The manga I’m going to take a look at now is another Madoka spin-off, this time presenting a ‘what-if?’ story. Homura’s Revenge! consists of two volumes. This spin-off was created by Masugitsune & Kawazukuu and originally serialised in Manga Time Kirara Magica from issues 1 to 9.
Masugitsune & Kawazukuu followed this with a new serialisation titled Puella Magi Tart Magica, which I will be looking at in the future. For now, though, here’s the first volume of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura’s Revenge!
Oh, and there will be spoilers here for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, so bear that in mind.
From the back of the volume, the blurb (which features a picture of Mami and Kyubey sat on Homura’s shield):
Another week with Madoka?!
Had Madoka Kaname known of the tragic transformation that would mark the end of her magical-girl journey, how would her story have unfolded? In this telling of her story, Madoka remembers the outcomes of her previous timelines – but so does Kyubey. Even with the knowledge of her previous lives, can Madoka outmanoeuvre Kyubey and avoid her fate?
This first volume contains chapters 1 to 5. None of the chapters have their own title, just simply being chapter 1, etc. This is something I find slightly disappointing, but it’s hardly a gamebreaker. Anyway, let’s drive straight in.
The first chapter opens with Homura facing Walpurgisnacht. Since this takes place before the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, naturally Homura does her time warp trick – however, there’s one difference this time. Madoka hasn’t become a magical girl in this story’s timeline, so Homura tries using her powers to bring Madoka back as well.
Turns out her plan works, though you probably guessed that from reading the blurb. Anyway, Madoka possesses all memories of the events that unfolded and proposes that she and Homura work together to prevent Mami, Sayaka and Kyouko from succumbing to their tragic fates.
So events play out just like in the anime, but Madoka’s ‘first’ meeting with Kyubey is also different. Madoka and Homura weren’t the only ones to travel back in time – Kyubey managed to hitch a ride too. Kyubey says he’ll go along with Homura’s plan, but well – we know how trustworthy Kyubey is.
Sayaka arrives, and events become more familiar again. The first chapter closes with the arrival of Mami, whom Madoka is happy to see again.
In the second chapter, Madoka is unable to contain herself since she is able to see Mami again. Mami saves Madoka and Sayaka from the labyrinth, then we get to see Homura trying not to get on Mami’s bad side… despite telepathically begging Madoka for help, Homura’s ‘first’ meeting with Mami doesn’t go well. Aside from that, the meeting between Madoka, Sayaka and Mami plays out as normal.
Mami picks up that Madoka is familiar with her, though Kyubey is able to come up with a small lie so Mami doesn’t probe too much into the matter.
Anyway, Mami invites Madoka out on a witch hunt – again, familiar territory for those who have watched the anime.
Of course, we all remember how Mami’s encounter with the witch Charlotte went, so Homura suggests that she’ll take care of it before Mami can get close to it.
So Madoka and Sayaka see the grief seed at the hospital, and Madoka runs off to get help – though she doesn’t intend to involve Mami.
However, there’s the small matter of Kyubey, who ‘helpfully’ informs Mami of the impending danger. Naturally, this means that Mami and Madoka venture into the witch’s labyrinth.
Homura ends up fighting Mami, though the battle isn’t spectacular as the one between the two in Rebellion. Mami is able to get the better of Homura, so events continue similarly to how they did in the anime. Oh, and Kyubey insists that Mami should finish off Homura – she doesn’t.
The second chapter ends with introduction of Charlotte, and Madoka resolving to do something to prevent Mami from meeting with a terrible fate.
In the third chapter, Mami fights Charlotte whilst Kyubey returns to Homura and says that he intends to release her. Homura decides to hand him a knife to cut her bonds, and then Kyubey says that he could take the knife and use it to kill her instead…
Anyway, the battle between Mami and Charlotte goes as you might expect… oh, aprt from the bit where Madoka actually tackles Mami out of the way of Charlotte’s jaws. Unlike in the anime, Mami actually manages to put up a decent fight against Charlotte’s second form. Then Homura arrives, distracting Mami, and yeah… the thing happens again.
Ultimately, Homura is the one to defeat Charlotte. Afterwards, Sayaka demands the witch’s grief seed, whilst Madoka mourns.
The fourth chapter opens with Sayaka making a wish and becoming a magical girl. Madoka also gets an idea of what Homura has experienced, since Mami’s death wasn’t as much of a shock to her the second time around.
So Sayaka feels anger towards Homura for showing up when she did, and Kyubey agrees. Of course, Madoka knows what exactly was going on, but she knows that nobody would believe her if she said that she came from the future.
Homura visits Mami’s home, where she has a talk with Kyubey. She meets with Madoka shortly afterwards. Homura blames herself for Mami’s death, but Madoka reassures her. She says that they can still save Sayaka and Kyouko.
It being the day when Sayaka makes her contract, Homura and Madoka decide to split up in order to prevent another tragedy from occurring. Madoka goes after Sayaka, whilst Homura goes after Hitomi who would be possessed by the witch Elly.
Homura is able to prevent Hitomi and the others from carrying out a mass suicide, but her confrontation with the witch goes awry when it shows her memories of previous timelines.
Sayaka saves Homura, which means that Madoka wasn’t able to prevent her from becoming a magical girl. Sayaka threatens Homura, but Madoka protects the latter. The chapter ends with the introduction of Kyouko, who is looking to take down the magical girl responsible for Mami’s death.
The last chapter of the first volume is the fifth, which opens with Sayaka talking to Madoka about her reasons for becoming a magical girl. After that, Kyubey introduces someone to Sayaka (guess who?)
Anyway, Madoka and Homura talk to each other. Homura says that Madoka should distance herself from her.
So Madoka and Sayaka go on their witch hunt – the one where they end up chasing a familiar and Kyouko shows up. However, Kyouko doesn’t appear, much to the relief of Homura who is watching them from the shadows.
Well, Kyouko doesn’t show up to attack Sayaka – her spear is pointed at Homura. She tries to attack Homura, but time manipulating opponents are somewhat difficult to fight.
Madoka hears their scuffle and goes to investigate, with Sayaka following close behind. It is revealed that Sayaka actually knows Kyouko – Kyubey introduced the pair to each other earlier on. The chapter, and the volume, ends there.
Well, there’s a small side chapter where we get to see where Kyubey ended up after travelling back through time – just a funny little extra.
So, that’s the first volume of Homura’s Revenge! It presents a familiar story, though it manages to be new at the same time. I suppose technically the familiarity comes from Kyubey manipulating things to play out like the previous timeline, which begs the question – what if Homura and Madoka had gone back in time without Kyubey?
Still, things haven’t really played out in Homura and Madoka’s favour in this timeline. Maybe things will go better in the second volume… or not.