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Madoka Magica: Five Things Homura Did Wrong

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(Warning: The following article, and all related articles henceforth will contain spoilers for Madoka Magica The Movie III: Rebellion)

 

The phrase “Homura did nothing wrong” has become a bit of a mantra among Homura-fans protesting the mixed reaction regarding her penultimate decision in Madoka Magica the Movie III: Rebellion. In the film’s climax, Homura rejects Madoka’s gift of salvation, instead allowing her soul to fall deeper into darkness so that she may unearth a power greater than or equal than the Goddess of all Magical Girls herself. In Homura’s own words, she denounced the paradise in Heaven and instead became the manifestation of evil itself: A Demon (or more appropriately, a Devil, as “Akuma” can be translated either way).

This shocker of an ending caused quite a stir among the hardcore fanbase: some fans now despise Homura while some love her more than ever. Many have gone back to the TV series’ source material to pierce together themes and statements that potentially served as foreshadowing of Homura’s descent into (debatable) darkness. Today’s article will in fact be doing the same: rather than discuss whether Homura did indeed do the right or wrong thing in the end, this article will instead look into the past mistakes she made during the course of the original series, and why they account for many of the most tragic moments that happened later.

At this point, you may be thinking that I am part of the anti-Homura crowd, but that is far from the truth. Rather than revel in the delusions of several other fans who insist that Homura is “perfect” (doubtless they are the same ones proclaiming her innocence now with the constant post-Rebellion debates), the reason I adore Homura is because of how much she subtly satirizes other characters that share her archetype; I’ve long grown tired of the unfriendly, borderline emotionless characters who are unmatched in skill and always soak up so much screen-time due to fan polls and author favoritism (such infamous examples include Sasuke, Byakuya, Sesshomaru, among countless others).

What makes Homura such an interesting subversion is that while she’s portrayed as (arguably) the most important character in the story, she is also shown as an emotionally vulnerable victim of circumstance and hubris. Indeed, while Homura may be applauded by fans for vigilantly navigating the endless maze that is the repeating month in order to save her beloved friend, few stop to realize that it was a maze of her own making.

In a series where the characters are defined by their mistakes and emotional flaws, Homura may stand as the most flawed out of all five girls…which is the real reason she should be so beloved.

Five Things Homura Did Wrong

 1. Her Wish

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Like any classic wish-granting story, none of the characters in Madoka Magica succeed in making a wish without having it horribly backfire. Even Madoka’s climactic wish that rewrote the very laws of the universe was not without its drawbacks.

Rather than blame this on whatever karmic curse (if any) occurs as the result of each wish, the fault lies instead on the person making the wish and the expectations they set up upon having their wish granted. Sayaka was probably the most prominent example, using her wish to heal the hand of the boy she secretly loved in the hopes that he would reciprocate her feelings, only to have things go wrong in the cruelest way possible. That being said, none of the characters are to blame for the way their wishes turn out, as the only way to circumvent the devil’s temptations is to avoid them entirely.

And yet, fans often give Homura a free pass on the notion that her wish was “unselfish”, since it was made on behalf of someone else (while simultaneously criticizing Sayaka for doing the exact same thing). Indeed, there is commendation for Homura throwing away everything she had in order to take part in a neverending battle to prevent Madoka’s death.

But think back to the situation before Homura rewound time with her wish: Madoka had died fighting Walpurgisnacht, but still managed to defeat the titanic Witch as well as protect her city. The threat had vanished thanks to Madoka’s sacrifice, with no indication that another massive Witch would be attacking the city anytime soon.

So why didn’t Homura just wish Madoka back to life right then and there? This question comes up quite often regarding other tragically slain Magical Girls, most notably Mami (who had died as early as episode 3, long before Madoka or Sayaka knew about the price they had to pay for wishes). There have been a few fan theories on why they never even discussed the idea, but as far as Homura is concerned, she most certainly prayed for a way to bring Madoka back. And though the TV series itself has never confirmed nor denied whether a wish can be used to resurrect someone, various side material (including Urobuchi’s own canonical explanation for Madoka’s original wish in Timeline 1) have confirmed that it is possible.

