Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika, "Magical Girl Madoka of the Magus") is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. The series is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi with original character designs by Ume Aoki, character design adaptation by Takahiro Kishida and music by Yuki Kajiura. The first ten episodes aired in Japan on TBS and MBS between January and March 2011, while the final two episodes were delayed until April 2011 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

TV Episodes[edit]

I First Met Her in a Dream, or Something...[edit]

[Madoka is talking to Sayaka and Hitomi about what Homura said to her in the hallway in a restaurant.]
Sayaka: She said what?
Madoka: It doesn't make any sense, does it?
Sayaka: And there I was thinking she was this awesome girl that it turns out she's a total psycho! Ugh! I hope she doesn't think acting like a weird transfer student is cool! That's so moe it makes me sick! [Puts head down on table.]
Hitomi: [To Madoka] This has to be a misunderstanding. Are you positive you've never met her before?
Madoka: Hm...I guess the sensible answer would be "yes".
Sayaka: [Lifts head] Okay, what do you mean by "sensible"? Either you met her or you didn't.
Madoka: Well, it's like, you're gonna think I'm weird, but I first met her in a dream...or something. [Hitomi and Sayaka laugh.]
Sayaka: [Jokingly] That's awesome! The anime character in you is popping out, too!
Madoka: Come on! That's mean; this is really bugging me!
Sayaka: I got it all figured out; you guys knew each other in a past life and fate has reached across time and space to bring you back together again!
Hitomi: In your dream, what happened when you met her?
Madoka: That's the thing; I can't really remember what happened in it. All I know is that it was really strange and spooky.
Hitomi: If you want my opinion, I think it's entirely possible you met Miss Akemi somewhere before.
Madoka: Huh?
Hitomi: You might now remember meeting her, but your sub-conscience certainly took note of it. When you were having that dream, your sub-conscience simply brought up the image of her.
Sayaka: Seriously? That's a heck of a coincidence, don't you think?
Hitomi: [Chuckles] Perhaps.

That Would Be Truly Wonderful[edit]

[Mami, Madoka, Sayaka, and Kyubey are in a restaurant talking about hunting witches.]
Mami: Well, time to start lesson one of the magical girl experience. That's what I like to call it, anyway. I hope you're ready.
Sayaka: I don't know if it'll make a difference but, I brought this! [Slams a bat wrapped in cloth down on the table, frightening Madoka and Kyubey, and unwraps it.] I mean, it's better than not having anything, right?
Mami: Well, let's say I'm glad you're going into it with that spirit.
Sayaka: [To Madoka] How about you? What'd you bring?
Madoka: Huh? Nothing, just this. [Presents a notebook with sketches of Madoka's idea of a magical girl costume along with sketches of Homura and Mami in their costumes.]
Sayaka: Huh?
Mami: Hm...?
Madoka: I sorta thought it'd be good to have some costume ideas. Just in case. [Mami and Sayaka laugh much to Madoka's dismay.]
Mami: [Stops laughing] Well, you certainly have the right spirit.
Sayaka: [Still laughing] That's so awesome! I can't top that! [Mami continutes laughing.]

