Homulilly is the witch form of Homura Akemi, making an appearance in Madoka Magica Portable. She is the Witch of Mortal World (此岸の魔女 Shigan no Majō) with a disc on top of her and an infinity sign. Homulilly first appeared in the bonus material of Madoka Magica Portable. Unlike all other witches in the game, with the exception of Kriemhild Gretchen, Homulilly is not playable in the game or bonus dungeons, nor is any other information provided in the game or bonus materials. She only appears in a Game Over screen in the game if a player loses to Walpurgis Night in Homura's route, under specific conditions.
Her Witch's Kiss from the Special PlayStation Portable theme bundled with the limited edition of Madoka Magica Portable looks like an hourglass on top of a red spider lily (彼岸花 Higanbana) although it is Homura's character color purple, instead of the usual red color.
Homulilly reappears in The Rebellion Story link. The movie takes place in her barrier, and Homura transforms into Homulilly once she discovers the truth. Her appearance has been redesigned from the PSP game.
 Madoka Magica Portable
In Madoka Magica Portable, if the player dies fighting Walpurgis Night in Homura's route under specific conditions, there is a dialogue of Homura losing hope and an illustration of Homulilly before the Game Over screen appears. The dialogue is as follows:
 Observation and Speculation
- This section is fan observation and speculation, please do not take it as facts.
 About her name
- Homulilly's witch kiss seems to show a Spider Lily.
- "Shigan" is the opposite of "Higan" (nirvana). Higanbana (literally "higan flowers") is the Japanese name for red spider lillies. So shiganbana, or Homu lilly, could be a pun.
- Lycoris radiata (red spider lily) are very poisonous. These are mostly used in Japan, and they are used to surround their paddies and houses to keep the pest and mice away. That is why most of them grow close to rivers now.
- In Japan the Red Spider Lily signals the arrival of fall. Many Buddhist will use it to celebrate the arrival of fall with a ceremony at the tomb of one of their ancestors. They plant them on graves because it shows a tribute to the dead. People believe that since the Red Spider Lily is mostly associated with death that one should never give a bouquet of these flowers.
- HOMU is a known nickname for Homura used by Inu Curry, revealed in runes in Episode 3 Charlotte's barrier.
- The LILLY part of her name could also be a reference to yuri (百合), which is commonly associated with lily in Japan.
- Another possibility is that Homulilly may actually refer to Lilith, from the Old Testament.
 About how Homura turned into a witch
- It is speculated that the reason Homura didn't use her time-stopping magic in this timeline, is because most of the sand is still in the upper side of the hourglass. If she turned her shield upside down, there would be little sand to use when using her reset sand as there would be too little sand in the lower side of the hourglass. If Homura doesn't have enough sand to do a full reset then she cannot travel to a new timeline.
- Alternatively, the hourglass in her shield was broken and the sand spilled out, making any further time loops impossible.
 Witch Design
- If you notice, the sides have a curb shape like an hourglass and the grey/white dots could be sand.
- The top part looks like an old vinyl record, the stylus has an odd shape. If you think about it, it almost makes it look like a stereotypical witches' hat.
- "Broken record"? Her timeline resets certainly qualify this as a theme.
- Under the vinyl record, what looks like hair or pig tails, could be Moemura's pigtails.
- Plus, there appears to be what looks like a chin right under the record, making her look like a classic Witch.
- The section where the braided parts meet, there is something like red sticks.
- These sticks could be knitting needles, held by hands formed by the ends of her pigtails.
- If these are knitting needles, then her design could also be partially based off of the famous old quote "A stitch in time saves nine", meaning good preparation can prevent future hardship (or tragedy).
- Under the red stick, the hair forms the shape of what that looks like the number eight or the infinite symbol.
- The bottom part of the witch's cape stretches down and connects to the pink orb in the hourglass-like shape in the background. It's unclear whether it's extending out of the hourglass or getting pulled in, as if by a black hole.
- If you notice, Homura's hand is in the bottom pink orb, with the witch coming out of (presumably) her hand's soul gem.
- A matching pink orb is in the top half of the hourglass. Like the bottom part of her cape, Homulilly's hat extends upward toward it; however, it then bends back down and doesn't reach the orb. This may represent Homura repeatedly resetting time and being unable to move on from the "mortal world".
- The halves of the hourglass may represent separate universes, and the points of light inside of them representing stars.
- Two shapes resembling bat wings can be seen behind the "HOMULILLY" runes. These may either extend out of Homulilly's cape or be part of the hourglass's top half.
- Since these scarlet flowers usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in Diyu (also known as Hell), or Huángquán (Simplified Chinese: 黄泉; Traditional Chinese: 黃泉), and guide the dead into the next reincarnation.
