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Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic relic. Into this fray comes Kiritsugu Emiya, the enigmatic "Mage Killer" who wants to use the Grail to make a better world. Can he, paired with the indomitable Saber win the War? Or will he fall to the ambitions of the other mages?
Madoka Magica and Fate Zero have several key things in common: stunningly animated battles, duels that get your heart racing, generous helpings of magic and fantasy, and an interesting bunch of tragic characters that must rail against their fate. The two shows also possess similarly dark atmospheres, with their colours leaning towards crisp gloominess, and, of course, haunting music by Yuki Kajiura. Thrills and drama come naturally to these two shows, and any fan of one would adore the other.
Both are dark fantasy stories with magic, contracts, duels, death and lovecraftian monsters. All while being beautifully animated. (F/Z more so than Madoka.)
Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?
Spritually, both series have the same concepts. In Madoka, girls make contracts to become "Magical Girls" and are gifted with powers to fight off "Witches" who secretly hide and deveour humans for their power. In Shana, people make contracts with the Kings of Guze in order to become "Flame Haze" who fight Guze no Tomogora who live secretly from most humans as they devour humans for their "Power of Existence". Although Shana focuses more action with slow and epic character devlopment with ALL of its variety of characters, Modoka is short and sweet and also contains a great story that you see rarely these days. Both are great series!
Well for one both of these anime are dealing with situations where people are dying and there's a mechanism of balance that the main character(s) cannot accept. They both sacrifice something to change the fate of the human race and don't care if they themselves get hurt in the end. Yuugi Sakai and Madoka Kaname are very similar characters and did what they thought was the best for the world. I think that these animes are very similar but very different in some way. Either way you are sure to like both.
That is everyone's wish. Here in a world where science has solved all questions. This story is set in Oshima. The happy, carefree 14 year old Akane Isshiki lived a poor, but well loved life together with her reliable little sister, Momo, who does all the housework, and her grandfather, Kenjirou, a genius inventor who only created useless devices. When the weather is clear, they can see the artificial island, Blue Island, across the sea. In the center of that island rises the revolutionary Manifestation Engine, a discovery that solved the world's energy problems.
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.
Illya loves magical girls; but more than anything, she loves her brother and wishes he would pay more attention to her. So when a talking magical wand appears, offering her a chance to make her dreams a reality, it seems too good to be true and she hesitates. But unfortunately, her touch was the only consent needed, and now Illya is stuck as a magical girl! On the bright side, she has all the powers that go with the job – like magic beams, shields, and incredible cuteness! But her path to love is a dangerous one, as she must now capture powerful and magical items known as Class Cards, while keeping them out of the hands of rival magical girls, before her wish will be granted.
Both are magical girl shows with actually dangerous villains, bringing in a horror element to the mix. However, both still contain the message of the importance of friendship that is a staple of the genre. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is darker with more sci-fi elements, but if you like one you should stand to check out the other.
They both have similar concepts, Although I preferred fate/kalied over madoka magica, madoka is more darker While fate has its dark elements it's more lighter and has more comedy to it.
Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her enthusiasm for life. Her normal existence is suddenly turned upside down when a talking cat named Luna comes into her life. Suddenly, Usagi finds herself with the ability to transform into the superhero known as Sailor Moon. Fighting the occasional monster may be the least of her worries, though...
Both are staples of the Magical Girl genre. Both have amazing transformation sequences, and loveable characters. Madoka is a much darker take on the genre, while Sailor Moon is a classic lighthearted ride. If you grew up with Sailor Moon, Madoka might be a great way for you to revisit the Magical Girl genre.
as they come from two opposite fields, chances are if you liked one over the other, you're going to like the other. just remember mahou is not your typical magic girl situation.