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Warning- the following description contains unmarked spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Proceed at your own risk.

What comes after death for a girl who's sold her soul? Quite a bit, as it turns out, and almost all of it unexpected.

A Puella Magi Madoka Magica fic by Taker Foxx (of Imperfect Metamorphosis fame), Resonance Days picks up immediately after Kyoko sacrifices herself to destroy the Witch that was once Sayaka. Both girls suddenly find themselves in an afterlife populated exclusively by magical girls...and Witches. They must learn the rules of their new existence while on the run from the mysterious Oblivion, and her right-hand Incubator, Reibey.

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Oh, and there's one other problem: Sayaka is, for some reason, a mermaid. A mermaid with no memory of her life, and who insists her name is Oktavia von Seckendorff...

Can be read here, commentary provided by Spacebattles here.

For better understanding of this story, read also First Time, the prequel which tells the story of how Mami and Charlotte coped with their inner demons and eventually got together.

In addition, there is Walpurgis Nights, which follows an alternate universe where Homura and Madoka witched out together in an early timeline. The spinoff is complete on the author's tumblr, but is currently being posted as a reworked version on fanfiction.net and archive of our own.

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Tropes Used in Resonance Days include...

  • All of Them: In Chapter 19, when Lily is informed that the covens are attacking and tells them to deal with it, the caller, Private Ambrose, clarifies that “all of them” are attacking.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Dockengauts are said to have sadism ingrained into their nature, and are described as “an entire race of cannibalistic sociopaths”.
  • And I Must Scream: Though she completely deserved it for everything she had done, Lily does not get off lightly, even sans head, after the members of Persephone Protectorate are freed from her brainwashing and realize what they've been doing. She's placed in a cell where the wild girls had been kept, a steel cap attached to her neck so she can't regenerate properly to wake up, and stripped to her undergarments, all while under the effects of a drug that place her under constant nightmares and hallucinations. And since she's dead and unable to wake up...yeah, pretty brutal.
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  • Ascended Fangirl: Kyoko had wanted to visit an alien world ever since she saw various movies where Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe. She finally does in the Monsterland arc... into the land of the Dockengauts, The Dreaded of the alien species.
    Long before Kyubey, when she had been a little girl (God, it felt like centuries ago), Kyoko had a certain fondness for monster movies, and aliens had been a particular favorite. Papa hadn't really gotten it, though he had at least been tolerant. Mama, however, had completely understood her young daughter's fascination with the weird and wonderful and had made sure to provide an endless buffet of cheesy delights, full of rampaging Kaiju and invading spacemen. And Kyoko had lapped it all up.
    Of course, becoming a Puella Magi had changed all that. All of the rubber suits couldn't compete with the monsters she faced regularly, and the special effects had ceased to impress. But as her life had grown harder and her younger self been buried deeper, she had to admit, she had missed that time of joy and wonder, sitting in Mama's lap while gaping as the visitors from above landed their strange ships in the middle of Tokyo. And at night, she had dreamed of returning the favor, taking a rocket to go visit the stars and meet those beings for herself.
    And now she had finally arrived.
  • Back from the Dead: Technically, nobody's back from the dead, but Mami showing up was a welcome surprise.
  • Battle Butler: Margot switches gears from (im)mortal combat to fetching tea and coffee on a dime.
  • Berserk Button: Just like in canon, Kyoko does not like seeing anyone throwing away unfinished food.
    • Oh, and don't ever imply anything bad about Father Sakura's church communion when Kyoko is in hearing range.
  • Big Bad: Reibey the Incubator is the true leader of the Void Walkers who uses Oblivion as his Puppet Queen and intends to capture Kyoko for his malicious plan to bring about Cessation of Existence for everyone in the afterlife.
  • Big Sister Worship: Ticky Nikki towards her sister Annabelle Lee and Oblivion for Kyoko.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The leechers are all suffering from this.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In Chapter 36, Mundy the vaskegoros, a giant bat-monster of sorts, is still so terrified of the dockengaut Velken that after the confrontation is over, she is found to have soiled her overalls.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Despite losing the powers she possessed in witch form upon entering the afterlife, Charlotte's still quite deadly with a crossbow when push comes to shove.
