Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero

Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero

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.

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Chasamune Chasamune says...

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. 

deltaangelfire deltaangelfire says...

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.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

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.

cikinimey cikinimey says...

I have watched both series, and they do have a lot in common.  

[SPOILER ALERT] (Maybe?)

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.

mlemaudit mlemaudit says...

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.

ScarletRain ScarletRain says...

+ 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

applescout applescout says...

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.

Tentoumushi Tentoumushi says...

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.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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. 

pke1029 pke1029 says...

Both series started out to be relaxing but up until a point where it changes from hope to despair.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

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.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

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.

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!

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.

Selector Infected WIXOSS

Selector Infected WIXOSS

WIXOSS is a card game that's popular with teenagers. Supposedly there exist "Rulig Cards," female character cards with wills of their own. Special girls can hear the voices of the Ruligs, and those who possess them are called Selectors. These Selectors have card battles in a dimension that other humans cannot access. It's said that whoever triumphs in these battles will have their wish granted. Ruko Kominato is the latest girl to find a Rulig card. She names hers Tama, and without any further explanation is thrown into her life as a Selector.

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CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

In Madoka Magica and WIXOSS, a young girl's life is suddenly changed for what she believes is the better. She makes friends, goes through new experiences, and is even promised a wish if everything goes according to plan. What she doesn't know, however, is just how deadly things will turn. If you're a fan of dark stories such as these, then both of these shows are for you. 

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

When given the possibility to fight in order to gain one single wish, the main characters in these shows are more interested in joining the fighting itself. - Whether it is to find purpose in life or because the fights are fun. However, making a wish – miraculous or not – might be more trouble than it's worth.

Both of these shows are rather dark fantasy stories with an overwhelmingly female cast. As such, if you like one you should check out the other.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

Do you like to watch cute moe characters suffering horribly as they are manipulated by forces they don't understand? Well then these are the shows for you. Both of these shows fool the viewer with cute character designs and light hearted slice of life at the start before tearing right from under their feet. 

Madoka is about magic girl and Wixoss is about a card game, but both shows are about young girls being manipulated into making decisions that seem simple on the surface but can have dire consequences for themselves and the ones they love. Both shows love to make their characters suffer as much as possible. Both shows also feature a lot of apocalyptic imagry as a larger story beyond the suffering of the girls starts to unfold. 

Madoka is hands down the superior show with better story, characters, art style and everything else, but if you're in the mood for something that takes the typical cute anime moe style and then twists it into something dark then try either of these titles.

LxTrix LxTrix says...

The main character in both anime have a similar personality of wanting to help out their friends. In both anime there is a wish to be made and while both have a clear bright artistic style there are many dark moments in the storyline. 

Issengard Issengard says...

Apparently Selector Infected WIXOSS is a mix of Madoka Magica and C the Money of Soul, where a young and innocent protagonist have to fight in battles in order to accomplish a wish that can also betray them in the end.

RamkoX12X RamkoX12X says...

Both shows feature a group of girls who are trying to overcome obstacles and struggles to make their wish come true. They start off nice and light-hearted then turn into a dark psychological show. Characters in both are very similar in terms of personalities and their wants in their life. If you liked one of them, it is guaranteed that you will like the other. Although in my personal opinion, Madoka Magica takes the better approach then Selector WIXOSS did.

fishbait fishbait says...

they have a similarly dark feel to them, i can't put my finger on it but something in the atmosphere and character dynamics just feels like a match, im gonna call this a gut reccomendation but its a strong one