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The Pleiades Saints


The main character. An amnesiac girl who can't remember anything about her life before, including her wish. She is a member of the Pleiades Saints. Actually the thirteenth clone of deceased magical girl Michiru Kazusa, created from the remains of her human and witch selves. This allows her to use Michiru's powers without having made a contract. Due to this, she can wish to become a normal human near the end of the manga.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Because the Saints are pouring their power to her clone to revive her, she can use their power to an extent from its residue such as Umika's barrier and Kaoru's Instant Armor.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Subverted; being a clone, she actually might not have any memories at all. Umika is making them for her.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Comes very close, but ultimately averted. Umika and Kaoru manage to use the Grief Seed from Saki's witch form to purify Kazumi's corrupted Soul Gem just in time to prevent her transformation into a witch.
  • Artificial Human: As it turns out, she’s an artificial construct made out of witch parts, made by the Pleiades Saints, based off of their deceased friend, Michiru Kazusa.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Her magic is based on destruction. Makes sense cause she is made out of witch parts.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her Magical Girl costume.
  • Become a Real Boy: Her wish.
  • Break the Cutie: As the series progresses.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch Kazumi's bells.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Kazumi is Beauty.
  • Body Horror: All the failed clones have some kind of it on their person. Kazumi herself turns similar to them after being exposed to the Evil Nut.
  • Cloning Blues: She's a clone of Michiru Kazusa.
  • Combination Attack: Meteora Finale (Final Meteor).
  • Cross Attack: Kazumi's weapon is a large cross-shaped Magic Staff. She can use the cross as a melee weapon at close range, but it's most effectively used to fire magic beams from a distance.
  • Cute Little Fangs: They tend to show up during her more angsty moments.
  • Cute Witch: Kazumi's magical girl outfit makes her look like one. Ironic, considering the monsters she fights are called witches and the fact that she's basically a witch stuffed in a human body.
  • Expressive Hair: Kazumi's Idiot Hair changes in response to the non-standard witches. It also responds to emotions, like making a heart at the end of Chapter 3.
  • Expy: Chapter 10 shows that in the past, Kazumi was a heroic magical girl, and saved the Pleiades Saints from a witch's kiss before they became magical girls. When she loses her memories, Kazumi is Locked Out of the Loop because her friends are trying to protect her from the truth of the magical girl system. She has died before, as well, and her friends are attempting to save her from that fate by reviving her over and over again. Basically, she's Madoka.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inherited from Michiru. The rest of the Pleaides Saints take this as a sign that they may have finally made a successful clone.
  • Forgot the Call: Kazumi wasn't aware she was a magical girl until she transformed. Subverted; there was nothing to forget.
  • Girl in a Box: In the first chapter.
  • Going Commando: Apparently. If the cover of the first tankobon is to be believed, Kazumi wears nothing beneath that magical girl outfit. That opens the question of how can she wear panties when not wearing her skirt, though. Perhaps they remain in place until the outfit is formed?
  • Healing Factor: By transmuting herself with her dead clones, she can regenerates her severed arm and leg. Satomi calls it 'Cannibalism'.
  • The Heart: She’s the most caring of the group and the one that keeps them together, at least at first. Makes sense, as Michiru was one too.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's made from the remains of Michuru and her witch.
  • Idiot Hair: Kazumi has one that, according to her, can detect witches! But it fails to detect typical anime-style witches.
  • Important Haircut: Kazumi's long, flowing hair gets quite a trim from her friends in the second chapter. She decides it fits with the 'new Kazumi'. Turns out, that short hair was how the hair the person she was cloned from had. When Kazumi makes a new contract, her hair becomes long again.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A giant laser-shooting cross.
  • Kawaiiko: Kazumi dresses like an elementary student, and acts quite young and innocent.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The rest of the Pleiades were hiding from Kazumi the origins of witches, but she discovers the truth in chapter 5.
    • And then we find she's still Locked Out of the Loop when the Pleiades attack a magical girl and sever her connection to her Soul Gem. She discovers that truth in chapters 8 and 9. Then there's her true origins...
  • Loophole Abuse: Even though she has magical girl powers, she obtained them from having a witch inside herself, not from a contract, which means that, technically, she could contract and make a wish. This is what allows her to wish to become human in chapter 22.
  • Loss of Identity: To the point where she even refers to herself as a "new" Kazumi. Because she is.
  • Magical Incantation: "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," though this was only in the scanlation. The original phrase was "Chichinpurin," another food pun. The official translation is "Chi-Chin Pudding".
  • Meaningful Name: Kazumi can be read as "thirteen". While thirteen is a very common unlucky number, one and three also make four, which is an Asian unlucky number. In Chapter 13 we find out she's the thirteenth Kazumi clone. "Kazumi" is also a portmanteau of Michiru Kazusa.
    • Meaningful Rename: Adds "Subaru" {Japanese for Pleiades) in the final chapter when she takes a last name.
  • Mercy Killing: Performs the final blow on Yuuri's witch form. Interestingly, she also did it to share that burden with her friends.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her magical girl outfit is a black and white one.
  • Morality Pet: For the Pleiades... sort of.
  • Naked First Impression: How Souichirou (and the reader, for that matter) is introduced to Kazumi.
  • No Name Given: Her last name, until Chapter 13 reveals she technically never had one. So in the final chapter, she gives herself the surname Subaru.
  • Parental Abandonment: Justified; she's a clone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though the "new" Kazumi isn't sinister.
  • Reality Warper: It seems that Kazumi's bell can change reality; in the first chapter, the bomb that was supposedly a real bomb turned into a harmless toy after Kazumi wishes it.
    • Her magic is strong enough that she can turn a witch into a twisted witch/magical girl hybrid.
    • In the original Japanese version of Chapter 8, Jubey claims her magic is "breaking religious law"/"sacrilege" but then apparently corrects himself and says it's "destruction" — both are Alternate Character Readings of the same word in Japanese.
  • Sigil Spam: See that symbol on her earring bells? It's also the shape of her Idiot Hair and the top of her witch's hat in magical girl form. And it appears twice on her Soul Gem.
  • Sinister Scythe: Gains one in Chapter 14.
  • Skewed Priorities: Kazumi has been kidnapped, is recently amnesiac, and is sitting in the kitchen of a man who plans to blow up a mall. What does she focus on? Food.
  • Super Empowering/ Next Tier Power-Up: The newly contracted Kazumi can do this with Scala A Paradiso (Stairway To Heaven).
  • 13 Is Unlucky: See Meaningful Name.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She’s based off of a dead person, and made from witch parts. Oh, and she’s not even the first of these, she’s the thirteenth.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Kazumi takes Yuuri/Airi's spoon after her witch form is defeated.
    • Her earring-bells turn out to be one. For her original.
  • Walking Spoiler: After a certain reveal.
  • Wrong Context Magic: She's a clone of a magical girl created from remnants of that girl's human and witch selves, something that was never even implied to be possible in the original series.
  • Vapor Wear: Mmmhm.
  • You Are Number 6: She's the 13th clone.

