English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisShe has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time... Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if it happened by chance or by fate yet. This is a fateful encounter that can change her destiny—this is a beginning of the new story of the magical girls.
(Source: Aniplex of America)
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Connect (コネクト)" by ClariS (eps 1-9, 11)
Ending Theme#1: "Mata Ashita (また あした)" by Aoi Yuuki (eps 1-2)
#2: "Magia" by Kalafina (eps 3-8, 11)
#3: "and I'm home" by Ai Nonaka and Eri Kitamura (ep 9)
#4: "Connect (コネクト)" by ClariS (eps 10, 12)
What does it take for a series to become a masterpiece? Take a look at Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and you might find the answer to that question.
I'll start this review by pointing out that I was not expecting much from this show. I didn't really want to watch it, either. The Mahou Shoujo genre has never interested me, so when a friend of mine, who in the past suggested things like Mirai Nikki, Deadman Wonderland, Death Note and Psycho-Pass to me, told me to watch Madoka Magica, I thought he was kidding and I ignored the series for a while. Once a month had passed, my friend insisted, and I ended up watching the first episode with my sister.
Throwing all my prejucide aside, I sat quietly and watched the first episode. I found it oddly entertaining, so I proceeded to watch the 2nd episode, and then the 3rd. After the 3rd episode ended, I was completely hooked. And by the end of the 12th episode (or the last episode, if you prefer), I was blown away. Gen Urobuchi had done it again.
– “Make a contract with me, and become a magical girl!”
The main character, Kaname Madoka, is a normal 8th grader. Albeit very shy, she is happy, and her family and friends love her exactly the way she is. However, her life takes a dramatic turn when, on a trip to the mall, she rescues Kyuubei, a cat-like being that was being chased by a mysterious black-haired girl. Kyuubei, as a reward, offers Madoka and Sayaka (one of Madoka's friends) a unique deal: he'd make any of their wishes come true, and in exchange, they would become Magical Girls. And that is how Madoka, and the viewers, are introduced to a world of magic and witches.
Not much else can be said about the story without spoiling anything. However, I have to point that this is NOT your typical Mahou Shoujo, and it's target audience is NOT little girls. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a very dark anime, please keep that in mind.
The way the plot begins to unveil is simply magnificent. The build-up of tension, the plot twists, the drama, the (really heavy) psychological atmosphere-- all contribute to create a story that will keep you on your toes at all times.
– “If someone says it’s wrong to hope, I will tell them that they’re wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!”
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has a pretty small cast of characters. Because of this, each relevant character grows and changes throughout the series in ways you wouldn't expect. We get to know a lot about the past of some characters, the reasons behind their actions, their feelings, amongst other things, and that makes each character feel unique-- they don't follow any usual patterns.
[Art & Sound]
– "Is she some kind of anime character or something?"
As usual with Shaft (Bakemonogatari, Maria Holic, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), Madoka Magica has a very original/weird style of animation. The design of the characters is rather simple and features very light colors. However, the animations are good and fluid, specially during action scenes (more on that in a bit). Buildings, on the other hand, are very futuristic and look pretty cool. The use of glass and fluid decorations makes me think of a very peaceful futuristic world. Nature, on the other hand, doesn't stick out of the norm, but the mixture of green + the futuristic monochromatic buildings is a very neat contrast.
However, this wouldn't be one of Shaft's best works if they didn't add their “touch”. When Kaname Madoka and her friends enter the realm of the witches, one of the coolest styles of animation I have seen in anime to this day steals the spotlight. It's very hard to explain, since it varies from witch to witch, but it's definitly intriguing. And of course, Shaft's signature: weird cam angles during dramatic scenes. Both of these add to the overall chaotic feel of the series, so I have to applaud their use.
Madoka Magica's opening is “Connect”, by ClariS. Although it's nothing out of this world, I feel that it fits the “Mahou Shoujo” theme perfectly. The show has 4 different ending songs, but “Magia”, by Kalafina, is regarded as the “real” ending, since it plays in the most episodes, and denotes the dark nature of the anime. As for the background music, everything fits right into the scenes; whether it's to add intensity to fights or dramatic moments, the music helps and doesn't feel out of place.
– “With kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward. If you can't accept any of that, you are not fit to be a magical girl.”
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has got to be the best anime I have ever watched. The way the producers trick the viewers into thinking that this anime is just another Mahou Shoujo is simply brilliant. The characters are interesting, the art managed to catch my attention, and the music is good, but this series' biggest selling point is definitly the plot. Plot twists, drama, heartbreaking AND heartwarming moments... all of these converge into a brilliant plot with a really good ending.
PS: Do not judge a book by its cover!
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Madoka Magica was all right, but it suffered much of the same problems akin to why I also gave HxH the 2011 version a sort of sub-par score.
The biggest problem is again they're just so wholly derivative, this is kind of better than going off in another direction entirely that leads nowhere, but it's just super clear what we're dealing with here from the beginning.
The thing I'm referring to is naturally Sailor Moon which has still really been the gold standard as far as magical girls go because.. well... it is THE magical girl.
Like, take the concept of PMMM, it's about 5 girls who fight for justice and transform into different outfits that give them superpowers. So... it's almost identical at this point to Sailor Moon in many respects, although to be brutally honest that's being very fair since PMMM lacks really any substantial interactions or outside characters like Tuxedo Mask or of course Luna which is just the based cat ever.
So it's a thin kind of magical girl concept without much of the spaces in between and stripped down to fight monsters with special powers, ok well that did happen in SM but there's a lot more to it, you know what I mean?
As PMMM goes along that really doesn't change, actually the best way the situation can be described is things start falling apart, which, is probably the safest thing I can say without spoilering anything. I've read PMMM described as a deconstruction of the magical girl genre but it's more like a collapse or a mess in the magical girl genre, it's not really clear who is fighting what, when, why, or how long, and the other magical girls aren't even necessarily justice oriented, possibly even antagonistic.
