Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion Audience Surrogate for the Western otaku demographic, having qualities that appeal to it by the virtue of being a Genre Savvy Stoic Woobie Combat Pragmatist. Much like a typical player in a game with Multiple Endings, she is not satisfied with the original series' Bittersweet Ending and looks for the perfect Golden Ending no matter how much relentless Save Scumming would it take. Her attempts to fix the plot sadly end up stifling it and robbing it of artistic merit and creativity and ultimately lead her to outright defy the Word of God and end up Running the Asylum. In doing so, she causes the universe to undergo a bout of Dork Age rife with explicit Fanservice (Such as promoting the One-Scene Wonder Charlotte to Mascot status based solely on fan appeal) and Flanderization (Witch transformation as a Super Mode? Really?) The reason Homura allows this to happen is because she fails to understand that the universe requires emotional energy to sustain itself PRECISELY because it's a work of fiction and thus may only exist as long as it attracts viewers - and for that purpose, characters need to suffer. The only way out seems to be to find an intriguing, emotionally stimulating premise for the plot that nevertheless does not cause unneeded suffering for the characters - and thus Homura relieves the other magical girls of main character status and ends up resigning to be a Designated Villain so that the show would go on.
The reason Homura can't let go of Madoka is her own wish.In addition to granting her the power to do so, her wish actually compels her to become obsessed with, seek out and save Madoka. Unfortunately, Madoka's own wish - save the universe at the cost of her existence - contradicts this, making the conflict basically a result of two opposite wishes headbutting and trying to form a coherent state of the world. Somebody has set up reality a Logic Bomb.
The new Magical Girl, Nagisa Momoe, is Charlotte.She kinda looks◊ like her◊ (same general colors). Either she wished for something different in this timeline, or she didn't fall into despair as soon.
Alternatively, Nagisa is...
Ophelia will appear in a flashback or somethingThis movie poster◊ has some acqueducts that look like these◊ from art of Ophelia's barrier. There's also that scene from the Eternal teaser trailer with the glowing signs that read Kazamino, i.e. Kasamino, the city Kyoko is from which looks like something from a witch's barrier. And take a look at the background of the Mami and Homura fight - they seem to be fighting in a witch's barrier, and that barrier contains crosses, as in a church. Also, it's oddly suspicious that Madoka Magica Online has Candeloro as a witch but not Ophelia. Waiting for a movie tie-in, perhaps?
The Nightmares are connected to Walpurgis Night.Walpurgis Nightmare, get it? Somewhat more seriously, Aoi Yuuki said the Nightmares were made from dolls in an interview. It's not clear if she meant they were made from dolls in real life or in story. If it is in-story...well, Walpurgis is the only witch described as having a doll as part of it's body.
Nagisa went through the same thing as MadokaOnly her wish created the witch system instead. Her wish either created the witch system from an even worse system like Madoka, or for some reason the demon/wraith/majuu or whatever the creatures of despair in Madoka's system are called was the original system and things snapped back to the way they were before creating a paradox, as two wishes are contradicting each other, creating a sort of anti-Madoka
Someone (probably Kyubey) tricked Nagisa into wishing Madoka back into existenceAnd now that there is nobody to keep magical girls from turning into witches, things are going to hell again.
The nightmares were created by the incubatorsHomura should not have told Kyubey about the witch system. Now they are trying to replicate it
The nightmares are a red herringThe real villain is Nagisa
The anime will make a Mood Whiplash and make Rebellion have a dark turn ala 3.0Bonus points if an Idiot Ball or Poor Communication Kills is used.
If there is another movie Homurawill get her wish.
Homura will be the Big Bad of the next PMMM movie or season.Pretty much a given.
Homura will have a Heel-Face Turn.And it will be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming as she reunites with her best friend Madoka once again.
Kyoko will become The Dragon to Homura. Perhaps she'll agree with Homura's philosophy and goals and therefore become her main enforcer. This could lead to some interesting conflicts with Sayaka and possibly a Tear Jerker where they break their fire-forged friendship.