  • Butt-Monkey: Annabelle Lee and Ticky Nikki. The poor girls have it quite hard.
  • Call-Back: Upon learning that she was under mind control by [[spoilee:Lily]]’s Compelling Voice, Kyoko compares it to the wish she made (for people to listen to her priest father, which magically brainwashed them into attending his sermons), and notes that she finally understands what it feels like.
  • The Cameo:
    • Spoilers for Imperfect Metamorphosis: Marisa Kirisame shows up here. Though she was initially claimed to be a different Marisa than the one appearing in the author's other fic, the manner of her later death is in line with how her cameo here describes it (and the relevant lines are directly quoted in the author's notes).
    • According to the canonization of a fanmade trivia, Yoshikage Kira's ghost may be trapped in Freeheaven. If that's the case, then it is a spoiler for Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable. Too bad for all single Puella Magi/Witches looking for a het relationship, this ghost is asexual and just want a quiet afterlife.
  • Came Back Wrong: Kyoko views Oktavia as this to Sayaka. Though Oktavia's evidently quite sane and nearly identical to Sayaka in personality, this just makes the differences between the two even more painful to Kyoko. It's hard to accept someone when they look and act just like your Only Friend... only they don't remember you, they don't like it when you call them by their real name, they keep humming that really creepy song, and they're part fish.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: According to the Madam, if it wasn't for the fact Reibey is the controller of the single most important resource the afterlife has to offer (true and complete death, he would have been disposed of long ago by vengeful Mahou Shoujo, due to the fact no one knows what would happen to said source if he did die. As such, this makes interactions between the two of them (from her side) more than a little aggravating.
  • Compelling Voice: Lily, leader of the leechers Persephone Protectorate has this as her main power. She uses it to force others to follow her willingly, and they don't even realize they're really under her control. She got Mami, Charlotte, Kyoko and Oktavia with it, and while all of them eventually got free, that was after the later two were handed off to the Brothel. The only way to forcefully free someone is to kill her.
  • Continuity Nod: The spinoffs get a lot of play here, with Nie and Arzt and Margot and the Madam. Mami at one point references Michiru Kazusa as an example of someone who's probably dead as a result of her actions (she's right). The way Charlotte arrives into the afterlife (hooked into a mannequin with a tray covered in cake crumbs) mirrors the backstory in the production notes.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Oktavia is a musical prodigy, a powerful swimmer, and can conjure wheels.
  • The Corruption: Though it's very rare, it's possible for a witch to revert to their pre-afterlife monstrous form. It's far simpler to reverse than it was in the series, since such a witch would have to battle an entire civilization of beings who are just as powerful, and killing them causes them to revert to their humanoid form.
  • Crapsaccharine World / Wretched Hive: Think Genocide City and the Withering Lands are the only rough patches in an otherwise idealic afterlife? Oh goodness no. For example, slavery and prostitution (child prostitution by default) are things. Bertha's Brothel, for example, is a town that has more or less been taken over by The City Narrows.
  • Creepy Twins: Nie and Arzt. Later we learn that this isn't the case because they're both really Airi and Yuri from Puella Magi Kazumi Magica.
  • Crossover: Several characters from Kämpfer, Lyrical Nanoha, and Touhou Project make appearances. As well as some characters from Puella Magi Oriko Magica and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica.
  • Cure Your Gays: Inverted; being cut off from your hormones and surrounded with people of the same gender results in the opposite.
  • Cute Monster Girl: All witches who die are here too, but they're much more human-like.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The Twins, for Ticky Nikki. They always treat her like a pet, and the thing left her so traumatized that when they're around she hides under the bed.
  • Dead to Begin With: Everybody. No exceptions, save for Reibey.
  • Death Amnesia: Inverted for Witches, who have no memory of their Pre-Freak Out lives, and only a few snippets of their lives as a witch. A few readers have commented on how that, yes, this is probably for the best. Kyoko however, is of the opposite persuasion.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Elsa Maria thinks so. And she IS kind of right, seeing how the Puella Magi afterlife works.
  • Delayed Reaction: In chapter 10, when Annabelle Lee, Nikki, and the Twins are having a conversation and the Matriarch suddenly drops in, they respond to her before realizing who they are talking to.
    "All exiled failures accounted for," remarked the Matriarch. "Is everyone prepared to depart?"

