Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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Magic Knight Rayearth OVA

Magic Knight Rayearth OVA

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...

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden

In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!

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Roxas Roxas says...

It's actually sort of difficult to explain why you would like both shows, but the fan bases for these two overlap quite heavily. Both the Nanoha and Rozen Maiden franchises definitely fall within the "magical girl" genre, but in many ways innovate past the genre's conventions and provide a similarly entertaining experience despite a lack of directly shared traits.

Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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Himitsu Himitsu says...

Shakugan no Shana and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha are action packed anime with excellent animation. The protagonists are cute young girls who fight a lot. Both use intelligent talking devices/relics. I also found that I enjoyed the openings and endings of both anime; the endings of each episode give a good lingering feeling.

Scryed

Scryed

Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.

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Cetonis Cetonis says...

The rivalries featured in Scryed and Nanoha mirror each other quite well. Kazuma and Nanoha, fighting out of emotion; and Ryuho and Fate, fighting out of duty. They are truly reminiscent. Also, both anime utilize flashy super-powers in their battles, and both have a fair bit more to them plot-wise than it may initially seem. Those who enjoyed one of these two should certainly consider watching the other.

My-Hime

My-Hime

Guided by a star only they can see, a group of maidens known as HiMEs have begun to gather at Fuuka Academy. These young women have been endowed with dangerous supernatural powers that they can use to their heart's content, but there's a price: to wield them, they must put their most important thing on the line. Now, in the midst of school work and friendships, they find themselves caught in the midst of strange conspiracies seemingly related to the terrifying monsters that attack them. Is the power of the HiMEs strong enough to save themselves and the ones they love?

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TheHermit TheHermit says...

Both series are superficially silly magical girl shows, but have dark underpinnings beneath them. They also feature over-the-top fights scenes and deal with trust and hope as central themes.