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Why is "Puella Magi" equivalent to "Mahou Shoujo"?

The romanized title is not meant to be an English translation at all. It is not half Latin + half English; it is all Latin from start to finish: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. So we shouldn't read the "...
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What's the meaning behind all the chairs in Madoka's room?

Those chairs are a direct reference to Bokurano, understanding which actually adds depth to the scene (if you've seen Bokurano). Bokurano huge spoilers:
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Who are the Witches whom these Magical Girls represent?

the crests in the background are giving it away from left to right: 1: Gisela 2: Elly 3: Charlotte 4: Gertrud 5: Elsa Maria
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How to explain to my 10 year old niece that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not a kids show?

Perhaps by letting them know that in Japan, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a late night anime, not a children's anime? Children's anime in Japan is an anime that caters to audience from baby up to ...
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How did the Incubators start making Magical Girls?

Witches are not needed for the Incubators. Witches are needed for the survival of the magical girls. The Incubators could not care less about what happens to the magical girls as long as there are ...
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What did Madoka wish for in the original timeline?

She wished the cat in the opening (named Amy) to be saved from being run over by a car. This is revealed in the Drama CD 1. More info about wishes in the series: https://wiki.puella-magi.net/...
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How do familiars get created?

When a magical girl falls into despair, her soul gem turns into a grief seed, which makes her a witch. Sounds about right. Fun times all round! Good old 'Dokes. What does "projections of the ...
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Where do magical girls get money?

Each girl has a different situation. Girls' ages are around 13…16 years old, and they are still in school, so it's natural for them to be living with their parents. We don't know if students from all ...
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What do the runes that roll (while Connect plays) near the end of the second Madoka movie say?

It turns out that the runes in this segment actually represent romaji (transliterated Japanese), rather than German (which is more commonly the language represented by the runes). Jon Lin's comment ...
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Why was there an apparent violation of the law of cycles in Rebellion?

From the wiki page this should be the part: As Homura realizes that said witch must be no other than herself, Kyubey appears and reveals that she had fallen into despair and when she was about to ...
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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?" Kyouko didn't become a witch, ...
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How to explain to my 10 year old niece that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not a kids show?

I'll break this response up into two parts: What you should say to your niece, and Why you should or shouldn't let her watch the show. Do forgive me for plastering the word "cartoon" here; my gut ...
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What are the consequences of ignoring Kyubey's contract?

Nothing, the end result has always been Magical Girls becoming witches regardless if they fight or not. When a Magical Girl is made, their Soul is removed from their body and made/placed into the ...
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What does the text at the entrance mean?

The text on the wall are references to Faust, which foreshadows the plot for the anime. Original Text: Weh! Weh! Du hast sie zerstört, Die schöne Welt, Mit mächtiger Faust; Sie stürzt, sie zerfällt!...
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How did Homura able to return to a past where Madoka isn't already a Magical Girl?

This is because the date in which Homura returns to is actually before Madoka contracts with Kyubey Looking at the Timelines Wiki page we see that it's estimated that Madoka makes the contract a ...
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Why is Kyoko not present in Madoka Magica's official artwork?

There are many other official artwork for the series. That is the cover of the DVD box set and like you said, the other image where Kyoko is not included is the cover for the first volume of the manga....
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Who is that at the end of episode 2?

So, uh, this is kind of weird. According to a guy on Chiebukuro (which is basically Japanese Yahoo! Answers), the artist of this end card, HIKAWA Hekiru, is a fan of the movie Mad Max 2, and one of ...
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Where do the terms "Law of Wheels/Cycles" come from?

By interview of Gen Urobuchi, Law of Wheels/Cycles is a folklore talked between Magical Girls. Following idea is my (and some Japanese anime fan's) guess. Law of Wheels/Cycles is translated from "...
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Why is Homura still alive after shooting herself?

Magical girls in MadoMagi universe are like zombies. It doesn't matter if her brain gets destroyed as long as her Soul Gem is intact. Homura knows this fact, but Mami does not and that's why she ...
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Why is Homura still alive after shooting herself?

I can only think that the bullet didn't actually hit her head, but only scratch her. She point the gun on her head not to kill her self, but to distract Mami. Mami, who is Homura's friend, didn't want ...
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What exactly is Mami's power?

Mami could entrap Homura with her ribbon at any time, but decided to play fair and square during the duel − she didn't use the ribbon to her advantage. The whole gun duel was Mami's way to show that ...
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What exactly happens to Kyuubei at the end of Rebellion?

They are burdened to deal with the world's curses. the reason why Wraiths existed was because of the world's curses that normally was reflected with the Witches During the conversation near the end ...
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Why does Kyoko come to the city in Madoka Magica?

Why does Kyoko come to the city? We learn quite a bit about this in The Different Story, a sidestory manga that basically tells us about Kyouko and Mami prior to the events of the series (mostly ...
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Who is the magical girl who becomes Walpurgisnacht?

An interesting question... a late answer... I strongly disagree with the interpretation of Homura Akemi herself being the Walpurgisnacht witch. The circumstances during her wish themselves prove that ...
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How come the events of Rebellion are possible, with Madoka's wish?

Madoka only had 1 wish, to erase all witches no matter where they are. 1 and 2 are the extent of the wish, 3 is her reason for her wish, 4 is her determination and 5 is just her telling the Incubator ...
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Who are the Witches whom these Magical Girls represent?

The 4th girl looks a lot like Gertrud. I'm not sure about the first one, however, as there are no witch that is associated with those weapons or her colors of the witches in the anime, which I assume ...
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Who are the Witches whom these Magical Girls represent?

Adding to what Frosteeze said (I still can't add comments), the most left girl might be Gisela as shown from given link (http://wiki.puella-magi.net/Madoka_Magica_Characters). I think it might have to ...
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How did the Incubators start making Magical Girls?

This answer is somewhat speculative, but, I think, not completely off-base. As Frosteeze's answer says, the Incubators don't really care at all about witches; the witches are sort of a nasty ...
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How did Homura strip Madoka's divine powers in Rebellion?

Because at the time Madoka, while she may have regained her powers and memories, wasn't omnipotent. It also implies that the isolation field is actually blocking Madoka's omniscience, since she ...
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