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Homura Akemi is a character from the 2011 original anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She is a gun-slinging, hair-flipping, mysterious magical girl who tries to prevent Madoka from forming a contract with Kyuubey and become a magical girl like her. In the last few episodes, Homura's true intentions and backstory are eventually revealed, with the events making her arguably the "true protagonist" of the story. Indeed, she later stars as the main character of the 2013 sequel film Madoka Magica: Rebellion.

As a magical girl, Homura uses real military hardware to fight witches instead of magical weapons, and is later revealed to possess the power to control time. In the fandom, Homura is mainly shipped romantically with Madoka as her actions and motives stem from her love for the titular character - although whether this love is romantic or otherwise is yet to be confirmed in the canon anime.

The resident "dark magical girl" is the anime's best known competitor in saimoe tournaments, having won Anizone's Korean saimoe in 2011 and scoring multiple decent results in notable contests such as /r/anime and ISML. Ironically, in 2channel's original Saimoe contest, Homura was the worst performing girl out of the main quintet because she did not reach the final round unlike the other four girls, only managing a quarter-final result in 2014.


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ISML[]

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"When Akemi Homura introduces herself to her new classmates, she does so by stating her name only, as if anything more was a pointless effort and acknowledging those around her could only distract her away from what is truly important. Her demeanor is cold, but she has the looks, intelligence, and athletic ability that every girl can only dream of and is a natural idol among her peers. It is no surprise that other students wish to befriend her... but forging new friendships seems to be the last thing Homura has in mind.''

At face value, her words and actions are devoid of any hint of kindness and compassion. However, no one can truly understand the intentions guiding her, just as none can imagine the mental and emotional scars she bears. Her eyes are an abyss, a pit deep enough to conceal even her loneliness and the longing to wrap her arms around the one who means everything to her. Her heart is shackled, too broken to register anything but new despair and pain. Tears course through her veins in place of blood, tears she cannot shed no matter how desperately she wants to.

And yet Homura holds her head high, never losing sight of her mission. She will do whatever it takes to grasp onto the single miracle afforded her. She will fight and mislead and betray. Brand her friend or foe, the love and devotion Homura exemplifies are a power far surpassing both time and space."'


Main Tournament[]

Overall Record

ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and consolation 1v1 matches only.
Preliminaries, gems, exhibitions, and approval / range voting rounds are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2012 Regular season Nova 27th 7 28 7-28
ISML 2013 Regular season Nova 32nd 7 28 7-28
ISML 2014 Did not qualify (Stella Prelims, Phase 1 Round 4)
ISML 2015 Did not qualify (Stella Prelims, Round 5)
ISML 2016 Top 32 Groups Emerald 17th-32nd 3 3 3-3
ISML 2017 Amethyst Groups Top 72 65th-72nd 5 10 5-10
ISML 2018 Topaz Wildcards Top 96 78th WC 2 8 2-8
ISML 2019 Sapphire Wildcards Top 48 43rd WC 3 9 3-9
ISML 2020 Split 1 Wildcards 73rd WC 1 4 1-4
ISML 2021 Did not qualify (Preliminaries: 95th / 72nd)
ISML 2022
Total W-L: 28-90 (23.73%) Postseason: N/A RS Record: 28-90 (23.73%)
Opponents played: ???


Match History

ISML 2019
Nominations: 113 votes (47th)
Rd Opponent Score W-L?
Aqua 1 Rinne.png Rinne Ohara 4391 - 4601 L
Aqua 2 Saber.png Saber 4254 - 5868 L
Aqua 3 Nero fate.png Nero 5693 - 5141 W
Tpz 1 Tohru dragon.png Tohru 4531 - 6113 L
Tpz 2 Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi 5430 - 6052 L
Tpz 3 015.png Ichigo 7166 - 6495 W
Amet 1 Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki 4374 - 5972 L
Amet 2 Yoshino dal.png Yoshino 4887 - 5336 L
Amet 3 Ai haibara.png Ai Haibara 5770 - 4717 W
Sapp 1 Schwi.png Schwi Dola 6661 - 7758 L
Sapp 2 Shouko.png Shouko Nishimiya 5837 - 6648 L
Sapp 3 Mitsuha.png Mitsuha Miyamizu 6800 - 7598 L
Wildcards (STV, Max 4): 2735.4 -- 6th / 12th, Out
Final position: 43rd (based on wildcard result)
ISML 2020
Nominations: 115 votes (22nd)
Seeding R2 (approval): 1252 (seed 37)
Stage Rd Opponent Score W-L?
Split 1
Group C
5th (1W 4L)
Wildcards
Aqua 1 Mitsuha.png Mitsuha Miyamizu 1500 - 2237 L
Aqua 2 Yotsuba.png Yotsuba Nakano 2074 - 1959 W
Aqua 3 Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka 2017 - 2972 L
Aqua 4 Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita 1431 - 3100 L
Aqua 5 Ram.png Ram 1603 - 2331 L
Wildcards (approval, Max 8): 2845 -- 17th / 24th, Out
Final position: 73rd (based on wildcard result)