    Umika Misaki 

Umika Misaki
One of Kazumi's friends and a member of the Pleiades Saints. Her wish was to meet an editor who would recognize her writing talent.

    Kaoru Maki 

Kaoru Maki
One of Kazumi's friends, and a member of the Pleiades Saints. She initially claims her wish was to have body strong enough to be a top soccer player. It's later revealed it was actually to help people who were hurt in a match where she lost the use of her legs.
  • Badass Normal: Mind you, at that time, Kaoru was crippled and had to walk with crutches. Even before her contract, she was the only one who can fend off the familiars without Kazumi's musket back-up before her injured leg started to give in.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Kaoru is Brawn.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Kazumi. At the end of Ch.15 when the Pleiades decide to kill Kazumi and reclone her, Kaoru is the only one to have reservations against it.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Yellow/orange hair and yellow/orange eyes.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In her backstory. The person who injured her was bullied and nearly killed herself because of it.
  • Instant Armor: In Chapter 9, she covers her arms in a metallic substance that lets her block a giant pair of scissors.
  • It's All My Fault: Kaoru goes over the Despair Event Horizon in her backstory when she finds that the person who injured her tried to kill herself.
  • Kick Chick: Her main mode of attack. Helps that she’s a soccer player.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Averted, as she’s a magical girl too.
  • No Name Given: Her last name isn't revealed until Chapter 7.
  • Those Two Girls: With Umika, but subverted as she has more character than that.

