January 08, 2011
Homura's threat to Madoka seemed ominous, kind of like "Nice family you've got there. Be too bad if something happened to it."
But what if it isn't really like that? The weird way that reality seemed to break down, what if that really is the truth? Suppose that the beautiful land where Madoka and Sayaka live is an elaborate, persistent illusion? And Madoka and Sayaka are the only people in it who are real?
Following this thought, then it would be that Homura herself once had such a life, but became a magical girl and in so doing lost it. The reason she's dour is that she misses that life. The reason she warned Madoka is that she doesn't want the same to happen again. It wasn't a threat, it was truly a warning.
And the reason she was trying to kill Kyubey is that he's behind it all.
UPDATE: So Kyubey offered them each a wish if they'd become magical girls. I bet that in the end, they use their wishes to return to the persistent illusion in which we see them living now.
One thing to know is that the batch of translators subbing this are evidently from the "picked up Japanese by watching Naruto" school, so a lot's going above their heads. And by extension, yours, since you're reading their interpretations of the lines.
In the beginning, when Kyubey is talking to Madoka while Homura's fighting, he says something that none of the TLs I saw picked up on (And I watched a couple, since I've got easy access and what you're writing here didn't jive with my recollection of the show.)
"Shikata nai yo. Kanojo hitori de ha ni ga omosugita."
Which means something like "This was inevitable. It was too much for her alone." Every TL I saw missed the 'alone' part. And the past tense, for that matter. (Bunch of other mistakes too, but that one seems relevant.)
From this and a few other things in the episode, this was the conclusion I drew:
At some time in the future there's going to be some kind of catastrophe, and Homura alone won't be able to stop it. What we saw in Madoka's dream is after that disaster, with a shattered world ruled by some kind of abstract evil. Kyubey thinks that Madoka, for whatever reason, can stop this, so he wants her to be a magical girl. But whatever being a magical girl means, it carries some kind of price. It might be like you're saying and that she lives in a matrix-style illusion, and that becoming a magical girl means finding that out.
My guess was a little different though. I think that whatever the magical girls are fighting, it's very, very bad. Cthulu-style sanity wasting bad. The kind of evil that would think nothing of hunting down somebody's friends or relatives to devour, just on a whim. I think that Homura lost her friends and family to it, and she's trying to warn off Madoka to keep her from meeting the same fate.
Either way, it's a really interesting anime, and head and shoulders above the rest of the stuff this season.
Posted by: tellu541 at January 08, 2011 10:29 AM (pJ1uW)
Posted by: ubu at January 08, 2011 11:54 AM (GfCSm)
I mean, I'm a bigger fan of Yuki Kajiura than most - I own about 70% of her OST output (I'm a bit lower on that when it comes to pop-music she's produced), but it's pretty much impossible not to admit that she lacks the kind of range Yoko Kanno has. Most of Kajiuras OSTs sound remarkably similar.
Posted by: DiGiKerot at January 08, 2011 04:02 PM (QGkgN)
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