MADOKA MAGICA SPOILERS
In Madoka Magica, if a magical girl grows up without succumbing to despair, does her magical girl form grow up with her?
It could be a rare thing, for sure, but how cool would it be for magical girls to gain powers and adornments based on their own personal arcs?
For example, say Madoka and her family–maybe a few mahou magi, too–survive Walpurgisnacht. She grieves the losses, but she doesn’t regret making her contract, more assured than ever of her ability to protect those she loves.
Sayaka loses Kyosuke to Hitomi and spirals into self-loathing, as in the well-known timeline. But something is different, perhaps Kyoko in danger, or even Hitomi, and Sayaka must put her issues aside to save her. Hitomi somehow reaches her heart in a way the others couldn’t, “you’re still my dear friend Sayaka, and without you, I’d be dead.” She realizes that her transformation, though misguided, saved her friend’s life; compared to that, a boy’s affection might seem insignificant.
Mami thrives, surrounded by a sisterhood of magi, taking in the joys of life, friendship, and kindness. They withstand hardships and revelations together, and Mami accepts that wishing to live, though selfish and short-sighted, was the best decision she could have made.
Kyoko has it hard. Her wish killed her family and made her afraid to think of anyone but herself. But Sayaka breaches her walls, and as they grow together, they both learn that wanting good things for someone else isn’t a sin.
Homura. She reaches acceptance of Madoka’s role in the universe, and of her own role in a world without Madoka’s earthly presence. She senses Madoka’s kindness and love in everyone, including herself. She’ll miss her forever, but she knows Madoka will be proud when she finally meets her at the end of her long journey.
Their outfits would change, along with their powers. Madoka could mature from sweet lolita archer to an elven or fairylike figure; Sayaka gains armor and a shield to protect her friends; Mami gets support spells and some additional, closer-range attacks to aid her team; Kyoko can pair up with Sayaka to do devastating damage with Sayaka’s shield at her back; and Homura gains more splendor as time passes, plus the ability to turn time backward second by second–and probably learning costly lessons each time, but growing stronger as she learns more about acceptance.
I wish I could draw. These sorts of things would be a blast.