It starts to feel more like a crime show or something, the reality is that while the other Sailor guardians such as Sailor Jupiter could be tempestuous or aggressive, hot-tempered, but that's not really the same thing as Kyoko Sakura who is just wholly antagonistic and consequently becomes much more difficult to get behind emotionally.
Overall rather than fight for justice these girls seem content to wallow and stew in their problems, blame-shift or otherwise add to the problems they are supposedly fighting against.
It's not all not fun though, they have their moments, Homura in particular seems designed to kind of say, yes it's tough being a magical girl, but she sort of finds a way to make it happen anyway.
And yet even then something like Princess Tutu does all that much better (another SM clone thing) by blending magical girl idealism into a struggle of a group and it's members (duck, Mytho, Fakir, and Rue) all kind of combine to create a sort of magical girl effect, when it feels like no individual member could accomplish that goal. I think I gave that one an 8 or something, maybe a 7 not sure exactly but it was along those lines.
Anyway, all things considered, a 6 seemed somewhat appropriate for Madoka.
First inpressons, when I First herd about this anime I herd a lot of good things about. But that did rise some red flags in my head about this show being over hyped. But I did check it out to see if it lives up to the hype and to make a long story short it doesn't. Side note, After doing a overview of this review. I have made errors in the story part of my review so. Edited 20/11/15
First I found the setting very intriguing with the dark and edgy magical girl premise. But it is not as fleshed out as it should be. The tone of the show starts off sweet and cute. Then 3 eps in. It become very dark and edgy. It's pacing is to fast for the type of story it was going for. As the story goes along you start to see how poor the writing is. with the steady stream of asspulls and Deus ex machinas. It expects you to care about all the bad things that is happening to the characters. But as the viewer we are not given enough time to know the characters or to care about them. so making the whole ordeal very forced and with tons of mallow drama. The ending is a copout.
They are so bland and lifeless With no time to give them depth and fleshing out.
Only one character got fleshing out. With the other characters only existing for you to feel bad for them.
The animation is decent. But It can be triply as all hell. The back ground animation is poor
The ost is decent. Has a good op.
Now to madoka magica credit I can see some good ideas but it never put it to full use.
For the the type of anime it is. It needed to be at lest 24 eps. It could fix quite a lot of problems in the show. Like knowing the characters and giveing you a Reason to care. I also hated the mellow drama.
If you want something dark and edgy then you like this show. But if you what something with a bit more depth than just dark and edgy for the sake of it. then this anime will do nothing for you
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica + LSD = probably one helluva drug. Heck, MSMM sans LSD was a trip! But in all seriousness, MSMM is one of those anime’s that defy typical conventions in a good way. I mean, we see cute little girls fight eerie monsters in even creepier settings. An American equivalent would be like putting Cinderella in the Children of the Corn. The juxtaposition is fascinating, and I wonder how a 13 year old girl in Japan would have received MSMM?
Story – 7. **SEMI SPOILER ALERT. Basic premise? Kinda like Scientology. Aliens need energy. Aliens harness energy from women, due to their massive mood swings and emotional instability (offended yet, women?). Harness consummated by tricking them into becoming “magical girls.” To aliens, emotions are considered mental disorders. So the “Magical girls” fight evil emotions/witches to gain energy. In return for becoming a “Magical girl”, the alien grants the woman one wish. As far as story goes, it adds just enough intrigue for me to sit through it. Sprinkle a little time travel into the mix and you’ve got MSMM. It’s no Stephen King storyline. But thankfully, it’s not Stephanie Meyer either…
Characters – 7. MSMM carefully avoids (to its credit) the well-trodden conventions of the Sailor-moon transforming magical powers. Gone are the insanely long and obnoxious sequences of “normal girls” transforming into strong, sexy, and scantily-clad battle babes. Instead, the sequences are more compressed, more modest, and more toned down. This intentional move allows the audience to really focus in on what really matters: the fight sequences and the ambient setting. However, other typical conventions (targeting the teenage girl market) unfortunately appear. We still see your standard cutesy girl get entangled in melodrama, cheesy dialogue, and your requisite deliberation over stupid decisions. Bah. I guess it’s a Japanese culture thing.
Not much in the character development department. Aside from Madoka’s decision as to whether or not to become a magical girl, most of the girls simply respond to situations as they arise. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that we wish we’d gotten to know some of the girls a bit more. Perhaps the movies will tell us!
Animation – 9. The strongest point of the series is the animation. Although the art in the “real world” is standard-fare, the fight scenes are where the animation really shines. The art is exceptional. True to SHAFT form, the use of composite, mixed-media, and sketchbook-styled characterization makes an appearance. Over-the-top fight scenes with larger-than-life weaponry are utilized. AWESOME! What’s more, the fight scenes are set in refreshingly creepy environments that linger in my mind still. And the “witches” are nightmare-worthy. In summation, great art direction.
Music -7. Watched the OP and the ending once through. Fast-forwarded after that. Nothing to write home about. The ending sequences are particularly atrocious as the WHOLE ending is 1 static picture that slowly pans out.
Enjoyment – 8. While MSMM isn’t going to be an intellectually stimulating emotional rollercoaster, it doesn’t have to be. Nor should it be. MSMM is a fun, lighthearted, and, at times, an artistic take on the endless simulacra of Sailor-Moon-typed anime on the market. Sometimes after a long day of school/work, MSMM is just what the doctor ordered.
Young people fight battles against powerful beings they don't understand, for reasons they don't understand. suffering steadily increases as the story progresses. Surreal landscapes are experienced.
They both masterfully deconstruct some of the most popular tropes for their respective genre and have a lot of other things in common as well, such as the mindfuck factor. Both have easily become cult, blockbuster anime of iconic value for the whole industry. Perhaps if you liked Eva, chances are very high that you're going to like Puella Magi too, unless you absolutely hate moe/mahou shoujo.
