Post by iamasianbatgirl on Nov 5, 2015 0:03:27 GMT -5
Hey, guys! It's Nikki here (AKA the Nikki that Maria text-yelled at after she watched Rebellion the first time bwahahaha )
Just rewatched the entire series PLUS the movie in the span of three days and now I'm a mess (again). Everything about this anime made me emotional and so conflicted. Each rewatch made me question and sympathize a different character but Rebellion just leaves me so perplexed. Homura was always my most complicated/problematic fave. She's fanatically devoted to Madoka. She's so devoted that she would forcibly take away Madoka's big sacrifice just to remake the world so Madoka can live the life she selfishly desires. It's such a complicated issue. I don't know how to feel when I think about this movie. Gah! Too many feels. (also KyoSaya feels all the way in this movie!)
I feel like most people would have a similar reaction to Maria when they watch this movie for the first time. The ending was spoiled for me before I watched it last year so I had some time to dwell before it hit me. Watching it all within a couple of days made it even clearer to me that Homura's spiral makes so much sense. There are some arguments that say Homura is a psychopath, or that she's "abusive." I DON'T agree with them because the whole situation is so complicated but it is an interesting discussion. (there's an example of that debate here).
One thing I noticed this time around about Mami, after rewatching everything and reading "Different Story," was that the ribbons really represented for me her desire to connect with the world, with people, with friends etc. She's so lonely in almost every timeline but in Rebellion she finally has a companion and a group of friends (a family even!). I guess I just really got attached to Mami-senpai on this rewatch and seeing that battle between her and Homura (HOLY CRAP WAS THAT NOT SO AMAZING?!) made me realize that the ribbons symbolized her desperate desire to keep things together when Homura started to pick things apart.
There are just so many things to unpack from this movie and seeing how it's midnight as I post this, I'll stop here for now. Excited to read/hear other people's reactions and interpretations. Feel free to yell at me too
Post by megamaramon on Nov 7, 2015 17:43:27 GMT -5
Wow - the ribbons! Nikki, that's a fantastic interpretation. All Mami wanted was a group of girls, and I saw the Puella Magi Magica Quintet in Rebellion as her deepest desire.
The battle between Mami and Homura is my favorite Madoka moment ever. In the anime, we didn't see that level of fighting between two high-level magical girls. Seeing how brutal their fighting can be, and that moment where Homura takes the gun to her temple...it makes my heart hurt every time.
I'm glad Maria and Nikki pointed out Kyouko and Sayaka's relationship. It wasn't obvious in the anime, but the movie solidified them as my Madoka OTP. That moment where they hold hands back-to-back is so sweet. I want a manga of just the two of them on adventures together.
Ok, I do need some ending explaining because I've only seen it three times. Madoka is no longer a goddess, but Homura does her job as a demon, right?
I've got my feet on the ground and I don't go to sleep to dream
Post by geekgirlkate on Nov 19, 2015 15:07:12 GMT -5
I have finally caught up to this and finished the movie last night. My initial feeling was definitely disappointment in Homura's decision/final act because it seemed to negate Madoka's sacrifice. However, after some reflection this was really Homura's final sacrifice for Madoka.
I guess what makes me wonder though is whether Homura's actions were selfish or complete sacrifice. Does this still fulfill her wish to protect Madoka?
Also I wondered the same thing Mara, does Homura fulfill Madoka's role now. Are there still magical girls?