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All in the Family

January 29, 2011

Conspiracy Theory Theater, Madoka Edition, Mark 4.

Alright, let’s run with the whole “Kyubey is behind everything” angle. Kyubey’s orchestrating this whole scenario. He gives chicks power, forces them into his little games, likely creates witches through some means, blahblah. Assuming that, for some reason Kyubey needs Madoka. There’s some reason why she’s his primary mark. He tells her she’s special. He stays with her rather than Sayaka during the “recruitment” phase. Madoka’s some sort of anime-styled “chosen one” that’s needed for whatever shit Kyubey’s scheming to go down.

First off: Why is that? Let’s make a major logical leap.

Madoka’s mom was/is a magical girl. Back in the day, I’m willing to bet that Madoka’s mom made a pact of some sort. Maybe it was with Kyubey, maybe it was with another magical pet thing. It would explain her mom’s attitude towards life, since the mom’s perspective mirrors that which Mami and Kyubey tried to pound into Madoka’s head. I’m willing to bet that the mom’s past experiences as a magical girl led to her present outlook. And I’m willing to bet that her wish had something to do with starting a family or finding a way to make her husband fall for her or maybe helped lead to her current career.

Regardless of her wish, yeah, I bet she’s a retired magical girl. And this might make Madoka special in some way. Maybe this is exceptionally rare. From the looks of things, magical girls have a low life expectancy, so to see one get to an age where she can have kids may be something pretty exceptional. Maybe some of her magical prowess has been passed onto Madoka, making her a natural for whatever it is that Kyubey’s has in store.

Kyubey needs Madoka. He needs her badly. So what does he do? He finds ways to force Madoka to make a pact with him. If granting a wish doesn’t work, drag her along to show her how serious this is. Maybe if Madoka sees how much she’s needed to fight witches, maybe she’ll pull the trigger. If that doesn’t work, arrange for the current magical girl to have a little “accident.” Make Madoka want to fill the void. Now that this hasn’t worked, go for the peer pressure angle. Arrange for Sayaka to have a character-developing moment with her sick buddy. Twist the dude’s emotions so that he freaks out and pushes Sayaka to make a pact. Maybe Madoka will jump if she sees her best buddy jump as well.

I don’t see this working. If anything, Madoka will be relieved that someone else decides to take the risk, especially if it’s someone she knows. With peer pressure failing, call in an outside magical girl to deal with the newbie. Gank Sayaka’s ass and force Madoka’s hand.

The catch is that the character Madoka best resembles is Shinji Ikari. The weight of the world is placed on both of their shoulders, and both of them cower in the face of massive responsibility. The only reason why Shinji ever got in an Eva Unit is because he saw a chick that resembled his mother about to be forced into one in his place. It’s gonna take something that severe and personal before Madoka even considers making a pact.

The Sayaka gambit isn’t gonna work. Sayaka’s gonna do her thing, only to either die or get severely hurt in the process. But that isn’t gonna change Madoka’s attitude. There’s always Homura, and even once she’s removed it’s gonna take a direct attack on Madoka’s family before she finally caves in. It might not even take the deaths of her father and her little brother before she finally caves in.

It’s all gonna come down to Madoka’s mother somehow. Her fate is going to determine Madoka’s fate. There’s no other reason why they would play up their relationship and make it parallel Madoka’s magical girling if that wasn’t the case.

Sorry to say it, Madoka’s mom, but you’re screwed.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2011 2:59 AM

    Interesting theory. But Madoka was all ready to go right up until Mami died.

    Kyuubey could still be behind everything. In fact, I suspect it’s all a kind of grooming– yes, in the creepy pedophile-raising-children sense.

    • January 29, 2011 3:11 AM

      I dunno about that. Madoka wasn’t flat out against Magical Girls, but it still felt like she had a safety net in that Mami was still there to do battle and her own indecisiveness in making a wish.

      But yeah, it’s either gonna be down to Homura or Madoka’s mom who’re going to make her cross the line at this point, methinks.

      Unless they do a totally cool thing and have her entire family killed, and she becomes a magical girl for her BROTHER. And her reason is the same as Matilda’s from the Professional.

      • Landon permalink
        January 29, 2011 3:12 AM

        I approve of Kyubey-as-Leon.

        Madoka: Teach me how to clean.

        Kyubey: *forces her into a maid outfit*

  2. January 29, 2011 3:06 AM

    Yeah, I can see her mom as being the catalyst. She has the most screen time in terms of character showcasing. Homura and Sayaka might have more actual screen time, but they’re kinda restricted in their roles as active characters/angst driven. Whilst mommy can easily get consistent screen time while people don’t expect her to die, thus the viewer is more willing to invest their attachment to her.

    Then BAM!

    Kyubey: Yes, join us. Become a Magical Girl and bring balance to Magi-*killed*
    Kyoko: Why!? You were the chosen one!
    Darth Madoka: What is thy wish, my mother?

  3. January 29, 2011 6:45 AM

    This theory has GOT to be the most interesting one I’ve heard so far.

    Although, I doubt if she can stay alive as a Magical Girl long enough before ‘retiring’ or starting a family..

  4. January 29, 2011 11:14 PM

    Interesting. I’ve always felt Madoka’s family is rather particular. There HAS to be some dysfunctional about the family that we don’t know yet.

  5. Innman permalink
    January 30, 2011 12:13 AM

    Super interesting theory.

    One minor nitpick: Wasn’t Madoka’s mother unable to see Kyuubey in episode 2? Yeah, Madoka says “So people really can’t see him…” when he’s soaking in a bowl of water outside the bathroom in plain sight of her mom. If that’s the case, the theory’s kind of blown, unless, of course, Mom’s memories were removed as a condition for retiring as a Magical Girl, or something.

    I preferred the theory that her mother is actually the human form of a witch, or something similar to that, mainly because when she was talking about taking over her company, it felt to be a bit sinister. Cue moral issues about good/evil, and that might raise the conversation with Homura in episode 1 about staying with family. I was banking on Mami confronting Madoka about her mother to force Madoka to choose, but with Mami dead, that idea has sunk.

    Of course, if the ‘Witches are other familiar’s Magical Girls’ theory pans out, both of these theories could be true! Though that theory requires some more story explanation to pan out–all the Magical Girls we’ve seen so far seem to have originated from Kyuubey, and no other Kyuubey-like animal has been seen or even hinted at, which raises the question of how is the entire world, or even Japan, patrolled by Magical Girls if they are all made by Kyuubey, have short lives, and can only protect a city at a time.

    I’ll laugh if it turns out that Madoka’s dad is something/someone important.

    • January 30, 2011 8:54 AM

      Not necessarily, as you said, her mom might be unable to see Kyubey as a result of not being a MG anymore, or maybe she DID see him but decided to play oblivious, going so far as to not use the sink during their mutual morning ritual?

      Of course, this is all just a crazy theory that’s probably wrong, but until we know the real deal, at this juncture, it’s still a possibility Schrodinger’s Conspiracy Theory if you will.

      Taking over the company isn’t especially sinister though. Just the kinda thing you gotta do in the rat race to get ahead.

  6. January 30, 2011 4:28 PM

    Most way-out-there logical connection I’ve seen anyone make lol. Frankly I’m unconvinced, but if it does turn out that way, then props.

    Also, I don’t think that the Shinji comparison is valid, mostly because there isn’t a responsibility on Madoka to do anything. She can choose to become a magical girl, or she can choose not to. If she doesn’t, the world doesn’t fall apart. But whatever. I’m just nitpicking.

  7. February 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    The question is, who won’t die?

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