Next we'll have Ultimate Kyoko, and she'll be a literal dragon.Due to Kyoko's rougher and more feral nature, her goddess form will be that of a great beast - an Oriental dragon would probably fit best, with the body and tail somewhat resembling her chain spear. She could act as the "balance" between Madoka's hope and Homura's despair, and could be themed on hunger, eating magical girls, witches and Grief Seeds in order to maintain this balance. No, this is not inspired by Rayquaza, Giratina, Kyurem and Zygarde.
The Shocking Swerve at the end of the movie is not a result of madness, evil, or obsession.It is, in fact, a brilliant first step to the Batman Gambit to end all Batman Gambits. The entire point of the movie was for Homura to undergo a similar "Kyuubey is doing horrible things and I must do something" breaking moment as Madoka did in the series. Homura found out that Madoka's greatest weakness really is her selflessness, even when its her greatest strength. And we know how Homura feels about Madoka, and the entire system of magical girls being centered around Madoka in whatever way. But its not just about Madoka; its about all of the girls as well, as otherwise they would not have been present in her "perfect" Mitakihara as her friends and comrades. The system as it stood was still unequal and unfair in many (subtle) ways, could be exploited, and the Incubators could manipulate it to turn back into the previous incarnation. Which was as unacceptable as the fact that the fate of the universe still rested on a 14-year-old, god or not. So Homura's solution to the problem, once Madoka came during the final confrontation, was to hijack Kyuubey's plan after she learned of it, much like Madoka's wish hijacked Kyuubey's system once she learned of it. When that happened, she created a scenario again centered on Madoka, but this time, she very deliberately and very blatantly set it up in a way that was guaranteed to be unfair and mean-spirited (and also to exacerbate the heat death problem), even while making it "normal" and "perfect" at first glance. This is so that Madoka (and by extension, Sayaka, and eventually Mami and Kyoko) would be forced to confront Homura in the future once they fully wised up/Madoka broke free from Homura's hold - remember, Homura pretty much said they would inevitably be enemies - which would, best-case scenario, find a way the first time out to create a universe that no longer relied on Madoka or magical girls to sustain it. Not just this, but with Homura's rules currently in place, it would also mean the Incubators would be unable to exploit the inevitable battle to their favor and use it to remake the old system like they tried to do in the movie. Worst-case scenario would be that the two girl gods would have to repeat re-making the universe until they found a balance, but considering how many times Homura 'herself rewrote history with her time powers originally, this would not be new or, in her current state, as difficult as before. However, in order for this to be possible, it meant Homura would have to be the bad guy and seem insane and evil and blatantly selfish beyond anything ever seen in the universe. But then again, Homura has become good at acting the part of the "bad guy" anyhow, given the distrust of her in the original series, and such a perception of a sudden Face-Heel Turn is a small sacrifice for finally fulfilling her promise to ensure Madoka - and the other three, who we know she cares for even if she pretends not to, were free from the system of Magical Girls forever. Given all that Homura had to endure before, Kyuubey breaking her even the way he did and her becoming a witch would not be "the tipping point to crazy" so much as a realization that the Rebellion of the title had to happen, as a first step, or else nothing would change. Even a lot of the outside media to show her post-movie doesn't really scream "crazy" to me so much as "tired" - and really, I'd be tired of the bullhockey and looking for a way to end it for good if I were Homura. Thus, the premise of the third movie...
The entire movie is a Batman GambitIf you notice, Homura might have been a bit too prepared for what happened. There's no way this was all by accident. She pretty much manipulated Kyubey and Madoka into giving her what she wants.
The movie is a vision Kyubey got from Oriko before attempting the planBefore being given the order to go with the plan to re-establish the Witch system, Kyubey had contracted Oriko, earning himself a Seer... And being instantly strangled when she saw what he was about to do, as the unhinged Homura with the powers of a Reality Warper would be a bad thing. Then the revived Kyubey asks her why she did that... And Oriko shows him her vision: the movie. After this, Kyubey develops emotions and, needless to say, warns the other Incubator of the consequences, preventing it from happening.