Similarities between these two are simply innumerable. Symbolism, violence, growing tension, aim for the utter genre deconstruction — that's just the top of an iceberg. A close look at the storyline and character personalities suggests that Madoka creators were deliberately (and more than successfully) making a «mahou shoujo Evangelion». UPD. Well, looks like they didn't content themselves with just yet another NGE. There's MUCH more to MSMM than that…
Both are deconstruction of its genre with apocalyptic story line. All character has psychological depth and struggles, and develops as story goes on.
And, both does have dreams. But, there is no hope.
Both NGE and Madoka★Magica are dark, thought-provoking deconstructions of their respective genres ("mecha" for NGE and "mahou shoujo" for Madoka). Both involve deep character and story analyses that concentrate on elements in their respective genres and evolve past the prerequisite stereotypes into something groundbreaking. All-in-all, both of these shows will change the way one views anime in the future~
Both have 14 years adolescents which leave their normal life to enter in some supernatural fight which claims to threaten the world. They are the only hope for the humanity now.
Both characters are unique and their feelings are well expressed in both animes.
Both animes surpass all of the same main genre in a more adult, complex, more emotive and human form.
Seems that Madoka got some inspiration in NGE too since the end and some death scenes feels similar. NGE is more philosophical and have 'gorer' scenes although.
The action scenes of both are great and both have great soundtrack behind.
Even if you aren't a great fan of both main genres (Magic and Mecha) you may appreciate them, like I did.
Both are very good anime that deal with the deconstruction of a popular genre. While Evangelion first seems like a typical mecha anime and Madoka seems like a typical Mahou Shoujo, they end up being quite different from what the viewer expects. They both take a very depressing turn early on and contain plenty of symbolism. Each deals with young children who are forced to fight to protect the world and how they deal with this responsibility.
They are both about a main character who is very reluctant to push forward, or do anything for that matter.
As each show progresses, the main character is pushed towards something neither wants to do. The outer influences on the characters play more into their suffering rather than convincing to do their roles. So if you like a hesitant main character, do watch Madoka.
There is more to them than meets the eye.
While Neon Genesis Evangelion may seem like boring mecha "monster of the week" show, Madoka Magica may appear as fluffy and naive mahou shoujo. Well, if you think that, you have been trolled successfully. Evangelion and Madoka are both stories that focus on characters' psyche and the way they (can't) handle problems that would have been extremely difficult even for adults... And they are kids.
Madoka and Shinji are quite similar protagonists, mainly in thei desire to be recognized and useful.
Even supporting characters in both anime are really well fleshed out.
All in all, if you want to watch good anime that stretches borders of it's own genre, watch Madoka or Evangelion. In my opinion, you should see both.
If you're looking for amazing shows that deconstruct and utterly subvert the mecha and mahou shoujo genres, look no further than NGE and MSMM. Because it doesn't get any better than these. Under the guise of ostensibly happy-go-lucky settings, both shows take a dramatic serious turn as they explore the psyches of children who are thrust into life-threatening situations, and why they are unsuited for being there. Very dark themes are prevalent and developed very thoroughly in both. And suffice it to say, the directors for both these series have the balls to execute a truly unorthodox, wonderful ending (in the case of Evangelion, I'm referring to the movie). Both are absolutely must watch.
A deeper look at the character's psyche is present in both shows and both are also subversions of their respective genres (Eva for mecha, Madoka for magical girl).
Both are dark genre deconstructions that make it perfectly clear that children are not suited to risking their lives in battle.
To be honest, I thought no one has noticed the odd similarity between the two, to my surprise there are a TON who have.
Both shows are frequently cited as top-notch deconstructions of their respective genres. They directly deal with psychological concepts (NGE does this to a broader extent while Madoka is more laid back) and they thematically and characteristically parallel each other.
On the surface, they use self-deprecating protagonists who inexplicably happen to be vessels of massive change, but a deeper look reveals more subtleties and nuances to both series.
NGE chooses to convey its numerous themes/references expressed in recurrent dialectics while Madoka prefers to do it in a more subtle way.
A huge part of both series heavily rely on viewer interpretation, especially in the case of NGE.
Both anime are dark deconstructions of popular genres. Evangelion deconstructs the mecha genre and takes a hard, psychological look at what it means for children to fight in a war. Madoka similarly takes on the magical girl genre, with each episode becoming more and more disturbing as the charming scenario is slowly revealed to be far more dark than anyone realized.
- They are both dark deconstructions of anime genres that are typically aimed at a younger audience (magical girl for Madoka and mecha for Evangelion)
- There is occasional surrealism (though in the case of Evangelion, it's not so much 'surrealism' as it is 'mind screw')
- They are both hugely popular cult classics among anime fans
- Both contain heavy psychological themes
Just as Eva is a deconstruction of the giant robot genre, Madoka is a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. Both are anime that are intentionally made to appear innocent and cliche on the surface to draw in unsuspecting viewers. Once they have your attention, however, they show their true colors.
I thought I would never see anything as mindbendingly, horrifyingly wonderful as The End of Evangelion... and then along came Madoka. If you enjoyed Evangelion for its psychological themes and brutal, thought-provoking ending, do yourself a favor and watch Madoka Magica.
Madoka Magica is commonly called 'the Evangelion of mahou shoujo', and reasonably so. Both are dark deconstructions of their respective genres that deal heavily with psychology, and human nature. Both feature haunting, beautiful musical scores that are highly expressive. They also both contain much symbolism, much of which is based on religious (mostly Christian) backgrounds, though there's much more in Evangelion. They also both have beautiful and sometimes blood-curdling artwork.
The lead characters (Madoka and Shinji) share some similarities as well.
*Both are highly recommended.
Both of which have a very dark plot and teens who are sent to deal with supernatural creatures.