    Saki Asami 

Saki Asami
A member of the Pleiades Saints. Her wish was for her dead sister's flower to bloom forever. Her magic allows her to speed up or slow down her own biological functions... and also allows her to shoot lightning.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie Kanna turns her into a witch in Chapter 18.
  • Bokukko: As a young girl. Her father forced her out of it. She bonded with Mirai because of that.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Satomi does this to her in Chapter 13.
  • The Captain: Saki seems to be this for the Pleiades, effectively taking the leader role. Her magical girl costume even looks like a military uniform.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears as a silhouette in Chapter 1.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: In backstory, with a girl named Miyuki. But we later find Miyuki was her sister.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this to the Pleiades, Kazumi especially.
  • Cynicism Catalyst/ Survivor Guilt: In her backstory. Saki and her sister Miyuki were in a horrible car accident. Miyuki died, driving Saki over the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Expy: Of Homura. Both girls have a tough appearance, competent, totally willing to sacrifice herself for another girl and wear glasses. Homura has the ability to rewind time, something that helps her to create timelines to save Madoka, while Saki (whose wish was for her sister's flowers to bloom forever) apparently has the ability to preserve things, since she preserved Kazumi's previous clones in the Freezer. Saki and the Pleiades are forced to clone Kazumi's witch form again and again in order to revive her, much like Homura, who resets time in order to save Madoka.
    • Also one of Mami. Both lost loved ones in a car crash they were in, but survived themselves. Both are big sister archetypes that try to lead the younger magical girls. Both wear nice hats in magical girl form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saki's witch form ends up taking on the other witches Hijiri has created in order to protect Kazumi. Kyubey has stated that the nature of Saki's witch form is "sisterly affection".
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a no-nonsense commander, she carries books in her backpack with titles such as "My First Love Was The Milky Way" and "Lemon Kiss Memories".
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Her entire power revolves around how she manipulates electricity from her body. She attacks by summoning or shaping lightning channeled from her hand to her weapons, her seeming power as Teleporters and Transporters is actually her speeding up her own metabolism to gain Super Speed in exchange of getting older faster (evident from her hair growing out), and preventing her transformation into a witch by constantly killing and reviving herself with a lightning storm defibrillator.
  • Incest Subtext: She was very close to her sister. And she later says Mirai is like her sister.
  • Meaningful Name: Saki means bloom. Fitting, since Saki wished for the flowers of her sister to bloom forever.
  • Monocle: Her glasses become one in her magical girl outfit.
  • Not So Stoic: While she normally has a cool head, she has a Freak Out moment when Yuuri threatens to reveal the Pleiades' darker side to Kazumi.
  • Shock and Awe: Pietra di Tuono!!
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: But she also sometimes has a rather violent temper when provoked.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In backstory. During her attempted Psychic-Assisted Suicide she is holding Miyuki's lily of the valley plant.
  • Whip It Good: Her weapon is a riding crop that shoots lightning. It can actually become a bullwhip.

    Mirai Wakaba 

Mirai Wakaba
A member of the Pleiades Saints. Her wish was to have a big museum to hold all her teddy bears.

    Satomi Usagi 

Satomi Usagi
A member of the Pleaides Saints. Her wish was to speak to animals. She also has mind control abilities.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie Becomes a witch in Chapter 15.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Satomi has cat ears on her magical girl costume.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She’s soft-spoken at first, but then she stabs Kazumi and tries to kill her. Oh dear…
  • Blood Is the New Black: She’s covered in it at the end of Chapter 14, due to her murder attempt on Kazumi.
  • Cat Girl: Has a cat motif in her magical girl outfit.
  • Combat Stilettos: In her magical girl outfit, she wears high-heels that resemble cats' feet.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Reddish-brown hair and reddish-brown eyes.
  • Cute and Psycho: Turns out to be this.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Shows these from time to time.
  • Demonic Possession / Mind Manipulation: "Fantasma Bisbiglio", though she doesn't actually enter the victim's body, and the victim can still resist
  • Dominatrix: In an Omake, the visual representation of her mind manipulation over Saki is that she has Saki literally on a leash while holding a whip.
  • Expy: Of Mami. Both girls are quiet, reserved and tried to help others. Also they both considered the Incubator in their respective series as their friend (Satomi is very fond of Jubey, in the same way Mami was with Kyubey). However, they both seem to have a fragile mind and an unstable attitude, as shown by Satomi's suggestion at the end of Chapter 12. In Chapter 13, Satomi says that it's better for Kazumi to be killed than become a witch, paralleling Mami's breakdown in an alternate timeline. Both died as a result. The nail in the coffin is the fact that Satomi's witch form looks like Mami's.
  • Heroic BSoD: Freaks out after Niko turns into a witch and dies. Apparently gets better when another Niko shows up.
    • Freak Out: It's implied that the reason she's trying to kill Kazumi is because she just snapped.
  • It's All My Fault: In backstory, she blames herself for the death of her childhood pet cat.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: In her magical girl outfit.
  • Meaningful Name: Usagi means rabbit. Fitting, since Satomi wants to be a vet.
    • It's probably also a Shout-Out to another Usagi.
    • Also, her witch form has a smaller form resembling a rabbit that is revealed after the cage-like outer layer of the witch was broken.
  • Slasher Smile: Flashes one at the end of Chapter 12.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She wished to talk to animals, to help her become a veterinarian.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In backstory. During her attempted Psychic-Assisted Suicide, she is holding her dead cat's collar.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her justification for killing Kazumi; she's just a clone, and could turn back into a witch.

