|Japanese: Kana Hanazawa
|Release Date (JP):
|March 28, 2022
Kuroe is one of the original characters of the 2017 mobile game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record. She was originally designed exclusively for the anime, but was later released near the anime's series finale in late March 2022.
|15 (middle school 3rd year)
|Indigo circle strapped to right thigh
|Powers and Abilities
|Affirmation of existence
|“I want to go out with the person I love.”
|Unnamed parents, unnamed older brother, unnamed older sister, unnamed younger brother
|Unknown Takarazaki Middle School, 3rd Year
|Wings of the Magius (black feather)
|Stats, Connect, Magia Data
A Magical Girl who lives in Takarazaki City. Kuroe fights alongside Iroha from time to time, but mostly they're acquaintances who get together on a regular basis to exchange information. Kuroe is afraid of fighting in life or death battles and wishes she could be saved from being a Magical Girl. She begins to become obsessed with Kamihama City after hearing a certain rumor.
The Doppel of escape. Its form is a nighthawk. Though the master of this emotion lamented her past and stopped in place once already, she has now found a light to follow, and doesn’t stop trying to spread her wings and fly. As her Doppel continually sheds tears, it attempts to put its master at ease by limiting her movements with wings of heavy mud. It denies her attempts to both seek and soar in the sky, while constantly emphasizing the exact opposite path to her. Though it utilizes its wings to attack those who oppose its master, each and every swing is meant to indicate to its master that she can never reach the light, no matter what she does. After being completely eaten away by this Doppel, the only choice one has is to become a black star that stands motionless on the Earth’s surface.
|Warning, this section contains spoilers.
Kuroe is a spiritual person, praying to God regularly at home. By her own admission, she does this because she’s uncomfortable with the pressure of having to make her own choices. She feels like no one understands her. However, one dream she does have is writing fairy tales. Kyubey, who she describes as a talking cat, has been insisting that Kuroe make a contract with him, but she’s not sure what she would wish for. She finds herself wishing God could talk to humans like Kyubey.
The day after Kyubey talked to her, Kuroe went to school at the usual time despite not sleeping well. A girl asks if she prays every day at home, as she seems like the type who would. Kuroe mumbles that she doesn’t pray every day, and that the other people at this school have to pray at school. The girl laughs and admits she only does so when a teacher is watching, and that the other students are probably the same.
Kuroe finds herself wondering how people see her. She asks some students. The girl she was talking to earlier compares Kuroe to a cloudy day, and a boy admits that he’s impressed by Kuroe being able to gleam meaning from text that’s not written. Another girl has a more negative opinion of her, saying she’s dirty and that people should “tell her with their fist”. The boy defends her, saying he was praising her. Then, he asks Kuroe to recommend him a book. This and his praise of her opinions resonated with Kuroe, who admits to herself this is the first time this happened.
The next day, the boy and Kuroe read the fairy tale she recommended for him. He is confused as to why the fox ate a kibi dango. To the fox, the boy insists, it would be nothing. He asks if Kuroe gets angry at this. Kuroe just shrugs and says she believes it because that’s what the writer says. The boy jokes if eating kibi dango would make Kuroe jump up in joy like that, and she admits she doesn’t know, though she wishes she could. When she starts to say what she thinks, the boy jokes that he’s truly alive because Kuroe thinks deeply about things, clarifying that he meant it as a complement when she admits to not fitting in with her family.
In the hallway, the teacher asks if Kuroe has decided on a high school. Despite Kuroe saying yes, the truth is that she’s going by what people, especially her family, expect of her. She’s only going to the middle school she’s going to because it’s what her parents recommended. Her teacher says it’s okay to want to decide such things as soon as possible, but assures her that she can always find a few and decide between them later. The truth, however, is that Kuroe doesn’t actually want to go to a high school. Nevertheless, she wrote that she wanted to take the entrance exam to the school her parents recommended. The teacher notes that putting this down makes Kuroe seem reluctant. When Kuroe asks what she should do, the teacher assures her it’s still a long time before she has to worry about it.