Both are much darker deconstructions of typical anime genres (Mecha/Magical Girl) and focus around messed up kids going insane.
Being a magical girl and using your powers to fight evil. Or piloting a giant mecha and protecting the Earth from an alien onslaught. Doesn't it sound like fun? Well, it's not really all that fun for the kids in these series.
Shouldering a very heavy responsibility - the fate of the world - and the emotional trauma that can come from that. Being different from the other children, and not necessarily in a good way; and how their newfound powers can affect the people around them. These are some of the themes explored in both works. Moreover, they also explore the fundementals of human nature and whether humanity and dreams are worth sacrifice.
Both series are dark, thought-provoking deconstructions of their respective genres. Completely redefining their genre, they have set the norm for what other shows aspire to become - revolutionary masterpieces.
Apart from what everyone said about the way both are deconstructions of their respective genres, what really made me compare Madoka to Evangelion was how the protagonists are being tricked by more powerful forces (NERV and Kyuubey) and when they discover the real purposes of what they're doing their minds can't take it. The approach of NERV and Kyuubey is pretty similar. Plus, I couldn't help but compare Rei to Homura and Asuka to Kyouko.
Not at all similar to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica in terms of plot or animation style, but does share strong similarities in the sense of both series being "deconstruction" anime, to an extent.
Both are deconstructions of popular genres and troupes exhibiting characters fighting against entities they don't truly understand but carry on doing so and emphasise on the psychological factor heavily. Suffering, psychological turmoil and the characters' emotional turbulence are cleverly depicted throughout the series and gradually builds up.
Both have the same "everything is a lie" kind of story.
"With great power comes great responsibility".
Like Evangelion, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica examines the psychological nature of being granted power at an early time in life. Like Evangelion, Madoka offers thought provoking dialogue and superb characterization.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is to Magical Girls as
Evangelion is to Mecha
Both series redo their genre. Eva added psychological aspects to the mecha genre, took chliche's away and made it something unique.
Madoka did the same with magical girl genre. It added more dark vibe to it, and it's of course more serious than other shows similar to it.
These are two heavily psychological & philosophical genre deconstructions filled with controversial & polarizing characters and storylines, despair, death, etc., moreso than is typical for the mecha and mahou shoujo genres. Madoka Magica was clearly influenced by Evangelion - there are even individual scenes parallel each other. The protagonists for each series have a few similar personality traits. People who are sick of typical mahou shoujo and mecha tropes will probably enjoy these shows.
Both series beautifully deconstruct their respective genres and gives the audience an extreme dosage of mindfuck.
Both shows are a deconstruction of the genre they're part of (Madoka deconstructs the magical girl genre while Evangelion deconstructs the mecha genre). Both shows are really dark and have a lot of philosophical elements to them.
Madoka Magica is to magical girl anime what NGE was to super robot anime, a sometimes cruel and fascinating deconstruction of their respective genres.
Both of the series are major influences of the anime industry, as they both deconstructed their specific genre. Madoka Magica deconstructed the Magical Girl genre while Neon Genesis Evangelion deconstructed the Mecha genre. They both completely changed the aspects of their specific genre and re-shaped many cliches. We can consider Madoka Magica as the "The Evangelion of the Magical Girls" as they both focus on the main characters' fighting against something that they do not know of, in order to protect others, while dealing with their psychological emotions. Both series presents a light and calm atmosphere in the beginning before they descend into an atmosphere of struggles and darkeness. I strongly recommend these two animes, as they are both masterpieces!
Both are excellent and relentless deconstructions on anime. Mecha and shonen for EVA and magic girls for MSMM. Both get progressively weirder and both have strong developed casts.
Much like Evangelion did to the mecha genre, Madoka Magica takes the magical girl genre and deconstructs it brutally complete with depressed heroes and morally ambiguous leaders.
Both animes do a stunning job of completely turning their respective genres (mecha & magical girl) completely on their heads. The characters also have a similar crisis: They must fight against something they do not understand for unknown reasons and they all suffer greatly. They are both very psychological.
Besides being strongly psychological ones (with emphasis on adolescence period), both are based on philosophy: Evangelion - individualism vs. collectivism; Madoka - yin-yang/balance of the World. The two are about growing up of ~14 year old brats, only with different gender.
like neon genesis evangelion, puella magi madoka magica is also a deconstruction of a very popular genre, the magical girl genre they both also have excellent plots with plenty of twists and they both have main characters that react realistically to stressful situation.
Controversial Plot, Religious References, dark universe.... The two share many characterisitcs and and have the same level of quality. That is, both are masterpieces.
While one is mecha and one has magical girls, both have characters who seek help from powerful forces they do not comprehend, to fight against forces they do not understand, and for reasons they do not know. Both become darker and darker as hopelessness begins to fester.
In short, both these series take a staple genre of anime that many people grew up on and turn that genre on its head and inside-out in dark and convoluted ways.
Sad and atmospheric, MM and Eva seem to tackle similar themes (loneliness, friendship, religion) while sharing the same sense of 'weight' to everything that happens on screen. While premises are as distant as they come, Madoka's pacing and narrative structure remind me a lot of Eva.
Deep characterization, very peculiar use of framing and lighting to convey emotions and relationships, interesting symbolism that warrants rewatch value for both. What's not to love?
Both are psychological shows with a great storyline and both feature teenagers fighting giant monsters.
Let's put it like this:
Neon Genesis Evangelion is equal to dividing by zero
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is equal to infinty^i (i=Imaginary number)
Dont underestimate these shows. Either way, your brain is going to be oozing out of your skull-fucked face holes
These two anime are similar in the sense that they break down stereotypes and bring something refreshing to the viewer.
Both have some unexpected plot twists and very sad moments.
Characters face dreaded circumstances and go through emotional pain.
