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This page serves as an archive for fan-created articles documenting analysis and theories on Madoka Magica. The content below has been roughly ordered by topic. Theories that were proven right have been marked with a green ✔, those that were proven wrong bear a red ✖. All the other theories are unconfirmed, and hence should be considered as nothing more than theories.
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This page serves as an archive for fan-created articles documenting analysis of Madoka Magica. The content below has been roughly ordered by topic. This section should only contain general, objective articles. For the subjective/hypothetical ones, please refer to [[Theories]].
  
 
We welcome you to submit new articles as you deem necessary.
 
We welcome you to submit new articles as you deem necessary.
  
==Articles and Analyses==
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== Deciphering ==
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;[[Glossary]]
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:The meaning of key terminology unique to Madoka Magica.
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;[[Deciphering the runes]]
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:Western fans were the first to decipher the Inu Curry runes used in the anime for witch barriers.
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;[[Deciphering the notes]]
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:Analysis of the notes in Sayaka's healing spell circles.
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;[[Madoka Magica Trivia]]
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:A collection of minor facts and observations about the series.
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==Plot and Setting==
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;* [[Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story: In-Depth Look]]
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:A fan article highlighting the differences between the episodes and the first movie.
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;[[Speculah:Ending Analysis|Ending Analysis]]
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:An in-depth analysis of the Ending Animation.
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;[[Magic]]
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:Detailed explanations and observations about magic in the Magica universe.
  
===Plot and Setting===
 
 
;[[Speculah:Walpurgis Night|Walpurgis Night]]
 
;[[Speculah:Walpurgis Night|Walpurgis Night]]
 
:Explanations on what is Walpurgis Night (in real-life and in canon), references to it, etc.
 
:Explanations on what is Walpurgis Night (in real-life and in canon), references to it, etc.
  
;[[Speculah:Ending Analysis|Ending Analysis]]
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;[[Yuri undertones]]
:An in-depth analysis of the Ending Animation.
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:One of the reasons this show is popular among fans is for its yuri subtext. This page explains the references and evidence that lead to the most popular pairings.
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;[[Creative Intentions]]
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:Speculation and analysis based on information from or about the creative staff, as well as analysis of story elements and the show's design based on the creative staff's intentions, methods, and history.
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;[[Talk:Philosophical Observations|Philosophical Observations]]
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:Speculative observation based on philosophical ideas and character analysis through the use of philosophical themes. ''(work in progress)''
  
===Natural Sciences===
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;[[Speculah:Paralleling Madoka Magica and Kazumi Magica|Paralleling Madoka Magica and Kazumi Magica]]
;[[Mathematics of Madoka Magica]]
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:Speculative observation based on the events in [[Kazumi Magica]], that resemble the events in the Madoka universe.
:a page dedicated to solving the 'middle school level' Math questions that appears throughout the series.
 
  
;[[Madoka Magica and Science‎]]
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;[[Population dynamics/Spatial simulation]]
:Dedicated to Scientific references of Madoka Magica.
 
  
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==Science==
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[[File:Scientist QB.png|thumb|QB explaining science]]
 
;[[Mitakihara_Town#Architecture_in_the_Anime_versus_Real-Life_Architecture|Architecture]]
 
;[[Mitakihara_Town#Architecture_in_the_Anime_versus_Real-Life_Architecture|Architecture]]
 
:Comparison between Architecture within the anime and real life landmarks.
 
:Comparison between Architecture within the anime and real life landmarks.
  
;[http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html Last question by Isaac Asimov]
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;[[Astronomy]]
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:Witches and Familiars as asteroids, Kyubey as an alien, ...
  
===Intertextuality and Literature===
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;[[Mathematics of Madoka Magica|Mathematics]]
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:A page dedicated to solving the 'middle school level' Math questions that appears throughout the series.
  
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;[[Population dynamics]]
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:"Magical Girls are born from wishes. Witches are born from curses" ([[Kyubey]], [[Episode 2]]). Let us see how both populations evolve over time, and whether or not the Earth has a chance of surviving against witches in the end.
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;[[Thermodynamics|Thermodynamics]]
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:Kyubey's speech about Entropy in [[Episode 9]] led to an uproar among fans for its inacurracy. Let us see why.
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;[[Weapons]]
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:A rundown of both real-life firearms, explosives and others, and original weaponry present in the anime.
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==Intertextuality and Literature==
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[[File:Madoka made me read faust shorter facebook.jpg|right|100px|thumb|Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Teaching ''Faust'' since 2011.]]
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and Faust|Faust]]
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and Faust|Faust]]
 
:An analysis of the link between the anime series and the famous tragedy by Goethe.
 
