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 Plan to end all plans. 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 was Homura's plan.If you notice, Homura might have been a bit too prepared for what happened. There's no way this was all by accident. She 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 Walpurgisnacht growing stronger with each timeline; 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 CDs 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).
Madoka will become a magical girl in the Homuverse.Homura realizes that Madoka will need some outlet to channel her selflessness, so Homura reluctantly allows Madoka to regain some of her power and become a magical girl. The idea is that Homura is basically venting steam to prevent an explosion; by allowing Madoka some activity as a magical girl it keeps her from fully remembering her true identity. Of course, Madoka might find that she has some unusual Living Shadow-like Guardian Entity powers... kind of confirmed by director. Madoka will eventually turn back into Madokami with the right trigger, or after a certain period of time, and Homura apparently knows this. Eventually, Madoka somehow learns about the broken Law of Cycles and decides that she'll try to find the missing piece...without realizing that she is said piece. This will lead to an extended parody of Sailor Moon's "find the Moon Princess" subplot.
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 TVs. 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.
Homura's action leads to the events of Kill la KillRemember how Homura store Madoka's divinity as a yarn? Homura later 'licenses' the yarn to people who will, in awareness or not, support the structure of her new world. This includes Satsuki Kiryuin and her fascist army. When you have a strong humanity, it will not fall to the temptation of the 'easy' way, which is having your wish granted and become a magical girl. Of course, Archangel Miki has her own plan. She manipulated Prof. Matoi to create a human version of her magical sword, known as the scissor blade. With this blade, Madoka's threads shall be collected and her divinity reconstructed. That's right: if Ryuko keep having Senketsu incorporating Life Fibers, Ryuko will eventually become the new Madoka.
The next season will involve an all out war between upgraded magical girls.The movie sets two interesting precedents. It says that magical girls taken by the Law of Cycles essentially become "angels", and can come back under certain circumstances. It also says that somehow magical girls can use The Power of Love to become "demons". So...what if Homura invokes So Last Season to make magical girls turn themselves into demons (though with far lesser power than Homura), while angels descend from the broken Law of Cycles to reawaken Madoka? (Obviously, there would have to be a reason why Homura can't Reality Warper them away.) Both sides can summon witches, because that leads to awesome. Also some demons might decide they don't like Homura manipulating them and join Madoka's side, while some angels might decide they like being alive again and join Homura's side.
As an extension of the above, the familiars left behind in Homura's barrier will allow magical girls to enter Homura's world from the Law of Cycles.We see a Pyotr and some Anthonys at the end of the movie, with the implication that there are other familiars running around (besides Homura's). Obviously the Pyotr's might help Nagisa remember who she is, but beyond that it's possible the other familiars might be touched upon in the continuation. The Anthonys are seen gathering roses for Gertrud. What if they're trying to summon Gertrud? Furthermore, it's officially stated that familiars can form their own barriers. (Probably how Homura's familiars traveled when they went out to capture people) Since Homura's barrier was able to invite Madoka, it's possible that the familiars can invite their parents magical girls and witches from the Law of Cycles. So what if Episode 1 of the second season is a mirror of Episode 1 of the anime, where Madoka and Sayaka hear an odd voice in their heads, and they rescue something from Homura. That something turns out to be a group of Anthonys. Then a bunch of wraiths attack and the girls are rescued by Mami and/or Kyoko. Then in episode 2 an Anthony eats some wraith cubes to summon a barrier, and then Gertrud and her magical girl self appear, just like she appeared in episode 2 of the anime.
Homucifer fucked everything up, forever.Although she may not know that. Yanking Madoka out of the Law of the Cycle will have catastrophic consequences on the whole thing. Since Madoka's wish was to erase every witch "with her own hands", that essentially means Madoka IS the Law of the Cycle. Trying to separate Madoka from the concept is in reality impossible, since she IS the concept. However, Homucifer is too deluded by her obsession with Madoka's safety to understand that. Now it's only a matter of time before the Witches come back in full force. Even worse, Homucifer has now enslaved the Incubators, but does she even understand entropy herself, or is she only using them to her own ends and completely stopping them from actually doing their job? Even though everybody hates Kyubey, a lot of people tend to conveniently forget he is a Well-Intentioned Extremist and so is his race. And truly, ending the whole series with a heat death of the universe which the most hated character in the series was trying to prevent would be a troll move worthy of Gen Urobuchi.
Poison Oak time!As some of you may know, Homura is actually a critical chuuni. Madoka actually died before the TV series, hit by a car while trying to save a stray cat she called Amy (in the drama CD, Madoka said the first time she contracted was to save Amy; this is also why Kyubey looks like a cat.) The traumatized Homura, of course, concocted a nightmarish dream world wherein she kept trying and failing to save the girl she loved. (This may explain Madoka's seeming Incorruptible Pure Pureness; the girl we see is just an idealized figment of Homura's hyperactive imagination.) This could still be true after the events of Rebellion. But although Madoka "disappeared" in Episode 12 after Homura temporarily realized that she was gone forever, it obviously wasn't the end for Homura's mental anguish. Rebellion likely represents a very violent relapse.
