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Suzune Amano
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Japanese Name 天乃 鈴音
"Would you... tell me your name?"
— Suzune, chapter 2.

Suzune Amano (天乃 鈴音 Amano Suzune) is the villainous protagonist and title character of Puella Magi Suzune Magica. She is a magical girl who hunts down and kills other magical girls.

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General info

Physical features

  • Age: 18 (estimated)
  • Height: 152.6 cm
  • Weight: 42.0 kg
  • Eye colour: Red
  • Hair colour: Either white, light grey, or light silver. It sometimes has a purple sheen to it.
  • Blood type: O

Other

  • Soul gem: Red diamond-shaped gem in the center of a cross-shaped pendant, worn on a necklace.
  • Weapon: Sword
  • Wish: "I want to become a magical girl like Tsubaki."
  • Japanese pronoun: Watashi ()
  • Known relatives: Had a mother and a father, now deceased. Had Tsubaki Mikoto as a surrogate mother, also now deceased.
  • School: Akanegasaki Middle School. Suzune appears to be a first-year student, or a later year in a first-year class, as she shares a class with Matsuri, who is also a first-year student.

Personality

A girl who is a smiling, hard-working student at day, and a stoic magical girl hunter at night. She refuses to state her reasons for killing. Whenever she meets a magical girl, she asks for their name prior to killing them, and later puts writes their name on a paper and puts it in her pouch, a habit she picked up from Tsubaki.

She has a cold and callous nature and shows little remorse for killing others. Suzune is usually rather polite and respectful, even when about to kill somebody. Despite her statements that she's "doing the right thing", however, Suzune is still uncertain if she is or not.

Story

Backstory

Not much is known of her past home-life.

Suzune's parents were killed by a witch, which was defeated by magical girl Tsubaki Mikoto, who adopted Suzune. Tsubaki treated Suzune like her own daughter, and mentored her when she became a magical girl as well. However, Tsubaki was constantly putting Suzune's health before her own and giving all the grief seeds to Suzune first, leading to her becoming a witch when the cumulative corruption became too much for her to handle. This left Suzune distraught. After defeating Tsubaki's witch, Suzune then inherited Tsubaki's bell-and-pouch pendant and, after learning the truths of the magical girl system from Kyubey, began hunting down magical girls to prevent the births of more witches.

About a month before the events of Suzune Magica, Suzune left her hometown and moved to Hoozuki City, transferring to Akanegasaki Middle School and becoming a newspaper deliverer at Yunagi Newspaper, where she presently lives at.

During Suzune Magica

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One night during the start of the story, Suzune defeats a witch in an abandoned factory and meets the magical girl Kanami, who had been fighting the same witch. Kanami approaches Suzune, admired by Suzune's skilled fighting and fire magic, and the two introduce themselves. After their introductions, however, Suzune kills Kanami in a surprise attack. Suzune later reads of the discovery of Kanami's corpse in a newspaper.

Later, during the night where the Hoozuki girls are on patrol investigating rumors of a "Ripper girl" killing teenage girls, Suzune finds Chisato and asks for her name. After Chisato refuses to answer her question, Suzune stabs her through the soul gem, killing her. Arisa investigates Chisato's disappearance and comes across her stabbed by Suzune. Arisa attempts to fight Suzune as revenge, but is easily overpowered. Suzune comes close to killing her, but is interrupted by Haruka and Matsuri, who rescue Arisa and make a retreat.

Suzune continues to go to school afterwards. Haruka confronts Suzune during this time, interrogating her for the reasons why she kills. Suzune refuses to answer, brushing Haruka off and saying that "she's doing the right thing". Suzune then asks if Haruka has "ever hated someone so much that [she] wanted to kill them", and states that Haruka isn't qualified to face her if she can't answer that question.

Suzune later goes home and finds Matsuri visiting her to pass along the homework that she missed. Suzune questions why Matsuri is still kind to her after killing Chisato; Matsuri then responds that she doesn't think Suzune enjoys killing people. Suzune tells Matsuri to go home, which Matsuri does, but not before saying that if Suzune tries to kill someone again, she will stop her with all her might. Suzune is then seen putting a paper with Chisato's name on it into her pouch, before taking it off and asking out loud to Tsubaki that "she's not wrong, right?"

Suzune is later seen following Haruka after she walks out of class. Suzune follows her into an alley, but is interrupted by Arisa and Matsuri. They fight briefly before Suzune teleports away to where Haruka slumps after defeating the witch that was tormenting her; Suzune prepares to kill Haruka, but is interrupted again by Arisa and Matsuri. Arisa speaks to Haruka, trying to apologize, but Haruka rejects her apology and becomes a witch right in front of everyone. Suzune then defeats Haruka's witch while Arisa and Matsuri watch.

Powers

Suzune's weapon is a large sword. She can also summon a knife, as once demonstrated in volume 2.

One of Suzune's powers is to absorb the powers of witches through her sword after she kills them. This absorption power comes from how Suzune made a wish to "become a magical girl like Tsubaki"; Suzune also seems to be able to choose if she wants to absorb the powers or not. If she absorbs powers, then the new powers will overwrite the ones she already has.

Suzune has maintained fire-elemental magic, which she absorbed from Tsubaki's witch. Out of her fire-elemental powers, Suzune is seen using spells named "flame dance (舞炎 Maien)", a rain of many sword-shaped flames; "cherry flame (桜火 Sakuraka)", a torrent of powerful flames; and "heat shimmer (陽炎 Kagerō)", a teleporting spell. Kyubey mentions that Suzune has the ability to hide her presence. Suzune can also create fakes of herself to fool opponents (which dissolve into flames when destroyed), and heal herself quickly.

Suzune absorbs Kagari's memory-altering magic during the final chapter, but never uses it.

Observations

  • Her magical girl outfit heavily resembles the outfit that Black Rock Shooter wears. It is unknown if BRS's outfit was an inspiration for Suzune's outfit.
  • Suzune appears to have a mole or birthmark under her left eye near the side of her head.
  • Suzune, in the present, is only ever seen smiling when she is around other people.

Etymology

  • "" means "heaven(s)" or "sky".
  • "" is a kanji equivalent for the hiragana character "", which is a particle indicating a possessive or sometimes an adjective.
  • "" means "bell".
  • "" means "sound".
  • Thus, "天乃" means "heavenly", and "鈴音" means "bell sound". This makes Suzune's full name translate to "heavenly bell sound" when read in eastern order.

Trivia

  • According to tweets from GAN:
    • Suzune is around 18-years old.[1]
    • She was originally designed as the villain of the story, and she was also the last of the five main magical girls to be designed.[2]
    • Her colours are taken from fire: red for the flames, grey for the ash.[3]
    • Her wish was "I want to become a magical girl like Tsubaki".[4] This was heavily implied in the manga, but the wording was never outright stated.

Gallery

Official art

Manga pages

External links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/oshirase_gan/status/563744819642507264
  2. https://twitter.com/oshirase_gan/status/563744819642507264
  3. https://twitter.com/oshirase_gan/status/563744819642507264
  4. https://twitter.com/oshirase_gan/status/564041303386648576
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