[Sayaka and Hitomi are walking to school and Madoka catches up with them, who is carrying Kyubey.]
Madoka: Good morning! [Both Sayaka and Hitomi stop walking]
Hitomi: Oh, good morning.
Sayaka: Hey, EH?! [Notices Madoka carrying Kyubey.]
Kyubey: Good morning, Sayaka!
Sayaka: U-uh...
Hitomi: You look ill. Is something the matter?
Sayaka: [Whispering to Madoka] Looks like we're the only ones who can see him (Kyubey), huh?
Madoka: I guess so.
Hitomi: What are you...?
Sayaka: Nah, it's nothing. Well, let's go. [Sayaka and Hitomi resume walking.]
Madoka: [Through Kyubey's mind. To Sayaka.] We can communicate like this. Just by thinking to each other.
Sayaka: [Through Kyubey's mind. To Madoka. Surprised] Huh?! You mean we already have magical powers? For reals?
Kyubey: [Through his mind. To Sayaka.] No, not yet. I'm letting you communicate your thoughts through me. It's kind of a handy trick, don't you think?
Sayaka: [Through Kyubey's mind. To Kyubey.] It feels sort of...weird.
Hitomi: [Aloud. To Madoka and Sayaka.] Excuse me. What's going on between you? Why do you keep staring at each other?
Madoka: [Aloud] Huh? Oh. Uh...It's just...
Hitomi: [Drops her bag in shock] I can't believe it! Just by looking at each other you know what the other's thinking?! For two people to become that intimate after one night?! What did you do after I left yesterday?!
Madoka: [Nervous] Uh...
Sayaka: [Aloud] I can't believe she's going there...
Madoka: [To Hitomi] Well, actually...Lots of things happened, but...
Hitomi: That's enough! You can't be serious! You're both girls! Girls can't love girls! [Starts running off] Girls can't love girls! Girls can't love girls!
Sayaka: [Holding up Hitomi's bag] Hey, wait! You forgot your bag!
Madoka: Uh, what's wrong with her? Hitomi's acting just like you today.
Sayaka: What the heck's that supposed to mean?!

[Madoka and Sayaka are talking with Hitomi in the hallway.]
Sayaka: Hitomi, hey. Sorry, but we sort of have a couple of errands to run so...
Hitomi: Oh, something private? [Referring to what she thinks to be a devious activity that happened the day before between Sayaka and Madoka.]
Madoka: Well, uh...
Hitomi: I'm so jealous! I guess it's true what they say that "two's company" and "three's a crowd"! [Runs off]
Sayaka: You've got it all wrong...again...

Madoka: [Thinking] It's still really hard to figure out what I'd wish for. It's not something I could put my finger on that easily, but Mami tries so hard to save people...and she looks so amazing doing it, too. If someone like me could do that, go around helping people who are in trouble, then I think that would be...truly wonderful.

I'm Not Afraid of Anything Anymore[edit]

[Mami had just defeated a witch's familiar and is talking to Sayaka and Madoka.]
Sayaka: Whoa! Mami, you are so unbelievably cool!
Mami: This isn't supposed to be fun. What we're doing is very dangerous. Don't forget that, okay?
Sayaka: Roger that! [Kyubey shows up and runs towards the three and climbs onto Madoka's shoulder.]
Madoka: How come the Grief Seed didn't pop out this time?
Kyubey: It wasn't a witch. It was a familiar acting without its master. They don't carry Grief Seeds.
Madoka: Oh, so that wasn't a witch.
Sayaka: It seems a shame to fight it and not get anything.
Mami: We can't really let familiars do what they want. If we did, they'd eventually become the same as the witch they split off from.