If Homura undergoes a Heel-Face Turn, Sayaka will be the key in inducing it.Sayaka's wish was to heal Kyosuke's arm and let him play the violin again, but her desire was to have Kyosuke notice actually-socially-timid-when-it-comes-to-romance her. Him not doing so (via Hitomi's ultimatum) was, among other things, what pushed her over the threshold because she had used her wish incorrectly (at least in terms of what would really make herself happy)note . By the end of the series and into Rebellion, Sayaka has come to terms with her mistakes and has repurposed herself into assisting Madoka, including becoming a key player in Madokami's plan to rescue Homura. Old wounds from all their previous clashes will not disappear and Sayaka clearly isn't happy with Homura's hijacking of Madokami's powers, but their two previous major scenes together - the one after the gun-fight with Mami ("Maybe this Witch isn't so bad, if she's put up this pretty nice world around here") and the Homulily battle (neither Oktavia nor the Anthonies are really aggressive in fighting Homulily or her guards, just trying to block the way to the guillotine) - seems to show Sayaka trying to reach out to Homura again. Homura's wish was to be able to protect Madoka instead of vice versa, but I suspect at least part of that was not wanting to feel useless in general - consider that Timeline1!Homura was hospital-bound for years, has no immediately family as an orphan, was terrible at athletics, was far behind academically and needed plenty of help, and was the Muggle Best Friend of Madoka (and Mami, to a lesser extent) in the latter's magical girl adventures. In early timelines Homura was on at least cordial terms with all the main characters (even Sayaka, if one considers the Drama CDs and the Oriko manga), but in her repeated timeline travels they all appear to turn hostile on her in some manner (especially Mami's Freak Out in Timeline 3 and Sayaka in multiple timelines - Kyoko would likely not have made a positive first impression on Moemura). Homura eventually turns cold to them because she could not see gratefulness for her efforts from them. (Additionally, this could also explain why Homura seems to be such a masochist and wanting to suffer: in order for others to be grateful for your efforts, you need to do something for them (i.e., take their burden). Ideally, the suffering should only come incidentally - it's when you start seeking out pain for the sake of saying, "Look what I've gone through for you!" that things become pear-shaped.) The exception to all this is, of course, Madoka, whose tendency to see the best in everyone meant that she was the lone character who never turns on Homura in all her timeline resets (Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko may well have been grateful as well depending on the timeline, but angry outbursts are going to stand out more in the mind of someone who doesn't want to feel worthless and those three aren't ones given towards emphatic displays of public affection to a relative stranger; contrast Madoka jumping all over Homura in Timeline 2) - even in later timelines when it was Madoka who openly felt useless, Madoka kept trying to seek out Homura to get her to open up. In timeline after timeline where the details played out so variedly (even if the end result was the same), Madoka (or at least her willingness to be nice to Homura regardless of circumstances) was the only signpost Homura had left (the only constant she could grasp at to make sense of each new world). When Homura and an amnesiac Madoka talk in that field of flowers, Homura got the (probably inaccurate) impression that Madoka, too, was going to abandon her by choosing the world/her ideals over being with Homura - how dare Madoka be ungrateful for all she had gone through, oh dear God she's going to lose Madoka, there goes the last bridge, and Homura is now metaphorically a cornered rat whose only recourse is drastic action. How could a Homuverse!Sayaka spur a Heel-Face Turn in Homura? Sayaka swore to remember what had happened just before Homucifer appears to wipe out Oktavia and her memories. Optimistic case: Sayaka remembers enough of what happened before (or recovers enough down the road) to realize Homura is worth trying to save and goes to recover her (the latter may require Madoka's unwavering optimism) using the previous similarities to try to put home the point that "you are not alone and we will still come after you even if you push us away". (Plus, if Sayaka does remember it means Homura wasn't being honest about eliminating opposition to her goal.) More likely case: Sayaka won't remember those things but she'll still have her personality - Homura may disdain her foolhardiness but they are both strongly convicted in what they believe is the right thing (that they don't agree on what is the right thing is what leads to much of their clashing), Sayaka still vocalized her opposition to Homura's actions where Kyoko and Mami didn't (those two weren't there to do so), and it doesn't appear Homura delights in being the bad guy (she did think up good things for everyone twice and became the embodiment of evil for a separate purpose - if she could see another way she would at least consider it). Come back, Homura. Please...
Alternatively, Homura will induce a Hazy Feel Turn in Sayaka.Little does Sayaka know that if she gets her memories back, she's thrust into a serious moral dilemma. If she does the "right" thing, and save Madoka, it means that Sayaka will have to go back to the Law of Cycles...and abandon all her friends again. And it's not just about Sayaka sacrificing her own happiness for Madoka...because if Sayaka sacrifices herself, she is also sacrificing her friends' happiness as well. It's a decision Sayaka would struggle with, if she's made aware of how many people she would hurt by dying again. And Homura plays dirty; she would make sure Sayaka would learn the consequences of her actions. Things get more twisted if Homura somehow finds a way to turn Kyoko into a demon-like entity and cut her off from the Law of Cycles (see the angels vs. demons WMG above). It would become one heck of a Friend Versus Lover decision...Bonus points if Kyoko decides she's not going to put up with Homura's manipulations and works to save Madoka.