Selector and Madoka both take the formula that is normal for Anime of the card game genre and magical girl genre and places a dark twist on it involving the fulfillment of wishes happening. On top of these wishes having a darker side to them there is the fact there is a “pure” character, a character that happens to have a positive outlook on life and easily be able to make friends with people. The characters also don't have a wish because they can't think of anything to actually wish for. There is also quite a bit of slice of life elements as well as character growth over the course of the series. There is a wide range of characters. The issues each character deals with helps round out the characters as well.
Both anime begin with the main character finding out she can be special. The anime develops in a dark shoujo with battles to be fought.
Both series have a dark aspect within an seemingly innocent environment. Both deals with despair, while Madoka Magica has more, Selector has enough to make it depressing at almost the same level as Madoka Magica. Both deals with wishes and the cost of these wishes as well as the dark outcomes of several choices that are made.
Spooky dreams of potentially prophetic nature, cute girls pained by the smaller and larger hardships of their youthful existence, and a curious "thing" that can grant any wish upon meeting certain requirements.
Cute girls, story that starts cute and nice, then gets darker.
Both have nice art.
Both shows involve magical girl tropes and the quest for having a wish granted, and what exactly that actually takes.
Both shows star a cute innocent girl who joins a battle of some sort to get a wish granted, even though she doesn't really have a wish. It turns out that this battle is even more dangerous than it seems as the mascots of the shows are keeping secrets. What follows next is a psychological thriller about cute girls making friends and having terrible things happen to those friends. WIXOSS even tries to rip off Madoka's ending until going for a "screw you, we have more planned" thing.
-starts out to be a simple and happy story and later on turns out to be a dark one.
They are both very dark psychological shows that involve fighting for your life for a wish. they differ however in fighting. Selector is based around a card game that the girls have to play in order to have their wish come true. While Madoka gives them their wish but in return they become magical girls who fight witches. They both offer some dark plots and memorable characters. They were both amazing animes and easily in my top 10.
Psychological and dark anime that involves cute girls
Both have very similar plots- A group of girls discover new powers (transforming into Magical Girls in Madoka, Becoming a Selector in a card game in WIXOSS), and struggle to decide whether fighting is the right thing to do. There are a lot of moral dilemmas over their situations, and there's a lot of crying in both shows. There are also a lot of similar plot points later in their respective series, to the point where some scenes are nearly identical.
- Very depressing, annoying characters that make you want to claw your eyes out.
- Both involve wishes.
- Psychological involving little girls.
- MC is depressed 80% of the time and constantly repeats lines.
- Both are to do with a sort of magic.
Both are about group of girls who get in contact with a fairy common anime theme (card game/mahou-shoujo). It all starts nice and innocent but gets darker later.
- Both take a popular anime genre (Selected Infected = Card Game and Madoka Magica = Magical Girl) and do a much more darker take on it
- Both have all the main characters as girls, with few male support characters
- Both focus on the psychological affects of the Card Game/ Being a Magical girl on the main characters.
Both are shoujo.
They both have girls having some power and going into another world.
Both main characters don't really have wishes and are really strong and cute.
Both are a little mysterious and somehow scary??
Selector is about alive cards and mahou shoujo madoka is about transforming.
You should totally watch this!! It will certainly blow your mind away.
- Both are supernatural genre and include a strategy game where once you're in you can't get out unless you win or lose.
- Both get darker and sadder
- Character stereotypes are very similar; girls in the main role
- The storyline is also similar with many twists
- Nonetheless, both are very good anime, worth watching.
Both anime are dark and have a cast of cute girls. At first, both shows seem to have simplistic plots. However, through dark turns and plot twists, they become more intense and the stakes become very high. Furthermore, the topic of wishes is discussed in each show: in Madoka Magica, girls can have a wish granted to become a mahou shoujo. In SIW, girls who are known as selectors can have their wish granted by winning enough card battles. However, in both shows, using this power comes with significant consequences. Overall, Madoka Magica and SIW are basically downward spirals of despair. If you liked one, or if you enjoy dark anime, then these are two you should definitely watch!!
It may look like the girls in these animes are having fun with tea parties and all, but the atmosphere is actually very dark. The main heroines uncover a huge truth behind the "activity" they're participating in.
They give off the same type of vibe, and both surround around similar themes (Jealousy, Grief, etc.)
Selector Infected involves cards though.
Yes how many times are people going to make this comparison/recommendation I know but it's really true. It's very good. This was like Madoka Magica except it didn't reach the same depths of morbidity as Madoka such as death. In some ways, these girls reach a fate worse than death. But it doesn't feel as intense. All the Selectors are girls just like all the Magical Girls are girls (naturally) and they can get wishes granted and become tainted. The wish granters in both shows don't explain all the rules to having wishes granted. They're both very enjoyable and you'll absolutely like one if you liked the other.
Young girls fighting something that seems to be more than meets the eye.Wishes also have a lot to do with the story. They both have very innocent/sweet moments to balance out the more horrific ones as well.
If you liked one of these two then you should definitely watch the other. Both seem just cute anime with cute girls and cute, girly concept. Well... no!! they both have a dark concept with psycholigical and dramatical story, wich girls and boys can enjoy.
Well, they both start off cute, but then turn a bit darker. Both is about wishes too, but Madoka magica gets them instantly, while WIXOSS-selectors strive for them.
They are not super similar, but i think you would like it if you liked madoka magica.
Both start out cheerful and get darker as the series goes on and both involve granting the wishes of young girls. In the beginning they may seem like the typical series for their respective genre but later unfold into something more.
You are greeted with a cast of cute girls playing card games, to later find that there's more to it behind its initial appearance. There's a constant sort of over-your-shoulder and sinister feeling throughout the story, surprising you with dark twists that keep you on your toes.
Both start out light hearted and fun but quickly dive into dark themes. Both are revolutionary in their themes and I only wish selector infected WIXOSS would be more popular. If you love any of the mentioned anime then trust me, you'll definitely find the other very appealing.
