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The Pleiades Saints


Kazumi is an amnesiac girl that finds herself stuffed inside of a trunk with no memory of her life before that moment, let alone what her wish to become a magical girl was.

As a member of the Pleiades Saints, she fights Witches alongside her fellow comrades.

Kazumi sometimes has snippets of memories popping up. She's actually the 13th clone of a deceased magical girl called Michiru Kazusa and was created by using pieces of her human corpse and witch remains. This allows her to use Michiru's powers without actually having made a contract previously. Because of this circumstance, Kazumi can form a contract at the climax, and she wishes to become a normal human being.

  • 13 Is Unlucky: 'Kazumi' can be read 'Thirteen'. It's also in Chapter 13 that Kazumi learns that she's the 13th clone of Michiru 'Kazumi' Kazusa.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Since the Saints used all of their power to create the Michiru clones, Kazumi is capable of using their powers to an extent. This includes Umika's barrier and Kaoru's instant armor.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Has no memory prior to the beginning of the story. Subverted, as her being a clone means she never actually had memories to begin with. Umika is creating memories for her.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Came incredibly close to turning into a Witch. Umika and Kaoru manage to use Saki's Grief Seed in time to purify Kazumi's Soul Gem.
  • Artificial Human: Turns out to be an artificial, human-like construction made up of witch and human parts that were originally Michiru.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She's a sweet, ditzy girl that wants to keep her friends protected, but her magical girl powers are based on Destruction. Justified, as she's made up of witch parts.
  • Become a Real Boy: Her wish in the ultimate chapter.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Beauty to Umika's Brains and Kaoru's Brawn.
  • Body Horror: All of the failed clones have some form of body horror going on. Kazumi herself experiences some when infected by an Evil Nut.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch her bell earrings.
  • Break the Cutie: The series progressively breaks her by revealing the origin nature of Witches to her and that Kazumi herself is nothing but a clone of someone else.
  • Combination Attack: Performs one with Umika and Kaoru called 'Meteora Finale' (Final Meteor).
  • Cross Attack: Her weapon is a large, cross-shaped staff, which she can use as a melee weapon at closer range, but it's most effective when used to shoot magic from afar.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Show up during her more emotional moments.
  • Cute Witch: Her magical girl outfit heavily draws on a witch theme, including a large witch's hat. Ironic, given that she fights Witches and is made up of witch parts herself.
  • Expressive Hair: Her Idiot Hair changes its shape when sensing magic, which she even says is her Witch-hunting antenna.
  • Expy: Of Madoka Kaname. Chapter 10 shows what Kazumi was like prior to her amnesia, being a heroic and strong magical girl that saved the members of the Pleiades Saints from succumbing to a Witch's Kiss and was basically the heart of the entire group. Losing her memories meant Kazumi was locked out of the loop regarding the harsh reality of the magical girl system, which her friends are trying to protect her from. 'Kazumi' has also previously died, with her death forming the basis of the plot by having her friends go to extreme lengths to save her from death.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Her cooking is delicious, with a speciality of strawberry risotto, despite having no memory of where she ever learned it. An inherited trait of Michiru's, which the Pleiades Saints take as a sign that they've finally created a successful clone.
  • Forgot the Call: Didn't know she was a magical girl until she accidentally transformed. Subverted, as she never formed a contract and therefore had no call to answer.
  • Going Commando: Apparently. Going by the cover of the first volume, Kazumi wears nothing underneath her magical girl outfit's skirt, yet Chapter 2 has her accidentally forget to conjure her skirt when transforming and she's clearly wearing panties.
  • Healing Factor: Transmuting with the dead failed clones allows Kazumi to regenerate her severed arm and leg easily. Satomi calls it 'cannibalism'.
  • The Heart: The most caring of the Pleiades Saints and the thing that keeps them together for the most part. Justified, as Michiru was the heart, too.
  • Hellish Pupils: Her pupils turn into an S-shape when infected with an Evil Nut and are a sign of Michiru's witch parts she's made out of.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's made up of the remains of Michiru's human and witch form.
  • Idiot Hair: Kazumi has one that she insists on keeping, citing that it allows her to detect Witches.
  • Important Haircut: Starts off with extremely long hair, but part of Chapter 2 involves Umika and Kaoru giving her a much shorter hairdo. Kazumi likes it and decides it fits the 'new Kazumi'. The shorter hairdo was how Michiru originall wore it.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses a cross-shaped magical staff that can shoot lasers.
  • Kawaiiko: Dresses like an elementary school student and acts quite young and innocent.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Her amnesia means she's forgotten everything, and the Saints are trying to keep a lot of things from her, too. This includes the origin of Witches, what happens when a magical girl's connection to her Soul Gem gets severed, and Kazumi's whole being a clone thing, too.
  • Loophole Abuse: Since she's made up of witch parts and can use magical girl powers because of this, Kazumi never actually formed a contract. This means she can form a contract with Kyubey and make a wish to become a real human, turning her into a 'proper' magical girl.
  • Loss of Identity: Refers to herself as the 'new Kazumi' because she has lost all memory of her previous self. And she is literally a new 'Kazumi', being the latest of clones of the 'original Kazumi' Michiru.
  • Magical Incantation: Calls out 'Chichinpurin' in the original version, which is a food pun. The official translation is 'Chi-Chin Pudding', with the scanlation going for 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo'.
  • Meaningful Name: Kazumi can be read as 'thirteen'. This Kazumi is the 13th clone of Michiru. The name 'Kazumi' is also a portmanteau of Kazusa Michiru.
  • Meaningful Rename: In the final chapter, Kazumi adds Subaru, which is the Japanese term for the Pleiades.
  • Mercy Killing: Performs the final blow on Yuuri's witch form. She also did this as a mercy to her comrades, wanting to share the burden with them.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her magical girl outfit is a very short, skimpy black-and-white one.
  • Morality Pet: For the Pleiades Saints, in a sense. They do still perform witch killings and hunt magical girls, but Kazumi is a part of why they do it and keeps them somewhat grounded.
  • Naked First Impression: Was completely nude inside of the trunk she was in and burst out of it, with nary anything to cover herself with.
  • No Name Given: Her last name is never mentioned until Chapter 13. Where it turns out she has none, due to being a clone. In the final chapter, she picks the surname 'Subaru' for herself.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents are never around. Justified, she's a clone and doesn't have parents in that sense.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When she forms an actual contract with Kyubey, her short hair grows to the length it was in the first chapter.
  • Reality Warper: Her bell earing seems to be capable of warping reality.
    • Chapter 1 allows her to alter the bomb into a harmless toy.
    • Chapter 8 has Jubey claim that Kazumi's magic is 'breaking religious law'/'sacrilege', but corrects himself into calling it 'destruction'. Both are Alternate Character Reading of the same word in Japanese.
  • Sigil Spam: The swirly pattern on her bell earrings is also the shape of her Idiot Hair, the top of her witch's hat in magical girl form, and appears twice on her Soul Gem and Michiru's Grief Seed.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Kazumi wears a very skimpy and tight black-and-white dress with a large, black witch's hat as a magical girl. When she makes a wish and forms an actual contract, her magical girl outfit is a puffy, more modest, white dress with a small, white witch's hat.
  • Skewed Priorities: Her main focus during some of the most dramatic moments is for her stomach to give out a loud gurgle and she needs to eat. Woke up in a trunk, naked, and with no memories? Doesn't matter, food first.
  • Super-Empowering: Kazumi forming an actual contract with Kyubey seems to have given one to Umika and Kaoru.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She's a clone of a dead magical girl and made up of said girl's witch parts. And she's not even the first, but the thirteenth clone.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She takes Yuuri's spoon after defeating her witch.
  • Walking Spoiler: For a good half of the manga, talking about Kazumi becomes very difficult without spoiling some of the biggest reveals.
  • Wrong Context Magic: She's a clone of a dead magical girl's human and witch remains, something that was never implied to be possible in the original series.
  • Vapor Wear: Her magical girl outfit is extremely tight-fitting.
  • You Are Number 6: She's the 13th clone of Michiru.

