Madoka Magica - Spoilers & Speculation
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Sigh, a bit tired of speculah here. Let's see some real spoilers for a change. Translation from some guy at evageeks.org.
lots of spoilers
UG - InuCurry-san did not just design the witches, they also decided under what situation the fight scenes took place. That was really fun.
Q - And there was Sayaka turning into a witch in Ep.8
UG - The conversations between two hosts that was overheard by Sayaka were true. I was in a crowded train and right in front of me were two guys making that kind of conversation.
Shinbo - Wanna add: Sayaka in the anime DID NOT KILL those hosts.
UG - In the screenplay it could be taken either way, so in the manga version by Hanokage-san the intrepretation was taken as KILLED.
Q - There were more than one QB appearing in Ep.8. Do they have different personalities?
UB - The individual entities may be separate, but the consciousness is one. So even if one individual entity should die, there was not much of damaage. Just one individual dying is only like you pull off one thread of hair.
The scene where QB ate its corpse was a scene added during the screenplay writing. I wanted to write something about QB that would highlight how it and human being could be absolutely mutually incomprehenisble. Something like the reaction when your compatriot died.
Seiko Yoshida (seiyuu for Kyousuke Kamijou)
The dialogue by Sayka "I cannot ask him to embrace this body...I cannot ask him to kiss this body...". I heard it directly spoken to me in the studio, and it just came to me with this feeling of the pain and sadness coming form someone who has fallen in love with a person who she is certain will never love her, and I remember crying because of that.
I was really hoping that Kyousuke and Sayaka could have an ending with both came together happily and my heart was left with a sad memory.
Q - We can only wait for the completion of the battles in the second half (symbv: don't forget the interview was made back on Mar 13) It may be a bit too soon, but what do both of you think about making a sequel "Madoka 2"?
Shinbo - I have many ideas coming up, like what we could do with 2 cours, or some episodes that happen within the 12 episodes already made. As we have already come this far, I want to expand on the world we created.
UG - Because the length was only one cour, a lot of elements and details had to be cut off. I am now thinking very hard about how to develop the next "Madoka".
(this interview was made on Mar 13th)
Because when I wrote the screenply there was still nothing done for monster design or art settings, I did not try to decide the layout of the battles. This means in the original screenplay there was only rough sketches like "In this scene they fight while speaking these dialogues". At that time Mami-san's strongest attack move was named "Ultimate Shoot" (lol). And I thought this really sounded so stupid, so just at the voice dubbing studio I got anxious and rushed to translate the words on the net. I tried using Spanish and Greek but at the end I picked Italian which became "Tiro Finale".
Q - Could you elaborate a bit more on the power of Homura?
UG - The weapon that looks like Homura's shield is actually a sand timer. When the flow of the sand is blocked, time is stopped. And when there is no sand on the upper part of the sand timer and then the timer is reverted, one month's worth of time is turned back. But before that stage is reached, only time stopping is possible. This means the special power of Homura is the ability to manipulate one month's time's worth of sand in the sand timer. As for the time passed and then turned back, since it was not the focus in this work I did not think it through very thoroughly. I think you can say that the world split up and became parallel worlds there.
In the latest issue of Otome Anime magazine, there are the following comments from various staff:
Shinbo - Well.. but before that perhaps I must do the second season of Puella Magi Madoka Magika first.. If this is possible, I would really want to do it."
Inu-Curry - We never expected the witch runes would be decrypted so we were surprised. But from now on there is this need to write up all the sentences that carry meanings, and this means it gets more difficult to use the witch runes.
Urobuchi Gen - I think the human protagonist is actually Homura.
Iwagami - Personally for me I now feel the urge to do a part 2.
The secret of the armament of the mahou shoujo?
From the bow and arrows of Madoka, to swords and muskets, the arms wielded by mahou shoujo were impressive.
UG - When I thought about what kinds of weapon they would use to fight, although I had not met Aoki-san yet, I found both Aoki-san and I shared the same liking towards "Monster Hunter" (lol). As we have this in common, and it is easy to imagine using that, I got the hint from there for the weapons.
QB whom everybody loves
QB had an oustanding presence by casting shadows over the drama and prompting mysteries all over the place. At critical points in the drama, it lurked around purposedly, got shot holes in it, got snatched as an object. Something you could not imagine being a mahou shoujo mascot. Perhaps its rough treatment was the evidence of its popularity!?
Background with unique feeling of presence
Madoka's background was brimming with a unique tension and mood. It can be taken as either near future or contemporary, but basically it was based on motives drawn from existing buildings in real life.
The sweeping up of Homura's hair
Although Homura's hair now hangs freely, at the beginning it was done in twisted double pigtails. The scenes where she was shown to sweep her hair upwards were added as an attempt in the animation to create a feel for that past
The secret of Homura's apartment
Homura's apartment was depicted like some otherwordly space. All those images were in fact holograph images projected from somewhere. The original design was set as an apartment with things like tea table .
Madoka had her personality based on a Aoki Ume character"
By contrast, Sayaka had her personality based on a "Urobuchi Gen character"
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