    "Yeah, I think so," Annabelle Lee, casting one last venomous glare The Twins' way. "We're just about-" Then the Matriarch's sudden and unannounced arrival finally registered, and she went stiff. "Holy shit," she whispered.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • The Twins react to a riot with a mix of amusement and boredom.
    In contrast to Annabelle Lee, both [Arzt] and her sister seemed to be utterly at ease with the turmoil going on all around them. In fact, they seemed to find it mildly amusing, as if they were just watching a fight between two combatants that they didn't particularly care about on pay-per-view.
    • Kisa the Brothel agent keeps a stoic tone even after getting her leg flattened by a hammer.
    Kyoko scowled. "You know, you're being way too calm for someone with a flat leg."
    "Again," Kisa said without a hint of concern. "Temporary inconvenience."
    And that Kyoko just found scary. People in Kisa's position or condition should not be that calm. They were all tied up and at the mercy of a hammer-wielding junkie that had literally just gotten done smashing her leg like a watermelon, and she was treating it like a trip to the Driver's License Office. Something was on its way, something bad.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Sayaka insists her name is "Oktavia", which understandably disturbs Kyoko. Turns out, Witches do not identify with their original, human names at all, and insisting on using their original names can eventually drive them insane.
    • Also, a more comedic example is Nikki who keeps calling her sister "Annabelly". It annoys her to no end.
  • Do Wrong, Right: In Chapter 23, a girl is about to light a Molotov Cocktail and throw it at Starlight Motors (which has been exposed as being involved in horrific criminal activities), but is stopped by another girl:
    But before she could light the rag's tip, a hand closed over hers, shutting off the lighter. Looking up, she saw her roommate shaking her head at her. "No," her roommate said. "That's not the way."
    The girl growled. "Why not? Why the hell not? They deserve it, and you know-"
    "That's not what I meant. I mean you're doing it wrong. A Molotov cocktail? That'll get shot down and extinguished before it even clears the crowd. You want to send them a message?" Her roommate's finger started glowing. She touched it to the bottle, which was then transformed, becoming a bottle-shaped device made from platinum and topaz. A proper fuse now stuck out where the rag used to be. "Then think a little bigger."
  • The Dragon: Reibey to Oblivion, he is also...
  • Dream Episode: the vast majority of the Restless arc.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Sidestories First Time and Gift of the Puella Magi both introduced elements of worldbuilding before the actual story. For instance, the alien races and the remaining Kämpfer characters make their proper debut in the latter, while the superstition of "dead together = destined lovers" was introduced in the former.
    • The girl Hungry in the Persephone Protectorate Arc appears early on in Mami's backstory.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Oktavia can play piano, harmonica, and possibly other musical instruments as well without learning how to play or remembering whether she can play or not in her past life. It is justified considering Oktavia von Seckendorff "full witch form" is a conductor, her witch barrier is a distorted concert hall, and her familiars "Holger" play music. Her favorite tune? "Symposium Magarum".
  • Enmity with an Object: In chapter 5, Kyoko screams at the remains of the tart that made her vomit.
    "So what, you had a problem with my stomach, is that it?" she shouted down at the water. "Well, fuck you! That was a violation of your food contract! And I swear to God, I'm gonna find whoever made you and report your sugary asses!"

    Mami laughed. "You always did take your food seriously."