So once again, why didn’t Homura wish Madoka back to life? Why restart their meeting from the beginning when it means having to battle Walpurgisnacht again (not to mention the additional roadblocks that would hinder her for the next 100 time loops)?

Well, think back to the way Homura phrased her wish:

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“I want to redo my meeting…”; “I want to become strong enough to protect her”. These words may sound inspired, but there’s also a dark underlining to them: Homura’s original desire was not to merely undo Madoka’s death, it was to be the one to prevent it. Ever since their first meeting, Homura was pressured to become a stronger person than she was, changing her role from someone who is protected by Madoka to someone who can protect her instead (if you read my previous article, you can see the irony in Madoka projecting that mindset to someone else).

Just like Sayaka, what Homura wished for on the surface only masked her true heart’s desire. Madoka’s resurrection would not have the same meaning compared to Homura getting a second chance to show off her newfound strength and confidence. To be fair, she probably never expected that her wish would endanger the entire world (and eventually, the universe), but when you consider how much happier the main characters would have been had Homura merely wished back Madoka on the spot (and there’s no reason she couldn’t have included Mami in the wish, either) had Homura not subconsciously desired to boost her ego instead.

2. Did Not Use Time Travel Properly

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Before you get too wound up by this accusation, I am well aware that we never witness all of the different things Homura tried in order to change Madoka’s fate. After all, the series only had time to show us four out of one hundred time loops Homura endured, so much of the following criticisms are based on speculation.

As facts go, however, we witnessed Homura sticking to a very specific structure during each time reset. Her most common routines involved A) keeping Madoka from making a contract, B) hunt down Witches herself, and C) develop a strategic counterattack against Walpurgisnacht. As we also witnessed, she fails in every single category in every timeloop we see.

But the real reason she remains trapped in her metaphorical labyrinth isn’t because of how massive it is, but because of how isolated she made herself. The one thing that Homura has more than any other character in the series is time; her magic shield is literally a magic reset button that allows her to completely rewind the world back to that first day of the repeating month every time. She will never run out of Soul Gems because she knows the location of every Witch. She will never age as she would technically have been in her 30’s by the number of loops she’s run. The only thing holding her back is her mental fortitude, which finally crumbles at the climax of the series.

And yet, with such an incredible amount of freedom, why is she confined to going to school, fighting the same battles, and failing the same persuasive conversations? In fact, why does she never go beyond the borders of Mitakihara city?

The answer to all of these is simple: to be close to Madoka. For Homura, having constant surveillance over Madoka is the only method she can conceive to protect her. But again, think about that magic reset button: just because her goal is to prevent Madoka from making a contract doesn’t mean it has to be done in a timely manner….she has all the time in the world to come up with new methods of attaining her ultimate goal. She could have taken some time off from her repetitive duties to improve herself mentally (rather than just physically with her magic), such as attending a one-month seminar to improve her persuasion skills. She could have memorized several important events that occur in that month and use them as proof that her predictions of the future are 100% accurate. She could even use her knowledge to convince the Japanese government about the existence of Magical Girls and Witches, and order a city-wide evacuation of Mitakihara before Walpurgisnacht touches down on the city. These are just a few of the many, many possibilities that Homura has the option of pursuing.

But since all of those options meant spending time away from Madoka, Homura probably never even considered them.

3. Gave Up Too Quickly On The Other Girls

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Arguably the most tragic moment in episode 10 occurs during what has commonly been referred to as “Timeline 3”, where Homura’s attempts to convince Madoka’s group about Kyubey’s true intentions were met with skepticism and distrust, resulting in a whirlwind of tragedy that results in the subsequent deaths of every Magical Girl save Homura (who instead must tearfully end Madoka’s life herself). From then on, Homura vows that she “won’t rely on anyone anymore” and proceeds to re-attempt her mission over and over without gaining the trust of Mami, Kyouko or Sayaka. Consequently, this also means she won’t go out of her way to try and prevent their fates, either.

