this film ruined my life

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Couple of quick sketches for @artistefish’s fic ‘Miroku, Private Eye’ (I.e., my new obsession). The idea of a 30’s/film noir AU is possibly one of the best to come to the internet. Plus I can’t get enough of InuYasha calling Kagome “Kitten.” Hope you like these :’)

okay ive been watching things with a lazer eye ever since i started taking this film studies class and i’d like to point out how clever this shot is

(if you don’t know anything about pmmm this will be confusing but it’s still interesting)

this shot shows Kyoko and Madoka having a conversation in an alley. The two are 1) both shown in the light, 2) far away, 3) surrounded by empty space and 4) shadow/darkness.

The composition of this shot is important. It’s called deep-space composition, and it can tell you a lot. Notably, you see two wind chimes close in the foreground (which i will go into detail about later) and Kyoko and Madoka in the background. In the far back, you can see the rest of the city. Having Kyoko and Madoka so far in the background emphasizes something - that they’re small. It makes them look tiny, powerless, and the composition of the shot shows them surrounded by empty space, showing they’re the only people around in a lonely sea of emptiness. Right now, they have no one else but each other to rely on. They’re small, powerless, and alone. Also, the city is behind them, faint, blurry, and out of focus - it doesn’t matter right now. This conversation is the only thing that does.

The lighting makes a statement too - both of them are bathed in light, which, practically, helps draw the audience’s eyes toward the subjects (Kyoko and Madoka) and the line of action (their conversation). And in a show so heavily dependent on themes of hope and despair, the lighting symbolizes hope in this case - the two of them, a magical girl and potentially the most powerful magical girl in the entire world, are the only hope the world has left. They’re surrounded by shadow, which represents darkness and despair - meaning metaphorically, they’re in a small sea of hope, surrounded by despair. We know both of them are completely shocked by Sayaka’s death, they both are despairing both over her and the implications it has for all magical girls, and Madoka especially is having a bit of an existential crisis over the reveal that human souls are being harvested by Kyubey to literally combat the heat death of the universe. That’d make anyone despair a little.

The thing that this particular shot emphasizes is the wind chimes. Now we’re going to get into a little bit of symbolism here, and it’s all interpretation, so take mine with a grain of salt.

The wind chime on the left is a mermaid, and it’s shown right beside Kyoko. The wind chime on the right is a unicorn, and it’s shown right beside Madoka.

The mermaid in legend is a mythical creature with a human torso and the tail of a fish, and is associated with the ocean and freedom. Kyoko at this point has been shown to be a free-spirited person who cares for nothing. But there’s another mythical creature that takes a similar form - the siren. Sirens, in Greek mythology, were women who sang so beautifully to sailors - or in some tales promised the hearer’s greatest desire to them so persuasively - that they would throw themselves overboard and drown or steer their ship into dangerous waters and kill everyone aboard.

In this conversation, Kyoko tells Madoka that she’s going to try to save Sayaka and fight the witch she’s turned into. She sort-of promises Madoka what she wants most - Sayaka to be alive again - and lures her into dangerous waters.

Madoka’s windchime is incredibly interesting. Her chime has a unicorn on it. Unicorns are a mythical creature that are said to have extremely potent magical powers, and only associate with those who are pure of heart, because they themselves represent purity. Even more interesting? The blood of a unicorn is said to give you immortality if you drink it.

You have to kill a unicorn to achieve immortality. For the universe to escape entropy, Kyubey would have to take Madoka’s soul.

And that’s why I find this one shot so fascinating!