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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!
Having spent the last 10 years of his life studying under a mysterious sorcerer, Shirou Emiya has become a Magi. But when he inadvertently summons the legendary female warrior Saber, Shirou is sucked into the ultimate battle: the Holy Grail War. Now, Shirou and Saber must join forces with Rin Tohsaka and her servant Archer if they want to survive. But when the tables turn, it may be their ally who becomes their greatest enemy yet!
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.)
When Kyohei moves to Tokyo, he thinks he’s left his old life behind. But when he discovers a bloody corpse, he also discovers that the past isn’t easily left behind, especially when the past is as unusual as Kyohei’s. You see, back in his home town, Kyohei was a “seki,”an individual able to control “kakashi,” ancient wooden “gods” capable of incredible feats, with his mind. Now there’s a kakashi loose in Tokyo, and it just may be up to Kyohei to stop it AND its seki in Kamisama Dolls!
if you liked Puella Magi Madoka magica or Kamisama dolls, you'll probably like the other, because both have a similiar dark overtone and take their respective genre to a new place.
there is also the similarity where the main (and in madoka's case titular) character takes a sideline role for the most part, making for some interesting story dynamics.
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...