At the end of the third movie, Madoka will Retcon Homura out of existence
Akuma Homura was inevitable.Dark and Light is released with every wish. Madoka's wording was able to temporarily shove the dark aspect of her wish into a paradox; but this could only be temporary; in whatever sense that word means cosmically. The "dark" aspect of Madoka's power originally manifested in Walpurginact; then in Kriemhild Gretchen; and then finally into Homura; the progenitor.
A counter-rebellion will follow.If the spinoffs are any indication, long-lasting magical girls aren't especially uncommon. The video game shows a stable group of four living easily in the same city. Noisy Citrine showed a trio of magical girls living not far away and quite capable of supporting themselves (even though one of them was suffering from Power Incontinence). The Pleiades Saints stayed together well enough that their first member to fall, Michiru, fell out of despair, not running out of power. Different Story stated outright that Mami's "don't leave the familiars" policy was largely responsible for Sayaka's death. So what does this mean? It means that, if Mitakihara, Kasamino, and Asunaro are any indication, then there are hundreds of magical girls in Japan. Possibly thousands. What's more, we know that some magical girls have abilities relating to knowledge or memory. If Sayaka started asking them, they'd likely confirm her story, despite having lost their own memories, and even the ones that didn't would likely be weirded out by a girl with less than a month on the job somehow acting more experienced than veterans. Sayaka may have forgotten Madoka's guidance, but she might still have the skill and leadership that comes from three years of being the herald of a goddess. Altogether, this means that Homura could easily be facing a far greater force than she imagined. Will they be able to stand against the might of a Physical God? Probably not. But it'd be surprising if Sayaka didn't at least try. Even then, Kazumi's too heroic to not give it a shot, Oriko's got a bone (well, more of an entire skeleton) to pick with Homura, and Suzune, an assassin, likely isn't a fan of the new boss.
Hitomi's Nightmare is a gentle criticism of Sayaka's arc's detractorsEven years after the series first came out, there are still plenty of people who dislike Sayaka for being a "bitch who only wanted to get into Kyousuke's pants". These people tend to ignore the fact that Sayaka becoming a witch wasn't only due to a single reason. I mean, she had the whole lich thing to deal with, an aggressive magical girl challenging her morals every step of the way, her own self esteem dragging her down, and finally Hitomi's confession tipped her over the edge. So, in Rebellion, what happens to Hitomi? She gets sick of Kyousuke favoring violin practice over her, and that's the only catalyst for her turning into a monster. It's clearly petty and isn't shown in a dark, serious light like Sayaka's dilemma was. It's as if Urobuchi and co. were sort of making fun of the people who saw Sayaka as a one-dimensional character and pointing out that she could have been a lot more pathetic. It doesn't help those who are tired of people bashing Hitomi and Kyousuke, but hey, it's something.
This entire movie actually takes place in Kriemhild Gretchen's barrier.Madoka/Gretchen just wanted to save people from despair, including Homura. So...first she created a Lighter and Softer world where everything seems relatively normal and much more pleasant, and Homura, Madoka and company can have "traditional" magical girl adventures together. When Homura starts to catch on and points out that they're stuck in a Lotus-Eater Machine, Gretchen alters the illusion further so she can give Homura the only thing that could possibly satisfy her; a world where she can serve as Madoka's ultimate protector, whatever the cost.
The Nightmares are actually benevolent creatures.They essentially act as "antibodies" in Homura's dream world, and anyone who they eat returns to the real world. Either Kyubey or Homura biases all the dream world's inhabitants to think of them as the enemy, however.
Homura's dream world doubles as Incubator propaganda geared towards recruiting more magical girls.The Incubators broadcast the happenings inside of Homura's Soul Gem to another country or planet with Human Aliens in order to convince young girls that being a magical girl is lots of fun and that they should do it, too.