- Involve young girls taking part in battles (supernatural themes)
- Cute animation style
- The themes are both rather dark and sad, revealing an unfortunate truth behind having a desire for a wish to be fulfilled
- Highly enjoyable, will leave you saying 'just..one..more..episode'
Both animes are about girls suffering and stuff for their wishes, madoka still better than the other, but is a good anime for me <3
Both protagonists are pretty much in the same situation, as they can make a wish but they don't want anything (and they are the ones with the "potential"). Their friends make wishes but that just make them suffer even more; also magical girls costumes.
Both of these anime revolve around girls who have come across supernatural phenomenons and are striving to make a wish come true. There are many plot twists in both that will make you want to keep watching, but I found the plot of Selector Infected WIXOSS to be more unique and interesting due to the fact that it's about a card game. There aren't nearly as many card game anime as Magical girl anime, especially one with such an intricate plot (although that's my personal opinion). This is definitely an anime to add to your watch list if you like anime that are between the super intense kind and easy going kind, or if you like mystery as well.
In both series, the girls can ask for a wish; they must to fight against each others,
and the principal character wants to save everyone.
Both are designed to deceive viewers and troll them afterwards. :3
They also share some tropes (perhaps because of Nitro+) and deal with hopelessness and despair. Amazing mindraping shows.
I cannot say the detail as it is a huge spoiler, but both has exact same theme and plot complexity with repetition. There are also tons of surprising factors, too.
Both series are a roller coaster ride of plot twists and dark miss happenings. The setting is somewhat similar, the mood, the art and the unique characters that all play a part no matter how small. Love one and you will instinctively love the other. Two of the best anime ever made.. both completely different yet so alike.
Both series are centred around intricate and extremely well-thought out plots, and they are executed to near perfection. They feature a similar premise, in that a main character from both series must...shall we say, shoulder the burdens of the entire world in a manner that can't be appreciated by others.
Both based around the concept of time travel in order to change fate. Protagonists of both shows are trying to change fate/have their fate changed.
Both have similar plot formats in that they start off fun and lighthearted but change dramatically as the plot develops. Okabe and Homura have a very similar goal as well.
Both have a similar beginning in the essence where you have to watch past several episodes to get interest, while Steins;gate has a beginning where you have no clue as to what is happening, mahou shoujo madoka magica has a beginning where it shows a normal school girl, both after 3 or 4 episodes get really interesting.
The middle of both anime have the same plot related issue as well, but I won't spoil anything.
There's a HUGE amount of similarity in here that it'd be a spoiler to tell.
So in short, both are alike except one has to deal in the Science Fiction genre while they other one remains in it's Magical Girl genre.
Both of these are amazing! If you watched one, then you'll definately love the other regardless on the order you watched them. And they both have great music too!
Both anime's deal with a group of friends that eventually have internal conflict and both also deal with a time travel/world line plot and the loss of those dear to key characters. Both anime have amazing english dubs with Steins;Gate having my absolute favorite English dub of current times.
Both initially seem juvenile and routine, but evolve into a much darker and original being as the series progress. Both deal with repitition to obtain a desired result, and both inject new life into genres that were previously thought to be exhausted.
Both of these animes are like a rollercoaster. First, it seems to progress steadily and introduce many seemingly-positive characters and ideas, then the intense sh*t happens and you have an absolutely amazing and dark, twistiness of a plot that will most likely cause you to binge-watch the rest of the series until you finish and/or your probably boggled mind leads to an explosion of multiple feels all at once, in an outstanding way!
These two anime are similar in that they both deal with the balance of the world and the changes in different timelines. They also show the different sacrifices that have to be made in order to obtain what is necessary. However, Steins;Gate provides more character development compared to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, probably because of the longer length in the number of episodes.
Like in Steins;Gate, first episodes of PMMM are carefree and joyful. In both shows are gradually shown deeper and darker layers of tragic story about desperate fight to change seemingly inevitable fate of heroines, who too late learn that using their new power has its price.
Don't be deceived by sugary opening and first episodes of Madoka! It's MUCH darker than it appears at first look, I would even say it is far more serious and dramatic than S;G. Story is written by Gen Urobuchi, who publicly "apologized for intentionally misleading people that Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica is a cute healing anime". Wikipedia describes its genre as "Drama, Horror, Magical girl, Tragedy", and MAL as "Magic, Psychological, Thriller".
Looking at them initially, you wouldn't think these two series would have anything in common, but they actually share quite a lot.
Both start out as what seem to be very lighthearted and playful only to suddenly become really dark and serious. Moreover, both have a heavy focus on the suffering of the characters.
This is just my opinion, but I wouldn't hesitate to say these two are both modern anime masterpieces.
Plot twists, and dark undertone that gets progressively darker as the show unravels. Both implement extremely similar time travel elements at certain points, and many other extremely similar plot devices that I can't say without spoilers. No doubt if you like one, then you will like the other, although it definitely doesn't look like you would by just looking at their box art haha.
Both have a dark and nasty plot twist you don't see coming.
-very good watch if you have enjoyed one of either you will enjoy the other
-both are about different struggles that the characters must over come to have a better life and a different future than that given to them by fate. . .
Very paeceful at the begin and very catastrofic at the end... Both talk about time travel... But I can't speak anymore (SPOILER) but if you don't watched this anime, you knew...
-Both animes start off with a lighter vibe to them but as the story progresses the plot of them both gets much darker and digs deep into the human's soul.
-Both animes deal with time-travelling
-Both animes will leave you with something to think about after their final episodes.
Starts off slow, building the characters and their atmospheres, then BAM! Everything you thought about how the show would go is completely flipped and you're sitting there thinking wtf just happened. Both great anime that takes a dark turn that involves time travel
Both anime have a similar plot, involve time traveling, and shouldn't be judged by the art. They both start off happy, but turn sad, and dark after a few episodes.
