|Mami Tomoe in a nutshell, a mix of Kamen Rider Raia and a very slight dash of Scissors|
|In the chapter intermission we learn that the two Magical Girls from the first chapter turned into the two witches Mami and Sayaka fought, guess we know who Karma favored in the end then.|
Mami has only one reaction.
The day of Walpurgisnacht's attack comes and we find out that not only did Madoka make the contract to bring Sayaka back to life but after leaving her last request Mami personally destroyed her Soul Gem, so with this timeline a bust Homura used her time reversal to reset the month. We end this story with Mami giving her last words as she has a tea party with Kyoko, Mami's mom and dad coming back home and how if she could have any wish in the world it would be to meet everyone in a world without Witches.
With Mami still alive Sayaka's actions make less sense. In the show her reasons for becoming a Magical Girl full time made sense since with Mami gone, Kyoko and Homura running around and she's the only other known Magical Girl in Mitakihara she would be the only person she would trust with the task of protecting the city and not allow people to be killed by familiars. But with Mami still alive she could theoretically leave the city to her and only hunt witches every so often to get a Grief Seed and focus on her relationship with Kyosuke. But then again with her personality she wouldn't just leave almost all the work to Mami and call it quits.
Speaking of Mami we get to see a much darker side to her in this story. While her loneliness was showcased in he show proper we get to see much more and the effects it has on her psyche. She wants her new friends to become her Magical Girl juniors so she wouldn't have to take all the fighting alone anymore. She was betrayed by Kyoko who is in direct opposition to her recruiting new Magical Girls whose wishes would lead them down the same path she was forced to take, the benefactors betraying them, their lives falling apart around them and their world view becoming much more jaded and cynical. But when she tries to dissuade Mami she comes on too strong and antagonistic, this approach coupled with Mami's animosity means that she wouldn't hear one word of it.
Though in Kyoko and Homura's cases that approach was shown to be the wrong decision, Kyoko forced to confess to her dad leading to him going crazy and Homura telling everyone the truth in previous timelines resulted in either disbelief or madness. Though she didn't need to explain everything she could have just told Mami "I don't want Madoka to become a Magical Girl because she's important to me and I don't want her being exposed to this danger." Or if she didn't want to go that far just say; "Kyoko wants to make sure that you guys are all right but she's too stubborn to tell you to your face." As Mami said before in volume 2 she wouldn't trust anyone who didn't give their motivation so just give enough of a logical explanation to placate her and BAM trust earned and animosity eased.
Though sometimes I can cut writers like Inoue or Geoff Johns slack if in exchange for the lack of proper communication as long as the emotions that are trying to be conveyed are and resonate with me I can accept the lack of logic. Though again if the logical dissonance is too much it just annoys me, but the Different story is one of the former cases. I can accept the lack of communication due to how it was showcased and the reasoning behind the characters for why they act the way they do. So while I would have probably handled these situations differently I'm not them. Besides as Richard Pryor once said; "There only 3 types of people tell the truth, kids, drunk people & anyone who's pissed the fuck off!"
So for anyone who want's to see more of Mami and Kyoko definitely check this out. Though we can only dwell in the safe zone for long enough so for next time we'll take a look at a Madoka Spin off that has no Madoka whatsoever, but is one of my favorite pieces of material for the EU. Till next time Open Sesame Seed oil!
Cool Hand Luke is owned by Warner Bros-Seven Arts based on Cool Hand Luke by Donn Pearce.