    "Still do, especially when they start pulling that crap. What, you think I'm just gonna let that fly?"
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Sayaka/Oktavia laughs when told of the existence of flying fish, believing it to be another made-up story.
    "Besides, fish fly. There's flying fish."

    "Oh, very funny," Sayaka snapped. "Look, my personal memory may be gone, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna believe every crap story you make up about the world of the living."

    A blanket of awkwardness descended on the group, during which Charlotte and Mami exchanged looks of discomfort. Kyoko, however, just cracked up.

    Then Mami cleared her throat and said, "Ah, Oktavia? She's telling the truth."

    Another silence followed, and then Oktavia slowly turned her head to stare at the blonde. "What," she said in a flat tone.
  • Euphemism Buster: In Chapter 37, the Hot Springs Episode, Mami attempts to come up with some euphemism or excuse to sneak off and have sex with Charlotte, only for the latter to just say it outright:
    Kyoko: And what exactly will you two be doing there, hmmm?
    Mami: Just…you know, we need a little, um…
    Oktavia: A little…what? (snickering) A little what, Mami?
    Charlotte: (flatly) We're going to have sex. Laugh if you want, I don't care. But we need this, so don't you dare get in the way. Got it?
    Mami: (aghast) Charlotte!
    Charlotte: What? They know, we know, so why not just come out and say it?
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Annabelle Lee may be a Void Walker aiding the villains, but she dislikes the underground trade of soul vapors, intoxicating vapors from souls that are often forcibly extracted from unsuspecting victims.
    Annabelle Lee hated the whole business. She was not a good person by any stretch of the imagination, but damn it, there were limits.
    • The Incubators are an emotionless alien species willing to screw over other species for their goals, but Word of God is that Reibey was banished to the Puella Afterlife by the other incubators for unspecified reasons.
  • Everyone Is Gay: Surprisingly for a Puella Magi fic, it's a Justified Trope. Lacking the necessary hormones (being living souls and all), girls can actually flip orientations, and with no men around, most of them do exactly that. The ones who don't do so obviously can't demonstrate it, so all the pairings in the story are lesbian.
  • Exact Words: A dockengaut uses this as an excuse to disobey orders and go toy with Janelle in Chapter 36.
    "B-Back off," she said, retreating a few steps. "Your leader told you to stay on the ship!"
    The dockengaut held up one dangling arm, a glistening white multijointed "finger" extended up to the sky. "No," it buzzed as it waggled its…appendage in admonishment. "Zzzhe zzzaid to go back to zzzhe ship, whichzzz I did, zzz. Zzzhe zaid nozzzing about zzztaying."
  • Extra Eyes: The valks have a third eye in their forehead.
  • Fallen Hero: The Madam views herself as one, describing herself as going from an upstanding Puella Magi who sought to bring peace and order to a brutal crimelord who rules over a slum. Given her prior appearance, it's not clear how much of this is true. However, it should be mentioned that this version of the Madam never got to do any of the things she did in said prior appearance because it's heavily implied Homura shot her dead.
  • Flipping the Bird: Arzt is implied to do this with one of her syringe-hands to Charlotte in Chapter 24.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The story has a bit of a timer counting down over it: At some point, Madoka in the living world will make her reality altering wish. What consequences this creates for the afterlife can only be speculated upon ( and for the characters it won't come up for a few years), but the fact that there will be consequences is probably inevitable.
  • Foreshadowing: Aside from internal examples, there is one bit here for the author's other fic (spoilers for that, obviously): Marisa Kirisame appears here, in the afterlife, and describes the exact manner in which she would much later die.
  • Four Is Death: Reibey's Miniboss Squad.
  • Gayngst: The main plot of the prequel First Time centers on Mami trying to come to terms with her feelings towards Charlotte.
  • Gender Bender: Natsuru, born male, was contracted by an Incubator who decided to get around the issue by turning him into a girl as part of his Transformation Sequence. Upon entering the afterlife, he was Mode Locked into his female form.