     Niko Kanna 

Niko Kanna/Kanna Hijiri
A member of the Pleiades Saints. Her wish was to create another version of herself with no memories of the childhood incident in which she accidentally shot her friends. This other version of herself was Kanna Hijiri, who would eventually become the Big Bad.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Becomes a witch in Chapter 9.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After being horribly wounded in Chapter 7.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Apparently spent her childhood in California.
  • Cloning Gambit: After her witch form is killed in Chapter 9, another Niko appears, in perfect health, and destroys what's left of the first Niko's body. Jubey refers to the first Niko as her "preliminary".
    • She manages to pull it off again in Chapter 17, when she pits a clone of Kazumi against the Pleiades to distract them while she tucks the real one into her backpack.
      • It then turns out the other Niko was never the real one.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears as a silhouette in Chapter 1.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has quite the sassy tongue at times.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Can create clones of herself from objects. They're still made from those objects, as she's just transmuting them into another form. The attack lampshades this trope by being named "Prodotto Secondario", which can mean spin-off.
    • Expendable Clone: They can be killed without Niko batting an eye.
      • They can turn into witches without Niko batting an eye...because that wasn't a clone that turned into a witch...
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Averted. She'll use firearms if she has to, but she doesn't particularly like it. Given her backstory, where she accidentally shot and killed her friends after she dropped a gun, this is very understandable.
  • Dreamworks Face: When she's not expressionless, she'll sometimes sport this expression, such as on the cover of Volume 4.
  • Expy: Her Puella Magi form resembles Shinobu.
  • It's All My Fault: Feels pretty guilty over accidentally fatally shooting her friends as a kid.
  • Finger Gun: Literally can turn her fingers into bullets and fire them.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Thanks to her powerset. This is presumably why she can regrow her fingers after firing them like bullets.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: In her magical girl form.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is tied in a long, low-set pair in her magical girl form.
  • Hidden Eyes: She has them when speaking to Kazumi about the latter's past in Chapter 7.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: As a young child, Niko was playing with her neighbors using an actual loaded gun. It fired.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of her attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can be rendered as Second Child.
  • The Smart Girl: She’s the most analytical of the group and usually the one to come up with plans.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Or in this case, a c; her name can be written as Nico.
  • The Stoic: Almost always has the same expression. Even when an arrow is shot right through her arm and torso.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Weird example. She keeps a copy of the news article about her childhood accident on her PDA.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her wish created the Big Bad.

    SPOILER CHARACTER - The Founder 

Michiru Kazusa
The original Kazumi. Her wish was to spend one last day with her grandmother. She was the one who brought the Pleiades Saints together. She turned into a witch and was killed. The Pleiades Saints have been cloning her.
  • The Ace: Kept an entire team together against all odds, had no problems with taking down witches, and made one of the only wishes in the series that had an entirely positive effect. Well, besides the become a witch part. No wonder the Pleiades liked her so much.
  • And Then Michiru Was A Witch.: She witched out long ago. The Pleiades took it very badly.
  • Big Damn Hero: For the Pleiades when she first meets them. She rescues them from jumping off a bridge and falling to their deaths while under the affects of a witch's kiss.
  • The Cameo: Got a panel appearance in Madoka Magica: the Different Story vol. 3 in Mami's flashback of saving her from a Witch from Chapter 11 of Kazumi.
  • Cloning Blues: After her death.
  • Despair Event Horizon/It's All My Fault: Passed it when she found out that magical girls turn into witches, and became consumed with guilt over dooming her friends to that fate by talking them into contracting.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Is an extremely good cook, as taught by her grandmother.
  • Expy: Resembles Clow Reed. They both wished for their loved ones to open their eyes one more time.
  • The Gunslinger: Although she fights with a cross, it's shown that she had a spell that pulls guns out of her hat which she uses to equip the future Pleiades Saints. She likely knows this spell because the first magical girl she met was Mami Tomoe.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kazumi, of course. Taken from her name in Japanese name order: Kazusa Michiru
  • Parental Abandonment / Conveniently an Orphan: Before she became a magical girl she lived alone with her grandmother when she wasn't studying abroad. Later her grandmother died.
  • Posthumous Character: She’s been dead for years when the series begins.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Surprisingly, to the rest of the Saints. She might have saved them from jumping to their deaths, but she deliberately let them fend off familiars by themselves when they were still ordinary humans to test whether or not they wanted to live after their attempted suicide.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her original set of earring bells came from her deceased grandmother. She actually lost them, but received another pair from Saki.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Was pretty much responsible for almost the entire story.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence spoils the fact that Kazumi is actually a clone.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When she first met the girls who would become the Pleiades Saints, she initially doesn't rescue them from the witch's familiars. When they call her out on this, she asks them why they don't want to be eaten when they were previously trying to commit suicide, showing that they don't really want to die.




