Magical Girls in Hell—the black world of ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’

Akemi Homura and her soul gem

I think it’s safe to say that the magical-girl universe seems to be a pretty sunny place. Some strife, some tears, sure; no drama without conflict. But overall, a place where innocence, courage, and the power of love always triumph in the end…and then there’s THIS series.