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Homura: "Now, one last time before we begin... give me your word that you won't offer to make contracts with them." Stars Above
is a fanfic written by Tropers
. Based loosely on the events of a
RP on the
TV Tropes Forum
, the story is a
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Lucky Star Intercontinuity Cross Over
A typical day at
takes a turn for the strange when a
mysterious transfer student
enters Kagami's class:
. The new girl
doesn't show emotions
doesn't speak a spare word to anyone
, but whenever Kagami looks her in the eyes she feels something she can't explain. On the train ride home from school, Kagami, Konata, and Tsukasa are attacked by a terrifying creature. Homura appears and kills the monster, then apologizes to Kagami, saying that the attack "wasn't supposed to happen" before wiping her memories of the incident.
The problem is, the memory wipe
The next day at school, Kagami demands answers... and the truth is stranger and more terrible than she could imagine.
Coming back from two years after Madoka's ascension (thus ignoring the events of Rebellion), Homura and Kyubey have fled from their own world, which is on the verge of death due to Kagami's Alternate Self transforming into a Demon and attacking the Earth. They have crossed over to this new timeline to prevent the apocalypse from happening again... but the Demons have crossed over at well, and are targeting Kagami and Tsukasa.
In the midst of the growing chaos, an impossible friendship starts to bloom into something more...
Yuri Genre Crossover Ship
fic that aims to be "as awesome as possible",
according to the authors. Now has a Characters Page, under construction
including two side-stories,
and profiles for each of the Demons of the Nine, which can be found here.
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This story's versions of Kagami and Homura both have
Stars Above Kagami
Stars Above Homura
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WARNING! Here there be SPOILERS. It is highly recommended that you finish watching the Madoka anime before reading the story or looking at this page! Needs Wiki Magic Love. This work provides examples of: Actor Allusion: In chapter 19, Tsukasa mentions that Kagami and Kyubey sound the same. Later, Konata brings Kagami a Hyper Blossom transformation compact as her birthday present, saying that "I thought it would really suit you". All Deaths Final: The Puellae Magi are well aware of this. 2012!Kagami, however... All There in the Manual: The names, natures, origins, and background information about the Nine are explained largely though their profiles, written in the style of the Madoka website's Witch Cards. Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Homura. Apocalypse How: Vittoria's attack on Earth in the Madoka-verse resulted in one of Scope Level 3 (Planetary). The Severity is Level 2 (Societal Collapse), verging on Levels 3 (Species Extinction) and 4 (Total Extinction) due to the damage to causality and the climate. Only one or two billion people are left, and every city and town is said to be in ruins. The Demons are now aiming for an Omniversal Physical Annihilation. Apocalypse Maidens: Kagami contains the Demon that could destroy The Multiverse. Overlaps with Barrier Maiden, see below. Arc Words: "The stars above will fall." Barrier Maidens: Both of the Hiiragi twins are this to The Multiverse. Beta Couple: Tsukasa and Miyuki. Except not, as Miyuki has been replaced by a shapeshifting Demon. Big Damn Hero: Homura's rescue of the Hiiragis and Konata on board the train. Konata's transformation and arrival during the final battle. Big Damn Kiss: In Chapter 17. Bonus Material: , a side-story set during the early days of the war between the Puellae Magi and Vittoria. The second side-story, My Sunshine , takes place months after the war's end and stars Pioneer Nico Kanna. There are also the Demon Profiles, written in the style of the Witch Cards. Break the Cutie: Everyone. Break Them by Talking: The Second is an expert at this. Calling Your Attacks: Mami, of course, continues to do this as well as the Kazumi girls. Homura also takes to naming her ultimate attack, and credits Mami for it. The Cameo: Madoka appears to Kyoko to take her Soul Gem when she runs out of power. In Chapter 5, Nurse Amahara from the Lucky Star manga makes an appearance. Minoru Shiraishi has a single line in Chapter 6, when he informs Miss Kuroi that Miyuki has been gone for a long time. Cameos of the Kazumi and Oriko characters are found throughout the 2012 flashbacks in Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Every Magical Girl appears in Kagami's dream in Chapter 12. ever Soujiro Izumi, Yui Narumi, and Yutaka Kobayakawa appear in Chapter 18. Minami Iwasaki cameos as a Chekhov's Gunman in Chapter 20. Caught with Your Pants Down / Interrupted Intimacy: How Kagami finds out about Tsukasa and Miyuki's relationship. Circles of Hell: The Nine modeled themselves after the Circles in Dante's Hell. Cloning Gambit: Desideria pulled this with one of her Spawn. She let it feed until it transformed into a copy of herself, let it read her memories, and allowed the copy to take her place and be killed by Kagami. Conflicting Loyalty / It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The reason why Homura decides to take