With Homura’s arrival Sayaka and Kyouko’s fight comes to an end with her telling Kyouko that she’s on the side of those who are calm, asking which side she belongs to. She then tells asks Madoka why she hasn’t heeded her warning yet and as she leaves Kyubey suspects her of something.
After she went home Sayaka used the Grief Seed she had to clear her gem up and in order to stop it from turning into a witch Kyubey ate it, he then advises her to quickly find another one so that she won’t have to hold back on using magic, the reason Kyouko was so powerful. Other than that he also mentions that it could also be possible to beat her if she got someone on her side stronger through natural talent alone, Madoka however she sees it as a fight she must fight alone.
At the arcade Homura meets Kyouko as she dances along and tells her how she will be the one to defeat Sayaka, in doing so handing the town over to her and also warning her how Walpurgis Night will come to the town in two weeks. Kyouko thinks that it will be tough but they should be able to handle it if they team up, offering her some of her pocky. Madoka meets Sayaka and Kyubey where the fight with Kyouko took place the day before, suggesting that they talk things out however Sayaka can’t stand her methods and blames Homura for Mami’s death. She then strengthens this by asking her if she could really forgive her if their actions had led to the deaths of those close to her, declaring that she will even fight other Puella Magi if they put other people in danger.
Later that night Madoka decided to ask her mother for advice when she came home from work, asking what she should do if her friend is in trouble even if she’s doing the right thing, so she suggests that she does something wrong in order to bring her to her senses. Also going on to tell her how she should learn to make more mistakes while she’s young. The next time Sayaka goes to visit Kyousuke she finds that he’s been discharged and when she makes it to his house she hears him playing playing inside, at this point Kyouko asks if she’s really going to turn back after coming this far and laughes at her wish. Suggesting that she just go and break his arms and legs so that he’ll be completely dependent on her, even offering to do it for her and upon hearing this Sayaka can’t bear to stand her any longer.
As Madoka thinks about her mother’s words Kyubey comes to her telling her that Sayaka is in danger, they manage to catch them just as they’re about to face off and stops Sayaka from transforming and Homura arrives to prevent Kyouko from going back on their agreement by letting her fight her. But before Sayaka can take her on Madoka takes her soul gem and throws it over the guardrail, causing her to collapse as Kyouko confirms that she’s dead and Kyubey telling her how she just threw ‘Sayaka’ away.
So while Homura chases after the car that it landed on Kyubey explained how the soul gem quite literally contains their soul and that their body is nothing more than a hollow shell to be controlled by it, to him this is just another one of his jobs and he finds it weird that all humans lash out at him when they find this out. At this point Homura returns with Sayaka’s soul gem in hand and places it in her hand, Sayaka then awakes wondering what happened.
Another fairly interesting episode as while we were able to learn about things like the soul gems there was even a small amount of foreshadowing towards an event that looks to take place towards the end. Other than that the actions that Homura took were also just that, and what we saw of Kyouko in this episode wasn’t that bad either and of course Kyubey really out did himself on the soulless evil aspect.
To start with one of the things that drew my attention the most was probably the way Homura acted, seeming to break off an otherwise friendly relationship with Madoka and ally herself with Kyouko, yet at the same time cared enough about Sayaka to retrieve her soul gem. However most of all she knew about an event that was going to take place soon that no one else seemed to know, and for some reason all these just reminded me of Archer from Fate/Stay Night with her enigmatic nature being similar to his. So at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some sort of time travel involved, and if so could those segments that we see of Madoka as a Puella Magi with Mami alive and well be part of this?
The Walpurgis Night that she mentioned was also pretty interesting and feels like it could be the event that the series will end on, due to the way that it’s connection with witches and the role that they play in this series work to suggest that something big is going to happen. Considering the scale that it was on compared to the other mazes that we’ve seen in the series, I’m also starting to wonder whether the dream that Madoka had at the start of the series could really be connected to it and with it the weight that Madoka’s decision to become a Puella Magi carries.
One of the more worrying things for me in this episode was the state that Sayaka is in, while her cause and motives may be good at heart she just appears to be a bit too reckless at the moment. It’s as if she’ll just charge forward to fight Kyouko without putting any other thought into it aside from how much she can’t agree with her methods, above all else though there’s also the way that Kyouko now knows where exactly Kyousuke is and the importance he has to her, not to mention the way that she offered to cripple him. So if at this stage Kyouko is still in the position of an antagonist for her it’s just something that isn’t good at all. However despite that I liked what we saw of Kyouko in this episode with her even receiving a transformation sequence and the scene where she was dancing along to a variation of the opening theme was pretty fun as well.
It was also great to see some exposition regarding the soul gems in this episode which ironically enough were shown to quite literally contain what their names stated. Something which despite that still managed to surprise me quite a lot and put the contract sequence we saw between Sayaka and Kyubey in another perspective, in how he was really pulling out her soul when he reached into her. Aside from that it also got me a lot more interested in how Puella Magi need Grief Seeds in order to purify their soul gems, and what exactly failing to do it carries aside from being unable to use magic and possibly their wish becoming undone.
Something else that stood out in this episode was the way that it strengthened all those dark vibes that Kyubey had already been giving off, where if his unchanging expression and the uncaring disposition he seems to have weren’t enough, he was now shown to eat Grief Seeds. Things that quite literally contain grief and despair. However what stood out the more was probably the scene where he was confronted on just what the soul gems were, where to him it was almost all about efficiency in getting Grief Seeds and he couldn’t understand why humans would act the way they would after having their soul tampered with. Showing just how disconnected he is, and at this point it doesn’t really take much to see him as some sort of soulless evil wish granter.