Madlax Episode 26 Discussion
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You can't understand it because it is the stupidest plotline ever. I fell asleep during almost every episode. Madlax is Japan's sleeping aid and it only costs you 30 dollars!
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Wow... Interesting that none of you guys really liked it. I think this series isn't based around action and stuff like that, but more around philosophy, which not everyone is a fan of, but if you don't like it, don't watch it.
(to the person who reads this that might actually like Madlax as well I loved how this series kept a few elements of other 'girls with guns' series but also blazed its own trail. Definately well done!)
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So we still don't know the explanation for the age difference...
There's another thing I didn't get: How come Margaret was able to open the door using the three books with Carrossea without the page that Madlax had, but when Friday-Monday tried to do the same thing he failed O.o Also, is Friday-Monday a symbolic name?
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I'm disappointed about the lack of discussion towards this anime given how awesome it was. Oh well :(
About the age: both Margaret and Madlax were 17 iirc. If not then Madlax might have been wrong when she said she was about 17, remember she had no memories of her as a kid, how could she know her exact age?
Margerate might have been able to open the gate because the paper was with madlax (aka herself) given that she technically had the additional page she was able to. I dunno this is just a theory.
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I'm just going to do a basic rundown of the plot, since apparently a lot of people were confused. Feel free to add any symbolism/philosophy you want, it's open for interpretation.
A guy known as "Friday Monday" didn't like how twisted the world (human race) was. He found a way to alter reality, a way to change it into what he wanted it to be. Three magic books that are so old basically nobody really knows anything about them, just a general idea of what they do. All anyone really knows for sure is that using them leads to "the truth" (Friday Monday later uses the books almost exclusively for showing people how twisted they really are, which generally causes a mental breakdown). We learn that their full use is to open what is called "The Door of Truth", which allows someone with "The Gift" to rewrite reality according to what they desire. A line of (watchers or something? I forget the word she always used), most likely originating from whoever made the books, passes the duty of watching over the books on to the next "era", referring to each generation between uses of "The Door". Each time it's used, they pass the duty on to their protege.
So, now that all that mess is out of the way.
That Friday Monday guy (F-M) activated the books, and started rewriting reality. A girl named Margaret Burton was on a plane with her mother and treasured doll, on their way to visit her father. Here she meets a probably-French boy with an overly complicated name, at least a few years older than her. The plane nears its destination then gets caught in the mystic vortex that always seems to happen with supernatural stuff, and crashes. Margaret and the boy are the only survivors. Cue heart-wrenching girl-finding-dead-mother scene. He gives her her doll again, and they wander away. They happen to make it to their original destination, just in time to see s*** go down. F-M's long-time friend, Colonel Ric--- (Richard?) "Madlax" Burton, realized that F-M has gone totally psycho, and interrupted the rewriting, shooting M-F in the eye. Which apparently makes him no longer have "The Gift", so apparently can't access or use "The Door" anymore. And apparently is only a very minor injury.
Margaret, being the oblivious, airheaded child she is, latched on to the only word she heard (Madlax), and decided that now was a good time to run to her dad, yelling at the top of her lungs. Her dad was startled, and reflexively shot at her. The boy saw this coming, as sane people tend to do, and pushed her out of the way. He took the bullet instead, which somehow happened to be a perfect 100-point shot to the heart (his blood sprayed dramatically onto one of the books, but that only has questionable relevance). He did one of those self-sacrifice-smile things and died. Apparently a bullet directly into the eye at close range is 100% less lethal than being shot in the chest at long distance; go figure. Completely ignoring the horrific murder of a child that just occurred, the father and daughter have a happy, joyous reunion. For some unknown reason, the also-ignored F-M isn't too pleased at that particular moment, and uses the lame-as-hell words from the books to corrupt the father. Apparently he really desires to shoot his daughter in the face, I don't know how that is the case but okay whatever. Picking up a gun that I don't remember there ever being any reason to be there, she defends herself by shooting him in the chest, at a spot with no vital organs, at point-blank range, causing him to die instantly. It's good that we're working out what can actually kill you early on in the series, right? Right? Yeah, there's no possible way mortality could be any more complicated than it already is at this point.
With the loss of F-M's "The Gift", and the father and boy now dead, Margaret is the only available person left to take the reins on what is now a completely botched, god-level reality rewrite ceremony. She had a strong desire to live, an equally strong desire to not kill her own father, and a pretty strong desire to be somewhere safe and not know that all this crap happened to her; finally, something completely logical. So in order for all three conditions to be true, two fragments of herself splintered off; she herself who didn't kill her father, a fragment that did what had to be done to survive (created a separate person), and a fragment that knows and remembers what happened (went into her doll) (took all of Margaret's memories, except the word Madlax, because otherwise there wouldn't be a mysterious anime title). The girl who killed belonged there, the doll-memory-thing kind of transcended to some kind of spiritual-memory-place-thing, and she herself was relocated somewhere safe from the mess (home). F-M had already made some changes, and those remained; taking the form of a violent civil war in that country, Gazth-Sonika or whatever (basically the Middle East I guess, if that helps?). The boy had a strong desire to protect Margaret, so he was written in as someone with the means to do so.
