So we know what the runes translate to in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Since the runes appear all over the place like on walls and when a witch appears, the Puella Magi must be aware of the runes, which are also on their rings as their names (see the images which show their rings).

I am wondering, in-universe, what are the runes? Are they magical, thus making up a runic magic system? Are they the native language of the Incubators? Or are they something else entirely?

  • I can attest that none of Oriko / Kazumi / TDS / Rebellion nor the original Hanokage manga address the question of what the in-universe nature of the runes is. There could be something in Tart / Suzune / Sadness Prayer / Majuu-hen, though; I haven't kept up with those. (Or in production materials/interviews and so forth, too, of course.) – senshin Oct 8 '15 at 23:47

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