Love is refined despairKyubey's Isolation Field didn't just prevent the Law of Cycles from taking away Homura's Soul Gem, it also prevented it from transforming into a Grief Seed. Homura's despair built up in it with nowhere else to go. The effect was similar to carbon becoming diamond under high-pressure; Homura's despair changed into a new state. he was speared by an arrow of light, and, after realizing that Madoka, being all-powerful and transcending time and space, can casually stop him and may decide to stop joking and just kill him for good, stopped and had to explain the girls why he had been hit by pink arrows so often. And where Kyoko got a good laugh at calling him an idiot (being the daughter of a Christian priest the divine retribution to her was obvious), Homura dreamed this movie.
If Homura did go with Madoka at the end, Kyubey would repeat his Isolation Field experiment on Kyoko and Mami.At the same time.
Akuma Homura is a reference not to Lucifer...In The Bible, when Peter tried to become a vehement opponent against Jesus' prophecy of self-sacrifice, Jesus replied: Get thee behind me, Satan. Jesus just compared Peter to Satan in that. And if Madoka is Jesus, who is Peter? Her closest disciple, Homura. So no, Homura isn't just Lucifer, but a metaphor for St. Peter, and by extension... The Catholic Church. In the movie, Homura, mutated into a Yandere, goes against both the Laws of Physics and Madoka by expanding her Witch Barrier to Take Over the Universe, enslaving the Incubators whose only intentions were saving the world from universal entropy. Unlike Madoka who forgave the Incubators and allowed them to exist to give us civilization. She also prevented Madoka in becoming selfless against her will, and even admitted that, unless Madoka stop sacrificing herself and start becoming selfish, then they'll become mortal enemies. She essentially exceeds the Incubators' role of tempting Madoka to become selfish. The Incubators tempted Madoka to be selfish because it yielded Energy to save the universe; while Homura tempted Madoka to be selfish simply for becoming selfish itself. In Real Life, we all know that the Catholic Church, that as the creator of the Inquisition was the Trope Maker of the State Sec and the Corrupt Church, became an extremely-selfish totalitarian superstate spreading Propaganda of World Domination and Eternal Torture against Heretics, all for the sake of forcing All Souls to love Jesus Christ in thought. From the God Emperor Cult full of rich golden pomp Jesus would have rejected, to the ruthless totalitarian persecution of heretics. All these despite the fact that what the Church did went against Jesus Christ's philosophy of unconditional selfless love and mercy. If Jesus was walking around during the time of the Middle Ages, he would be extremely appalled by the hypocrisy of the Church, just as he was appalled by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Madoka is still Jesus, the Messiah of Unconditional Love and Mercy, but Homura aka the Ecclesiarchy fucked up her vision to all hell.
To follow up on the previous, Sayaka and/or a reawakened Madoka will be the equivalent of Martin Luther or John Calvin.Those two would have the most philosophical beef with Homura, the former is defiant and stubborn, and the latter retains great power and requires active suppression to be kept under control. Those two are the most likely to do something that would cause conflict in the Homuverse vis a vis the new entropy system. Madoka season 2, therefore, would be something like the Magical Girl verison of the Reformation and European wars of religion in the 16th and early 17th Centuries, with the outcome of the active fighting being some kind of stalemate (more plausible if Homura can establish that she has a point regarding the shortcomings of the old system(s)). They would then be faced with some new threat (maybe the Kyubes revolt, maybe Mami/Kyoko/Oriko start something else, maybe all the fighting is allowing entropy to accelerate unchecked, etc.) that causes this particular conflict to be called off in a truce (e.g., Homura scales back the excesses while Sayaka stops actively trying to sabotage her; Madoka would be the mediator between them), though the wounds will remain for a long time thereafter (i.e., anti-Catholicism feelings lingered long after the end of the religious wars in Europe, especially in America).
How Homura did it.Forget what Homura says about The Power of Love. The devil lies, after all. Let's take a look at exactly what happens in the key scene when Madoka comes down for Homura.
In Season 2, there will be a Whole Plot Reference to the early chapters of the Book of Exodus.We already have Sayaka's memory being messed with by Homura after she voiced opposition to her actions (Moses in the reed basket escaping the Pharaoh's infantcide order, or Moses as a member of Egyptian royalty having to flee Egypt after killung a particularly cruel Egyptian slavemaster that was beating an Israelite). Sayaka would then be "out in the wilderness" for a while doing stuff (Moses among the Midians) before regaining her memories of Rebellion somehow and going back to confront Homura (Moses and the burning bush). The first demand to let Madoka go backfires in Homura vindicatively making the lives of Kyoko, Mami, and Nagisa miserable (Pharaoh's decree of "bricks without straw") - the latter three may or may not know why, but Homura would try to guilt-trip Sayaka with it. Sayaka, ever the stubborn one, returns and once again demands Madoka's release; Homura, of course, refuses. Now come the Ten Plagues equivalent, which can go one of two ways:
Homura will cause the Law of Cycles/Madokami to break off a piece of Homura herself.She broke off a piece of Madoka, it's only fair for Madoka to break off a piece of her. (All part of Homura's plan to alter the magical girl system, of course). Homura's alternate self will be named the "Flame of Desires".
This is the halfway point of one huge "Groundhog Day" Loop.Godoka will likely awaken at some point, and fight and defeat Homura, separating off a piece of her and blanking her memory so she can be happy, as was her and Gretchen's desire. Homura will again wake up in the hospital...in Timeline 1, with only highly suppressed memories of the horrors before, and will meet Madoka and co. (and Kyubey) for the first time. Cue the next hundred-odd timelines and the events of PMMM and Rebellion. The Incubators know all this, and discovered that the eternal love followed by clashing between a demigoddess and a demidemon is the ultimate universal energy source, and have learned to feign ignorance and even emotion (as Kyubey seemed to exhibit at the end of Rebellion) in order let things go just as planned. This may not be the first time this huge loop has happened. Maybe this is why it's called the Law of Cycles.
