Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime delve into the idea that often, great power comes at a price. With brilliant storytelling and plenty of psychological drama, these series are very much alike. 

NinTeddie64 NinTeddie64 says...

The main similarity between both Code Geass and Madoka Magica is that the plots invovle characters entering into contracts with mysterious contractors to obtain great characters. However, upon obtaining these powers the characters eventually fall prey to the powers that they have obtained. The situations of both Lelouch from Code Geass and Sayaka from Madoka Magica are comparable to one another since both characters enter contracts to obtain special powers, only for them to learn the truth behind their contracts, try to use powers that isolate them to help people, and eventually fall prey to their powers. While the plots are different, the reason why if you enjoyed one you'd like the other is that the two plots share similar themes, and are both serious takes on usually non-serious genres (the mecha in Code Geass and the magical girl in Madoka Magica).

Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero

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?

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

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.

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both are dark fantasy stories with magic, contracts, duels, death and lovecraftian monsters. All while being beautifully animated. (F/Z more so than Madoka.)

Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

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?

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

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!

C0ldC0R3 C0ldC0R3 says...

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.

Vividred Operation

Vividred Operation

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.

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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.