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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Alt titles: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Mahou Shoujo Sonico★Magica Web 2011 Same Franchise
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari Movie 2012 TBD
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari Movie 2012 TBD
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3 Movie 2013 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice 2011 Same Franchise
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica 2011 TBD
Mahou Shoujo Oriko Magica 2011 Spin-off
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica - The Different Story 2012 TBD
Name Role
Ume AOKI Character Design
Akiyuki SHINBO Director
Yuki KAJIURA Music

Official Editorial Reviews

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica VivisQueen 8/10 May 5, 2011
Puella Magi Madoka Magica VivisQueen 8/10 May 5, 2011

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Guided by a star only they can see, a group of maidens known as HiMEs have begun to gather at Fuuka Academy. These young women have been endowed with dangerous supernatural powers that they can use to their heart's content, but there's a price: to wield them, they must put their most important thing on the line. Now, in the midst of school work and friendships, they find themselves caught in the midst of strange conspiracies seemingly related to the terrifying monsters that attack them. Is the power of the HiMEs strong enough to save themselves and the ones they love?

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They're both magical girl series that suddenly and violently turn serious. and are both very different from normal series of the type.


Visually stunning and totally different outlook on their respected genres both series are far more than watchable. Each with a complex story that starts out hard hitting and grabs you tightly until the very end.


My-Hime and Madoka start out as seemingly normal magical girl titles, and soon become far darker than you'd have imagined. Magical girls getting in over their heads? Definitely.


They both start out with a "Cute Magical Girl Anime" Theme to them, but as the story starts to thicken out they take a turn for the...Darker Side. Both Anime have Magical Girls in rather depressing situations and often fighting eachother. (Moreso in Hime then Madoka, though).


Both of these anime revolve around a dark underlayer that is rarely seen in the Magical Genre. Both ask the question: what is the worst that could happen if you give emotional teenage girls super powers?


If you enjoyed seeing the less "rainbows and unicorns"-side of magical girls in either of these series, you would definitely enjoy the other.


Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Mai Hime are magical girl anime with a dark side. I watched Mai Hime a long time ago and just recently watched Madoka, but they are both still in my top anime.


Madoka and My-HiME are both magical girl anime which look at the genre with a darker point of view. Magical girls are not necessarily friends, and the hardest thing of all might be to keep your loved ones alive...


Neither of these is actually a magical girl show. at all. both show the horrible implications of that genre though. More importantly though, both show their characters struggling in a losing battle against the evil game they unwittingly put themselves in. 


These shows both definitly complement each other in terms of magic power for high stakes, with a love and death playing a good role in each one with a decent story to boot.

Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?

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'Magical Girl' is usually aimed at kids. But these two shows can also be enjoyed by an older audience. Drosselmeyer and Kyubey both seem to take sadistic pleasure in manipulating young girls.


Shoujo turned serious, that is the trait Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica have in common. They take a cute, fluffy magical girl concept and add plenty of shadow and tragedy and weird artistic motifs to create an eerie atmosphere. But while Madoka Magica is focused on duelling and action, Princess Tutu is metafiction trying to rework the tropes of fables and fairytales.


Princess Tutu and Madoka take young girls, give them magical transformation powers of varying levels, and put them into increasingly horrific situations. If you liked the dark tone of one, check out the other.


When Madoka Magica was first coming out, someone referred to it as the "next Princess Tutu." I scoffed a bit at the time--Tutu is my favorite anime and while I knew Madoka was good, I didn't think it'd be able to match up.

I was wrong! Both of these series take the typical Magical Girl formula that's been in place since Sailor Moon and create unique, often dark tales of fighting fate, and holding on to hope in the greatest depths of despair. They feature creative visuals and top-notch soundtracks to boot. While there's definitely some differences between the two--Madoka is a bit darker and violent than Tutu, and doesn't share Tutu's focus on classic fairytales, music and ballet--the overall feel of these series are very similar.

If you're a fan of either of these shows and haven't seen the other, go watch them right away. You'll love the other one. If you're a magical girl fan and haven't seen either, go see BOTH of these. I can't recommend these series enough.


Both shows focus on how the world of Magical girls can not only be pretty and nice but also dark and gritty. Both shows are a great watch and I highly recommend them even if you are not a fan of the Magical Girl genre. And hey it has cute girls :3


Both Princess Tutu and Madoka are series which at first glance may seem just like any typical magical girl show. However, it doesn't take long in either series for it to become apparent that they both are very dark.Both shows also have some great character development.


Both Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica take the typical "magical girl" themes and storylines and dismantle them one by one.  While different in how they play out and the relationships of the characters, both wrestle with the concept of fate and how much control a person has over their own story.


Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is the closest magical girl anime I've seen to Princess Tutu. Both relay consequences of actions, as well as a darker atmosphere that the typical magical girl anime does not. On a minor comparison note, music also plays a role in both animes during battles. Both of these series are thought provoking, and really accomplish something different with the genre.


Both of these anime start as a standard magical girl formula, and turn into something different and more complex. While Madoka is darker, both are a refreshing twist on the genre.

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il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion

il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion

Akari has always known two things: she’s a skilled fortune teller, and she has an uncanny knack for growing huge, healthy plants. But after experiencing a traumatic tragedy the girl soon discovers the true horror of the world: there exist evil spirits known as Daemonia that infect people’s hearts and grant their hosts wishes in exchange for a contract. After the wish is fulfilled, the human is turned into a murderous monster, and only Sephiro Fiore, a group of girls who wield the powers of the Elemental Tarot, can put a stop to them. As the bearer of the Sun card, Akari must join Sephiro Fiore and help take down those possessed by Daemonia, no matter the cost.

