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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...
Both of these anime take the regular Magical Girl genre cliches and stick them in your face. Neither of these are like any other Magical Girl anime out there. They both have loveable characters and wonderful animation, along with a Plot that once you start to get in to, won't be able to stop until the end.
Both of these animes have a relationship to each other. For example, Urobochi(or Urubochi) Gen who directed this anime also directed Nanoha which is why there is some simillarities in the flow of both animes. Second of all, the plot looks like a typical children's magical girl anime but once the story progresses, things are getting darker than ever. Lastly, these two have the elements needed to make them the Mahou Shoujo anime that exceeds into the new level.
Both shows are Magical Girl shows that are intended for older males instead of the original demographic of little girls. And in both shows the girls are really moé. If you like one you should watch the other.
These two series are excellent twists on the magical girl genre. While at first appearing to be typical battle intense monster of the week anime, each show quickly applies its own spin on the conventions of magical girl anime. Both can get rather dark at times and have high drama and excellent action scenes.
they are both magical girl animes the put a twist into the your average magical girl anime with the drama that they bring into the story
Both of these series can be called subversions of the 'classic' Magical Girl story, each with a different focus; Nanoha amps up the action, while Madoka amps up the darkness.
Though both animes are Mahou Shoujo, they aren't the usual kind. Even if they both look 'fluffy, kind and girly', as the story moves on, the anime isn't that innocent. Both have a darker side and show a lot of pain from the characters. If you like the one, I'm sure you'd like the other too ^^
Both are deviations from the traditional mahou shoujo format, and while Madoka is the darker of the two, Nanoha is far more accessible and appeals to a much wider audience.
Madoka and Nanoha share quite a few similarites. Both were directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (please disregard anyone who says Urobuchi directed them. He wrote the story behind Madoka and has no relation to Nanoha), and both give us a less-than-typical view of magical girls.
Nanoha gives a break from the norm with a slightly darker plot than usual, major sci-fi elements, and massive explosions. Madoka does this with a dark plot full of tragedy and a focus on character development that make things like emotions and internal conflicts take center stage.
Both anime have magical girls that really stand out from your usual Sailor Moon/Card Captor Saura type. If you're a fan of magical girls, or even just enjoy a reinterpretation of a common plot type, you'll probably enjoy both of these series.
Madoka Magica is another magical girl show from the same director of Nanoha, and in the beginning they're quite similar--a strange cute critter from another world tells an ordinary girl who feels that she doesn't have a purpose that she's actually a powerful magical user with the ability to protect other people. Both series, meant for adults, then break the traditional magical girl tradition and start to add new elements to them. But while Nanoha is clearly trying to do something different, I believe that Shinbo succeeded much more in his goal to create a truly "adult" magical girl series when he created Madoka. Madoka is at times very dark and contains serious themes and can even be occasionally violent and scary, but at the center of it is a selfless girl who wants to protect others, similar to Nanoha. If you enjoyed Nanoha but wanted to see the Magical Girl genre taken even further into darker and more complex territory, give Madoka Magica a try!
This series takes the Magical Girl formula and spins it in a new, at least somewhat darker direction. When going in blind to these two shows, you definitely will be surprised by the way they defy convention. As they share the same director, there are also some basic similarities in how the story is presented and flows. If you enjoyed one, you certainly should at least give the other a shot.
Both are magical girl shows for whom the target audience isn't little girls. As such both contain some deconstructed tropes, as well as more darkness and violence than is normal for the genre. However, both still have the strong focus on friendship that is almost required of a magical girl show. Even if that, too, is played out a bit differently from usual.
If you love one of them, that alone is reason to watch the other.
Both anime start out with characters who are thrusted into a world of magic by a cute animal out of nowhere and deal with the challenges that come with it. Some features such as telepathy, hunting for artifacts (Jewel seeds and Grief Seeds) To protect others are similar between both shows. And both series eventually take a turn in getting darker.
Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose on the world, the magical Clow cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost, for the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards! Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?
Both of these series have the basic shoujo elements, and both are extremely addictive and lovable. Unlike other cliche shoujos, these series both have something special, such as card battle or ferrets. Be sure to try the other if you liked one!
These two series go very well together. Nanoha is a Mahoshoujo series that gets away from the standard "Monster of the day" motif and has a continuing entralling storyline. Cardcaptor Sakura has a very well good continuing storyline also and a good supporting cast. If you like a series with a point at the end of it you'll enjoy these series.
Both series are about a normal, well-liked girls who are given magical powers in order to help a magical being in a quest to retrieve something. Beyond that, both protagoist & co are charming and funny.
These are probably the best magical girl animes out there. Both involve an ordinary girl employed to "catch em all" to save the world. Both have ulterior substories, Nanoha's being more sci-fi and CCS being more romantic. Nanoha focuses on quick entertaining action, while CCS tends to flesh out character development. That said, if you enjoyed one, you should like the other.
Unlike most mahou shoujo anime, Card Captor Sakura and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha step up on the scale of seriousness making them slightly more mature than the rest of the bunch covering some mature themes whilst in plot progression. Though I'd lie if I said they don't have the usual bubbles and sparkles here and there.
These two anime are incredibly similar to each other but both have their unique charmes.
The main characters are both young girls who gain magical powers by accident and use them to do good with the help of a cute spirit animal. They both need to gather certain objects to achieve their goals and encounter enemies along the way whom which they befriend after the big battle.
It's surprising that anime about little girls with magical powers can tackle quite heavy subjects, such as disabilties, mental problems and abuse, but they do, and in quite an impressive way too.
You would think these are just light hearted anime, and although they are mainly about friendship, love and growing up, it's not all happy go lucky.
I would definitly recommend checking the other if you liked one.
