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Nightmare Landscapes in Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime that’s revisited the genre of magical girl anime and taken it to a much darker place. This is reflected in the series distinctive art style; while the normal world is depicted in Shaft’s usual clean style, the girls have to enter nightmarish labyrinths to fight witches.

The trouble taken with the art direction really shows and  each labyrinth has its own distinct look and feel. Unexpected elements are combined and brought together in elaborate collage like images that are both beautiful and disturbing. Even things that should be cute or silly, like moustached cotton balls, become sinister in this environment. It’s sweet surreal eye candy.

 

Life in the real world:

 

Entering the labyrinth:

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