:An analysis of the link between the anime series and the famous tragedy by Goethe.
  
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and Der Steppenwolf|Der Steppenwolf]]
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and Der Steppenwolf|Der Steppenwolf]]
:a short comparison between madoka and Harry Haller, the protagonist of "Der Steppenwolf", a novel by Hermann Hesse.
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:A short comparison between Madoka and Harry Haller, the protagonist of "Der Steppenwolf", a novel by Hermann Hesse.
  
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and John Gabriel Borkman|John Gabriel Borkman]]
 
;[[Speculah:Madoka Magica and John Gabriel Borkman|John Gabriel Borkman]]
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;[[Speculah:Lolita|Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita]]-->
  
==Theories & Speculations==
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[[Category:Articles]]
[[File:Madoka speculation.png|thumb|right|150px]]
 
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===Plot===
 
 
 
Plot theories attempt to explain or anticipate underlying structures or parts of the plot.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=The Global Reset Theory|episode=10}}
 
:Theory stating that the world has been re-created at some point to avoid a fatal outcome.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=The Time Travel Theory|episode=10}}
 
:Theory according to which one of the characters may be a time traveller going back in time to stop Madoka from becoming a Magical Girl. (Yeah, seriously!)
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=The War Between Good Guys Theory}}
 
:Theory suggesting that the witches believe themselves to be the good guys.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Pillar System Theory|title=The Pillar System Theory}}
 
:Theory positing that witches serve as the 'goddesses' of multiple realities. Possibly an elaboration of the 'War Between Good Guys Theory' and the 'Witches as Fallen Magical Girls Theory.'
 
 
 
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;{{theory_inline|page=Symbolic and Freudian Theory|title=The Symbolic and Freudian Analysis of Compensated Dating Theory}}
 
:Theory positing that the subversion of magical girl genre is approached via the Freudian and Symbolic.  Lacan and Zizek's concept of the terrifying real, combined with adult responsibility indicate that witches are girls whose purity has ceased, and, becoming women, enter the world of Satan and Sin.
 
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===Character===
 
 
 
The articles listed below attempt to provide analysis or speculate on the roles and natures of the characters.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Name}}
 
:Speculations about the meaning, implication, and secret of each character's name
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Make a Wish}}
 
:Speculations in regard to each character's wish
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Kyuubey is Evil Theory|episode=8}}
 
:Theory foreshadowing Kyuubey as having an evil agenda
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Kyuubey created Mami and uses her to make more Magical girls|title=Mami as a Magical Girl Generator|episode=6}}
 
:Theory positing that Mami was created by Kyuubey as a mechanism to create more magic girls.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=The Questing Beast Theory}}
 
:Theory positing that Kyuubey's design and naming may be related to the Questing Beast of Arthurian Legend.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Archer theory|title=Archer Theory}}
 
:Theory positing the Homura is a future version of Madoka.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Count Kyouko Theory}}
 
:Theory positing that Kyouko's ability is vampiric in nature and allows her to "suck" magical energy out of other Puella Magi.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Kyuubey is Madoka's Familiar Theory|title=Kyuubey Familiar Theory}}
 
:Theory positing that Kyuubey is already Madoka's familiar.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Homura Identity Swap Theory}}
 
:A non-time-travel/non-reset theory positing that Homura may be Puella Magi who swapped bodies.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Puella Magi Don't Age}}
 
:Theory positing that Puella Magi don't age based on several evidence provided by Kyouko Sakura.
 
 
 
===Animation & Art===
 
 
 
The articles below provide analysis or speculation on the visual media of the series
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Of butterflies and spiders|title=Of Butterflies and Spiders}}
 
:Speculations pertaining to the visual symbolism of butterflies and spiderwebs.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=What is Lord Humungus Doing at the ED|title=Lord Humungus}}
 
:Speculations regarding the presence of Lord Humungus (Mad Max 2) in a guest art following the Ending Animation.
 
