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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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23 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.

    • Rachel
      October 21, 2015

      I do agree it’s not entirely her fault but it’s logical for all magical girls to be distrustful in the old timeline because they are constantly pitted against each other. In my opinion, there’s not a single timeline do we see her make any attempt to gain trust. Even in timeline 3 she was shy and standoffish. Again, not really her fault but even in my younger years when I was just about the most insecure and introverted girl I can say I was honest and upfront with people.
      Can I also just say that in rebellion, Homura literally reversed her role as an exchange student and Madoka became the shy, insecure one. This was mostly as a symbol and clever on the creator’s part but I think more can be gleamed from this. We don’t know why homura did this but since Madoka spent some time in america, what kind of effect will this have on sayaka and madoka’s relationship? They might have never even known each other before she moved back to japan. We really can’t say but I’m pretty positive that in homura’s ideal world, Sayaka is out of the equation. Here is the most prominent display of her lack of respect for their relationship. She might not have done it intentionally, but surely it must have crossed her mind when re-arranging her perfect world.

  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.

    • Ayaka
      January 11, 2016

      Finally! Someone else that likes Rebellion for what it is, the ending went the best route it could’ve imo

  11. Fungames
    December 6, 2015

    Here goes my own deconstruction of your arguments:

    1) First of all, the “selfish” vs “selfless” wish debate annoys me.

    The only truly “selfish” wish ever made was by Mami – but it was entirely justifiable.

    Both Sayaka’s and Homura’s wishes are for themselves for some part – but they also show care of others.

    Now, as to why Homura did wish to go back in time rather than ressurect Madoka (and possibly Mami) on the spot: you’re right that she did it to “boost her ego”. She felt miserable for being constantly protected and, in the end, quite useless. Isn’t that the same with Madoka in alternate timelines? I’d say that’s not a bad thing in itself.

    The bad thing, as you noted, was that she did “the wrong wish”. That’s because she didn’t realize how important and difficult defeating WPN was back then.

    But was it really a “bad wish” in the end?

    The only reason Madoka was able to make her own universe-changing wish was thanks to Homura gaining all the neccesary information for good-natured Madoka to make her own wish. Thanks to the way she phrased her wish not only she was able to go back in time, but also revert Madoka’s own wishes so that she would still be able to make one. Were Madoka’s wishes any better? In the original timeline, she actually used her wish to save a cat from being run over by a car 😛

    You must admit that Homura’s wish was simply uninformed. She thought she could become magical girls with all the others and defeat WPN as a team – that’s exactly her plan in (alternate) timeline 2. At first, she thought Madoka alone wasn’t strong enough to fight WPN and survive. But she didn’t want to make her useless either. That she began preventing Madoka from becoming a mahou shoujo and protecting her actually happed *only* because Madoka wished for that when dying in one of alternate timelines, have you noticed?
    If Homura’s wish made them defeat WPN as a team, would it really matter she didn’t wish for everyone to be ressurected? After all, in the original timeline, WPN already wrecked some havoc on the city. Could everyone actually be resurrected?

    So, the thing that you also seem to be missing: maybe ressurection by wish IS possible, maybe it ISN’T. It would likely depend on the power weaved into meguca’s fate. Why Madoka was able to make so powerful wish? Thanks to Homura interweaving her fate. Maybe Homura wasn’t able to make the resurrection wish after all. Or she would only be able to bring back one person. Would she opt to revert time instead, if that was true? We won’t know.

    In the end, Homura’s wish led to something much better. A consequentialist would say her intentions didn’t matter, as long as the outcome was superior, much much better than them simply defeating WPN yet still having to battle new witches and eventually turning into them themselves. All in all, Homura’s intentions cannot be said to be ultimately “bad”.

    Homura’s wish is what really makes or breaks her character. It’s obvious creators of Madoka intended her to be like that. Simply ressurecting everyone wouldn’t make things interesting I guess.