    Umika Misaki

Umika is one of Kazumi's friends and a member of the Pleiades Saints, who hunt witches. She's a famous author that has brought out fantasy and some romance books.

She was going to commit suicide due to the influence of a Witch's Kiss after learning that her first novel was plagiarized. She became a magical girl and wished to meet an editor that would recognize her writing talent.

  • Barrier Warrior: Create force fields with her magic.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Brains to Kazumi's Beauty and Kaoru's Brawn.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts this way towards Kazumi. It used to be the other way around, as Michiru was a comforting presence and encouraged Umika about her plagiarized novel problem.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She's got blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Exposition Beam: Her book weapon acts this way, taking on the reasons of despair that the Witch is suffering from.
  • Fake Memories: Part of her powers involves being able to manipulate or alter the memories of other people. She uses it on Jubey, to make him compliant to the Pleiades Saints. Which includes manipulating her own memory, as she and the Pleiades Saints cast a spell over the city that would make incubators like Kyubey invisible to everyone, and replace their memories of Kyubey with Jubey. Including removing the memory of having cast this spell or any information they gathered from talking with Kyubey, like the point of Grief Seeds.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She can cook rather well, which is a stress coping mechanism of hers when she suffers from writer's block.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Her weapon, the X-File book, tells her information about the enemy during a battle. It can also copy abilities of other people that she has recorded in it, which she uses to cast Kyoko's Rosso Phantasma on Kaoru.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Wears a short, white dress with a yellow cross on it as her magical girl attire.
  • Morph Weapon: Her book can turn into a spear.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: She's a novelist.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Averted, as it first seems that she and Kaoru are regular middle-schoolers. Then it turns out that they are also magical girls, part of the Pleiades Saints group.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Her first novel was stolen by the editor and released under a different, already more famous author. They off-handedly apologized for it, but still asked Umika to keep being a ghost writer for them.
  • Power Trio: Alongside Kaoru and Kazumi. Especially in the final chapter, as the only ones of the Pleiades Saints remaining.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers one to Hijiri's motive rant.
    Hijiri: Don't make it sound so pretty!
    Umika: It's not pretty!!
  • Taking the Bullet: When she was trapped in a witch's barrier with the others, she threw herself in front of Kaoru to protect her from a familiar.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her original manuscript that was plagiarized.

