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In the year 1986, eighteen people travel to the remote Rokkenjima island for Kinzo Ushiromiya to pick a new head of the family, as he only has a short time left to live. A portrait of the Golden Witch Beatrice greets them as they arrive at the family mansion, along with an epitaph: she will be resurrected on the ninth twilight after a number of bloody sacrifices. After the first six bodies are found, questions are raised about the fate of those remaining, the woman in the picture and her relation to the family wealth. Will anybody walk away from the ominous island, or are their destinies due to be forever ruled by Beatrice?
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.
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
Vividred is basically a brighter version of Madoka which is in the future. It also involves 4 girls transforming to fight monsters except the story is not as dark and there is more humour.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a darker story than Vividred etc etc etc.
Also characters from both series are cute X3
Both series are obvious magical girl series with a heavy emphasis on friendship. VO relies on science and technology while MSMM relies on hope. The major difference is that MSMM is MUCH darker than VO.
Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?
The main characters are fighting off an apocalypse. However, in doing so they find tragedy ends up following them no matter what they do. There are also alternate worlds/realities, not to mention multiple time lines. Both series styles are nice as well.
In a world where supernatural beings known as youmu are hunted by Spirit World Warriors, Akihito lives an eventful life. He’s a half-breed from a human mother and a youmu father, and is immortal - a fact that saves his life on a regular basis, for his bespectacled classmate Mirai can’t seem to stop stabbing him in the chest. She’s a Spirit World Warrior with the power to control her blood, which she manifests into a sword; and with low self esteem about her abilities to hunt youmu, Mirai constantly uses Akihito as target practice. In hopes of being left alone, Akihito must now help Mirai gain confidence to take down sinister youmu.
Kyoukai no Kanata and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has similar themes. An organization that fights against beings who take possession of human unhappiness, on Kyoukai in Kanata, the youmus are the materialization of human misery.And when one of them defeat youmu / witch gain a reward. Also has companionship, and affection between some characters is fact.
It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.
Although these two series are from two different genres, they share quite a few similar themes. The balance between hope and dispair, sacrifice, fighting against borrowed time, and deep partnerships...both Madoka Magica and Chrono Crusade start off with a light tone and hints of darkness, become darker throughout, and build to a bittersweet ending. Overall I think Madoka is paced better and has a much more fulfilling ending, but in terms of emotional impact and catharsis, these two series are rather similar.