Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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.

Yumekui Merry

Yumekui Merry

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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!

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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kenikki kenikki says...

Fantasy elements with some action/adventure that are filled with nasty, twisted and surpringly dark turn of events describe these two anime well.

Neane1993 Neane1993 says...

Both Now and Then, Here and There and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are series that have deep meaning and dark elements that blot out your hope, only to renew it again.

bokusenou bokusenou says...

Both have characters who don't know what they are getting into, until they see how dark their world really is. And they both leave the viewer with a hopeful feeling at the end.

Uta Kata

Uta Kata

On the day before summer vacation, Ichika discovered an old mirror in an old school building. From within it, the mysterious Manatsu looked out and offered to trade favors: if Ichika will do her "homework" (experience the power of the spiritual life forces and write about her feelings) then she will return the charm that Ichika has lost. As Ichika struggles to absorb the raw power of nature, those who watch from the other side of the mirror eagerly await her decision at the end of trials. Can a 14 year old take on the sins of the world and mend the rifts between nature and humanity?

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Archaeon Archaeon says...

Both are very dark takes on the mahou shoujo genre, but while Madoka may seem like the more serious of the two, Uta Kata is much better at portraying the physical and emotional damage inflicted on the one who becomes controlled by their power.

AngryJellyfish AngryJellyfish says...

Uta Kata and Puella Magi Madoka Magica start off as seemingly normal magical girl shows, but as both series progress it soon becomes clear that their magical powers come at a price...

Also, both series have plenty of (implied) shoujo-ai!

Bronia Bronia says...

Both shows feature a normal teenage girl who gains mysterious powers from a mysterious person (or creature in the case of Madoka). Right off the bat, something seems not quite right about the person (or creature) who bestows these powers.

Both anime deconstruct the magical girl genre. Both are fairly dark and have some shoujo-ai subtext. While the animation has a very different feel, the stories behind the animes are similar yet different in their execution, so watching one after watching another won't feel like you're watching the same thing twice. This makes them very complementary to each other and definitely worth a watch.