r/anime[]

History[]

Homura is the most popular Madoka Magica character on /r/anime, as far as her results in the tournaments are concerned. She is best associated with the phrase "Homura did nothing wrong" (originally a response to her controversial actions in the Rebellion film), which has become both a running gag and a battle cry for her fans who desire to see her succeed in the brackets despite years of hurt and disappointment. Homura has also been involved in several restarted match days in the tournament's history, which coincidentally fits in with the fact that she has time-related powers.

The dark-haired magical girl debuted as the highest-seeded Madoka character in the very first Best Girl contest at #24. She reached the sixth round, but narrowly missed out on a place in the elite eight after she lost by 16 votes against Asuna. Since then, Homura's subsequent appearances in Best Girl have her get knocked out in round 4 against many tournament staples. However, she did break the 4th round barrier two times: in Best Girl 3 where she lost to Saber in round 5, and in Best Girl 4 where she upset #9 seed Tadokoro in round 4 (which featured an link-heavy, RES-crippling post by an /r/Homura moderator)[1] before getting knocked out by Yoko Littner.

After a new Madoka movie serving as the sequel to Rebellion was announced in 2021[2], Homura's chances in Best Girl 8 seemed hopeful, especially when she secured the #16 seed, her highest position to date. Unfortunately, she could not capitalize on the announcement hype, and she was eliminated in round 4 against the underseeded Tsubasa Hanekawa.

On the other hand, Homura would enjoy relatively better results in the mixed-gender Best Character Contest, because her character plot is one of her main appeals. After being denied in the last 16 by Spike Spiegel in Best Character 2, Homura finally broke into the Elite Eight in Best Character 4 when she defeated Mayoi Hachikuji, but her run ended when she encountered fellow time traveler and eventual champion Rintarou Okabe.

Two years later, Homura became involved in an incident when she lost to Zero Two in Best Character 5's round 3. The match got suspended as the host received reports of outside parties influencing the result, which was implied to be Zero Two fans cross-posting the contest to their home subreddits and Discord servers - a definite possibility given their involvement in a high-profile match against Asuna in Best Girl 6. After a discussion thread was put up on deciding what to do with the brigaded characters,[3] the host decided to restart the round, and requested the offending users to delete their posts promoting their character in the contest.[4] As a result, Homura won in the ensuing rematch, but she was eliminated by Shouko Nishimiya in the following round.

Homura would finally earn her first /r/anime honour by winning the second "24-Hour Best Girl" exhibition contest, which turned out to be /r/anime's 2020 April Fools celebration event as the title was switched into "Worst Girl of All Time" halfway through.[5][6]. Given her divisive reception as a character, having her win the title instead of the likes of Kurisu or Megumin seemed very fitting, and her fans don't seem to mind, because a win is still a win anyways.


Matches[]

Best Girl

Best Girl Contest match history
Best Girl 1 - seed 24
  • T512 plate.png (490) Botan.png Botan @ Yu Yu Hakusho -- 2757 - 356
  • T256 plate.png (283) You Kasukabe @ Mondaiji -- 3624 - '876
  • T128 plate.png (105) Emi yusa.png Emi Yusa @ The Devil is a Part-Timer! -- 3550 - 2225
  • T64 plate.png (41) Yui ab.png Yui @ Angel Beats -- 4399 - 2655
  • T32 plate.png (9) Shiro1.png Shiro @ No Game No Life -- 5120 - 3808
  • T16 plate.png (8) Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki @ Sword Art Online -- 5773 - 5791