Kyoko will serve as a white knight in Homura's rewritten universe.She'll become aware of hers and Sayaka's past lives, and proceed to save other girls from making the same mistakes that she and Sayaka made.
Sayaka will be the pivotal character of the new seriesSayaka is shown in the ending to still remember what Homura did. Homura says that those memories are going to fade away with time, but Sayaka will either manage to retain something or find a way around it (a diary, perhaps?). The new series will begin with Sayaka being the leader of a Magical Girl group, probably mostly composed of seventh graders (just like Mami, a ninth grader, was the leader of a group of eight graders). Initially they will have "normal" adventures fighting wraiths/nightmares/whatever the new universe entails (because an apparently normal Magical Girl thing becoming something else entirely is the staple of Madoka Magica), but at some point Sayaka will realize that the universe is in a really sorry state (as implied by the familiar-like beings seen in the ending) and so Madokami has to be put back into place. At this point, Sayaka will also ask help to Mami and Kyoko again, and will have to win against their skepticism. They will find a way to fully awaken Madokami, which will lead to a concept battle between her and Homurakuma. The battle will be something mindbending visually, with the two of them apparently engaged in random, normal activities and only having a verbal duel, while in fact clues of the true fight happening in the universe will be around both in what they are doing and around them, like news being continuously modified while they are being aired on TV. In the end, Madoka will prevail and Homura will expect or even ask to be erased from reality. Madoka, however, will refuse to do so because she understands Homura's feelings and forgive her for what she has done. They will rewrite the universe together for a final time, with Madokami continuing her concept of hope stuff while Homurakuma ensures that both of them are able to also live a normal life on Earth and keeps the Incubators in check, finally balancing selfish and selfless love in a "Madoka looks after everyone and Homura ensures Madoka gets looked after herself" sort of way.
Homuras motives were left ambiguous on purposeThe plot of rebellion is based (loosely) on paradise lost. One thing about paradise lost is the devil is often said to be more sympathetic than God. By leaving Homucifers motives ambiguous, plus the parallels to paradise lost, the creators are basically encouraging alternate character interpretation
The second season will be based on the book of revelationThe first part of the season will be Sayakas quest to get Madokas power back. The second half will be the final battle.
Madoka faked being surprised when Homura rewrote the universeMadoka, with her omniscience, actually knew that Homura was going to go bonkers. However, she also knows that Homura's rewritten universe is also the stepping stone to finally fixing the universe, and so Madoka let her do that. In fact, Madoka and Homura might have come up with the plan together, with "Homurakuma" actually being just another mask (Homura's pretty good at those) to fool the Incubators into believing they have to deal with an insane girl. The truth is that Ultimate Homura can do what Ultimate Madoka coudn't - alter the universe at will. The two girls are actually working behind the scenes to make the universe a better place. The scene at the school is the exact opposite of what it look like - like in Homulilly's barrier, Madoka let her memories to be altered to better fool Kyubey. However, this time it isn't working as well so Homura, while pretending to erase her memories, she actually made Madoka remember all (plan included), because Madoka accidentally using her powers while confused would cause a lot of trouble.
Homura's Pet the Dog moments at the end of the movie really aren't those at all.Bring back dead magical girl to life? Since she's staying on earth, maintaining a magical girl heaven obviously isn't in her priorities. Giving Mami and Kyouko happy lives? As shown by the illusion world, as long as those two are happy, they won't figure out anything on their own and fight back.
