Synonyms: BRS (TV)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 3, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.311 (scored by 35658 users)
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Both Anime focus around girls giving up something for a fight and the souls that are attached. They also have anime styles that don't stick to the norm.
While Black Rock Shooter lacks the magical girl theme of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there are still similarities to be found in certain areas. In their plots, both concern other dimensions or alternative realities that offer a nod to the genres of "dementia" and "psychological". In both BRS and PMMM, epic battles are fought in these other zones, and they are portrayed with a dark and unique art and animation style that varies considerably from the bright palette that is used for the slice-of-life and drama scenes that comprise most of the rest of the series. In addition to this, friendship (and its strength) proves to be a strong theme common to both titles, and it becomes even more heavily evident in the latter half of them. PMMM's art creates a more childlike appearance than BRS, but it, too, explores darker themes of human emotion, desires, and actions, giving the both of them a greater depth than they appear to have, on the surface.
Melodramatic middle school girls' complex
Similar setting, similar animation.
School girls, drama, alternative world where battle against evil occur. MSMM is more magical and psychological while BRS is more slice of life.
Fantasy world, colorful characters, meets the dark side
The animation is similar but the plot is way different.
An alternate world which endures your grief and a world where you can exchange your life for a wish.
Both stories talk about friendship and that the main characters always attempt to help others without helping themselves. While the best friend of the main character would be in the side line being confused and fights against her.
The difference in the ending is that BRS has a more violence ending compared to puella magi.
these two are both just as dark and twisted as another
Both girls meet a cold girl at first who changes nice
Similar focus on a dark story - but BRS manages to be darker, and more violent. The drama is felt more in BRS than Madoka, but both are equally well done.
I find the alternate words presented in both Madoka and Black Rock Shooter very similar in style. Additionally, in both animes the plot revolves around friendship of two girls. Both protagonists are innocent girls, who never had contact with the dark side of life at the beginning.
It's hard to explain what the similarities are... But the way they are written, drawn and animated have very similar qualities. Both anime's involve deep emotional stories that are griping. The main themes of always believing in yourself and your friends is also similar. (But they both still have a fair amount of action as well) The most striking similarity however is that the main characters use their timid yet very hopeful and bright personalities to fight the INCREDIBLY sad circumstances that they have to face.
Both series star an innocent, caring middle-school-aged girl who wants to make everyone happy. Neither Mato nor Madoka know their true power and feel that they are incredibly helpless. A lot of tears are shed in both stories, as the girls try to overcome great conflict, mostly internal.
Both stories focus on pre-teenage girls and their hardships as they start to mature/gain knowledge about life. The main characters suffer psychological stress from common things such as: friendship troubles, love troubles, etc. While it appears to be a light story at first, both start to develop depth and delve into the darker themes of reality.
It's hard to exactly write about what is so similar between the two, but they are both psychologically thrilling, main characters are females, and they both go through immense hardships. Both are generally innocent and moe girls whom are forced to learn what the world/universe really is. Both have great friends who help them on their journies.
GIRLS... both psyochological stories too
Both have similar trama and characters... You only have to see it. But in my opinion BRS is better tan Madoka Magica.
Same sort of fight perspective for friendship and hardcore twists in the storyline. also girls that fight for the sake of the world they know and some dramatic storytelling with brutal acts.
Both are essentially really, REALLY dark Magical Girl animes with SUPER heavy themes. If you're familiar with the TV Trope "Breaking The Cutie", that's basically what the MC of both anime go through. The're's a lot of great action in both series, great animation, PHENOMENAL scores, and some incredible, and memorable characters. If you liked Madoka, you'll probably like BRS, and if you liked BRS, you'll probably like Madoka. They're very similar, just that one is slightly darker than the other.
Both shows combine moe character designs with dark themes, psychological aspects and action.
The graphics and soundtracks make the entire series amazing works of art! Not to mention the story lines are amazing and slightly demented.
Both series present themes of supernatural and sci-fi as the protagonists battles in an alternate world filled with action, drama, and mystery.
Both series' protagonists uses supernatural abilities in their fights and seemingly with a purpose as the story progresses.
Both series are slice-of-life animes involving students with alternate world where their other "self"/"persona" fights. The characters struggle with the harsh realities of life and their inner feelings, developing strong bonds along the way.
If you like one, you'll probably like the other.
The "other world" is a dark Gothic place filled with only a few places of light and bright colors. The "avatars" are other selves representing what one wants to throw away based on their human desires and scars. There is also a lot of action and the characters are in themselves interesting.
For some reason, I find both of these series similar in the aspect that the main characters fights in another "world". Their avatars and selves reflect on the embodiment of their image in this other world fighting for reasons.
The two arnt similar at all in terms of story, but if you loved the off the wall epic action of one, the other is where you can go to get your next fix.
Both anime have a normal world and another world. A bunch of girls face drama of some sort in the real world while we see a bunch of unexplained fighting in the other world. About halfway through everything gets connected, the fighting is explained, the girls join the fighting in the other world, and everything gets concluded with a really cheesy ending. Both also have good animation. Munto does concentrate on the other world more and Black Rock Shooter does have more drama from the girls, but besides that they're rather similiar.
Both have beautiful art and are about seemingly normal girls but have more supernatural things going on in their lives then meets the eye. In Toki wo kakeru shoujo the girl is aware of the supernatural aspect of her life while in Black Rock Shooter she has no idea about.Both supernatural aspects of the girls affects others memories around them.Black Rock Shooter is more of a action/drama while Toki wo kakeru shoujo is a ScyFy/drama.
In both there exists a different world where people fight each other. In this separate world there exists an "avatar" of a person in our world. In C it's the person's "Asset" which reflects one of the person's possible futures. In BRS it's an another person (resembling the real world version) which reflects the feelings of the person in the real world. In C their fights happen consciously and they affect the real world while in BRS it's vice versa, they fight unconsciously and the real world actions affect the fighting in the other world. The main characters are somewhat similar personality-wise. They both don't want to hurt others but at the same time are afraid of getting hurt.
The theme of magical girl are central parts of both series. However, unlike most magical girl anime(s), both of these series falls more into the psychological and topics more suited for the mature audience. Additionally, both of these series become more and more emotional as the episodes drags on that makes them an unique little gem.