Just a post today to showcase a new wallpaper based on Puella Magi Madoka Magica; which has, much as expected, has continued to go from strength to strength and quite easily marks itself as the best anime of this season. It just continually surprises me each episode, and I think that we can forgive Kyubei’s lax grasp of thermodynamics since it provides good entertainment…
As always, click the above to see it full sized.
After seeing the above set of images of each of the girls, cards immediately came to mind (at first, playing cards, but then tarot). So I merged them with appropriate borders and text; and assigned each girl a High Arcana of the Tarot that she matches. They then came naturally to the darkened ‘usual suspects’ type picture that forms the top end of the wallpaper. As for the girls Tarot association (some spoilers!):
II) Kyouko matches perfectly with a High Priestess; she has the clergy father background; the requirement to make difficult choices, and she matches the positive and negative connotations of this card in reading: (Wisdom/secrets tempered by love vs. passivity and conceit), especially as she initially despises the ideals of Sayaka and hunts witches in a passive way, not caring for the consequences.
VIII) Sayaka is definately Justice. Not only in her ideal; but also in her fate: by giving up her wish for another, she relegates herself to being the Justice, the outside observer of what she thought to protect. Her strengths and weaknesses match the cards meaning like Kyouko: (Strength of Will, Listening to Conscience and Sincerity vs. Prejudice, corruption and pride).
X) Homura is a literal Wheel of Fortune, given what has come to light in the latest episode. Her ability to roll everything back and start the cycle anew (and relive the worst moments of her life!) with her time manipulation is just what the Wheel is about. And again, the meaning matches quite well: (Transformation and accepting destiny vs. resignation and clinging to things and ideals).
XIV) Mami is Temperence. Her personality is mostly calmness tempered in hostility; with her casual devastation of witches and her continual misfortune with losing her head (both literally and figuratively!). Again, she matches decently: (Healing, Trust and Patience vs. Intolerance, Hostility, Incomprehension), especially as her wish is to be healed and she acts the mentor character.
XVII) And finally, Madoka herself is The Star. Despite the cheesy fact that she’s the star of the show; she is also the bouncy never say die type with a literal boundless source of energy. The star works well with others: (Hope, wisdom, profitable partnerships vs. Bad luck, dissappointment, and loss of friends).
Of course; I did also consider a Kyubei card (as the Devil), which he is in many, many aspects; but couldn’t think of how to integrate him into the general design.
Also, a quick late season anime summary:
It’s been an interesting season, I guess. Several things started well and have dropped in quality though.
Infinite Stratos is still entertaining, although Ichika’s IQ drops in every episode (I guess his harem is leeching it away?) and there have been some amusingly bad cock ups in the art quality. And plot, where is it? Still, as far as brainless harem mecha shows go, I’ve had worse.
Gosick continues to forget it is supposed to be a mystery show. To the point where the mysteries have become more and more idiotic and illogical every episode to the point where an omniscient being would have trouble figuring it out from the clues offered. But then, I guess Victorique’s power of moe trumps them all.
Dragon Crisis has sadly devolved into monster of the week/fortnight at the moment; always ending in stock footage and attaching St. Elmo’s fire to Ryuji’s dagger every time. Seeing Rose’s kawaii, and Misaki getting continual emotional torture is the main thing keeping it afloat. Still, at least Ryuji has evolved a little bit.
Korewa Zombie is very strange. It manages epic greatness and terrible fail in equal measure in each episode; almost to the extent of a masterful stroke; and I really don’t know how to take it… it confuses me greatly; but I guess I’m still watching it and that’s something.
As already noted, Madoka continually impresses me.
I need to catch up with Fractale and Merry still; since work is, as always, inhibiting my ability to marathon episodes.
And, yikes, theres another season coming on fast. I had better start preparing a preview; but this one is a daunting task; I’ve identified possibly as many as 21 shows meeting my usual criteria. Sheer lunacy.
Finally, of course, my condolences go out to anyone caught in the fearsome Earthquakes in Japan. They are apparently the 5th strongest ever recorded, which is saying alot. So please offer your minute of silence, as I have.