    Kaoru Maki

Kaoru is one of Kazumi's friends and a member of the Pleiades Saints, a group of magical girls that hunt witches. She was a well-known talent in soccer, but eventually suffered a bad injury during a game that put her out of commission.

She was going to commit suicide under the influence of a Witch's Kiss, but Kazumi saved her and re-ignited her will to live. She chose to become a magical girl and wished for a healthy body that could always play soccer. This turns out to be a lie, with her wish actually being that anyone who was hurt during the match where she was injured to be helped.

  • Badass Normal: She fought off familiars in a Witch's barrier before being a magical girl, despite her leg being crippled and needing crutches to walk.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Brawn to Kazumi's Beauty and Umika's Brains.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like one towards Kazumi. When the Pleiades Saints decide to kill this Kazumi and re-clone her, Kaoru is the only one that has reservations for it and ends up fighting her friends to keep Kazumi safe.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has orange-ish hair and orange-ish eyes.
  • The Determinator: She was determined to heal from her injury and return to the playing field. Her being turned into a magical girl does seem to have healed her injury instantly.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Got a nasty kick against her leg during a soccer match, which was severe enough to keep her reliant on crutches for a long time. The person that caused the injury was bullied to the point of attempting suicide.
  • Instant Armor: Can conjure metallic plates onto her arms to stave off attacks.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the attempted suicide of the person that injured her because she was the cause for said person to be bullied.
  • Kick Chick: Her favorite mode of attacking, using her soccer-trained legs.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Averted, as she seems to be a regular middle-schooler alongside Umika. Then it turns out that they are also magical girls.
  • No Name Given: Her last name isn't revealed until Chapter 7.
  • Power Trio: Alongside Kazumi and Umika. Especially in the end, when they are the only remaining Pleiades Saints members.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her magical girl outfit is an extremely tight-fitting bodysuit.

    Saki Asami

Saki is a member of the Pleiades Saints, a group of magical girls that hunt witches. She's the quasi-leader of the group due to Kazumi lacking most of her memories.

She was rescued by Kazumi from a Witch's Kiss-influenced suicide and she chose to become a magical girl, too. Her wish was for her younger sister's flower to bloom forever.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Kanna turns her into a Witch in Chapter 18, with the process only taking longer because Saki was using her magic to slow down the transformation process as much as she could.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Satomi brainwashes and controls Saki in Chapter 13.
  • The Captain: Takes on this role for the Pleiades Saints. Even her magical girl uniform looks a lot like a military one.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Received one from her younger sister Miyuki, who said it after Saki thought there'd be no man good enough for her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her overall role to the rest of the Pleiades Saints.
  • Expy: She's a mixture of Homura and Mami.
    • Similar to Mami, she was in a car accident that resulted in the death of her family, her little sister in this case, while surviving it herself. They both also serve the big sister role to the other magical girls and wear a nice hat in their magical girl attire.
    • Similar to Homura in the sense that both have a tougher appearance, are competent magical girls, and are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of those they hold dear. Homura has the ability to rewind time, whereas Saki's magic involves the ability to preserve things by altering the speed of bodily functions, which is what allows her to preserve the magical girls and Kazumi clones in the Freezer. Homura and the Pleiades use magic to revive a dead magical girl they loved very much, being Madoka and Michiru, respectively.
  • Flower Motif: Lilies of the valley. They were the flowers her sister planted, and them blooming forever was Saki's wish in memory of her. Her Grief Seed also has lilies of the valley blossoms dangling off the hook, and the center sigil is a flower.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her Witch form attacks other Witches, so that she will get killed and her Grief Seed can be used to save Kazumi from turning into a Witch. Kyubey even mentions that her Witch's nature is 'sisterly affection'.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite appearing like a no-nonesense character, she carries around books with titles such as My First Love Was The Milky Way and Lemon Kiss Memories. Some of them are Umika's works.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Her magic revolves around manipulating the electricity from her body. She attacks by summoning lightning channeled from her hands into her weapons; what seems to be teleportation powers is actually her speeding up her own metabolism to gain super speed, in exchange for getting older faster and preventing her transformation into a Witch by repeatedly reviving herself with a lightning storm defibrillator.
  • Lightning Lash: Uses a whip as her weapon, which she endows with the power of lightning.
  • Meaningful Name: Saki means 'to bloom'. Her wish involved for the flowers her sister planted to bloom forever.
  • Monocle: Her glasses turn into a monocle in her magical girl outfit.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Almost freaks out when Yuuri threatens to reveal the Pleiades Saints hunting and harming magical girls to Kazumi.
    • More comically, discussing her taste in books causes her to become very flustered.
  • Shock and Awe: Her main powers as a magical girl.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She displays quite a violent temper when provoked.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She held onto the potted plant of lily of the valley her dead sister had planted.