[Mami and Madoka are walking through Charlotte's labyrinth to find Sayaka and Kyubey.]
Madoka: Mami, I uh...
Mami: Yes?
Madoka: I've been thinking really hard about all the different wishes I could make.
Mami: Do you have a favorite?
Madoka: Yes...but you're probably gonna think it's naïve and get upset with me...
Mami: Let's find out: what's the wish?
Madoka: Well...there's nothing special about me...I've never been good at school and I've never had any talents...I'm scared that this is the way my life's gonna stay. Always asking for help and not being able to help when people need it...I can't stand thinking about it...But then I met you, Mami. And you showed me what it's like to stand up for people and really help them. And then, when I found out that I might be able to do the same thing, I don't think I've been happier in my life. And that's my wish, 'cause if I could become a magical girl, it'd be a dream come true for me. I might not be good at anything, but if I could help out people like you, I could be proud of the way I live. That's the best thing I could wish for.
Mami: It won't be easy. You will get hurt. You won't have time to go on dates or have fun with your friends.
Madoka: I know, but after seeing you doing your best, I really look up to you, Mami.
Mami: I don't deserve it. You need a better role model.
Madoka: Huh?
Mami: I just pretend to be cool. When I get scared or hurt, there's no one I can talk to. All I can do is cry on my own. It's not fun...being a magical girl...
Madoka: I hear you, Mami, but you're not alone anymore.
Mami: You're right. I'm not alone. [Holds Madoka's hands and starts tearing up.] I found someone who's willing to fight by my side from now on! Will you really stay with me?
Madoka: Yes. If someone like me will do.
Mami: [Wipes away tears.] Oh, look at this. It isn't the sort of behavior you'd expect from a role model, is it? I'm not very good at this sort of things, am I?
Madoka: Mami...
Mami: Anyway, make sure you know what you want. A chance like this doesn't come around too often.
Madoka: Yeah, I know. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing!
Mami: It is a contract, after all, so you might as well try and get something out of the deal. You could wish to be a billionaire or you could wish for the perfect boyfriend...
Madoka: Yeah, I know but...
Mami: Okay, how about this? If you can't decide for something to wish for by the time I finish off this witch, we'll have a feast and you can ask Kyubey for a fabulous cake!
Madoka: Huh?! Seriously?!
Mami: Yes! You can ask for the biggest and most extravagant cake ever! Then we can throw a party for everyone! A celebration to announce the two of us becoming a magical girl duo!
Madoka: But I...I can't do something like that for a cake!
Mami: Then decide on something you want.
Madoka: ...For a cake...?

Mami: [Thinking] I feel so light. This is the first time I've ever felt this happy during battle. I'm not afraid of anything anymore. Because...I'm not alone anymore!

Miracles and Magic Are Real[edit]

[Sayaka is visiting Kyousuke in the hospital. Kyousuke is listening to a CD Sayaka bought for him.]
Sayaka: What you listening to?
Kyousuke: "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair".
Sayaka: Oh, that's Debussy. It's a beautiful song. [Pause] Uh, you know what? It's kinda funny but, I don't think people really see me as the type who'd listen to classical music. And whenever I can name a piece correctly? Seriously, you should see their faces. It's like they're impressed I know about that stuff. [Pause] Everything I know about it is 'cause of you. Seriously though, I would've never even listened to classical music ever...if it wasn't for you, you know.
Kyousuke: Hey, Sayaka?
Sayaka: Huh? Yeah?
Kyousuke: Cut it out. Stop torturing me already. Why do you keep coming here? You think I like listening to this music? It's like you're trying to hurt me.
Sayaka: [Shocked] But Kyousuke, I-I thought you loved music?
Kyousuke: [Angry] I don't wanna hear this crap anymore! What's the point if I can't play?! All I can do is listen! I-I just...I just- [Kyousuke slams his injured left hand onto one of the CDs, shattering it, causing his hand to bleed. Sayaka stops him before he can cause further damage.] I can't move it! I can't even feel the pain anymore; my hand's useless!
Sayaka: It's gonna be okay. I'm sure someday somehow...Don't give up hope! They'll figure something out!
Kyousuke: But they came and told me to give up...They said I'll never play again...The doctor told me...He said that current medicine can't help anymore...My hand is never gonna move right again...Unless magic and miracles suddenly become real.
Sayaka: But they are! Miracles, magic...they are real...

