School-Live!

Alt title: Gakkou Gurashi!

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Cute moe-looking characters? Check. Opens with the appearence of a typical school setting? Check. Does a complete 180 when you learn that this seemingly cutesy atmospere is a lie because in reality the world is completely f***ed up? DOUBLE CHECK!

Noriko Noriko says...

Same plot pattern, everything seems nice and bubbly and then sh*t goes bananas. In both shows, little girls fight forces of evil, in one way or another.

Both shows have ''loli'' type of main characters and a lot of ''moe'' characteristics.

TwixyWitchy TwixyWitchy says...

Dont let yourself be fooled by all the cute things i~you see... Shit gets very intense after the first episodes

sothis sothis says...

This isn't a terribly solid recommendation, but it's likely the best pairing for Gakkou at this time. As others have said, both involve a cute cast of girls that get caught in something terribly dark and disturbing. That being said the moe to interesting plot ratio is far more skewed on Gakkou's end - a series that focuses almost entirely on the moe and (imo) inappropriate levels of comedy - whereas Madoka is far more dark and plot-focused. Still, if you like one, you'd likely appreciate the other.

hotarupanda hotarupanda says...

Both are very similar in the good feelings in the beginning, but things change pretty quickly.

Brightstar Brightstar says...

Both deconstructions of their genres, very well done. They may look cute and innocent from the outside, but there's so much more as you get into the show.

jpwasd jpwasd says...

Both have extraordinarily similar themes. Plot twists galore and an overall dark atmosphere. I can't really say much about one or the other without spoiling either way.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Moe pink-haired protagonist starts off the series by doing slice of life stuff with her friends. And then thevanime rips away it's cute girl cover and becomes edgy and dark. There are still glimpses of the cute premise, intermixed with sadness. Both have rather dramatic OSTs as well. If you liked that about one of these anime, you'll be happy with the second. 

OneEclipsed OneEclipsed says...

Both shows cover mature topics and feature cute girls. Don't let the art fool you, these are both capable of inducing tears.

MrAnimeAMVmaker MrAnimeAMVmaker says...

Both Shows give this cute vibe in the begining only to actually be very dark and twisted. Both have Shoujo AI and both have a female lead with pink hair. While the Characters in School-Live are more relatable, they both go through tradgedy. The tradgedy part of the Madoka Magica series is on another level but if you like one you'd certainly like the other.

linspoppa linspoppa says...

Both subvert tropes associated with their genre and explore the psychology of humans, with a setting that forces its characters to make critical decisions.

Highschool of the Dead

Highschool of the Dead

When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...

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TrapLover TrapLover says...

Simple both anime revolves on students trying to survive a zombie apocalypse the difference is HOTD(boobs+zombies+fanservice+irrelevant boob shaking=sht) meanwhile Gakkou Gurashi(loli+zombies+feels+solid plot=godtier animu) and good thing HOTD has more concetrated action while Gakkou Gurashi concetrates more on how to live life despite of this tragedy.. So if you loved zombie apocalypse anime on different angles I recommend both :)

daisy113 daisy113 says...

These anime have extremely similar premises, including survival in a zombie apocalypse within a school building. The main difference is that while there is a more moe sense in Gakkou Gurashi, there is more of an ecchi sense in High School of the Dead.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both anime feature a group of students trapped in a school full of zombies, and they must find a way to survive. The only difference between them is that Gakkou Gurashi focus more in being cute and dark at the same time while Highschool of the Dead is an ecchi show.

f you liked one and you're in the mood for a show with zombies then go ahead and watch the other, you'll like it.

bibotot bibotot says...

Both shows are about a zombie appocalypse. While High School of the Dead features more shounen action, School-Live! is more about survival and drama.

If you are a fan of the zombie genre, be sure to check them both. Very good shows, in my opinion.

hotarupanda hotarupanda says...

It is a good show if you like watching surivial genre, but also a feels driven anime.

saiyamar saiyamar says...

Both anime start with the same premise of school students trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. HOTD is definitely more shounen with heavy blood, battle and ecchi content dealing more with the outside world and the general fight for survival... whereas GG/SL is based almost entirely within the school and focuses more on characters and their emotional and psycological responses to the event. If you enjoyed one you should probably try out the other.

Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero

Yuuki Yuuna is a Hero

Yuuna Yuuki is an ordinary second-year middle school student. She gets up in the morning, gets ready for school, goes to classes, participates in club activities, and has fun with her friends. But there is one extraordinary thing about Yuki -- she belongs to the “Brave Hero Club.” What does the Brave Hero Club do? Who is the mysterious being called “Vertex?” Yuuki Yuuna and her friends’ story takes place in Year 300, Era of the Gods.

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seiyamon seiyamon says...

Both anime follow a group of schoolgirls and their club activities while facing a deadly threat. Also, there is despair and suffering :d

Sakku401 Sakku401 says...

Both shows involve schoolgirls who are very good friends suffering from hardships and are going through some psycological shit (excuse my french).

galingy galingy says...

Both shows that mix happy-go-lucky adorable high school girls enjoying their school club time and friendships, with horrible things happening to them and the world that they have to deal with. While the shows are different the feel that that gives them is similar. Both shows are fantastic and if you loved one I'd definitely reccomend checking out the other.

calophichan calophichan says...

When these shows focus on the slice of life aspect of the show rather than the other genres, the club life is remarkably similar, working to improvethe lives of themselves and/or others and have fun spending time with each other in the process. Both clubs have a secondary purpose and these purposes are vastly different from each other.

Both of these shows transition from slice of life into other genres. Yuuki Yuuna will slide into action-magical-girl and do it beautifully. School Live is more of a survival/horror theme. Both attempt to balance levity with the more serious situations the characters face.

