Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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.

sola

sola

Morimiya Yorito is a normal student who has an abnormal obsession for the sky. One day, he meets a strange girl named Shihou Matsuri who shares his interest, but as fate may have it, she isn't a human; Matsuri is a Yaka -- a "woe of the night" -- who is immortal and cannot stand the sunlight. A strange man is chasing Matsuri, to use her powers, so Yorito decides to help her hide. What are the strange man's plans, and what secrets does Yorito's sister hide?

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Rilkar Rilkar says...

Both shows start out as bright happy shows but slowly get darker as they go on. And both shows are about how it would really be if you were a magical girl and how it wouldn't be as fun as it seems. If you like one you should watch the other.

yodabeto yodabeto says...

Both are dark, dramatic and full of feelings. In both the characters must sacrifice something.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

Both of these shows share a very special and important element, in that they are magical school girl shows that are NOT what they appear to be.  Both start out light-hearted and fun, but get progressively darker, deeper, and more complicated and intense as the show progresses.  They both surprise you at every turn as the world and the characters become more complex than you every thought they could be.  There are very few shows like these, but both of these shows are masterpieces that play on the theme that sometimes, being a magical school girl is not all sunshine and rainbows.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Revolutionary Girl Utena are beautiful subservions of the magical girl genre. They are dark fairytales with a sensible approach. Visually stunning, often surreal and never predictable, these anime delve deep into the psyche. Character stereotypes are broken down with gusto. The artwork is very original in both and each anime sports a strong sountrack to back up the visuals.

Utena has a strong sexual element that Madoka lacks but fans of one should try out the other. 

starfig starfig says...

The similarities are striking. Without giving anything away, they could almost be parables of one another. Also the intensity of the emotion portrayed, and the general flow seemed very similar to me.

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Some would say the magical girl genre has been done to death. Each new series feels like previous shows that came before it, containing the same elements and plots ideas, along with pretty girls that save the world and find romance. If you're tired of Sailor Moon rip-offs or just want something different, Madoka and Utena are the heroines for you. Be aware, however, that both series are deceptively normal in the beginning. They get darker as the story progresses and the characters fight each other more than they fight the enemy. Revolutionary Girl Utena takes most of the series before the protagonist even discovers who the enemy actually is, and with the discovery comes the grim realization that there's often a very fine line between heroes (or damsels in distress) and villains. As for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, don't expect the cute animal mascot to be a bringer of hope and light. Ever seen a magical girl actually try to KILL their mascot? Welcome to the dark, twisted world of Madoka! 

So in closing, if you liked either of these anime series, I'd suggest giving the other a try. A great cure for boredom caused by redundant storytelling and cavity-inducing sweetness. You won't find either here.

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.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Umineko no Naku Koro ni

In the year 1986, eighteen members of the Ushiromiya family head to Rokken Island where Kinzo, the elderly head of the household, will soon choose one of them as his successor. A portrait of the Golden Witch Beatrice greets them as they arrive at the family mansion, along with a disturbing epitaph: she will be resurrected on the ninth twilight after a number of bloody sacrifices. Unfortunately for the group, the statements come true, and soon the carnage begins. Will anybody walk away from the ominous island, or are their destinies due to be forever ruled by Beatrice?

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NekoYukai NekoYukai says...

Umineko is a very dark and twisted anime with killing and high levels of gore. Madoka Magica is a dark and twisted mess... I recommend them to each other because they both carry the saying 'never judge a book by its cover'. Excellent anime and a definite change from normal habits.

itoshiki94 itoshiki94 says...

I had seen some Internet memesmocking up Kyubey with some characters of Umineko. But despite all that, there are some true facts.For example: in Madoka, Kyubey ( a cute but at the same time perverse character) make a contract with Akemi Homura, that travels to the past to fix an important event. The same goes for Ange Ushiromiya, even so the same high-building jumping  (sorry if I am making spoilers, but I needed to be more specific)THe thing is that you would fine some dark and heavey-to-think elements in both series :P