Homura Akemi was a ballerina with an eating disorder.Her "strange heart disease" and lengthy hospitalization were really due to her eating disorder. Perhaps it was really a mental health hospital, or maybe she really did have a heart illness, but it works fine either way. Her mother, an ex-ballerina who was already strict towards her and controlling of her behavior, abandoned her due to the shame of having a child that developed a mental illness, as well as the "pain" of losing her last chance at success once Homura is made to leave her ballet classes. Fatherless, Homura lived alone soon after that event. It is likely that Homura wasn't particularly good at ballet (her Transformation Sequence did seem a bit sloppy), but kept going to make her mom proud in spite of the bullying she endured in her class. Eventually the stress of wanting to be perfect, coupled with her mother's extremely controlling and overbearing behavior on top of the bullying drove her to slowly developing an eating disorder for some semblance of control. Eventually, things got out of hand, and she either a) developed a heart illness due having gone too far or B) snapped under pressure and grew so unhealthy that she was eventually put in a recovery/mental hospital. This makes sense as a Backstory because dancers who fail at a move simply redo it until they've perfected it. Her mother, who'd failed as a prima ballerina herself, used Homura as a "redo" at success (and also centered her life around her in an unhealthy manner, as Homura would eventually come to do with Madoka). These were factors she'd dealt with from a very young age, and eventually, she grew to believe them to be ideals. This is why she views her constant time resets as an acceptable manner of dealing with essentially everything, or maybe even an admirable one. Since the first part of The Movie essentially goes on inside her head, it makes sense that she'd view the girls as dancers (as seen in their transformation scenes):
The Lighter and Softer world at the beginning was the real world of PMMM all along.They never really became liches decaying into murderous Eldritch Abominations. Their only real enemies were the relatively benign Nightmares. Kyubey was always just the Team Pet who could only utter "Kyuu". The Cosmic Horror Story we've witnessed was All Just a Dream of the depressed, pessimistic Homura, who just needs the loving support of her dear friends...and perhaps a visit to a psychiatrist. So yeah, 4KidsEntertainment was right all along!
The Isolation Field was basically a stasis field.All external influence includes the flow of time. How ironic that Homura's Soul Gem was caught in a Time Stands Still effect. As for why time passed in the barrier, it's because barriers have their own rules. Or in other words, it's magic. Actually, this would explain how Homura stops time in her own barrier...
Homura influenced Super Bowl XLVIII, specifically the choice of songs that were performed at the halftime show by Bruno Mars.
Homucifer's wish to make Madoka selfish will backfire.Homura loves Madoka to the point that she wants to make her less of a Messianic Archetype and encouraged her to become selfish, lest they become enemies. The problem is, that Madoka's selflessness was the exact reason why Homura fell in love with her in the first place. If Madoka wasn't a Messiah, but a selfish bitch like Haruhi Suzumiya, then Homura would have never have fallen in love with her. If Madoka was a selfish bitch, then Homura would have rejected her and committed suicide instead of making Madoka her reason to live. Thus is why Homura's ambition to stop Madoka's saintly instincts will inevitably fail. What Homura did in Rebellion isn't love, but possessiveness, that which will inevitably destroy herself.
Homura's actions in Rebellion were a result of her wish in the original series.Remember what her wish was? "I want to redo my meeting with Madoka, but instead of her having to protect me, I'll be strong enough to protect her." By the end of PMMM, the wish was never granted, because Madoka saved HERSELF without Homura's help. The wish continued into the new universe and the only way Homura could be strong enough to protect Madoka was to be as powerful as Madoka herself, that is, become a god.