- When the flowers of lycoris bloom, their leaves would have fallen; when their leaves grow, the flowers would have wilted. This habit gave rise to various legends. A famous one is the legend of two elves: Mañju (Simplified Chinese: 曼珠; Traditional Chinese: 曼珠), who guarded the flower, and Saka (Simplified Chinese: 沙华; Traditional Chinese: 沙華), who guarded the leaves. Out of curiosity, they defied their fate of guarding the herb alone, and managed to meet each other. At first sight, they fell in love with each other. Amaterasu, exasperated by their waywardness, separated the miserable couple, and laid a curse on them as a punishment: the flowers of Mañju shall never meet the leaves of Saka again. It was said that when the couple met after death in Diyu, they vowed to meet each other after reincarnation. However, neither of them could keep their words. In commemoration of the couple, some call the herbs 'Mañjusaka' (Simplified Chinese:曼珠沙华; Traditional Chinese: 曼珠沙華), a mixture of 'Mañju' and 'Saka', instead of their scientific name. The same name is used in Japanese, in which it is pronounced manjushage.
- Some other legends have it that when you see someone that you may never meet again, these flowers, also called red spider lilies, would bloom along the path. Perhaps because of these sorrowful legends, Japanese people often used these flowers in funerals. The popular Japanese name Higanbana (彼岸花 Higan bana) for lycoris radiata literally means higan (the other or that shore of Sanzu River) flower, decorate and enjoyable, flower of afterlife in gokuraku jyōdo (極楽浄土 gokuraku jyōdo).
The significance of red lillies is interpreted as the eternal separation of two friends/lovers; a relationship forced to be separated by obstacles, circumstances, and outside forces. This is interpreted as Homura's failure to reunite with Madoka as they are both doomed to fail to break the cycle of despair. The myth about the two lovers never meeting again, despite promising one another, reinforces the idea that to Homura, Madoka means more than just mere friendship.
 Speculation Regarding the Infinite Symbol
While it could be a reference to Homura's time reset, it could have some connection to the Steady State Theory (aka Infinite Universe).
The Theory is a model developed as an alternative to the Big Bang Theory, the idea is that the universe is not only infinite, but it has always existed (so it doesn't have a beginning); the issue regarding entropy is of little consequence as new matter is created to solve the problem. While the Big Bang Theory suggests that not only does the universe has a beginning, but as it expands it will reach to an end (among many theories, entropy plays a role in it):
- "In 1948, some cosmologists who were unhappy with the big bang proposed a radical new model of the universe, based on the idea that the universe was not only homogenous in space (a fundamental concept in most models of the universe) but in time. This means, as the universe expands and galaxies separate, new galaxies form to fill the gaps created.
- This theory appealed to many, as it had none of the problems associated with the big bang - what preceded it, what caused it, and so forth. Furthermore, it explained most of the effects that the big bang did - the red-shift is explained by the expansion, the background radiation is the light from former stars red-shifted. Furthermore, the theory requires only a minor modification in the laws of relativity, and the rate of matter creation is too low to be observable in any case.
- Observational evidence proved to be the undoing of the steady state theory. The number of quasars increases when looking back into the past, violating the perfect cosmological principle. Furthermore, as time is infinite, another intelligent species should already have colonized the observable universe, which is obviously not the case.
- In terms of thermodynamics, the steady state theory resolves some problems and generates others. It allows the universe to have existed for an infinite time, because as entropy increases, more matter appears which increases the order again - the new matter is an inexhaustible supply of negative entropy. In the same way, this balancing of entropy with new matter could be the very reason for space's expansion.
- However, the steady state theory breaks both the first and second law of thermodynamics with the matter increases, although novel ways around the problem have been suggested - for example, the universe could be like a massive black hole, which absorbs extra matter when it expands. Even so, though, the matter increase is, to my mind, too small to balance the entropy increases caused by, for example, the stars burning.
- The steady state theory flourished in the sixties, but today, few people believe it."
 Broken Tooth Symbolism
In The Rebellion Story the witch has a new appearance, and is clad in an ornate dress resembling Homura's magical girl outfit. While she initially retains her record player-like witch hat from the PSP game, she quickly discards it to reveal a giant spider lily that replaces the top half of her head. Teeth constantly fall from the spider lily, like water droplets or tears.
This relates to the biblical depiction of Bruxism as sinners wailing and gnashing their teeth in hell.
- It also preludes Homura's eventual transformation into a demon since her witch represents a sinner and she is the first magical girl to sin and rebel against goddess Madoka declaring herself to be a force of evil.
 Notes and references
- ↑ 此岸 (Shigan) is an opposite of 彼岸 (Higan) or the other shore of Sanzu river.
- ↑ Fred Hoyle, a staunch supporter of the Steady State Theory, coined the term Big Bang in a radio broadcast to ridicule and contrast the difference between the two theories.