Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Vividred Operation

Vividred Operation

The story is set in a peaceful time on a dreamlike world entirely made possible by science. Five years ago, the world's energy crisis was solved with the creation of the "Manifestation Engine." Akane is a 14-year-old girl who lives an impoverished but happy life with her little sister and grandfather. However the tranquil daily life that Akane enjoys is shattered by a threat, and she vows to face it in the red battle suit that wields immense power.

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ItzDom ItzDom says...

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

KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

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.

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya

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.

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MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

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.

MahouShoujoStar MahouShoujoStar says...

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. 

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

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...

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Swerto Swerto says...

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. 

miko miko says...

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.

Shikabane Hime: Aka

Shikabane Hime: Aka

Ouri is an orphan who was raised by Keisei, a man he considers to be his older brother. One night, Ouri finds a strange wounded girl in the temple of the orphanage. Cold and covered in scars, Ouri initially thinks that she is dead – that is, until a mysterious talking cat tells him that she is a Shikabane – a corpse. After secretly watching Keisei heal the girl without explanation, Ouri decides it's time to leave the nest. However, he has picked a poor time, and he soon realizes that he's tangled in a strange, supernatural web. Why does Ouri continually meet this girl as she hunts monsters? What does Keisei have to do with it all and what exactly is her mission?

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

While watching Madoka Magica I found myself consantly reminded of Shikabane Hime. Both anime feature girls who make contracts and gain the powers to fight horrible monsters, but both contracts also come at a price.

Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade

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.

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Morwen Morwen says...

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.