After Kyubey continues to ask her to make a contract, Kuroe wonders whether what she really wants, and if it would be okay if others fulfill that for her. She asks herself if people other than her will be happy that way. At school, she asks some of her peers what they would wish for. In the end, she just ends up jealous of those who have elaborate fantasies and wishes to be absorbed in.
While she watches takoyaki being baked, musing that she’s comforted by it and how the dough being spun around always becomes takoyaki, she wonders if she can ever decide who she is as a person. She finds herself wondering if she’ll get an answer if she goes out with someone. Thus, Kuroe makes her wish to go out with the boy who she’d recommended books to, and who’d complemented her in the past.
As soon as she makes her contract, Kuroe fights her first Witch and barely manages to defeat it. Kuroe worries about the idea of having to do that all the time from now on. Kyubey simply replies that this particular Witch had been there for weeks because until Kuroe made a contract, there was no Magical Girl in the area. Kuroe then asks about the victims lured into the Witch’s Labyrinth. She gets the reply that most of them are probably dead, which leaves Kuroe shaken, especially when she remembers that they’d have died without realizing they were even in danger. Kyubey remarks that she could have saved them sooner if she’d made her wish sooner, and he adds that he would have probably kept asking her if she hadn’t made her wish when she did.
The next day at school, Kuroe muses that she didn’t know what being “lovers” was like, but that she was happy at first. The boy talked to her every day, and she genuinely felt like she belonged somewhere. He helps her forget her troubles, and Kuroe even feels that he gives her a bit of a clearer image of who she is as a person. Meanwhile, Kuroe joins the school’s rhythmic gymnastics club as a baton twirler. Her boyfriend jokes that he’s surprised that Kuroe’s exercising, clarifying it’s a pleasant surprise. He asks her to go see a movie based on one of the books Kuroe had recommended for him, and Kuroe happily accepts.
Kuroe goes to the movie, and she finds herself having a good time, enhanced by being with a boy who seems to like her. She even thinks to herself that she can be a hero and help people like the hero of the movie. However, she senses a Witch nearby, and she abruptly leaves her boyfriend. When she gets to the Labyrinth, Kuroe apologizes for being late. Kyubey says a child managed to get in, so Kuroe rushes in to save her. Unfortunately, she’s too late, and the kid dies. While she manages to beat the Witch and save the other victims, all Kuroe can focus on is the child she failed to save. When she prays, she even begs God not to forgive her for this.
As time passes, Kuroe continues to fight Witches. However, she breaks more and more as she continues to fail to save people, thinking little of her own skills and experience because of this. She asks Kyubey if there are any other girls in the area that can become Magical Girls. Kyubey says that none with the potential have appeared, and it would actually make Kuroe’s job harder if there were because each Witch only gives one Grief Seed, which would create competition. He further tells her that all Magical Girls need Grief Seeds, or it would be “difficult” to control their power, and they would no longer be able to fight. Seeing Kuroe still thinking about those she failed to save, Kyubey tells her she doesn’t have to hate herself because she still manages to defeat Witches and save people. He leaves her off with a question, “Who would save those humans if you stopped fighting?”
Before she knows it, Kuroe’s a third year at her middle school. She still attends her rhythmic gymnastics club. Her boyfriend wonders if someone would really go to a club if they didn’t like it, and Kuroe admits she doesn’t like hers. He notices that Kuroe’s seemed distracted lately.
Kuroe stays after school, admitting to her teacher that she needs a little help with her school essay, the topic of which is how to get students to enjoy school. The teacher assures Kuroe that it’s okay for her to take her time on the essay. Her boyfriend remarks that Kuroe’s too serious about things and should loosen up a little.
