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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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Nanoha used to be a normal grade school student until one day she found a ferret in the woods -- but he's no ordinary ferret! His name is Yuuno, he hails from another world, and he needs Nanoha’s help to complete his mission: to capture the Jewel Seeds (mysterious stones that imbue their wielder with great power) that fell to Earth. Along with Yuuno, Nanoha must now collect the Seeds and protect her world, but she isn’t alone. A rival is also trying to collect the Seeds for an unknown purpose, and only Nanoha has the power to stop her…

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Yasuhiro OKUDA Character Design
Akiyuki SHINBO Director
Hiroaki SANO Music

Official Editorial Reviews

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha sothis 7.1/10 Mar 20, 2005

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha roriconfan 5/10 Jul 31, 2012
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Triplicate 8/10 Mar 19, 2012
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Quizap 7/10 Aug 18, 2010
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Shugo Chara!

Shugo Chara!

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!

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Uriel1988

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. 

scizorg45

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.

DarkMagicianGirl

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.

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Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

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Werewolfhero

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.

MaraRuizu

Let's begin with the obvious; Both are magical girl spin-offs of very non-magical girl shows.

Other than that, both mix light-hearted elements into a more action styled show. 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.

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Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl

Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl

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.

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Nohansen

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.

Hethran

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.

Pretear

Pretear

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?

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brobb355

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.

DarkMagicianGirl

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. 

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Angel Densetsu

Angel Densetsu
  • OVA (2 eps x 24 min)
  • 1996

What is Seiichirou Kitano, a boy with the heart of an angel and the face of a devil, supposed to do when he starts his new life as a first year high school student? Accidently defeat the school "guardian" and become the most famous and feared gang leader in the town, of course! With his "henchmen" Kuroda and Takehisa in tow, Kitano turns a simple act of good will into an all-out war with Hakuun High!

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Gunther

Like Nanoha, the protagonist of Angel Densetsu is a nice, well-meaning guy who would rather solve problems with discussion than fighting, and has a tendency to befriend former enemies. The story has many themes of honesty, friendship, loyalty, and letting people redeem themselves, much like Nanoha. The Angel Densetsu setting may be a bit more slice-of-life, but the fight scenes are just as over-the-top if not more so.