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*In the Audio Commentary for [[Episode 11]], Chiwa Saito ([[Homura]]) confesses that when she saw Kyoko's sacrifice scene with Aoi Yuuki ([[Madoka]]) and Emiri Kato ([[Kyubey]]), they all cried. They found the scene moving.
 
*In the Audio Commentary for [[Episode 11]], Chiwa Saito ([[Homura]]) confesses that when she saw Kyoko's sacrifice scene with Aoi Yuuki ([[Madoka]]) and Emiri Kato ([[Kyubey]]), they all cried. They found the scene moving.
*Near the end of the episode, Kyoko asks Madoka if she "wants to be come a magical girl on some stupid whim". Noting the consequences and inherent dangers of the magical girl lifestyle, Kyoko states that she would punch Madoka's face in before she had a chance to do that. However, {{spoiler|in an ironic twist, Madoka indeed became a magical girl on the same whim in the original timeline by saving a black cat from being hit by a car, according to [[Drama CD 1]].}}
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*Near the end of the episode, Kyoko asks Madoka if she "wants to be come a magical girl on some stupid whim". Noting the consequences and inherent dangers of the magical girl lifestyle, Kyoko states that she would punch Madoka's face in before she had a chance to do that. However, {{spoiler|in an ironic twist, Madoka indeed became a magical girl on the same whim in the original timeline by saving a black cat from being hit by a car, according to Drama CD 1.}}
  
 
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Revision as of 21:21, 21 August 2013

"This might make people think that I am a fool, but I... I absolutely do not want to give up, until we know for sure that she can't be saved." ~ Kyoko Sakura

I'll Never Allow That
そんなの、あたしが許さない
First airing 3 March 2011
Script Gen Urobuchi
Storyboard Noriko Shichishima
Episode director Masahiro Mukai
Animation Director Miyuki Katayama

Summary

Sayaka becomes a witch and Kyoko enters her maze, holding Sayaka's now soulless body. Homura saves Kyoko and while they are walking off, they meet Madoka, worried upon seeing Sayaka's body. Homura explains everything to Kyoko and Madoka.

When Madoka is crying alone in her room, Kyubey enters and explains everything in detail to her. He reveals that he is a member of an extraterrestial, emotionless society, worried about the total energy in the universe lowering due to entropy[1]. Puella Magi and witches are a way to counter this, creating energy from wavering emotions of young girls. As Kyubey and his peers are emotionless, they are unable to produce such energy themselves. Because of this, they also don't understand the concept of human morals. Madoka is saddened and angry because of all those revelations she has just heard.

Kyoko is maintaining natural heat of Sayaka's body using her magic. She asks Kyubey whether it is possible to recover Sayaka's Soul Gem. He dodges the question, saying that nobody ever tried it before and due to the very existence of Puella Magi is contradictory, such achievement wouldn't surprise him.

The following day, Hitomi attempts to speak to Madoka but Madoka avoids her. Kyoko makes Madoka skip school, with a quest to rescue Sayaka instead. She explains her plan to ignite human emotions in the witch whom Sayaka became, by having her best human friend talk to her. Madoka agrees, and they go to witch-Sayaka's maze. Madoka tries talking with Kyoko protecting her, but with no effect. Kyoko commits suicide, also killing the witch, while Homura (who went out from school and entered the maze to protect Madoka) takes fainted Madoka out.

The episode ends with Homura and Kyubey talking in Homura's house, with Kyubey revealing that rescuing Sayaka was in fact impossible, but he didn't stop Kyoko from doing so to make Madoka become a Puella Magi, given that Homura alone will not be able to win against Walpurgis. Homura says that she won't allow it.

Trivia

  • In the Audio Commentary for Episode 11, Chiwa Saito (Homura) confesses that when she saw Kyoko's sacrifice scene with Aoi Yuuki (Madoka) and Emiri Kato (Kyubey), they all cried. They found the scene moving.
  • Near the end of the episode, Kyoko asks Madoka if she "wants to be come a magical girl on some stupid whim". Noting the consequences and inherent dangers of the magical girl lifestyle, Kyoko states that she would punch Madoka's face in before she had a chance to do that. However, in an ironic twist, Madoka indeed became a magical girl on the same whim in the original timeline by saving a black cat from being hit by a car, according to Drama CD 1.