However, the next day, Kuroe decides to quit the rhythmic gymnastics club. While people think it’s because she needs mire time to study, the truth is that it’s because of her Magical Girl duties. At home, she prays for a life where she doesn’t have to fight or see people die. At school, Kuroe’s in a sour, depressed mood. She asks her boyfriend if he’d give his life for someone else, who would never know. He’s confused by the question, saying he’d put her life first certainly, but why some stranger? Kuroe further asks if someone deserves punishment if they’re so scared, they can’t help someone. When her boyfriend asks if it isn’t enough that they tried, Kuroe clarifies she means that they can help, but they don’t. Kuroe’s boyfriend realizes something’s wrong with her, so he asks. She replies bluntly that she’s going to die soon, since she no longer has the confidence to live. He tries to assure Kuroe, even trying to say he’ll help her, even if he clearly has no idea how to, but she doesn’t listen. While he assures her that he can love her as many times as he likes, Kuroe breaks up with him. At first, she feels it’s because she’s a Magical Girl, but the truth is she thinks she deceived him.
Kuroe feels she betrayed everyone, not even remembering what she was like before she became a Magical Girl. Kuroe goes to the train station and senses a Witch. When there, she sees a Magical Girl in a white hood chasing a cat into the Labyrinth. The girl’s clearly much weaker and more inexperienced than Kuroe, and she manages to save her. The girl thanks her sincerely for this, but Kuroe reminds her that Magical Girls aren’t supposed to fight Witches in each other’s territory without permission. Panicking, the girl apologizes profusely, explaining how she followed a cat there. Kuroe waves it off, not feeling it’s a big deal. Thanking her, the girl asks if Kuroe has a spare Grief Seed. Kuroe lies and says the Witch got away, so she doesn’t have a spare one. Kuro accepts this, knowing Grief Seeds aren’t in huge supply.
Kuroe simply remarks, “I’m not that strong.” The girl apologizes for trying to force her. Kuroe finds herself wishing in guilt that she had a lot of Grief Seeds. The girl promises Kuroe that they’ll both do their best to become strong. The girl waves at Kuroe as she leaves. She never learned the girl’s name, and she never saw the girl again. Kuroe concluded that she probably died because of this. This was the breaking point for Kuroe, who went home alone and worried for the young Magical Girl. She muses about how she’s unworthy of good things like the movie she saw with her boyfriend. That night, she starts having a strange dream about a girl telling her like a broken record, “Come to Kamihama City. Here, Magical Girls can be saved!”
Kuroe doesn’t even know if she’ll be alive tomorrow, but she still finds herself writing the essay for the entrance exam. Her ex-boyfriend tells her he’ll return the book she gave him.
That night, Kuroe faces a Witch that’s too much for her. However, just as she’s about to give up and accept her death, a Magical Girl saves her. The girl asks if she’s okay, giving her a Grief Seed, which shocks Kuroe. The girl remarks that her Soul Gem isn’t that muddy, so Kuroe can use the Grief Seed and give it back when she’s done. The girl, Iroha Tamaki, exchanges contact info with Kuroe, telling her to talk if she needs help or just needs someone to talk to, admitting she gets anxious and lonely sometimes. All of this makes her think of that girl she saw at the train station, and she thinks of her regrets.
She gave the Grief Seed back to Iroha when she met her again, and over time, they worked together regularly. They talk about how there haven’t been any Witches in Takarazaki for a week. Kuroe thinks this happened about when she started dreaming about the girl telling her to come to Kamihama. While she sees this as a blessing in disguise, as this means less Witches to fight, Kuroe decides to investigate. Online, she sees several seemingly disconnected comments declaring their intention to go to Kamihama. Kuroe realizes these are all Magical Girls.
Kuroe asks Iroha about the dream, so the two decide to go to Kamihama together. Once there, they fight a Witch, one much stronger than they are used to. They almost die, but a Magical Girl named Yachiyo Nanami saves them. Yachiyo warns the girls to stay out of Kamihama, as all the Witches there are that strong. This causes Kuroe to lament that it sounds like the rumor of Magical Girls being saved are only for strong Magical Girls. Iroha tells her how scary the experience was, then she tells her to call if something like that happens again.