some distance from Kagami. She thinks that she's betraying Madoka by falling in love with another girl after Desideria goads her about it, but she also doesn't want Kagami to get hurt in the crossfire that keeps getting violent. The later situation is ironically not unlike the events of Madoka Magica. Continuation Continuity Nod / Mythology Gag: The first line of Chapter 1 is "... and it really stinks, doesn't it?" Konata's text to Kagami reads in part, "EVENT FLAG GET!" As in the anime, Kagami still has no idea what she's talking about. Sayaka is indirectly mentioned in Chapter 3. The beginning of her tragic breakdown is recalled in flashback in Chapter 9. Kyoko remembers a scene from the Madoka anime's finale in Chapter 4 as she dies. The " You Are Not Alone" message is repurposed as a sacred prayer known by all Puellae Magi. Nyamo, the white cat seen yawning and sleeping in the eyecatches of every Lucky Star episode, is mentioned as Tsukasa's pet in 2012. Airi Anri and Yuuri Asuka, and Umika Misaki and Kaoru Maki from the same series, are couples in 2012, as are Oriko Mikuni and Kirika Kure. 2012!Kagami turns up her nose at a can of Morning Rescue. Anime Tenchou is briefly mentioned in Chapter 12. The dialogue at the twins' birthday party is similar to the same scene in Lucky Star Episode 4, only with a few significant changes to reflect that the timeline has been changed. Crossover Shipping: The story was totally not written with an ulterior motive of promoting the authors' Kagamura ship. Darker and Edgier: At least when compared to the much lighter Lucky Star anime/manga. It's even pushing it at times in the Madoka-verse's case. Dark Magical Girl: Homura, obviously. Demonic Possession: Konata in chapter 15, given a Brand and forcibly converted into one of the Sixth's Spawn. Several chapters later, the Seventh briefly possesses Tsukasa when she seals it inside her body. Despair Event Horizon: 2012!Kagami crosses it in heartbreaking fashion when she learns that Homura can't make the pain of losing her sister go away. Determinator: All of the Puellae Magi, especially Homura. They fought on until there were only four left. Dies Wide Open: Tsukasa and Kazumi in 2012. Dope Slap: First with a bento box, then with a pillow. Both times Konata is the recipient. Eldritch Abomination: Vittoria. Emotion Eaters: The Demons feed on a person's Heart, the core of their emotions. The End of the Multiverse As We Know It: This will occur if anything happens to Kagami and Tsukasa, the "multiversal focal points". Enemy Within: It seems like Vittoria already exists in Kagami's head, clouding her mind and making her almost lash out at the already beaten up Homura for letting Jovanni's monks take Konata hostage. A more obvious example is probably when Kagami accidentally snaps the neck of one of Kyubey's bodies when she's freaking out about Tsukasa going missing. She nearly gets loose at the end of Chapter 25 after Kagami's Extreme Melee Revenge against the Second. The Corruption: She also seems to have given Kagami the ability to fight demons, despite not being a Puella Magi. Everybody's Dead, Dave: Every Puella Magi on Earth teamed up to battle Vittoria, Kagami's Demon form. Only four survived. Extreme Melee Revenge: Kagami turns the Second into a bloody smear with her bokken. Fantastic Arousal: Played as dark as possible with Desideria's rape of Homura. Feel No Pain: The mechanism of this one nature of magical girls is explained as the "pain switch", where in an extreme case, a magical girl sacrifices her movement and speed for numbness of their body. An example of the technique is when Homura takes a spear that almost severs her torso without dying, and lets Kagami hit her with her bokken to destroy Demon Spawn that latch on all over her body. Genre Savvy: Konata, of course. She recognizes what kind of fic this is before anyone else does. But said genre savvy bites her in ass when she realizes that Homura is a standard Mysterious Transfer Student like in anime and follows her around the town to see her secret, and effectively gets caught in a crossfire. Genius Loci: Jovanni, the Sixth, takes the form of a twisted cathedral made from volcanic rock. He also has the ability to turn his Branded into his monks, which confuses Homura at first-she thinks they're the Demons. The Heartless: The Demons. Hell Hound: Ciacco, the Third. Heroic BSOD: Homura suffers a terrible one after Desideria reveals all her secrets to Kagami, and violates her Soul Gem while wearing Kagami's form immediately afterward. Kagami has one at the end of her fight with the Second. This time around, Homura talks her out of it. Heroic Second Wind: Homura's Soul Gem is Kyubey, who is understandably confused, discusses it with her. already blackened before the Third's battle and she is supposed to fade per the usual Law of Cycle, but not only does she not fade, her Soul Gem becomes bright again. She gets another one later when Kagami reminds her that she's not alone. Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming: Just as in Madoka, the title of each chapter comes from a line of dialogue within it. Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Homura at the end of Chapter 10. She gets Taken for Granite immediately after. Imprison And Replace: The Second's MO. Improvised Weapon: Kagami's school bag in Chapter 4. Intercontinuity Cross Over: Between and Lucky Star . The first work of its kind to do so. Puella Magi Madoka Magica The story also unites characters from the Madoka, Kazumi, and Oriko timelines in the Madoka-verse. Is That What You Told Her?: Said by Kyubey in Chapter 5. Homura's explanation as to what happened to her timeline's Hiiragi twins wasn't entirely truthful... It Can Think: It's soon revealed that Demons are just as intelligent as humans, and capable of long-term planning. And sadism, in the Second's case. The Juggernaut: Gaspare, the Fourth. Killed Mid-Sentence: Tsukasa, and one chapter later, Kazumi, as the first victim of Vittoria. Love Hurts: Dear lord. Meaningful Echo: "Believe in us", "Do your best", and You Are Not Alone. Meanwhile, in the Future: Chapters 4 through 9 use this trope. The Multiverse: Kagami and Tsukasa are its Barrier Maidens. New Transfer Student: Homura, just as in the Madoka canon, but with a twist. Not What It Looks Like: The title of Chapter 5, said when Tsukasa misinterprets Kagami lying in Homura's lap. Oh, and X Dies: Tsukasa in the alternate timeline, leading to Kagami's Start of Darkness. Pre-Climax Climax: Kagami and Homura spend the night together in Chapter 27, just before they go to face the Ninth. Rape as Drama: The Second was doing this when she played with Homura's Soul Gem. Combined with the psycholoigical torture Homura was put through, it's no wonder she was catatonic by the end of it. Rage Against the Reflection: A variation of this. The reflection Homura rages against is the Second, having shifted into a doppelganger of her past self. Kagami gets a turn at this several chapters later. Screw Your Mission, I'm Doing What's Right: Said by Kagami to Kyubey in Chapter 4. Second Love: In a literal fashion for Homura, and a punny one for Tsukasa. Secret Relationship: Tsukasa and Miyuki, until Chapter 13. Shape Shifter: The Second, who imprisons Miyuki in the lens of her own glasses and assumes her form. Airi Anri also this, and she's in the force of good now unlike in her series. Shout-Out: Most of them come from Konata, naturally. Konata talks the Hiiragi twins' ears off about Code Geass in Chapter 2. The first season was airing at the time the story takes place. Kagami's ringtone is the OP from the first Full Metal Panic! anime. Mami and Kyoko's relationship, hinted at in Chapter 9 and explored in My Sunshine, is a shout-out to one of the authors' favorite fanfic writers, who specializes in writing about that couple. Konata quotes Fist of the North Star when showing Homura that she means business in Chapter 13. She also lets out Kenshiro's trademark Funny Bruce Lee Noises and pulls off some Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs before being abducted one chapter later. Kagami changes her ringtone to the first ED theme, Bleach "Life is Like a Boat". Upon finding out that Homura's a Magical Girl, Konata pesters her to do the original In the Name of the Moon speech, complete with posing. And later, during Kyubey's ultimately failed attempt to forge a contract with her, Konata whispers "Moon Prism Power Make Up." When she finally does transform into a Magical Girl, her costume is clearly based on Sailor Moon's, and she gives the full speech as she arrives at the battle. Konata and Patty put on a show featuring the original Pretty Cure at the cosplay cafe in Akihabara. Konata gives Tsukasa a Cardcaptor Sakura costume for her birthday. It's the infamous pink-and-black rubber catsuit. When visiting Miyuki in the rehab hospital, Konata plays Monster Hunter Portable, and later quotes Terriermon's trademark "Moumantai." Start of Darkness: Chapter 9 shows 2012!Kagami's gradual descent into Demonhood. Supporting Leader: Oriko Mikuni in the 2012 timeline Swallowed Whole: Kagami gets eaten by the Third in Chapter 15. Taken for Granite: Homura, temporarily. The Stoic: Homura, though she's a little more free with her emotions than she was in the Madoka anime. Theme Naming: The Nine are given sobriquets that are patterned after the nine circles of Hell. Title Drop: Done twice in Chapter 5, the first time by Oriko and the second by one of the Demons. And then done a third time in Chapter 25 by Desideria. Used several times as Arc Words towards the end: All will come to ruin. The stars above will fall. And, finally, Stars Above is adopted as a name by the team of Magical Girls. Tsundere: Kagami, as always. Konata mentions this by name. Visions of Another Self: Oriko reveals to Homura that she has dreams of the other timelines, and knows of all the hell Homura's been through as a Puella Magi. The Virus: Jiovanni's Rite of Coversion turns humans into his grotesque red-cloaked monks. Poor Konata. Weirdness Magnet: As "multiversal focal points", Kagami and Tsukasa are living WeirdnessMagnets, and irresistible targets for the Demons. Wham Line: Two in rapid succession in Chapter 4: "We're all that's left," and "Neither of us killed that Demon... you did." Whole Chapter Flashback: Chapter 9. Wooden Katanas Are Even Better World's Strongest Puella Magi: Homura is explicitly called this, and thus tasked with the protection of Kagami in the 2012 timeline. You Are Not Alone You Can't Go Home Again: Homura and Kyubey's trip back from the 2013 Madokaverse was one-way. It took a significant power boost to go back that far, and there's no way to return to their own time or universe.