The real tragedy of this sequence isn’t that Homura was forced to change Madoka’s fate alone, but how quickly she came to that conclusion. While we still occasionally witness Homura attempting to convince the other three girls that she is not an enemy (and failing each and every time), the manner in which she conducts herself is both misguided and often short-sighted. In fact, her inability and/or disinterest in swaying the other characters goes a long way in showing just how much Homura is lacking in her social skills.

In other words, Homura makes no attempts to befriend any of the Magical Girls. Instead, she tries to convince them of the horrible truths behind Kyubey and his contracts without offering any proof, or even empathy. It seems that whatever reserved disappointment Homura displays isn’t because she couldn’t convince any of the girls to believe her, but because they wouldn’t accept her claims at face value. Some people will defend Homura by placing all of the blame on the three girls, but in truth it is easier to say that Homura chooses not to make the effort in winning example.

The biggest proof of this is Kyouko; Despite having a reputation as a lone wolf who thinks only of herself, Kyouko is the one girl out of the three who is usually seen cooperating with Homura. Why is that? Because Homura understands Kyouko….or rather, understands how to manipulate her. Homura knows how to convince Kyouko to work alongside her for a mutual benefit, which makes her a valued ally to Homura….but not a friend.

The debate of whether or not Homura considers the other Magical Girls as friends deep down is an argument best saved for another time, but the point is that the alliance between Homura and Kyouko works because of its pragmatism; neither one is interested in befriending the other, so Homura does not have to make that extra effort in swaying Kyouko to her side. Compare this with Mami and Sayaka, two idealistic characters who carry both good-natured traits in addition to inner demons. From what we have seen in the original series, Homura does not make the time to learn the best ways to approach either of them…nor does she seem to care to.

Keep in mind, Homura isn’t at fault for not wanting to become their friend. Instead, she’s at fault for not learning how to gain their trust in a gentler, more strategic fashion. In the end of every timeline, Homura will always have to face Walpurgisnacht. Instead of devising ways to try and topple the titanic Witch by herself, she could have planned out the best way to recruit three additional Magical Girls to help her defeat the looming threat as well as prevent their friend Madoka from making a contract.

Again, we don’t know everything Homura tried to do in every timeline; there’s always the possibility that she already tried to enlist the aid of the three girls and still resulted in failure during the fated battle (as conceptualized in this fan-made video):

But I can only comment on what we have witnessed, which is Homura’s poor persuasion skills and a debatable lack of interest in saving anyone besides Madoka.

4. Did Not Accept (or Respect) Madoka and Sayaka’s Friendship

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This may sound like a repeat of #3, but I felt that Homura’s inability to gain Sayaka’s trust deserved its own spot on the list. Why is that? Because of the strong bond Madoka and Sayaka share.

As detailed in my previous article, the two girls are lifelong friends who deeply care about one another. Their friendship is used several times throughout the series to move the plot forward, including the actions taken by the principal characters. In the case of Homura, it is used as a deterrent from her ultimate goal. In fact, it could be argued that Sayaka is (indirectly or otherwise) the biggest obstacle in Homura’s way (or alternatively, the second biggest obstacle after Homura’s own hubris).

In the beginning of the series, several of Homura’s cryptic interactions with Madoka are interrupted by a protective Sayaka. Later on, further attempts to persuade Madoka to stay out of the affairs of a Magical Girl are routinely ignored as Madoka tries several times to form a contract in order to help Sayaka. Even when Homura’s frustration brings her to the brink of tears, Madoka still does not fully heed Homura’s words, once again running off to save Sayaka.

Notice a pattern here? Regardless of how many times Homura tries to meddle in her affairs, the hard truth is that Sayaka is one of the most important people in Madoka’s life. For Homura to say that Madoka should give up on Sayaka is both hypocritical and pointless: there is no way Madoka would ever abandon a close friend, especially one who is practically family.

“But Sayaka is the jerk who is mean to Homura in every timeline!”, some might say, specifically pointing at Sayaka’s apprehensiveness in the third timeline. Keep in mind that during this scene, no one is heeding Homura’s warnings about Kyubey, not even Madoka (she instead tries to take the middle ground and keep everyone from fighting one another, as is typical of her).

