|Japanese Name||(柊ねむ) Hiiragi Nemu|
|Voiced by||Japanese: Sumire Morohoshi
English: Mela Lee
Russian: Anna Mosolova
Nemu Hiiragi is one of the original characters of the 2017 mobile game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record, serving as one of the main antagonists for its first part.
- Age: 11
- Height: 149cm
- Eye colour: Violet
- Hair colour: Light Brown
- Origins: Sankyo Ward
- Soul Gem: Red-orange circular soul gem (hat tassel)
- Weapon: Book
- Wish: "I wish for the power to [manifest]! Allow us to take them from you, Kyubey!"
- Ability: Realization (Create Rumors)
- Witch form: Pennen Nenemu
- Japanese pronoun: boku (僕)
- Known relatives: Unnamed mother and father, unnamed younger brother
- School: Sankyoin Educational Academy, 5th grade
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A magical girl who is working to create a world without Witches. Nemu started writing stories just trying to seek some approval. It wasn't until she posted those same stories online that she become known as a literary genius. Her dream is to wrap the world in her stories...literally.
The Doppel of Dying Wishes. Its form is a deathwatch beetle. The master of this emotion will sacrifice everything she has. This terrifying Doppel uses both of its bug-headed hands to devour the stories of the world. It can then use its ridiculous power to materialize these stories into the real world. It is said its power comes from its weakening master, and that as she gets weaker, the Doppel get stronger. However since it uses all of its power to materialize the stories it eats it doesn't pack a physical punch, some even believe it wouldn't stand a chance against a direct hit from a Witch.
|Warning, this section contains spoilers.|
Nemu and Touka discuss the growth of Eve while inside her barrier. While she has developed considerably since the Magius have put their plans into action, Alina fears that her barrier abilities might not keep Eve hidden from public eye for much longer. Furthermore, the impurities present within the barrier is making every Magius member inside sick, so Mifuyu suggests they leave for now.
Outside, the Wings of Magius' members mention other problems; Mifuyu notes the increasing difficulty of managing every feather with their growing numbers, leading to cases of miscommunication; They need to act before a rebellion eventually rises. Touka mentions their struggle with creating and managing multiple bases scattered across Kamihama, but Nemu suggests another idea; Instead of recruiting more leaders, they'll create a single, large enough base to greet every single member of the Magius within. While Touka says it's impossible despite her having secured housing for Mifuyu, Nemu states that she'll create a large castle. Touka briefly questions Nemu's means, but quickly guesses she'll do so with a Rumor.
Mifuyu asks if such a project is possible, and Nemu replies one story won't be enough to maintain such a giant structure and that she will have to keep writing sequel after sequel in order to maintain the castle's essence. The other Magius begin suggesting their own ideas for the castle's contents, such as a studio (by Alina), a laboratory (by Touka), and a bathhouse (by Mifuyu). Nemu retorts by having them ask themselves if such places will truly be coherent with their plans. Touka decides returning the question to Nemu, asking her what kind of rooms would be best in a castle, but Nemu has no idea.
Back in her bedroom, she thinks once more about the Magius' suggestions for the contents of the base, and how dealing with them is difficult as they mean no harm. She gets surprised at her own reaction, however.
The following day, Mifuyu asks Touka if they should think of a name for the base. Tsukuyo remembers the proverb 'names and natures do often agree', and convinces everyone to think about a name together. Mifuyu suggests "Hope's Hearth", but she is shot down by Alina and Touka and told it sounds like an old lady's idea. Tsukuyo berates Mifuyu as well, and goes for her own suggestion: "The Magius Land of Love and Hope", but Alina says that's equally lame. Tsukasa decides to 'avenge' her sister and suggests "The Feathers' Respite - A Taste of Love and Hope", but Alina rips her a new one as well. Nemu suggests that Alina stops there since she's already 'won the fight'.
Mifuyu asks what Alina has thought of, and she replies with "Studio Little Hope". Nemu likes the name, finding it elegant. Mifuyu then asks Touka what she thought of, and she replies with "The Hope Observatory". The rest of the Magius then turn to Nemu to hear her own suggestion, and she offers "Fendt Hope". Everyone draws out a different meaning from the name, and from this Mifuyu concludes that this name is adequate, as it will mean something different for whoever hears it. Everyone agrees for this to be the future base's name, but Nemu suddenly reveals that she's already created the Uwasa for it before they could discuss the name.