Expanding on the above, Homura will use the prospect of a happy life (and the threat of taking it away) to make Mami and Kyoko into her Co-Dragons.Homura will point out that, if not for her, Mami and Kyoko will have lived the same miserable, tragic lives that they lived in prior timelines, and threaten to take away their happiness should they not obey her. The three of them will form a team again, just like at the end of the series, only now fighting for Homura's more sinister intentions (which will likely involve both imprisoning Madoka and maintaining her rule over the universe). Mami will behave like a Pelagian villain, while Kyoko will start showing some of her dark-side traits from her early anime appearances, but both of them will still resent the whole thing and suffer along the way. We will then have a full-on magical girl war: Madokami, Sayaka, Nagisa and their summoned familiars vs. Homucifer, Mami, Kyoko and Homura's familiars. And it will be GLORIOUS.
The whole series is an extended retelling of Kannazuki no Miko.
Madoka is letting Homura run the show on purpose, at least for a while.What Homura intended out of evil/malice/selfishness/whatever (jacking the controls of the universe from Madoka), Madoka intends to turn it into good (or something along those lines). That last pre-credits scene when Homura suppresses Madoka's powers is an unspoken plea by Homura to let her indulge in her selfishness, and Madoka is relenting on the request by Obfuscating Stupidity. There are several possible (not necessarily mutually exclusive) reasons:
Madoka isn't done yet - if she was God post-Episode 12, she's now Jesus of Nazareth.She might or might not actually be in purgatory, but as she's now effectively an ordinary middle-school girl, she can gain a true normal perspective. Homucifer is not going to do anything to actively harm her (at least physically) as that would go against the whole reason of her usurpation in the first place, but Madoka will eventually sacrifice herself again in order to defeat Homucifer('s reason for being the Devil).
If Madoka is Jesus, then someone else is her Judas.
The eventual compromise solution between Madokami and Homucifer will involve splitting both of themselves into two parts.One part will maintain the new universe as God and Satan with their respective powers (possibly forever in opposition due to "creative differences", possibly as two partners working with each, or whatever other sort of relationship you can think of). Human Homura and Human Madoka, on the other hand, will finally get to be together without their basic philosophies clashing.
In Homuverse, magical girls no longer existSince Incubators are now forced by Homura to eliminate all witches/demons/whatever they are fighting now themselves, magical girls are no longer needed or at least, not as much as before thus there is no reason to contract new girls. And if the girls are no longer forced to fight evil beings, there is a tiny chance of them dying because of magic overuse - so basically, Law of cycles isn't as important as it was earlier.
Homura intends to maintain the balance between hope and despair in the Homuverse by becoming a reverse-Incubator - granting curses and letting whatever blessings that come out fall where they may. In other words, Enma Ai without a fixed underlying for the contract.She'll probably try to wire those blessings towards Madoka and maybe the others whether out of sheer practicality or something less malevolent. And then Madoka will blow things up by placing a curse on herself.
When all is said and done, HomuMado will no longer be just a Portmanteau Couple Name - it'll be an actual character's name.Madokami represents empathy, selflessness, and hope; but also naivety and selflessness. Homucifer is selfishness, coldness, and suffering/despair (think of how when she was Homulily she was being dragged in chains towards a guillotine like she was Marie Antoinette or something - also, most of her head was sliced off), but also guile and precise in her calculations. Combine the best aspects of both of them, and you're at least on the right track towards a better being at the controls of the universe. Incidentally, it also solves the problem of them being apart.
The conflict between Homura and Madoka, between selfless hope and selfish love, will be resolved with...a marriageA symbolic marriage between the two concepts, creating a synthesis and balance between both sides that will finally change the world for the better.