While it is certainly true that Sayaka isn’t without her own faults, she still isn’t wholly unreasonable; as revealed in episode 8, Sayaka is someone who judges people by their true intentions rather than the facade they outwardly display. This is why she was able to understand and even respect Kyouko’s philosophy without necessarily agreeing with them. This is also why she is able to see that Homura had no intention of wanting to help Sayaka when offering her the Grief Seed (to which Homura then applauds her perceptiveness).

Had Homura actually taken the time to befriend Sayaka first, then reveal to her the earnest desire to protect Madoka, there’s little reason that Sayaka wouldn’t listen. In fact, we witness this very action in not one but two separate manga adaptions in addition to other videogame spinoffs. It isn’t impossible for Sayaka and Homura to become friends, especially when they both share a common goal: to protect their best friend Madoka.

As for whether Homura chooses not to befriend Sayaka out of personal resentment or possibly even jealousy, that is a debate for another time. The point is that Madoka simply would not accept any outcome where she loses Sayaka, and for Homura to ignore that only attributed to her own failure to prevent the death of the person she loved most in the world.

5. Revealed Madoka’s Existence to Kyubey (and Kickstarted Rebellion)

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Even before confirmation of a continuation, there is no doubt that more than a few people smacked their foreheads over Homura’s conversation with Kyubey in the final episode, in which she reveals everything she knows about Madoka, Witches, and the Incubator’s original method of harvesting energy.

To recap, in this new timeline created by Madoka’s wish, everyone’s memories have been rewritten, including the Incubators. At this point, Kyubey knows nothing about Madoka Kaname or Witches, both concepts that have been erased from the new world. In fact, it is hinted that the Incubators were less prone to manipulate humans, possibly even sharing a friendlier relationship with Magical Girls.

All of that goes down the tubes when Homura shares all of her hazy memories with Kyubey during the final few minutes. Unsurprisingly, Kyubey shows great interest and curiosity over the prospect of gaining more energy through Witches as well as the all-powerful Goddess of Magical Girls. When it was revealed during Rebellion that Kyubey had used Homura as part of an experiment to take control of Madoka, the real shocking twist was how utterly unsurprising such a revelation was. In short, none of the events in Rebellion would have ever happened had Homura kept her big mouth shut.

The results, in which Homura falls into despair as the one and only living Witch in existence, is entirely of her own making. A rather ironic outcome if you subscribe to the theories presented in this article. There has been some mild speculation that Homura actually intended all of this to happen so that she would gain the power she need to ultimately rip out Madoka’s human side form the Law of Cycles, but it’s highly unlikely that Homura would be that clever to plan something so elaborate. It’s much more believable that she did not think her actions through, underestimating Kyubey once again by sharing her inner thoughts with him rather than Mami and Kyouko (who she was seen fighting alongside with, and are also confirmed to still be alive at this point). Once again, Homura chose not to confide in the people who could have helped her the most, and sought instead the company of a manipulative creature who does not understand human emotions but obsesses and desires Madoka.

No, Homura, you are the Incubators.

And then Homura was a Devil.

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10 comments on “Madoka Magica: Five Things Homura Did Wrong

  1. Jet
    October 18, 2014

    you do makes some valid points but allot of it is based on assumptions that cannot be comfirmed in alt timelines. but it there are some very good points. the only one i would have any grit with would be sayaka. remember from the very first episode sayaka was always weary of her (without any proof from her view) and sayaka was always very quick to jump to conclusions (as evident with kyoko when the first met) and can be very defensive (again as shown with kyoko). but i think homura’s anti-social ness was attributed with the third(?) timeline where she confided in them and mami ended up shooting kyoko and sayaka(?) so i think that ended her trust with her. also i would like to point out that in the first couple of episodes mami in incredibly passive aggressive towards her, but yes if homura had explained to her in a more approachable manner it would have been easier but think that mami shot her own friends when she was told. but we dont know what happened before hand so this is based on speculation they had minimum contact before we see the two when homura tried to kill the incubator.

