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Warning: this post contains spoilers for the anime/manga Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.

Powerlessness.  It’s a feeling that everyone has to deal with at some point in their lives, and one of the worse feelings in the world.  Throughout the entire series of Madoka Magica, powerlessness is something that Madoka constantly struggles with.  While Homura is constantly fighting and battling, Madoka is a somewhat foil to her, watching from the sidelines as her friends battle witches and deal with the consequences of becoming a magical girl.

As I was watching Madoka Magica, I thought, “Wow, when is Madoka going to become a magical girl??  The series is almost over, and images of Madoka in her magical girl outfit are everywhere in the opening.  Happen already!!”

Just make the darn contract already!

But on the contrary, it is because Madoka didn’t become a magical girl early on, because she was able to learn the truth about Kyubey and magical girls, because she had to experience those feelings of powerlessness and the pain of losing a loved one (er well, everyone except Homura) that allowed her to mature, and discover what she truly wanted to fight for and protect.  Her experiences and knowledge allowed her to make the most powerful wish of all: to destroy all witches in the past, present, and future, effectively becoming hope incarnate.

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“If someone tells me that it’s wrong to hope, I’ll tell them they’re wrong every time.”

Even though her wish means that she will cease to exist on Earth, that she will have to keep fighting witches over and over and over again for all eternity, Madoka sticks with her decision with an amazing amount of resolve and courage.

How can someone have so much faith in a world that is so full of darkness?  Madoka’s selfless and unconditional decision continues to inspire and amaze me.

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