    What’s more, some people here say you assume all too much when you think Madoka defeated WPN in the original timeline. I’m not sure myself, but this is also a thing you should consider.

    Last thing: it was revealed a wish would eventually “balance itself out”. I’m not sure whether that’s actually a “law” in Madoka universe (I don’t actually believe that), but let us assume it is.

    When Homura made her wish, her feedback was countless loops which made her despair. Consider what cruel thing would possibly happen to her, were she to resurrect people instead, not rewind time.

    2) In a way you’re right about Homura’s isolation making her trapped… and in a way you miss something completely.

    Homura was said to repeat timelines for countless times, approximating one HUNDRED.

    From our uninformed point of view she may have done things wrong – but we cannot possibly know that.

    For instance, let us assume she really could convince normal people to do her bidding. What if Mitakahara was evacuated and WPN simply followed?

    As for “persuasion skills” – notice Homura already is quite sharp and did manage to convince Madoka not to become magical girl in at least two timelines. I doubt she would go to “seminars” anyway.

    Now, for the other girls…

    3) The fault doesn’t lie in Homura’s persuasion skills nor her arguments. You wrongly assume persuasion is enough – Homura simply lacked any proof of her theories, for the most part.

    And the only 100% convincing proof was for the other girls to witness mahou shoujou transforming into a witch. We’ve seen it only in two timelines and it was probably a rare event since Homura prevented girls from contracting and they were more likely to die in battle rather than succumb to despair. Let us assume there was at least one other instance, among the many timelines Homura repeated. How did they usually go? 1) one of megucas went nuts and attempted killing everyone off to prevent witchening 2) the only other meguca left sacrifices herself to destroy the witch after they find out there’s little to no chance of bringing Sayaka back. The chances that one or even few other timelines would go less tragic are extremely small.

    What’s more, you’re right she neglected other girls in her aim of getting close to Madoka herself – but for a very good reason. More megucas meant even more reasons for Madoka to become mahou shoujo. That’s why she acted aggressive towards Mami in the first place. And it meant all the more despair. In the first event of witchening Madoka had to kill Mami in order to save Homura. Don’t you think causing that much pain to Madoka broke Homura down? Made her recluse only not to ever hurt her anymore? Ever since Evangelion, this problem of “hedgehog dilemma” should be familiar to you. Homura distanced herself from everyone not to become hurt every time she witnessed deaths, and likewise, not to hurt Madoka. Possibly others, too. Do I think she did care about others only not to upset Madoka so she wouldn’t desperately become mahou shoujo? No.

    She simply toughened. She DID care for Mami, expecting her to die to Charlotte and trying to help her. She did care for Sayaka, returning her soul gem. She teamed up with Kyouko. Was it only for practical reasons? Why, Homura did believe she could eventually take out WPN herself. “So she would save her face”? That’s another façade of hers. Besides, bringing Kyouko in the equation could create new reasons for Madoka to become mahou shoujo. So why “team up” with Kyouko? To control her so she doesn’t upset anyone and that she doesn’t fight Sayaka? Possibly.

    Why not simply assume Homura wasn’t all that malicious and pragmatic after all?
    Ockham’s Razor – we have no reasons to believe Homura was borderline antisocial / psychopathic – so there’s no backing arguments to create sophisticated theories about her motives. There may be some merit in claiming that Kyouko had most distant relation with Madoka which is why Homura was more likely to cooperate with her, but that’s it.

    Finally: Homura didn’t lack social skills… she lacked ingenious plan to convince other girls to believe her and cooperate with her in such a way that Madoka doesn’t become a majou shoujo.

    In the end, as I said, you were right about her isolation making her trapped. Ironically, Homura showing her better side in the last timeline and opening her bottled emotions to Madoka was the necessary solution.

    Her only wrong throughout all this was for her, overall, to intentionally disrespect Madoka’s own ability to choose, disrespect Madoka’s own will, which also becomes her “sin” in Rebellion. When Homura finds about dark truth of megucas becoming witches, her only goal is to save Madoka from becoming one (though this is her “true goal”, that doesn’t stop her from warning Sayaka as well), regardless of what she would like to do herself.