  2. Rainkeeper
    November 4, 2014

    Greetings! Here goes a comment from a big Homura fan (And I’ve said Homura, not Moemura or Devilmura) =)

    #1 Ok. What if Homura revives Madoka? Would Madoka still be a Mahou Shoujo? Won’t Madoka be in the risk of being a Witch? Yeah, Homura didn’t know this at the time… But what if she revives then dies on another Witch attack? Wouldn’t Homura’s wish be wasted?
    Also, Mami, who in the original timeline were a close friend of Madoka and Homura also died in the first place. So maybe she was wishing it not only for Madoka but for some other people (mainly from Madoka, who saved her from her isolation on the original timeline and that’s why she wants to do this for her).
    Homura did this as I would have done it. Also, gain Time Travel abilities is a thing that you would also wish for sure.

    #2 Being near Madoka and preventing Kyuubey to offer Madoka its contract was her primary mission. Still, Homura took her time on stealing weapons on one Timeline, as can be seen in the series. And remember that Walpurgisnatch is the only visible witch for humans (as I can recall from the anime), so proving that other Witches exists means let them kill some humans. Also, I read somewhere that it wasn’t possible to Magical Girls to get transformed out of a Witch’s maze.
    Actually, Homura doesn’t need Grief Seeds to survive, as her own wish resets her Soul Gem every timeline. That’s why her rejects them from Mami on episode 2.

    #3 Isolating is part of the character’s personality. Doing the things her way, she believes that it was her own mission, and only her could do it. Think that negative feedback usually makes you want to give up on something, specially when it is from your beloved ones. However, I’d have tried to get all the Mahou Shoujos as allies on all my timelines so I’m not very happy with Homura’s decisions here.

    #4 Talking about Sayaka: I don’t like her wish, but I respect it. If I was Sayaka, I’d wish for making my loved one happy with me, not to simply heal him. Healing him would bring him immediate happiness, but who knows how many time he will be happy… Also, I’d think a bit about myself (Homura did great on this point, as she also wished to be stronger to reach her main goal, strong enough to make it through +100 timelines).
    But if I had to be Homura, then I’d stick with my opinion on the #3. If I wanted Madoka not to become a Mahou Shoujo, I’d have tried to prevent Sayaka aswell from becoming one. It’s simple: If you convince both, it would not be a problem for them and they would even help you convincing Mami to be careful and they would have been friends after all. About Mami and Kyoko, they were already Mahou Shoujos, so you can’t save them from being used by Kyuubey&Co.

    #5 Yep. She is stupid on this point. Totally stupid about telling this method to Kyuubey. I would have told Kyuubey about how they can make Pokémons out of the air then convince them that offering one with the contract would be enough to convince a girl to become a Mahou Shoujo. Maybe I’d even told them that they granted more than one wish and they protected Mahou Shoujos to the end because they granted a lot of energy and whatsoever. But again, personality thing on #3

    Thanks for reading!

  3. gary
    December 23, 2014

    There is no proof that Madoka beat Walpurgisnacht in the first timeline. The battle is never shown and all we see is the devastation afterwards. Given that it is hammered into us again and again that so single Magical Girl can beat Walpurgisnacht, it is much, much more likely that Madoka didn’t scratch it than that she killed it in that timeline.

    Point 5 is the big one. She should have known better than to trust Kyubey even in the ‘nicer’ universe, but she mentally needed to talk to someone about it. Big mistake.

    The reason Syaka gets so much flak for her wish is that even Mami told her it was a bad idea that would have negative consequences before she did it, and Mami was a zealot who was willing to through Madoka’s freedom away for a cake. Even the one Syaka admired and wanted to be like was against it and she did it anyway. It makes the wish seem incredibly dumb compared to most others.

  4. Keky
    January 4, 2015

    I highly disagree on a lot of things said here.

    #1: Like Jet said, so what if Madoka was revived? We aren’t even sure if it is possible to revive someone with a wish. By wishing to be strong enough to protect Madoka, she wasn’t trying to show off like you claim her to be. So what if Madoka were revived? Mami would still be dead, Homura would still be too weak to protect Madoka and then what? By reversing her meeting with Madoka, she could protect not just Madoka but Mami in the process. By wishing to be strong, she thought she would be able to defeat Walpurgis alongside Mami and Madoka. There wouldn’t be any deaths and they would be all safe together.

