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February 26, 2011

Kyubey is a fiend. He’s a little fucking bastard who manipulates the innocent for his own whims. He’s evil, he’s wretched, and he’s one of the awesomest characters to ever set foot in an anime.

All this stuff about comparing him to Satan and the Faust story can be thrown out the window. With Satan, you know what you’re getting. You sell your soul, you get rewards now, and you pay the ultimate price when it comes time for you to die. When you make that Faustian bargain, you know what’s coming, so the angst is all existential and shit. You see it coming and there’s nothing you can do about it since you chose this path. You fucked yourself over, and Satan was just there to help you along your own path of damnation.

That ain’t what’s up with Kyubey. While he warns the girls about making sure their wishes are worth the price of having to fight witches, he’s by no means upfront about anything. He outright lies about how it’s “curses” that create witches, when we’ve seen that what creates witches is a magical girl allowing her soul gem to become over-corrupted. And with the latest episode we’ve had all of those “Kyubey is behind all this shit” conspiracy theories proven right, since he’s the one “incubating” witches by having girls make contracts.

With a Faustian deal, you’d know that your wish would lead to you becoming a witch. “I give you this wish, and you get to reap its rewards for awhile, and when that time’s up you become my bitch witch,” that’s what Kyubey would be saying if this was a real “deal with the devil” scenario.

Kyubey isn’t playing by those rules. He isn’t tempting people with temporary gain in exchange for a debt to be paid later, he’s scamming these girls into becoming something and doing his best to make them not realize the truth until it’s too late. He’s not unlike the sort of Cthonian gods we see in Lovecraftian shit, where the cultists who worship these dark alien gods think they can control the wild energies given to them by their masters only to find themselves descending into insanity and eternal servitude– all without the sort of warnings you get from classic Luciferian scenarios. These girls are given just enough hope that they can make a difference with their sacrifices, only to have that sliver of hope be their real downfall.

And really, that’s how most of this shit goes down in real life– you never know that you’ve fucked up until it’s too late. Rarely is it a case of some fucking bastard luring you down that path the way Kyubey does, but it’s a far better representation of the sort of shit you can get yourself into (Especially when you’re young, idealistic, and naive like the kids in Madoka.).

So yeah, Kyubey’s an awesome representation of the sort of real life “evil” that can fuck you over without you knowing it, but you know what makes him truly awesome?

He eats himself.

Seriously, dudes, that was the coolest thing I’ve seen in an anime since JET PIRANHAS. It was grotesque both in a disturbing way (You know, cannibalism and all) and in a disgustingly cute way (The way he gobbled himself up and then rolled around like a cat was adorable.). If I’m still doing this shit by year’s end and I do that 12 Days of X-Mas Shit again, I fail to see how this won’t be my #1. Hell, I better schedule it already.

Also: If Homura is Madoka from an alternate time line, I will be PISSED. My money is on Homura being Madoka’s mom.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Myssa permalink
    February 26, 2011 8:36 PM

    The big question now is: what is Incubator… incubating? We now know WHAT he is, but the whys are still too nebulous at this point to judge.

    Oh, and Kyuubey? There’s always a bigger Eldritch Abomination.

    • Landon permalink
      February 27, 2011 1:12 AM

      I don’t know, “creating witches to blow up the world” seems to be motivation enough for me. Kyubey doesn’t seem to be one whose motivations are comprehensible, and that’s assuming he HAS motivations. I’ll be pretty disappointed if it turns out his actions have any real reasoning behind them.

      And… I have no idea who that chick is in that picture. Heehee

      • Myssa permalink
        February 27, 2011 7:57 AM

        Saya, from Saya no Uta, a Nitro+ VN that Gen Urobuchi (who is doing the script for Madoka) wrote for. It’s a story of what happens when a human falls in love with a literal Eldritch Abomination. The ending… was not pretty.

    • Kerkes permalink
      February 27, 2011 12:52 PM

      Didn’t Kyubey compare grief seeds to “witches’ eggs” in episode two (or was it three?)? Soul gems are also suspiciously shaped like eggs, so it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out just what his real name alludes to. His role is to ensure the eggs “hatch”.

  2. all-round anime lover permalink
    February 27, 2011 10:58 AM

    Now you still want Madoka to “grow up” and “accept her fate” and made a contract with Kyubee as one of the “acceptable endings” you want? I always think that Madoka is wise to heed the warnings of Homura cautioning against becoming a Mahou Shoujo. It is not that Madoka intending to “stay pure”. It is more Madoka being unsure and uncertain, a common element of young girls growing up. I object to comparison with Shinji because Shinji had his inner demon and trauma with his father to deal with, which exacerbated his introverted personality causing him to run away even when commanded to take the fight. In Madoka’s case, instead of Misato encouraging Shinji to fight, we have Homura dissuading Madoka to step out. The usual idea of giant robot or mahou shoujo genres is that stepping ahead to fight is always a good thing, and sacrifices are mostly afterthoughts. Not in this anime’s case. Even Mami asked Madoka to give it a really really good thought and should not rush (as she never could afford of wishing other thing other than her life).

  3. February 28, 2011 10:57 PM

    Oh Kyubei. I love you.

    I also love how everyone has their own way of spelling his name. I don’t even remember where I got my spelling wrong or who’s is right…


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