    Mirai Wakaba

Mirai is a magical girl member of the Pleiades Saints. She cares a lot for Saki, often hanging out around her.

When she was saved from the influence of a Witch's Kiss, she gained the one thing she wanted for years: friends. As such, her wish to become a magical girl was to obtain a museum to hold all the teddy bears she created that were her 'friends' beforehand.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was ostracized and mocked by her classmates because of her using the 'Boku' pronoun, which they found creepy.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Her magic allows her to summon and control bears, which might look adorable, but can fuse into a giant version of themselves and fight off Witches.
  • Berserk Button: Injuring or harming Saki drives Mirai to bloodthirst.
  • BFS: Her little magic wand can turn into a giant broadsword when she fights Witches, often having the blade be as tall as she is.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Covered in blood after slicing open the Witch that had injured Saki.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Overall keeps a rather detached view on things, like Nico turning into a Witch or even when the Pleiades decide to kill Kazumi. If it doesn't affect Saki, Mirai doesn't really care.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has purple hair and purple eyes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Shows them when going berserk after Saki gets injured by a Witch.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Nico's Witch form leads to Saki getting a small cut on her face while protecting Mirai, Mirai gets so incensed over the injury that she proceeds to slice the Witch in half.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Hangs around Saki and swears to win her over, despite it being clear that Saki has some extreme feelings regarding Kazumi.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Tells Saki that she loves her before letting her Witch form bite off her head.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Listens in on Satomi informing Kazumi about her origins, just before she uses the clones to attack Kazumi.
  • Expy: Shares minor details with several magical girls from other installments, those being Homura and Sayaka from the original, and Kirika from another spin-off.
    • Homura and Mirai were both loner girls in their past, wearing thick glasses and have huge braided hairstyles, with a severe devotion to one magical girl (Madoka and Saki, respectively), and willing to go far for their sake.
    • Sayaka was also an impulsive, hot-headed magical girl that ultimately were good-hearted. Both also use swords as their main attacking weapon, though Sayaka's is a more classical saber and Mirai uses a big broadsword. And they have unrequited crushes on someone that never notices.
    • Kirika has the friendless background and being ostracized in school, while lying that they were never actually lonely or friendless prior to making a contract. Both are also incredibly willing to go to intense lengths for the one they devote themselves too entirely (Oriko and Saki, respectively), even willing to die for their sake.
  • Friendless Background: She was ostracized from her class because of her usage of the 'Boku' pronoun.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Smacks people, often Kazumi, to get them out of their misery and back to focusing on the matter at hand.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has an entire museum filled with teddy bears, most of which she's made herself. She also carries one around a lot, and they are part of her attacks when fighting Witches.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Desperately wanted friends because of her being mocked at school. When she decides to become a magical girl, her wish of having friends already comes true, leaving her to wish for something else.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant and quite willing to hit Kazumi on the head for her self-blaming nature, but Mirai does consider her a vital friend to have. She just tends to care a little too much about those she holds dearest.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her main weapon is a heart-shape-topped wand that can turn into a broadsword, and she has the power to summon and fuse teddy bears into a giant one to fight against Witches.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: Made hundreds of teddy bears to serve as her friends before becoming a magical girl.
  • Meaningful Name: Her teddy bear museum is called Angelica Bears, with the Japanese name for Angelica being 'Ashitaba', meaning 'tomorrow's leaf'. Wakaba's name contains the leaf kanji, showing the connection. Michiru was the one to come up with the name.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Wears a skimpy, pink dress with a low skirt as a magical girl.
  • Nerd Glasses: She wore big ones with a swirly pattern on the lenses.
  • Number of the Beast: Her latest teddy bear made before becoming a magical girl was the 666th one, and she has an attack called La Bestia (The Beast) to summon and fuse teddy bears.
  • Off with Her Head!: Lets Saki's Witch form chomp off her head, refusing to fight her.
  • Out of Focus: Gets less panel time as the series progresses, but does have one huge moment in the spotlight in Chapter 9.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Her museum rooms full of teddy bears are a tad disturbing.
  • Security Blanket: Her teddy bears used to be the only 'friends' she had.
  • Sigil Spam: Hearts are a major part of her design, with it even being the shape of her teddy bears' inner ears.
  • Taking the Bullet: When she was trapped in a Witch's barrier with the others, she threw herself in front of a familiar that was going to eat Saki.
  • Tragic Keepsake: While close to throwing herself off a building because of the influence of a Witch's kiss, Mirai was clinging onto the 665th teddy bear she had made.
  • Yandere: Willing to go to fierce and violent lengths to keep Saki protected, including throwing herself into the lightning pillar that was turning her into a Witch or flat-out slicing Nico's Witch form in two.

