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Yuuna Yuuki is an ordinary second-year middle school student. She gets up in the morning, gets ready for school, goes to classes, participates in club activities, and has fun with her friends. But there is one extraordinary thing about Yuki -- she belongs to the “Brave Hero Club.” What does the Brave Hero Club do? Who is the mysterious being called “Vertex?” Yuuki Yuuna and her friends’ story takes place in Year 300, Era of the Gods.
They both have similar concept of story. Modaka being Magical Girl, while Yuuki Yuuna being Hero. They both fighting some kind of enemies, Witches (Madoka) and Vertex (Yuuki Yuuna) in another dimension to save the world. Yuuki Yuuna's music is also similar or same idea as Madoka. Very Highly possible that Yuuki Yuuna influenced by Madoka.
similar themes in the deconstruction of the "Magical School Girl" genre. Madoka may have been the most jarring in its twists and storytelling but Yuuki Yuuna's a little slower paced and lacks some of the shocking twist factor. Madoka is still better by far, but Yuuki Yuna is a decent enough succesor for those who are interested more of the same.
Both Madoka Magica and Yuuki Yuuna are magical girl shows with darker twists. Both start out trying to hide this, but in the end they are at similar levels of despair. If you really like one of them there's no real reason to not check out the other.
I have watched both series, and they do have a lot in common.
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School girls with a secret of the magical underworld. They don't know the terrible secret, awaiting them in the future; that they have beeen deceved all along by the one they trusted.
What I really liked about both shows is the fact that things were not exactly what they seemed to be in the first place and the ideas explored were a little deeper than what I expected from a magical girl show. These shows were definitely good surprises to me.
+ magical/superpower girls
+ similar main characters
+ only girls in team
+ dark side of being magical girl/hero
+ great soundtracks
+ Vertexes (Yuuki Yuuna) reminds me the Witches (Madoka Magica)
+ Fatal plot-twist
If you like Yuuki Yuuna or Madoka, you'll probably like the other too. They're both about a group of magical girls, but that's not all. They both face evils much grander than they're originally told. They both stand to lose parts of themselves during the fight. They both have to deal with the consequences of being deceived by the ones who gave them their powers. And despite it all, they both work to make the world a better place.
Yuuki Yuuna's series is more optimistic, in general, while Madoka's is more pessimistic. If you liked Madoka but thought it was too dark, try Yuuki Yuuna. If you liked Yuuki Yuuna but thought it was too carefree, try Madoka. You might have a new favorite.
Both titles represent the magical girl genre and share undeniable similarities through their run. Madoka, being the original pioneer, is a grimmer decostruction of the mahou shoujo genre while Yuusha, I would dare to say inspired by Madoka, borrows a similar premise but doesn't explore the darker themes as thoroughly, keeping a more straight forward magical girl feel. Yuusha is a decent attempt but lacks the depth that made Madoka stand out. It is still worth looking into even just for the impressive production value.
Did you like the fact that being a magical girl has consequences? Did you like that the pink one was the main character, but the yellow one was the leader? Also, that the red-outsider is really a tsundere and might actually like working with the team? Then, you're in luck, because the other anime has ALL of that. The scenery during the monster fights is eerily similar as well, so if you liked the quirkiness of one, you'll find it in the other.
The rules concerning the monster fights may change, but the concept is very similar.
Both series started out to be relaxing but up until a point where it changes from hope to despair.
there are many similarities between these two shows, but mahou sure did set the stage for the dark magic girl shows and got away from the more fluff style of magic girls in the past. to be honest, as I have recently just finished it up, yuuki takes on another role, for any of those my little pony fans out there, then you might want to check this one out. there are some solid similarities between these two shows as well. granted there isn't mild ecchi in MLP, but this is Japan we're talking about, so, for those brony fans, either closet or not, check this one out and compare for yourself.
The two anime are basically the exact same. Well meaning girls are duped into becoming magical girls and fight for friendship and all that is good in the world while things are darker than the girls were originally lead to believe. Both are great, imaginative takes on the magical girl genre.
Regardless of which of these are watched first, the similary is made evident right off the bat with its alternate world art style and concept. If that wasn't enough, both black and pink haired characters are awfully similar. Stories likewise. You could almost say they have the same parents with both of these offspring having only some differences but extremely alike.
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?
They're both magical girl series that suddenly and violently turn serious. and are both very different from normal series of the type.
Visually stunning and totally different outlook on their respected genres both series are far more than watchable. Each with a complex story that starts out hard hitting and grabs you tightly until the very end.
My-Hime and Madoka start out as seemingly normal magical girl titles, and soon become far darker than you'd have imagined. Magical girls getting in over their heads? Definitely.
They both start out with a "Cute Magical Girl Anime" Theme to them, but as the story starts to thicken out they take a turn for the...Darker Side. Both Anime have Magical Girls in rather depressing situations and often fighting eachother. (Moreso in Hime then Madoka, though).
Both of these anime revolve around a dark underlayer that is rarely seen in the Magical Genre. Both ask the question: what is the worst that could happen if you give emotional teenage girls super powers?
