Madoka’s family is nontraditional; subverting the inherited order of having the Husband/Father act as breadwinner while the Wife/Mother keeps house and raises the children. This constructed order is taken apart and reconstructed as an ideal order: The mother is the breadwinner and the father is the homemaker. It is an idealized counter-construct because not only are the roles reversed, they’re both good at it.
Madoka’s mom engages her daughter in a father-son, “man-to-man” conversation, while drinking whiskey to boot. It’s easily my favorite moment in the show.
I often think that an animated work works well for children when,
The adults in it talk to children as if they were adults,
Condescension condensing out of a glass of whiskey on the rocks –
Madoka’s mother is talking to her about life.
“It’s hard, but just as fun.”
Madoka, this will prove to be false won’t it?
Because your sacrifice isn’t the kind your mother makes,
Little compromises eroding her principles, her morals perhaps,
Part and parcel of being an adult in the workplace…
Something you will never know now,
Because even when you get to know everything, being who you are,
You will not have lived the life of a human being.