Both girls become magical girls because of a acident. And they must collect something to save the world. The storyline is great you really want to know how its gone end. And what they will do next. Both the girls are really sweet and care alot about other people. Both have a pet that tells them what to do.
Both are magical girl anime with plots focusing on the gathering of magical objects. Nanoha and Cardcaptor Sakura both have some seriusness mixed into the silly, making them more intriguing, while still retaining quite a bit of cuteness. Also, young male tsunderes.
Well, most of the reasons for this recommendation have already been written in the earlier comments, and I agree with them. Although Nanoha's story is a bit more continuous than Sakuras 'card-of-the-day' style, they have a whole lot of similarities. Most importantly though, they share a very similar atmosphere, which I think is important, when trying to find similar series.
Also called "Cardcaptors" in the Americanized release, Cardcaptor Sakura follows a young girl in third grade who is charged with collecting a set of mystical objects: The Clow Cards. The powerful sorcerer Clow Reed created them, but when their power grew too strong, he sealed them in The Clow Book- a book our heroine, Sakura Kinomoto- has unwittingly opened.Now, the cards run rampant through Tokyo, causing trouble and putting people in danger. It's up to Sakura and her friends to round up the cards before they get too out of hand.
What's more, Keroberos (Cerberus)- the guardian of the Clow Seal- assures Sakura her powers will only grow...
Masaharu Tsuwabaki ('Haru') had been living a more or less normal school life until, one day, he accidentally drinks a potion that transforms him into a tiny doll-like lamb at night. To lift this curse and return to normal, he must work with his "chosen girl" Sumomo Akihime, a very shy girl in his class. She is given powers by a magical ring, and together they must hunt down mystical artifacts called stardrops in order to return him to normal. At the same time, Tsuwabaki must keep his daytime identity a secret from Sumumo as well as keep their ability to use magic hidden. As he lives this double life, he grows closer and closer to Sumomo in both his human and sheep forms.
Nanoha and Drops have much in common, so much that you can say Drops is a spinoff of Nanoha. They are both what I call 'New Magical Girl' series, in which there really is no prince or boyfriend as the main point and the lead girl has a transformed, former human as a companion. These series also have another magical girl that rivals the main hero and both are looking for the Seeds/Drops. I would also say that both are more aimed at a male audience than a female one.
The premise is similar: an ordinary girl gains magical powers and has to help a cute animal or stuffed toy by gathering Jewel Seeds in Nanoha's case, or star drops in Sumomo's case. They also have to deal with a rival later on. Both anime are really cute though Nanoha is more focused on action while Nanatsuiro is more romance-oriented.
In both, the main character finds a talking stuffed animal/ animal and takes it home. The main characters also has to collect stardrops/jewel seeds for their "pet."In both, there is someone else competing for collecting those seeds/drops.
Life is pretty plain for middle school student Chihaya, who spends most days attending class and then going home to help out in her parents’ store, Angel Kiss. That is, until the day when her gym class is disrupted by a cute, but strange pink creature. Little does she know the sweet animal she has named Chuu is actually Natsuki, a boy who has been sent to Earth from the world of Evergreen! He is in pursuit of five magical seeds that have the power to enter human bodies and use their desires to turn them into monsters. His meeting with Chihaya was no coincidence, for within her is hidden the power of Magical Warrior Carmein. He must take a human form and persuade her to fight for his cause, and save Earth from certain destruction!
In Nanoha and Magical Canan, the main male characters transform into animals. The two series also contain some romance and a bit of school life with comedy. Try out one if you liked the other! :)
Both Nanoha and Magical Canan are 13 episodes long and they have many similarities, especially in the first episode. Nanoha and Chihaya find a cute animal and take it home, which is actually a boy from another world. It gives them magical powers and they have to help him out by collecting Jewel Seeds in the case of Nanoha, or magical seeds in the case of Chihaya. They later have to face an antagonist and there's more action with lots of flashy magical attacks.
Both Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Magical Canan start their stories with with a Male from another world disguised in an animal form going to Earth in order to collect Magical Items that could destroy the world. They Both Have a Small Amount Of Ecchi, And Both include Comedy and have similar Plots.
Ink Nijihara, who does very well in her high school English class, has a crush on her classmate Nao; but as she is both shy and clumsy, she finds herself unable to get closer to him. Furthermore, since he does poorly in English, he does not intend to go to a university, crushing Ink's dreams of going there together with him. Out of the blue, a talking duck who turns out to be a polymorphed (and perverted) wizard exiled from a magic kingdom falls from the sky and lands in front of Ink. He offers her magical powers in return for helping people in need. Ink sees the magical girl transformation as a chance to help Nao with his English without feeling embarrassed about it, and thus she begins her adventures as Magical Teacher Pastel Ink!
If you liked Nanoha and wanted a bit more comedy with your mahou shoujo, this is the ticket. Not exactly a parody of the magical girl series, but more of a comedy laughing with it than at it. Not exactly ecchi, but it is definately directed towards loli fans.
When I watched Moetan an anime that kept coming to mind was Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. A lot of the things that happen in Moetan you can also find in Nanoha. For isntance both of their "rods" so to speak are computer like devices (In Moetan its a cell phone and in Nanoha its an intelligent device named Raging Heart). So in both these anime there are magical girls that get their magic from electronic devices. Also, their staffs take orders (vocal or typed in) to execute a "spell" so to speak.
Moetan is a pardoy of the mahou shoujo genre as a whole, but more specifically it parodies Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, in particular the way in which the latter delivers unashamed fanservice while still under the guise of a magical girl show. Both also share the same lead seiyuu (Yukari Tamura). As such, if you've enjoyed Moetan either as a pardoy or as a show in its own right, it might be worth seeing the show that it draws from. Similarly, if you enjoyed Nanoha, you may well be amused by Moetan's self-aware send-up of the genre.