I strongly suggest that we move all speculations from this page to a speculation page dedicated to Homura (and possibly the other four main characters). This could be a good occasion to clean up all the stuff that was proven wrong.
- I concur. -Becquerel 04:16, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
- I agree too, if by "clean up" you mean "tag properly", like the wishes thing. No content should be removed IMO, just for "historical accurracy" --Homerun-chan 07:41, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
abour her strong power in the new timeline: maybe because she suffered much in all the previous timelines she got a boost-up just like madoka
I removed stuff that didn't belong on this page (there was speculah about Walpurgis Night's familiars, for example, which is already present on WPN's various pages and doesn't need to be here) as well as the needless arguments on theories that have been debunked. If I knew how to make new pages -and- make said new pages look pretty and formatted, I'd move the whole speculah section to a new page, but my mad skillz at wiki pages go as far as "I can edit text".
- Regarding the theories proven right/wrong, and your editing skills, I made a template to classify theories by status (see output here). I do not have the time right now, but I think it'd be a good idea to order the theories by category then --it's in the wishlist actually --Homerun-chan 10:07, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
Homura: One Man Army
¥ 1,383,040,300 ($17,037,114 USD) worth of military weapons and equipment!! Damn, maybe Homura should start with Nicolas Cage in "Lord of War II: The Walpurgis Night Incident" --Mutopis 02:18, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
- I'm still baffled. I mean, it's hard to believe. RPGs aren't that expensive. The guy who made the vid must have made some fancy cals.
Still... Lord Of War was a great film, and I would buy that squel in the blink of an eye ^^ --BrickBreak 02:33, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Homura's Stoicism Draft
I feel like I am juggling with too many ideas. That has always been my problem when trying to make something clear and concise. I am going to need some help to wrinkle out the article once I am done. --Mutopis 08:04, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
- Fitting actually that you mention article. You could post your thoughts freely and put it there. Right now, it feels like you want to write about all the characters and not just Homura. It's also gone beyond the facts to the point that if it stayed on the Homura page, I'd have to say it goes under speculah. --randomanon 08:24, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
- I moved the draft here. I feel like the writing is going to become larger as I feel like to understand the Homura character we have to also understand her interaction to others as perhaps her personal experience with them and a need for comparison. I wonder If this should become a separate article all together?... --Mutopis 09:02, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Understanding Homura's Stoicism
Homura's emotionless and cold exterior has been misinterpreted and misunderstood by fans and observers alike. This has led to the interpretation that Homura is a dangerous Yandere, others believe her to be a psychopath with littler regard for human lives (with the exception of Madoka), but these interpretations are highly incorrect and inaccurate. This is caused by the misleading first impression we build from lacking a fundamental understanding of her background and personality. To understand Homura it is essential to rewatch some of her scenes and discover the subtle differences from first time viewing for comparison. Once we understand Homura's background and mission and her single obsession to save Madoka viewers would observe Homura in a new light.
Beneath Homura's stoic mask one will uncover the true Homura, a trace of her true self that she tries to shield with an emotional wall to cope with the rising danger of accumulating too much despair. Homura isn't the only character to be misinterpreted and misunderstood for expressing controversial opinions and actions to reach her goal, but their comparison would help to differentiate Homura from the rest of the characters. Homura developed an early survival skill to cope with her new realty to save Madoka.
To understand the Homura character it is essential to watch Episode 10 and to listen the drama CD "Memories of you". First, the Drama CD contains information regarding Homura's difficulty to adapt to a new school setting as a transfer student; no one knows her nor they try to understand her and her struggles. In her new environment Homura experiences school bullying (non-physical), demeaning rumors behind her back, and low opinion about her abilities as a person and as a student. Homura is already a fragile girl with low self-esteem caused by her weak heart and her weak physical body, with the addition of emotional stress caused by her unpopularity at school it is enough to emotionally crush her to the point of driving her to suicide and despair, or at least an enticement under a Witch's spell to end her suffering.
Another source of Homura's emotional transformation are the events taking place in the different timelines in Episode 10. Homura's experience in different timelines brought her insight into how to formulate different ways to rescue Madoka and stop Walpurgis Night. When a new element of surprised was introduced in the timeline, Homura would formulate a new solution to deviate from the same outcome. The first issue was uncovering the truth about the Puella Magi system, Homura tried to convince the girls that Kyubey was deceiving them. Sayaka reacted with distrust and Mami with skepticism, Madoka as well. The reasons are understandable as Homura is a stranger and a new comer and without any evidence to back her claim they arent ready to accept the truth. However, Mami's and Sayaka's real reasons differentiate with Madoka's and it sheds a light to their character.
