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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
In a dark and dreary dimension, the mysterious Black Rock Shooter roams the desolate landscape with her gigantic gun, pausing only to battle against other mysterious super-powered girls. Elsewhere, a teenage girl is excitedly preparing for her very first day of junior high, eager to begin her new life of attending a basketball club and befriending the elegant new girl. But what exactly is the connection between these two worlds?
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.
In both anime friendship prevails, and the main characters fight for her best friend, living in an uncaring world. The fights are in a very similar scenario. If you liked one of them you must watch the other. I recommed both
The art style are very similar, very beautiful. You're also going to like the original plots in both animes as they take different turns and twists throughout.
Both feature the alter ego of a young girl fighting strange creatures in a surreal otherworld.
Dark themes that involve girls of young ages in a journey against the world pretty much. The idea of another world, in Madoka Magic it's the secret world of the witches and in Black Rock Shooter it is where black rock shooter and friends fight and stuff along them lines. Both beautifully made anime and if you like one then you should like the other.
Main reason for this recommendation is the focus on the gritty mood and action sequences set in a place which is clearly in a parallel space. Therer are clear cut lines between daily school life (reality) and action sequences (the abstract / another dimension) featuring the characters in flashy clothing. Additionally both shows have an all female cast with friendship (and slightly beyond) as a main running theme.
Main difference can be found in the somewhat more disjointed nature of the action and SoL scenes in Black Rock Shooter compared to the more symbiotic and relationship of such scenes in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. There is also the very explicit mahou shoujo theme in Madoka which might put you off, even though it's practicially the same to Black Rock Shooter.
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
in just a few minutes of watching Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica I immediately noticed similarities of this anime and Bakemonogatari. Both 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.
At a typical elementary school in Japan, yearly chores are being distributed. Yuri and 3 other students are chosen to be the beneficiaries of the alien hats for the year. Alien hats?! Yuri's sentiments, exactly. Despite her misgivings, she and her classmates must round up stray aliens that have escaped from a crashed spaceship -- with the help of the alien hats, of course.
Both of these series blend and twist what it means to be one set apart from society. Both of the shows compare and contrast rather nicely if you're okay with one you'll certainly want to check out the other.
Both anime involve young, female protagonists that find themselves battling strange, otherworldly creatures. Both take a step out of reality, but have a similar message of growing up and dealing with your fears. Both also involve some interesting twists. If you like one, try out the other.
Both Alien Nine and Madoka Magica focus on the mental and emotional toll that come with the power and responsibility of protecting others. Madoka and Yuri have to deal with otherworldly beings that threaten their world and try to manage their respective "contracts" with beings that they don't fully understand.
Both are brief, superficially cute series that quickly turn traumatic. Madoka is more coherent and literary, while Alien Nine is brutally strange and fractured.
This is mainly a recommendation for the first quarted to half of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, alhough there are themes which will remain throughout the series. The main reason for the recommendation is the main psychological theme running through both these series. In both series the main character has to struggle to adapt to something she is apprehensive of.
Additionally, both are seemingly innocent action flicks with some depressing and or dark parts strewn throughout.
Aside from the one being mahou shoujo and the other being scifi / schoollife with trips into the uncanny or weird, these shows have few differences.