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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (or Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) is a 2011 magical girl anime by the animation studio SHAFT. It has various adaptations and side-stories as well.

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How did Homura able to return to a past where Madoka isn't already a Magical Girl?

I just finished watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its movie, Rebellion. And there's something that's been bugging me. On episode 10, Homura's past was shown, and I will re-iterate it so you can ...
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Why does Homura have to die within her soul gem in “Movie Part III: Rebellion”?

In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion, why does Homura have to die within her soul gem in order not to betray Madoka as she said here? Even if Kyubey confirms the existence of ...
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Was the figure Aoba found supposed to be Madoka?

in Gakuen Polizi Chapter 3, Sasami Aoba comes across a girl who's looking through the trash, looking for something she lost which she can't buy again, similar to what happened to Aoba herself the day ...
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Are the Curses of Earth natural?

At the end of the anime series, when Madoka remade the Universe for Puella Magi to be saved before becoming Witches, Homura says that with Witches being gone Wraiths take their place because Madoka ...
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What language used by Kajiura Yuki in Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero OST lyric?

For example, "Sis Puella Magica!" from Madoka OST. The title itself is Latin but when I read the lyric, it's not! Here's the first part of the song samia dostia ari aditida tori adito madora estia ...
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What Madoka Magica poster is this?

Episode 4 of Gamers! has a scene where two characters go to an arcade. Off to the right side of the scene is a poster that is unmistakably from Madoka Magica: I consider myself something of a fan ...
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What are the consequences of ignoring Kyubey's contract?

Girls make contracts with Kyubey - they will have a wish granted in exchange of fighting witches using their new powers. But, what is the consequence of simply not doing it? What if magical girls ...
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What did Madoka wish for in the original timeline?

I just watched the show - Madoka spends most of it trying to figure out a good wish to make. One episode shows Homura in presumably the original timeline, where she's just as shy new kid and Madoka ...
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How to explain to my 10 year old niece that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not a kids show?

My 10 year old niece loves watching cartoons, and she has a Netflix kids account for her with all parental controls. But while I was browsing my account, she took notice of the Madoka Magica cover and ...
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How is Madoka not a god anymore at the end of Rebellion?

Sorry if I sound stupid, I was just confused with everything happening... How is Madoka not a god at the end of the movie?
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Was the post-rebellion Madoka still a Magical Girl?

Unmarked Spoilers Since Homura separated "the Madoka that was before attaining divinity" from the Law of Cycles, is the Madoka post-rebellion a Mahou Shoujo? I'm talking about the Madoka that shows ...
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Why do we see these witches in Rebellion?

In rebellion, during the fight We see brief flashes of other witches: Charlotte/Bebe, ** And Oktavia ** Now, if Madoka's wish is absolute, these witches should not exist, but they do. Why do ...
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When and How was Homura's wish fulfilled?

In ep. 10, Homura's wish is revelaed: This wish forced her to go back in time and re-live the month since her meeting with Madoka 100-ish times. But in the end of the main timeline (ep.12), it is ...
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Where do magical girls get money?

Magical Girls work a lot, and we never see them working. They all have a house and usually money to buy stuff too. Where do they find money to pay rent or buy food? Do they steal it?
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Is Tamura the original Homura?

The Puella Magi Homura Tamura spinoff manga follows Tamura, who is actually Homura, but no one can ever remember her name and she gets called Tamura (among other things) until it sticks. During the ...
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Do any magical girls survive beyond adolescence?

Kyubey says that it is the fate of all magical girls to become witches. As far as I can recall, this - or death - is indeed how all magical girls reach their untimely demise throughout the series. ...
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Do the runes appear in-universe?

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 ...
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How was Sayaka able to retain her memories during Rebellion?

Everybody else within Homura's labyrinth had their memories altered, except for Sayaka and Bebe. Why was this?
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How was Homura able to lure all of the magical girls into her labyrinth in Rebellion?

Homura's witch's labyrinth was inside of her soul gem, and didn't actually occupy and physical space. How, then, were all of the magical girls and everybody else brought into her soul gem? How did ...
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How did Homura strip Madoka's divine powers in Rebellion?

Madoka came down to bring Homura into the Law of Cycles by taking her soul gem (or whatever Madoka does), and then Homura grabbed Madoka's hands. Suddenly, her soul gem filled with "love," apparently, ...
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Why do the English dubbed Madoka movies have a static movie menu and not an animated one like the English subbed one?

When the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies first came out, they were only Japanese with English subtitles, but the DVD/Blu-ray menus were animated. I remembered that they had small clips from the movie ...
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Was the “Cake Song” released in a soundtrack?

I have 3 Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Rebellion Story soundtracks. they are, OP Single - Colorful ED Single - Kimi no Gin no Niwa Original Soundtrack I believed this was all there was and while ...
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Why does Sayaka stab herself?

On a few occasions throughout the series, we see Sayaka thrusting her own sword through her chest, cutting her own heart out: It looks as though in Rebellion she does this to invoke her own witch ...
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When Kyoko overloaded her soul gem to kill Sayaka's witch form, did Kyoko then also become a witch?

When Kyoko overloaded her soul gem to kill Sayaka's witch form, does Kyoko then also become a witch? Or since she overloaded her soul gem, does she just die "normally?" If the latter is true, then why ...
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Why were Sayaka and Kyoko fighting in the beginning, and what caused them to eventually end up as friends?

Why were Sayaka and Kyoko fighting in the beginning, and what caused them to eventually end up as friends? (Related: Why exactly does Kyoko attempt to save Sayaka?)
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Why does Kyoko come to the city in Madoka Magica?