Where the Madokamiverse was about alleviating the suffering of those who would fight for right by bringing hope, the Homuverse will be about delivering justice upon those who would do wrong.This would make Homura less Satan and more the vengeful and jealous(!!)note God of the Old Testament, who washed the sinful earth with a great flood and rained fire and brimstone on the irredeemable cities of Sodom and Gommorrah. At the very least, Homura's power and enmity keeps the now-enslaved Incubator race in line, as Madoka's hope and gentleness did not affect them in the Madokamiverse. Madoka might be the equivalent of the Israelites as Homura's chosen (along with, possibly, contracted Magical Girls should that system still be in place in some form - this might lure Sayaka into a Magical Girl contract as an Ally of (Darker) Justice). This will play into a fundamental difference between the Madokamiverse and Homuverse: the former gave the unrepentant guilty (i.e., the Incubators) mercy, while the latter is very likely to punish those that don't deserve it (at least from us viewers' point of view). Homura may try to alleviate the latter tendency by tempering the curses inflicted (whether trying to tone down Disproportionate Retribution or trying to isolate complete innocents), but her selfishness will ultimately lead her to pick Madoka over enforcing the Homuverse Eighth Amendmentnote if the two conflict. This might be the spark that sets off Madoka's Counter-Rebellion if she perceives the unfairness of it too much.
Madoka will sacrifice herself for the Incubators.To paraphrase Mark Twain, between at least Episode 6 and Homura's usurpation how many viewers have felt any sympathy for the Incubator race for their actions? It's not likely to be a large number. But if anyone could ever feel sympathy for them, it's probably Madoka, especially if all she knows is that they work for the betterment of the universe, that they are under Homura's heel, and that Homura had previously betrayed her (maybe). She might agree that the Incubators need to be punished for everything they've ever done (even if those particular Incubators don't remember committing them), but she's going to plead for their mercy before Homura would let them go. This might work better if they somehow become empathetic (maybe Madoka argues that physical pain doesn't really matter to them and they won't really suffer until they can feel emotion and thus it qualifies as a curse) and they become sympathetic to others (in both directions) - a major reason they're so hated by everyone who knows their nature is that they cannot empathize. Madoka may be able to use this to force Homura into either letting the Incubators go because enough's enough (and use that to start Homura back on the path away from demonhood) or force her death and thus negate the whole point of Homucifer. (It could backfire if the Incubators try to seize control on this, though if they're now emotional and empathetic at least some might reconsider...Incubator Civil War?)
The movie will come with at least one Drama CD when it's released on home video.Like two previous Drama C Ds before it, it will explain something only hinted at in canon material. Namely, it will be everything we ever wanted to know about Nagisa Momoe. People will buy it just to hear Charlotte's origin story. You owe us, Magica Quartet and SHAFT. If there's a second Drama CD, it'll just be more non-canon Affectionate Parody fun stuff. Or maybe a day in the lift of Demon Homura's world but that's probably a pipe dream.
The three meanings of Homura being tomato'dIn the ending, while Homura talks to Sayaka, her familiars start to throw tomatoes, and one of them lands in her head. This could have three meanings:
Homura is trying to enact the popular Zero Approval Gambit theory, but is at constant risk of becoming straight-up Evil by getting Drunk with Power.Homura's selfishness and focus on Madoka is real, and cohabitates within Homura alongside her more benevolent desire to replace the Magical Girl system entirely (the part that also cares for the well-being of Mami, Sayaka, Kyoko, and Nagisa). Subtle indications in her apparent behavior throughout the second season will hint as to which side is calling Homura's shots: for instance, if she's acting rather sultry or crazy (like ballet-dancing off a cliff) and actively antagonizing Sayaka, it's probably the former; if she seems forlorn and resigned or if there's any sort of hint of Moemura (braided hair, glasses, etc.), it might be the latter trying to do the equivalent of sneaking cookies to a sibling who was sent to her room without dessert. As mentioned before, she has to pretend to be the Big Bad in order for the plan to work by uniting the others against her, but Becoming the Mask is going to be a constant danger, especially with such powers at her disposal. Madokami didn't have this problem because her selflessness would redirect using that kind of power towards helping others - she doesn't think about herself, which suited her just fine at the time. It's possible this played a role in Homura apparently betraying her by seizing control of the universe: Madokami didn't realize just how badly Homura being forcibly separated from Madoka had hurt her, and just coming to pick her up with an honor guard of Sayaka and Nagisa probably wouldn't be enough to sate her anger towards the whole damn thing.
