When Madoka wishes to erase witches before they are born, how much of a difference does this wish really make?24 posts and 2 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
Magical creatures like wraiths are still spontaneously generated by ambient emotional energy (remember, Kyubey says emotions produce free magical energy even before magical girls get into the picture), and I don't know what the deal is with the nightmares.
Magical girls still make wishes that don't give them what they need, and the circumstances of their deaths change very little.
Mami's parents still died, Kyoko's family was still murdered. Sayaka could've lived a long and fruitful live helping orphans in Africa, but she happily sacrificed her life on making Kyosuke and Hitomi happy, when first teenage romances almost never last and we're told that Kyousuke ended up being a terrible boyfriend anyway.
And, somehow, Madoka and Sayaka have mysteriously been retconned back into existence. What's the deal with that? What's changed about Madoka's wish?
Sure, magical girls don't become witches, but considering barely anything else has really changed… was there really a point to Madoka's wish?
((((it is continued)))
It could be said then, that There has been both little and great change. The wishes will stay, and life will go on, but the end of it, the part that many cannot describe to others (because they're dead, duh), has been altered into a thing of mercy.
The girls know at That moment what is about to happen. They have dread. and so they despair. And then they are saved, and that despair become fuel burned to propell the heights of hope. And because of the nature of the wish, they will know that someone has been there for them, that there is someone who will not interfere in their choices, but will be there when absolutely needed. They will see that they are not alone.
Whether or not less suffering is worth the wish or not is up to you.
I think it is. Very much so.
((((The End, but one more))))
lol Someone asked that I come in to explain what you just said. I read it twice and, indeed, you've pretty much got it almost to a tee. So… yeah. To summarize what you said,
1) Magical Girls advanced history. Their overall contributions are not worthless, and Madoka acknowledges this. But she also acknowledges their humanity. (episode 11; history explanation)
2) Madoka respects their decisions while they were "alive," even if those decisions led to their own downfall. (episode 12; Kyousuke's violin audition w/ Sayaka)
3) Witches tend to seek to destroy that which they sought to protect, which would completely disrespect the wishes of the Magical Girls and make their wishes and lives almost completely irrelevant. (episode 9; talk between Kyuubey and Kyouko in hotel room, I think?)
→ Thus, Madoka's wish, by preventing the birth of Witches, rids Magical Girls of having their wishes and decisions reversed by their own hands. She doesn't actually kill anyone, as the Magical Girls don't die. She just takes them with her, into her "paradise" or whatever Urobuchi later called it, where they live their lives (the series doesn't explain this, and doesn't need to simply to get the point across). Sure, they "die" or "go missing" to the people in the real world, which is sad, but it's infinitely better than risking the Witches destroying everything the Magical Girl's life and wish once stood for.
So in the end, the difference her wish made is very, very minuscule on the grande scheme of things. But to the individual girls affected by the Magical Girl system, it's probably the best thing that could happen to them.
That would likely fall under, "doing too much and possibly causing more and bigger problems."