Puella Magi Oriko Magica
Oriko is CharlotteBecause the piece of promotional artwork marks her as a Token Loli, and she's seen with Mami and Kyoko.
Yuma is CharlotteSee above, and replace "Oriko" with "girl on the cover".
Similarly, the girl on the left in the second cover is PatriciaBased on nothing more than the similarity of their uniforms.
Oriko, the real Oriko, not the girl we thought was Oriko, is either Elsa Maria or Walpurgis NightAgain, minor visual details. The former is probably more likely.
Oriko Magica will, through whatever fashion, show us the past lives of the witches.Because why not? They teased us with their silhouettes at the end of the anime. Under this theory, the girl on the right in the second cover is one of the silhouettes shown here◊. She's either the girl to the right of Kyouko, or the girl to the left of Mami.
Addiing on to this, Oriko Magica will show us Mami and Kyouko's witch formsBecause why not? As a corollary it will reveal that because of her time jumps, Homura was Walpurgis after all.
Oriko Magica will take place in the fourth timeline of episode 10An official description of the second volume calls it "The story of a passed time line".
Oriko will become Walpurgisnacht.In the preview pages, Oriko is looking at the witch she will become. It's large, with a frilly dress, and floating in a darkened sky, with only a few dying trees and buildings around. This is very similar to the scene Madoka saw in the first episode.
Either Kirika or Oriko will become Gertrud; that is to say one of them did become Gertrud in the anime's timeline.One word: Roses.
In the anime, Yuma became AlbertineThe writer of this WMG admits that at this point, stuff is being thrown at the wall to see what sticks.
Yuma is Doomed by Canon.Come on...this is a story of a "past timeline," and in the anime, Yuma is nowhere to be found and there is no reference to her. She's goin' down.
Oriko is manipulating Kyubey to her own evil ends.At least, that's the impression I got from the first chapter.
Oriko's prediction of Walpurgis Night occurs in all timelinesThis is how Mami knew Walpurgis Night was coming in the first timeline of episode 10; Oriko told Kyubey, who told Mami. What she saw next and what drives her future actions are entirely dependent on Homura, who is acting as a Butterfly Effect; her actions and changing goals alter Oriko's other predictions in each timeline, which is why there were no magical girl killings seen in the anime.
Even if magical girl killings did occur in alternate timelines, Madoka's Cosmic Retcon will stop them from having happened.It's very likely that Oriko and Kirika are trying to pre-emptively stop the creation of Walpurgis Night. Which means that no witches means no Walpurgis meaning no need to kill magical girls.
Madoka still dies or worse in the end.So that Homura goes back. Also, it is in such as way that Homura attempting this method in later timelines; ie, getting to Madoka first, is no longer an option. Possibly by bombing Oriko's and Kirika's houses every timeline from here on. This gives Kyubey and Mami time to get to Madoka. But the alternative is worse.
This is all one of Homura's plansOne of the problems Homura has run into is that she needs to get close to Madoka to protect her from Kyuubey, but getting close to Madoka in itself at the very least makes her sacrifice herself to stop Walpurgisnacht, if not run into witches earlier. So Homura decided to have that weird oracle girl take care of all of the magical stuff for her. Not to mention that having one of the main heroes on the other side makes for good drama.
Oriko will be in contact with Madoka somehow after the Cosmic RetconAn oracle didn't just tell the future - they also communed with the gods.
Homura not caring about anyone but Madoka will come back to bite her in the ass.How? Two words: Sayaka Miki. Poor girl cannot catch a break; why should here be any different? Homura will be so focused on keeping Madoka safe that she won't pay attention to what Miki's doing until she goes all magical girl on her, and that will end... badly. And that, of course, will be what brings Madoka back into the mix this time...
Kirika isn't actually killing magical girlsShe's just killing their bodies. A truly dead magical girl reverts to their civilian outfit, which her victims haven't. Following from this, Yuma is important to Oriko's plans because she'll be able to revive everyone after it's all over.