When Kuroe gets home, her family greets her. While they’re worried about her and notice something’s wrong, Kuroe goes to her room, and they assume Kuroe will probably be okay. Meanwhile, Kuroe thinks about the white-hooded Magical Girl and considers going to Kamihama. She finds a video where Touka Satomi, one of the Magius, lays out the philosophy of the Wings of the Magius. She explains that Kyubey tricked them all, but that there is a way to fight back: the Doppel system. When complete, she says, the Doppel system will completely eliminate the need to fight Witches or compete over Grief Seeds. She also says that only Magical Girls can save Magical Girls, as their suffering and sacrifices are unknown to ordinary people. This comforts Kuroe, as she now knows there are people like her.
The next day, Kuroe turns in her essay to her teacher. The teacher remarks that it’s rather short. The essay suggests that those who enjoy school and those who do not should be separated. While the teacher understands the content, she asks Kuroe if it isn’t better for her to go a little more into the topic. She also points out that the idea would make the divide between the two groups even bigger, wondering if Kuroe’s point is that understanding can only be done bit by bit. Kuroe admits she doesn’t actually know, but asks how she’s supposed to pretend like she’s having fun at school, and if it’s so easy for people like her teacher to.
Kuroe insists that she has to pretend, asking when she can throw her own feelings away to make it easier. The teacher is worried, having noticed Kuroe’s been acting strange for a while. Kuroe retorts by asking if she’s still worth it even if no one understands her or her problems. The teacher replies that even if she doesn’t know how to help her, she’s worried, and Kuroe can talk to her. She even suggests praying, if that will help. Kuroe snaps that she’s always had to pretend to fit in, even lying to her teachers and peers about so much. She tells her teacher she’s going to die tomorrow, and that because of this, someone will suffer. She asks the teacher if she can accept that. The teacher replies that she can’t just leave it at that, and that while she doesn’t understand, school can still be her place she can be herself in. Kuroe doesn’t want that, and the teacher remarks that no one really feels that comfortable in school. Kuroe runs off, worrying her teacher even more.
After that, Kuroe seems to shut down. She stops praying to God, and she stops going to school. Kuroe decides she’s going to go to Kamihama. She’s going to join the Wings of the Magius, and she’s going to devote herself to the salvation they promise. A world where she no longer has to be a Magical Girl.
Kuroe finds herself dreaming. For some reason, Iroha’s in her dream. While she sees Iroha, Kuroe can’t understand her. Nonetheless, she’s relieved, thinking she’s going to finally die. Her Doppel muses that her contract gave her an affirmation of her existence, but that she still doesn’t feel like anyone. All she knows is that she adapts to whatever situation she finds herself in. She’s not resented by anyone. She’s not dependent on anyone. But she still wonders who she is and who she should be.
The dream cuts to the campsite, where Iroha asks what’s scaring her. She wants to help Kuroe, and she offers for them to figure out who she is together. While Kuroe still doesn’t want to be a Magical Girl, she finds herself wondering what kind she’ll be. She wakes up, wondering why she was dreaming of the camping trip. She calls Iroha, deciding she wants to connect with her.
Powers and Abilities
In her Magical Side Story, Kuroe reveals that her unique power is "Affirmation of Existence". This power isn't offensive at all and only allows her to attract the attention of those around her.
Kuroe can build walls, as seen in episodes 17 and 18 of the anime.
- The first kanji in her name means "black". The second kanji means "creek"
- Kuroe's magical girl form looks a lot like Iroha's magical girl outfit. Both wear cloaks that cover part of their hair and extends to their hip height, and both of them bare their midriff.
- Kuro (くろ) also resembles Iroha, wearing a white hooded cloak with a pink stripe down the middle.
- Both Kuroe's and Iroha's Doppels/Witches are also birds.
- Her name, wish, appearance and status as a Black Feather has led to speculation that she may be Kuro (黒).
- However, their Witch forms differ, and in Magia Report, Kuroe and Kuro are treated as different characters.
- Kuroe’s release as a unit separate from Kuro could mean they are different characters, or different versions of the same character (e.g. Madoka and Ultimate Madoka, or Yachiyo and Yachiyo (Anime ver.)).