Everyone is upset, but Nemu states that she feared the witches that they gathered would be discovered, and acted quickly to prevent that eventuality. Mifuyu apologizes for her hasty conclusions, but Nemu tells her not to worry. The Amane sisters complain that they didn't have to come up with a name to begin with. Nemu apologizes for upsetting them, but states that she was interested in hearing their opinions, and that she was glad everyone agreed on the keyword "hope". Nemu reassures them afterwards that she'll check in with all of them first before making additions to the base. She says that for now, only the underground chapel exists, but she can add to it by writing the sequels she mentioned the previous day. Everyone is delighted at the fact their own suggestions will come to fruition one day, but Touka fears they'll just stray away from their initial objective.
Nemu is prompted again what kind of base she wanted, as they never got an answer from her the previous day. She thinks that so long everyone is here with her, saying her name, then she doesn't mind what kind of base it is, as it will feel like a home anyways. However, she wants the place to be dedicated to their activities. She eventually replies that she wants neither company nor school, and that she wants it to be a place with her friends, which can also serve as a battleground where they are the employees and the witches they raise are their customers. She finally settles on the concept of a hotel, and fully dubs the base "Hotel Fendt Hope".
She ponders this emptiness, and emits several hypotheses, but none of them prove entirely satisfactory. She concludes that she does not feel conscious remorse over her own actions, but rather a personal problem. She ponders about the cost of her wish, the massive amount of energy required to put their plan to fruition. She ponders a magical girl's responsibility, as a blissfully ignorant Puella Magi would be like someone who signed a contract without reading it. With that conclusion, she dismisses her emptiness and believes it has no such place when she is working towards the liberation of magical girls.
She watches as people go on with their daily life, and laments their ignorance. Suddenly, she is contacted by the same White Feather she congratulated the other day. The latter claims that she is struggling with a witch and would like Nemu's assistance, to which the latter agrees on. She laments the state of the world again before heading off.
They find the witch, and sense the White Feather fighting inside. The Black Feathers comment how the witch is outside of Kamihama, but Nemu reassures them that she can handle it without much of a problem. Once inside of the barrier, Nemu meets up with the struggling White Feather, and asks her to stand back while she deals with the witch herself, but the Feather refuses. Nemu insists, reminding her that she became part of the Magius so she could be saved and that she should value her life more, but the White Feather replies that losing Nemu would mean losing one of their leaders. Nemu eventually complies, but still asks the White Feather to be careful.
The witch is defeated, and the Black Feathers praise Nemu for her hard work. Nemu offers them the grief seed, but the feathers get doubtful as they haven't even done anything in the first place. Nemu explains that this is repayment due to the White Feather having unfortunately lost her life in the battle.
Touka informs that they received an e-mail, but Nemu doesn't remember publishing her e-mail adress. Touka reveals that she did that on her own accord, which infuriates Nemu. Touka explains that they might draw in more reviews by sharing her e-mail and receiving messages, and that as the admin, she can do whatever she wants. Ui notes that this one e-mail is from a publisher, and that they want to talk to her. Ui is delighted, as this could mean the beginning of Nemu's career as an author. However, Nemu asks they ignore that mail, having no intent on entering in a business despite the tempting prospect of covering her medical bills.
Nemu wants to keep things as they are, because she likes exchanging comments with people, and she thinks that turning professional is going to distance them. Touka insists that she accepts the offer, mostly because she thinks that she is slightly unreliable herself, especially with the proofreading since Nemu writes everything by hand. Nemu thanks them for their hard work nonetheless, and Touka decides respecting Nemu's decision not to become a professional. Ui is surprised because the two didn't end up bickering, but Touka says she has no business trying to take something so precious away from Nemu. A nurse enters the room and informs Nemu that her family is here to see her. Nemu's mother greets her.
