I expect those people who watch Madoka Magica and follow anime blogs to have one bizarre feeling from watching the latest episode of MSMM. On one hand, the episode, with all its plot ‘twists’, would simply blow them away. On the other hand, the show suddenly seems much less intriguing than before. Why? We’re all too over-speculative over this show.
I admit, I have had my fair share of over-speculation over this show. In fact, it’s gotten to an extent that the only show I’ve been keeping up consistently is, in fact, MSMM. So when Sayaka ‘dies’, Homerun is revealed to be from another timeline ,Kyubey’s actually some sinister being called the Incubator, and it’s confirmed that all Puella Magi turn into witches, you’d be expecting one to be freaking out by this sudden plot twist.
Problem is, thanks to the intellectual circlejerk of Madoka Magica bloggers, all of which have their own theories on how the show goes on, the twists don’t amaze me as much as they would have. Now it’s just like playing Bingo, only that for each square you tick a confirmed theory until you get a line. Time-travel theory? Check. Sayaka turns into a witch theory? Check. All mahou shoujo turn into a witch theory? Confirmed. Kyubey is evil after all? Checked since episode 1.
Who hasn’t heard the notion that Kyubey is evil? As a result everyone simply waits for the moment where it’s confirmed. It’s not that we have no idea Kyubey is evil, we simply wait for the moment which proves it. We know he’s evil.
Over-speculation also takes some of the kick out of watching this show. Listen now, I still love this show with a burning undying passion but I realize that the fun I used to take in seeing all the plot twists went to becoming fun in creating speculah. Speculating over everything is fun and all, but after a while, what’s the consequence?
All of those minute, hidden mind-blowing details are all picked out by bloggers and anime fans alike, posted and spread all over the internet. That picture of a witch with Sayaka’s clothing? It’s been floating about since Episode 1 aired. What about all the theories revolving around the Soul Gem and whatnot? In the original tales of Faust, Faust eventually goes to hell. We all know what’s going to happen to Sayaka. As a result we all have a rough idea of how the show will continue, and thus we wait to see whether we’re right or wrong.
Problem is, I like a show which can amaze me. Now, now, I’m not saying that speculah ruins the show. I mean the speculah takes some of the kick out of the plot twists. I like twists that hardly no-one expects, minute details that turn out to be major, and I like the whole feel of such a show. MSMM has all of these elements, and more, perhaps, but when we all can already expect what twists would appear, it really loses some of its kick. Now I hope the last few episodes, will be much just as, if not even more mind-blowingly awesome.
P.S. Theory time : Kyubey is helping to bring about Walpurgis Night which will eventually destroy the structure of society as we know it with Madoka’s help, even though she doesn’t know. In another timeline Madoka helped caused Walpurgis Night and thus Homura uses her time-manipulation powers to go back in time and stop everything. Also ,Walpurgis Night could involve the creation of witches, either by transforming Puella Magi or simply created out of nothing and probably some other , higher being, with some ulterior motive.