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!
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...
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Both stories strangely follow a same twist and come to a similar conclusion, although through a very different mood. Serial Experiments Lain is more slow-paced and amazingly so, more bizarre than Madoka Magica is, but if you enjoyed either story for the abstract ending, you'll probably enjoy the other too.
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?
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!