    4) Here I must admit you are much more on the point. If Madoka cared so much for Sayaka as to run after her to “help” (being useless in the end), Homura could have helped Madoka by protecting Sayaka. Homura asking Madoka to forget about Sayaka really is something hypocritical I guess.

    But, don’t forget, she’s trying to protect her from trauma as well. Her method was very ineffective, but her intention wasn’t bad. It’s not like she was maliciously trying to get Sayaka out of her way. She knew Sayaka was going to turn into a witch at that very moment, that it will upset Madoka and that it could possibly trigger her to become a mahou shoujo.

    How come we know Homura isn’t completely abandoning Sayaka?
    She threatened Kyouko not to attack her. She retrieved her soul gem when Madoka threw it away. Madoka noticed Homura’s intent wasn’t malicious when Sayaka commented on Kyouko being just like Homura – to which Madoka objected, having flashback to when Mami tied Homura up.

    All in all, Sayaka had all the more reasons to hate Kyouko rather than Homura, yet it turned out they befriended each other. That may be because Kyouko opened up to her, yet Kyouko’s reasons didn’t quite reach Sayaka, remember?
    “Noone understands us, magi!” – THAT was the real hubris, the real selfishness only Kyouko displayed. Sayaka didn’t quite understand Homura and Homura’s actions didn’t help to clear things up, yet she wasn’t in any way despicable for what she had been doing.

    Do you know why Homura annoyed Sayaka? Not only because of her being cryptic and warning everyone against becoming mahou shoujo, something Sayaka thought would be great way to help others. (so depraving girls of becoming one would be bad to her)

    It’s because Homura acted tough. It’s because she, in her own words, was qualified to be a mahou shoujo and Sayaka was not. Sayaka was angry at Homura because she was essentially right. After Sayaka’s mental breakdown she accuses Madoka of being useless. Had Homura even done such a thing to her friend, even in times of greatest distress?

    Now guess who rushes to help Sayaka when Kyubey tells everyone news that Sayaka’s slowly becoming corrupted? Homura. She has nothing except cold logic to convince Sayaka, she cannot take out source of her despair. What Homura does instead is that she tries to bring stoic cold attitude into Sayaka, the one that a mahou shoujo really needs. Of course Sayaka “sees through” Homura’s “deception” and finds out Homura’s real motive, to which Homura responds she is ready to kill Sayaka for Madoka’s sake. This was possibly influenced by Madoka doing the same for Homura when Mami went insane.

    But… wasn’t Homura just putting on another façade?

    Why Homura inquries Kyubey about Kyouko’s hope to save Sayaka?

    Why was Homura, all in all, moved by Kyouko’s sacrifice?

    Why Homura apologized to witch Sayaka in alternate timeline, before killing her?

    Finally, why Homura wants to listen to Sayaka’s opinion on her actions in Rebellion?

    It’s not that Homura stopped caring for everyone else besides Madoka. She puts a mask of cool and stoicism to deal with the grief. You can see that when Madoka cries with Sayaka’s body in her arms and Kyouko harassing Homura. Homura doesn’t deal in cold logic only because it has proven to be effective for her. She does gallows humor / is dead serious not to turn to despair.

    “Are you even human anymore?”
    “I am not… and neither are you.”

    In my final defense of Homura’s stance: she was right about Sayaka from the beginning, and couldn’t convince her to change her behavior even when threatening to kill her for Madoka’s sake, revealing the primary motive behind her actions. Sayaka did hurt Madoka and Homura wanted to shock her into recognizing that her actions are both harmful to herself, and generating sorrow in others. That could’ve possibly changed Sayaka but Homura was interrupted by Kyouko.

    Even if Sayaka was “lied to” about Homura’s will to save her, she had no reason not to recognize Homura’s will to do good for Madoka’s sake. That’s why your point about Sayaka’s apprehensiveness applies not only to the third timeline – it applies to all instances of Sayaka in all timelines, and particularly in the last one.

