Candeloro

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Candeloro (CANDELORO) is the witch form of Mami Tomoe that makes an appearance in Madoka Magica Portable and Madoka Magica Online. Like the anime, her design was done by Gekidan Inu Curry. She has two familiars that represent Madoka Kaname and Kyoko Sakura, in both appearance and fighting style.

Candeloro Card v2.png

おめかしの魔女。その性質はご招待。理想を夢見る心優しき魔女。寂しがり屋のこの魔女は結界へ来たお客さまを決して逃がさない。

Candeloro

RunesCANDELORO
TypeDress-up witch
NatureInviting
EpisodesPuella Magi Madoka Magica Portable

The witch of dress-up. She has an inviting nature. A kind-hearted witch who dreams of ideal things. This witch can't stand being lonely, and never lets visitors to her barrier escape.

Minions

Candeloro Minions Card.png

おめかしの魔女の手下。その役割はご案内。結界の中に入ってきた人間を魔女のお茶会へと誘う。放っておくと逃げてしまうため、魔女によって手足を縛られている。魔女の大切なお友達。

Unknown

TypeDress-up witch's minion
DutyGuiding visitors
EpisodesPuella Magi Madoka Magica Portable

The dress-up witch's minions, whose task is to guide visitors. They invite humans who enter the witch's barrier to her tea party. When they try to run away from her, the witch ties their hands and feet together. They are precious friends of the witch.

Translations

From the January 2012 Dengeki PlayStation

Source Translation
PSP Game 03.jpg Mami Tomoe - Witch Barrier

Main text:
Every witch controls a bizarre space known as a barrier, which becomes a space resembling the magical girl's mental landscape before she became a witch. Mami's witch is no exception. A fancy, elegant space just like a tea party out of a picture book. It's a witch barrier befitting Mami, who loves black tea.
Top right:
The teacup, rainbow bridge, and apple trees in a line, along with the inverted color of the sky, stir up an sense of unease.
Bottom right:

Like the witch, the barrier's design was also newly drawn by Gekidan Inucurry.
PSP Game 04.jpg Mami Tomoe - Familiars

Main text:
The witches' familiars are, just like the witches' barrier, projections of the magical girl's heart before she became a witch. [In this case], Mami, who had fought alone for a long time, and sought companions. The familiars born from that kind of girl are... To defeat the transformed Mami, you must defeat these strangely familiar familiars as well.
Top right:
A bow-wielding, pink familiar. It's reminiscent of a certain someone Mami was set on befriending...
Bottom right:
There's also a familiar besides the one shown above. Both are sorrowful existences produced by Mami's heart.
Madoka's skills:

  • Magical Score
  • Spread Arrow

Trivia

  • Candeloro is an Inu Curry creation.
  • Candeloro's barrier include familiar elements of Mami's "mental landscape" including a rainbow bridge, teacups and apple trees.
  • Candeloro's familiars take the forms of Madoka Kaname and Kyoko Sakura. The familiars fight in the same fashion as the magical girls. The one that resembles Madoka shoots arrows from a pink bow while the one that resembles Kyoko uses a long-range multiple spear attack.
  • Candeloro attacks resembles Mami's. She has a simple rifle-like attack and can bind using ribbons. She can also take possession of a familiar to shoot a Tiro Finale-like attack, except it shoots flames rather than ammunition.
  • Text in her barrier reads "Happy Birthday."
  • How Mami becomes Candeloro is described in her game route (expand for story spoilers).