[Madoka and Homura are walking together home.]
Madoka: I keep thinking "if only I listened to you before".
Homura: If you had, it wouldn't have changed Mami Tomoe's fate. [Madoka sighs] I was able to change yours, though. That's good. So at least I saved one person. I'm glad about that.
Madoka: Um, you know, Homura, I get the feeling you're a veteran at this, too. I mean, like Mami, but different.
Homura: Perhaps. I can't deny it.
Madoka: And I guess...you've seen lots of people die horribly, haven't you?
Homura: I have.
Madoka: How many?
Homura: I gave up counting long ago.
Madoka: And her (Mami's) place...Is it just gonna stay like that?
Homura: Most likely. She didn't really have any family to speak of...and it'll be a very long time before she's reported missing.
Madoka: Then...no one's gonna notice Mami's dead?
Homura: It can't be helped. If you die in a labyrinth, your body stays there. That means in this world, she'll be considered a missing person forever. It's a fate all magical girls can look forward to eventually.
[Madoka begins to tear up. Both her and Homura stop on the sidewalk.]
Madoka: That's awful! She was all alone. She fought to protect everyone! And now no one will know she's gone? That's horrible!
Homura: It's a condition of the contract we make in exchange for our powers. We are not protectors. We fight for the sake of our wishes and this is how we pay for them. If we die and no one remembers us, I guess that's just the way it is.
Madoka: I'll remember her. I'll never forget her. Never! I promise!
Homura: I see. Mami Tomoe's lucky. She'd be happy to hear that. How I envy her.
Madoka: I won't forget you either! I swear I won't forget you, Homura...and how you saved us yesterday! I'm always going to remember you! [Homura doesn't respond] Homura...?
Homura: You're too kind.
Madoka: Huh?
Homura: Remember this...and take it to heart: kindness sometimes leads to even greater tragedy.
[Homura walks off, leaving Madoka alone.]

There's No Way I'll Ever Regret It[edit]

[Kyosuke is playing his violin after his hand was healed from Sayaka's wish.]
Sayaka: [Thinking] Hey, Mami. See that? My wish has been granted. There's no way I'll ever regret it. And right now...this is the happiest moment of my life.

This Just Can't Be Right[edit]

Can You Face Your True Feelings?[edit]

I Was Stupid, So Stupid[edit]

[Sayaka is fighting a witch's familiar, but it manages to get away, dispelling the labyrinth. Homura appears before her outside of the labyrinth.]
Homura: Why can't you understand you don't have a luxury to fool around? You should only hunt witches.
Sayaka: Shut up. I don't need your advice.
Homura: Your Soul Gem is at its limit. You need to purify it now. Use this. [Homura tosses her a Grief Seed which Sayaka promptly kicks away with her heel shortly after.]
Sayaka: What is this? What're you up to?
Homura: Don't be stupid. You're in no position to question my help. Or do you just hate the idea of it?
Sayaka: Well, I'm gonna be a different kind of magical girl; that's what I decided. I'm not gonna screw anyone over or take anyone for granted. And I won't associate with anyone who does. I don't need anyone's thanks. I'll be the only magical girl around who doesn't use her magic for herself.
Homura: Well, then. You are going to die.
Sayaka: So what? If I'm gonna die, it's gonna be when I can't kill witches anymore. No one's gonna need me anyway, right? I'm okay with that. The world doesn't need a magical girl if she can't even kill a witch.
Homura: Why are you doing this to yourself? Why won't you trust me? Can't you see I just want to help you?
Sayaka: Why don't I trust you? Maybe it's 'cause I can tell what you really are. Maybe I know you're lying. You look like someone who's given up on everything. When you talk, you use empty words. In fact, you're doing it now. You say you wanna help me, but I know that's not what you're really thinking. You're not fooling anyone. Uh-uh.
Homura: Do you realize that you're just making Madoka suffer more and more?
Sayaka: Madoka? This has nothing to do with her.
Homura: You're wrong. Everything has to do with her. [Homura transforms into her magical girl outfit.] You're sharp. Yes, you're right about me. I don't give a damn if you live or die; I don't care. I just don't want Madoka to see you like this; as you destroy yourself. If you don't let me help you now, you're going to die either way. You see, if you make her suffer any more, then I will...kill you. Right here, right now, [Homura prepares for an attack.] Sayaka Miki... [Kyoko shows up from behind and restrains Homura.]
Kyoko: [To Sayaka] Hurry! Go on! Get outta here! [Sayaka gets up and walks away.] [To Homura] What're you, crazy?! What happened to saving her?! You remember that?!
Homura: Let me go.
Kyoko: Oh, I get it. If I keep holding onto you like this you can't use that funky technique of yours, can ya? [A flash grenade falls from Homura's sleeve. Homura pulls the pin out, blinds Kyoko and escapes.] Dammit!

