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The Doubting Homura

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“Won’t you believe in the answer that the one you have protected all this time has found?”

-Madoka Kaname, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, episode 12.

When I was young, my mother would walk every Sunday to the Roman Catholic church down the street with two neatly-dressed, freshly-showered children in tow. We were hardly kicking and screaming, but like most children, my brother and I were often reluctant, and found various, harmless ways of entertaining each other in mass: singing hymns in horrible British accents, or providing whispered commentary on others’ outfits. That being said, there were times when the messages from the mass would truly engage me, when I found the stories themselves interesting, and I would listen with rapt attention, in spite of the fact that I wouldn’t be able to contextualize these messages until I was much older.

One such story that stands out in my mind is that of the apostle Thomas, not necessarily due to the message of the story itself, but my mother’s relationship with it. Every year, shortly following Christmas, my mother would look forward to this particular piece of scripture, involving Thomas. When I was around eight or so, I remember asking her why. She looked down at me with a smile from the seat on my right and said something to the effect of that it was the one time when a passage directly referenced her: a person who believes in spite of not having seen.

Truly believing in others, after all, is one of the most difficult things to do.

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Chaos is in the hearts of everyone: Madoka, Usagi, and placing your faith in humanity.

“Is Chaos gone?”

“I think it went back to where it belongs.

“Where it belongs?”

“Yes, back to people’s minds.”

-A conversation between Sailor Galaxia and Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars, episode 200

Placing your trust in one other person is difficult. Placing your trust in the entirety of humanity is nothing short of godlike. Before Madoka Kaname made her wish, Usagi Tsukino set a guidepost.

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How do you solve a problem like Regina? Dokidoki! Precure, Sailor Stars, and Cast Dynamics.

“When I’m with her I’m confused,
Out of focus and bemused,
And I never know exactly where I am.
Unpredictable as weather, she’s as flighty as a feather
She’s a darling, she’s a demon, she’s a lamb.

She’ll out pester any pest, drive a hornet from its nest
She could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl.
She is gentle, she is wild, she’s a riddle, she’s a child.
She’s a headache, she’s an angel, she’s a girl.”

-“Maria (The Nuns),” The Sound of Music

It is often difficult for me to like Dokidoki! Precure.

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