1. the cinematics - love and terror; 2. mumford & sons - thistle and weeds; 3. oasis - live forever; 4. daughter - medicine; 5. skillet - fire and fury; 6. evans blue - cold (but I’m still here); 7. paramore - the only exception; 8. of monsters and men - love love love; 9. ludo - love me dead; 10. the civil wars - poison and wine; 11. marina and the diamonds - lies; 12. muse - time is running out; 13. yeah yeah yeahs - dudley; 14. ellie goulding - my blood; 15. daughter - landfill; 16. gabrielle aplin - human
Connie can sense the sexual tension
tajima is widely regarded as the Bad Influence on hanai but let’s be real hanai has also probably done his fair share of grabbing tajima by the scruff and kissing him against the fence in the early morning when they’re the first ones on the field.
of course he absolutely denies this but. it has happened.
Do not read if you haven’t seen Rebellion yet, unless you’ve already been spoiled or you don’t care.
Many fans feel betrayed by the ending of Rebellion, primarily because they feel Homura’s actions were completely out-of-character and that Urobuchi has tainted the once loyal, selfless heroine.
I believe that if you go back and rewatch the TV series after seeing Rebellion, you’ll realize that Homura’s choices make perfect sense for her character and are consistent with her previous actions.
Homura is completely and utterly obsessed with Madoka. Madoka was her first friend ever - imagine 14 years of life, suffering from a frail body and crippling shyness, with no one to comfort her or play with. Madoka changed all that. Homura’s feeling were of more than just love, they were of idolatry. Not only did Madoka reach out to her in a gesture of pure kindness, she was Homura’s ideal - confident, righteous, energetic - basically everything Homura wasn’t.
Homura repeated that month nearly a hundred times, only to watch her best and only friend die again and again. Reliving the same struggle and pain nearly a hundred times, only to fail again and again and again. With Madoka’s salvation her only goal, her love developed into pure obsession.
Homura developed into something similar to a sociopath, only instead of caring only for himself, she cared only for Madoka. She openly states to Sayaka that doesn’t care at all what happens to her unless it affects Madoka’s happiness, and shows no hesitation in her willingness to kill her. I don’t believe she always felt this way - I’m sure she considered Sayaka and Mami her friends initially, but by the time we meet her, she’s lost sight of anything and anyone except Madoka.
Following Madoka’s sacrifice and ascension to Godhood, not only is Homura never able to see her again, she’s the only person able to remember her. She could care less about the world now - she says so herself - but she continues to fight the wraiths, for the sole reason of honouring Madoka’s wishes.
Her love and respect for Madoka is enough that even after reuniting with her inside her witch barrier, she’d still rather sacrifice herself to preserve Madoka’s new world. She begs not to be saved, but when Madoka comes to her, she’s unable to refuse her.
Now let’s recap. Homura’s been through nearly 100 timelines, seen her best and only friend die in each one, seen her disappear and be forgotten by everyone but herself, had her emotions toyed with within her barrier, and transformed into a witch and back. And she’s only a 14-year-old girl, who was very weak to begin with and only became strong as a result of the suffering she endured. After all this, she is finally reunited with Madoka, the most important person in her life, the object of her love, idolatry, and obsession. And she snaps.
She does not go ‘insane’ as many have said. Rather, she loses her ability to control her desires. Previously, she had done what Madoka thought was best. Now, she does what she believes is best for Madoka.
Remember that after losing her memory of her divinity, Madoka tells Homura that she wouldn’t be able to bear being separated from everyone forever. Remember also that Homura values Madoka’s happiness above anything else. Madoka had sacrificed herself for the greater good, and Homura went along with it. Now, she decided to change everything - to give Madoka her happiness at the expense of the rest of the magical girls.
Homura’s choice is extremely selfish and extremely selfless at the same time. It is selfless in that, as always, she is doing it solely for Madoka. However, it is selfish in that it is Homura’s perception of what would make Madoka happy, rather what Madoka herself wants. Madoka believed that she would still be happy as a God, and I truly believe she was. But Homura was too blind to see this, and she had finally lost her willpower to continue upholding Madoka’s philosophy at the expense of her own desire.
Whereas Madoka became the embodiment of the concept of hope, Homura became, in her own words, the embodiment of the concept of evil. But let us look at the definition of ‘evil.’ In this case, evil is the disruption of order and balance for reasons of selfish desire - a quite common definition in fact. By this interpretation, Homura is indeed evil. But she is not maliciously evil. Her sin is that of selfishness, and of love. Her story is a tragedy about how selfish love can blind and corrupt, and what happens when love is taken too far.
The ending was indeed sad. It was painful and depressing, I cannot deny that. But it does not ruin Homura’s character at all. It simply expands upon what was already there and brings it to a possible and logical conclusion. In my opinion, it makes her an even more complex and interesting character.