    Satomi Usagi

Satomi is a member of the Pleiades Saints and fights Witches with the others.

She was distraught when her cat died and wants to become a veterinarian. Her wish as a magical girl was the ability to talk to animals, so she could always help them.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Her Soul Gem's polished surface cracks and shows the despair underneath, leading to Satomi turning into her Witch form in Chapter 15.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Wears one in her magical girl attire.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's gentle and soft-spoken when first seen, but does prove to have a firmer side to herself. She's the first to come up with the idea of killing Kazumi and re-cloning her, as well as stabbing Kazumi and one of the clones, delighted to have killed 'Kazumi-chan'.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Covered in the blood of Kazumi and a Kazumi clone, positively delighted over what happened.
  • Cat Girl: Her magical girl outfit has a catgirl theme to it.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears high-heels that resemble a cat's feet in her magical girl form.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Like Saki, she shares a lot of traits with Mami. However, unlike Saki and Mami, Satomi is a very clear example of what Mami would have been like if her breakings did not result in her immediately snapping or becoming suicidal, leading to a twisted mindset that would outright start controlling and plotting against her friends.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has reddish-brown hair and reddish-brown eyes.
  • Dominatrix: An omake showed her mind manipulation powers over Saki as having Saki on a literal leash, while Satomi holds a whip and is wearing stereotypical, skimpy lingerie.
  • Expy: Similar to Mami. They are both the quiet, reserved older sister type of person and consider the incubators as their friends, with Satomi being fond of Jubey and Mami caring for Kyubey. But they both turn out to have rather fragile minds and unstable attitude. Satomi suggests that it's better for Kazumi who is made up of witch parts to be killed than letting her turn into a Witch, harking back to Mami's breakdown in an alternate timeline. Satomi's Witch form also looks similar to Mami's Witch form, Candeloro, being much smaller than most Witches.
  • Heroic BSoD: Starts to freak out when Nico turns into a Witch and ends up killed by the group, with Satomi screaming about not wanting to turn into a Witch herself.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the death of her childhood pet cat.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her magical girl outfit has an off-the-shoulder top that really shouldn't be able to remain where it is.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name Usagi means rabbit, and she wants to become a veterinarian. Her Witch form is also a small rabbit in a much-larger cage that serves as an outer layer of her Witch appearance.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not realizing that her cat's behavior was uncommon and taking her to the vet in time, which meant the cat died from whatever the cause was.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one at the end of Chapter 12 when she suggests killing Kazumi.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Her wish was to be able to talk to animals, which would help her as a veterinarian.
  • Tragic Keepsake: While under the influence of the Witch's Kiss, Satomi was cradling the collar of her pet cat.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her justification for wanting to kill Kazumi was that she was merely a clone of Michiru, and that she was likely as much of a failure as the previous clones, who all came close to turning into Witches. Might as well remove Kazumi before she can turn.
  • You Are What You Hate: Its just as she's about to turn into a witch that she rejects any help from Kazumi, derisively calling her a witch.

     Niko Kanna

Niko is a magical girl and member of the Pleiades Saints.

