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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
Both of these series takes a setting that is typically family friendly, and puts a dark twist on it. Not for the faint of heart!
Both anime take their respective genres (Magical girls and pocket monsters) and subvert it into something delightfully twisted. If you want to see darker versions of the normally kid-friendly genres, try both of these anime.
Disguising themselves visually at first appearance as something family friendly, only to turn out being quite dark and twisted. Liked it in one of them? Then try the other.
Both animes are fairly messed up. The actions of their protagonists may seem questionable and leave you pondering even after the show is over.
Both appear to be cute, happy-go-lucky series at first glance, but they are in fact very dark and twisted series. Both have plenty of twists and turns, and well as cute monsters/creatures who aren't as innocent as they seem. Madoka Magica is the better of the two (in my opinion), but if you like series that are dark despite their looks, then you'll probably like both.