Gen Urobuchi wants to write stories that can warm people's hearts.
Those who know about my creative history will probably furrow their brows and think this is a sick joke. Honestly, I have trouble believing it myself. For when I start typing out words on the keyboard, the stories my brain comes up with are always full of madness and despair.
The truth is, I haven't always been this way. I have often written pieces that didn't have a perfect ending, but by the last chapter the protagonist would still possess a belief that "Although there will be many hardships to come, I still have to hold on".
But ever since I don't know when, I can no longer write works like this.
I have nothing but contempt for the thing men call happiness, and have had to push the characters I poured my heart out to create into the abyss of tragedy.
For all things in the world, if they are just left alone and paid no attention, are bound to advance in a negative direction.
No matter what we do, we can't stop the universe from getting colder, either, and on the same principle. This world is only maintained in existence by a series of logical, common-sense processes; it can never escape the bondage of its physical laws.
Therefore, in order to write a perfect ending for a story you must possess the power to break the chain of cause and effect, invert black and white, and act in complete contradiction to the rules of the universe. Only a heavenly and chaste soul, a soul that resounds with genuine praise for humanity, can save the story; to write a story with a happy ending is a double challenge, to the author's body as well as the mind.
At some point, Gen Urobuchi lost that power. He still hasn't recovered. The "tragedy syndrome" is still continuing within me. Is this a terminal disease? Should I give up on the pure "warrior of love" that I have longed for? Or mount a pallid battle steed and reincarnate into a bearer of the plague... could it be that I can only create pieces that give men courage and hope in my next life? (When I wrote this, I accidentally wrote "courage" as "lingering ghosts". I guess that's what I get for using IME — Ah, I just wrote "IME" as "hatred"... is there no way out of this for me?)
A “magical girl show” is a work that allows miracles to be written. For me, I think by [writing] Madoka I was able to write a “heartwarming story.” To be able to put all these different emotions into a work... that truly owes much to this vessel called the “magical girl show”.
— Gen Urobuchi, DVD/BD Volume 6 Booklet.
Yeah, it's that kind of show.
— The little line that ends most Puella Magi Madoka Magica examples on trope pages, often potholed to Darker and Edgier,
"All I could think during these moments was THIS IS GOING TO END IN A DISASTER. It can’t end well! There’s no way the rest of this show is going to be a frolic through a field of pit bull puppies. This is verified science."
— Mark Oshiro, Mark Watches Puella Magi Madoka Magica
"Nobody should look up to somebody like me. I'm just acting cool, but I have no one to talk to when I'm scared or sad, and I am forced to cry alone. Being a Magical Girl isn't really that great."
— Mami Tomoe on her life so far as a Magical Girl
"With kindness comes naďveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a Magical Girl."
—Homura Akemi, summing up what entails the life of Magical Girls.
Kyubey: You did ask me to make you a magical girl. You just didn't ask about the details.
Sayaka: Why didn't you tell us?
Kyubey: You didn't ask. It's easier if you don't know. Mami never even found out about it.
— Episode 7, reviewing the events so far
Sayaka: "What are you planning this time?"
Homura: "Don't be a fool. You're in no position to be questioning others right now. Or does being helped by someone else bother you so much?"
Sayaka: "I won't be like the rest of you magical girls. That's what I decided. I won't associate with people who use or abandon others. I don't need any reward for my work. I'll never use magic for my own benefit."
Homura: "You're going to die."
Sayaka: "Only when I can no longer kill any more witches. And then I wouldn't be any of use anyway, right? That's fine."
Sayaka falls to the floor
Sayaka: "Someone like me has no other place in this world."
Homura: "Why are you doing this? I only want to save you. Why won't you believe me?"
Sayaka: "I don't know. I just get this feeling... that you're a liar. You have the eys of someone who's given up on everything. You're always saying empty words. This is no different. You say you want to help me, but I know that's not what you're really thinking. You can't fool me like that."
Homura: "And that's how you keep making Madoka suffer."
Sayaka: "This has nothing to do with her."
Homura: "No. Everything I do is for her."
Homura transforms into her magical girl form
Homura: "You're pretty sharp. Yes, you're right. I don't want to save you. I just don't want Madoka to see you destroy yourself. If you refuse me here, you'll die either way. And if you keep making Madoka suffer... then I will as well... kill you myself, here, and now... Miki Sayaka!"
— Exchange during episode 8
"Whenever we pray for somebody's happiness, someone else must be cursed in exchange. Turns out that's how we magical girls work... I really was an idiot."
— Sayaka Miki, moments before she became a witch in Episode 8
Kyouko: Don't worry, Sayaka. It sucks to be alone. It's okay. I'll be beside you... Sayaka.
— Episode 9, moments before Kyouko's Heroic Sacrifice.
" If you ever decide that your life is not too high a price to pay for saving the universe, let me know. We'll be ready."
"In our culture, the phenomena known as emotion is considered a mental disorder."
''I will do it over, as many times as it takes... I'll find the one path that would save you from a fate of boundless despair. Madoka... my one and only friend. If it's for you, then I don't mind being trapped in this endless maze... forever.
— Homura Akemi
"You’re not just granting hope. You’re becoming hope itself!"
—Mami Tomoe speaking about Madoka
"If someone says it's wrong to hope, I will tell them that they're wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!" (After this everything changed).
"Even though this world is without witches, that doesn't mean there are no curses. The distortions of the world change form and target people from the darkness. This may be a world without salvation and where nothing but sadness and hatred repeat, but it's still a place she once tried to protect. That's something I remember, something I will never forget. That's why... I will keep fighting."
— Homura Akemi, just before the series ends.
"You think you know magical girls? Fuck you.
— SF Debris sums up the show.
Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone.