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Trivia / Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion

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  • Actor Allusion: Kana Asumi voices a short character in a series with many of the voice actors from Hidamari Sketch and character designs by Ume Aoki, creator of Hidamari Sketch.
  • Ascended Fanon
    • It's common in fanart to include Charlotte with the other magical girls and Kyubey as though she was some kind of extra mascot. This actually happens in the movie.
      • And while we're on the subject, most fan artists depicted Charlotte's human form as a humanized version of her first form. The secret to Nagisa's design is that it practically is that, just more subtle about it (white hair instead of pink, for example).
    • In one scene, the magical girls call themselves "puella magi". Keep in mind "puella magi" was never used in the show itself, but fans use the term all the time.
    • The film also canonizes some of the ideas about Kyoko and Sayaka's relationship (though it doesn't quite go all the way). Among others, it reveals that Sayaka did regret leaving Kyoko behind. On the other hand, it's implied that Sayaka feels this way because she has become aware of how much Kyoko cared about her, due to becoming a part of the Law of Cycles and regaining memories of the previous timeline(s).
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  • Development Gag: When Urobuchi was writing the original anime, he was apparently prepared for Kana Asumi to voice Madoka. It didn't happen, but now we have a Kana Asumi-voiced character in Nagisa.
  • Dueling Movies: Premiered during the same weekend as the non-serial movie of DokiDoki! PreCure. Rebellion won. Amusingly, both movies involve a Lotus-Eater Machine.
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  • Flower Motifs: The posters included with advance tickets for Rebellion's initial screening feature each member of the Holy Quintet surrounded by flowers:
    • Madoka is surrounded by deep red roses, whose petals and thorns symbolize the blood of Christ as well as intense love.
    • Homura has white daisies, which represent wistful love, innocence and purity.
    • Mami stands in front of yellow irises, which represent communication and connection (fitting for her magical ribbons), as well as passion.
    • Kyoko presents craspedia: cheerful, common flowers which symbolize good health.
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    • Sayaka gets borage, which represents courage and bluntness.
  • I Knew It!
    • Nagisa is Charlotte, though this was a Trailers Always Spoil Untwist.
    • Homura becoming the devil to Madoka's god. It wasn't quite the way anyone expected, though...
  • Meaningful Release Date: Possibly unintentional, but the movie premiered in Japan a few days before Halloween. Homura says she's the pumpkin in the Cake Song. See also Fridge Brilliance in the Fridge page.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the European Spanish dub, Kyubey, Kyouko and Mami, who where originally voiced by Inmaculada Villalonga, Marga López and Violeta Bibiloni, respectively, were recast for the film. Mostly because the previous actresses were newcomers when they did the TV show (although Bibiloni was overall well received by fans), and their voice acting careers didn't take off afterwards. Plus, their lack of experience was obvious when compared to the rest of the cast. For the film, they casted three much more experienced voice actresses: Marta Barbarà for Kyubey, Graciela Molina for Kyouko (these two veterans are really big names in the Spaniard voice acting industry) and Eva Bau for Mami.
    • In the English dub, while Junko Kaname was voiced by Carrie Savage in the series and first two movies, she's voiced by Julie Ann Taylor here.
  • Reality Subtext: At the end of the movie, Madoka says she's been living in America for about three years. Puella Magi Madoka Magica began in early January 2011, while Rebellion premiered in late October 2013 — a little less than three years.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Rebellion was plotted as the anime's second season. The project instead became a movie due to length issues.
    • When he began to come up with the plot, Gen Urobuchi originally planned on having a more conclusive ending. However, he wasn't satisfied with the ending he came up with. Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami and director Akiyuki Shinbo suggested Urobuchi make the ending more open-ended. In fact, the movie's final twist was Shinbo's idea... which Urobuchi acknowledges as the catalyst for his screenplay — that is, he didn't even have a screenplay until he got that idea. (Warning: Major spoilers in the links!)
    • The guidebook for the movie, "Only You", shows that Nagisa's design used to resemble a Moe Anthropomorphism of Charlotte even moreso than her final design, complete with the short pink hair and more Charlotte-like twintails.
    • Chiwa Saito recorded two different takes for Homura starting from when she tears Madoka from the Law of Cycles. The second take ended up in the final film, while the unused first take lends the ending a very different tone; Homura is overtly evil, sounds more unhinged, and even has a sexual tone in many of her lines. The Stinger also features Homura humming to herself with an otherwise silent soundtrack. Saito argued that this didn't really fit Homura's character since it turned her into an irredeemable Yandere, resulting in the second take.


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