Kirika and Oriko are going to erase themselves from the timeline somehow in whatever they're doing.This is in order to set into motion the sequence of events where Homura and Madoka interact such that the Walpurgisnacht will be defeatable. ("saving the world.")
Madoka is going to remain uncontracted in this timeline.But Homura will still have to rewind because Kirika will kill Madoka. By doing so, Oriko prevents the greater evil, Kriemhild Gretchen, even though now there is no way to stop the lesser one, Walpurgisnacht.
Oriko Magica will have an Animated AdaptationThere will be an epilogue explaining what happened to Oriko, Kirika and Yuma in the anime's timelines.
After Oriko killed Madoka, Homura didn't instantly rewind the timeInstead, she gives Mami, Kyouko, Yuma and herself time to beat the ever loving shit out of Kyubey for tricking them in the first place, till they're satisfied. Only after that she rewinds time. "Everyone Hates Kyubey" becomes a reality.
There are no magical-girl killings in the canon timeline....., because Oriko foresaw not the end of the world, but Madoka becoming a god and rewriting reality. So she decided not to kill magical girls, but rather let them all live so that the future she saw would happen.
Margot is the witch name of Kirika.This page shows a sign that reads "Margot(unreadable) Garde(unreadable)", probably the witch's name and her "garden", which is lined with roses. It points into the center of her barrier, where she and Oriko are waiting.
Everything happened exactly as Kyubey wanted.Oriko believed that contacting Madoka was a top priority to him, that's why she engineered most of the plot... but Kyubey wasn't too fast to mobilize other magical girls against her even though he was implied to know about Oriko's scheme far before taking any actions (considering his ability to read thoughts, anything else would have been surprising, really). When Oriko's plan actually was put into motion, Kyubey had plenty of opportunity to contract Madoka, while everyone was busy fighting Oriko and Kirika, and Madoka was running from monsters. Instead, he went to watch the fight. He didn't care when Madoka died, offering no real comments, and treating this event as completely insignificant to him. Most likely (due to being, again, a telepath), he knew very well what Homura is up to. His main goal was forcing Homura to rewind time again, sending her on another cycle of supercharging eventual ultimate-timeline Madoka, and his secondary goal was destroying Oriko, just because he eliminates magical girls who dare to plot against him (and aren't useful to him) on principle. Note, that the final confrontation as it actually happened would have fulfilled both of these goals with any realistic outcome. Save for Homura's death in battle, but considering the nature of her power, the possibility of her being instantly destroyed before she can go into a timestop or jump timelines again was extremely slim.
Oriko and Kirika contracting always happens. The anomaly is that Homura was somehow going to end in this timeline.She made a mistake at the very beginning of the timeline, perhaps letting Kyubey find out she's a time traveler, and her defeat was inevitable. Homura would be killed by a witch or another magical girl, or fall into despair, like she started to do at the end of the canon timeline. Oriko didn't just see a vision of Gretchen; she also saw Homura's defeat. The apocalypse is nothing compared to the loss of the one person who can hit the reset button. In normal timelines, Oriko foresaw Homura preparing to go back, and that gave her enough hope that she couldn't commit to mass murder.
Oriko and Kirika don't show up in other timelines, because Homura kills them.Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It seems to be the default explanation in Fan Fic, so I figured it should be up for discussion. Homura certainly could do it, with great ease, and she's just ruthless enough to do so
In the other timelines, Oriko kills herself instead of contracting.When kyubey first appeared to Oriko, she had crossed the Despair Event Horizon from being ostracized by her peers due to her politician father embezzling funds and committing suicide upon being caught, which led to her falling from a highly respected figure to a social reject. Perhaps Kyubey never showed himself to Oriko, in which case she probably gave up on living and was Driven to Suicide. With Oriko dead, Kirika has no reason to contract or if she had by that point, then she could have witched out from grief.