Characters That Made My Year – Kyuubey (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day One)
Well it’s that time of the year again where the Aniblogosphere decide to flood the internet with posts about moments in the year past that really stood out for them. Last year I jumped on the bandwagon at the last-minute and twisted the idea of Twelve Days to suit myself, and even though I’m a bit more prepared this year, I’m still sticking with writing about twelve characters I loved this year rather than the traditional twelve moments. As I’m dealing with characters & my favourite moments, there will be spoilers galore – consider yourselves warned!
So without any more faffing about, on this first day of Christmas I give you Kyuubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (whether you want him or not!).
Madoka Magica was one of those shows that everyone seemed to get swept up in. It was a fascinating show to follow weekly simply due to the massive amount of discussion it managed to generate (and still generates to some extent nearly a year on). All the characters are memorable to some extent, and I was debating whether to choose Homura over Kyuubey for a while. However Kyuubey won out in the end simply because he was just a boatload of fun to hate on…….and I kind of like bastard-like characters.
Kyuubey isn’t really your typical antagonist, for one he’s not really what you would term pure evil simply because he lacks any kind of ego and genuinely doesn’t see his actions as being in any way wrong. Kyuubey is logical to a fault – his race feel that the death of a handful of teenage girls is perfectly acceptable in the grand scheme as this minor sacrifice ensures the survival of the masses. To Kyuubey and his kind the psychological torture and gradual spiral into the depths of despair their gift of power inflicts on the magical girls is a perfectly acceptable means to an end – Kyuubey is completely unable to see how the girls can possibly deny this when the fate of the universe is in the balance. Kyuubey makes for a fascinating character because of the dissonance between his adorable cat-like form and the horrendously logical, apathetic explanations he grants the Magical Girls under his contract – traditional mascot character he is not, Kyuubey is not the girls ally he is the reason why they suffer so much.
There were lots of moments that stand out for Kyuubey – but the one I’ve chosen is in episode 8 when he crosses over from slightly unsettling into full on nightmare fuel. Before episode 8 Kyuubey came across as a bit cold and unsympathetic, but ultimately his fluffy appearance and eternal smile made up for his personality defects. However the revelations in episode 8 that Kyuubey withheld pivotal information like the fact all the Witches killed to date former Magical Girls, and that Kyuubey AKA Incubator was actually harvesting the spent Grief Seeds in order to help deal with some sort cosmic imbalance, propelled Kyuubey right into the evil mastermind category. I cheered when Homura pumped him full of bullet holes, but was equally squicked when Kyuubey just got another body and ate the dead one! Kyuubey – one creepy fucker and a character I won’t forget in a hurry.