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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

Title Author Score Date
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica VivisQueen 8/10 May 5, 2011
Puella Magi Madoka Magica VivisQueen 8/10 May 5, 2011

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica genesic123 4/10 Dec 12, 2013
Puella Magi Madoka Magica genesic123 4/10 Dec 12, 2013
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica SwordAcolyte 5/10 Dec 3, 2013
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Shadow Star Narutaru

While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.

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hutson

Both of these series takes a setting that is typically family friendly, and puts a dark twist on it. Not for the faint of heart!

AnarchicQ

Both anime take their respective genres (Magical girls and pocket monsters) and subvert it into something delightfully twisted. If you want to see darker versions of the normally kid-friendly genres, try both of these anime.

kenikki

Disguising themselves visually at first appearance as something family friendly, only to turn out being quite dark and twisted. Liked it in one of them? Then try the other.

triplestrike

Both animes are fairly messed up. The actions of their protagonists may seem questionable and leave you pondering even after the show is over.

Black Rock Shooter TV

Black Rock Shooter TV

Athletic Mato is excited to start middle school and meet new people, including Yomi, an artistic girl who doesn't open up easily to others. While awkward around each other at first, things change when the girls discover their mutual obsession for a fantastical picture book. But just as the pair becomes fast friends, they're torn apart by a cruel, wheelchair-bound girl who considers Yomi her personal possession and refuses to let anyone else near her. What's worse, Mato has recently begun to have strange dreams about girls brawling in bizarre colorful worlds that seem to parallel her personal struggles. With jealousy, insecurity, and foreboding dreams always getting in the way, can the two girls ever become true friends?

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crimsonrose900

all i could think of when i saw mato was madoka. they are so similar in character. also the cute girl vs. action fighting is in both and also the shocking darkness is very similar. i loved both and i know if you havent watched one (but have watched the other) you will absolutly love both!

crimsonlotus42454

These two anime are very similar, actually. Every character has some sort of emotional scarring that they have to deal with, as well as an 'alter ego' that takes over/covers up the unwanted pain in another world.

The artists rendering of these other worlds are pretty unique - if you enjoy different types of art styles, I'd recommend both of these anime. 

Rfsancho

Both of these shows are about girls caught in some really bizzare situations with heavy things on the line. BRS is a little oddball in its presentation, and Madoka is a little passive in regard to what it's showing you, but I'm sure that both of these shows will tickle your fancy.

Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then, Here and There

Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.

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kenikki

Fantasy elements with some action/adventure that are filled with nasty, twisted and surpringly dark turn of events describe these two anime well.

Neane1993

Both Now and Then, Here and There and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are series that have deep meaning and dark elements that blot out your hope, only to renew it again.

bokusenou

Both have characters who don't know what they are getting into, until they see how dark their world really is. And they both leave the viewer with a hopeful feeling at the end.

Uta Kata

Uta Kata

On the day before summer vacation, Ichika discovered an old mirror in an old school building. From within it, the mysterious Manatsu looked out and offered to trade favors: if Ichika will do her "homework" (experience the power of the spiritual life forces and write about her feelings) then she will return the charm that Ichika has lost. As Ichika struggles to absorb the raw power of nature, those who watch from the other side of the mirror eagerly await her decision at the end of trials. Can a 14 year old take on the sins of the world and mend the rifts between nature and humanity?

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Archaeon

Both are very dark takes on the mahou shoujo genre, but while Madoka may seem like the more serious of the two, Uta Kata is much better at portraying the physical and emotional damage inflicted on the one who becomes controlled by their power.

AngryJellyfish

Uta Kata and Puella Magi Madoka Magica start off as seemingly normal magical girl shows, but as both series progress it soon becomes clear that their magical powers come at a price...

Also, both series have plenty of (implied) shoujo-ai!

Bronia

Both shows feature a normal teenage girl who gains mysterious powers from a mysterious person (or creature in the case of Madoka). Right off the bat, something seems not quite right about the person (or creature) who bestows these powers.

Both anime deconstruct the magical girl genre. Both are fairly dark and have some shoujo-ai subtext. While the animation has a very different feel, the stories behind the animes are similar yet different in their execution, so watching one after watching another won't feel like you're watching the same thing twice. This makes them very complementary to each other and definitely worth a watch.

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Yumekui Merry

Yumekui Merry

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Amidori

If you like either, the other would be worth looking into, as they both deal with mature ideas; Madoka Magic's true look at what it means to be a "magical girl", and Yumekui Merry's ideas about what it really means to die and how it effects people. Plus, both have awesome, unique art styles when the characters go to the "other worlds". They both have great animation as well- both are a real visual treat. I'd certainly try the other, if you liked one of them.

KittyEmperor

Now while Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica may be a magical girl anime like the name implies and Yumekui Merry doesn't have a single magical girl in it both series still have some things in common.  In both cases they feature somewhat ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances that aren't so ordinary.  By which I mean they find themselves in battles against demons/witches.  Also in both cases when said battles occur the characters are pulled into alternate worlds that are unique to that demon/witch.  If you liked one then I'm sure you'll like the other.

NimirRa

There's more to these magical girls than meets the eye. If you like your mahou shoujo a little less fluffy and with a definite dark streak then give the other one of these shows a try. You wont be disappointed!

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