The Homura Heresy....Homura's obsession with making Madoka hers eventually led to the destruction and enslavement of the Incubator civilization, as well as numerous aliens who became clients of the Incubators, as shown in Rebellion. However, the Incubators uphold logic and order against the forces of Entropy, and does she even understand entropy herself, or is she only using them to her own ends and completely stopping them from actually doing their job? More likely than not. She's basically consumed by the selfish desire to make Madoka hers which led her to eventually remake the universe slowly into what Homura considered to be a Utopia, but unfortunately, this abuse of her emotional power, to force her will into the world despite growing more and more irrational, results in Chaos which corrupts Homura further into propagating more Chaos if it meant Madoka would never become a Puella. This will accelerate Entropy to the point that suffering becomes an epidemic, where everyone else suffers except Madoka therefore arousing suspicion against her, make scientists all over the world search for the Entropy problem and eventually come to the existence of the Incubators, and lead the Incubators to attempt to go public and revolt, sacrificing many of their own in order to make everyone else aware of Homura's insanity. Sayaka, ever the stubborn, would eventually lead a massive Puella Magi Civil War against Homura and her Daemonic minions who will not hesitate to torture asnd brutalize the rebels. a competition to see whether should Madoka be aware or should stay normal. As the Daemon, Homura tempts Madoka into selfish wealth and fails because eventually, Madoka's inner sense of selflessness and duty, as well as her suspicion on Homura's actions, will eventually reawaken a portion of Ultimate Madoka, who gains some awareness of Homura's atrocities and shatters the entire illusion-world so that everyone, including Madoka's family, becomes aware of the Masquerade. Homura realizes that eventually, Ultimate Madoka will always awaken, and in order to subdue her, she must use force-physical force. Homura boasted that it was her who gave Madoka her powers, and that she can always make her a slave if she wants to. Madoka calls Homura foolish because, even if they loved each other, she simply cannot afford everyone else suffering for her own benefit, because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Madoka also explained that she forgave the Incubators because she knew that they had good intentions and brought mankind civilization. Also, what Homura was doing now was not love, but possessiveness. Offended at the notion that the Incubators could be forgiven, she, in a fit of impulse, attempts to subdue Madoka with force, vowing that she will make Madoka hers forever and ever. The die was cast. Each god-like being knew that the fate of humanity now hung in the balance. A battle that was both physical and psychic in nature. Though Madoka's psychic gifts were unequaled, she found herself unwilling to summon Her full strength against Her most beloved. Homura tries to strip Madoka of her powers so that she would never be a potential Puella ever again, despite not realizing that it was also destroying Madoka's very soul causing immense amounts of agony. Homura's self-centred lust and love, along with her hatred of Madoka for her seeming ungratefulness, continues to multiply, until she does the unspeakable: bonding, humiliating and outright raping Madoka. The crying Madoka was completely and utterly devastated by the act Homura did to her, but still, in her compassion for who she considered her best friend, she accepted whatevr torture was imposed upon her. At that moment Sayaka, despite her knowledge that she was nothing before the Two Goddesses, that she was standing before a walking Avatar of Chaos, tries to intervene with all the little might she could muster, just to protect Madoka from being ravished further. She told Homura that true love is letting somebody else go. All parents had to learn that eventually, despite their love for their children, they had to learn that when they grow up, these children are not their own. and despite knowing herself that Kyousuke selecting Hitomi over herself caused her immense pain, she learned to let them go becasuse she still loved him and in a true act of love she must let him decide for himself. Therefore, what Homura was doing is, and will never be considered, an act of love, but possession. Again this offends Homura who attacks and kills the charging and valiant Sayaka. The casual brutality the Archdaemon Homura inflicted finally galvanizes Madoka as she realized what awaited Mankind under the perpetual rule of the Daemons of Chaos. Madoka accepted all the rape imposed upon her, but for others to be harmed traumatised her into the final solution. Realizing that her beloved was finally lost to Chaos, Madoka gathered all her awesome psychic might and prepared to not just kill Homura, but completely and utterly subject her to Euthanasia and put her out of her misery, that is erase her very soul from existence, despite knowing that it would be so painful for Homura that Madoka would regret it and punish herself for it for the rest of her life. Driving all her near-infinite reserves of compassion from her mind for the sake of Humanity, the Incubators and all those sapient life that she loved and will love, Madoka utterly and completely incinerated Homura's soul from reality. Just before Homura died, she briefly returned to sanity, reduced back into the moeblob that she was, begging for forgiveness and for herself to suffer for all that she has done. Madoka, in an act of forgiveness, refuses to enact any form of additional torturous vengeance against Homura, and commented that because Homura's time-travel was at least instrumental into the very state Madoka was now, she forgives her and they still remain very best friends. Madoka sacrifices her very own soul as she and Homura hugged each other again in repentance, while the latter was completely Euthanized and disappeared. The aftermath of the Battle of the Goddesses leave the universe devastated and into a total state of nearing entropy, while Madoka, consumed by regret from killing Homura, was showing signs of becoming the very super-Witch or Daemon she fought against. If she witches in planet Earth, then humanity is doomed. However, if she is put in stasis in the Incubators' homeworld before she does, then they would benefit from the perpetual source of energy. Madoka, in a mirror of the contractor-contractee relationship, issues a final contract to the Incubators: they would no longer contract any Puella Magi ever again and will assist the advancement of Humanity, but in exchange, she would offer herself to them and be restrained by their stasis technology into a pocket plane of existence so that her divine power and perpetual grief would restore the universe from Entropy and benefit them day and night for all eternity. Herown sacrifice shall serve as a redemption for what she has done to her best friend. Yet in her sacrifice, both species shall benefit, and that it was the least she could do. From this Final Contract, she outlines the fundamental Constitution for the eventual political merger of the Human and Incubator civilizations, an Imperium of Enlightenment dedicated to the education of other young alien races as the Incubators have enlightened and incubated Mankind. Madoka returns all Puellae Magi who survived back to normal humanity, then she bids farewell to all Mankind, including her own crying mother and family. As she ascends into the stars, her restraint, sacrifice and eternal enslavement under the Incubators is symbolised by a Crucifixion. Fast-forward into the future, where the Human-Incubator Federal Imperium becomes a highly-successful space superpower that has colonized many worlds and dedicated themselves to educating and enlightening young alien races as the Last Will of the God-Empress wanted. The oldest of the resident Incubators, due to their long suffering under Homura and also thanks to their long alliance with mankind, have acquired a vast array of emotions. They were also seen narrating young alien children about the story of whom the current Human-Incubator Civilization worships as their Founder, Messiah and God-Empress. Cut to a pocket universe or plane of existence where Madoka was essentially imprisoned tormented for all eternity by her memories in the Heresy, but also shedding tears of hope and joy for the species she so loved....