If you enjoyed seeing the less "rainbows and unicorns"-side of magical girls in either of these series, you would definitely enjoy the other.
Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Mai Hime are magical girl anime with a dark side. I watched Mai Hime a long time ago and just recently watched Madoka, but they are both still in my top anime.
Madoka and My-HiME are both magical girl anime which look at the genre with a darker point of view. Magical girls are not necessarily friends, and the hardest thing of all might be to keep your loved ones alive...
Neither of these is actually a magical girl show. at all. both show the horrible implications of that genre though. More importantly though, both show their characters struggling in a losing battle against the evil game they unwittingly put themselves in.
These shows both definitly complement each other in terms of magic power for high stakes, with a love and death playing a good role in each one with a decent story to boot.
-only girls have powers
-story with schoolgirls.
-concept of the show is very similar, they have to fight to protect people.
-people in both show have very similar personalities.
-they make big sacrifices to gain or/and when they loose their powers.
-they happens to have to fight against each other sometimes.
-there's someone who manipulate them in both anime
-girls have different strong points and weaknesses with their powers
-I enjoy both anime ;-)
Akari has always known two things: she’s a skilled fortune teller, and she has an uncanny knack for growing huge, healthy plants. But after experiencing a traumatic tragedy the girl soon discovers the true horror of the world: there exist evil spirits known as Daemonia that infect people’s hearts and grant their hosts wishes in exchange for a contract. After the wish is fulfilled, the human is turned into a murderous monster, and only Sephiro Fiore, a group of girls who wield the powers of the Elemental Tarot, can put a stop to them. As the bearer of the Sun card, Akari must join Sephiro Fiore and help take down those possessed by Daemonia, no matter the cost.
I'm astonished that at the time of this recommendation, no one else has linked these two anime together. Day Break Illusion is a near carbon copy ripoff of Madoka Magica (which in turn is a near carbon copy ripoff of Bokurano, but that's another story ;) ). They're similar on basically all levels: reluctant girl who's fated to join a team of magical girls that have to take part in brutal battles in weird, dreamlike landscape; psychological/horror aspects with the deaths; even the super cutesy shoujo style. If you liked one I can't imagine not liking the other.
These two magical girl shows appear to be very similar to each other from the get go, and while they do have similarities, Day Break Illusion is not a rip-off of Madoka by any matter of means. What they do share is a cutesy art style that is in stark contrast to a darker story that contains the odd shocking scene. Beyond that the shows have as much in common with each other as any other magical girl show.
If you enjoyed Madoka then there's a high probability that you will find Day Break Illusion interesting, but the comparison should be treated as a solid starting point rather than crying rip-off.
Day Break Illusion and Madoka Magica are incredibly similar in their dark magical girl like taste but they also manage to be quite different. Both series contain a kind hearted girl who relunctantly becomes a magical girl and ends up learning the disturbing fate behind their new role. Both series revolve around sacrificing one's own being for the greater good of humanity.
Because there are cutesy loli magical girls in both of these anime, you think it's gonna be some happy, girly series, but in fact they are both very dark. They both deal with fate, life and death...lots of death actually. They also both have to do with the price of having a wish granted and that nothing in this world is free.
While both Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou and Puella Magi Madoka Magica have cutesy character designs, blood everywhere, and a nice touch of Design Student's Porn, each series has their own personality regardless of the similarities and is perfectly capable of standing on their own. For those into Magical Girls and adorable characters involved in dark, dark stuff... sandwiched between nice opening and ending music.
Kind of hard not to recommend these two together. They are very much alike in multiple aspects. They both have a cast of cutesy like girls who all have very differing set of personalities. Both deal with magical girls fighting battles in dark wierd alternate areas. They also share the uncommon theme of a darker style story involving "shoujoish" style magical girls.
If you like one you will most likely enjoy the other, or at the very least similiar and interesting
While it may not be that similar in terms of plot, or charachters, it's hard not to notice the similarities between these two. Both deal with a really similar concept, and that is Mahou Shoujo with horror elements. Both have a cast of cutsy looking girls with different personalities, who fight monsters for a reason or two.
If you liked one of them, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other one as well.
If you like magical girls and moe but also a serious psychological plot and mild violence both series are for you. PMMM is a bit more on the psychological side than Day Break Illusion, but the latter makes it up with seriousness and also a bit more blood and violence. The characters are young but still relatable and they are as loveable as the PMMM girls. I highly reccomend these series.
Both are magical girl anime that have a dark twist to them. Don't be fooled by these two series' cutesy moe-ish artstyles. They both have a rather dark plot and lots of plot twists. Personally, I thought Madoka Magica was the better of the two, but if you like dark magical girl shows then you will probably enjoy both.
Both shows are twists on you typical magic girl shows, they are a much darker fantasy show. The character personallities are pretty similar, and the main character in each has something 'special' about them, this is mentioned within the anime. Anyway both anime have a similar style story and the animators have gone with a slightly 'Moe' art style. So if you liked one you should like the other.
These two are so similar, it's almost unnatural. I really don't even have to explain or go into that much detail! Both have cutesy animation and outfits and a similiar story but both are really dark and creepy! I can't say Day Break Illusion is a ripoff, but it is very similar to Madoka Magica!