Speculation & Observation

  • Candeloro is an Italian male name. The feminine name would be Candelora.
    • "Dell'oro" is a common word pair in Italian, meaning "of gold" and often attached to anything one wishes to deem precious. The name could be a play on Mami's main color.
    • The Name derives from a medieval tradition given to children born on the day of the Pagan holiday of Candlemas, or "feast of candles." It is similar to the Spanish name Candelaria.
    • It is a common name in South Italy, it is particularly popular in Sicily and Puglia.
From religious festival to pancakes. The amazing world of Madoka.
  • Candelora is a religious feast, it is celebrated in February 2, when the Catholic church celebrates the "Presentazione del Signore" (Presentation of Our Lord). Formerly called the "Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary", it is now popularly called the feast of Candelora.[1]
    • This feast was originally called the Purification of the Virgin Mary, reflecting the custom that, as a Jewish woman, Jesus' mother would have followed. In the Jewish tradition, women were considered impure for the 40 days after the delivery of a male child and were not allowed to worship in the temple; after the 40 days had passed, the women were brought to the temple to be purified. Feburary 2 is, in fact, 40 days after December 25, the day the Church marks the birth of Jesus.
    • In English-speaking countries where the feast of Candelora is known as Candlemas Day (or Candle Mass).
    • There is a practical connection to the religious symbolism. February 2 is a cross-quarter day, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. For millenia, people in the Northern Hemisphere have noted that if the sun comes out at the mid-way point between winter and spring, winter weather would continue for another six weeks. As one might imagine, for humans living a subsistence existence the difference was an important one, with implications for survival as well as hunting and farming.
    • In France, Candlemas (Chandeleur) is best known for being the day of pancakes, which are prepared in every way.
      • It is believed that pancakes are consumed on Chandeleur because of their round shape and golden color, reminiscent of the solar disc. This is probably a reference to the return of spring after a dark winter.
        • Legend has it that Pope Gelasius I distributed pancakes to arriving pilgrims in Rome.
  • The witch name Candeloro may refer to the French figure skater - Philippe Candeloro who won the Bronze medal in Men's singles Figure skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.
    • Philippe Candeloro gave a stunning performance by portraying the role of the musketeer D'Artagnan during the contest.
      • D'Artagnan usually represents a talented, militant and heroic character in western literature. This matches the first impression which Mami gave to the audience. Similar to Mami, D'Artagnan is also a musketeer.
  • Candeloro is probably trying to refer to the feast of candles/Candlemas. Common superstitions of the tradition is tied to death and serpents.
    • It is speculated that Charlotte could represent the serpent.
  • The Teacups should be rather obvious, but cups also symbolize Healing and Immortality, among other things. Also, the fact that the teacups are black, nearly undecorated and wide-brimmed ties them to mysticism and divination rituals.
  • Apple Trees symbolize Immortality. Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Young, is also known as the Isle of Apples.
  • Rainbow Bridges, specifically, symbolize the bridge from Earth to the Heavens, and it is said that those who cross them reach divinity. Rainbows, themselves, can mean many things, but are commonly tied back to Healing and Perfection.
  • Black Clouds are a common symbol of inevitability and death.
  • The fact that the water is red means it is most probably blood. Blood is nearly always a symbol of Life Force.
  • Within Candeloro's Witch Labyrinth there is a house. Inside of the house, you will notice that the Christmas Greenery is still hung up and it decorates all of the walls. Assuming that Candeloro does indeed reference the Candlemas tradition, then this is of note, as common belief is that if you fail to take down the Christmas Greenery on the eve of Candlemas, you bring death to all of those in your congregation.
    • If there happen to be any bells ringing in the background, that's another symbol that means that your friends are going to die.
  • "Candeloro" is an Italian name, which is fitting as Mami's attacks were all named in Italian when she was a magical girl.
  • Mami's Witch form and barrier could reflect her desire to never be alone. She wants a never-ending tea party with constant company, even if she has to tie them up to keep them. Her familiars are the two girls she's been closest to, yet also lost or was scared of losing (to the point that she was jealous of Madoka's relationship with Homura). She has them collared and perpetually serving her now.
  • Candeloro's tag has the runes CANDELORO DU POLIGNAC written on it. It reads, "Candeloro du Polignac".
    • It is suspected that it could be a reference to Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchesse de Polignac, a member of Marie Antoinette's court who was greatly famed for her beauty.
      • Gabrielle de Polastron was a favorite of Maria Antoinette. In 1775 she was formally presented to the Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, who was instantly "dazzled" by her, and invited her to move permanently to Versailles. The cost of maintaining oneself at the court of Versailles was ruinous and Gabrielle replied that her husband did not have the money to finance a permanent move to the palace. Determined to keep her new favourite by her side, the Queen agreed to settle the family's many outstanding debts and to find an appointment for Gabrielle's husband.