Sayaka will create a new universe overwriting Homura'sAllowing both Madoka's desire for there to be no more witches and Homura's desire for Madoka to live a normal life to be fulfilled.
The Rebellion was a Memory Gambit by MadokamiShe, an omniscient being, purposefully let Homura steal a piece of her, including her memories, and develop that through her intense love into an equal and opposite God. Homura's rule may have ushered in an era of chaos, with Madoka forgetting about her memories, but that was supposed to be temporary. The plan was that once, after a bunch of conflict involving Sayaka and the Kyubeys, Amnesiac-Madoka would eventually rediscover the still unjust Puella Magi system and realise her innate connection with Akuma-Homura, which would restore her own memories so that she can reawaken as Ultimate Madoka and reconcile with Homura once again. Equal but opposite, action versus reaction, you know where this goes. Madokami purposefully lets herself be captured to set the plan to solve the energy loss of Entropy once and for all. That is, through becoming living concepts of "Newtonian Equivalent Exchange", the ultimate animating essence of Energy itself in all existence. An ever-cycling engine trapped at every point in space and time yet locked away from it, unable to interact with anyone else but only each other in a state of eternal love, eternal conflict and eternal reaction all at the same time, restoring the laws of Equivalent Exchange in the decaying universes and abolishing the loss of energy to Entropy. The Incubators, therefore, would no longer have any reason to manipulate innocent girls into becoming witches, for they shall have all the energy they need. However, since they are a scientificially-minded species of explorers, there is still a chance, Madokami hoped, that they may guide young species such as humans into scientific progress. TL;DR: Madokami gave Homura her powers, plans to reconcile again, and wants to solve Entropy by transforming Homura and herself into a yuri-powered engine.
Homucifer's revenge on the Incubators is forcing them to endure the despair of magical girls.Pretty much all of Kyubey's evil tendencies come from the fact that it can't feel emotions. It acts with what it considers perfect logic to everything it encounters. It can't feel regret and it can't understand any of what happens after Demon Homura is born. But Homura does mention that the Incubators do have a role in her new universe... and the next time we see him, he's shivering, with clouded eyes, curled up in a traumatized heap on the ground. She's literally damned them to a living Hell: to be subject to unimaginable pain, rooted in emotions that the Incubators have no capacity to understand or control or contextualize. This world has no wraiths. Instead, the darkness that Soul Gems would normally collect is funnelled directly into Kyubey.. because, as an infinite hive of alien intelligence whose function was originally to swallow the collected Grief of magical girls, he has no upper capacity for now much suffering he can hold.
Madoka's powers are sealed inside Homura's earring.I don't believe that Homura's new earring is just a pretty piece of jewelry. Notice that Madoka starts to question her role and purpuse after the gem on the earring glints at her while Homura was showing him around the school. My theory is that The Law of Cycles is sealed inside that little gem and when it's close to Madoka, her powers will try to reach her, if Homura is not careful enough. Consider that when Madoka got split from her goddess' self, Madoka the human was real, but Madokami was merely a reflection in a violet crystal, that or maybe trapped intoa violet crystal. Also, it would explain how Homura could rewrite the world, if she's not a witch. Homura just separated Madoka from the Law of Cycles, but kept her powers into the gem when Madoka got split, and it's using them for her own profile.
In addition to the above, that earring is also a soulgem-created accessory item.As of Kazumi Magica, we know earrings are suitable places for grief seeds that have been turned back into soulgems for whatever reason through !!SCIENCE!!, similar to the regular ring that goes on the finger of regular magical girls, meaning they are an acceptable place storywise to put soulgems in compact form. Homura despairs and almost-somewhat witches out, thus creating the earring for the grief seed that we normally never see because of how witches are (even though she wasn't a witch yet, maybe that part of the process occurs just before the soulgem becomes the grief seed to initially launch the witch, which is just before Madoka destroys the witch in the new world?), but then the whole Madoka rescue occurs, then Homura does what she did, and since Homura is now Akuma Homura and thus will never need to put her soulgem into an earring, it is probably where she'd keep a soul (such as the Madoka-free Law of Cycles) that isn't her own. ...Yes, this was made entirely after seeing Kazumi's bell earring soulgem and thinking of Homurakuma's earring-that-looks-like-a-soulgem-hanging-on-the-end.
Homucifer created our universe.The universe will still succumb to loss of energy, but the still-intact Wraiths will give it a few billion years. Whereas under the pre-Godoka system, it would've burned out almost instantly if the Incubators stopped their work.
By dumping all the magical girls' despair into the Incubators, Homura gave them emotions. Including anger.Say what you will about Kyubey; he was never truly malicious, as he never understood why humans would perceive what he was doing as wrong. Now imagine, if you will, a Kyubey that can feel frustration, anger...and notions of vengeance. And he still has his powers...