Sayaka is a Magical Girl again in the Homuverse, and will be Wrong Genre Savvy again about its nature (at first).After Sayaka's last encounter with Homucifer in the movie, Hitomi and Kyosuke run into her and Sayaka acts like her usual self talking with them. There is a mark on the nail of her middle finger when she places her arms behind her head, suggesting she's a Magical Girl already. As for her in-universe motivation, Sayaka had sworn to remember things about the truth of the nature of the Homuverse when Homucifer went to erase her memories - having most recently been with Madokami, the idea of bringing hope to others (i.e., rescuing Homura from Homulily, perhaps also getting Homura back from her present insanity/demonhood/opposition) stands a good chance of sticking in her mind. But as in the original universe Sayaka's ideals of fighting for justice wasn't what the whole magic system was about (before and after Madoka's ascension), her current ideal of bringing hope in a world where it is despair that (seems to) be the rule is going to run into a huge wall. Whether it sticks depends on how events play out, though as much as I want to be optimistic and forsee Sayaka being successful in getting back Moemura or a non-antagonizing pre-usurpation Homura, it seems more likely (and more Urobuchi) to have Sayaka fall into despair about being unable to bring someone hope (especially as while Sayaka's a much more capable warrior now, she's still prone to slash first and ask questions later, a rather-easily exploitable flaw).
In the Homuverse, Magical Girls no longer "choose" to become one - they are now chosen (probably by Homura).OK, yeah, the contracts the Incubators made under the original system can hardly be considered free contracts on grounds of unconsciability and being leonine, but had it not been for their hijacking of a vulnerable system (i.e., prospective magical girls were fully informed, whoever making the contracts sticking with what we would consider fair negotiating tactics, etc.), it's unlikely we'd feel quite so sorry for those that still signed up(outside observers like the audience would still wish they didn't hurt so much but wouldn't be so enraged at the ones offering). It'd also result in a much lower energy collection rate (why the Incubators resorted to such underhanded tactics in the first place - their sole concern is combating entropy, all other things be damned). In the Homuverse, rather than choosing to become a Magical Girl, she might be forced into the whole system by being picked by Homucifer to carry the curse of being a Magical Girl - it might manifest spontaneously after being forced into a corner by a Witch/familiar/other bad spot. A possible in-universe example: Sayaka rushes to protect Hitomi from flying televisons (H.N. Elly's familiars) and Hitomi is backed into a corner when Sayaka throws what she thought was a bucket and a sword impales itself in one of the T Vs. Camera turns back to see Sayaka in her Magical Girl outfit, confused as to what just happened and why she's wearing a cape. At this point Kyubey shows up and does his spiel (being unable to say what's really going on by Homura fiat) along the lines of "you have been chosen to wield this great power - use it for (insert ideal or goal suitable for girl in question here)". At the very least, it removes the whole "free choice" illusion from the original system by presenting it as fate rather than a free choice. Incidentally, this would also allow Homura oversight to ensure Madoka doesn't get picked for Magical Girl duty.
The Whole Plot Reference did not change from Faust in the series/first two movies to Paradise Lost in Rebellion.Rather, we are barely halfway through the story of Homura-as-Faust when she now uses supernatural powers by/as the Devil to have Gretchen-as-Madoka. Meaning Homura's intentions, however well-intentioned, will go wrong and cause Madoka suffering. It remains to be seen whether the eventual outcome will be the earlier renditions of Faust's story (Homura remains separated from Madoka forever, falls into despair and becomes resigned to being the Devil) or Goethe's (Homura continues to strive for redemption, Madoka works for Homura's sakes, Homura eventually reunites with Madoka in as-close-as-Heaven-as-can-be-allowed).
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer's season 6 finale, Willow was possessed by Homucifer, or an aspect of herBeing driven to turn evil by the loss of a girl she loved, and trying to destroy the world... and by the way, if there's anyone who loves angst and ripping the heart out of viewers anywhere near as much as Urobuchi, it's Joss Whedon.