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Homulilly (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)[1] 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.

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"Despite her appearance, she's the most hurt." ~ Sayaka

In The Rebellion Story Homulilly reappears, now known as the Nutcracker Witch. The movie takes place in her barrier and Homura transforms into Homulilly once she discovers the truth. Her appearance has been altered from the PSP game.


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Homulilly (Portable)

TypeMortal world witch
EpisodesPuella Magi Madoka Magica Portable

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Homulilly (First Form)

TypeNutcracker witch
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The Nutcracker Witch. Its nature is self-sufficiency. Its gallant form, which once split many nuts, is now useless. Without any other purpose, this witch's last wish is her own execution. However, a mere decapitation will not clear away the witch's sins. This foolish witch will forever remain in this realm, repeating the procession to her execution.

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Homulilly (Second Form)

TypeNutcracker witch
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The Nutcracker Witch. Her nature is self-sufficiency. Her teeth are showing, her skull is melted, and her eyeballs have fallen out. A promise is the only thing that pitifully planted in that head which can no longer crack any nuts, but within the husk of the awakened witch is the distinct form of a magical girl. Her servants shamefully refer to that thing as a good-for-nothing.


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Clara Dolls

TypeNutcracker witch's minion
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The children of the false city. They play the role of mourners. These dress-up dolls fake crying in order to liven up the funeral procession. The dolls present are Pride, Pessimism, Liar, Coldheartedness, Selfishness, Slander, Blockhead, Jealousy, Laziness, Vanity, Cowardice, Stupid-Looking, Inferiority, and Stubbornness, while the last one, Love, has yet to arrive. "The depths of this world, born of form and without void, are our stage," and their power is a match for Magical Girls.

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くるみ割りの魔女の手下。その役割は刑の執行。ギロチン台へ送られる魔女の葬列を務めるブリキの兵隊。愚 か者を憎み愚か者を断罪する。その重たい頭は真面目で融通が利かないため、魔女の言葉に耳を貸すことはない。人間サイズの他、巨大なブロッケン級が存在。白いネズミが大嫌い。


TypeNutcracker witch's minion
DutyMete out punishment
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The Nutcracker Witch's servant. Its duty is to mete out punishment. These tin soldiers organize the procession for the witch sent to the guillotine. They execute fools and worrysome fools. Their bulky heads are serious and unyielding, and do not heed anything the witch says. There are gigantic Brocken-types in addition to the human sized ones. They hate white rats.

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TypeNutcracker witch's minion
DutyEliminate rats
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

A minion of the Nutcracker Witch. Her duty is to eliminate rats. She hunts the wretched white rats on her mount, a decaying tooth. She also helps the other tin warriors get rid of those who would dare to interrupt their funeral procession.

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TypeNutcracker witch's minion
DutyBear bad news
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The Nutcracker Witch's servant. Its role is to bear bad news. These stuffed birds announce the beginning of the witch's funeral procession. They receive food from the children of the false city, and follow their orders to a certain extent, but their basic intelligence is on par with an average bird. They fly in flocks, but their headgear impairs their vision, and they have a habit of ramming into moving objects. In addition to their usual size, there are also gigantic Brocken-types.

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TypeNutcracker witch's minion
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

The Nutcracker Witch's servant. Its role is to chew. These nutcracker dolls chew and crush any unwanted foreign substances in place of the witch who can no longer crack any nuts. They can also fire a nut cannon from its mouth. As the rumours go, it is no exaggeration to say that their vaunted enamel has a hardness of 10.


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:

Japanese English Image
暁美ほむら これだけ準備して


Akemi Homura I prepared so much, and yet I can't win... Homulilly Event 1.jpg
暁美ほむら そうだ……。


Akemi Homura That's right, time can still be... Homulilly Event 2.jpg
暁美ほむら !!


Akemi Homura !! The sand... Homulilly Event 3.jpg
暁美ほむら そうか。


Akemi Homura So my magic... Homulilly Event 4.jpg
暁美ほむら ああ。


Akemi Homura Ah. This is the end... Homulilly Event 5.jpg
暁美ほむら まどか。


Akemi Homura Madoka, I couldn't save you... Homulilly Event 6.jpg
暁美ほむら ごめんなさい……。 Akemi Homura I'm sorry... Homulilly Event 7.jpg


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STANDARD GAME OVER Homulilly Event 9.jpg

Observation and Speculation

This section is fan observation and speculation, please do not take it as facts.
Homulilly's witch kiss in the PSP game custom theme
Red Spider Lily

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.
      • Similar to this use in deterring rodents, the Luiselotte minions' description specifies "white rats".
    • 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 also the Japanese word for lily.
  • Another possibility is that Homulilly may actually refer to Lilith, from the Old Testament[2].

About how Homura turned into a witch in Portable

  • 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.

Stories and Legends Regarding the Red Spider Lily

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[2], 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."[3]

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.

It could also relate to the Nut Cracker Ballet; in the story the nutcracker was once a human who was transformed into a nut cracker and later given as a gift a Christmas party where he was damaged, the girl felt sad for him and took care of him, then when the mice attacked he came to life and defended the girl. Similarly Homura started out as a normal girl and was held back by her heart condition, then she befriended Madoka and the others and became a Magical Girl and grew stronger with the intent of protecting Madoka; which would be similar to the role reversal in the ballet. However since Madoka died in most of the timelines until she finally ended up as a part of the universe, Homura could see herself as still being the damaged nutcracker doll who can't protect the girl who helped her or even fulfill her most basic purpose.



Notes and references

  1. 此岸 (Shigan) is an opposite of 彼岸 (Higan) or the other shore of Sanzu river.
  2. 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.[1]

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