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File:Walpurgisnacht Procession.jpg| A Carnival-like Procession heralding the arrival of Walpurgis
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File:Walpurgis Lifting and Burning Buildings.jpg|As the curtain raises, Walpurgis Night immediatly uproots skyscrappers, setting them ablaze like bonfires.
File:Homura Heavy Weapons Kata.jpg|Homura may lack the "Unlimited Magical Weapons Work" but she makes it up with heavy military grade weaponry. RPG-7, AT-4, L16, Tank truck, Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile, and C4.
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File:Homura Heavy Weapons Kata.jpg|Homura may lack the "Unlimited Magical Weapon Works" but she makes it up with heavy military grade weaponry. RPG-7, AT-4, L16, Tank truck, Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile, and C4.
 
File:Homupower.jpg|This fan artwork explains why Madoka becomes more powerful. The more Homura chases after Madoka to change her fate, the more cosmic karma Madoka accumulates, making her transformation into a powerful witch inevitable.
 
File:Homupower.jpg|This fan artwork explains why Madoka becomes more powerful. The more Homura chases after Madoka to change her fate, the more cosmic karma Madoka accumulates, making her transformation into a powerful witch inevitable.
 
File:Puella cave girls.jpg|Without Incubators the anime would be a slice of life about cave girls and their pursuit of inventing the wheel.  
 
File:Puella cave girls.jpg|Without Incubators the anime would be a slice of life about cave girls and their pursuit of inventing the wheel.  

Revision as of 06:57, 27 April 2011

The Only Path Remaining
最後に残った道しるべ
Script Gen Urobuchi
Storyboard Tomohiko Itou
Episode director Kotono Watanabe
Animation Director Shin'ichi Miyamae
Toshiyuki Fujisawa

Summary

The episode opens with Kyubey talking to Homura in her apartment. He has guessed everything about the nature of Homura's magic and wish, and comments that Madoka's great magical power developed precisely because of that wish. By repeatedly going back in time, Homura inadvertently caused the creation of several parallel universes centered around Madoka; the accumulation of karma from each timeline manifested itself as Madoka's magical power. In this manner, Kyubey says, Homura has created an "ultimate witch."

The media report that the dead body of Sayaka has been found in a hotel room, with no trace to a possible cause. Madoka, along with other classmates, attends her funeral. When asked by her mother whether she knows anything about the cause, she says that she doesn't.

Kyubey talks to Madoka in her room, expressing that he does not understand why humans can experience the death of a single person with so much emotion, and tries to explain the behavior of his race. He makes a comparison to humans raising animals for their meat, calling it an "ideal symbiotic relationship." However, he admits that the comparison is imperfect as Incubators actually recognize humans as sentient lifeforms. He then proceeds to show Madoka the "common history of mankind and Incubators," revealing that some well-known historical figures (e.g., Cleopatra, Himiko, and Joan of Arc) were in fact magical girls. He refuses to admit his own fault in the cruelty of the magical girl system, claiming that the wishes of girls in question are to be blamed as any wish can be twisted by its own logic. He even comments that if Incubators never came to the Earth, humans would "still be living naked in caves."[1]

Junko Kaname and Kazuko Saotome meet and talk about the death of Sayaka, as well as about Madoka's change in behavior. Junko blames herself for being a terrible mother, not being able to help her daughter during a hard time.

Madoka visits Homura's house, where she asks her if it is really not possible to defeat Walpurgis Night alone, as Kyouko said. Homura denies Kyouko's words, but Madoka finds it difficult to believe her. Homura then reveals her true identity and history to Madoka, hugging her.

Walpurgis Night comes. All civilians have been evacuated because of an intense storm, thought to be a supercell; it is revealed that the storm was caused by Walpurgis, who is so powerful that she does not need to hide within a barrier. Homura starts to fight the witch using a large number of weapons, including rocket launchers, explosives, and a petrol tanker. However, the witch withstands her attacks, and even starts sending familiars to further attack Homura.

Madoka leaves the main hall of the shelter where her family was evacuated in order to talk with Kyubey. He avoids giving a clear answer on whether or not Homura can defeat Walpurgis Night by herself, persuading Madoka to go see it herself. He also comments that Homura is able to fight because of her hope, which can always be sustained: in the worst case, she can turn back time and try again. Losing her hope would mean turning into a witch; as long as she has hope, there is no escape from her ultimate fate. "Just like all magical girls throughout the history," he remarks.

She proceeds to go outside, but is stopped by Junko. Madoka tells her that she is aware of all the people caring for her, but there's something only she can do to help with the disaster befalling the city. She asks her mother to believe in her, and Junko eventually lets her leave.

After several desperate but unsuccessful attempts to defeat Walpurgis Night, Homura runs out of time[2]. Homura is about to lose hope, realizing that going back in time would only make things worse. Her Soul Gem is near total corruption. Before she can become a witch, however, Madoka grabs her hand and tells her not to worry, with Kyubey in the background. The episode ends with Homura telling Madoka not to do what she's about to do, and Madoka apologizing to her.

Runes

See Runes of episode 11

Initial broadcast and delays

This episode was scheduled to air on 17 March 2011 but has been pulled due to the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami. On April 10, 2011 it was announced that Madoka was scheduled to resume its broadcasting on the 21 of April 2011 and it would air the last two episodes back-to-back.

  • MBS (Kansai area): 11th & 12th episodes on Thursday, April 21 at 26:40 (effectively Friday, April 22 at 2:40 a.m.)
  • TBS (Tokyo's Kanto area): 10th, 11th, and 12th episodes on Thursday, April 21 at 27:00 (Friday, April 22 at 3:00 a.m.) TBS had preempted its airing of the 10th episode due to its news coverage of the earthquake.
  • CBC (central Japan): 10th, 11th, and 12th episodes on Sunday, April 24 at 26:45 (Monday, April 25 at 2:45 a.m.).

Censorship

Despite the long delay, the initial version of the episode, which aired on MBS and TBS, was censored while compared to the one that was later shown on Nico Nico Douga and other web streaming sites. Omitted were few shots in the shelter, showing an exact replica of a satellite map made after the 2011 Sendai Earthquake, and a closeup shot of Homura's leg broken under a rock.

Gallery

Annotations

  1. Some observers are wondering what was the point of Kyubey's monologue as it feels like he is just repeating himself in his utilitarian speech and his inability to understand humans. What they seem to forget is that Kyubey is trying to convince Madoka that the Puellae Magi's sacrifice has been beneficial not just to Incubators but to mankind as a whole, to deny it would be hypocritical. But there is also another reason for this, anyone who wishes that the Incubators have never been created or arrived to Earth to establish the Puella Magi system runs the risk of undoing centuries of human progress. Such a wish would be tempting but it is not without risks.
  2. Homura's timer runs out of sand during the battle against Walpurgis and without it she doesnt have the power to stop time, leaving her with the only option of reversing her timer and travel back in time to do it all over again.

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