"Yuuri"/Airi Anri
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A mysterious magical girl who has a grudge against the Pleiades for the death of the real Yuuri. Her wish was to become the real Yuuri.

    The Soujus 

Ayase Souju/Luca Souju
A wandering magical girl that collects Soul Gems. She is actually two souls that share the same body, each with their own Soul Gem and magical girl outfit.

    SPOILER CHARACTER - The Final Threat 

Kanna Hijiri
The magical girl created from Niko's wish. She had no knowledge of the Pleiades until seeing them fighting Yuuri, and she subsequently learned the truth about her origins from Juubey/Kyubey. Resentful of her artificial status, she contracted with Jubey and wished for the ability to connect and sneak up on the Pleiades without their knowledge, in order to get revenge.

  • All Your Powers Combined: Because of her wish, she can use the Pleiades Saints' powers and combine them to create new effects. This is how she created the Evil Nuts.
  • Big Bad: Turns out to be the final one of the manga.
  • Cloning Blues: Resents her status as an artificial being. She feels a connection to Kazumi, who is an artificially created being like herself.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: When Niko turns into a witch in Chapter 9, Kanna steps in and pretends to be the real Niko, saying that the one who turned into a witch was her "spare." Interesting to note is that Jubey knew who she was and supported her story anyway.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kazumi, both being artificial humans created from magic and both being able to use the powers of the other Pleiades Saints.
  • Fantastic Racism Despises humanity as it is, and wants to turn the magical girls in the Freezer into the "new humans."
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has her hair tied in a pair that match Niko’s, due to being her clone.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: When Kanna happens upon the Pleiades and gets the truth about her existence explained to her by Jubey, her reaction is to swear vengeance upon the Pleiades, which soon extends to include all of humanity.
  • Heel Realization: Followed by Better to Die than Be Killed.
  • Kill All Humans: Wants to accomplish this using the magical girls in the Freezer.
  • Man Behind the Man: As the creator of the evil nuts, she’s the one behind Fake!Yuuri and the Soujus.
  • Marionette Master: She can control the actions of witches.
  • Motive Decay/Sanity Slippage: Her initial goal was just to get revenge on Niko, but then she found she didn't like the Pleiades Saints either. Ultimately she decides she might as well Kill All Humans.
  • Name's the Same: With another Hijiri from Touhou Project in the person of Byakuren Hijiri.
  • Slasher Smile: She has some really creepy expressions.
  • Stepford Smiler: When she smiles, anyway.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence spoils both the fact that Niko witches out and what her wish truly was.

Other Characters

    Original Characters 

Sumire Akane

A magical girl that was attacked by the Pleiades Saints. She knows Kaoru because they both played soccer to together.

Remi Shiina
The childhood friend of Detective Ishijima; who mysteriously went missing years ago. Her three year-old little sister recounts that she was a magical girl.
  • Never Found the Body: One can safely assume she either died fighting a witch or became one herself.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Braided ones.
  • Meido: Her magical girl outfit resembled one.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Literally. Remi only appears for one scene in the manga. She does show up on the back cover of the fourth volume.

    Recurring Characters 

Mami Tomoe
Helped out Kazusa Michiru when a witch attacked her on the day of her Grandmother's death. Her appearance in the series also reinforces the connection between Puella Magi Kazumi Magica with Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • Arc Welder: Her being here helps to solidify the connection between the original series and this one.
  • BFG: Wields these, as always.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Tiro Finale!
    • Inspired the Pleiades Saints to get into the habit of calling their attacks, also in Italian.
  • The Cameo

Kyouko Sakura

  • Blade on a Stick: Her main weapon, as is traditional.
  • The Cameo: In Chapter 16 wherein she fought the real Yuuri Asuka only to be stopped by Michiru.

    SPOILER CHARACTER - Yuuri's Friend 

Yuuri Asuka
The real Yuuri. Her wish was to cure Airi's life-threatening illness.