Mami's character is the embodiment of a humble Ojou-sama and a kind Onee-sama. While Mami exudes class, grace, and beauty, she never flaunts her privilege or status. She tries to become a mentor for Madoka and Sayaka but at the same time tries to caution them that the life of a Puella Magi is not without sacrifice and difficulties. Mami's speech in Episode 3 gives us a glimpse to the kind of life Mami has led so far, a very lonely and solitary life with no one to call a friend. Mami's seriousness is betrayed by her emotional outburst of joy and monologue when Madoka pledges to become a Puella Magi and join together with Mami in her duty to hunt down Witches and protect the city. For the first time we learn that Mami is truly happy with being a Puella Magi. We must consider that while Mami took her responsibility as a Puella Magi with seriousness and professionalism, we can see through flashes that she was unhappy with that type of life. Perhaps we it can interpret her duty as a Puella Magi a form of Noblesse Oblige.
If Episode 3 uncovers Mami's unhappiness then Episode 10 marks her despair. The nature of her despair requires a deep analysis to understand Mami's lapse of judgement and brief moment of insanity. Given the glimpse we observe regarding Mami's solitary lifestyle and her sacrifice to protect the people and the city, it is understandable as to why Mami lost her composure. One could interpret that all her work and sacrifice was for naught, that the lives she saved would be meaningless once she became a Witch, and that her personal sacrifice and unhappiness contributed to the propagation of a horrifying system. Mami's sense of despair is understandable, however, her following actions contribute to her criticism and are the source of many arguments against her character. Mami's early impression is shattered once she gives in into despair and we glimpse into her weakest moment as a human being. But on the other hand it could be interpreted as the next logical step into a world that has gone mad. Mami knows that her friends have no future, that it is only a matter of time they will become Witches, to spare them of their suffering (and her own) and halt the death of future victims at their hands as Witches she decides that death (and suicide) is the logical and noble choice. No matter the interpretation or justification to fans what Mami did is considered an unforgivable act. What Mami committed was an act of betrayal by killing her kouhai, she commits murder by attempting to take their lives without their consent and consultation.
Surprisingly the Anime series presents different acts that involves killing and murder under different circumstances. And each act requires to be judged on their own. If Mami's action in Episode 10 can be interpreted as a betrayal (or desperation), then Madoka's action to stop Mami's murdering rampage can be interpreted as an act of self-defense and justifiable homicide, acting in defense of others (or in this case an attempt to save Homura). Many fans have criticized Madoka as a helpless crybaby, but this (horrifying) single act of bravery demonstrates Madoka's measure as a Puella Magi and as a person. Not only is she willing to take personal risks to save others, but she is also willing to make the tough choices when the situation calls for it, even if it means killing a friend to save another. Madoka is not a helpless character, she is only helpless because she is unsure what to do to make things right. True to Madoka's character she understands the danger she is imposing by becoming a Witch, rather than use the Grief Seed to save her own life she saves Homura with no regrets, then she asks Homura to do the unthinkable. Under the agony of pain and sorrow Homura commits a merciful killing by stoping Madoka's transformation into a Witch. This is not the act of a cold blooded killer (which she has been accused to be many times) but that of a friend under duress.
In no moment during the series Homura has been a senseless cold blooded killer or a murderer (under the narrow definition), it could be said that she has expressed her opinion to take bold action when the moment requires it, that includes taking a life (just like Madoka did). Which lead us to another controversy and criticism.
People who have watched episode 11's blu-ray version must have noticed that Homura's transformation got a major overhaul, including a large quantity of spinning, floating runes.
Would anyone be able to take high-quality screenshots of these so that they can be translated? I'm willing to do it, if someone uploads screenshots.
- Here you go. http://imageshack.us/g/812/vlcsnap2011101601h39m36.png/
- From what I've seen, they just appear to be numbers. In the first pic in the uploaded album, from left to right :
- 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6
- Each rune that appears is a number.
- Oh... huh... here I was expecting some sort of hidden message, but I guess it's just obeying the new theme of her transformation? Gauges? Tons of gauges? I would have expected clocks, honestly, or gears (no reference to Walpurgisnacht, though). Though I guess the gauges are sort of clocks...