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Yesterday, Kyon was helping prepare for an SOS Brigade Christmas party. But today, he wakes up to a whole other world. Haruhi and the SOS Brigade are gone, Koizumi's class is missing, Asahina doesn't recognize him, Nagato is still a Literary Club member and even Ryoko Asakura has returned. As the only person who notices that everything has changed, Kyon is left to discover what happened to his friends and figure out if his life truly is better without aliens, time travelers and ESPers.
Without trying to spoil too much, these movies have similar themes and structures. They both feature well established series, but take the most serious elements of each and bring them to the foreground. Both showcase spectacular animation and voice acting as well as interesting new developments for the familiar characters.
Utena Tenjou has just arrived at the prestigious Ohtori Academy, and not long after her arrival, she receives "the mark of the rose" and becomes a duelist. She is then thrust into a series of battles with other duelists to win her friend Anthy, who is known the Rose Bride. The winning duelist will not only receive Anthy, but also the revolutionary power that she holds! Utena must now do everything she can to protect Anthy while trying to figure out the secrets behind Ohtori Academy and the Rose Bride before it’s too late.
These two are both movies based on tv-series, where you really need to see the series first in order to understand what's going on.
With that said, they still similar to warrant a recommendation. They are both fantasy/fighting movies with lots of hard-to-understand symbolism, as well as plenty of yuri elements.
If you like one you should check out the other.
Our hero Tenchi is enjoying the peace and quiet of his grandfather’s shrine – or at least, as much as he can with two girls fighting tooth and nail over him. However, when Tenchi goes missing, the girls pull together and do whatever they can to find him. Ryoko and Ayeka put aside their differences in the interest of finding Tenchi, but things get messy when the two have to pull Tenchi from a parallel world. What’s worse is that Tenchi seems to like this peaceful alternative to reality! The final battle won’t be decided with energy swords or beams this time, but love.
I recommend this for two reasons. First, both anime involve an alternate world where memories have been overwritten. Also, both movies are very serious dramas with no comedy. If you liked Tenchi Forever, then prepare to be blown away by Madoka Magica Rebellion. One word of advice though, you can't go into Rebellion cold. It assumes you have seen the Madoka Magica TV series. Not only does it not explain anything that you would have learned by watching the series (or the two recap movies), but it intentionally plays with the expectations which you should have if you saw the series. It sets up a situation very much like the TV series, but with several differences, and it expects you to spot those differences.
Also, be prepared. The third act of Rebellion is heavy on the visual metaphor and symbolism. You're going to have to do some mental gymnastics in order to keep up with it. For me, I really enjoy having to watch a movie more than once to take it all in. Re-watch value is important to me.
I can't recommend Tenchi Forever to fans of Madoka Magica nearly as highly as the reverse. Madoka Magica is an incredibly well written, intelligent story which outshines Tenchi Forever in every aspect. I feel watching Forever after Rebellion would be a letdown, but they do share some elements. If you like stories which take familiar characters out of their familiar reality and put them into a happier alternate world, which seems very "off", then either of these are a solid offering.