She was succumbing to the influence of a Witch's Kiss and was about to kill herself, but Kazumi saved her. Nico took up the chance to become a magical girl and have a wish of hers fulfilled. She wished for an alternate version of herself to be created that could live a life she would have had, had she not had the incident of shooting her friends as children.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Turns into a Witch in Chapter 9.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After getting badly injured in Chapter 7.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She seems to be partly-Japanese, and has spent her childhood in California.
  • Cloning Gambit: Another Niko appears after Niko's Witch form is killed and the human Niko is dead and in perfect health, with Jubey revealing that the first Niko was merely her 'preliminary'. She also uses a clone of Kazumi to distract the Pleiades Saints and tucks the protagonist Kazumi into her backpack. And the first Niko was actually the 'real' one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has quite a tongue to her at times.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Her magic has her clone herself from objects. The clones are still made out of the original objects, but she transmutes them into a different form, which she even calls Prodotto Secondario (Secondary Product).
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Played with, in that Niko will use guns if the situation calls for it — like taking one of the guns Kazumi offers them to fight off familiars, but she doesn't particularly like it. It reminds her of when she accidentally shot friends when she was young.
  • Dreamworks Face: Sports one on the cover for Volume 4.
  • Expendable Clone: Her clones can easily be disposed of or even turn into Witches without Niko batting an eye. Mostly because this Niko very much wanted Niko to despair.
  • Expy: Her magical girl form resembles Shinobu Oshino.
  • It's All My Fault: Feels guilty for the shooting that killed her friends as young children because they were playing around with guns, and it went off.
  • Finger Gun: She can literally turn her fingers into bullets and fire them.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Her cloning magic allows her to do things like regrowing her fingers, after firing them off as bullets.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a useless pair of goggles on top of her head in magical girl form.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Keeps her hair tied in a long, low-set pair.
  • Hidden Eyes: Her eyes are hidden while telling Kazumi about her past.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: She and some friends were playing cowboys with an actually loaded gun. It ends up being fired in a playful struggle, and the bullet plinking off of a vase and fatally hitting her friends.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of her attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Niko can be read as 'Second Child' or 'Second Girl'. She made up an imaginary version of herself that had that name, with her wish turning her into Niko, with her original name of 'Hijiri' being given of the no-longer-imaginary version of herself.
  • The Smart Girl: The most analytical member of the team and very handy with computers, being the one to use the Kyubey corpse they had to turn it into the compliant Jubey.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Her name can be spelled as Niko or Nico.
  • The Stoic: Rarely shows emotions.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Before throwing herself off of a building while under the influence of a Witch's Kiss, Niko was staring at the newspaper article of the shooting incident on her phone.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She wanted a regular, normal life full of basic joys that she could have had, had she not had the shooting incident from her childhood. As such, her wish made a clone of hers have said life, with said clone becoming the final threat in the series.

    Michiru Kazusa Unmarked Spoilers

Michiru Kazusa is the original 'Kazumi'. She became a magical girl some time ago, wishing to spend the last day of her grandmother's regular lifespan with her.

She rescued the other girls from Witch's Kiss-assisted suicide, making them fight off familiars when they got their will to live back. They became magical girls and Michiru dubbed their group the Pleiades Saints.

Michiru succumbed to despair and turned into a Witch, revealing to the rest of the Pleiades Saints that magical girls are the source of Witches. They killed off her Witch form and decided to clone Michiru over and over, to get their friend back.

  • The Ace: Kept the entire team together against all odds, fought off Witches with no problem at all, and she was one of few magical girls in the entire franchise that made a wish with an entirely positive effect.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: She turned into a Witch some time ago.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rescues the group from committing suicide while under the effects of a Witch's Kiss and then killed the Witch, when she was about to kill the girls directly.
  • The Cameo: She has a panel appearance in Madoka Magica: The Different Story volume 3, showing the flashback of Mami saving her from a Witch.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it upon realizing that magical girls turn into Witches, which has her becoming consumed with guilt for getting her friends stuck with this fate.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She's an extremely good cook, taught by her grandmother.
  • The Gunslinger: She mainly fights using a cross and magic, but she also conjured guns from her hat that she gave the girls to fight familiars off with. She likely learned it from seeing Mami fight.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kazumi, quite obviously. A portmanteau of Kazusa Michiru.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents aren't mentioned, but she was stated to be living with her grandmother before she went off to study abroad.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for some time before the series began.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: Surprisingly enough, her first interaction with the girls. She saves them from committing suicide, but doesn't lift a finger when they get attacked by familiars. She lets them fend for themselves, proving that they still wanted to live, and then gave them guns to protect themselves.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her original set of earring bells, which she got from her grandmother. The pair was lost during a fight with a Witch, but Saki eventually found an identical pair for her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her becoming a magical girl, saving the others and turning them into magical girls, and eventually turning into a Witch is basically the thing that caused the entire series to occur.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her very existence spoils that the protagonist is a clone of her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Satomi snaps at Michiru for just standing there and letting them be attacked by familiars, instead of actually helping them. Michiru counters that they shouldn't be fighting them off, weren't they just trying to die, anyway? This does prove to them that they wanted to keep on living, with Michiru then giving them weapons to defend themselves with.


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Yuuri is a mysterious magical girl that seems to have a grudge against the Pleiades Saints. She uses Evil Nuts to influence humans to turn into pseudo-Witches.

Yuuri claims that she hates the Pleiades because they killed her once before. Turns out she's actually called Airi, a friend of the real Yuuri and she swore revenge on the Saints for having killed Yuuri, who had turned into a Witch. Her wish was to become Yuuri.