- Additionally, the anime lists a character named "Kuro (くろ)" separately from the one named "Kuroe".
- She shares a voice actress with Nadeko Sengoku.
- Kuroe's Doppel name "Ichizo" was first revealed in the game. This name comes from the novel The Nighthawk Star.
- The novel tells the story of a nighthawk (also called "Nightjar" in English) who is despised by other birds for his ugliness. The true hawk especially hates having to share a name with him, and demands the nighthawk change its name to "Ichizo" or else it will murder him. Feeling so unloved and afraid, he says goodbye to his family and attempts to fly high into the sky (during which a bug flies into his mouth, causing him to bemoan how he even kills other beings) and begs constellations to turn him into a star. Each time he is ignored or rejected, and as he is falling down to Earth one last time, he is filled with sudden strength and flies higher than before until he feels peace. When he opens his eyes, he sees he has finally been turned into a star.
- For more information, see Speculah:Kenji Miyazawa and Magia Record
- She was originally released without a personal story or chapter quotes, only combat encounters. She was later given a personal story.
- Her weapons being batons, and having been a baton twirler in school, may be based on Sakura Kinomoto, titular protagonist of the magical girl franchise Cardcaptor Sakura.
- Kuroe attends a religious school, possibly a Christian/Catholic school, similar to Homura Akemi prior to the original series.
- Kuroe’s Magical Girl Story and Doppel Story in the mobile game version of Magia Record respectively have title cards of “Kuroe’s Magia story for animation” and “Kuroe’s Doppel story for application (game)”.
- Kuroe is the second magical girl unit to have a doppel story. The first was Homura Akemi (Swimsuit ver.).
- Kuroe is the third playable unit to lack a family name. The first was Lil' Kyubey and the second was Kuro (黒).
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|The first impression was just "He is a good guy",
but gradually, before I even realized, I started chasing after him, imagining what if the person by his side is me.I know it feels wrong, but if this is love, I really want to make it come true ...
|**Unique to Kuroe (Game)**
I joined the contest for an absurd reason,
so when I quitted, I had no regret, not even a bit. Even though I had neither any hope to become a competitor nor any close friend,could I have made more effort just as an average student?
|Magical girls' role is to protect people from witches.
Magical girls' common sense is magical girls help each other. However, I never expected such a thing to happen.Come on, can someone tell me, how long should I keep going?
|"This cannot be good...!"
(Even the white feathers are no match for her, are they in a pinch...?) "What do we do...we're in a big pinch...!"(I just thought that...!?)
|Just waiting for the day she'll be saved, to be a little feather in a cap.
That night, a small fortune came our way. Turning longing into strengthUntil the day it reaches the stars, the feathers will continue to fly.
|**Unique to Kuroe (Swimsuit ver.)**
There was no hesitation, no selfishness, or anything like that
I was in the spreading bubbles, wondering what to do Still, I knew that you would do this without hesitationI also wanted to be the one who could save someone
|I wanna do this, I wanna do that
There was no room to interrupt the waves of requests coming in from both sides I was caught between a rock and a hard place, being made to sway back and forthEven my secret murmurs of bewilderment were snatched away and dissolved into bubbles
|I still don't know the answer to what a "fun summer vacation" is.
Still, I ran around until I was exhausted I can say now that it must have been a fun summer vacationMy bright red sunburned skin is proof of that
|(Vegetable, meat, vegetable, meat, vegetable, meat, vegetable, meat...)
"Wait, Kuroe! That's enough skewers for me! Thanks!" "Huh? Oh...um..."(I didn't have to think about the work, so I just got absorbed in it...)
|"I'm afraid it might spin around if I push too hard..."
"That's a little surprising. I thought you were the bold one." "I don't think so, ah!. I think I might be a little wobbly.""I'll support you, so don't worry about it and try to pedal vigorously, okay?"
- Recording of Kuroe's Transformation Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Kuroe's Magia Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Kuroe's Doppel Video on Youtube (JP)