    Yes, Sayaka, you really are an idiot. So are everyone in Madoka Magika. But people get wiser from their errors, and Homura certainly is the wiser since she repeated many many timelines, isn’t she?

    5) I actually wasn’t dissapointed with Rebellion’s ending. It was a great movie and I treat Homura’s actions just like the judge treats some crimes: they were done “in the heat of passion”, despair. I don’t acknowledge her saying “I was waiting for this moment…” to indicate that she prepared this – precisely the opposite, she acted on impulse. She may have hoped for such an outcome for very long time, but she didn’t prepare for it. Her will to sacrifice herself in order for Incubators not to observe Madoka executing Law of Cycles was pure. Homura was willing to do the same for Madoka as Madoka did for her and all the other megucas.

    Back to the point: what dissapointed me in Rebellion was the beginning, not the end. Cold, acute, calculating Homura allows herself to commit such grave error? I agree with you on this. *Maybe*, just maybe, she softened after Madoka’s wish. But for her, Homura, the (only?) one who knew the true face of Incubators best to let her guard down?

    Gen Urobuchi / Shaft crew who forced Gen to do this – I’ll never forgive you that. Even if the ending to Rebellion satisfied me to some extent. I don’t consider the beginning Homura’s fault, her script was simply wrong. You could’ve made Kyubey realize better potential for harvesting energy by himself, couldn’t you? You could’ve not trampled on Homura’s recluse experienced character by making her big-mouthed naivete.

    To sum up:

    I discard entirely #1, #2, #4 and #5 (because I don’t recognise the premise that starts Rebellion as valid – it is counter to Homura’s character).

    You’re somewhat right about #3. I do realise it’s flaw of Homura’s character and I think she has become like this ever since her snap after Madoka killed Mami. Not only she claimed she wouldn’t ever depend on anyone, this was also the moment she became fixated with Madoka.

    The ultimate redemption can only come from Madoka’s hand. Let us pray Homura gets protected again and for the last time.

  12. Saran Ge
    December 25, 2015

    like everyone else she made innocent selfish wish and just a kid when she wished for, she wanted to be equal to madoka

  13. Ayaka
    January 11, 2016

    Think about it, with Homura she has lots of conversations with Kyubey, she probably didn’t think she was going to feed Kyubey’s curiosity but he would just listen instead.

  14. Collin Ross
    April 2, 2016

    Homura akemi does have a friendship with the other magical firls, or at least, she does care about mami, as seen in Rebellion, when she hesitates and almost cries about shooting mami in the leg instead of going for the head.

  15. Rita
    August 27, 2016

    The real tragedy is the way Homura worded her wish because it ended up only giving her a month to work with each time. It would be hard to accomplish anything on that tight time constraint.

    Imagine if she had a full year to work with – she could have transferred into school at the beginning of the school year with everyone else and used that time to form a bond with them before Kyubey entered their lives. Then after she was friends, she could have warned them about what was coming. They would have been much more likely to listen. Even a few extra months would have benefited her.

    A month wasn’t nearly enough to accomplish what she wanted, and so she failed each and every time. Even in the end she didn’t achieve her goal of saving Madoka from becoming a magical girl.

  16. Movie Concept
    October 2, 2016

    I agree with some point and disagree with others.
    1&5. She clearly didn’t choose the good wish and it was obviously a mistake to speak of Madoka to Kyuubey in the last episode and Rebellion proved it.

    2. Did Not Use Time Travel Properly
    First I assumed that Homura can’t turn back time until Madoka died or became a witch.
    When Homura learn the trust about witch, they refused to believe her and at this point it’s possible Kyubey really want Madoka.
    She arrived to this situation: it’s already too late for Mami and Kyoko and Madoka sacrified herself each time when Walpurgis Night arrived to protect her city, friend.
    The only thing Homura can do is trying to stay Mami and/or Kyubey away from them and prevent Madoka and Sayaka to contract with Kyubey and need to. In fact Homura is stuck to the Walpurgis Night.