The broken Law of Cycles will become its own character in some follow-up materials.Homurakuma removing Madoka from Madokami still leaves... uh... mi. The law of cycles fresh from having Madoka ripped out from its core still has a human shape until at least the universe breaks and Homulucifer is born, and without Madoka's human psyche defining it it can either become a partially-defunct law of physics or become a new character. Since its main function appears to be "Kill magical girls out of reality so witches aren't formed", possibly extending to "Vent excess grief into wraiths for harvesting" and maybe "Kill Kyubey whenever he tries to contact a particular magical girl to prevent a contract situation and thus prevent a wish as well as a witch" since Madoka implied she could have stopped Sayaka's contract scenario altogether but kept it for Sayaka and Kyosuke's sakes, it will probably be murderous or something, and Akuma Homura will either destroy it, beat it up, or at least put it in a different cage (see the above 'Madoka's Powers Are In Homura's Earring WMG) from Madoka to prevent the two from merging and Madokami slapping Homura for her own good, or just because it looks too much like Madoka but since everything that originally was Madoka was forcibly dragged out of it by Homura, it is most certainly not the Madoka that Homura obsesses over.
After the movie, the series will focus on an incubator in the form of a amnesic human boy who is being hunted by Homura.During the time it was being tortured by Homucifer, Incubator developed emotions. The crushing guilt, the self-loathing and sheer pain was too much for them to bear and they began to kill themselves enmass. The last one left was too scared to follow suit and ran away. Homura tried to take it back, only for it to suddenly disappear. That's when Homura realizes that for a brief moment, the Law of Cycles had managed to protect and shield the Incubator. A week passes, and Madoka's class gained a new student (Let's just call him Kitaru Itsuki). Literally the only thing keeping Homura from killing Kitaru is that he managed to wiggle into Madoka/s good graces- which is to say she approaches him and offers to be friends with him.Over the course of time, Kitaru would become friends with Sayaka, Kyouko, Mami and Nagisa as well. Eventually Kitaru would find out who he used to be and halls into a really bad  and existential crisis and this allows Homucifer to capture him. She taunts him, asking if he thought he could ever atone for the agony he had caused her for so long, along with every girl or female that they had preyed on. But she wouldn't let him die, that would be too easy; she would duplicate him to keep the Incubators alive and as her slaves to fight off entropy. However, the above five mentioned before come to his rescue by aid and Madoka (having gotten back parts of her memories as Madokami) lectures Homura for her actions, especially towards the Incubators, pointing out that despite their actions, they were still trying to preserve their universe and that the only vice that made them evil was that they had no emotion, therefore they didn't understand how or why they had hurt others. Madoka would go on to say that they had suffered enough and that Homura had no right to treat them cruelly. This angers Homurucifer quite a bit and she protests that she had done it all for Madoka's sake, so the Incubators would never use her. However, Madoka gently reminds her of the day she (Homurucifer) asked her what was more important; her desires or the world. She reaffirms that always, the world will be more important in her eyes and that she would no longer allow Homura to use her as an excuse or to impose her desires on anyone else because of her.
Homura's attempt to give Madoka a normal life won't affect Madoka's system at all in the end.In other words, each iteration of the time loop doesn't affect anything in future loops, with the exception of the person who initiated the time loop. Homura, knowing this, pulled Madoka into yet another time loop, erasing her memories. Furthermore, homura's goal is to give Madoka a normal life. Normal people don't live forever. They grow old and die. Once this happens to Madoka, Homura will return Madoka's memory. Since Madoka's wish is retroactive, Madoka will just ascend to godhood like the end of the first season and create yet another timeline identical to the first timeline she created. Bonus points if this was planned by Madoka in advance specifically to give Homura what she wants.
In the pre-Godoka world, all Witches would eventually have evolved into demons like Homucifer.This didn't happen too often, fortunately, as the Witch would need much time to grow and power up. But Walpurgisnacht (Walpucifer?) and the last two timeline forms of Kriemhild Gretchen may have been on the verge of becoming Antichrists as well.
Rebellion takes place after the end of the world.Although the explanation of the inclusion field contains images that suggest the outside world is proceeding as normal, there is strong evidence to suggest otherwise. The post-credits scene at the end of the series itself shows Homura fighting Wraiths in a barren and rubble-strewn desert, indicating that something went -extremely- wrong with the world at some point. Remember, even if the fate of Magical Girls has been resolved, absolutely nothing prevents a nuclear war or other completely mundane disaster to cause the extinction of humanity (and we see that the Incubators don't really care in the slightest, given their reaction to the creation of a witch that would destroy the world in a matter of days). Magical Girls are the best-equipped to survive such a disaster, so they could conceivably continue fighting wraiths long after the rest of humanity had burnt itself out. While it isn't stated directly that Magical Girls are immortal, it could be reasonably inferred that death via aging is no longer an issue they face. Rebellion provides more evidence for this hypothesis during the latter half of the third act, when the inclusion field is broken and the quintet make it through to the real world - which is almost exactly like the one depicted in the post-credits scene at the end of the series. Despite this shocking imagery, none of the quintet question it at all, further indicating that this is the natural state of things. The presence of non-Magical Girl characters inside the inclusion field (such as Madoka's family) can be explained by Homura's time powers - she could theoretically have reached back into a previous timeline and brought these characters into the present, or simply recreated them from her memories within the witch barrier. Taken all together, one might say that her actions not only saved the quintet, but also reversed the extinction of humanity itself. We may have more to thank her for than we realize. Madoka may have saved all Magical Girls, but when taken out of context, her ascension to the rank of deity only helped a very narrow subset of humanity. While one can't exactly fault a sheltered teenage girl for taking the wider viewpoint, it's clear that her actions, while noble, could have had much broader and appreciable consequences.
