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Hinamori Amu is a stylish punk rock girl who is liked and feared by her peers, but there's just one problem: she's actually a shy and quiet girl who can't seem to drop her self-fabricated facade! But when Amu finds three eggs in her bed, she had no idea her life would change forever. Out of the eggs pop Ran, Miki and Su, Amu's Guardian Charas; these being represent parts of Amu that she wishes she could be, even allowing Amu to transform into those parts at will! Now, with pressure from the other Guardians (including her crush, Hotori) to join their midst, dark sides of the psyche known as X Eggs to seal, and nefarious forces after a wish-granting egg known as the embryo, Amu's life has officially become more complicated!
Much like the first season of 'Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha', 'Shugo Chara!' offers an unabashed magical girl-adventure with flashy transformations, endearing characters, and a protagonist who fills the hearts of all those around her with love and happiness.
I do want to point out that I find Amu (the protagonist of 'Shugo Chara') a lot more interesting and fun than Nanoha, seeing as she's pretty spunky and not annoyingly polite and perfect all the time.
Both series have female protagonists who suddenly become "magically able".
Nanoha operates on a larger scale then SC, and is faster paced. Still, if you liked one, check out the other.
Both anime are about magical girl's and there enimies become in both anime there best friends. If you liked 1 you will live the other.
When a strange samurai tells her she is the successor of the swordsman Yagyu Jubei, Jiyu Nanohana refuses to believe him. But the descendants of Jubei's rivals have already sensed this, and one assassin after another is sent to attack Jiyu! Fortunately, Jubei left a little something for our heroine - a lovely heart-shaped eyepatch. As soon as Jiyu dons the eyepatch, she is overcome with Jubei's power and transforms into a ninja girl! Jiyu must put an end to the 300-year old feud between the samurai clans... before the feud puts an end to her.
Jubei-chan and Lyrical Nanoha are recognized for their magical girl stylings: an unwilling female protagonist, the wise sidekick who guides her as she takes her first steps into a larger world, and a mystical artifact that's the source of the heroine's power.
But instead of being targeted to the usual demographic, these two shows seem designed for male audiences. Both series feature enough action to keep viewers interested and provide the necessary back-story for enjoying their respective sequels.
Jubei-chan and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are clearly both magical girl series. However, they are both unusual in that they aren't necessarily aimed at a female audience, as are most magical girl series. In addition, they both have superb action sequences and a protagonist who manages to reach out to many of her foes and show them the error of their ways.
Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?
Other than the fact that Pretear has a group of guys as magical support instead of a cute animal these animes are alike in many ways. Pretear is geared toward a slightly older audience, however. If you like a girl beating magical creatures up then you may like Pretear.
Both anime are about girls who find out by acicent that they have magical powers. Both have anemies who are in the end not so bad and even become friends. If you liked the other you won't regret if you watch the other.
Illya loves magical girls; but more than anything, she loves her brother and wishes he would pay more attention to her. So when a talking magical wand appears, offering her a chance to make her dreams a reality, it seems too good to be true and she hesitates. But unfortunately, her touch was the only consent needed, and now Illya is stuck as a magical girl! On the bright side, she has all the powers that go with the job – like magic beams, shields, and incredible cuteness! But her path to love is a dangerous one, as she must now capture powerful and magical items known as Class Cards, while keeping them out of the hands of rival magical girls, before her wish will be granted.
Both involve seemingly normal elementry school girls through random chance gaining the ability to use magic, having to collect certain dangerous items, etc. They also both have intelligent magical devices that help them along the way.
Both shows are also spin offs which veered into the magical girl genre, while their prequels were of a much different setting. Such as the main characters not being the main characters of their parent shows, very different plots, etc, save for the fact that magic existed in the Fate/Stay night and Zero realms but Triangle Heart had no magical characters.
So if your a fan of shows with magical girls, magic, or even their parent/spin offs. It'll be worth your time to atleast check it out.
Let's begin with the obvious; Both are magical girl spin-offs of very non-magical girl shows.
Other than that, both have a similar dynamic of a solo magical girl with a solo dark magical girl rival, who try to collect some magical items. Both shows further mix light-hearted elements with mostly physical action. The main objective of both heroines is obtaining several objects of magical power, as well as to befriend the other magical girl in the series. Furthermore, in neither show does the main character have an initial interest in becoming an magical girl other than wanting to help out.
If you like one you should try the other.
Hikaru, Umi, and Fu are 3 best friends who are soon to go their seperate ways, until fate interjects and their lives are changed forever. From the skies comes the fortress of Cephiro, a long-dead land whose leader, Eagle, is desperate to destroy the Earth and fulfill his sister's one wish. The only hope for humanity is the three who are endowed with the Ovum, allowing them to fuse with guardian spirits capable of fighting off the evil. With the demise of the world eminent and the Cephiro's invaders ready for attack, the fate of all people lies with these girls, mystical powers, and hope...
Though Nanoha feels like it's aimed at a lower age group, both it and the Rayearth OVA are fantasy filled stories that are full of adventure, excitement, and wonder. Though Nanoha might seem a little more girlie at first, it has a sci fi feel that is just as interesting as Rayearth's plot. If you liked one, odds are you'd like the other.