Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Magical Girl Raising Project

Magical Girl Raising Project

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people. However, at some point, Fav, the magical administrator fairy, decides to cut the population of Magical Girls in half. The game quickly changes into a twisted, wicked battlefield as the 16 magical girls get dragged into a battle for survival against each other.

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Two dark magical girl shows. The protagonist is idealistic and kind-hearted in both cases but the worlds in which they dwell are not sunshine and rainbows. The road to becoming a magical girl is paved with blood and sorrow... and neither of their wish-granting mascots are all that they seem.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Magical girls, dark side, a need to do good deeds/fight evil in order to stay a magical girl, and a potentially evil mascot? Wow, it's like they're the same anime. Madoka definitely set the standard for the new "edgy" magical girl trend, but that doesn't mean Raising Project isn't unique. It definitely ups the gore factor over Madoka. Madoka is definitely more artistically driven than Raising Project, as well. However, both are definitely pushing the envelope on the magical girl genre. So, if you like one, check out the other. 

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.

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.