Best Girl 2 - seed 42

  • T512 plate.png (471) Konata.png Konata Izumi @ Lucky Star -- 5557 - 1973
  • T256 plate.png (215) Mairu Orihara @ Durarara!! -- 5590 - 1901
  • T128 plate.png (87) Isla1.png Isla @ Plastic Memories -- 5000 - 3214
  • T64 plate.png (23) Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka @ Toradora! -- 4195 - 4626

Best Girl 3 - seed 31

  • T512 plate.png (482) Nana.png Nana Ebina @ Himouto! Umaru-chan -- 4007 - 1038
  • T256 plate.png (226) Chloe.png Chloe von Einzbern @ Fate/kaleid liner -- 3992 - 1419
  • T128 plate.png (98) Kallen.png Kallen Stadtfeld @ Code Geass -- 4708 - 2595
  • T64 plate.png (34) Cc.png C.C. @ Code Geass -- 4713 - 4109
  • T32 plate.png (2) Saber.png Saber @ Fate/stay night -- 3744 - 4793

Best Girl 4 - seed 56

  • T512 plate.png (457) Erina jojo.png Erina Pendleton @ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure -- 7879 - 1896
  • T256 plate.png (201) Akeno.png Akeno Himejima @ High School DxD -- 7325 - 3656
  • T128 plate.png (73) Komachi.png Komachi Hikigaya @ Oregairu -- 6201 - 5163
  • T64 plate.png (7) Megumi t.png Megumi Tadokoro @ Shokugeki no Souma -- 6395 - 6178
  • T32 plate.png (24) Yoko.png Yoko Littner @ Gurren Lagann -- 7624 - 7941

Best Girl 5 - seed 63

  • T512 plate.png (450) Iori n.png Iori Nagase @ Kokoro Connect -- 5960 - 2348
  • T256 plate.png (194) An Onoya @ ReLIFE -- 6131 - 3610
  • T128 plate.png (63) Misato.png Misato Katsuragi @ Evangelion -- 5767 - 5115
  • T64 plate.png (2) Rem.png Rem @ Re:Zero -- 4815 - 8581

Best Girl 6 - seed 54

  • T512 plate.png (459) Rio Nakamura @ Assassination Classroom -- 3660 - 1816
  • T256 plate.png (203) Urara.png Urara Shiraishi @ Yamada-kun -- 3457 - 2332
  • T128 plate.png (75) Kou yagami.png Kou Yagami @ New Game! -- 4576 - 2861
  • T64 plate.png (11) Ryuuko Matoi Ryuuko Matoi @ Kill la Kill -- 3371 - 5260

Best Girl 7 - seed 47

  • T512 plate.png (466) Carole @ Carole & Tuesday -- 2222 - 438
  • T256 plate.png (210) Kyou.png Kyou Fujibayashi @ Clannad -- 2288 - 1385
  • T128 plate.png (82) Fumino.png Fumino Furuhashi @ Bokuben -- 2345 - 1780
  • T64 plate.png (18) Saber.png Saber @ Fate/stay night -- 2266 - 4274

Best Girl 8 - seed 16

  • T512 plate.png (497) Yue.png Yue @ Arifureta -- 2898 - 1248
  • T256 plate.png (272) Chizuru.png Chizuru Hishiro @ ReLIFE -- 2313 - 1602
  • T128 plate.png (53) Olivier.png Olivier Mira Armstrong @ Fullmetal Alchemist -- 2154 - 1523
  • T64 plate.png (80) Hanekawa.png Tsubasa Hanekawa @ Monogatari -- 1791 - 2206


Best Character

Best Character Contest match history
Best Character 1 - seed 59
  • T512 plate.png (454) Orochimaru.png Orochimaru @ Naruto -- 2974 - 1116
  • T256 plate.png (198) Naruto.png Naruto Uzumaki @ Naruto -- 2568 - 1292
  • T128 plate.png (70) Komachi.png Komachi Hikigaya @ Oregairu -- 2674 - 1830
  • T64 plate.png (6) Light.png Light Yagami @ Death Note -- 2320 - 2475

Best Character 2 - seed 12

  • T512 plate.png (501) Naota.png Naota Nandaba @ FLCL -- 1409 - 377
  • T256 plate.png (245) Suzaku.png Suzaku Kururugi @ Code Geass -- 1333 - 467
  • T128 plate.png (117) Decim.png Decim @ Death Parade -- 1472 - 676
  • T64 plate.png (53) Olivier.png Olivier Mira Armstrong @ Fullmetal Alchemist -- 1741 - 847
  • T32 plate.png (21) Saber.png Saber @ Fate/stay night -- 1352 - 1270
  • T16 plate.png (28) Spike.png Spike Spiegel @ Cowboy Bebop -- 1228 - 1431

