Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~

Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~

When Marin and Urin – two sisters who live in the sea – find a ring that dropped into the water from the land of Sky, they decided to travel above to return it. There, amidst a bustling festival, they meet the ring’s owner; her name is Kanon, and she wants nothing to do with the ring, which was a present by her ex-boyfriend. After Kanon refuses to accept the ring and throws it away once more, the girls continue to search for it, accidentally releasing half of a great evil whose spirit was sealed both above and below the water.  But luckily, there’s hope – Matsumoto, the Elder Turtle from the sea, appears and reveals that Marin is none other than the Priestess of the Sea, charged with defeating the villain. Marin must now fight alongside Kanon - who discovers she’s the Priestess of the Sky - to put a stop to this ancient power and its possessed minions before it’s too late…

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AngryJellyfish AngryJellyfish says...

While Puella Magi Madoka Magica is by far the darker of the two, both it and Umi Monogatari offer a change from the usual happy-fun magical girl show, throwing cute characters into depressing situations.

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...

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harmonixer harmonixer says...

Both series can be visually stunning and very surreal at times. They both have an interesting and complicated plot which can keep you guessing. Plus they both have soundtracks by Yuki Kaijura which helps to create a wonderful dark atmosphere which fits perfectly for both series.

Corrector Yui

Corrector Yui

In the near future, the internet has evolved into ComNet, a virtual reality world where people can play to their hearts' content. However, a malicious computer known as Grosser is causing chaos in the realm, sending dastardly programs to wreak havoc. Young Yui was just a typical girl with a not-so-typical illiteracy with computers, until a program known as IR recruited her to become a Corrector and fight against Grosser's evil doings! Armed with elemental suits, Yui will traverse feudal Japan, a land of fairytales and a number of other virtual worlds in an attempt to find the other Corrector programs and foil Grosser's gang!

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Shiraiyuki Shiraiyuki says...

Both animes are about girls who fight for the safety of others without thinking in their own.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Utena Tenjou has just arrived at the prestigious Ohtori Academy, and not long after her arrival, she receives "the mark of the rose" and becomes a duelist. She is then thrust into a series of battles with other duelists to win her friend Anthy, who is known the Rose Bride. The winning duelist will not only receive Anthy, but also the revolutionary power that she holds! Utena must now do everything she can to protect Anthy while trying to figure out the secrets behind Ohtori Academy and the Rose Bride before it’s too late.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

The Adolescence of Utena and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are visionary takes on the darker side of magical girl anime. The visual element blends in with the depth of the message and nothing goes quite as the viewer thought it would.

Madoka is more narrative and lacks the exuberant sexuality that is such a hallmark of the Utena franchise.

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.

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SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Gunslinger Girl are stories that only feature adolescent girls as major characters. They also base their storylines on clichéd genres with stunning execution which provides a fresh breeze for the viewer. Little girls emotionally maimed by the horrible things they're forced to go through by their superiors is also a shared theme. If you liked one of them, don't forget to watch the other!