Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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.

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...

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StudioGirlKoi StudioGirlKoi says...

Madoka Magica and Mawaru Penguin Drum have this dark, shrouded atmosphere that makes their worlds seem hopeless, unpredictable, and better off just letting the ''fate'' of their worlds take over. These shows have the power of taking people who seem so ordanairy and making their lifes a living hell, constantly fighting for what they want, even when they know that it may not come to light. The fate of the characters seems just about impossible to change...

The fantasy aspect, which usually makes a lot of shows more bright and loving, can make the worst darkness come out. The characters are out there for their own needs and won't stop to get what they want. While their causes seem reasonable, the boundaries that are pushed can be overwhelming, trying to change the outcomes of the people they care about. Also, the animation styles are both unique and bright.

Casandra Casandra says...

Both shows have a similar theme: fate and what you would give up for the power to change it. They also both have interesting visual styles that set them appart from other series. 

Sasukefanx12 Sasukefanx12 says...

Both these anime are pretty similar in the way that they both deal with the philosophy of fate and magical things happening to change it. They're also both completely not what you would expect. Madoka Magica is about magical girls in frilly outfits with a cute little animal thing, Mawaru Penguindrum involves a anthro-ish penguin hat, a cute little sickly sister who loves her big brothers, and adorable quirky penguins. How is that similar at all? Because they both seem really lighthearted and happy and deal with normally cutesy premises, but are actually shockingly dark, however Mawaru Penguindrum has more comic relief and is A LOT weirder than Madoka Magica.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

Both these animes have the same concept of "fate" and this never ending loop of dispair in which it causes unless someone makes a sacrific to change it.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both of these deal with the same philosophical perspective on the concept of fate and the power to change it. Both shows take very cynical view on the subject, allowing the main plot to be about wanting to change the “fate” of the bad situation the characters find themselves in and wanting to protect those dear to them.

If you like one you should really check out the other.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

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.  

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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.

Black Rock Shooter

Black Rock Shooter

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?

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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.

 

Cucurucho Cucurucho says...

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

 

Merginoch Merginoch says...

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.

Archaeon Archaeon says...

Both feature the alter ego of a young girl fighting strange creatures in a surreal otherworld.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

It is the year 1983; and in the village of Hinamizawa, on the night of the cotton drifting festival and in the days following it, a series of deaths occurs. The only hope for the village and its inhabitants is the shrine maiden Furude Rika who, with the help of her invisible partner Hanyuu, is able to travel back in time and alter the events that led to disaster. Unfortunately, regardless of what changes are made, each voyage ultimately ends with the death of Rika and many of her friends. But when Rika’s friends start remembering things that happened to them in previous worlds and take steps to avoid the same outcomes, Rika realizes that their chances of survival have never been better. Can she really challenge and defeat fate itself?

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punkgrl326 punkgrl326 says...

While it's a given you must watch the first season of Higurashi first before watching Kai,and while I'd say the premises of both shows are rather different at first glance, the overall backstory behind Higurashi fits in rather closely with Madoka's and both series have continuously startling new revelations about the characters in the series and the fates they've been forced to accept. I would say more but I don't want to give away any spoilers for either series. Just keep in mind, if you liked one there's a good chance you'd probably like the other.

Cucurucho Cucurucho says...

In both anime the characters are condemned to a future with a final of pain, the history repeats and repeats, but a person with the potential and the help of her friends can change this future and make amazing miracles. I recommend both, because them teach you the importance of life and how to change a sad finally with a miracle, nothing is impossible, if you give you heart to it.

AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both anime package their dark story in cutsy characters and also, the underlying plot of what is really going on is kind of similar.

pukahuntus pukahuntus says...

Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai tell the story of a girl willing to do anything for the sake of her friends, no matter how painful it may be. Both feature elements of darkness and are full of chilling twists and turns despite appearing cute at first glance. If you expect either of these series to be full of sweetness; prepare to be shocked