    #2 Firstly, one month seminar on persuasion? Remember Homura trusts nobody. Even if she tried to persuade them, nobody would care. Even when her theory of magical girls turning into witches were proven right, Mami showed Homura that she cannot come to terms with the harsh reality. Homura nearly died and saw with her own eyes Mami shooting Kyoko. No amount of persuasion can change that. Convince the government that magical girls and witches exist? That’s dumb. Remember how humans can’t see witches? Even if she proved her facts right, all the government officials would just see her as a crazy psycho. In fact, we don’t even know if she hasn’t tried this. According to Urobuchi, Homura has repeated close to 100 time reverses. We’ve only been shown a few. In between, there would be changes here and there. We don’t know for a fact if she has just been repeating the same steps over and over or did she try something new. It’s just an assumption. Knowing Homura, she’s probably tried all that she could looking for a way out of the endless maze.

    #3 This is related to #2 because I don’t think you understand what it’s like to be treated like a villain despite your best efforts. Homura tried to convince Sayaka that she wasn’t lying to them only to be shut down and confronted like she did something wrong. And every single timeline has one thing in common, Sayaka falls into despair and turns into a witch. EVEN in the new world, after Madoka becomes a god, Sayaka still falls into despair, except without the existence of witches, she ascends to heaven with Madoka. Sayaka is in fact, Homura’s biggest problem. Sayaka is distrustful, delusional and confrontational and Homura has seen it all. Even Madoka, Sayaka’s best friend, couldn’t convince her to calm down every time line before falling into despair. What makes you think Homura could? Also Mami, Mami has the softest heart among the girls and in timeline 3, when she was proven the harsh reality of being a magical girl, tried to kill everyone. She became insane in a moment’s notice. There is no way Homura would be able to fix that either.

    #5 Just because Homura ratted out about the existence of witches and Madoka in a previous world, doesn’t mean Kyubey wouldn’t have found out about it already. Sure, I agree that her talking about it fueled Kyubey’s curiosity. But take note of the conversation he had with Homura in rebellion. The reason why he wanted to prove the existence of Madoka and subsequently try and control her is because of the phenomenon called the law of cycles. Where magical girls who have corrupted soul gems just disappear. The incubators themselves know that something as bizarre as this needs to have an explanation. And exactly what is the law of cycle that causes this disappearance of magical girls? Even without Homura talking about it, Kyubey would have still used her in an experiment. Since to the incubators, anything unexplained must have some sort of logical and magical explanation behind it. Blaming Homura totally for the events of Rebellion is quite unreasonable in my opinion.

  5. erin
    January 6, 2015

    i know you stated that the discussion of kyoko’s and homura’s friendship was for another time, but it bothered me so much that you claimed homura was “manipulating” kyoko and using her only to defeat walpurgisnacth. homura and kyoko were friends. homura understood kyoko and valued her as a friend. when kyoko died homura left kyoko, yes. but she was somewhat reluctant and upset about it. one could argue that she was upset because she would have to fight waltpurgisnaucht alone but if you rewatch the moment of her death homuras reaction was not of sorrow from losing a valued ally but a friend who she was able to understand and trust. yes homura and kyoko fought but dont friends bicker?? kyoko and homura had developed a friendship and anyone who denies it should rewatch the episode of kyokos death.

  6. Rita Sanders
    February 23, 2015

    There are so any problems with this that I will just address one:
    The BIG difference between Sayaka and Homura’s wish is Sayaka did it so Kamijo would love her. Even if Sayaka tries to deny this in-universe. You can ho and hum and say stick your fingers in your ears but that’s really the truth of the matter. Homura and Sayaka’s wishes were selfish, but Sayaka is more so, that’s why Homura inches ahead. Plus seeing people you know and care/cared about die a hundred times over takes it toll on you. You act like every time Homura resets the timeline, her mental state and her memories also reset. It doesn’t; Homura carries all of that around. And one last thing: Homura did it a hundred times (or as the Urobuchi said ‘approaching one hundred,’ so less than one hundred actually) then that would be eight years and four months, easier to round up to nine. If the girls did age in that time they would be in their TWENTIES, not THIRTIES.