Touka and Ui watch as Nemu's mother offers her daughter a new set of pajamas, alongside the book Nemu wanted. The mother explains that the book was surprisingly troublesome to find, and Nemu apologizes about all the trouble she got her mother into. It's her mother's assistant that ended up finding it, but Nemu asks she don't put them through work that is too harsh. Nemu's mother invites Nemu's brother to talk to her, but he doesn't have much to say to her. She comments about how he's so quiet at the hospital, when he's usually such a little rascal. But she eventually decides to drop it and leave him be.
Nemu is eventually told by her mother that their next visit won't be for a while, as she, alongside Nemu's father, are getting pretty busy. Nemu worries about her parents' health, but her mother reassures her that he loves his job and that if things go sour, she'll fly over and give her husband's manager a smack in the face. Nemu wonders if that is truly right.
Nemu's brother reminds her mother, however, that he promised his friends he'd play soccer with them, which prompts them to leave early. Nemu's mother hopes for her entire family to be reunited again so they can go do sports together, as Nemu's family is athletic. She asks if Nemu is getting along well with Touka and Nemu, to which she replies with a yes.
After they go, Nemu apologizes to Touka and Nemu for her mom's talkative tendencies. Ui says it's no big deal, but looks uncomfortable. Touka eventually snaps and complains about Nemu's family coming and saying that they're athletic in their face, and that not a single second have they stopped talking about themselves, the only thing related to Nemu being if the three of them get along. Ui retorts that Nemu's mom shouldn't have any malicious intents, to which Nemu agrees, believing that she talks positive for her to feel positive as well. Touka is still annoyed, but Nemu explains this is currently her only connection with the outside world and her family, and that she treasures it. She laments on how she's looking down on her own parents, but Ui says that she's overthinking it. She can't stand seeing Nemu cry, and knows she wants them to ask her more about her life. Touka agrees, and Nemu sighs, knowing she can't hide anything from them.
She complains about all the effort they put is into their own life, and that this caused Nemu to become alienated from their experiences. Without wanting to feel greedy, she nonetheless feels distant from them. Due to the fact they only sporadically remember her, she feels like as time goes on, she'll distance from them more and more. Ui apologizes, but asks Nemu to be a little more honest with her and rely on her more when she feels bad. Nemu says that as time goes by, she might become a stranger to her family. She mentions her brother's aloof behavior as an example of how he doesn't consider her a member of the family. Ui apologizes again for making Nemu feel bad, but Touka says it's not her fault, but Nemu's family's.
Later at night, while she's asleep, Nemu has an attack. Touka and Ui hastily try and get a doctor to see her, but once they're there, they're ordered to return to their rooms. Ui still worries about Nemu, but Touka asks her to listen to the doctors, as there's nothing more either of them can do. As Nemu dreams through her pain, she has visions of Ui and Touka calling her name, then her mother. She thinks about how she has these dreams and if they are merely illusions fabricated by her emotions; every now and then, she dreams of her mother calling out for her, reaching out for her, caring for her, and forgetting time. It turns out that in these moments, Nemu's mother was, in fact, really by her side.
Nemu initially only appeared in Iroha's flashbacks, where she, Ui Tamaki and Touka Satomi are seen staying in the hospital. She seems to be friends with both of them, however she fights with Touka a lot, making up shortly after. Nemu reappears in Chapter 7, confirming her status as one of the Magius. In Chapter 7.17, it's revealed that it is Nemu who has created the Rumors invading Kamihama City at the cost of part of her lifeforce.
- The character of her last name means "holly" (柊)
- Her first name is homophonous with the word for 'to sleep'. This could tie in to the strain that goes with creating rumors, which causes sleep.
- Her design, along with Touka's and Alina's is based around a prison. Her design in particular represents the prisoner, as she has a chain with a ball attached to her ankle.
- Her Doppel bears a less striking, but still a certain resemblance to Iroha's Doppel Giovanna, much like Touka's.
- Nemu is the fourth magical girl to have her name in her Witch name (Pennen Nenemu), followed by Tsuruno (Yuhong), Homura (Homulilly) and Ren (Renata).
- Her Doppel name is also a reference to a work of Kenji Miyazawa, titled Biography of Pennen Nenemu. It's about a world leader who has trouble fulfilling the duty of his position, but in the end he will fall asleep with a feeling of pride. This can refer to Nemu being one of the Magius leaders. It also slightly looks like an owl, which have been wisdom symbols ever since Pallas Athena.
