I swear Madoka is one of the only series where the whole audience overlooks the opening sequence and expected it to be something completely different. It told you what it was going to be right away. That's how shows usually package themselves. A light and fluffy story? It most certainly isn't.

Well, what room do I have to talk. This is somebody who went in knowing Mami was going to die. For some weird my memory fails me. I thought I watched it from the start, but I vividly remember watching it after the massive flood of spoilers graced the Internet and knew a head was about to roll. So I guess I watched it after her death (which was unfortunate, considering my own dad's death was around this time exactly... Madoka episode four was the only episode I streamed as it aired in Japan, and what a depressing thing to do when I was depressed already. Go me).

Seriously, we have a race against the time scenario from the start. A dark sky with a gigantic monster flying high above, and the implementation of Kyubey's wish. Not to mention it ends with Homura almost falling to her death if you don't already realize this series is time travel. And while we knew the series was about the future for a start, the fan theories about Homura's time travel ability wasn't even revealed until episode 10. Then it was hailed as one of the most epic episodes a lot of people had seen. At least, that's what I saw said so far back.

I have to admit, I loved the series watching it originally and wondered all these things back then myself. It's just so obvious now what the whole intention was, and we had that extra month inbetwen episodes 10 to 11-12 because of the Fukushima tsunami. There was a loooot of extra time to evaluate about fan theories and decide how things would end. Maybe that's why Mami's death was still so shocking. Even most gruesome shows don't have a main girl dying so immediately with her head eaten off.

Still glad we ended up Madokami, though. Madokami is a blessing to the universe.

Felt like simply musing on this, I guess.
I will give Kyubey credit for going along with what he preaches.

At least when the world was about to end Kyubey was prepared to die with the magical girls he had created.

Did Kyubey run to high ground when Walpurgisnacht arrived? Or a specially stored spacecraft at any point the world was about to end? No, he stood his ground.

Kyubey was okay becoming a sacrifice for the world, too. He didn't run to safety, and he watched everything unravel as Wal destroyed Mitakihara.

Now, mind, contracting Madoka was his major goal, and he lacks emotion to the feelings of others around him. But even he's rational enough to run to a hidden spacecraft somewhere and fly into space.

One of the reasons this sticks out to me is the deadly peace in the fourth timeline in episode ten. Even after Madoka contracts and the world will be annihilated, he's as calm as ever. He makes no move but to sit by Homura's side and just see the view. It's not pretty, but Kyubey seems to have peace about what will transpire in the days to come.

Kyubey was technically a wanderer. If there are other Incubators on Earth and Kyubey was in charge of Japan, there was no way for him to contact them (and short range telepathy is only so useful). But he should've had access to an emergency spacecraft, if nothing else.

The Incubators were on Earth throughout history. Surely they kept the remnants of their old technology, or maybe they lost it at some point. Either way, if they're skilled enough to be out in space, technology should have been passed down through the generations of Incubators. It should be impossible Kyubey was the only one on the planet by Madoka's point in time.

Maybe he didn't have a ship, I don't know. I doubt that part of the story was even thought of, honestly. But you'd think with their emphasised greatness in technology Kyubey would have access to a spaceship hidden somewhere nearby. Maybe not directly in Mami's house, you know, but wherever he rests his paws at night. Since he didn't live with Mami in spite of Kyubey knowing her for a while.

Point is, I guess, at least the Incubators aren't cowards if you look at it this way. Kyubey was content to just stay where he was and watch his work come to fruition. Incubators might be little bastards, but they sink with their ship and know they're trying to do something better in the longrun. For Kyubey, he was just like the way he described humans to cattle; he was just one of the many Incubators out in the universe with a finished job. His race made him an exclusion to be saved and he still followed (what I will consider his ancestors') wishes. If he doesn't have a spacecraft, how would he know otherwise? It's all one big suicide mission, and I doubt the Incubators have lifespans of hundreds of years.

Kyubey was not as great of a sacrifice as Madoka. But neither did he mind dying.

Rebellion screws with this line of thought, though. But that is another story.

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