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Fridge Brilliance

  • It's almost certain that if Madoka would have been left alive, she would have became a magical girl so that at the very least Kazuko-sensei would be brought back to life. If Madoka's willing to bring a random cat back to life, she'd definitely jump at the chance to bring her beloved teacher back to life too, and Kyubey would more than certainly press that button.
    • Not really, someone's relationship with their pet is usally much closer than their relationship with their teacher.
      • It wasn't her pet, it was a random cat.
      • Not to mention the anime implies Kazuko is a family friend.
    • It's also been stated that Kyubey can't bring people back from the dead, although Madoka's potential might have been strong enough to override this by that point.
      • that has not only never been stated, a Kyubey has directly shown he is able to resurrect and even create entirely new life for the contracts.
  • There's perfectly good reasons why Oriko doesn't get involved in the timelines we see: In three of them, Madoka dies before she gets a chance, twice because she dies to Walpurgis, once because Homura mercy-kills her. With the exception of Timeline 3, it's obvious to assume that Homura put a stop to Oriko before she could even get involved. But Timeline 3 was also the only one where all of the main cast was working together, so they may have stopped her before she had a chance to really enter the plot.
    • Keep in mind that Homura was no longer her older persona. So somewhere between the 3rd and 4th line. Also has unfortunate implications in that she might have offed them herself to protect Madoka...
      • We already know that post-timeline 3, one of the very first things that Homura does is kill Kyubey to prevent him from contracting Madoka when the black cat is hit by a car, which happens in the week between Homura being released from the hospital and the day she starts school. It's entirely possible, for the purposes of making this story fit into the anime, that she has also added "Assassinate Oriko" to her to-do list, and she just kills the other girl out of hand every time she repeats the month. Prior to timeline 3, it's easy to just say that Madoka doesn't have the crazy levels of magical potential that she does later on, and thus doesn't trigger Oriko's visions.

      • This would also show the line from which Post-Moemura no longer is able to communicate with Madoka emotionally. In Oriko; we see her Glasses Come Off self; but she's still able to rekindle her friendship with Madoka and not alienate Sayaka. Having to kill Oriko/Kirika makes her no longer innocent enough to connect.
      • The reason why she might not be able to connect to Madoka could also be because Madoka usually retains the last few moments of her life in the previous timeline, and in her last moments, Homura was acting like a jerkass who only cares for Madoka and not for everyone else.
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  • The third drama CD for Madoka Magica reveals that Kyoko's younger sister was a bit like Yuma - she was even a Third-Person Person. This explains Kyoko's and Yuma's relationship - and might be why Kyoko insists on not being called oneechan.
  • The first time Mami and Kyoko go up against Kirika's witch, they lose easily, in part due to getting in the way of the other's attacks. Makes sense given their different attack styles, long range and melee and that Kyoko isnt a team player. However, on the second try, they and Yuma are able to seamlessly work together to take out witch!Kirika with no hassle. When you read The Different Story and the third drama CD which reveals that Mami and Kyoko once worked as a Magical Girl duo before Kyoko went sour from her Pater Familicide, then their teamwork in this spinoff makes sense. They've done it before, they just need to get used to fighting alongside the other again.
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  • When you think about it, Oriko is a brilliant foil to Homura in that like the latter, she only exists in her current form as a consequence of the girl's manipulation of the timelines. In the initial timeline, Madoka was a decently powerful magical girl who died fighting Walpurgisnacht, only gaining her apocalyptic karmic potential after Homura started mucking with time. Oriko's wish wasn't to kill Madoka Kaname, it was to find "a reason for me to live". In the first few timelines, she presumably would have found that fulfillment in her duties as a magical girl, or in her relationship with Kirika. Only after Madoka became a world-ending threat would her purpose have shifted to averting the end of the world through any means necessary.
  • Oriko's magical girl costume is a white dress; Kirika's is a black suit. The bride-and-groom imagery is about as subtle as a brick.
  • Kirika's powers are either to speed time for herself up or slow time for everyone else down; either way, it's got to play merry hell with her metabolism. That's why she's always gorging on sugar!

Fridge Horror

  • In the picture of the Witches who appeared in the story alongside their magical girl forms, Cecil and Stacy are no older than Yuma. This means that they became Witches as little girls.
    • It's possible that they were just chibis though.
  • Yuma's introduction has her being rescued from a witch by Kyoko. Now suppose that didnt happen in other timelines( either Kyoko never arrived or came too late), then Yuma would've died along with her parents. It might explain why Oriko doesnt become involved in other timelines. Without Yuma to use as a Red Herring against Kyubey, she doesnt or cant form a plan to kill Madoka (Yuma was in the 2nd vision she saw immediately following Gretchen Kriemheld).
    • Except, Yuma was saved as a direct consequence of Oriko seeing her in a vision. Because Oriko did see her, and therefore started the killing magical girls plan, Kyoko took over the unclaimed territory (which had belonged to some of the dead magical girls) that Yuma was attacked in. Because of that, she was there to save her life.
    • Not to mention her life as a child who is abused physically and verbally by her mother. Since we know that post-Madokami Mami and Kyouko still have their tragic back-stories, it stands to reason that so, too, would Yuma still have her's, only this time there's a good possibility she never escapes it. Or worse, in a pre-Madokami world, she does by being encountered by a Incubator and she contracts with the wish "I wish my mother never ever hurts me again/ever hurt me." and who knows what would happen then.
      • and in Symmetry Diamond Oriko says she saw a vision that showed Yuma would had died from her abuse if she stays with her mother of cardiac arrest caused by the abuse she gets.
  • Symmetry Diamond shows us that Oriko and Kirika would have not gone after Madoka in other timelines. However, what about Homura's personality? It's easy to assume that we never see the two in the anime because Homura kills them off in every timeline following Oriko Magica.
  • What we're shown of Oriko and Kirika after their battle with Homura goes to show that, had Oriko survived her battle with Homura, that would be the point where she becomes a Witch, rather than continue life as a Magical Girl.

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