Kyouko Sakura

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Kyouko Sakura
Japanese Name 佐倉 杏子 (Sakura Kyouko)
Seiyū Ai Nonaka
Weapon Spear

As of Episode 3, Kyouko Sakura only appears in a shot in the opening and as a silhouette in the ending. She appears first at the end of Episode 4.

Official Info

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  • A Puella Magi who came from another town, going after Mami's turf.
  • She's always eating something.
  • An egoist who doesn't take heed of damage to her surroundings.
  • A girl with a foul mouth who appeared after Mami's death. She is a callous Puella Magi who doesn't even mind sacrifices, no matter how much, if it's to gain a Grief Seed.
  • A Puella Magi who simply has supernatural powers and abandoned the premise of justice and benevolence. In short, she doesn't hesitate in any sense in using her magic powers for her own selfish benefit and desires. Kyouko debuts as an ultra selfish character
  • Her regular clothes are the active type and leave a delinquent impression somewhere. She seems to be the type who doesn't mind her navel peeking out.
  • She seems to have a rather sadistic side. This is shown in episode 6 when she approaches Sayaka when Sayaka is about to visit her friend Kyousuke. Kyouko scoffs at Sayaka's wish, then says that if she wanted him that badly, she should just go in and break his hand and legs, leaving him crippled and they could be together.
  • Kyouko was the daughter of a preacher. Her father started to deviate from regular doctrine and was excommunicated for it - Kyouko used her wish to get her father more followers; however, upon finding this out, her father went insane and killed the entire family but Kyouko, then commiting suicide. From there on, Kyouko only uses her magical powers for herself.
  • Kyouko values food and chastises those who waste it. After her father lost supporters, Kyouko and her family (parents, Kyouko herself, an unnamed little sister) nearly starved.
  • While Kyouko was initially cold toward Sayaka, she grows to like her. This is because Kyouko sees Sayaka making the same mistakes as her. During the end of episode 7, Kyouko even monitors Sayaka's witch hunt. While it is unknown if Sayaka needed her help, Kyouko does protect Sayaka against one of the witch's attacks.
  • Kyouko, as revealed in episode 9, liked Sayaka because Sayaka reminded her why she became a magical girl: Kyouko loved stories where love and courage prevail.
  • Kyouko tries to help return Sayaka to normal by using Madoka to reach her. However, after sustaining many blows in the battle with the Witch Sayaka and seeing Madoka's failure to reach her humanity, Kyouko sacrifices herself to not only kill Sayaka, but make sure Sayaka didn't die alone. Also allowing Homura and Madoka to leave safely.
  • In a previous timeline, Kyouko is killed by a mentally broken Mami after the fight with Octavia. Having gone mad after learning what happens to Puella Magi with time, Mami shot and destroyed Kyouko's Soul Gem, killing her in what she saw as a mercy kill that would save Kyouko from becoming a witch.


  • Before her name was officially revealed, she was nicknamed Condom-chan by Western fans because of the suggestive-looking ice lolly she had flapping in her mouth in the Opening animation. She is nicknamed Anko by Japanese fans due to initial misread of her name when she was first revealed in a magazine.
  • Her last name can also be used as a first name.
  • Her first name Kyouko (杏子) can also be read as Anzu (あんず)–apricot. Apricot+ is Ume's circle name [1].
  • The first kanji of her name (杏) is the implied real first name (An) of Kafuka Fuura from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Both characters are voiced by Ai Nonaka

Speculations & Observations

  • Her behavior and character hint to next possible past of hers. In episode seven, it is revealed that she too made a selfless wish for her father, and ended up losing her entire family due to her wish's repercussions. Thus, she eats gratuitously because her family never had enough to eat before she made her wish. Kyouko states that she has learned from this experience that using magic to help others is a mistake, and that magic should only be used to make one's own wishes come true.
  • It's speculated by some fans that her unnamed younger sister may have secretly been turned into a Magical Girl, only to become the witch Elsa Maria in the end.
  • In Episode 9, she stores Sayaka's soulless body in an expensively decorated room. Some viewers believe that this is her true home, but there has been speculation that it is merely a hotel room that she managed to somehow commandeer using her magic.
  • Her spear could be a reference to the scorpions spear.
    • The spear appears as linked pieces during combat , like the scorpions tail .
    • She uses a warding spell in battle . Scorpions often associated with protection/warding spells ,in Egypt and Tibet the Scorpion is made into an amulet - signifying protection and warding off evil.
    • The scorpion character who appears in Goethe's Faust is caught between the extremes of heaven or hell. Kyouko commits sins like letting people die and (likely) steals food , but in the same time she's seen as praying and she never allows wasting food.
      • Kyouko offers an apple to Sayaka while she advises her to live a life of selfishness but Sayaka refuses both of them. Sayaka believes that Kyouko's self-centered philosophy is just wrong and also rejects the fruit because she apparently believes it was stolen. Her attempt to tempt Sayaka with an apple and her suggestion to follow a path of selfish survivalism could be interpreted as Kyouko acting as the snake advising Sayaka to abandon the path of justice.
      • Kyouko refuses to abandon Sayaka's soulless body in Episode 9 even after Homura told her it was hopeless, she even sacrifices some of her Soul Gem's purity to keep Sayaka's body warm at her own expense. Kyouko even admits to Madoka that one time she used to be an idealist just like Sayaka, that she used to believe in stories where love and courage could overcome anything.
  • Her spear could be a reference to a Snake in it's elongated form or the Lance of Longinus.

Platonic or Yuri Love?

It is common to find yuri subtext on the Mahou Shoujo genre, sometimes it develops into shippings or pairings created by fans, even if it was not part of the creators original intention. The creators of the show may have been aware of this phenomenon so they decided to exploit the same yuri subtext phenomenon when it came to the relationship between Kyouko and Sayaka. However, the yuri subtext mostly comes from Kyouko making it one-sided; while it is officially recognized that Kyouko has feelings for Sayaka, it is uncertain what types of feelings they are. Fans would argue that Sayaka just never had the chance to return these feelings, and kyouko was never really good in articulating them.

These pictures seems to indicate that the relationship between Kyouko and Sayaka may have not been accidental or a tease but created to heighten emotional investments by the viewers. It is possible that this was part of their intention to emotionally move groups of hardcore fans who support a SayakaxKyouko pairing, thus making their demise in Episode 9 more tragic (or as fans put it a "Yuri Tragedy" ending).

  • The Melusine Legend and Kyouko's Soul Gem: There is a Melusine legend that indicates that "a Melusina surfaces briefly every seven years as a beautiful woman or as a serpent, holding a small golden key in her mouth. Whoever takes the key from her will set her free and may claim her as his bride." In Episode 9, Kyouko undoes her hair and then uses her hairpin to pray, it is uncertain but it seems that her Soul Gem and her hairpin were fused together to create a new hairpin with a shape that resembles that of her father's religious symbol. After Sayaka's prayer she kisses the newly formed hairpin and tosses it into the air (before she destroys it with her spear), maybe as an offering to Sayaka to free her from her Witch form by sacrificing Kyouko's soul. The shape of the normal hairpin and of the Soul Gem fused hairpin looks like of a golden key.
  • The double-suicide is considered typical in romantic endings for two tragic lovers in Japanese storytelling. Many fans would point this fact as evidence for making this couple canon.


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