Would have been up earlier had I not suffered from a bad case of DDOS.
Welcome back to yet another dose of RegularHealingMagicGirlAnime-1. Once again, spoilers aplenty, so GTFO if you’ve not watched the latest episode yet. (If you haven’t watched a single episode at all, please teach me how you’ve managed to live on Pluto. )
So as most watchers know, Sayaka is consumed by despair and turns into a witch, and both Kyoko and Madoka seek a way to ‘revive her’, and Kyubey’s revealed to be something called an ‘Incubator’, something which would be explained later on in the episode. But before I move on to that, I’ve noticed that the show started to resemble a movie I recently watched…
…the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Why? In the movie, the devil (Mr. Nick) deceives Doctor Parnassus into taking a bet, which, if Parnassus won, would grant him eternal life, something he desired – yet in the end, it only doomed him to eternal suffering, and when he bet with the devil again, he would inadvertently end up fucking things up, big time. But that’s not the point. The point is that the contractor is a trickster, someone who let him win because he knew what would happen as a result. Needless to say, I could simply replace this movie with any other movie that involved this kind of deal, because they all go along pretty much the same lines- suffering and despair, for a single wish.
In this case, Kyubey seems to be kind of a machine : he is set to ‘save the universe’ (literally) by using the girls’ emotions to help cope with the universe’s entropy (See:“Heat Death of the Universe”), but he is also a bystander. Much like Homura he knows what would happen, and he willingly allows it to go on…all according to plan. Even though he knew that Kyoko’s death was certain, he allowed her to go on in her ill-fated attempt to try and save Sayaka so as to force Madoka into being a Puella Magi when the Walpurgis Night, apparently, thanks to Japan’s knack of modifying words’ meanings, in reality a powerful type of witch so strong that Homura would not be able to stop alone. In other words, the king is in check. His plan would come to fruition if Madoka became a Puella Magi – her transformation into a witch would provide massive amounts of energy.
So , technically, Kyubey is actually on the side of ‘good’ …his version of it anyway. He fights to stop the universe from reaching maximum entropy, in a sense, trying to save the universe – yet he has no emotion , for his ‘race’ (which I presume, must consist of nothing but clones of him) cannot feel any emotion. So his reasoning is this: why not sacrifice one, for the sake of many – for the sake of the whole universe? Here he is with a method of creating energy, out of almost nothing, something that completely breaks the laws of conservation of energy.
Time to bring in a little philosophy : in this case, utilitarianism. Utilitarianism could be defined as doing things for the greatest happiness of the majority, or if you analyse the word itself, treating the moral worth of any action as dependent on its ability to well, utilize. Problem with Kyubey’s Act Utilitarianism is that it simply doesn’t adhere to our set of morals and values. While it might make perfect sense to him, to us it’s morally wrong, no matter the amount of people saved. Consider the famous train-track question. There are two railroad tracks, one with 5 people unconscious, and the other with a random person you’ve never met before in your life. You only have time to move a lever, upon which the train headed for the 5 would be redirected towards the person, who will definitely die. What do you do?
And another thing that prevents me from not seeing Kyubey as some form of divine, malicious being is the existence of the witches themselves – how does that make any sense, at all? Who even created these witches? Better yet, who created Kyubey? Surely, he wasn’t born out of some rock, was he? Maybe he was made out by marshmallows …with magic.