    (Note: They is a pseudo “Happy ending” where Madoka didn’t contract and Homura have Mami, Sayaka, Kyoko with her and they all survive to the fight. But even that ending isn’t that happy. At some point they’re going to need more grief seed and fighting for eternity poor girls trapped by Kyubey and became monster because of despair is pretty depressing. Homura state anyway than there is no 20 years Magical Girl, they aren’t different form other Magical Girls. Kyubey is still around and can still bother Madoka. Madoka had two choices: give up on her friends or become a witch for them. The best ending is off course Mami, Kyoko, Sayaka, Homura dying and Madoka alive since Madoka is too powerfull. But even after her friend’s death some future event can still forced her to became a Magical Girl (ex: her little brother have an accident – an accident which can even be provoke by Kyubey).

    3/4. Gave Up Too Quickly On The Other Girls & Did Not Accept (or Respect) Madoka and Sayaka’s Friendship
    Those points are link and only true on the very last timeline.
    She actually didn’t give up quickly on the other girls. She actually tried and tried again and again, using different method each time. Once again Homura know that Magical Girls are doom. She tries to protect what can be protected. Those people are only Sayaka and Madoka.
    Actually Sayaka don’t contract everytime with Kyubey but if she does she’s indubitably going to became a witch or die at some point before or during Walpurgis Night.
    Homura accepted and respected their friendship. Homura probably tried a sweet approached before and saw the result was null. Then she tried to destroy their friendship because Sayaka is going to die anyway and she drag Madoka in dangerous situation. Maybe – I don’t know- her cold attitude is actually the best.

    I understand Homura’s choice in Rebellion. Madoka isn’t happy to be separated to her cycle but if she can’t remember Homura thing she could be way happier with a normal life and her family than an eternal goodness. Let Madoka having a normal, peaceful life was her desire. But I actually think Madoka is happy with her Goodness situation since she’s not alone but with all Magical Girls she saved.

  17. Ivan Z
    February 8, 2017

    You have no right to talk about ‘adoring’ Homura. Going on about how she’s a ‘subtle satire’ of a character type you don’t like (but fans and authors do)? Turning her into a straw figure for things you’re ‘tired’ of… adoration indeed
    You are the one who is a subtle, stinking, corrupt troll. Just because she felt guilty aboit Madoka having to burden herself with protecting her and do everything on her own, and wants to take the burden herself, you accuse her of ‘hubris’?

  18. Country Cat (@ryuumajin)
    April 8, 2017

    Ummm.. if I may say something here, some (or maybe not all) mysteries are somewhat explained further or refers to another sources, if you like.

    3) It is an interesting approach in video game Madoka Magica Portable that Homura decided to be more approachable to the girls. (Yes, it’s just alternative route). The result was kinda chummy and flowery as she tries to make good relationships and it shows, but it seems she doesn’t have much time for them to train to fight against Walpurgis’ Night. They all are defeated even without attacking back. She outright rewinds time.

    4) The only time she befriends Sayaka is in Oriko timeline, because Sayaka doesn’t even make a contract. Aside of that, the deal with Sayaka is kinda… well, ending up not well. Even in a better conditions, like “different story” which Mami was safe and helped by Sayaka, Sayaka becomes a witch not only because the deal with Hitomi, but also because she is fragile inside. She feels she’s incompetent enough to team up with Mami, so they break up and she’s losing power slowly, and becomes a witch.

    In Madoka Magica portable, she also sometimes is too hard on herself that if it’s not Madoka who throws her Soul Gem, Sayaka herself will throw her own Soul Gem somewhere akin to a Witch Barrier, because she blames herself for unable to help Mami (who was killed in other timeline). It end up makes her unrecovered and when Kyoko has helped her, she ends up rotting and becomes a witch. Even in the Wraith Episode manga, Sayaka ends up killed first because of her self-doubt and clash with Kyoko.