In the confusion, the books were split up. One to F-M, one to Margaret, and one to the watcher-person. Blah blah blah 12 years pass.
Margaret was gifted some red shoes, which triggered a sort-of memory, the existence of the book. Feels a calling to it, totally obsessed, etc. etc. Page is missing, so she tries to find it. Meets a guy named Golesasssomething, total creep, works directly for F-M. They end up with a sort of connection, and he starts trying to protect her. He's the boy from earlier, so wish granted. The two (totally coincidentally, it's just a natural occurrence) end up going to Afgha... Gazth-Sonika or whatever. You know, where that stuff happened? Place where there's a person who's the same age as Margaret, goes by the name Madlax because that's the only thing she remembered, and obviously there's a direct connection between the two. Totally coincidence. Blah blah, stuff happens, totally messed up relationship between Madlax and Lieutenant Asymmetrical Hair, more stuff. Finally all the protagonists meet up, a destiny 20 god damn episodes in the making. They get all three books, even though missing page, Golesomething opens "The Door", finds out he's just a ghost, dies again because he wasn't actually alive. Blah blah Margaret gets kidnapped by the totally psycho F-M that oozes creepiness blah stuff blah. Vanessa dies in a NOOOO moment, Madlax and Asymmetrical finally reach an understanding of sorts (FINALLY). Lenore dies, a devastating scene full of heartbreak. Seriously, I think I almost cried. Why did they raise the suspense so long? We all saw it coming for 20 god damn episodes. Margaret shoots Madlax again (Hasn't she heard? That's just a waste of bullets. Throwing money down the drain. Though I guess Madlax keeps 6,000 boxes of ammunition and a white dress in her mini jacket, so it's a moot point.). F-M brainwashes Margaret and tries to get her to make the world that he wants, since he can't do it himself, because his minor .45 caliber gunshot wound to the eye took away his "The Gift". Eventually Margaret opens "The Door", and we finally get the full picture of the little tidbits they stretched out over the past 20 god damn episodes. Margaret decides that the world as it is is just fine, and is the way it should be, and that F-M is a total psycho that oozes creepiness, kills him. Decides that she doesn't want to "become one with" the busty older-looking woman and the moe loli (the fragments of herself), but still apparently is the combination of all three females; probably because gunshots are only fatal to nameless underlings that are always male, that boy, Vanessa, and Lenore. Everyone seems to be A-OK with explosions, knives, and falling off cliffs though, so I'm not sure if that throws a wrench in things or not.
So, in conclusion:
Margaret walks away with moe-loli-doll as her little sister (to make up with leaving her there, all alone, for 12 years?), Madlax drives off with Asymmetrical and goes back to killing lots and lots and lots and lots of people, Hakhlhrhkalkhrhl or whatever inherits the job from Quanzitta or whatever, I think the books were burned?, Vanessa and Lenore are still dead as doornails, and we are given no reason to believe that anything except this paragraph isn't still the exact same as it was. I don't think I missed anything important for this dissertation. Now that I've done this, I'm realizing how much of the series is completely irrelevant. So really, what was the point of those 20 god damn episodes? "The journey, not the destination"? I guess that will have to do.
would watch again
Modified by Danton, Mar 3, 2015 6:08 PM
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Bee Train pulls through for me again. Although I ultimately prefer Noir, Madlax still delivered a very enticing mystery. I do wish it had more action like Noir, but the atmosphere was just as fascinating and I'm glad it wasn't just a rehash of a prior project.
This final episode certainly managed to provide food for thought up until the last minute. I like how Margaret ultimately decided not to merge with Laetitia and Madlax, recognizing both of them as individuals with their own life experiences. Rather, Margaret wanted to release Madlax from her role as the "kind killer", taking on some of the malice that comes with taking a human life. A very unorthodox decision for a main character considering how often times compassion and good nature is emphasized instead. I'm glad that the ending doesn't rewrite all of Margaret's experiences for a happily ever after, but rather allows her, Laetitia, and Madlax to continue their journeys through life free of the burden of their pasts.
Friday-Monday dies, I celebrate. He comes back with his creepy hentai villain talk, I roll my eyes. He dies again, I celebrate. He comes back with his--It felt like a huge burden was lifted when he was finally gone for good. Easily the weakest aspect of this show, but his continuous emphasis on conscience vs urge and desire were fascinating. I'm sure there's some sort of theme to be had in what "Essence" really was, but I'll have to ponder on that in my own time. Still, he felt like some wacky ass hentai dude so I couldn't help but laugh at him.
And hey you know what, props to Laetitia. The creepy little girl ends up becoming the most adorable one by the end. Laetitia really is a doll (oh lord...).
Overall this certainly made me glad that Bee Train came out with a trilogy of these "girls with guns" series and I'll be keeping an eye out for El Cazador in the near future.
Edit: Thinking about @Danton post above, I'd say the point was more or less for Margaret and Madlax to accept the essence of who they are. I'm sure bringing the Civil War to a close is only a matter of time at that point now that Enfant is no longer orchestrating it, but that became less relevant as they focused on how these characters were trying to reaffirm their existences.
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