  7. lei
    May 6, 2015

    These are some hard-hitting truths that Homura fans need to come to terms with. I know it’s difficult to admit your fave has flaws, especially such large, glaring, polarizing ones, but you can’t call yourself a true fan of your fave if you only acknowledge and accept their strengths. I say this as a Homura fan who initially rejected Rebellion as canon because it clashed with the idealized image I had of her. When analyzing Homura’s character don’t think “Homura did nothing wrong.” Instead, consider “Did Homura ever do anything right at all in her entire life?”. Therein lies the true tragedy of Akemi Homura.

  8. Advocate for Ms. Akuma
    May 18, 2015

    On the one hand I like hearing theories about things, on the other I knew this particular analysis would be lacking. How? Because anytime you have to shove others down to push yourself up you’ve already lost the battle. Still… I read through and I have to say you have nothing here – everything is composed of assumptions that not only belittle what was shown, but also refuse to extend the benefit of a doubt.

    So let me rebut:

    1. None of the Girls are being Logical – it’s part of the Plan.

    All the girls fail their wishes – not because they are selfish or stupid or anything… but because they are “girls”: sentimental, over emotional, and short-sighted. Hence a girl will wish to share cheesecake with her mother instead of healing her mother. And the realization of how utterly stupid that is will drive her to despair.

    A girl will wish her beloved is healthy, but not that her crush be happy and healthy with her. And when he falls in love with the “wrong” person that girl will fall to despair.

    And following along with that are Homura and Madoka – Homura wishes to be the Knight to Madoka’s Queen. And Madoka pulls a Finn and wishes the Lich never even existed… So yeah Monkey Paw.

    2. Groundhog day didn’t include a Composition Eldritch Abomination

    The funniest thing about people complaining about Time Traveler actions is that generally they are approaching the situation with ideas that have nothing to do with this particular instance.

    You assume that she can leave without restriction, you assume that she has the resources (money, credentials, transportation, etc) to do an infinite number of things, you assume the threshold of belief is apparently much lower in that world then this (and the acceptance of QB lends some credence to that), and so forth.

    But really desperation is the name of the game and information is the curse – besides every time reset makes the confrontation with Witches’ Night that much more difficult. Remember that Witches’ Night is the Man-Of-War of Witches… so every reset gives her more Witch Echoes to Assimilate into herself.

    Also there is the morality of just leaving – because if you through away that month then… you throw away who knows how many lives and that’s something of a sin no matter how you look at it. So… yeah.

    4. See above and also ponder upon the concept of Free Way, the limitations of a month’s time, and the canon evidence of how poorly the others have reacted. I once heard Homura termed as Cassandra’s nightmare and I agree with that.

    5. I don’t think you watched the show.

    Even in the show where Homura was the only person playing with a full deck plus cheating – QB knew good and well something was going down. She didn’t have to tell him anything for him to be super suspicious.

    Now then there are no Witches anywhere even though the Gems still work as they did. And this is true not just on Earth, but across the Universe… Are you honestly saying an investigation and experimentation were never going to take place? QB is not someone or thing that allows a mystery to go by without examination. This is like saying Magical Girls deserve what happens to them because they aren’t smarter with their contracts. It’s Victim Blaming.

  9. Planeshunter
    August 23, 2015

    Greetings! I have been looking for other people’s thoughts about Rebellion, since it’s end turned my brain into the mental equivalent of an expired yoghurt and I wanted to write a fanfic about the movie.
    Your article has certainly been insightful, as some of the comments have been too.
    Thanks to everyone here for sharing your points of view.

  10. Mr. Man
    September 29, 2015

    Also, as you say, homura’s wish was to become strong enough to save madoka. Which, overall, she achieves through becoming the ultimate evil. So, it all just follows through on her wish. Homura is awesome. And rebellion did a good job of closing the series with a bang.

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This entry was posted on May 29, 2014 by in Jawsome Japanimation and tagged , , , .
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