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I'm astonished that at the time of this recommendation, no one else has linked these two anime together. Day Break Illusion is a near carbon copy ripoff of Madoka Magica (which in turn is a near carbon copy ripoff of Bokurano, but that's another story ;) ). They're similar on basically all levels: reluctant girl who's fated to join a team of magical girls that have to take part in brutal battles in weird, dreamlike landscape; psychological/horror aspects with the deaths; even the super cutesy shoujo style. If you liked one I can't imagine not liking the other.


These two magical girl shows appear to be very similar to each other from the get go, and while they do have similarities, Day Break Illusion is not a rip-off of Madoka by any matter of means. What they do share is a cutesy art style that is in stark contrast to a darker story that contains the odd shocking scene. Beyond that the shows have as much in common with each other as any other magical girl show.

If you enjoyed Madoka then there's a high probability that you will find Day Break Illusion interesting, but the comparison should be treated as a solid starting point rather than crying rip-off.


Day Break Illusion and Madoka Magica are incredibly similar in their dark magical girl like taste but they also manage to be quite different. Both series contain a kind hearted girl who relunctantly becomes a magical girl and ends up learning the disturbing fate behind their new role. Both series revolve around sacrificing one's own being for the greater good of humanity.


Because there are cutesy loli magical girls in both of these anime, you think it's gonna be some happy, girly series, but in fact they are both very dark. They both deal with fate, life and death...lots of death actually. They also both have to do with the price of having a wish granted and that nothing in this world is free. 


While both Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou and Puella Magi Madoka Magica have cutesy character designs, blood everywhere, and a nice touch of Design Student's Porn, each series has their own personality regardless of the similarities and is perfectly capable of standing on their own. For those into Magical Girls and adorable characters involved in dark, dark stuff... sandwiched between nice opening and ending music.


Kind of hard not to recommend these two together. They are very much alike in multiple aspects. They both have a cast of cutesy like girls who all have very differing set of personalities. Both deal with magical girls fighting battles in dark wierd alternate areas. They also share the uncommon theme of a darker style story involving "shoujoish" style magical girls.

If you like one you will most likely enjoy the other, or at the very least similiar and interesting


While it may not be that similar in terms of plot, or charachters, it's hard not to notice the similarities between these two. Both deal with a really similar concept, and that is Mahou Shoujo with horror elements. Both have a cast of cutsy looking girls with different personalities, who fight monsters for a reason or two. 

If you liked one of them, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the other one as well. 


If you like magical girls and moe but also a serious psychological plot and mild violence both series are for you. PMMM is a bit more on the psychological side than Day Break Illusion, but the latter makes it up with seriousness and also a bit more blood and violence. The characters are young but still relatable and they are as loveable as the PMMM girls. I highly reccomend these series.

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Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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both are unconventional series with high artistic quality, consistent worlds, great characters and intresting underlying concepts.

they are both feature an exploration of a very detailed and realisitic world having a hidden and surreal counterpart


The two shows share almost surrealist artwork, and manages to make its characters seem like real people. Once the main characters get involved in the occult they find it difficult to become uninvolved again.


These series, each being made by Shaft, have a very distinct art style and direction that they go in. Each series manages to avoid tropes often associated with their genres and take the series into a somewhat dark place. If you like the story telling and art in either series, they fit well together.


Very different shows that share a lot of stylistic and visual aspects, as well a unique presentation of their storylines that make up two of the higher-budget brainchildren SHAFT.


in just a few minutes of watching Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica I immediately noticed similarities of this anime and BakemonogatariBoth produced by shaft which means they have a very good artwork. They have a lot of abstract and random image inside and even using same voice actor, Saito Chiwa plays both Senjougahara and Akemi, and they have similar characteristic.

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Mawaru Penguin Drum

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...

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Madoka Magica and Mawaru Penguin Drum have this dark, shrouded atmosphere that makes their worlds seem hopeless, unpredictable, and better off just letting the ''fate'' of their worlds take over. These shows have the power of taking people who seem so ordanairy and making their lifes a living hell, constantly fighting for what they want, even when they know that it may not come to light. The fate of the characters seems just about impossible to change...

The fantasy aspect, which usually makes a lot of shows more bright and loving, can make the worst darkness come out. The characters are out there for their own needs and won't stop to get what they want. While their causes seem reasonable, the boundaries that are pushed can be overwhelming, trying to change the outcomes of the people they care about. Also, the animation styles are both unique and bright.


Both shows have a similar theme: fate and what you would give up for the power to change it. They also both have interesting visual styles that set them appart from other series. 


Both these anime are pretty similar in the way that they both deal with the philosophy of fate and magical things happening to change it. They're also both completely not what you would expect. Madoka Magica is about magical girls in frilly outfits with a cute little animal thing, Mawaru Penguindrum involves a anthro-ish penguin hat, a cute little sickly sister who loves her big brothers, and adorable quirky penguins. How is that similar at all? Because they both seem really lighthearted and happy and deal with normally cutesy premises, but are actually shockingly dark, however Mawaru Penguindrum has more comic relief and is A LOT weirder than Madoka Magica.


Both these animes have the same concept of "fate" and this never ending loop of dispair in which it causes unless someone makes a sacrific to change it.


Both of these deal with the same philosophical perspective on the concept of fate and the power to change it. Both shows take very cynical view on the subject, allowing the main plot to be about wanting to change the “fate” of the bad situation the characters find themselves in and wanting to protect those dear to them.

If you like one you should really check out the other.

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