SCHOOL-LIVE! Focuses on the lives of 4 girls who decide to stay over at school: Yuki Takeya, Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Yuri Wakasa, and Miki Naoki. Along with the school adviser Megumi Sakura, they suddenly find themselves to be the final survivors of a zombie attack, and continue to live and survive at the school.
Cute moe-looking characters? Check. Opens with the appearence of a typical school setting? Check. Does a complete 180 when you learn that this seemingly cutesy atmospere is a lie because in reality the world is completely f***ed up? DOUBLE CHECK!
Same plot pattern, everything seems nice and bubbly and then sh*t goes bananas. In both shows, little girls fight forces of evil, in one way or another.
Both shows have ''loli'' type of main characters and a lot of ''moe'' characteristics.
Dont let yourself be fooled by all the cute things i~you see... Shit gets very intense after the first episodes
This isn't a terribly solid recommendation, but it's likely the best pairing for Gakkou at this time. As others have said, both involve a cute cast of girls that get caught in something terribly dark and disturbing. That being said the moe to interesting plot ratio is far more skewed on Gakkou's end - a series that focuses almost entirely on the moe and (imo) inappropriate levels of comedy - whereas Madoka is far more dark and plot-focused. Still, if you like one, you'd likely appreciate the other.
Both are very similar in the good feelings in the beginning, but things change pretty quickly.
Both deconstructions of their genres, very well done. They may look cute and innocent from the outside, but there's so much more as you get into the show.
Both have extraordinarily similar themes. Plot twists galore and an overall dark atmosphere. I can't really say much about one or the other without spoiling either way.
Moe pink-haired protagonist starts off the series by doing slice of life stuff with her friends. And then thevanime rips away it's cute girl cover and becomes edgy and dark. There are still glimpses of the cute premise, intermixed with sadness. Both have rather dramatic OSTs as well. If you liked that about one of these anime, you'll be happy with the second.
Both shows cover mature topics and feature cute girls. Don't let the art fool you, these are both capable of inducing tears.
Both Shows give this cute vibe in the begining only to actually be very dark and twisted. Both have Shoujo AI and both have a female lead with pink hair. While the Characters in School-Live are more relatable, they both go through tradgedy. The tradgedy part of the Madoka Magica series is on another level but if you like one you'd certainly like the other.
Both subvert tropes associated with their genre and explore the psychology of humans, with a setting that forces its characters to make critical decisions.
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?
'Magical Girl' is usually aimed at kids. But these two shows can also be enjoyed by an older audience. Drosselmeyer and Kyubey both seem to take sadistic pleasure in manipulating young girls.
Shoujo turned serious, that is the trait Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica have in common. They take a cute, fluffy magical girl concept and add plenty of shadow and tragedy and weird artistic motifs to create an eerie atmosphere. But while Madoka Magica is focused on duelling and action, Princess Tutu is metafiction trying to rework the tropes of fables and fairytales.
Princess Tutu and Madoka take young girls, give them magical transformation powers of varying levels, and put them into increasingly horrific situations. If you liked the dark tone of one, check out the other.
When Madoka Magica was first coming out, someone referred to it as the "next Princess Tutu." I scoffed a bit at the time--Tutu is my favorite anime and while I knew Madoka was good, I didn't think it'd be able to match up.
I was wrong! Both of these series take the typical Magical Girl formula that's been in place since Sailor Moon and create unique, often dark tales of fighting fate, and holding on to hope in the greatest depths of despair. They feature creative visuals and top-notch soundtracks to boot. While there's definitely some differences between the two--Madoka is a bit darker and violent than Tutu, and doesn't share Tutu's focus on classic fairytales, music and ballet--the overall feel of these series are very similar.
If you're a fan of either of these shows and haven't seen the other, go watch them right away. You'll love the other one. If you're a magical girl fan and haven't seen either, go see BOTH of these. I can't recommend these series enough.
Both shows focus on how the world of Magical girls can not only be pretty and nice but also dark and gritty. Both shows are a great watch and I highly recommend them even if you are not a fan of the Magical Girl genre. And hey it has cute girls :3
Both Princess Tutu and Madoka are series which at first glance may seem just like any typical magical girl show. However, it doesn't take long in either series for it to become apparent that they both are very dark.Both shows also have some great character development.
Both Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica take the typical "magical girl" themes and storylines and dismantle them one by one. While different in how they play out and the relationships of the characters, both wrestle with the concept of fate and how much control a person has over their own story.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the closest magical girl anime I've seen to Princess Tutu. Both relay consequences of actions, as well as a darker atmosphere that the typical magical girl anime does not. On a minor comparison note, music also plays a role in both animes during battles. Both of these series are thought provoking, and really accomplish something different with the genre.
Both of these anime start as a standard magical girl formula, and turn into something different and more complex. While Madoka is darker, both are a refreshing twist on the genre.
Both Madoka Magica and Princess Tutu seem like a typical cutesy magical girl series at first, but things take a turn for the darker. Both are deconstructions of this genre done well, and although PMMM may be a bit more adult, I think both series are great.