[Sayaka is in a train station sitting on a bench. Kyoko catches up with her.]
Kyoko: Finally, I found ya. [Sits down beside her and opens a can of chips.] So how much longer are you gonna do the stubborn thing, huh? [Starts eating the chips]
Sayaka: I'm sorry if I caused you any trouble.
Kyoko: Seriously? Doesn't sound like you at all.
Sayaka: [Sighs] Yeah, you're right. I guess I just don't care anymore. I can't remember...what I thought was so important; what was worth protecting, you know? It's all a blank now. Doesn't make sense anymore.
Kyoko: Hey, come on.
Sayaka: [Reveals her soul gem which is extremely corrupted.] Balance means good and bad happen to zero themselves out. Right? That's what you said...or something like it. I think I understand what you mean now. The good this is I did save a few people, but the bad thing is I got angrier and my heart filled up with envy and hate. It got so bad I even hurt my best friend.
Kyoko: Sayaka, your soul gem!
Sayaka: For all the happiness you wish for someone, someone else gets cursed with equal misery. That's how it works for magical girls...and that's how it is for me...[Sayaka begins to cry.] I was stupid...So stupid... [One of her tears hits her soul gem, causing it to shatter which causes a shockwave sending Kyoko flying towards a rail. Afterwards, a witch appears from the soul gem.]
Kyoko: SAYAKA!!!

Kyubey: On this planet, you call females who have yet to become adults "girls". It makes sense then that since you'll eventually become witches, you should be called "magical girls".

I'd Never Allow That To Happen[edit]

Kyoko: [Thinking] Hey, God. If you're there, my life sucked. So for once, please, let me have a happy dream.

[Madoka and Kyoko are in the labyrinth of Oktavia von Seckendorff in hopes of rescuing Sayaka.]
Madoka: Hey, Kyoko?
Kyoko: Yeah?
Madoka: I feel bad I can't help. Everyone else has always done the fighting for me...Anyway, I sort of feel like a coward.
Kyoko: Why the heck would you ever want to become a magical girl?
Madoka: Why? Uh...
Kyoko: Uh-uh. Don't underestimate this stuff. This ain't a job anybody can do.
Madoka: But...
Kyoko: If you get to eat good food every day and live a happy life with your family, why would you give that up if you're not sure it's what you really want? You think about becoming a magical girl on some stupid whim? I'd never allow that to happen. Hell, I'd kick your ass before you could. If you do this then you're putting your life in danger. The only people who should do this are the ones who've got no other choice. Anybody else who sticks their nose in it is just messing around. And that's dumb.
Madoka: You think so, huh?
Kyoko: But you never know, right? Maybe there will come a time when your back's gonna be up against the wall and you'll have to stand up and fight. If that day ever comes, you can think about it then.

[Madoka is meeting Kyoko and Homura at a railroad track. Kyoko is carrying Sayaka's lifeless body.]
Madoka: Sayaka?! [Kyoko looks away from Madoka in regret.] Sayaka! What happened?! Where's her Soul Gem?! What happened to her?!
Homura: Her Soul Gem disappeared and transformed into a Grief Seed. A witch hatched and it vanished. [Madoka collapses to the ground in shock.]
Madoka: No...It can't be...
Homura: It is. That's the final secret of the Soul Gems. [Pulls out her Soul Gem and shows it to Madoka.] When our Gems get too tainted and turn completely black, we transform into Grief Seeds. Then we're reborn as witches. See? This is the destiny which no magical girl can escape.
Madoka: It's not true... [Runs over to the two.] It can't be true...Right? [A train passes by creating a short pause. Madoka then collapses again in dismay.] But...how...? She...she only wanted to protect people from witches...She wanted to be a hero...That's why she became a magical girl...Why...?
Homura: Her curse became as powerful as her wish. It was only a matter of time, really. And from now on, for each person she saved, she'll curse another in return.
[Kyoko places Sayaka's body in front of Madoka. She then turns around and angrily grabs Homura by the collar.]
Kyoko: Why you...What the hell's your problem?! You trying to impress us with your big brain or something?! How can you stand there talking crap like that?! She was Sayaka's...[Looks at Madoka sobbing over Sayaka's body.] She was her best friend!
Homura: [To Madoka] You understand now, don't you? The thing you wanted so much to be...this is it. [To Kyoko] Oh, and the body you brought along? It's your responsibility now. [Forces Kyoko to let go of her collar.] You better be careful getting rid of it, though. Or it'll cause problems later.
Kyoko: And you dare call yourself human?!
Homura: No, of course I don't. Neither should you.
[Homura turns to leave the two.]

