Puella Magi Madoka Magica 03 – I’m Not Afraid Anymore

I'm no longer afraid.

「もう何も恐くない」 (Mou Nanimo Kowakunai)
“I’m Not Afraid Anymore”

This episode made me sad. Like, I said on Twitter a few days ago, I feel like SHAFT pulled a GAINAX on me. This isn’t going to be a long post since I have a ton of college work to get on with, so I’m just gonna note down the highlights.

That's a big-ass gun. Surprised at how flimsy she's holding it.

Kamijo, the young lad in the hospital bed that we got a glimpse of last episode during Sayaka’s monologue was indeed relevant to the plot in some way. Our young lad here had damaged his arm. How, is irrelevant. The fact is that it’s damaged. Kamijo is/was a violinist who performed at many places, but he no longer can play because of his arm. Seeing Kamijo move his fingers accordingly to the orchstral music he was listening to whilst crying was quite moving.

I'm envious of how unneccesarily huge Madoka's house is.

“HEY MADOKA! SAYAKA! HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF A WISH YET?! NO? THEN HURRY THE FUCK UP AND THINK OF ONE!” No, really. That’s basically the context of this episode. With both Mami and Kyube sort of pressuring the two girls to make their wish seems a little too…off. We do get to see a bit of background to Mami. Apparently, her wish was to live and she didn’t have a choice in the matter. Kyube happened to be there to save her after becoming victim in a car accident, and that’s how she became a Puella Magi.

This was a nice shot.

What was interesting was that Kyube tells Madoka that if she were to become a Puella Magi, she would be stronger than Mami. Who knows what size of a Soul Gem she’d produce? I thought the power depended on the wish? BAH, KYUBE YOU CONFUSE ME. Somewhere along the line, Mami is confronted by Akemi about the fact of her pushing Madoka and Sayaka to become Puella Magi. Mami says that Kyube chose them. Why? Why did he choose them?


So anyway, the gang comes across a witch which actually somewhat fit with the general animation, unlike last episode where the witch looked like a 3rd-grader’s art project.




Oh wait...

Uh oh...


Yeeaaah…Mami got her head chomped off…It was horrible. But no, seriously. Mami is awesome, but she bought it like a chump. But there’s no denying the fact that she’s dead. Her magic that had Akemi tied up had disappeared as soon as she died. Her Puella Magi outfit also faded. Even when Akemi showed up and defeated the thing, you could see her flesh drop.

Right there.

Heck, even Akemi sees it and brushes it off like it was nothing.

Now there’s speculations going on that there might be more to Kyube than meets the eye. I mean, I don’t blame them. Even though Mami had already had her head bitten off at that point, Kyube was all like “YO GUYS. NOW WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD TIME TO MAKE WISH.” It’s creepy because Kyube’s expression never changes. His damn mouth needs to move.

The image won't leave my head.


The reason why I said that I feel like SHAFT pulled a GAINAX on me is because they killed off the awesome character so early in the series, like what happened to Kamina in Gurren Lagann. I only hope that with Mami’s death, some good development next episode will be in order. A lot of people (myself included) think that Sayaka will wish for Kamijo’s well-being and Madoka will wish for Mami’s revival. The latter should NOT happen next episode, if at all, otherwise the impact of her death will not sink in. I think this episode just goes to show that this show can get grim and dark and it is not your everyday “Tokyo Mew Mew”-like mahou shoujo show.


Magia by Kalalfina





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I'm Jeremiah George. Mostly known as McTricky online, and various places. Music, video games, anime, manga, piano. Those are my kinda stuff.

Posted on January 24, 2011, in Anime, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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