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“Remember this and take it to heart: Kindness sometimes leads to even greater tragedy.” 

Homura Akemi (暁美 ほむら Akemi Homura?) is one of the main characters in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series.

Appearance

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Homura's former braided hair appearance

School Uniform

Homura is a young girl with waist-length black hair and violet eyes. In the present timeline, she almost always presents herself with an emotionless (stoic look) on her face. Long before she came to realize the horrors of her destiny in earlier timelines, she wears red spectacles alongside two interlaces of braided hair, thus causing her hair to branch out in the present timeline after removing the braids. Near the ending of the movie Rebellion, in the new universe she has created herself, it is shown that she possesses purple earrings.

Magical Girl

In her magical girl form, she wears a white, long-sleeve coat with a silver collar over a black, long-sleeved dress. The skirt is silver with a white trim. She also wears black leggings with dark-gray diamonds that cover the sides of the legs, and black heels. The coat appears to have a flower-like pattern with 3 "petals," and has 2 ribbons attached to it.

Demon

In her demon form, which is featured in Rebellion, she wears a black dress that is longer in the back, similar to Madoka's Goddess outfit. The top of this dress is a heart-shaped plunging neckline, with the inside of the chest piece being sharp to mimic feathers. She has a similarly paired choker, with a bow-and-arrow shaped piece that lays flatly across her chest. Moving down to the bodice portion of the dress, the sides are cut to where only the middle portion of her torso is covered, while the rest, including the back, is fully revealed. The bottom points outwards to either side, the ends being feathers to match her "fallen angel" concept. The inside of the skirt resembles a universe, just as Madoka's. She also wears thigh-high socks that follow a diamond pattern, like the adornments on the stockings she wears as a magical girl. The outfit is complete with black flat shoes with an anklet piece attached, and full-length gloves that end with two strands. This form keeps the hair ribbon that Madoka gave her at the end of the series.

Personality

Ever since her arrival at Mitakihara Middle School, Homura is immediately depicted as being very intelligent, athletic, distant, and cold. It is revealed in episode four that she is only like this because she has seen so much suffering during her tenure as a magical girl. Because of this, she does not want Madoka Kaname to become a magical girl and tries to do anything in order to stop her from making a wish with Kyubey, going as far as to attempt to injure and even kill the cat-like creature. Despite her cold attitude towards others, she still very much cares for Madoka, as it is her sole objective to protect her due to the countless amount of blood, sweat, and tears she has shed over her jumps in time.

In the original timeline where her journey began, however, Homura is portrayed as meek, shy, timid, and is known around the school for her lack of confidence. She was also known for her physical incapability of performing in P.E. class; she would get dizzy upon doing even the simplest of warm-up exercises, likely due to her time spent in the hospital because of her heart condition. This had the unfortunate result of her being a target of bullying, as heard on Drama CD 1. Overwhelmed by her perceived uselessness, she begins questioning her existence and until she begins her fated friendship with Madoka, her feelings do not change. Madoka, alongside Mami Tomoe, shows her the ropes and dangers of becoming a magical girl and notes that Madoka's own attitude became much healthier with every witch battle. In an ironic twist, in the anime timeline, we see how frail and meek Madoka is, compared to the current Homura whose personality had performed a complete 180-degree turn due to her experiences in multiple timelines.

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Homura in her past timeline.

Despite being regarded as emotionless by Sayaka Miki, Homura is far from it. Although she does not easily show signs of remorse, sadness, or pity, it is only because she had grown used to the suffering around her, and must put up a strong front to continue fighting for her goal. Homura herself has stated that she always feels badly with each life she's unable to save or alter, but nevertheless, it does not slow her down from staying true to her main objective in saving Madoka Kaname.

Fighting Style

Homura is capable of turning back time, as she has done numerous times. The amount of times she can turn back time appears to be indefinite, and her actions in numerous timelines have caused most, if not all of them, to end badly. Aside from this, Homura fights using military-grade weapons including guns and explosives.