I Won't Rely On Anyone Anymore[edit]

Homura: [Narrating] I'll do it over. No matter how many times it takes. I'll relive it over and over again. I will find the way out. The one path that will save me from this destiny of despair. Madoka; my one and my only friend.

The Only Thing I Have Left To Guide Me[edit]

My Very Best Friend[edit]

[Maodka is about to make her contract with Kyubey and make her wish to save Homura.]
Madoka: Homura, I am sorry...but I...wanna be a magical girl.
Homura: Madoka...don't do it...
Madoka: I finally figured out what I want to wish for. I know what I want now more than anything else. And I'm ready to trade my life for it with no regrets.
Homura: But you can't! If you do then...everything I fought for...it's all for nothing! [Begins to cry. Madoka walks over to her to comfort her.]
Madoka: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. You've been protecting me for a long time...and I'll never forget that. I know you're the reason that I'm the person I am today. I'm so sorry. I really want this; it's the answer I've been looking for. I swear. I promise I won't let your efforts be in vain. Believe me, Homura.
Homura: Madoka... [Madoka leaves Homura and faces Kyubey.]
Kyubey: You (Madoka) are the center of karmic destiny from many different timelines, so no matter how enormous your wish it most definitely will come true.
Madoka: You sure it will?
Kyubey: Of course. Madoka Kaname, what is the wish which you would trade your soul for?
Madoka: I wish...[Pause. Madoka inhales and exhales.] I wish I had the power to erase witches before they are born! Every single witch; from the past, present, and future! Everywhere! [Madoka's chest begins to glow to form her Soul Gem.]
Kyubey: That wish! Once it's granted, it will unravel the fabric of time itself! It violates the laws of karmic destiny! Are you trying to become a god?!
Madoka: I don't care what I become. All the magical girls who believed in hope and fought witches...I don't want them to suffer or cry anymore. I want them to be at peace. And if that goes against the laws of the universe, then I'll just rewrite those laws. That's the only thing I want. It's what I wish for. Now, grant my wish, Incubator!
[Maodka, Kyubey, and Homura are all enveloped in a massive flash of light from Madoka's Soul Gem.]

[Madoka has made her wish to destroy all witches in existence. She is meeting with Mami and Kyoko in Mami's apartment.]
Mami: Madoka, do you realize how scary that wish you made was?
Madoka: Sort of.
Mami: You'll be fighting an endless battle; one that stretches from the past to the future for all eternity. You'll never be the same. You won't be able to exist as a physical entity anymore. Dying would be a kinder fate. For the rest of time, you'll live on as an entity whose sole purpose is to destroy witches.
Madoka: I know, and I'm ready. If someone ever tells me it's a mistake to have hope, well then I'll just tell them they're wrong and I'll keep telling them until they believe; no matter how many times it takes.
Kyoko: Sounds good to me. If you think you can do it, do it. I mean, you found your reason to fight, yeah? And you ain't running away anymore, right? So, there's nothing holding you back! Anyway, it's time to get your ass in gear and go full steam ahead!
Madoka: [Chuckles] Thanks a lot, Kyoko.
Mami: If that's what you really want, it's time you got this back. [Hands Madoka her notebook containing her costume sketches.] Here you go. [Madoka giggles and takes the notebook.] You're not just giving us back our hope, but you're becoming hope itself; the hope of magical girls everywhere.

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