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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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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 do the Runes say in Madoka?

In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there is some strange rune writing that is used a lot. I've heard that it references Goethe's Faust, at least in the first few episodes, and it's used in displaying the ...
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In Madoka Magica, are the girls' powers related to their wishes?

Some of the Puella Magi seem to have magical powers related to the wishes that they made. Sayaka has regeneration abilities, and she wished to heal someone. Homura has time manipulation abilities, and ...
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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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How did Homura get a bow as a weapon?

In the last episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV anime, Homura seems to have Madoka's bow. In earlier episodes, she only use guns and bombs, when and how did she get this weapon?
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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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Who is the magical girl who becomes Walpurgisnacht?

Since witches are actually magical girls who, when their soul gems are fully tainted, become witches, that means that Walpurgisnacht was a magical girl. Since Madoka in two realities became a witch ...
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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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What are the demons at the end of Madoka Magica?

What are the demon-like entities shown at end of Madoka Magica, which Homura is now fighting instead of witches? And what does Homura's explanation mean, regarding how these demons replaced witches?
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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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What do the runes that roll (while Connect plays) near the end of the second Madoka movie say?

Towards the end of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Eien no Monogatari (the second movie), in between the two scenes that feature wraiths (魔獣 majuu), Connect plays (this is chapter 25 on the Blu-Ray). As ...
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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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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 powerful is Homura's shield?

In the anime, Homura is only seen using her shield to reset or rewind time until the first time she met Madoka. Can't she rewind time for a minute, or an hour? If she could do it, I think it would be ...
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Are all wishes actually possible?

In the beginning episodes of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyubey offers the teenage girls in the series the chance to have a wish come true in exchange for becoming a magical girl, and moreover seems to ...
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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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Are the other Puella Magi mangas separate stories?

I discovered some other titles in the Puella Magi series today, Kazumi Magica and Oriko Magica: Are these completely separate stories, or is there some overlap with Puella Magi Madoka Magica?
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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 gangster-themed Madoka subtitles really exist?

I've often come across gangster-themed Madoka subtitled screenshots, but I haven't been able to find any solid evidence that they exist. Sometimes the characters are referred to as Swagdoka and ...
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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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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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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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What happen at the end of the third Madoka Magica movie?

I just watched the third movie (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion) and I have a doubt about the fact that although Madoka wish in the second movie, which prevented the birth of any ...
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What do Homura's runes in Rebellion say?

Well, if you saw the third Madoka movie, then you know that… Knowing that, I'm trying to decipher what her runes say: Some runes are pretty obvious and others not so much: This is the rune map that ...
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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 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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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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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 a shy new kid and Madoka is ...
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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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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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Are Homura's wings witch wings in the end?

At the end of the anime where Homura is in a wasteland, she grows wings. The texture is almost the same as the art style that is used for witches and their lairs, so I'm wondering - at the end of the ...
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Why exactly does Kyoko attempt to save Sayaka?

In episode 8 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, we see Sayaka transform into a witch, and in that episode and the subsequent one (at least in the second half of it) we see Kyouko's attempt to save her. ...
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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 ...
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Why is there no official character song for Homura and Mami?

Madoka has a character song titled "See You Tomorrow" (またあした, Mata Ashita) while Sayaka and Kyoko have a duet song titled "And I'm Home". I just found out that Homura and Mami don't have a character ...
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What are the colours of the Magical Girl's Rings?

I always thought the colour of the ring matched the Soul Gem. However after deciphering the runs on the ring I got with a Mami Soul Gem Necklace which said HOMURA, I looked up on the wiki and saw that ...
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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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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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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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Do the lyrics of Madoka Magica's two movie OPs foreshadow Rebellion's ending?

To understand the question I'm asking, you will probably do need to watch the three Madoka Magica movies. I'll still try to avoid spoilers. In order to fully understand the ending of the movie or ...
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Why is Homura still alive after shooting herself?

A third of the way through the Rebellion film. Homura appears to shoot herself in the head after being unable to persuade Mami about what's going on. After the event, it seems that we see the exiting ...
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Where does Kyoko get those delicious looking apples?

In the show, we always see Kyoko with some sort of food, but we never see where or how she obtains these foodstuffs. Where does she get those bags of apples from? Is it related to her powers some how ...
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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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Is there any connection between Madoka Magica and Monogatari series?

Apparently, both titles are produced by Shaft. The Madoka Magica Rebellion movies have short into animation that uses Monogatari characters to ask the viewers to behave in the cinema theaters. I'm ...
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Did Kyouko fight Sayaka in the new universe?

After Madoka recreates the universe so that magical girls disappear before they become witches, there is a scene where Mami, Kyouko, and Homura come out from a battle and Kyouko is upset about Sayaka ...
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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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What is Ms. Saotome referring to in her rant about the end of the world?

During Ms. Saotome's rather-unhinged rant about the end of the world towards the beginning of the Rebellion movie, she says the following: とある宗教の祭礼の日にあわせて、日食と月食が6回起こっちゃうという話です! I'm talking about how ...
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Is the version of Madoka Magica on Crunchyroll the DVD version?

The DVD version has various changes (animation improvements, etc). I don't believe Madoka was on Crunchyroll during airing, so is the stream from the DVD edition?
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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 ...