Backstory

Homura, despite being portrayed as unfriendly, is actually quite the opposite. Homura transferred into Mitakihara Middle School as an initially timid, shy, and unsure girl, before getting encouragement from the first person who reached out to her, Madoka Kaname, who also complimented her name, which she was self conscious about. After finding out Madoka was a magical girl after wandering into a barrier, along with meeting Mami Tomoe, she felt inspired by and looked up to them after being saved by them. When Walpurgisnacht comes along, and Madoka dies, she cries over her body, and then makes her wish: "I want to redo my meeting with Miss Kaname. But this time, instead of her protecting me, I want to become strong enough to protect her (source: Netflix subs)," which granted her time powers. With her powers, she can pause time, store things in her shield, and go back in time to redo her meeting with Madoka. 

Timeline 2

Homura, now a magical girl, with newfound confidence and excitement, transfers into school all over again, walking straight up to Madoka after her name is written on the board. She meets up with Madoka and Mami again. With Madoka and Mami as her coaches, she begins training to use her time magic and constructs bombs to use as her offensive weapons. In this timeline, Homura fights her first witch. With Mami and Madoka's help, she's able to defeat it. This timeline ends when Madoka's soul gem becomes corrupted during the battle with Walpurgisnacht, and is about to become a witch.

Timeline 3

After coming to the realization that Kyubey is tricking everyone, she does her best to try to convince everyone of that truth, to which Sayaka doesn't believe her and presumes she's only trying to turn everyone against each other, and also adds that Homura would be useless to their team because bombs are the only offensive attack that she has. Going off of Sayaka's words, Homura steals firearms from a locker and is presumably accepted into their team. Once Sayaka became a witch, Homura apologizes before using these firearms to defeat her witch. After the witch battle is over, Mami shoots and breaks Kyoko's soul gem, before tying up Homura with ribbons and attempting to kill her next, in an attempt to "save" all of them by killing them all and herself so no one would suffer. Madoka shoots and breaks Mami's soul gem with an arrow before she can break Homura's soul gem, and then bursts into tears. Homura comforts her and assures her both of them can defeat Walpurgisnacht by themselves. This timeline ends when Madoka and Homura are lying together in the wreckage of Walpurgisnacht's destruction, defeated. Both of their soul gems are clouded. Homura doesn't have any Grief Seeds, but Madoka secretly had one saved, so she used it on Homura's soul gem suddenly, healing her. Madoka asks Homura to go back in time and save her and everyone else from making a contract with Kyubey. Homura agrees. She shoots and breaks Madoka's soul gem at Madoka's request, killing her, all while crying and wailing. It's at the reset of this timeline -- the fourth timeline -- where Homura gets rid of her glasses and braids and transforms herself into the Homura we see from then on.

Series Timeline

Homura is first introduced in Episode 1 as a new student. She claims that her head is hurting, and asks to go to the nurse, knowing that Madoka is the helper. She talks with Madoka in the hallway about Madoka's current life, and if she wants to change. Madoka replies that she is happy with the way things are.

Homura then meets Madoka again later, after Madoka has been lead to Kyubey. Homura is seen trying to kill Kyubey. When Madoka saves Kyubey, Homura is displeased and tells Madoka that the situation is none of her business. Then, Sayaka shows up to save Madoka, spraying Homura with a fire extinguisher.

Trivia

  • The name Homura is written in hiragana, which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji, it can read as:
    • Flame or blaze (炎 or 焔)
    • Heart on fire (心火)
    • Mass of flame (炎叢)
    • Village protector (保村)
    • Beauty, Excellence or Surpass (秀)
    • Village and Hamlet (邑)
  • Homura's surname Akemi means "Bright" (ake) and "Mindset" (mi). It can also mean "dawn beauty".
  • Homura is frequently referred to as "Homerun-chan" amongst Western fans, due to the similarity of the two names
  • Japanese fans refer to her as "HomuHomu," as one of the runes in Episode 3 translates to this.
  • Some fans in some countries call her by "Time Queen" and "Time Princess".

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