How Kyubey Changes Everything.

Note: This post will be somewhat spoilerrific. You have been warned!

Every so often, an anime character leaves an immensely indelible impression on the wider world of anime, giving us a positively poignant paradigm shift. In an entertainment form typically defined by tropes played straight, and by basic genre synthesis, these characters are a notable rarity. So when they arise, it can be useful to take a step back, and to wonder what impact they might have.

And so I think that it’s important to look at the character of Kyubey, of the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
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