    So I guess Homura is pretty much tired dealing with Sayaka, because Sayaka has her own self-doubt too much. Sayaka is a lost cause.

    5) It’s just recently Madoka Magica Wraith episodes manga was revealed. Despite its want-to-know nature, Cubay never goes much on Homura’s explanation aside “It’s a dream or something” and he doesn’t know what to feel aside space and time. However, whatever the main case in Wraith episodes, Homura rewrites the time again but this time Cubay actually holds on a piece of Homura’s time-rewriter weapon, so it actually sees the time is rewritten with his conscious full intact.Then he realizes that Homura isn’t spouting nonsense, thus Rebellion begins.

  19. Faust Voncleave
    April 19, 2017

    I agree with you except for point 5. Homura didn’t tell Kyubey because she underestimated him, she told him because she was doubting her own memories and was asking him if what she remembered was even possible. This is something she could have only confided in kyubey with, as the other girls would have no way of knowing if it was feasible or not.

  20. The God of rising Artists
    April 24, 2017

    You make a big Mistake. Akemi Homura is more in the Twenties. 100 Timeloops and every Timeloop is 1 Month long. Her Brainage is 21-22.
    Also, Homura did things wrong, but some of thes are just because of bad sozial skills. Its not a excuse, its a explanation.
    Homura sees Mami become crazy and Sayaka become a Witch. Also she try too say everyone all she knows, but she faild. She didnt try it again, also she didnt even try too proof her knowlege. I mean, she can simply say: Put my Soulgem 100 Meters ago and see what happened. This methode where the best she had.

  21. Yulin Ni
    May 9, 2017

    Hello from the future! I know the author, nor much anyone else, would be reading this article anymore at this point, but I still want to input my opinion to what the author of this article wrote for #1 on the list of the things that Homura did wrong 😀

    Soooo, in the first timeline, when Madoka died fighting Walpurgisnacht: like others have stated, there’s no evidence to support the fact that Madoka did actually defeat the witch. All we see is that she’s dead, and the world seemed to be in a post-apocalyptic state from what we could see, which…. you know, doesn’t convey very optimistic vibes even without considering that Madoka is dead. So for all we know, Homura was most definitely in despair at seeing her friend’s death, no matter how brave it may be, and I might just add that Homura didn’t seem all that proud or touched when she said ‘I told you you were going to die… (I told you, we should’ve ran away)’. Even if Homura wished Madoka back to life, I don’t think there was much that they could do together anymore, and I don’t think Madoka would like to wake up to a ruined world. Plus, Homura was probably really desperate and confused, but in the heat of the moment, that was what she could come up with at the top of her head (like, she probably knew somewhere in her mind that she could say ‘oh could u please save the people that died from this battle’ but honestly what did she really know at that moment) so, yeah, I don’t think ego had anything to do with her wish.

    Plus – although Homura definitely wouldn’t have known her repeating the timelines would lead to smth like this – but, had Homura not decided to rewind back time, Madoka would’ve never made such a substantial, powerful wish as being the SAVIOR of all magical girls, and, consequently, elevating herself into a celestial being known as the Law of Cycles. In the first timeline, apparently Madoka had wished to save one cat’s life, and obviously that wasn’t even nearly as important as the wish she made upon seeing all the despair and destruction (undoubtedly created as a consequence of Homura’s actions, ofc) the witch, and all witches, made. Because of that wish, Madoka managed to stop the suffering of magical girls, preventing them from becoming witches, and instead letting them enter a peaceful heaven. Now, that definitely wouldn’t have happened if Homura didn’t rewind time at all. Her actions made Madoka really become aware of the horrible things that have happened, and it also helped a ton that Homura prevented Madoka from being a magical girl until the last minute. So, despite being unintentional, Homura’s wish resulted in Madoka making a groundbreaking wish that would break the curse, where magical girls who fell into despair would become witches.

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