Charlotte isn't speaking cute gibberish (in-universe): she's speaking 'Witch'That gibberish is how you pronounce the runes.
Everything so far has been according to original-timeline Kyubey's planIn the anime's episode 10 watch the scene where Homura makes her wish. Kyubey baits her into it, and is practically giddy when he hears the phrasing. Now consider the following:
When Madoka regains her memories and finds out what transpired at the end of the movie, she'll be...ESTATIC. Over the goddamn MOON. Surprised, to be sure, but incredibly happy: while she does have self-esteem issues, it would be extremely OOC of her to dislike a system that legitimately makes everyone happy as she wanted simply because it's not her sacrifice doing so. That'd just be ego on her part, and honestly it's ego she simply doesn't have. She was only scared during the event itself because she had no idea what was about to happen: only that she was being torn apart. When she learns what Homura's made of the world, she'll be completely on board with it. Unfortunately, up until that point Homura will be wracked with self-loathing, desperate to keep Madoka from finding out for fear of what will happen: these (ultimately unfounded) fears and self-hatred will cause more problems then they really should and drive the drama of whatever continuation we get, rather than some contrived clash between two forces fighting over HOW to get something they both ultimately want.
Conversely, Homura may eventually grow angry with Madoka, and embrace her role as her enemy.Her wish was never really granted as she wanted it, and, having to remain isolated from her dear friend, she may come to think of Madoka as ungrateful for not wanting to be saved by her and seeing her world as false.
Next season, the Incubators will sacrifice their entire species to preserve the universeHomura's wish to protect Madoka was never really granted at all. This is why Madoka could not take Homura to heaven. If Homura had been taken away, then she would not have protected Madoka. Madoka would have saved her. So Homura created a situation where she is more powerful than Madoka in order to protect her. But just having the ability to protect her is pointless if there is no threat, to protect her from. Also, if there is no threat to protect her from, then Homura's wish will not have been granted, meaning if Madoka breaks free of Homura's control, Homura's wish will never be granted, creating a paradox that will eventually destroy the universe. The Incubators will become that threat on purpose, and kidnap Madoka, with the stated intention of destroying her to drive Homura into despair, knowing full well that Homura would go after them, and that they stand no chance against her, effectively allowing themselves to be destroyed in order to grant Homura's wish.
The Witch system is back....as an Ironic Hell for Incubators.The old system is back, but its not magical girls that become them. Once an Incubator is no longer able to withstand whatever it is Homura is doing, they turn into witches, albeit less powerful than ones made from magical girls. This thus finishes the karmic punishment Homura was wrought upon such a Consumate Liar race (lies of omission count as lies for this purpose), with magical girls "pushing Incubators off the cliff" rather than the other way around. The oppressor has become the oppressed, and the Incubators 100% deserve it for being the cause of Rebellion.
The Madoka we see in the movie is not MadokamiMadoka's wish was to kill every witch, ever, before they were born. When the very first magical girl was about to transform into the very first witch, she was there. This means she retro-actively exists before Madoka Kaname, which also means that the two of them are separate entities. When "Madoka" appeared in Homura's dream world, that was not the Goddess of Hope but the muggle. The Madoka Kaname that appeared was the original Madoka, wished back into existence. Madokami was not involved. Her powers were not sealed or stolen because she did not have them. Madoka Kaname never had powers in this timeline, only Madokami did. She allowed Homura to "rebel" against her in order to alleviate her loneliness. There are now two Madoka in the universe: the divine being that Homura can adore from afar and the mortal that she can protect up close.
Homucifer will be erased.When Madoka became Godoka, she said that any law or rule that interfered with her wish would be erased or changed.
Madokami planned the Rebellion because of Madokamism.Take Christianity, how its worship of an all loving Messianic Archetype degenerated into the fanatical BURN THE HERETIC! and add more Moe Moe into the fanaticism which would multiply the fanaticism by a thousand. Madoka being Madoka would rather have a religion around her dismantled than to have another fanatical Dark Ages inbound. The Sea Witch (note: NOT the Disney version, the Hans Andersen version who was a morally neutral, bluntly honest witch who's magic was very dangerous to use).
Walpurgisnacht is Homura's ultimate Witch form after all.After adding Godoka's powers to her own considerable arsenal, who knows what the eventual effects might be? Also, she of course now controls the Law of Cycles, which means she has access to the Witches and Familiars we saw in the battle against Homulily. Fandom strongly believes that Walpurgis was not just a single Witch, but an agglomeration of several (similar to how in the original German legend, Walpurgis Night was when all the witches would gather). And much has been mentioned several times in the TV series WMG pages about Walpurgisnacht's clockwork nature and spinning gears vs. Homura's being stuck in a time loop. This could also go hand in hand with the previous guess about Homura being a ballerina, with Walpurgis spinning in the sky, and the dancing motion of some of her Familiars, and her desire to "make the world her stage". On top of all that, Homura probably still has her time-traveling abilities, and having brought physical form back to her memories of Madoka, she may be able to travel back in time to a world with Madoka—the previous timelines. This may go hand in hand with the WMG above about the TV series/first two movies and Rebellion all being part of one huge "Groundhog Day" Loop. Moemura>Nervous MG Homura>Badass MG Homura>Law of Cycles Homura>Homulily>Homucifer>Walpumura...Rinse And Repeat.
You have some really great ideas there. I can make them all come true.
Just make a con...
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