I will say that School Live does the slice of life stuff in an incredibly moe fashion that can grate on the nerves. If Yuuki Yuuna was on the edge of making you eye roll with what litte fanservice and moe it had, you'll barely tolerate School Live. However, if you like School Live just fine, you should be able to transition easily to Yuuki Yuuna.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

It struck without warning one fateful day in Tokyo – a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked the city and caused massive devastation and death in its wake. Having taken her little brother to an exhibit that day, young Mirai and he find themselves alone and with no one to turn to – until a kind delivery woman named Mari promises to help them get back to their family. Now, the three travel the ruined cityscape and brave immense danger as they try their best to make their way home.

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tootalls tootalls says...

They both are survival anime in the midst of tragic incidences and the worlds are scattered with mysterious elements easy to miss if you don't pay close attention. If you like one you should like the other.

Ryuju Ryuju says...

They both are survival anime in the midst of tragic incidences and the worlds are scattered with mysterious elements easy to miss if you don't pay close attention.

I have stolen the text from tootalls :p

ualic ualic says...

the way both of the chaarcters make up illusions for those tht have gone to cope with thheir situation is very similar

Magical Girl Raising Project

Magical Girl Raising Project

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people. However, at some point, Fav, the magical administrator fairy, decides to cut the population of Magical Girls in half. The game quickly changes into a twisted, wicked battlefield as the 16 magical girls get dragged into a battle for survival against each other.

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PlatinumGirl PlatinumGirl says...

School-Live! is not a magical girl anime and MGRP is not school club-life, School -Live! is probablya a better watch than MGRP. But they give you the same cute vibe. And... yeah... they... have a plot twist.

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Girls and young women struggle to survive in a brutal world where others are out to kill them. Success is not guaranteed and the Reaper is always a step behind them...

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime start off as fairly mundane anime with cute characters and an undertone that something isn't exactly right. One has a school girl living at the school, the other is a school girl becoming a magical girl. Then, as the anime unfolds, the "edgy" factor takes over and everything about that little girl's world devolves. With sanity slipping and young girls put against horrible circumstances, both anime can be pretty heartwrenching. If you liked one, check out the other. 

The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura

The Troubled Life of Miss Kotoura

Haruka Kotoura has had a psychic ability to read minds since she was born, but her inability to grasp that she's different has led her to be ostracized by every friend she's made. When she meets Manabe, she can't help but be surprised - when he's not imagining strange creatures dancing through the desert, the boy is a hopeless pervert and makes no attempt to hide his dirtiest fantasies. What's more, Manabe isn't driven away by Kotoura seeing his thoughts, and even goes out of his way to befriend her - seemingly because he enjoys thinking of the girl erotically and seeing her subsequent embarrassment! Before long, the once-lonely girl even meets other students who aren't pushed away by her abilities. Could this be the start of a normal school life, with real, lasting friends for Kotoura?

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daisy113 daisy113 says...

The main similarity between these anime is the main characters. Both are moe, spacey girls with some sort of ability. They even look somewhat similar in design. In Gakkou Gurashi we see the main character's ability to remain sane in an apocolyptic world, while in Kotoura-San we see a girl struggling to cope with her psychic powers. The interactions between the secondary characters is also similar between these titles, and both take place mainly within school grounds, too. Ultimately they have similar feels.

PlatinumGirl PlatinumGirl says...

They are both psychological traps flavored with moe. They are each a good watch and their feeling is somewhat similar, but each one is unique for it's owns reasons.

Ringing Bell

Ringing Bell

As a child, Chirin the lamb is taught by his loving mother to be wary of leaving their pasture; wolves and other predators are a constant threat, though the naïve Chirin believes they would never eat his kind. But when a wolf breaches the perimeter and kills his mother while she protects him, Chirin decides he must do the unthinkable: find the wolf and demand that he trains Chirin to be strong. Chirin must undergo rigorous conditions and be the very thing that he despises so that he may have his revenge, but will he lose himself in the process?

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

At first glace it may seem like an old story about a cute little lamb and a newer one about four moe-looking schoolgirls have little in common. The fact of the matter is that both of these anime have a deceptively cute beginning before the illusion is stripped away leaving the harsh reality that it originally conceals. Both of these are survival stories, and if you like that sort of thing you should absolutely check these out.

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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AmazingLagann AmazingLagann says...

By way of how both stories are lighthearted and yet serious at the same time, because they deal with "ordinary" school life with the looming threat of something else far more sinister.

Many shows have jarring tone shifts, especially when they transition from comedic to serious/dramatic. Not the case for Angel Beats! or Gakkou Gurashi! Each show balances the two sides excelently in their own ways. Angel Beats! in particular is fantastic at being a comedy, and having comedic moments in serious parts that don't undermine the dramatic tension. That's almost impossible to do correctly.

Zombieland Saga

Zombieland Saga

A typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peace these seven girls experience will suddenly be destroyed. By the living dead... zombies. A reality that they never wanted a part of, an amazing and terrifying zombie world. They all share one wish: "We want to live." These girls will struggle through this saga, in order to achieve a miracle.

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Mookashea Mookashea says...

Its the same premises of a gag comedy wile dealing with zombies. Light hearted and cheery in the dark themes but can also be serious to fit the theme. Cute girls , dogos and fun both series check all of those boxes of fun! 

When They Cry: Higurashi

When They Cry: Higurashi

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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HKBattosai HKBattosai says...

If you liked Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or School-Live! then you'll like the other one becuase both have fun, light-hearted moments with a close-knit group of friends. However, then there are some Psychological moments where the same group of friends share OH S**T moments that can be quite surprising and unexpected.