Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

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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Tsukasa112 Tsukasa112 says...

Both of these anime take the regular Magical Girl genre cliches and stick them in your face. Neither of these are like any other Magical Girl anime out there. They both have loveable characters and wonderful animation, along with a Plot that once you start to get in to, won't be able to stop until the end.

faizdanyal faizdanyal says...

Both of these animes have a relationship to each other. For example, Urobochi(or Urubochi) Gen who directed this anime also directed Nanoha which is why there is some simillarities in the flow of both animes. Second of all, the plot looks like a typical children's magical girl anime but once the story progresses, things are getting darker than ever. Lastly, these two have the elements needed to make them the Mahou Shoujo anime that exceeds into the new level.

Rilkar Rilkar says...

Both shows are Magical Girl shows that are intended for older males instead of the original demographic of little girls. And in both shows the girls are really moé. If you like one you should watch the other.

Xplayer Xplayer says...

These two series are excellent twists on the magical girl genre. While at first appearing to be typical battle intense monster of the week anime, each show quickly applies its own spin on the conventions of magical girl anime. Both can get rather dark at times and have high drama and excellent action scenes.

watsup3 watsup3 says...

they are both magical girl animes the put a twist into the your average magical girl anime with the drama that they bring into the story

thariinye thariinye says...

Both of these series can be called subversions of the 'classic' Magical Girl story, each with a different focus; Nanoha amps up the action, while Madoka amps up the darkness.

moonofthedarknight moonofthedarknight says...

Though both animes are Mahou Shoujo, they aren't the usual kind. Even if they both look 'fluffy, kind and girly', as the story moves on, the anime isn't that innocent. Both have a darker side and show a lot of pain from the characters. If you like the one, I'm sure you'd like the other too ^^

Archaeon Archaeon says...

Both are deviations from the traditional mahou shoujo format, and while Madoka is the darker of the two, Nanoha is far more accessible and appeals to a much wider audience.

imp4ever imp4ever says...

Madoka and Nanoha share quite a few similarites. Both were directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (please disregard anyone who says Urobuchi directed them. He wrote the story behind Madoka and has no relation to Nanoha), and both give us a less-than-typical view of magical girls.

Nanoha gives a break from the norm with a slightly darker plot than usual, major sci-fi elements, and massive explosions. Madoka does this with a dark plot full of tragedy and a focus on character development that make things like emotions and internal conflicts take center stage.

 

Both anime have magical girls that really stand out from your usual Sailor Moon/Card Captor Saura type. If you're a fan of magical girls, or even just enjoy a reinterpretation of a common plot type, you'll probably enjoy both of these series.

Alaplaster Alaplaster says...

This series takes the Magical Girl formula and spins it in a new, at least somewhat darker direction. When going in blind to these two shows, you definitely will be surprised by the way they defy convention. As they share the same director, there are also some basic similarities in how the story is presented and flows. If you enjoyed one, you certainly should at least give the other a shot.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both are magical girl shows for whom the target audience isn't little girls. As such both contain some deconstructed tropes, as well as more darkness and violence than is normal for the genre. However, both still have the strong focus on friendship that is almost required of a magical girl show. Even if that, too, is played out a bit differently from usual.

If you love one of them, that alone is reason to watch the other.

LordZel LordZel says...

Nanoha did what Madoka tried to do only it didn't have over-the-top grimdark and it didn't actively try to troll its own audience.

NeiniAurora3500 NeiniAurora3500 says...

Both anime start out with characters who are thrusted into a world of magic by a cute animal out of nowhere and deal with the challenges that come with it. Some features such as telepathy, hunting for artifacts (Jewel seeds and Grief Seeds) To protect others are similar between both shows. And both series eventually take a turn in getting darker.

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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theholyduck theholyduck says...

They're both magical girl series that suddenly and violently turn serious. and are both very different from normal series of the type.

MugenNeS MugenNeS says...

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.

sothis sothis says...

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.

Tsukasa112 Tsukasa112 says...

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).

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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?

Habhome Habhome says...

If you enjoyed seeing the less "rainbows and unicorns"-side of magical girls in either of these series, you would definitely enjoy the other.

KazaneHime KazaneHime says...

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.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

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...

Versace Versace says...

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. 

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

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.

titeprincesse titeprincesse says...

-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 ;-)

il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion

il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion

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.

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

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.

KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

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.

Sasukefanx12 Sasukefanx12 says...

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. 

Karmillina Karmillina says...

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.

Rastamepas Rastamepas says...

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

Naga Naga says...

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. 

KinkyRice KinkyRice says...

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.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

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. 

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

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.

CrystalGrace CrystalGrace says...

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!

School-Live!

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.

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

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!

Noriko Noriko says...

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.

TwixyWitchy TwixyWitchy says...

Dont let yourself be fooled by all the cute things i~you see... Shit gets very intense after the first episodes

sothis sothis says...

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.

hotarupanda hotarupanda says...

Both are very similar in the good feelings in the beginning, but things change pretty quickly.

Brightstar Brightstar says...

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.

jpwasd jpwasd says...

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.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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. 

OneEclipsed OneEclipsed says...

Both shows cover mature topics and feature cute girls. Don't let the art fool you, these are both capable of inducing tears.

MrAnimeAMVmaker MrAnimeAMVmaker says...

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.

linspoppa linspoppa says...

Both subvert tropes associated with their genre and explore the psychology of humans, with a setting that forces its characters to make critical decisions.

Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

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?

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hurin hurin says...

'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.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

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.

sothis sothis says...

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.

Morwen Morwen says...

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.

kiddtic kiddtic says...

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

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

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.

gleipnir gleipnir says...

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.

Garylikesmanga Garylikesmanga says...

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.

Arjana Arjana says...

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.

lianathebox lianathebox says...

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.