  • All There in the Manual: Her full name is only ever mentioned in an interview.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Turns into a Witch in Chapter 5, revealing the nature of magical girls turning into Witches to Kazumi.
  • Alliterative Name: Airi Anri.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cares for nothing but causing as much pain and suffering to the Saints as part of her revenge, even if innocent people get involved into the struggle.
  • Big Bad: The main threat for the first part of the series.
  • Big "NO!": How she reacted when she learned that the real Yuuri had turned into a Witch and been killed by the Saints.
  • Came Back Wrong: Kazumi somehow manages to pull Yuuri out of her Witch form, leaving her a grotesque thing protruding from a Witch and speaking in nothing but runes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears as Airi herself in a single panel flashback in Chapter 4, before her impersonation of Yuuri is even mentioned.
  • Cute Witch: Her magical girl costume is a very stripperific, skimpy version of one.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She used to be a terminally-ill girl that had only a few months left to live, but then her friend saved her life by becoming a magical girl, only for her to see said friend be killed by the Pleiades Saints when she became a Witch. The revelation broke her completely, causing her to swear revenge on the Saints and wishing to become Yuuri.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She's actually Airi, a friend of Yuuri's, that used her wish to become Yuuri for the sake of getting revenge for her murder.
  • Dying as Yourself: More or less becomes herself again and pulled out of her Witch form somewhat, before Kazumi finishes her off.
  • Evil Laugh: Spends a lot of panels laughing.
  • Evil Counterpart: Serves as one to Homura. Both were formerly-ill and confined to hospital beds for a long time, but got healthy through magic, and were motivated by the death of a beloved friend. They both also use guns as their main form of attacking.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Her main appearance, until she's officially revealed in Chapter 3.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Keeps her hair in two huge pigtails.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: She completely snaps when she learns Yuuri became a Witch and was killed by the Saints.
  • The Gunslinger: She uses guns and pistols as her main form of attacking. Similar to Mami, she can also conjure several of them at once. But unlike her, she uses modern handguns and sub-machine guns, showing that she means business in causing damage.
  • Idiot Hair: Sported one as Airi.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Her wish as a magical girl was to become Yuuri. Her motivation is that of revenge, though, compared to most uses of this trope.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's the first fully-realized Witch to appear in the series and gets killed by the Saints, as part of their duties as magical girls.
  • Knight of Cerebus: She starts to show the darker side of the Pleiades Saints and that there's more to the series than simply an amnesiac magical girl that's having an adventure with fellow magical girl friends.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: She creates pseudo-Witches in the first few chapters with the help of the Evil Nuts.
  • Master of Disguise: Perfectly impersonates Satomi in Chapter 3, with her wish giving her powers of taking on the appearance of others easily.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Wears an incredibly skimpy, short dress in her magical girl form.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Her role for the initial two chapters.
  • Mystical White Hair: Airi had silvery-white hair.
  • No Name Given: She doesn't give her name until Chapter 4. And then Chapter 5 reveals that Yuuri isn't her real name, but Airi.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Swears to inflict one on the Saints for having murdered her friend, even if she had turned into a Witch by that point.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Her magical girl outfit is incredibly revealing and skimpy compared to the modest and long-skirted dress that the real Yuuri was wearing as a magical girl.
  • Sideboob: Part of her skimpy magical girl outfit.
  • Slasher Smile: Rarely drops it when fighting the Pleiades Saints.
  • Starfish Language: She starts speaking in nothing but runes when Kazumi pulls her out of her Witch form.
  • Starter Villain: The first villain to appear and overall not very strong in terms of magical abilities.
  • Stripperiffic: Her magical girl outfit, which was mentioned to be intentionally invoked by the author. He wanted to show how broken she was by having her outfit show skin in unusual places.
  • Summon Magic: Capable of summoning a bull to attack with, called Cole.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She wears a spoon as a charm around her neck. It was given to her by the real Yuuri as a good-luck charm, which Airi returned after she became healthy. Seeing it on the ground after the Saints killed the Witch allowed her to recognize who it was.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Kyubey, who cared little to help her get revenge on the Saints and just wanted another magical girl to turn into a Witch and collect energy from.
  • Vapor Wear: She doesn't appear to wear anything underneath her magical girl outfit.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When she fights for the first time after having her wish granted, she starts laughing maniacally while covered in blood, citing how great these powers are.

    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.

    Hijiri Kanna Unmarked Spoilers

Hijiri Kanna is an artificially-created human and came about because of Niko's wish of a version of her having the life without the tragic accidental shooting incident from her childhood.

Hijiri knew nothing about this until she saw the Pleiades Saints fighting Yuuri's Witch form, realizing that Niko Kanna looked identical to her, and she learned the truth of her origin from Kyubey.

Resentful of her artificial status, Hijiri contracted with Kyubey and wished for the ability to connect to other people and sneak up on the Pleiades Saints without their knowledge, all in order to get revenge on humankind.

