Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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theholyduck theholyduck says...

both are unconventional series with high artistic quality, consistent worlds, great characters and intresting underlying concepts.

they are both feature an exploration of a very detailed and realisitic world having a hidden and surreal counterpart

hurin hurin says...

The two shows share almost surrealist artwork, and manages to make its characters seem like real people. Once the main characters get involved in the occult they find it difficult to become uninvolved again.

eaper eaper says...

These series, each being made by Shaft, have a very distinct art style and direction that they go in. Each series manages to avoid tropes often associated with their genres and take the series into a somewhat dark place. If you like the story telling and art in either series, they fit well together.

GGXtreme GGXtreme says...

Very different shows that share a lot of stylistic and visual aspects, as well a unique presentation of their storylines that make up two of the higher-budget brainchildren SHAFT.

080705639 080705639 says...

in just a few minutes of watching Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica I immediately noticed similarities of this anime and BakemonogatariBoth produced by shaft which means they have a very good artwork. They have a lot of abstract and random image inside and even using same voice actor, Saito Chiwa plays both Senjougahara and Akemi, and they have similar characteristic.