  • Ghost Amnesia: For witches again.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: As outlined under Nigh-Invulnerable below, every single character in the story can regenerate from just about any wound. Annabelle Lee shows this off aptly in her first fight with Kyoko- the former gets [1], then has her throat slashed by the latter. She gets back up from both wounds with barely a scratch in a matter of minutes.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Oktavia's tail renders her nearly helpless on land, but underwater, that same tail makes her a powerful swimmer.
  • Happily Married: Mami and Charlotte.
  • Herbivores Are Friendly: Averted with the bahemont, a giant brachiosaurus-like herbivore which will still aggressively attack small creatures bothering it. Kyoko, after being told it is a herbivore, is surprised to see it attack the miscus by biting them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Elsa Maria sacrifices herself to save Kyoko and Oktavia from the Void Walkers during the battle at her lighthouse, effectively kicking off the plot.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Mami tends to criticize herself a lot, something which annoys Charlotte.
    Seriously, from what comes this latest trip down Beat Yourself Up Lane? Because the scenery's getting kinda familiar.
  • Horriying The Horror: Kyoko gets captured by a cantavier, a giant worm that encases its prey in giant bubbles and devours them. The prey are shown terrified and struggling for their life. Yet, as Kyoko is able to deduce, even it fears the Dockengauts and structures its nest specifically to keep them out.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Oktavia takes a while to get the hang of her powers, as a consequence of both her amnesia and Kyouko's limited knowledge of what Oktavia could do. She doesn't figure out how to make her signature wheels until twelve chapters in.
  • Human Resources: The slave trade exists in the darker corners of the Afterlife. Soul essence is commonly extracted like a reusable, limitless supply of Drug!Soylent Green. Much like kidnapped girls, those that are taken into this life a generally stuck there for the rest of eternity. Assuming they still have the will to try and escape.
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    "Well, keep that up and you'll be dead to me."
    A moment passed. Then Kyoko slowly turned her head to glower at the smirking mermaid. "Really, Shark Bait? Really?"
    "Hey, it's not my fault your manners are dead and buried. I'd suggest you start taking some lessons on tact, but I think it's too late for that."
    Kyoko rolled her eyes. "Well, I was going to, but my chance passed away."
    "Huh, I guess that put the final nail in the coffin of you ever being a considerate person. No wonder you always wind up in grave peril, what with you letting loose with that killer mouth of yours."
    "Ha! Like any of them have a ghost of a chance at ending me! Every time they try, I just pound their faces until the danger has deceased to be!"
    "Okay, that last one was just forced," Sayaka said. "I think we should just kill the whole thing and scatter the ashes."
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Genocide City.
  • Imprinting: In the Monsterland arc, a baby valk hatches and sees Kyoko, who offers it beef jerky. In the conclusion of the arc, the baby reappears and has imprinted on her, and is very happy to see her.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Tabitha and Celeste are so terrified of even speaking to a holograph of Reibey that they make the respective excuses of leaving food in the oven and turning the iron on.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Oblivion's eyes are often mentioned as being this color, and she certainly fits the type. Odd, given that she's supposedly the red-eyed Momo Sakura...
  • Insanity Immunity: Ticky Nickki is the only person that Elsa Maria can't get a read on. The Madam has more success.
  • Instant Expert: One of Oktavia's main powers is a natural musical talent, even with instruments she doesn't know how to play. Kyouko is disturbed by the fact that Oktavia's favorite song appears to be her own Leitmotif.
  • Ironic Echo: Anabelle Lee and Ticky Nikki debate on the plural form of octopus, a few chapters later, and Kyoko muses on the same topic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Anabelle Lee seems to be developing into this, especially given her actions in helping against the leechers. Granted, part of it was because there was no other way out, but of her team, she's the one who has the most moral qualms about abandoning the resistance and has the strongest reasons to help them.
  • Knife Nut: Ticky Nikki really wants to turn Sayaka into sushi.
  • Lost Food Grievance: As in canon, Kyoko hates people wasting food, and gets into a fight with a random girl over her throwing away her half-eaten hot dog.
    "Pick up the damned hotdog and either eat it now or eat it later. But don't you fucking dare just throw it away like that!"
  • Major General Song: Lily sings this on speaker in Chapter 19 to test why her enemies are reacting in pain to her Compelling Voice.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In chapter 3, it's implied that the twins were doing this off-screen in their boat.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Arzt calls Annabelle “Assabelle” when the latter tries to make her apologize to Margot for attacking her.
  • Meaningful Name: Reibey. Like Kyubey and Jubey, the first syllable of his name is a number, but in his case, it's "rei" - zero.
  • Mugging the Monster: Kyoko liked to invoke this back when she was alive for her amusement.
    And even when she wasn't actively witch-hunting, one of her favorite ways of blowing off steam was to find the local tough guys and trick them into picking fights with her. The looks on their stupid faces when they realized that their "easy prey" was neither had never stopped being funny. Either way, as a result, she knew thugs and delinquents when she saw them.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The snowball war in the Christmas Special Gift of the Puella Magi.
  • Naked First Impression: Oktavia to Kyoko and Charlotte to Mami. This is apparently a regular occurrence. First Time mentions a superstition that any witch and Puella Magi to die together are destined to fall in love.
  • Naked on Arrival: Evidently all witches when they first come to the afterlife. Then again, as they were mindless Eldritch Abominations when they died, they wouldn't have any clothes to base a mental image on.
  • Necessarily Evil: How the Madam views herself in the now, as head of the Brothel. In her eyes, the only way to change the Crapsaccharine World for the better is to be willing to do whatever it takes, no matter her own personal sacrifice or that of others, to gain the real power to force it to change, the type you can't get from being a politician or revolutionary. Her entire reasoning for becoming the Madam revolved around this, and all of her actions since have been dedicated to it. It's also one of the reasons she puts up with Reibey. This is also why she is perhaps the one magical girl who doesn’t hate the non-Reibey Incubators- she sees them as this as they are trying to save the universe, and feels a sort of kinship.
    The power she had required was now hers, leaving her free to finally start changing things for the better. And, just as expected, that had required her to take on more unpleasant tasks than ever before. For the greater good. It was the way of things. She was the necessary evil and in a way always had been. She had done many horrible things to people who did not deserve them simply because they needed to be done. That was just how it was. [...] In a way, the Madam was an anomaly among the dead in that she held very little personal disdain for Incubators. Like her, they had a nasty job that needed to be done, and no one else would do it. True, the little guy (or girl, as was the case) was massively screwed over in the process, but that was just the way it was. The Madam bore them no ill will, even if it had cost her her life.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: When Oktavia gets a harmonica, her favorite arrangement is apparently "Symposium Magarum", which has been stuck in her head. Kyoko wastes little time in asking her to play something else. This is justified, as that horrifying music can tear people's souls apart had they listen to it for long enough.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: People in the afterlife can still be damaged and feel pain, but since they're essentially souls in human form, literally everyone can regenerate from any wound given enough time, making permanently killing someone a borderline-impossible task.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mami delivered this to Charlotte when they first met at the Dead Drop City, thinking she was still inside the witch barrier. They reconciled, though.
  • Obviously Evil: Though the Void Walkers have a semisympathetic motive, they tend to veer in this direction when it comes to just about every design decision or name that they choose. The Madam thinks they need a new image consultant and that Reibey is an idiot for continually going for this choice.
  • The One Guy: Reibey is the only male character in the story. It's a Justified case, since the story takes place in an afterlife for magical girls and (humanized) witches.
  • Only One Afterlife: No matter what kind of person you were as a magical girl, everyone ends up in the same place after their death.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different/Our Souls Are Different: People in the afterlife are basically unconscious Energy Beings. Consequentially, they don't age, have no organs, regenerate from lethal injuries, and can understand any language. However, they still need to eat and sleep, can get poisoned, and retain a "phantom limb" sensation of what they've lost.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Brooklyn calls Oktavia a “fucking cripple” after throwing her wheelchair in her cell, and continues to repeatedly call Oktavia a cripple in a disparaging manner. This despite she herself having been crippled in life by a car accident.
  • Power Perversion Potential: There is no other reason for Mami to blush when talking about how useful ribbons are. Definitely not.
  • Psycho for Hire: Oblivion has a veritable army of these consisting of witches and magical girls who, well... Let's just say they aren't happy with this afterlife, and want out. Ticky Nikki is an especially unhinged example.
  • Puppet Queen: Oblivion is the nominal leader of the Void Walkers, but the very first scene has Reibey openly tell her that he can replace her, and she is more of a figurehead than anything else.
    But Oblivion was no tyrant, as much as the opposition would like everyone to believe otherwise. She served as an excellent figurehead, but her actual influence on matters of state began and ended with the yearly Releasing Ceremony. In the meantime, she was supposed to stay well out of sight. The last thing Reibey needed was for the wrong person to catch her whining like an elementary school child. Which, in fairness, she technically was, physical size notwithstanding.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The small team of Void Walkers Reibey sends after Kyoko and Sayaka Oktavia: Anabelle Lee, Ticky Nikki, Nie and Arzt.
  • Red Right Hand: Witches retain traits of their original forms, varying from a small tattoo to their entire lower body.
  • Religious Bruiser: Elsa Maria.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Oktavia can speak underwater and has gills. Kyouko found the latter to be quite unnerving.
  • Scenery Porn: In written form: the description of Cloudbreak is... stunning, to say the least.
  • Sherlock Scan: The Madam does this to intimidate Annabelle Lee's team upon their first encounter, expositing their names, purpose, and character traits in great detail, apparently with minimal foreknowledge. Subverted in that the Madam is Oriko, a powerful Seer.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The Madam, head of a powerful criminal organization, is noted to look more like an office intern. She claims to think of herself as a businesswoman first and foremost.
  • Snuff Film: The dockengauts, upon first arriving and kidnapping people, made films of themselves devouring their victims, at least one from each species, and sent it to everyone else just to brag. They were able to get away with no consequences for this because everyone is too scared of them to bother fighting them.
  • Soiled City on a Hill: Reibey's Genocide City and it's associated areas my be depressing, but it's a High Living Standard sort of corrupt evil you'd expect from The Empire. Bertha's Brothel however, is less a city and more of a morality black hole, one so far into the red that even the worst of crimes are openly carried out on the main drag, and anyone who willing goes there has crossed the Moral Event Horizon, the Despair Event Horizon, or both.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Dockengauts speak like this, though half the time replacing s sounds with z sounds.
    "Mind yourrrr tongue, sssssscum. The Masssssster only ssssssaid we were to ezzzzzzcort you to the palazzzzzz. He ssssssaid nozzzzzing regarding yourrrr condizzzzion."
  • Starfish Aliens:
    • The calliopes, bubble-like life forms with changing shades and tiny, multicolored lights in their bodies that move when they speak (though they can speak the Earth languages). Kyoko is dumbstruck the first time she comes across them.
    • The ai'jurrik'kai are another strange species.
      She (if it was a she) had an impossibly thin body and flexible that had to be over seven feet tall, a round bulge at the top from which sprouted eight arms as long as her body, each with three spindly fingers, and a head suspended on a skinny neck that looked like a closed flower bud. The whole creature seemed to be made from smoky volcanic glass.
    • Dockengauts are tall, shadow-like reptilians with six-fingered hands and “faces” that do not resemble any kind of face. As revealed in the Monsterland arc, they are actually Hive Minds of spiders who come together to form a body.
    • Butontikos are gelatinous aliens that can become nearly transparent under the right circumstances.
    • The Miscus as well:
      Their bodies were long and serpentine, at the end of which was a sucker-like mouth, lined with row after row of sharklike teeth, with four bladed feelers creeping out of their maw. Extending out in all directions from their eyeless heads were eight long limbs, each ending with a skeletal three-fingered claw. Stretching between those limbs and from the claws to the tip of the tail were black, leathery membranes. The creatures swooped this way and that, opening and closing their sails to gain or lose speed, emitting piercing cries that abruptly rose and fell in pitch.
  • Status Quo Is God: In-Universe. Marisa told Kyoko that there was a full-scale war between New Life Alliance (or simply The Alliance)note  and Void Walkersnote , but since no one can truly die in this afterlife, the war kept going for years without any casualty and legitimate result other than small portion of land being taken over by The Alliance. After back and forth battles without definite outcome, both sides signed the armistice treaty Free Life Compact so they could at least keep their own territory.
  • The Syndicate: Bertha’s Brothel, despite the name, doesn’t just operator brothels but has hands in many criminal enterprises.
    In short, it was a weapons seller and mercenary organization, one that charged highly for its merchandise and the service of its girls. But with that hefty price tag came the promise of quality and increased chances of success. They were not a group of thugs looking to perform violence for whoever would pay them. If you needed a few extra hands backing you up in some kind of grudge match, there were plenty of other places to go. But if you were looking to stage a coup, you went to the Brothel. If you needed the head of a major corporation and all of her supporters removed and disgraced so you could take over, you went to the Brothel. If you found yourself in need of a high-profile terrorist attack but felt that your own people were not up to the task, the Brothel stood ready to get the job done.
  • Temporary Blindness: This happens to Kyoko due to a valk's venom. She heals eventually but not before having to cut out her own eyes...
  • That's No Moon!: In Chapter 31, the heroines try to escape a group of miscus and reach a shaggy-looking hill with brown grass. Then the “hill”, actually a bahemount, gets up:
    Sayaka had come to a brief stop near the foot of a weirdly shaggy looking hill, one that was covered with thick brown grass. She beckoned to her friends to hurry up.
    [...]
    They were only a few meters away from Sayaka when the hill started to move.
    It rose up behind the mermaid, leaving a long and deep impression in the ground beneath it. Kyoko gaped up at it. Holy shit, it wasn't a hill at all. It was an animal.
  • Third-Person Person: Ticky Nikki and Oblivion. Much to Annabelle Lee and Reibey's displeasure.
  • Token Human: Tikky Nikki is the only non-witch member of Reibey's Quirky Miniboss Squad. Ironically for this trope, she's actually the least sane among the four of them.
  • Twincest: Nie and Arzt are very affectionate with each other. Though they claim that they aren't twins, nobody believes them. They were telling the truth.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Arzt and Nie, and possibly Margot and the Madam, who have both long since consummated their Les Yay.
  • Villainous Incest: The Twins, two Void Walkers, spend nearly every scene they are in being uncomfortably affectionate to each other.
    Their lips met in a very un-sisterly manner. Both Mami and Charlotte gaped. This had gone beyond creepy. This had jumped off the creepy rail and plowed merrily into downtown Debauchery City.
  • Warrior Therapist: Elsa Maria's power is very useful for this... if the people she tried to use it on weren't suffering from Death Amnesia.
  • Wham Line: "Tradition. You see, my dear marionette, this isn't the first time this sequence of events has happened. And as I just learned, in each and every reiteration, Kyoko Sakura and her mermaid companion have always refused the Compact." with that line we know Reibey is at least aware of time being looped somehow.
    • From chapter 1: "'No, I know my name,' Sayaka said. She smiled in triumph, happy to have remembered that at least. 'It's Oktavia. Oktavia von Seckendorff.'"
  • Word Salad Title: Neither "days" nor "resonance" figure much in the story. The story takes its name from a music album.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Mami and Charlotte have been in the afterlife for seven years by the time Kyoko and Oktavia show up. The time between the two death events was a couple weeks in the real world.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Reibey calls the Madam an “exceptional specimen” of her kind (humans).
  • Your Head Asplode: Arzt kills Lily like this, freeing everyone from her Compelling Voice.
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