Yet another post that started as a comment over at Chizumatic. Well, I’m having a bit of “I told you so” smugness about the ending, although I somewhat agree with Avatar’s argument. (Yes, even though I took the opposite position in the comments here.)
What I think can explain it is below the fold and behind spoiler tags, because they are fundamental to the series:
First, as he noted, Show ▼
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Two final points. I was left feeling a tiny bit let down by the 12th episode; it didn’t have the emotional wringer of the last 2, nor the tension. After sleeping on it, I realized why. The actually series climax is at one of two points. Arguably at the end of episode 11, Show ▼
Also arguably, in the first few minutes of episode 12, when Madoka Show ▼
I’ve gone back and forth, back and forth, and I can’t make up my mind. The purist in me says episode 12, the emotional side says 11 was the stronger moment. Essentially, 90% of episode 12 was denouement as we saw how the events played out in a slightly cosmic and abstract fashion. One of only two minor flaws in what is essentially an otherwise near-perfect showing.
The other flaw being a minor refrigerator moment in that Kyubey seemed only mildly curious Show ▼
And there’s two or three potential explanations for that.