Best Character 3 - seed 40

  • T512 plate.png (473) Hanzo Urushihara @ The Devil is a Part-Timer! -- 1813 - 513
  • T256 plate.png (217) Mugen.png Mugen @ Samurai Champloo -- 1500 - 740
  • T128 plate.png (89) Shouya.png Shouya Ishida @ Koe no Katachi -- 2287 - 1746
  • T64 plate.png (25) Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama @ Oregairu -- 1492 - 1107
  • T32 plate.png (8) Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe @ Steins;Gate -- 1310 - 1759

Best Character 4 - seed 22

  • T512 plate.png (491) Rinko.png Rinko Yamato @ Ore Monogatari!! -- 1369 - 340
  • T256 plate.png (235) Hiyori.png Hiyori Iki @ Noragami -- 1246 - 612
  • T128 plate.png (150) Kou yagami.png Kou Yagami @ New Game! -- 1641 - 809
  • T64 plate.png (43) Genos.png Genos @ One Punch Man -- 1552 - 1006
  • T32 plate.png (11) Izuku.png Izuku Midoriya @ My Hero Academia -- 1663 - 1183
  • T16 plate.png (38) Mayoi.png Mayoi Hachikuji @ Monogatari -- 1280 - 1170
  • Qf plate.png (3) Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe @ Steins;Gate -- 1462 - 2200

Best Character 5 - seed 41

  • T512 plate.png (472) Shizuka s.png Shizuka Sakaki @ Shirobako -- 572 - 192
  • T256 plate.png (216) Kohaku.png Kohaku @ Dr. Stone -- 832 - 359
  • T128 plate.png (88) 02.png Zero Two @ Darling in the Franxx -- 925 - 492
  • T64 plate.png (41) Shouko.png Shouko Nishimiya @ Koe no Katachi -- 589 - 654


Exhibitions
24-Hour Best Girl (1mil. Subscriber Event) - seed 37

24-Hour Worst Girl (April Fools 2020) - seed 43

  • T256 plate.png (214) MISAKA 9982 @ A Certain Magical Index -- 193 - 84
  • T128 plate.png (171) Hinata k.png Hinata Kawamoto @ 3-gatsu no Lion -- 155 - 74
  • T64 plate.png (22) Ram.png Ram @ Re:Zero -- 300 - 210
  • T32 plate.png (11) Yunyun.png Yunyun @ Konosuba -- 306 - 297
  • T16 plate.png (38) Tohru dragon.png Tohru @ Dragon Maid -- 310 - 255
  • Qf plate.png (14) Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka @ Fate/stay night -- 318 - 292
  • Sf plate.png (2) Megumin.png Megumin @ Konosuba -- 285 - 272
  • Final plate.png (9) Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise @ Steins;Gate -- 414 - 382


Honours[]

Total Wins : 7 + 1 = 8

  1. Korea Best Moe 2011
  2. Baidu CIP Moe 2011 Baike Baidu link
  3. Yamibo Yuri Saimoe 2011/2013
  4. Baidu AST 2014 Baike Baidu link
  5. r/anime's 24-Hour Worst Girl (April Fools 2020)
  6. ZERO2014 Moe Contest Zero DM BBSdead link
  7. Miss Anime Tournament 2013 (ISML forum, Websitedead link)


Navigation[]

References

  1. Best Girl 4: Round 4 Bracket A - Comment Permalink posted by Vakiadia on /r/anime (2017-06-23); Imgur link when seen on RES
  2. Madoka Magica Gets New Anime Film as Sequel to 2013 Rebellion Film (Update 2) - written by Crystalyn Hodgkins, Anime News Network (2021-04-25). Retrieved 2022-05-03
  3. Best Character 5: Salt;Gate! Important Question - posted by ShaKing807 in /r/anime (2020-12-13)
  4. Best Character 5: Salt;Gate! RE:Round 3 Bracket A and Important Update! - posted by ShaKing807 in /r/anime (2020-12-14)
  5. The r/anime 24 Hour Worst Girl 2020 Contest: The Bracket (Part II) - posted by AnimeMod on /r/anime (2020-04-01)
  6. And r/anime's Worst Girl of All Time is... - posted by FetchFrosh on /r/anime (2020-04-01)


