Athletic Mato is excited to start middle school and meet new people, including Yomi, an artistic girl who doesn't open up easily to others. While awkward around each other at first, things change when the girls discover their mutual obsession for a fantastical picture book. But just as the pair becomes fast friends, they're torn apart by a cruel, wheelchair-bound girl who considers Yomi her personal possession and refuses to let anyone else near her. What's worse, Mato has recently begun to have strange dreams about girls brawling in bizarre colorful worlds that seem to parallel her personal struggles. With jealousy, insecurity, and foreboding dreams always getting in the way, can the two girls ever become true friends?
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
all i could think of when i saw mato was madoka. they are so similar in character. also the cute girl vs. action fighting is in both and also the shocking darkness is very similar. i loved both and i know if you havent watched one (but have watched the other) you will absolutly love both!
These two anime are very similar, actually. Every character has some sort of emotional scarring that they have to deal with, as well as an 'alter ego' that takes over/covers up the unwanted pain in another world.
The artists rendering of these other worlds are pretty unique - if you enjoy different types of art styles, I'd recommend both of these anime.
Both of these shows are about girls caught in some really bizzare situations with heavy things on the line. BRS is a little oddball in its presentation, and Madoka is a little passive in regard to what it's showing you, but I'm sure that both of these shows will tickle your fancy.
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
If you like mindf*ck anime like this you will like this too. XD Both anime had mixed mine head, if you like this you need to watch Chaos;Head too.
Chaos;head is similar to BRS in it's presentation of a cast of characters with a pretty messed up mental state and how they deal with it in their own messed up way. Although BRS has a little more uniqueness to it. And the male lead in Chaos;head may be really awkward. But I'm sure you will find it interesting.
The normally sleepy town of Inaba has recently fallen prey to a string of bizarre deaths, where the deceased are discovered dangling from TV antennae and telephone poles. But that’s not the only mystery that’s cropped up lately: the "Midnight Channel" has gained notoriety in the local high school for allegedly revealing a person's soul-mate to them. When transfer student Yu arrives in town, he quickly becomes enmeshed in the center of all these mysterious goings-on, especially after the teen and his friends are pulled through the television into another world! How is this strange place connected with the other mysteries plaguing Inaba?
Both series are heart warming slice-of-life animes involving students with alternate realities/world where their other "self"/"persona" fights. The characters struggle with the harsh realities of life and their inner feelings, developing strong bonds along the way.
Thay are also be tear-jerking, serious and lighthearted at different points, with gorgeous art. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.
As a side note, BRS is based on a Vocaloid PV and Persona 4 is based on a game; both adaptions are done well.
Both shows host a cast of characters with hidden personalities that don't show easily or at all. They essentially treat this as the main plot drive and how the characters overcome these issues. Even the fact that they have to do battle with each other and such things in relation to those personality drifts is similar.
When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
If you liked Black Rock Shooter or Revolutionary Girl Utena, you’d like the other one because some of the dramas are similar. These anime series have battles, in which the title characters fight with determination to help or protect others. Friendship and strength are thematic values in both series. If you enjoy the fantasy aspect in Black Rock Shooter, you will like the fantasy and magical girl aspects of Revolutionary Girl Utena, and vice versa.
The focus of these two are the same – close, important relationships and action. Futhermore, both are shows with heavy symbolism and the confusion that arises from that.
In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.
People who enjoyed the drama, action, setting, and overall style of this anime will likely also enjoy Saikano.
Saikano is similar to BRS TV in that it is a dramatic / bittersweet story centering around a "strong" female character, in a similar setting (highschool/post-apocalyptic), and involes a great deal of action / combat.
It differs in many ways, but primarily in that Saikano is targeted at a slightly older age group (contains more mature elements), and that the center theme is romance, instead of friendship.