A story of someone trying to overcome a seemingly inescapable fate and an underlying sense of hopelessness. Uses aspects of time-travel specifically for this purpose.
Both series use the same plot-devices near the end (which I will not mention so as not to spoil anything), and both have the overall same feel to them, even if they are completely different genres.
Opinion incoming: both are somewhat overrated and have an unnecessarily unfitting happy ending.
Share the same chilling feeling of hopelessness and despair... Both shows revolve around changing the fate that they already know. No spoilers but both of these shows are very deceiving at times.
Both shows are absolutely masterpieces that fuck with your mind.
+ Both have fantastic plot twists.
+ Both start off as cheerful, but gets increasingly darker.
+ Both have a similar theme going on. Saying what would be spoiler territory.
+ Both come from 2011, and both are considered the best anime of this year.
- Steins;Gate still retains some lightheartedness even in the end. Madoka does not have this treatment.
- Steins;Gate focuses on the "theme" they share, while in Madoka's its one of many.
- Madoka is considered to be more emotional, while Steins;Gate to be inspiring.
Both animes seem innocent at first, but then slowly devolve into a psychological thriller that deal with hopelessness and despair
-Both start with a calm story, that progressively turn really dramatic and sad
-Both have time travel to save someone's life
-Characters are not so similar but they are both very well made
-Soundtracks are two of the best ever, maybe MSMM has better animations
Both of these anime have a very strong cast that are both funny and adorable. The warmth set off by the main characters is absolutely wonderful. The cast will get you attached and begging for more. The art style is very different between the two, a very pleasing type of different. Madoka has a very abstract style that it goes by while Steins; Gate uses more of a realism. Both art styles fit the anime beautifully and bring out the true feel for who the characters are. The characters are wonderful and the overall feel will leave you to wonder what will happen next.
Both are my personal favorites. A recommendation for both of them.
Steins; Gate- After you watch it rewatch it.
Madoka- I feel it should be watched through the movies, Beginnings (1), Eternal (2) and Rebellion (3, also different story). The first two are just all of the episodes put together with new scenes that add onto the feel I feel it adds onto the character development as well.  read more
Both of these series are psychological thrillers and involve the main characters determined to do anything to save the one they love. They both also have a very similar concept that actually compliments each other quite well though you have to watch both to understand what I mean. This is just my opinion, but both series have been regarded as masterpieces in their own right though your own opinion can vary. Madoka Magica in particular, is a controversial series that may have things that you might not like. Don't let that turn you off as both Steins;Gate and Madoka Magica are special series that contain a lot of meaning and hidden messages in it. For anyone that hasn't seen Madoka Magica, it may not look like a psychological thriller at first. There are slight hints, but the series really shows its true colors on episode 3 so I recommend giving this the otaku three episode rule. Overall, if you enjoyed one, then you'll most likely enjoy the other and personally, these series both deserve a watch. But then again, this is just my opinion.
Mindbending excitement.....there is also, surprisingly huge similarities in the plot. I feel like both of them are those "expect nothing, get EVERYTHING" kind of animes. Both anime start off with simple, easy to understand plots, that don't bore you before they get REALLLY good. Trust me, to those who watched Stein's;Gate and think it is as original and one of a kind as it get's....well it is. But Madoka sure make's a good counter. Personally, I perfered Madoka to Stein's;Gate (barely, but there both FANTASTIC IN EVERYWAY POSSIBLE), but if you've watched and enjoyed one of them you will love the other as well!
Some scenes in the last few episodes of Madoka gave me flashbacks to Steins;Gate.
Psychological themes like desensitisation, hope and depression are prevalent in both series, presented in a very similar way.
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
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
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
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.
same fantastic atmosphere and both are about psychology of little girls
GIRLS... both psyochological stories too
Similar atmosphere, it seems a naive anime, but it's way more darker (Madoka is really harder then how it seems).
The way the color is used in both anime is uncommon and well appreciated.
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.
"Someone out there is fighting for you."
Both Black Rock Shooter and Madoka Magica have this similar moral to them. However, they both also have cool battles and hints of yuri in them. And who doesn't like cool battles and hints of yuri? Sure both of these shows get a little messy in the end, but when they're good, they're really good.
Both shows combine moe character designs with dark themes, psychological aspects and action.
Both anime are about girls who can enter a very special and surreal area, with a simple wish.
The artstyles are a bit different from eachother, but both are very unique.
Story line is focused on emotional developement of the characters; Both anime are abstract and some may think: "a bit crazy"; Centered around little girls; Both got quality ;)
The graphics and soundtracks make the entire series amazing works of art! Not to mention the story lines are amazing and slightly demented.
They will deceive you with their appearances, and trigger your emotions with surprising plot twists, and an extraordinary sequence of events. Both about girls that are fighting for a better world . Both have very unconventional art styles .
Both series is Action filled, Drama Anime (an unusual genre combo I could say).
Both series' Main Protagonist is bounded by fate, but hesitating on what decision that should make.
Both series' Main Protagonist by caring friends.
Black Shooter and Madoka share similar elements with their story plots. They both involve girls who posses a magical version of their-selves. Both involve working out conflicts that develop within friendships. Both involve addressing the topic of how emotions should be handled and the consequences of handling emotions in a negative way. Both involve fighting in alternate realities.
Both are surrealistic-psychologycal dramas about relations of girls, both look pretty standart and average from their description but actually are really unique.
They both involve a concept of "there is someone fighting for you and taking on your pain". They both are from the Mahou Shoujou genre, but are more dark and psychological. Finally, both of them have a strong friendship theme.
The same kind of spin on magical girls. Yuuki Yuuna is much more uneven when it comes to quality, but it has enough to give for someone looking for something Madoka-esque.
They say no good deed goes unpunished, thus saving the world comes at a severe cost. Both stories tell the tales of a group of girls fighting to save the world from certain invaders, only to find out just how true those words are. While Yuuki Yuuna doesn't immediately grab your attention like Madoka does, in the long run it will certainly be worth your time if you enjoyed the later.