Why does Kyoko come to the city in Madoka Magica? There is probably a very simple answer for this, but I'm too lazy to go back and rewatch or to skim through a wiki.
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How do Soul Gems get corrupted over time in Madoka Magica?

After seeing how Madoka instantly transformed into her witch form after killing Walpurgisnacht in one shot in the 4th timeline, it makes me wondering: How do Soul Gems become corrupted? I assumed ...
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How was Sayaka able to join Madoka in the Law of Cycles after her death?

Adding onto this question, right after Madoka recreated the entire universe to accommodate with the Law of Cycles, why was everybody placed back in time right after the event where Sayaka gets killed ...
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How did Madoka essentially become the universe when all she wished for was to erase the witches before their creation?

I get that Madoka would have to be a fundamental law of the universe considering that she's overwriting the concepts that the universe is based upon, but her only wish was that to erase all witches ...
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How did the Incubators start making Magical Girls?

The deal the Incubators make to girls is that by granting one wish that a girl desires they become a Magical Girl and fight Witches. We know that Witches are in fact Magical Girls, so I am wondering ...
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How do familiars get created?

After eating a few humans ― approximately four or five according to Kyoko in episode 5 ― they will grow into witches themselves. familiars are "projections of the magical girl's heart before she ...
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Did the events of The Different Story Volume 1 occur in all timelines?

Volume 1 of the manga series The Different Story tells a story about Mami and Kyouko before the timeframe of the anime series, when they were partners and Kyouko regarded Mami as a big sister. (...
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Are the similarities between Homura Akemi and Kiritsugu Emiya intentional?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Homura Akemi and Fate/Zero's Kiritsugu Emiya were both written by Gen Urobuchi, although Kiritsugu was created by Type Moon's Kinoko Nasu. There are numerous similarities ...
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Who are the Witches whom these Magical Girls represent?

I found this image a little while ago. It appears to be fan depictions of the magical girls who end up becoming witches who are fought in the series. I know that: The 2nd one is Elly due to the the ...
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What exactly happens to Kyuubei at the end of Rebellion?

Note: this topic was somewhat addressed in this question, but remained unclear to me after reading the answers to it. At the end of Rebellion, after Homura has rebelled and created the Homuverse ...
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Where did the concept of fighting Nightmares come from?

I know that the Nightmares the Magical Girls fight as a substitute for the Wraiths and/or Witches are born from people's nightmares (as shown when Hitomi returns to normal but is asleep and she was ...
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What's the meaning behind all the chairs in Madoka's room?

In Episode 9 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, during Madoka's conversation with Kyuubei, we see that she has a ton of chairs in her room: At first I thought this was just the usual Shaft weirdness. But ...
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What is the true name for Kyubey?

Through out the series the Magical Girls call it Kyubey however they respond just as well to Homura when she calls them Incubator and don't go to correct her. I am wondering which is their real name, ...
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How come the events of Rebellion are possible, with Madoka's wish?

It seems to me that, no matter how you look at it, the events of the Rebellion movie are impossible due to Madoka's wish. Her wish-speech can roughly be split into five distinct parts (significant ...
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Why is Kyoko not present in Madoka Magica's official artwork?

Is there a reason that Kyoko is not pictured in some of the series' more prominent artwork? As part of the story's main set of magical girls, and a character important to the plot, I would expect her ...
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What is the meaning of the cake song?

In the Rebellion movie, the girls are performing a sort of a ritual that materializes a giant cake filled with whatever they are singing about. Then it's eaten by Bebe in Candy Witch form. It's all ...
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How is Walpurgisnacht's appearance predicted?

We know that throughout the series the Puella Magi can only search for witches and don't actually know where they will appear ahead of time (Mami named places she searched and had to trace the witch ...
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Do the Madoka OST CDs have sensible musical notation printed on them?

Do these Madoka original soundtrack disks have some comprehensible melodies printed on them or are they just random notation signs? If it is possible, I'd like to hear what is written on them.
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Why is “Puella Magi” equivalent to “Mahou Shoujo”?

From my understanding, Mahou Shoujo = Magical Girl as the latter is normally used when turning the Japanese title to English, i.e. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha = Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Sasami: ...
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What song is Kyoko dancing to in Puella Magi / Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica?

I've just been re-watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica / Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (episodes, movie, doesn't change this situation). I noticed a song that sounded quite nice, that Kyoko was dancing to (...
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Who is that at the end of episode 2?

At the end of every episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica there is an artist's drawing while one of where characters is narrating the next episode preview. In Episode 2 we see this: Who/what is that ...
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What does the text at the entrance mean?

In Episode 2 when Madoka and Sayaka are with Mami looking for the Witch, after saving the Office Lady who had the "Witch's Kiss" they enter the building we see that there is text written on the wall ...
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Why was there an apparent violation of the law of cycles in Rebellion?

In the Rebellion film, we see Homura turn into what she realises is a witch (after she discovers some oddities about the version of Mitakihara city she's supposedly living in) because of her despair. ...
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What's the range of a witch's barrier?

Throughout the anime, after entering a witch's barrier, the Magical Girls are seen traveling a long way inside a maze-like struture before reaching the witch's lair. The lairs of the witches are ...
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Where do the terms “Law of Wheels/Cycles” come from?

In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, before Ultimate Madoka's universe, I read that the system where a Magical Girl would become a Witch was referred to as the "Law of Wheels", while after that, the new ...