 
 
===Witches & Puella Magi===
 
 
 
The following theories concern the natures of magical girls, witches, and magic, or posit links between them.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Witches as Fallen Magical Girls Theory|episode=8}}
 
:Theory suggesting that witches are former mahou shoujo who have lost their way.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Human Soul and Magic}}
 
:Theory regarding the nature of the magic employed by mahou shoujo and witches.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Witches are generated by Magical Girls|title=Witches as Byproducts of Magical Girls|episode=8}}
 
:Theory suggesting witches to be a byproduct of a mahou shoujo's magic.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Magical Girls as Devil Pacters}}
 
:Theory suggesting that the design of mahou shoujo is based on legends and mythology regarding pacts with devils.
 
 
 
;{{theory_inline|page=Magical Powers}}
 
:Theory regarding magical powers girls get by forming a contract.
 
 
 
==External articles==
 
 
 
* [http://www.thatanimeblog.com/index.php/2011/01/mahou-shoujo-madoka-magica-2-when-did-mahou-shoujos-become-so-dark/ "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica 2 – When did Mahou Shoujos Become So Dark" on Thatanimeblog.com]
 
 
 
* [http://disp.cc/b/21-ZqQ Animations by the art director of the Witch's Labyrinth sequences (Chinese Language)]
 
 
 
* [http://rebecca-kalista.livejournal.com/29351.html A few speculations as of episode 8 (LiveJournal)]
 
 
 
[[Category:Community Content]]
 

Latest revision as of 03:13, 17 August 2018

Deny the obvious. Uphold the inane.
Note: Please note that the speculations and theories have moved and have now their own page here.

This page serves as an archive for fan-created articles documenting analysis of Madoka Magica. The content below has been roughly ordered by topic. This section should only contain general, objective articles. For the subjective/hypothetical ones, please refer to Theories.

We welcome you to submit new articles as you deem necessary.

Deciphering

Glossary
The meaning of key terminology unique to Madoka Magica.
Deciphering the runes
Western fans were the first to decipher the Inu Curry runes used in the anime for witch barriers.
Deciphering the notes
Analysis of the notes in Sayaka's healing spell circles.
Madoka Magica Trivia
A collection of minor facts and observations about the series.

Plot and Setting

A fan article highlighting the differences between the episodes and the first movie.
Ending Analysis
An in-depth analysis of the Ending Animation.
Magic
Detailed explanations and observations about magic in the Magica universe.
Walpurgis Night
Explanations on what is Walpurgis Night (in real-life and in canon), references to it, etc.
Yuri undertones
One of the reasons this show is popular among fans is for its yuri subtext. This page explains the references and evidence that lead to the most popular pairings.
Creative Intentions
Speculation and analysis based on information from or about the creative staff, as well as analysis of story elements and the show's design based on the creative staff's intentions, methods, and history.
Philosophical Observations
Speculative observation based on philosophical ideas and character analysis through the use of philosophical themes. (work in progress)
Paralleling Madoka Magica and Kazumi Magica
Speculative observation based on the events in Kazumi Magica, that resemble the events in the Madoka universe.
Population dynamics/Spatial simulation

Science

QB explaining science
Architecture
Comparison between Architecture within the anime and real life landmarks.
Astronomy
Witches and Familiars as asteroids, Kyubey as an alien, ...
Mathematics
A page dedicated to solving the 'middle school level' Math questions that appears throughout the series.
Population dynamics
"Magical Girls are born from wishes. Witches are born from curses" (Kyubey, Episode 2). Let us see how both populations evolve over time, and whether or not the Earth has a chance of surviving against witches in the end.
Thermodynamics
Kyubey's speech about Entropy in Episode 9 led to an uproar among fans for its inacurracy. Let us see why.
Weapons
A rundown of both real-life firearms, explosives and others, and original weaponry present in the anime.

Intertextuality and Literature

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Teaching Faust since 2011.
Faust
An analysis of the link between the anime series and the famous tragedy by Goethe.
Der Steppenwolf
A short comparison between Madoka and Harry Haller, the protagonist of "Der Steppenwolf", a novel by Hermann Hesse.
John Gabriel Borkman
An unlikely but interresting analysis of the links between Madoka Magica and Henrik Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman".