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As N Approaches Infinity is a fan fiction story available on fanfiction.net and AO3 by Corisanna. It is a Bleach and Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover.

Despairing as yet another timeline goes horribly wrong, Homura wanders into Karakura. There she discovers that while the spiritually-aware people of Karakura were distracted by Ichigo Kurosaki and Xcution, Kyubey contracted the Kurosaki sisters as magical girls. Drawing the attention of the Shinigami could be just the advantage Homura needs.

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Tropes include:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Witches' labyrinths are unique nightmare dimensions that expose the jumbled insanity of a magical-girl-turned-Witch.
  • Adult Fear:
    • When the Mitakihara media and law enforcement start linking disappearances, deaths, and mysterious suicides into a larger and larger pattern, parents start to panic. Multiple parents pull their kids from the school most girls seem to have disappeared from.
    • Explored with Isshin's reactions to his daughters being tricked into selling their souls and twisted or killed, which spreads to horror for all magical girls.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played with. Adults with no knowledge of the spirit world are of no help and are all Homura knows. She has to learn that the Shinigami adults avert this trope.
    • Junko Kaname averts this trope as well. Despite having no spiritual powers her knowledge of social maneuvering from her work in a corporation allows her to keep pace with Urahara's schemes and is able to easily manage all the mentally damaged magical girls. Indeed, Homura is kicking herself for never approaching the woman in a earlier timeline.
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    • Detective Misako Ishijima subverts this. She has been investigating magical girl activities for years but because no one ever believed her it all seemed to be in vain until she is approached by Junko and Tomohisa Kaname who want to bring her research to Urahara and Homura. Even the incubator considers the exposure of Ishijima's research to the right people to be a great enough risk that it considers killing her.
  • Advantage Ball: Juggled between Urahara and Homura during the scuffle when Urahara discovers her time-stop power.
  • Alternate Continuity: A downplayed one on the Bleach side of things, the author has confirmed that the Thousand-Year Blood War arc has not happened in this story, nor will the events ever be adapted. The fic, and thus, the events of main PMMM canon, begins a few months after the Xcution arc. That being said however, elements that were introduced in the Blood War arc do still exist and are brought up whenever necessary, such as the Gemischt/Echt Quincy bloodline and Ichigo knowing of the events of the Everything but the Rain flashback.
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  • Amazon Brigade /Smash Sisters: Karin, Yuzu, and Homura; also Kazumi, Umika, and Kaoru; and any magical girls who work together in general.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: Explored via Canon Welding.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Karin after Yuzu's death in the story's first timeline.
  • Animal Espionage: Yoruichi infiltrates Mitakihara in her cat form.
  • Anyone Can Die: One of the pillars of Madoka Magica canon extended to include the Bleach cast. The first story arc ends with most of the casts of both series dead.
  • Arc Words:
    • "put her out of her misery"
    • "the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and __"
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The exploration of Witch labyrinths as deeply personal nightmare worlds with protagonist intrusion as an invasion of privacy and source of despair for those who understand the significance of the symbolic motifs within them.
  • Awful Truth: Magical Girls (and everyone else) are generally horrified when they discover the implications of the contract they were tricked into.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Homura, Karin, and Yuzu vs. Witch Cynthia's Familiars.
  • Battle in the Rain: The battle against Walpurgisnacht, as in the anime.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Karin and Yuzu when Ichigo is Kissed in a flashback.
    • Homura when Yuzu is killed by Witch Cynthia because she reminds her of Madoka.
    • Ichigo when he remembers what happened when he was Kissed and realizes his dead sisters probably contracted because he couldn't even protect himself let alone them.
  • Big Bad: The Incubator; hands down.
    • Chapter 77 hints that Incubator has a "master" who has influence over it, meaning that there might be another being who is truly responsible for the conflict of the story.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ichigo towards Karin and Yuzu of course, but Homura gets added in later on.
  • Big Brother Worship: Karin and Yuzu towards Ichigo.
  • Big Damn Heroes Homura get one in Chapter 77 when she arrives with Mami and Toshiro and saves Tessai, Tomohisa, Junko, and Detective Ishijima with her Time Stop just as the Dawn of Hyades descends on Asunaro.
  • Body Horror: What Karin feels when she remembers her skeletal Witch form had her twin's corpse tied up inside its rib cage. She is traumatized and starts unconsciously scratching at her ribs and becomes deeply uncomfortable in her own body.
  • Break the Cutie: Another pillar of Puella Magi Madoka Magica canon.
    • Homura has a breakdown in the first story arc due to all the death she's seen.
    • Karin is Driven to Suicide by her sister's death and memories of being a Witch in the first story arc.
  • Brutal Honesty: Homura says she prefers it.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Bleach's Hell Butterflies, which also appear when a shinigami purifies a Witch and turns it back into a normal soul to cross over.
  • Call-Back: In the first story arc, Ichigo gives Homura some words of wisdom “is that a realistic thing to expect of yourself?” In the second story arc/timeline, when an Ichigo who doesn't know her is upset, Homura awkwardly repeats what his future self said to her as she starts to really get the significance of the words.
  • Cassandra Truth: Homura has a history of not being believed by the other Mitakihara magical girls. Homura also briefly reflects on an early timeline in which she went to the police and spent the rest of that cycle as a “mentally ill runaway” dodging cops and social workers on top of the magical girl mess.
  • Cataclysm Climax: The end of the first story arc. Almost every soul in Karakura— including shinigami— are sacrificed by the Incubator to create a King's Key to break into the King's Realm.
  • Cessation of Existence: What happens if a magical girl's Soul Gem is destroyed.
  • Child Soldier: Homura calls herself this much to the concern of Yoruichi.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Akon itches for smokes when he's in stressful situations and smokes several cigs to get up his nerve to tell Captain Ukitake he may have gotten his subordinates killed.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Homura is this in spades when cornered. When Urahara grabs her as she initiates a Time Stop and figures out her secret power, she pulls dirty tricks trying to get away. She deliberately allows her arm to be caught by Urahara's free hand by taking a swing at him, specifically so he wouldn't have a hand to block the taser she concealed in her hand. When the taser doesn't work, she uses a moment of distraction to kick and dislocate his knee. When that doesn't work, she goes for a groin shot.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The author uses bolded letters to form hidden messages to mimic the PMMM motif of coded messages hidden in scenes by using runic script.
    • Chapters featuring Witch or Familiar battles have “Witch Data” entries before the author's notes at the end. The blurbs are constructed like the PMMM franchise Witch Cards.
    • Nut & nutcracker mentions and instances of Homura closing her mouth so quickly her teeth click are a nod to the Rebellion canon of Homura's Witch form being Homulilly, the Nutcracker Witch.
    • Homura's line “That won't be necessary” shows up several times.
    • Karin's labyrinth has many.
      • The lotus pictures in Hitsugaya's shrine room allude to his bankai being named Daiguren Hyorinmaru— “Daiguren” meaning “grand crimson lotus;” the dragon art refers to his zanpakuto.
      • Masaki's shrine room has art portraying her as the goddess Artemis wielding a bow. This and the bows and arrows in the room allude to her having been a Quincy.
      • In the same room, a painting of Masaki has her wearing daffodils in her hair and holding sunflowers in a room filled with sunlight. Daffodils are the theme flower for Tenth Division, of which her husband Isshin was once captain. Sunflowers allude to her having been described as the sun the Kurosaki family revolved around before her death.
      • The portrayal of Masaki balancing on scales holding black and white sand and being steadied by a shadowy figure alludes to her soul being held in balance by Isshin's power so she wouldn't Hollowfy.
      • As with the earlier room, the shrine to Ichigo has bows and quivers to refer to his Quincy heritage. Swords refer to his shinigami heritage.
      • Ichigo's shrine also contains a crown on a pedestal and a hobbyhorse lying behind it. This alludes to Ichigo's Hollow and his king-and-horse analogy for their relationship.
    • Shaft Head Tilts aren't as obvious in text as in animation but they're present.
      • Horror variant: Urahara looking back at Homura when he realizes just how badly they've underestimated the enemy at the end of the first story arc.
      • Cute variant: Sayaka tilting her head back and looking at Homura sideways when surprised by a joke from the serious girl.
    • The second story arc opens with Madoka having a dream that mirrors her canonical dream in the beginning of the anime, with the added ending of her different death in the previous timeline. Much of the rest of the chapter is a re-creation of the anime's depiction of a typical morning in the Kaname household.
    • In the second story arc, Homura deliberately tries to re-create her canonical first meeting with Madoka. It's deliberately stilted and forced, like reciting rehearsed lines of dialogue from the anime.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Homura has a wide variety of Hidden Supplies in her Hammerspace weapon.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Madoka and cats.
  • Death by Adaptation: Homura's parents.
  • Deconstruction: Urahara's entire character gets hit with this during the second arc. Him being an Anti-Hero? It makes Homura wary of him. Bunny-Ears Lawyer he is...which thoroughly annoys Homura to no end, as while she knows that Kisuke is intelligent, him behaving in more comical manners infuriates her. Him being Crazy-Prepared in canon concerning Aizen's plans made sense because he had over a century to thoroughly study the problem. The Incubator's plans involve even more scientific complexity regarding the Magical Girls, and as an Outside-Context Problem that Urahara didn't even know about, unlike Yhwach (Whom Urahara had basic knowledge of), he needs just as much time to study it, which he can't do in the six weeks allotted before Homura can turn back time. This causes him to be put off-guard when Ayase Soju shows up, as he didn't take her appearance into account. Him being a Mysterious Backer only adds to Homura's reasons of not fully trusting him. His Sink-or-Swim Mentor tactics, as lampshaded by Benihime herself, are not going to work for Homura like they did with Ichigo. Overall, the situation is one that Urahara has to adjust to, his tactics may have worked in Bleach canon, but for PMMM canon, it's a whole other story.
  • Dem Bones: Witch Alexandria is a gigantic tyrannosaurs skeleton. It also has wings and looks like a dragon.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Part and parcel for a PMMM fic.
    • Karin in the first story arc when Yuzu is killed.
    • Ichigo in the first story arc when he is forced to remember having been enchanted to commit suicide by a Witch during the time he had no powers to defend himself with.
  • Door Stopper: Currently approaching 400 thousand words.
  • Everybody Knew Already: The Kurosaki siblings plan to pull this on Isshin whenever he gets around to confessing his origins to the girls.
  • Exact Words:
    • In the Kurosaki sisters' flashback, Karin sarcastically asks, "Is there anything else you want to tell us?" and Kyubey conveniently says no— there's more to tell, but it might jeopardize its plans and Karin's slang question centered on what it WANTED to tell.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Urahara when explaining the Hogyoku to Homura.
  • Fantastic Science: Urahara and other shinigami analyze spiritual energy, techniques, and beings in scientific terms.
  • Fauxshadow: It looks like the first timeline will end with the forewarned shinigami lieutenants and Kazumi's magical girl team fighting Walpurgisnacht in Mitakihara.. So it's a surprise when Walpurgisnacht drops on an unprepared Karakura instead.
  • Foil:
    • Homura and Urahara. Both of them are highly strategic individuals and effectively the co-leaders for the resistance against the incubator. Both have a penchant for lying to others and playing their cards close to the chest. They are also both significantly less morally scrupulous than their allies or the ones they are trying to protect, which strains their relationships with them. Urahara however, at least tries to be approachable and sociable by putting on a facade of eccentricity and childishness while Homura is aloof and stoic and is generally far less approachable.
    • Homura and Toshiro. Both of them are stoic no-nonsense veteran combatants who are far more mature than their physical appearances would suggest. Both are physically children but - due their unique conditions - are considerably older than they appear to be. However, Toshiro retains a sense of honor and a desire to do things "the right way" whereas Homura has far, far fewer scruples about how she conducts her duties.
    • Homura and Ichigo. Both of them are prodigious fighters who are fiercely protective of their loved ones and will let absolutely nothing keep them from fighting for what they have sworn to protect. Ichigo however, is far more open around people while Homura keeps herself closed off. Homura is far more wary of Urahara's schemes and machinations whereas Ichigo simply defers to his greater experience and knowledge.
    • Urahara and the Incubator. Both put up a facade that would make them far more likable and approachable to people, particularly young children. Underneath their respective facades both conceal a far more calculating and logical side that is constantly working on long-raging schemes and manipulations. But ultimately whereas the Incubator is emotionless and doesn't care for who gets hurt in the path to achieving its goals, Urahara genuinely cares about people and works to make sure he doesn't get too detached from them.
    • The Incubator and Aizen. Though Aizen has yet to make and appearance in the story, many characters have drawn parallels between their methods and goals. Neither of them have any qualms about who gets hurt as they work to achieve their goals and they are both detached from other people. Aizen however, is known for being a Consummate Liar whereas the Incubator - while far from honest - avoids telling an outright untruth.
    • Homura and Aizen. Ichigo brings up Aizen - whose immense power and intelligence led him to isolating himself from the people around him - to caution Homura - who is also considerably powerful and intelligent - to not push away the people who want to help. Indeed both individuals have been known to lie and use others for their own ends, while also being less morally scrupulous than people would generally be comfortable with. They both also have difficulty admitting when they are wrong and tend to assume they always know best. Both are also incredibly controlled in their emotions for the most part and have difficulty understanding other people. Ultimately though, Aizen was a megalomaniac who - in his isolation and hubris - couldn't accept a world where he wasn't in charge, while Homura has major self-esteem issues and only wants to save the people she cares for.
  • Foreshadowing: Karin vaguely mentions the concept of the King's Key to Kyubey in a flashback. Many chapters later, Kyubey uses the method she outlined to create a King's Key.
  • Fond Memories That Could Have Been: Featured in Witch Alexandria's Karin's labyrinth.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • The first arc is a cascading series of disasters: All the Mitakihara magical girls except Homura die. Homura wanders into Karakura and stumbles into allying with Karin and Yuzu. Then Yuzu's Soul Gem is destroyed, Karin turns into a Witch, Karin is miraculously restored to normal, Karin destroys her own Soul Gem over her memories of being a Witch, Walpurgisnacht surprises everyone and attacks Karakura instead of Mitakihara, the Incubator turns Walpurgisnacht into a Hogyoku then uses it to kill most of the Bleach cast and create a King's Key. Captain Commander Yamamoto then uses his Bankai to stop the Incubator from breaking into the Soul King's Realm, burning all of Karakura in the process.
  • Gratuitous German: The chapter titles are all numbered in German.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Over six weeks instead of one day. Includes Reset Button.
  • Harmful to Minors: The Bleach cast is generally horrified by the circumstances Homura has had to live through. They are very conscious that she is only fourteen and very damaged.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Witch Isidora and Witch Marcia.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Karin when she is finally convinced that Yuzu's soul was destroyed.
    • Ichigo has one in Witch Isidora's labyrinth when he remembers the time he was ensnared by her and realizes he may be the reason his sisters contracted. Immediately followed by a Freak Out!.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In the first timeline, Homura develops hope for new tactics and allies in the Kurosaki sisters. Then they end up dead and the Incubator initiates an apocalypse.
    • Karin is successfully returned to her magical girl state after having been a Witch. Then she kills herself over her memories of having been a Witch.
    • Chapter 35 in nutshell, just when it looks as though Walpurgisnacht has been defeated the Incubator shows up and utterly destroys the Thirteen Court Guard Squads.
  • How Did You Get It?: Most people who see Homura casually pull machine guns and grenades out of her shield freak out over a fourteen-year-old possessing serious ordnance.
  • In Spite of a Nail: As of Timeline X + N + 1, the plot of Kazumi Magica is occurring mostly as it does in canon, just slightly slower due to the Incubator sending Soju to Mitakihara. As of Chapter 77, the Dawn of Hyades descends upon Asunaro.
  • I See Dead People: Homura is surprised to find that she can see spirits in Karakura.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Renji breaks the ice with Kazumi's group by comparing the situation to the cliffhanger Big Reveal end of an anime episode, complete with dramatic sunset.
    • Orihime says the men should look away from Homura while she transforms because she presumes magical girl transformations involve sparkly nudity like in anime.
    • Various characters are skeptical of the magical girls' claims because it sounds too much like an anime.
    • Urahara has Homura, Karin, and Yuzu draw Kyubey. Tessai looks at the drawings and says, “It looks like a magical girl anime mascot."
  • Leonine Contract:
    • Canonically, Homura's hand was forced. If she didn't contract, her best friend would be dead.
    • Karin and Yuzu are told they would be the only magical girls in Karakura if they contract, then their defenseless brother is attacked by a Witch and the smartest shinigami they know doesn't detect the Witch nearby. Therefore, they would be the only people capable of defending their brother. If they didn't contract, he'd be in constant danger.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Karin's dialogue is often very snarky.
  • Living Lie Detector: Isshin for his kids; former spymasters Urahara and Yoruichi when questioning Homura.
  • Loose Lips: Karin really shouldn't have told Kyubey why a megalomaniacal shinigami would want to conquer Karakura. But Ichigo really shouldn't have told her about that in the first place.
  • Luminescent Blush: Jinta on seeing Yuzu in her magical girl costume, and Jinta around Yuzu in general.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: Shinigami reiatsu and magical girl magic are at the least very similar.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Chepter 77 has the Incubator refer to a "master" that can influence it. Meaning that the Incubator may not be the main antagonist.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Kyubey as usual but chapter 48 really turns it up a few notches, and then again rather viciously in chapter 52.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • OC Bethany Michaels: Bethany for the town mentioned in the Gospels; Michaels for the angel Michael. Implied to be Witch Elsa Maria, who took a prayer posture in a cathedral labyrinth.
    • OC Saki Yamaha: see Shout-Out
    • OC Noriko Chiasa, implied to be Patricia, the Class Representative Witch who is perched in a blue sky. Noriko = “rule/precedent/ceremony child” and Chiasa = “one thousand mornings”
    • Yunichiya Textiles: named for Unitika (Yunichika Kabushiki-gaisha ) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitika], chosen because of the Witch's cotton ball minions.
  • Mental World: The mindscapes shinigami share with their zanpakuto spirits. So far, only Ichigo's and Urahara's have been shown in-story.
  • Mercy Kill /I Did What I Had to Do: Invoked by characters fighting and defeating Witches.
  • Mr. Exposition: Homura, Karin, Urahara, and Kyubey take turns explaining things.
  • My God, You Are Serious:
    • People when Homura proves she really does have stolen mundane weaponry stashed in her shield.
    • Many people when Homura proves she's a time-traveler and that magical girls exist.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • “Mami mogu mogu” is embedded in a scene in Charlotte's labyrinth. It is a joke about Mami's canon fate of being decapitated and eaten by a Witch.
    • There are jokes about Rukia's canonically terrible drawing skills before she shows up in the story.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The news stories in the early part of the fic describe missing or dead girls who are implied to correspond with the Witches from Madoka canon, whose human names are canonically unknown.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Ichigo triggering a trap in Karin's labyrinth.
    • The shinigami defeating Walpurgisnacht at the end of the story's first timeline.
    • Karin's Loose Lips.
  • Not Himself: Anyone subject to a Witch's Kiss is Driven to Suicide.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Karin starts calling Isshin "Dad" instead of "Goat-Face" he instantly knows that something is very wrong.
    • When Isshin greets Ichigo normally instead of obnoxiously Ichigo instantly knows that something is wrong.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Isshin is devastated by his daughters' deaths in the story's first timeline.
  • Papa Wolf: Isshin towards Karin and Yuzu of course, but Homura gets added in as well later on.
  • Paranormal Investigation: Urahara does research on ghost hunter forums. They have some interesting observations and ideas...
  • Parental Substitute: Isshin towards Homura, he even refers to her as his third honorary daughter at one point.
  • Police are Useless: Played with. Homura mentions police being the opposite of helpful in a timeline in which she went to them about the magical girl plight. But once there is concrete evidence of something shady happening, the police quickly start linking preexisting suspicious incidents together. Averted with Detective Misako Ishijima, who has been investigating magical girls for years in Kazumi Magica canon.
  • Quirky Household: The Kurosaki family's antics take some getting used to for Homura.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Pretty much all the adults and Shinigami who are brought in on the issue of Magical Girls and the Incubator are very reasonable and understanding.
  • Reset Button Suicide Mission: At the end of the first timeline, Urahara accepts that he will likely die protecting Homura long enough for her to initiate her time travel.
  • Running Gag:
    • People's repeated "Holy Shit!"-esque reactions to Homura's arsenal of weaponry.
    • People using annoying ringtones to signify that Isshin is calling them.
    • The Kurosaki sisters revealing they know more about shinigami and their father than the adults think they should.
    • Ichigo not knowing how influential he is with the shinigami.
    • “It's complicated.”
    • Homura giving Sayaka sweet things to quietly play along with the joking nickname Stranger Danger.
  • Sanity Slippage: Karin's descent into despair and madness following Yuzu's death.
  • Separate Scene Storytelling: When Karin and Yuzu tell the story of how they became magical girls to Homura, it is shown in flashback instead of verbally narrated. Since their conversation is being recounted to the Urahara Shop crew via flashback on Homura's part many timelines later, it is also a Flashback Within a Flashback.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The true premise of PMMM, expanded to include things that need to be fixed where the PMMM and Bleach canons intersect.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • The Kurosakis: Ichigo and Karin are the sarcastic ones; Isshin and Yuzu are the ones that can switch from cheerful to serious and back at the drop of a hat.
    • The Kanames: They all love cats.
  • Shinigami: Courtesy of Bleach
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Homura.
  • Shipper on Deck: Yuzu toward Karin and Toshiro. (Incorrectly, per Word of God)
  • Shout-Out:
    • Yuzu says Karin is the Sailor Mars to her Sailor Venus.
    • Mitakihara Municipal Police Department spokesperson Kuroe Mura is named for the mangaka of the Puella Magi Oriko Magica manga.
    • OC magical girl Yuki Yubari is named for the scrapped production concept of a twin for Gogo Yubari and uses a meteor hammer. The Witch she fights is named Beatrix, in part a reference to The Bride's real name.
    • Witch Beatrix, her Familiars, and her labyrinth were inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorn's story “Rappaccini's Daughter”.
    • The green fairies, pale green sky, and burning sugar cube clouds in Beatrix's labyrinth allude to absinthe, a spirit represented in art/advertising as a green fairy. Absinthe is made with wormwood, a poisonous plant, and burning sugar cubes is part of preparing a glass.
    • Witch Isidora and her Familiars were inspired by Meru Otonashi from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
    • The Pumpkin Witch, her Familiars, and labyrinth were inspired by the video for the Vocaloid song “Mrs. Pumpkin's Comical Dream” and Cinderella.
    • Two of the paranormal forum posters' screen names are fandom jokes: BakaBakenekoKyo and deathlyhallowed.
    • OC Saki Yamaha, implied to be canon Witch Kirsten, is named for Hatsune Miku. Saki Fujita is the actress whose voice is used and Yamaha is the company that invented the base Vocaloid software. The anime shows Kirsten's magical girl form to have long pigtails and her Witch form is associated with computer screens.
    • Witch Marcia is a direct cameo of Nonon Jakuzure from Kill la Kill.
    • The phrase “ye who enter here” is hidden among the description of the final door in Cynthia's labyrinth. This is the second half of the famous inscription on the gate to Hell in Dante's Inferno. The unsaid first half is an order to “abandon all hope.”
    • Reaction to Homura firing her machine gun near people's ears and mentions of tinnitus are from a running joke on Archer.
    • The door to Witch Alexandria's labyrinth is inscribed with hidden text: “my precious.”
    • The description of the rooms leading up to the central chamber of Witch Alexandria's labyrinth is inscribed with hidden text “thief you have been warned beware” If you recognize the quote fragment, you should know it ends “...of finding more than treasure there.” They do.
    • As of Chapter 54, in order to further prevent the Incubator from linking Homura's ties with Karin and Yuzu, the former has dubbed herself Kikyo. To paraphrase Tōshirō: "...badass undead miko soul possessing a fake body."
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The author has stated she refers to a calendar to plot out when events happen and Kubo Tite's official map sketches for Karakura's overall location and locations within Karakura itself.
    • Hotel Nikko is a real chain of hotels in Japan.
    • Fictional Mitakihara, Kazamino, and Asunaro are placed near the real-life cities of Shinchi and Soma.
    • Nagisa's mentioned hometown is an actual rural Japanese town in the same general area of Japan as Soma.
    • Koishikawa Botanical Gardens is a real place in Tokyo with a real arboretum.
    • New Witches are constructed through word/concept-association research, as explained on the author's DeviantArt account http://corisanna.deviantart.com/. This account contains collages to show “production notes” like those made for the Madoka Magica anime. Currently only has Witch Beatrix and her Familiars.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: In Karin's labyrinth, a room is dedicated to her mother, with Madonna and Child imagery to hold the memory of her mother up as sacred; blurry to imply fading memories of her.
  • Sibling Team: Karin and Yuzu.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Karin, Jinta, Ichigo's Hollow.
  • Spy Cam: Urahara has a room with several for recording interesting meetings.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: The transformations into Witches.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: This is PMMM + Bleach. What do you expect?
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Urahara's aforementioned hidden cameras plus his following and observing Homura in the first timeline.
  • Survivor Guilt: Characters take turns feeling this.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Karin ponders how she would react if she ever lost Yuzu to a Witch. The answer: Poorly.
    • Yuzu wonders aloud if she and Karin are overreacting to the weirdness of their first labyrinth, trying to see it as just pretty to calm herself. They are immediately attacked.
    • Karin, after defeating her first Witch: “Being magical girls is gonna be awesome.”
    • Yuzu wondering if the Pumpkin Witch uses a decoy.
  • That's No Moon!: Homura at the end of the the first arc: “Those aren't wings.”
  • The Gadfly /Troll: Urahara.
  • The Heartless: Witches and Hollows.
  • The Nicknamer: Ichigo call Homura Stopwatch. While Sayaka calls Yoruichi Midnight the Conqueror and Homura Stranger Danger.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Homura finishes off Witch Cynthia with way more ordnance than necessary because she is so furious about Yuzu's death.
    • In the climax of the first story arc when Ichigo is forced to remember the time he was under a Witch's Kiss when he had no powers, his Hollow reacts by taking control of his body and relentlessly attacking Witch Isidora with such ferocity that she scrambles to retreat. Even when his zanpakuto purifies her and her soul takes the form of her original magical girl self, he stabs the girl in the face and chops her Soul Gem in half.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The Visored in Soul Society have this reaction after Urahara presents an Evil Nut during a briefing, as it seems similar to whatever method Aizen used to Hollowfy them. Kensei in particular, is disgusted by the idea of the Incubator basically going around Hollowfying little girls.
  • Trauma Conga Line: See From Bad to Worse.
  • Trope Telegraphing:
    • Reviewers who know of PMMM's canonical strong tendencies for Hope Spot and From Bad to Worse openly express worry/dread when something heartwarming and optimistic happens.
    • Invoked by Homura when uneasy about things going her way.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Homura has a good mask, but the Bleach adults with military experience can see through it enough to be disturbed even before The Reveal of why she acts that way.
  • Unfinished Business: Karin and Yuzu address a ghost's unfinished business while introducing Homura to the concept of spirits.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Yuzu's whip, Yuki's meteor hammer, Toshiro's shikai.
  • Wham Episode: Quite a number of chapters qualify as Wham Episodes for various reasons.
    • Chapter 22, Yuzu's Soul Gem is destroyed by a witch.
    • Chapter 23, Karin witches out.
    • Chapter 30, Karin destroys her Soul Gem.
    • Chapter 31, Walpurgisnacht shows up in Karakura instead of Mitakihara, and its stronger than before.
    • Chapter 35, The Incubator creates a Hogyoku out of the remnants of Walpurgisnacht, practically the entirety of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads as well as everyone in Karakura are defeated and their souls absorbed by the Incubator, the Incubator proceeds to make a King's Key.
    • Chapter 59, Kisuke reveals to Hitsugaya that while it is likely that Madoka could survive past Homura's turnback point in the current timeline, if Homura wants her to be saved, then they need to be able to eliminate the Incubator for good. Hence, why Homura needs to continue going back in time, six weeks is nowhere near long enough to gather the information to devise the means of doing so.
    • Chapter 63, Kisuke learns that Tomohisa and Tatsuya are spiritually aware, with Tomohisa having minor knowledge about Hollows. We also learn that he's aware of Madoka's power increasing, though he doesn't know why. Lampshaded by Kisuke's internal monologue, as he realizes that this may mean a greater history of spiritual awareness in the families of the other Magical Girls.
    • Chapters 69-70, Kyoko finally appears...and it is discovered that someone has been killing the witches in Kazamino, leaving none for her, and in a desperate attempt, attacks Toshiro and Mami, quickly turning into a Witch.
    • Chapter 77, Junko and Tomohisa Kaname finally meet with Misako Ishijima, a human detective from Kazumi Magica who has been investigating magical girl activities for years and has been hinted at throughout the story. The Incubator prepares to escalate its campaign against Homura and Urahara's faction and hints that it may have a master. It also hints that Homura descending into despair could give it the same kind of energy that it hopes to gain from Madoka contracting and eventually becoming a witch. The Dawn of Hyades descends thanks to Kanna Hijiri's own machinations. Homura is forced to reveal her Time Magic to Mami and Tomohisa in order to save them.
  • Whip It Good: Yuzu's magical weapon is a whip.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Hopefully averted.
    • Each timeline is labeled with an algebraic equation whose variables are explained at the beginning of the second story arc.
    • Karin explains Pluses, Hollows, shinigami, etc. in mathematical terms, with an author's note that goes a bit deeper.
  • You Are Not Alone: Various characters keep trying to convince Homura of this.

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