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/r/anime Elite Eight
Major Character Champions
Best Girls Kurisu.png Kurisu MakiseYukino.png Yukino YukinoshitaMikoto.png Mikoto MisakaRin tohsaka.png Rin TohsakaRem.png RemAsuna.png Asuna YuukiKaguya.png Kaguya ShinomiyaMaisan.png Mai Sakurajima
Best Guys Lelouch.png Lelouch LamperougeKoyomi.png Koyomi AraragiSpike.png Spike SpiegelKoro.png Koro-senseiMob.png Shigeo KageyamaLevi.png Levi AckermanMiyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Best Chars. Roy.png Roy MustangHitagi.png Hitagi SenjougaharaShinobu Oshino Shinobu OshinoOkabe.png Rintarou OkabeEdward.png Edward Elric
Other characters
Bold indicates former runner-up
C - Also reached Elite Eight in Best Character
C2 - Finished runner-up in Best Character
Best Girl Ai HayasakaAquaChika FujiwaraCChiyo SakuraEmiliaEru ChitandaHoloHimeko InabaJibrilMayuri ShiinaMeguminC2Megumi TadokoroMikasa AckermanOchako UrarakaRyuuko MatoiCSaberCShouko NishimiyaCSuruga KanbaruTaiga AisakaTohruWinry RockbellYoko LittnerYui Yuigahama
Best Guy All MightAlphonse ElricArcherDeishuu KaikiErwin SmithCGintoki SakataCGutsHisoka MorowIzaya OriharaJoseph JoestarKaminaKazuma SatouCKillua ZoldyckKiritsugu EmiyaKraft LawrenceLight YagamiCReigen AratakaCRimuru TempestSaitamaCSakuta AzusagawaShouya IshidaSouma YukihiraSubaru NatsukiTanjiro KamadoYuu IshigamiC
Best Char. Eren YeagerHaruhi SuzumiyaHomura AkemiRider (Fate/Zero)
Korean Tournaments
Korea Best Moe (2006-2012, organized by Anizone.net)
Tournaments 2006200720082009201020112012
Female Champions Suiseiseki.png SuiseisekiHinagiku1.png Hinagiku KatsuraHolo HoloTaiga.png Taiga AisakaMio kon.png Mio AkiyamaHomura.png Homura AkemiHitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara
Male Champions Kyon1.png KyonLelouch.png LelouchMukuro rokudo.png Mukuro RokudoTsunayoshi.png Tsunayoshi SawadaKanglim.png Kanglim (Ghost Messenger)Sougo.png Sougo Okita
Aniplus Character Tournament (Active since 2013, organized by Aniplustv.com)
Tournaments 2013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Champions Houtarou.png Houtarou OrekiChiyo s.png Chiyo SakuraProducer cg.png Producer (Imas CG)Rem.png RemChino.png Chino KafuuMegumi k.png Megumi KatouMaisan.png Mai SakurajimaElaina.png ElainaYukina m.png Yukina Minato • ??
Other Aketo Records & Curses
Elite Eight Contestants
KBM E8 Akari MizunashiAzusa NakanoC.C.Conan EdogawaEri SawachikaErio TouwaEru ChitandaFate TestarossaGintoki SakataHaruhi SuzumiyaKagami HiiragiKanade TachibanaKurisu MakiseKuroyukihimeKyou FujibayashiKyouko SakuraLight YagamiMadoka KanameMikoto MisakaNagi SanzeninRika FurudeRin TohsakaRoy MustangSaberShanaShinobu OshinoTomoyo SakagamiVictorique de BloisYui HirasawaYuki Nagato
Aketo E8 Alice ZubergAsuna YuukiEmiliaEriri Spencer SawamuraEru ChitandaHestiaIllyasviel von EinzbernKanna KamuiKarylKiritoKosaki OnoderaKotori MinamiKurumi TokisakiMaki NishikinoMashiro ShiinaMiku NakanoNanami AoyamaNino NakanoRamReina KousakaRin TohsakaSaberSagiri IzumiSena KashiwazakiShinobu OshinoSinonSiestaTamako KitashirakawaTohruUtaha Kasumigaoka
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