If you're looking for anime similar to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, you might like these titles. All recommendations are made by Anime-Planet users like you!
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!
Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...
While these series may seem miles apart, they both focus on a main character that can't completely decide which world they want to live in and what they want to do with it. Eventually, they finally decide and cause a very similar ending in each. Without spoiling, all I can say is if you liked the ending in one, or the struggle to decide what's right and wrong, and who to believe, it's definitely worth giving the other one a try.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Both involve ordinary person taken into world of magic and power to grant one wish. These series might not look so similiar on the first glance but after digging deeper into the storyline similarity is stunning.
(You might have to read the Visual Novel to fully understand Unlimited Blade Works.)