Runes

See Runes of episode 9

Observations

A comparison between Madoka's bedroom and Bokurano.
  • Per the image at the right, the chairs seen in Madoka's bedroom may be a homage to Bokurano, a manga and anime series that deconstructed a children's mecha anime called Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh. In Bokurano, children are called by a strange man and an evil-looking mascot character to pilot a giant robot in to fight with another robot, piloted by another group of people, in an alternative universe. The fight ends with the pilot's death, and the losers have their universe destroyed. They are also told by the mascot only after the first battle that the robot's is fueled by the life of the person who pilots -- in other words, they inevitably die after piloting once. The chairs in Bokurano are reflections of the personalities of the selected pilots, drawn from their memories and manifested in the robot's cockpit. After a pilot dies, their vacant seat remains. The similarities to Madoka Madoka are striking:
    • Magical girls and pilots both agree to a binding contract with a mascot character
    • Mascot character only reveals the truth little by little, to the contractees
    • Those selected have different reactions to learning those truths, some accepting better than others
    • Both note that younger contractees are better candidates for their role
    • Contractees are told they are fighting evil at first, and only realize later that they are fighting their own, e.g. other people who also contracted, usually unknowingly.
    • Magical girls each have a unique appearance based on their personalities
    • Like the Bokurano robots, the "shell" for magical girls is very powerful and difficult to destroy, but have one vulnerable point which will destroy them even if the body's undamaged, e.g. the soul housed in the soul gem or the pilot operating the robot. If the soul gem or pilot is separated from their respective shell, it will lay dormant.
    • In both works, after they die in combat, it's possible their body can "disappear," so they are forever seen as missing persons by the rest of the world.
    • In Bokurano, when a pilot runs away, there is a 48hr limit to kill or return back to the robot. In the Portable game, there is also a two day limit to return a soul gem back to the body.
    • Revealed in episode 10, Madoka Magica also has alternative worlds, some of which are presumably destroyed after a loss, e.g. Kriemhild Gretchen end.
    • The Blu-ray version of Episode 5 added chairs in the hospital scene with Sayaka and Kyousuke.
    • The movie version has chairs inside of Sayaka's room.
  • Sayaka's witch name is Oktavia von Seckendorff. In real life, Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff was a german poet who wrote a novel called Das Rad des Schicksals = The Wheel of Fate (which explains the wheels, there was also mention of fate in her barrier). He also put 'The King in Thule' (a poem by Goethe, part of Faust1) to music.
  • In Episode 7 the Witch Elsa Maria was praying with her back turned (as if ignoring Sayaka) facing a monstrance. In Episode 9 Kyoko almost looks like she is praying while facing Oktavia von Seckendorff, as if the prayer is for Sayaka's soul. See the gallery below for a visual comparison.
  • Some suggest that Kyubey's solution for entropy is just flawed and downright impossible. Defenders like to point out that Kyubey is from an advanced alien civilization, so maybe their understanding of the universe is far superior than that of humans. This picture summarizes the paradox in a simplified way. See also Thermodynamics.
  • A hidden hairpin on Kyoko merges with her Soul Gem kept on her chest before she unleashes her suicide attack.
  • This episode reverted back to no ending sequence like in episodes 1 and 2.
    • In the BD/DVD version, the extra song and I'm home plays as ending.

Speculation

The theories below have not been proven yet.
Please keep in mind that they are fanmade theories, and not official material.
  • During the fight with Kyoko, Sayaka's lower body turns into one of a mermaid. Many speculate that Sayaka's tragedy is similar to that of the Little Mermaid's story because of the similarities. You can read a summary of the story here.
    • The mermaid tail may also be referencing the story of Melusine. Goethe wrote a version of Melusine titled Die Neue Melusine or The New Melusina.
  • The wheels used in Oktavia's attacks may also symbolize the Wheel of Fortune from tarot, whose popular interpretations include "possibilities, opportunities, new developments, sudden changes", which fit Sayaka's life from when she encountered Kyubey to when she became a Witch.
    • Alternatively, Sayaka was at a train station when she transformed. Her attacks may be inspired by train wheels.
  • Oktavia suddenly ceases her attack when Kyoko begins to pray. It seems to be possible that Kyoko and Madoka finally manage to call back Sayaka's (remnant of) self. However, Oktavia's card says "nothing will reach her any longer. she will come to know nothing more. she simply allows no one to disturb her minions' playing." Remember that Madoka had fainted and stopped calling her just before Oktavia got still. She is quite likely to do nothing as long as you keep quiet.
  • Kyoko's use of Umaibou as a sign of friendship with Madoka in this episode can be seen as baton passing, as her main role ended in this episode. It's also possible that she chose Umaibou due to its extremely low price (9 yen) being something that she can afford, since Sayaka didn't accept stolen goods back in episode 7.
  • It is suspected that Homura knows Kyoko's feelings with Sayaka (so that she won't throw her body and kill the witch first). However, she doesn't expect Kyoko even wanting to revive Sayaka after becoming a witch in this timeline. When asking Kyubey, she might also has a little hope to make Madoka survived even when she contracts. But the answer from Kyubey denies such possibility. (If Kyubey agreed the possibility for Kyoko to revive Sayaka, then Madoka might also be saved in the same way.)

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Annotations & References

  1. What Kyubey is describing is called the Heat Death of the Universe: To elaborate, this term describes the point at which the universe has reached a state of maximum entropy -- when all available energy has moved to places of less energy. Once this has happened, no more work can be extracted from the universe. Since heat ceases to flow, no more work can be acquired from heat transfer. This same kind of equilibrium state will also happen with all other forms of energy. Since no more work can be extracted from the universe at that point, it is effectively dead.
  2. At this point some fans suspect that Kyubey is actually lying just as his explanation that he can not understand how to trick humans sounds spurious (or the time he tricked Kyoko that Sayaka could be saved so she would die in the process), but it is to be seen in future Episodes where the truth lies. There is speculation that Urobuchi got the entropy idea from another show (Star Driver) as a way to mislead his fans. It is believed that Urobuchi introduced the changes at the last minute for Episode 9.

See also

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