Heartwarming: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
While Gen Urobuchi
attempted to mislead the audience that the show overall has a heartwarming story, there are
heartwarming moments here and there so he wasn't trolling us completely
. In retrospect, he didn't lie that much.
- In Episode 3, Madoka promising to fight alongside Mami. Mami's reaction to this is so heartfelt and happy that you just know something bad's about to happen to her.
- In Episode 5, Madoka expresses concern about Sayaka becoming a Magical Girl particularly after what happened to Mami. Sayaka brushes her off saying that if she hadn't then she would have lost Madoka and Hitomi which she finds to be even scarier and assures Madoka that she wont need to contract because she will protect the city now. It's a Heartwarming moment since it shows just much Sayaka values her friends and ideals that she was willing to sign on to what she knew was a dangerous job.
- Sayaka bringing up the newly-healed Kyosuke up to the roof for a impromptu concert. Kyosuke's parents, nurses, and doctors are all there to see him play his violin again, and you can tell that everyone present knows that they're in the presence of a true miracle. Putting aside her friend's rescue, this one event convinces Sayaka that "There's no way I'll ever regret it".
- In Episode 7 Kyoko takes Sayaka to her family's old church and tells Sayaka her backstory and why she became a Magical Girl. She wanted to cheer Sayaka after she learned that her soul gem is a Soul Jar and to give her advice on being a magical girl. While Sayaka does decline her offer of becoming more selfish she does apologize for judging her earlier.
- In Episode 8 Kyoko saves Sayaka from Homura even though it went against her policy of helping people. Later on both of them meet up in the subway station and Kyoko's line implies that she went through the trouble of looking for Sayaka all over town. It seems that Kyoko considers Sayaka her friend.
- In Episode 9, Kyoko performing a Mercy Kill on Witch!Sayaka, along with a Heroic Sacrifice. Not because Sayaka couldn't be defeated without one, but because she didn't want Sayaka to die alone.
- Kyoko and Madoka's talks give the girls some sweet bonding time.
- In Episode 10, Homura swears to repeat her time-travelling 'eternal maze' as many times as it takes to save Madoka, her only friend. This is after you see what led her to be so cold in this version of the timeline...
- Timeline 2 starts off as a series of these for Homura. In her second introduction to Madoka she expresses joy at seeing her friend alive again, she's accepted into Mami's Magical Girl team and then she kills her first witch. Theses are the only times we ever see Homura truly happy in contrast to her usual stoic self in the show until the finale.
- In Episode 12,
- The end of the Madoka manga. After the normal ending, there are a few extra pages; Madoka and Homura, who is once again bespectacled and twin-braided, implying all her mental trauma is a thing of the past. Homura apologizes for being such a gloomy friend, and Madoka laughs, assuring her that the two of them will be friends forever.
- The Golden Ending in Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable. Everybody Lives, they come to terms that they're liches and will make the best out of it, Madoka doesn't become a Magical Girl, and everyone has one big final tea party. It can happen, you just gotta earn it.
- The various endings in Grief Syndrome. In either ending where Sayaka dies, it shows Kyoko and Oktavia (Sayaka's witch form) getting along just fine. Also, there are two endings that require the survival of two characters: Madoka / Homura and Sayaka / Kyoko, respectively. They're wedding scenes.
- Holy cow, this vid is adorable.
- The Compilation Movie version of Episode 12 adds a brief scene where Madoka whips out a handkerchief and cleans the blood off of Homura's face while she apologises to her for deciding to become a Magical Girl. It's both adorable and sad.
Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you.
As long as you remember her,