  • All Your Powers Combined: Her wish allows her to use the powers of the Pleiades Saints and combining them to create new effects, like the Evil Nuts.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: After Kazumi's words made Hijiri realize how wrong she was, she leaps off of a building and destroys her Soul Gem, before she can fully turn into a Witch.
  • Big Bad: The final threat of the series, having orchestrated the events with the Evil Nuts early on.
  • Clone Angst: Resents her status as an artificial being, but she feels a connection to Kazumi because she's a clone, too.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She stepped in as 'Niko' in Chapter 9, after the real Niko turned into a Witch and was killed, but she claimed that the one that turned was merely her 'spare'.
  • Evil Counterpart: Serves one to Kazumi. Both are artificial human beings created from magic and are able to use the powers of the other Pleiades Saints. But Kazumi decided to become her own person and step out of the shadow of Michiru, whereas Hijiri simply wanted to destroy all of mankind in revenge, making her 'artificial beings' replace humans.
  • Fantastic Racism: Despises humanity and wants to turn the magical girls in the freezer into the new humankind.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is tied in low ones, just like Niko's.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: When she saw Niko, who looks identical to her, among the Pleiades and learned that she was merely a clone to take over her life, Hijiri swore to take revenge on them.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Niko's magical girl outfit was green, where as Hijiri's is all black.
  • Heel Realization: Kazumi's heartwarming words that both of them are 'real' magical girls just like everyone else, as they had the souls to create a Soul Gem with, Hijiri realizes that she's right.
  • Kill All Humans: Wants to remove all of humankind, so that artificial beings can replace them.
  • Man Behind the Man: The creator of the Evil Nuts and supplier of them to Yuuri and the Soujus.
  • Marionette Master: Can control the actions of Witches with her connection magic.
  • Motive Decay: She originally wanted to get revenge on Niko for creating her, but then started to dislike the selfish Pleiades Saints. And ultimately decided to kill all humans.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports several in the final few chapters.
  • Stepford Smiler: When she smiles normally, she's hiding her intense hatred for humanity and desire to get revenge on Niko, who has already died at that point.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence spoils what Niko's wish was, which she originally said was too embarrassing to say out loud.

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 Welding: 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: Makes a small appearance helping Michiru fighting a witch, though her appearance has somewhat of a lasting effect on her.

Kyouko Sakura

  • The Cameo: In Chapter 16 wherein she fought the real Yuuri Asuka only to be stopped by Michiru.

    SPOILER CHARACTER - Yuuri's Friend

The real Yuuri Asuka, who was a close friend of Airi. She visited her in the hospital a lot and tried to keep her spirits up, until Airi burst out about wanting to live, despite having been told that she only has a few months left to live.

Yuuri promised her that Airi would be okay and went off to form a contract with Kyubey, wishing to cure Airi's illness. She became a magical girl for a while, but ultimately turned into a Witch. She was killed by the Pleiades Saints.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Turned into a Witch like a lot of other magical girls do.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Turns out that she actually knew Michiru herself.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Played with, as Yuuri is seen in a single panel flashback in Chapter 4 alongside Airi's true appearance. Her impersonation of Yuuri wasn't revealed yet, leading to the idea that Airi was the only gunman in the scene.
  • Combat Medic: Her main magical ability was to heal other people, which she did frequently to help other terminally-ill people like Airi, and she fought using a giant syringe.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wore tall high heels in her magical girl form.
  • Dressed to Heal: Her magical girl outfit was reminiscent of a long-skirted nurse uniform.
  • Expy: Shares several aspects with Sayaka. Both of them had a hospital-ridden friend they visited frequently and used their wishes to heal said person. Said wishes gave them amazing healing abilities — Sayaka's self-healing made her more durable than other magical girls and Yuuri was able to use her magic to heal other people. Both also ended up turning into Witches.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her devotion to other people. She keeps going out and helping, with no thought to her own well-being. Her Witch's nature is mentioned to be 'Devotion (Beyond Reason)'.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She participated in cooking contests and made it to the finals.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kept her hair in big pigtails.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She had long, blonde hair and was always concerned with the well-being of others, even using her wish to help another person.
  • Healing Hands: Her magic allowed her to heal other people, be it from wounds or from medically-incurable diseases. Unfortunately, this put strain onto her Soul Gem, ultimately causing her to witch out.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her weapon was a giant syringe, with multiple needles.
  • Magic Feather: The spoon necklace she gave Airi before going off to contract and heal her, which made Airi believe it was an actual good luck charm. She returned it to Yuuri in hopes that it would help her win the cooking competition.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The spoon necklace she gave to Airi, which was returned to her. Yuuri wore it and her Witch form dropped it after being killed.
  • Nice Girl: She was incredibly kind and friendly, out to save people.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She used her healing magic to save other people and ended up using too much, which turned her into a Witch. And her initial wish was to cure Airi, which gave her the strength and vitality to move around, leading to her seeing Yuuri's Witch form being killed and learn the truth, resulting in Airi becoming a magical girl and swearing revenge on the Pleiades Saints herself.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: She wore striped stockings with her school uniform.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her magical girl outfit had a long, frilly skirt with bows at the hips.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for some time before the series began.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her turning into a Witch caused Airi to become a magical girl, which gave the series its starter villain and, indirectly, also to Hijiri realizing she's an artificial human herself and becoming the final threat.