!?!?]. The Little Mermaid was fighting for a human soul. Sayaka was fighting for humanity. She, too, felt the loss of her own human soul, and was working to redeem herself from that.
And even though she could see the one she loved and make him happier than ever he'd been before in his life...she was destined never to be with him. The very thing that saved him would be the thing that would keep him apart. And she can't help but lose him to another. And by the time he realizes what he might have had...it's too late... [DO YOU SEE THE TRAGEDY HERE!?]
Plus...Their personalities really reminded me of the characters in the story. The prince is naive and prideful; he cares about the Little Mermaid but not in the way that she wants him to. He uses her without meaning to hurt her, because he is a prince used to special treatment, because he's used to being surrounded by love. The rival, in this case Hitomi, is a pure girl whom the Little Mermaid can not feel any true hatred towards. She's beautiful and kind-hearted, and it's not her fault or the prince's that they fall in love. The Little Mermaid is just unlucky. However, she puts up a brave smile for her prince. She never shows him the pain inside, even when her feet are covered in blood. Even when cast into despair. She still puts others before herself, because that, too, was a part of her goal. In order to become human, she had to act more human than anyone else. Strong and yet fragile...just like Sayaka.
Even the moment when the Little Mermaid turns into foam on the sea and then is resurrected to become a "Daughter of Air' is really similar to Sayaka's transformation in the anime. She wants to be with her prince one last time, and sees him smiling and happy, even if it is because of another woman. The Daughter of Air comes to retrieve her and she leaves feeling satisfied because she has fulfilled her truer purpose.
PLUS (and this is the REAL Fridge Moment of the situation)
SAYAKA'S WITCH FORM WAS A FRIKKIN MERMAID!!!
That realization seriously made me jizz my pants. I know her labyrinth had a water/music theme and the creators were probably not thinking what I am right now...but still...epic...
In the end, however, I think the reason why I loved Sayaka so much was because I identify with her the most. We are similar in a lot of ways, especially our personalities, ways of handling situations, and our ideals. Therefore I could really relate to her story and feel her pain. She made me cry at the end damnit when all she wanted was to do was hear Kamijo play one last time...To the end he was all she cared about...so...;_; I'D LIKE TO THINK SHE EARNED HER HUMAN SOUL IN THE END AS WELL!
MIKI SAYAKA...PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER YOU THANKS TO HOMURA AND MADOKA TAKING ALL THE EPICNESS CREDIT...BUT FOR ME YOU WERE THE BEST THING ABOUT MADOKA MAGICA AND I WAS FRIKKIN PISSED AT HOW YOU DIED! THEY TRIED TO SAVE YOU BUT IT WAS THE LAMEST ATTEMPT EVER! KYOKO JUST BASICALLY KILLED HERSELF AND BECAME AWESOME SO THAT EVERYONE FORGOT ABOUT YOU! AND SORRY YOU HAD TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A CLUELESS FREAK AND SCREW YOUR TEACHER WHO THOUGHT THAT IT WAS OKAY TO JUST GIVE UP ON HIM!
That was good to get out.
But one last thing.
I was surprised at how well I could predict was what going to happen in Madoka Magica. Usually I'm only so-so at that type of thing...but right after episode three I knew that Madoka wasn't going to contract until probably the last episode. And I knew that her wish was going to be the important, turning part of the series, and I knew that it would probably have something to do with saving the Puella Magis or bringing people back to life (SHE SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT MIKI BACK TO LIFE WTH ITS NOT FAIR TOMOE GOT TO LIVE AND SAYAKA DIDN'T FKKK). And little things like Sayaka turning into a witch and Tomoe dying...Even part of Homura's past, even though I will admit I couldn't guess exactly what she was up to.
Hmm...Maybe that was just everyone though. ><///
Now Sayaka Miki is one of my dream cosplays (even though a lot of people do Madoka Magica I guess...Oh well, it's gonna be epic). At first I wanted to cosplay Tomoe cause she was my first favorite (even though something always seemed a little...I dunno...off about her. I always figured that she and Kyubey were on the side of "evil" and Homura was on the side of "right.") But her costume is cool (I love her hat @,@) and she has the right bust size ><. But I love love love LOVE Sayaka too much to not cosplay her. >< PLUS she has blue hair. And a sword. And she's not wearing a stomach shirt like I previously though. I love her cape. And she's not totally flat-chested so it would probably be okay. :3~
Lol like two years (got a lot of costumes backed up) from now I'm totally doing et!
LOVE THIS ANIME EVEN THOUGH I HATED IT, TOO.
SAYAKA AND KAMIJO FOREVER IN MY THOUGHTS!!!
~Ciao and Peace, yo!
(This is officially the longest Journal ever)