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

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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.

Black Rock Shooter TV

Black Rock Shooter TV

Athletic Mato is excited to start middle school and meet new people, including Yomi, an artistic girl who doesn't open up easily to others. While awkward around each other at first, things change when the girls discover their mutual obsession for a fantastical picture book. But just as the pair becomes fast friends, they're torn apart by a cruel, wheelchair-bound girl who considers Yomi her personal possession and refuses to let anyone else near her. What's worse, Mato has recently begun to have strange dreams about girls brawling in bizarre colorful worlds that seem to parallel her personal struggles. With jealousy, insecurity, and foreboding dreams always getting in the way, can the two girls ever become true friends?

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crimsonrose900 crimsonrose900 says...

all i could think of when i saw mato was madoka. they are so similar in character. also the cute girl vs. action fighting is in both and also the shocking darkness is very similar. i loved both and i know if you havent watched one (but have watched the other) you will absolutly love both!

crimsonlotus42454 crimsonlotus42454 says...

These two anime are very similar, actually. Every character has some sort of emotional scarring that they have to deal with, as well as an 'alter ego' that takes over/covers up the unwanted pain in another world.

The artists rendering of these other worlds are pretty unique - if you enjoy different types of art styles, I'd recommend both of these anime. 

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

Both of these shows are about girls caught in some really bizzare situations with heavy things on the line. BRS is a little oddball in its presentation, and Madoka is a little passive in regard to what it's showing you, but I'm sure that both of these shows will tickle your fancy.

NotaMagicalGirl NotaMagicalGirl says...

Both anime have similar themes of Friendship and Morals. They also are both dark and psychological with some action scenes. Both series can also be very sad.

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 bad...you 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.