- According to the translation of this Japanese Wikipedia page, Biography of Pennen Nenemu was the predecessor to the more well known novel The Life of Budori Gusuko
- Miyazawa also wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad, which Iroha, Mifuyu's and Yachiyo's doppels take their names from. He also wrote the works where Kuro's, Touka's and Kanagi's witch forms take their names from. Shitori Egumo is as well a reference to one of his works.
- In Nemu's transformation scene, she writes "Devil's Advocate" in the air with her finger.
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|**Unique to Nemu Hiiragi**
What was I hoping for? What did I want? A newly released novel? An out-of-print book that sounded interesting? New clothes for a change of image? No, no, no. Those are all wrong. I just want to be told I'm loved. It's so close and yet so far. That is all I want.
|求めていたものは何だろう。欲しがっていたものは何だろう 発売したばかりの小説？どうしても気になっていた絶版本？ イメージチェンジするための新しい服？違う、違う違う、どれも違う 一番近くて一番遠い、私を愛する言葉だけ。それだけがたただ欲しい|
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|Passive||"...Tee hee hee! Holding hands and jumping into the sea,
have you ever had a personal experience of the summer ocean, isn't it a good memory?" "We jumped into the sea so suddenly, even though Touka and I couldn't swim...honestly, I was in such a hurry at the time..."
夏の海恒例の体験が出来て、良い思い出になったでしょー？」 「僕も灯花も泳げないのに、突然海に飛び込むんだから… 正直、あの時は焦ったよ…」
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|Passive||Touka may be selfish, but she's a good girl, always thinking of those around her. Nemu is stubborn and sarcastic, and wants approval badly, but she's also a good girl who looks out for others. Ui is serious and a little dense sometimes, but she too is a good girl, kind to all. The stories they made know this from peeking out from their book.||灯花は自分が一番のワガママだけど、実は周りを想う良い子ねむは認められたくて頑固な皮肉屋だけど、実は気遣いができる良い子ういは真面目で少し鈍感なところがあるけど、みんなに優しい良い子生まれた物語は知ってるよ。本の中からみんなを覗いて|
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|Everyone's feelings, gathered together. What do you taste, when eating next to a cocoon of impurities?
The sour taste of heartlessness constricts my feelings, as well as my taste buds. It wakes me up early, before the dawn comes and announces the end.
|集め集まる色んな気持ち。穢れの卵のすぐ傍で口にするのはどんな味？ 広がってくのは無情の酸味 ほっぺの裏がキュッと締って、気持ちも一緒に引き締まる 暁が終わりを迎える前に、一足早めの朝かもね|
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|It’s easy to understand what you’re thinking,
and I can perfectly match your mood.
Because we’re comrades united under one roof.
息を合わせた絶妙な連携だってできてしまう。 だって、ひとつ屋根の下で強く結束した仲間だから。 それでも食事の献立だけは、息を合わせるのが難しい。
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|A girl seeking the greatest beauty, she sought the beauty of the witches.
A girl seeking everything in the universe, she got her hands on mechanisms in order to obtain wisdom. A girl who dreamed of writing of the world, she gave birth to stories. A rare relationship, connected to the end of a twisted cause and effect, this is the beginning of these three people.
|最高の美を求める少女は、その美しさを魔女に求めた 宇宙の全てを求める少女は、知を得るために機構に手を掛けた 世界を原稿にすることを夢みる少女は、物語を産み落とし続けた 捻れた因果の先で繋がった、稀有な関係、始まりは全てこの3人|
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|"Write a sentence, assemble a world, the story will flow if a pause is filled
Calmly, gently, quietly, madly violently at times, a story with feelings flows through a withered land, gradually satisfying it and giving temporary moisture. I get individual characteristic only after that. My heart grows calm after it colors a single thread."
静かに緩やかに穏やかに、時に激しく狂おしく、気持ちを乗せた物語は 枯れ地のヒビを流れゆき、徐々に満たして仮初めの潤いを与える 後は個性を貰うだけ。一糸だけでも色をくれたら僕の心は凪になる」