Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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.

Mekaku City Actors

Mekaku City Actors

The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?

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hotspot hotspot says...

There isn't too much similar to both anime, but they both have various characters with special powers and their own character color! 

Nothing is as it seems and they both really do well with the storytelling and plot twists, they both also have the concept where not everyone may be good and not everyone may be just have to watch the next episode to find out what happens! As episodes go on, it just gets crazier and crazier.

There's also the fact that.....

==Slight spoiler beware!!!=

 They both have a time loop effect going on. 

Annalyn Annalyn says...

Both of these anime play with your mind in more ways than one. First, there's the visual. There are times when the backgrounds, shadow effects, or most other things about a scene go against everything you know about reality. Second, there's the story. It doesn't play out in a nice, clear manner. Reality within either anime is ellusive. It's all rather postmodern.

What else... both anime are filled with supernatural characters and happenings. If you loved either of these, the other is worth a try. Just be sure you watch beyond the first episode of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica before you make any judgments. 

anpanshooter anpanshooter says...

  • Shaft studio
  • A quite confusing plot which is worth watching 
  • Feelings 
  • Fighting against unproved powerful force 

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

So this may be a weird recommendation but I think that these two anime are pretty similar in the sense that they are both dark themed anime, darker than you would expect. Plus they are both animated by the same studio and both follow a group of 'not normal' people. So I think if you liked one then I think you should enjoy the other.

Warterne Warterne says...

Both has very specific main characters with superpowers, different personalities and their own color. 

Both has from times to times confusing story.

In both, MCs are fighting against a very strong enemy.






Time loop.

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

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose on the world, the magical Clow cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost, for the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards! Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?

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StudioGirlKoi StudioGirlKoi says...

Both seires deal with young magical girls that have similar protagonists. Both stories also have values carried in the friendships of the characters that determine the thoughts and decisions of both Madoka and Sakura.

Shiraiyuki Shiraiyuki says...

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Card Captor Sakura are about young girls who fight for the safety of others without thinking in their own..and they are the only ones with the power to do it.

So...if you liked one you'll probably like the other.

BlackForest BlackForest says...

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Card Captor Sakura in essance have the same feeling to them. They both have a girl entitled to a huge responsibility and power yet can continue (in a way) their peaceful lives.I would reccomend Card Captor Sakura not only as a classic but as something I think you would enjoy as well.

NomadJill NomadJill says...

Cardcaptor Sakura seems like the child version of Madoka Magica. While Sakura battles the forces of the cards to get everything under control; in Madoka Magica, they are still battling forces like these.Sakura and Madoka both have friends they turn to rely on and they both having to end up relying on themselves.  Kyubey and Kero are alike in these companions they have always near by, trying to support them into going the way they want.But I would say to watch Cardcaptor Sakura first, and then when you think you've grown up some and can really think about different complexities watch Madoka Magica. You can't go wrong with either show that you watch. 

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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parkitwonka parkitwonka says...

The two anime are extremely similar in a countless number of ways. The characters in both animes are well developed and both leave you with a feeling of desperation due to, for lack of a better term, incredible suspense. While Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica shines a new light on your stereotypical magical girl anime, angel beats is a breathe of a fresh air. The characters, plot devices, and drama are more than enough for me to make the claim that if you like one you are bound to like the other.

mapletree mapletree says...

These are one of those animes that you can't really understand a lot until like the last episodes. But its one that you can't stop watching the drama and past stories. There darker and darker every episode and really awesome. In the end of the stories I can't even say its an exactly happy endings. But its a satisfying ending and not really a cliffhanger.

Morwen Morwen says...

Although these two shows are in different genres--Madoka is a magical girl show with a twist, while Angel Beats is more of a supernatural drama--when you set aside the comedy in Angel Beats for a moment, these two shows have some similar plot details. Both shows feature a character that stubbornly tries to protect the ones important to her even when that means defying the rules of their world. Both discuss fate. Both feature girls with extraordinary powers. Both feature characters struggling through despair and trying to find meaning in their lives. Both shows seem to be "moe" shows on the surface but have well-written stories that use moe tropes well. And both have rays of hope in the midst of the darkness. Madoka's probably darker overall than Angel Beats, but both have a similar feel for me, and I think fans of one will enjoy the other.

tootalls tootalls says...

Well these animes aren't exactly similar but they both share extreamly similar main characters that are so imortant to their respective series that I'm sure if you liked one you would like the other one as well.

two mysterious girls:

Homura AKEMI from Madoka Magica


Tenshi from Angel beats

Don't want to ruin the story of either but chances are you'd know how they are similar from episode 1 anyway if you watched either show.

They are both made out to be the villan erly on in their series and slowly progress into a trustable zone as the true villian comes to light.

They also share a very similar personality that often sparks my personal interest. Confident, dark and short on words. and they are both the most bad azz characters in their shows.

So yeah the shows aren't exactly the same (though they both hang on supernatural occurrences) I belive the strengh of these characters are enough to make both shows equally enjoyable.