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Old 2011-03-07, 12:35   Link #229
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FlareKnight - A case can be made that Homura made a strategic error in not actively trying to make sure that there was at least one magical girl to fight alongside her come Walpurgis Night.

In fairness, I do think that Homura wanted Mami to survive, at least partly for this very reason. And hence she did try to stop Mami from fighting Charlotte (which Homura may have known beforehand was doomed to failure).

However, after Sayaka became a magical girl, Homura perhaps should have told Madoka to not worry about Sayaka, since Homura would ensure that Sayaka stays Ok.

This would have put Madoka's mind more at ease, hence lessening the likelihood of Madoka deciding to become a magical girl for Sayaka's sake, and also freeing Homura up a bit more to try to keep Sayaka alive. It also may have kept the soul gem reveal from ever happening, which in turn would have kept Sayaka's mental state healthy enough to avoid descending into a witch prior to Walpurgis Night.

The key problem was ironically Kyoko, and her initial aggression against Sayaka. This put Homura in a bit of a bind where she probably felt that she needed to choose between the two (attempting to negotiate a true truce between Kyoko and Sayaka may have seen pointless to Homura prior to Episode 7).

As is, I think that Homura basically chose Kyoko over Sayaka, which ultimately resulted in her having neither to help her.
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