Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Alien Nine

Alien Nine

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.

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diz1776 diz1776 says...

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.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

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. 

gleipnir gleipnir says...

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.

LeadPal LeadPal says...

Both are brief, superficially cute series that quickly turn traumatic. Madoka is more coherent and literary, while Alien Nine is brutally strange and fractured.

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.

Mekaku City Actors

Mekaku City Actors

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro's PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years.

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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.

Yumekui Merry

Yumekui Merry

Sometimes daydreaming can get you into trouble, but what do you do when it's other people's dreams that you have to watch out for? Yumeji Fujiwara's has the unique ability to predict what kind of dreams other people will have. But lately, his own dreams have taken a bizarre turn in which he's being pursued by armies of cats. Stranger yet, Yumeji learns that the leader of the dream cats needs his body to access the Real World. And finally, the strange becomes downright weird when a beautiful girl suddenly drops on top of him and announces that she's a Dream Demon looking for a way back to the Dream World! The fabric that separates reality and fantasy is torn to shreds, and Yumeji has a lot of sleepless nights ahead of him as he has to deal with both the dream stalking and a dream walking!

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Amidori Amidori says...

If you like either, the other would be worth looking into, as they both deal with mature ideas; Madoka Magic's true look at what it means to be a "magical girl", and Yumekui Merry's ideas about what it really means to die and how it effects people. Plus, both have awesome, unique art styles when the characters go to the "other worlds". They both have great animation as well- both are a real visual treat. I'd certainly try the other, if you liked one of them.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Now while Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica may be a magical girl anime like the name implies and Yumekui Merry doesn't have a single magical girl in it both series still have some things in common.  In both cases they feature somewhat ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances that aren't so ordinary.  By which I mean they find themselves in battles against demons/witches.  Also in both cases when said battles occur the characters are pulled into alternate worlds that are unique to that demon/witch.  If you liked one then I'm sure you'll like the other.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

There's more to these magical girls than meets the eye. If you like your mahou shoujo a little less fluffy and with a definite dark streak then give the other one of these shows a try. You wont be disappointed!