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?
In the distant future many things have changed. Worlds are colonized and people travel the stars freely. The GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trades and Tarifs) exists to maintain order and peace along the galaxies. Enter two ES members. Eclair and Lumiere. They are sent on missions to keep the universal peace, under the flag of GOTT. But soon they come to realize that there is more going on behind the scenes than they previously imagined...
Kiddy Grade and Uta~Kata are both very different shows, but the characters designs for both series were created by Megumi KANODOSONO. Both series also feature works a bunch of guest artist during the eyecatches or ED sequences. Two great shows for those who like pretty drawings.
Kiddy Grade and Uta Kata share many things in common, both have a shoujo-ai aspect (more or less predominant, abit more explicit in Uta Kata than in Kiddy Grade), both shows share the same art, animation style and directing as well as similar character designs since both shows were produced by the same authors, also both animes feature the same atmosphere and mood so if you liked one of this two shows then be sure to check the other one as well.
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 High 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...
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.
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!
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.
Gentle Himeko and reserved Chikane were born into very different backgrounds, but still became the best of friends. Their fates, they would soon come to discover, are intertwined in a fashion that they can't possibly imagine -- they are the reincarnations of two priestesses who once sealed the god of darkness Orochi in their past lives. Set to revive again, his giant robot-riding agents have set out to destroy the girls, one of whom is Himeko's friend who is in love with her. Riddled with memories of their past lives, the two try to survive long enough to cast the seal on Orochi again...
I think if you enjoyed Uta Kata, you would also like Kannazuki no Miko, not only because they are both beautifully illustrated and colorful magical girl stories, but also because they just both have a very similar feel to them.
The protagonist in both stories are shy, well-mannered girls who become courageous and spirited. In Uta Kata, as well as Kannazuki no Miko, the protagonist's best friend exhibits many personality traits that parallel the main character's own personality. You also get a feeling there's something not trustworthy about each of these close friends. This contributes to the overall feel of each story.
both Kannazuki no Miko and Uta Kata are similar in many aspects, both feature shoujo-ai aspects (more explicit in KnM), both of them feature female protagonists gaining strange powers, both of them have the same emotional feelings and the same mood which makes them pretty much alike and also both feature similar story elements. If you liked one of this shows then be sure to check the other one as well.
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.
I found the tone of both Uta Kata and Shadow Star to be somewhat similar. Both series start off lighthearted, but by the end are much darker than they first appeared.
While Shadow Star is much more disturbing and violent, I found Uta Kata to be more subtle when the darker themes start to show. If you liked how Uta Kata ended much darker than it appeared, Shadow Star might appeal to you as well.
Both anime start like a light series, which will trick you into thinking you are watching some easy slice-of-life stuff, and after a few episodes they will get progressively darker. Narutaru's darkness consists mainly of mentally-scarring physical violence, while Uta Kata will 'delight' you with horrors in a more psychological way. The main similarity is that you will not sleep very well the night you finish watching one of these 2.
In a modern world, magic has become a service industry. From transforming a house, to arranging an article in the newspaper, no job is too big or too small for a mage, who are thought of highly in the public eye. Kikuchi Yume, daughter of a famous mage, has finally reached the age of apprenticeship, and must move to Tokyo to find a mentor. Under the tutelage of the esteemed mage (and nightclub owner) Oyamada Masami, she will learn what it means to be able to bring magic to others' lives.
The main characters of both Uta Kata and Someday's Dreamers are given the ability to use magic, but question its purpose and the meaning behind it, with the search for this meaning being the central focus of the anime. Also, both shows take a sort of small-scale approach to magic, doing things like fixing glass or finding a missing person rather than huge, flashy effects or explosions. Although Uta Kata gets to be quite a bit darker than Dreamers, and is burdened by excessive ecchi shots early on, overall the two anime give off a similar vibe. If you enjoyed one, consider checking out the other.
While extremely different in terms of artwork (Uta Kata has a strong moe'ish style attached to it, and Someday's Dreamers is definitely a lot tamer, with an almost shoujo'ish style), they're both pretty much the same in terms of what the main character has to go through. They both adopt a very unique approach to the extremely overused mahou-shoujo genre in order to tell 2 surprisingly compelling coming-of-age stories. So if you liked one of them, make sure to watch the other!