      • Gabrielle de Polastron was considered by many of her friends to be elegant, sophisticated, charming and entertaining. Ultimately, the queen's favouritism towards the Polignac family was one of the many causes which fueled Marie-Antoinette's unpopularity with some of her husband's subjects.
      • By the late 1780s, thousands of pornographic pamphlets alleged that Gabrielle was the queen's lesbian lover, and although there was no evidence to back up these accusations they did immeasurable damage to the prestige of the monarchy.
        • Gabrielle de Polastron was one of the major characters (albeit a scheming one) in "The Rose of Versailles", a shōujo manga/anime created by Riyoko Ikeda.
          • Incidentally, the anime show remains incredibly popular in Italy.[2]
      • Historians and critics suspect that Gabrielle de Polastron's enemies fabricated or exaggerated her character and her extravagance that earned her a negative reputation with Parisians and members of the politically-liberal nobility. However, some critics contend that to some extent she deserved her negative reputation because, despite the inaccuracies of the claims that she was sexually disreputable, other criticisms of her were valid - that she was cold, self-centred, self-indulgent and masked a love of gossip and intrigue behind a sweet-toned voice and flawless manners. The duchesse de Polignac typified the aristocratic hangers-on at the court of Versailles before the French Revolution and she embodied the exclusivity, the obliviousness and the selfish extravagance of the ruling class.
        • More sympathetic historians agree that most of the problems originated with her entourage and that she was certainly no worse than some other aristocrats or favourites who had preceded her at Versailles.
      • Gabrielle de Polastron was one of the key figures in the ultra-monarchist movement throughout the early summer of 1789.
      • After the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, all the members of the Polignac family went into exile to Switzerland. Gabrielle died in Austria in December 1793, shortly after hearing of the execution of Marie-Antoinette. Her family simply announced that she had died as a result of heartbreak and suffering. Most historians have concluded that she died of cancer.
        • Allegorical pamphlets were printed that showed the Angel of Death descending to take the soul of the still-beautiful duchesse de Polignac. Her beauty and early death became metaphors for the demise of the old regime.
          • If we take into account Charlotte's relation with cancer this makes Mami's demise all the more bitter.
    • There is a certain similarity and differences between Mami as an ojou-sama and the French Aristocracy prior to the revolution:
      • The French Nobility and Aristocracy are remembered for their obliviousness and selfishness as well as their extravagance. In contrast, Mami is down to Earth, friendly, and generous to her friends; she is a refined lady with refined manners. However, Mami does give the impression of being more aristocratic than the rest of the girls. It is speculated that Mami's family was upper-class or at least relatively more wealthy than the other girl's families.
      • Mami doesn't seem to be bothered by making friends with different class or social backgrounds; prior to the accident she was surrounded by friends that loved her. We do not know what kind of people her friends were on her prior life, but it is possible to assume that Mami isn't bothered by social or economic class differences. However, Mami does belong to a special class in society that has nothing to do with social mobility or financial strength, she is part of the magical realm that separates her from the rest of human society. Just like the French upper-class was separated from the suffering of the poor and the destitute with their wealth and power, Mami becomes isolated from the rest of human society because of her role as a magical girl. The difference is that human society is oblivious to Mami's suffering and loneliness and unaware of the sacrifices she had to endure to protect the city, but Mami is not indifferent toward humans becoming victims of Witches.
        • In a way, this would be considered a reversal.
      • Mami's actions could be described as "Noblesse oblige". It is generally used to imply that with wealth, power and prestige come certain responsibilities. The term suggests a general obligation for the more fortunate to help the less fortunate. In Mami's case, she feels like she has a moral duty and responsibility as a magical girl to protect human society at her own expense.
  • If you look closely, Candeloro's witch kiss almost looks like a torso.
  • When looking at the familiars of Candeloro, it is possible to guess that Mami has been missing Madoka and Kyoko for a long time.
  • Candeloro's design might be based off of the Barbie doll.
    • It is a common habit for young children to bite the heads of small dolls. Charlotte biting Mami's head off in the anime might be linked to this real habit.

A traditional Candlemas song

Today is the Day of Bride;
The serpent shall come from the hole,
I will not molest the serpent,
Nor will the serpent molest me.
[3]

Candeloro in The different story

  • In the manga Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, Candeloro's silhouette appears in Mami's vision when she almost runs out of magic. But Kyoko stops Mami's despair before she transforms into Candeloro.
  • Because Sayaka became Mami's partner (instead of Madoka) in this world/timeline, her familiars are red ones and blue ones, not pink ones.

Candeloro appears in human form in Mami's vision. She looks like Mami, with a few differences- Her hair is in straight pigtails, and she is flat-chested. Her hair is tied up with scrunchies instead of flower accessories. She wears a back dress over a white long sleeved shirt, stockings and black Mary Janes.

Gallery

See Gallery:Candeloro

Fanart

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