Madoka Magica Episode 4: Both Miracles and Magic Exist

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"Looking back, I still didn't know anything. Neither the meaning of the miracle that I wished for, nor what it would cost to me." ~ Sayaka Miki
Both Miracles and Magic Exist
First airing 27 January 2011
Script Gen Urobuchi
Storyboard Shinsaku Sasaki
Episode director Shin'ichi Omata
Animation Director Miyabi Ozeki


[edit] Summary

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After Mami's death in episode 3, Madoka and Sayaka are both crushed and frightened. Madoka begins holding doubts about becoming a magical girl, and tells Kyubey that she is too scared to become one at that moment. She visits Mami's apartment, crying, only to meet Homura outside as she leaves. Meanwhile, Sayaka continues visiting Kamijou at the hospital. Kamijou learns that he won't be able to use his left arm ever again, and out of frustration, becomes angry with Sayaka.

The same day, after Madoka has gone to Mami's apartment, she runs into Hitomi and discovers that Hitomi has a witch's kiss and is seemingly in a trance. Sensing a dangerous situation incoming, Madoka then agrees to follow her, only to find out that she was meeting others for a collective suicide. After stopping the process at the last second, Madoka then is swallowed by a witch's barrier.

The witch uses mind reading to demoralize Madoka with images of Mami's death, but Sayaka appears in the form of a sword-wielding warrior to rescue Madoka. She apparently used her wish to heal Kamijou, whose hand regained full function. Sayaka is now a magical girl, a fact that doesn't seem to please Homura.

The episode ends with the appearance of Kyoko Sakura, who intends to fight Sayaka for control of Mitakihara City.

[edit] Runes

See the Runes of episode 4 page for decryption of the messages the witch and her familiars wrote in runes.

[edit] Observations

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  • An outside view of the hospital is shown which matches a scene from the destroyed city in episode one.
  • A group of people attempt to commit suicide by mixing bleach with a toilet cleaner that contains hydrochloric acid to generate chlorine gas, which is toxic and has been used as a chemical weapon.
  • The witch said "It was very fun, let's go again. Next time with a Bentou" (今日は本当に楽しかったねえ、また行きたいね。今度はお弁当持って行こう) in reverse speech right before Madoka entered the witch's barrier.
  • The Guidebook indicates Elly's labyrinth design as a Snowglobe. It has the line, "I have only one wish. Box up that memory." It states that when the Witch dies, the lights on the Christmas tree and merry-go-round short out. There's a 'basssh!' sound.
    • In accordance with her wish to box up a memory, Elly examines Madoka's memories and captures them in her monitors. The screens show images of Mami and her death.

[edit] Revisions

Elly's grief seed was not visible in the original TV version, leading to erroneous speculation that she was only a familiar, but it did appear in the AT-X and BD/DVD versions. See the episode revisions page for more changes that were made in the BD version.

The TV version showed detailed labels on the bottles of cleaning chemicals, but they were replaced with blank gray bottles in the BD version.

[edit] Trivia

Episode 4 first aired on Thursday, January 27 2011 at 25:30 JST (Friday at 1:30AM JST) on MBS.

  • A CD box labeled Mahler is a reference to the Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler.
  • The CD box beside contains a picture of Johann Sebastian Bach, a German composer from Baroque period.

[edit] Speculation

The theories below have been proven right.
At least one element from the franchise is rendering them valid.
  • Since the town is only recently constructed, the hospital's presence in Madoka's dream rules out the possibility that those events happened at some point in the past. This makes it more likely that her dream was either precognitive or the result of a timeloop/world reset.

The theories below have been proven wrong.
They are only kept here for the sake of completeness.
  • The fact that the hospital in this episode resembles the one at the beginning of episode 1, as well as the fact that a witch can only appear inside a barrier, seems to agree with the theory that the witch from episode 1 might be Sayaka (after all, a barrier takes the form of its owner's mind, and Sayaka is pretty concerned with Kamijou and the whole hospital environment)

[edit] Images

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[edit] Screenshots and Analysis

[edit] Fan Art

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Everything in the following fan gallery is created, or the comments accompanying them are created, for entertainment value and should not be confused with actual canon events of the Puella Magi franchise.

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