Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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School Days

School Days

When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...

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Andre4eva Andre4eva says...

If you enjoy the twist of fate type of anime this anime will greatly compliment it. The begining starts out as a traditional school life anime but slowly changes and twist untill you relize what you thought and what is happening is totally diffrent :D

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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lolhammy lolhammy says...

Both stories strangely follow a same twist and come to a similar conclusion, although through a very different mood. Serial Experiments Lain is more slow-paced and amazingly so, more bizarre than Madoka Magica is, but if you enjoyed either story for the abstract ending, you'll probably enjoy the other too.

Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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LauraBornn LauraBornn says...

Both anime have a bunch of crime fighting cute girls that decide to become less than human in order to kill yoma(c)/witches(mm). And the girls who have sold their souls in both shows meet a less desirable fate. Claymore seems to be a much more grown up or mature version Of madoka magica in Some ways (and not just because the girls are more...developed. They both have wondeful Fight scenes and for very different reasons too. But you will have to watch them to find out what they are! In my opinion you will be very happy that you did!!

Gatekeepers 21

Gatekeepers 21

Japan, present day: Alien Invaders are everywhere, taking over peoples' bodies. Fighting them is Isuzu Ayane, an introverted young girl with the ability to control powerful dimensional Gates. Under the guidance of Kageyama Reiji, a mysterious businessman, she battles Invaders and recruits new Gate Keepers. Will she and her new comrades be able to save the earth?

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hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these animes involve young girls fighting against monsters that are not all they seem. While Gatekeepers also has male magic users, both of these animes seem to take the Magical Girl genre and shake it up. The character types are also very similar (whiny one, fighting one, emotionally challenged one... etc). Also, aliens. 

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?

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lawnmower16 lawnmower16 says...

Both anime start out seeming like really happy-go-lucky, action/comedy, but then the s*** hits the fan. If you want another anime that pulls you into the universe, then suddently plunges that universe into despair with scary plot twists, look no further.Both deal with seemingly hopeless circumstances. Both start out small and just get bigger and bigger and bigger. Both have amazing animation, music, characters and story. Both have bittersweet endings, and can easily make you emotional. Personally, I don't think you could go wrong with either of them.