Both shows deal with a difficult aspect of being a Magical Girl. Both main characters are idealistic and cute.
Same Story. Same characters.
Yuuki Yuuna - Miki Sayaka
Inubouzaki Fuu - Tomoe Mami
Inubouzaki Itsuki - Kaname Madoka
Tougou Mimori - Akemi Homura
Miyoshi Karin - Sakura Kyouko
Not for the weak of heart.
Four magical girls -- and they even look a bit similar. Moreover, there is a 'selector' who chooses these girls to fight 'enemies'. Madoka has aliens and witches, Yuuna has a God and Vertexes. Moreover, while I was watching it, I couldn't help but feel reminded of Madoka Magica.
They both have similar concepts.
Yuuki Yuuna gives off huge Madoka Magica-type vibes. The world that the YYWYDA girls fight in looks like the witch labyrinths in PMMM, but with brighter colors. The Vertexes in Yuuki Yuuna also remind me of the witches in Madoka Magica. Karin from YYWYDA has a very similar personality to Kyouko from Madoka Magica. Even the background music is similar at times.
Bunch of Girls fighting some monsters to save the world with some dark story in it. Rather being a Magical Girl, Yuuki Yuuna use the Hero term. Has better character development, better soundtrack, and better feels and heartbreaking moments. Hidden diamond in 2014.
-Both are dark, violent magical girl anime that little girls should probably avoid watching. Yuuki Yuuna is more lighthearted while Madoka is darker.
-Both series have characters that have the same personalities, for example, Madoka = Yuuki Yuuna - Homura = Togo Mimori - Witches = Vertexes
--Except the companion in Yuyuyu is more of a good guy, while in Madoka, the companion may look like one of the good guys but he turns out to be somewhat evil.
-Yuuki Yuuna has a bit of slice of life, while Madoka is more tragedy and mindscrew moments
-Madoka is more popular (and one of the most overrated anime ever), while Yuyuyu is an underrated series
Both animes are surprisingly dark magical girl animes, although yuki yuuna is a bit more lighthearted.
While both may look like just your average show that involves Girls, Magic, and School Life, there's something much darker lurking below the surface.
When the girls are using their magic to fight against enemy, some of them begin to wonder,
Why us? What can I do to protect the people I hold dear to me?
What must I sacrifice to keep those near to me safe? Am I doing the right thing?
The show may start slow unlike Madoka but give it time at it will eventually catch your attention.
It definitely caught mine.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru is probably the closest anime to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica there is. Both starts as innocent mahou-shoujo anime about a group of girls, being cute and slice of life-y. Buth then, stuff happends and here we go, pain, suffering, evil plot-twist and so on. If you liked Madoka, check out Yuuki Yuuna, you will love it.
Similar soundtrack, similar magical girls (fu looks a lot like mami when transformed), pets that help them to fight, surreal enemies that create psycodelic barriers and want to destroy the world, mature and kinda dark/dramatic story.
In both shows, young(ish) girls enter an alternate world, transform into magical girls, and fight enemies that threaten the well being of society. Both shows start off lightheartedly, but as the series progress, they become darker, and the characters suffer.
Although Madoka Magica is much more darker, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru takes almost the same path.
The main characters are similar to one another, they fight against "evil" creatures and there's a big plot twist in the story.
The art is nice in both shows, as well as the transformation and fight scenes.
booth have school girls tranforming into "heroes" and fighting the "evil" and booth have a tragic twist to it... they are sinular in a lot of aspects.
The main similarity between these series is that both are claiming to be a typical mahō-shōjo anime. And both are not typical at all, with Madoka being the darker one of these two. While in Yuki Yuna girls fight as a team and are friendly to each other, in Madoka they mostly fight on their own and rarely are friendly to each other.
Yūki Yūna wa yūsha de aru is probably the first post-Madoka mahō-shōjo anime which managed to withstand the comparison against it.
Both shows are about magical girls who get more than they bargained for. Despite the primary cast of characters being middle-schoolers, each show deals with important topics of love, loss, and sacrifice. The witch worlds of Madoka and the Vertex of Yuki Yuna are of different designs, but are both unique in their own way, so that they don't look like standard animated villains.
It looks really adorable, but it has a dark side. They are both wonderful, so if you liked Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, then Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru is probably a good anime for you~
If you liked Madoka Magica and you like the genre of magical girls this is your anime.
Yuuki yuuna its the story of a group of girls that become magical girls to defend the world of creatures coming from another world but after many episodes they discover there is a secret behind "the magical girls that protect the world".
The first episodes are much better than Madoka and the final is pretty good as madoka.
This anime it's so underated but i think it's as good as Madoka Magica.
Very Recommended 9/10
Both anime feature a group of magical girls who have to fight enemies to protect the world, at the cost of their abilities having some form of corrupt power.
Yuuki Yuuna is the complete opposite of Madoca. But however that's what makes them similar. The setting is a "Magical Girl"-one in both. In Both there is a fatal plot twist.
Basically, Yuuki Yuuna tells the storys of a Magical Girl from a different perspective, that isn't covered in Madoca. But the way how they describe their story is quiete similar. (It's hard not to spoil here, go watch it yourself)
Some of the characters of Yuuki Yuuna are the opposite of Madoca's, and other characters are very equal.
They both are magical girl anime with a dark twist - but Yuuki Yuuna has a happier ending. The main characters are similar in both shows - the relationship between Yuuna and Mimori resembles the one between Madoka and Homura; both Fuu from Yuuki Yuuna and Mami from Madoka are "older sister" characters, who take care of other girls (but with Fuu being an actual older sister). Also, if you enjoyed the music and beautiful backgrounds in Madoka, you'll be happy to also find them in Yuuki Yuuna.
Dark fantasy setting magical girls, gorgeous and evocative soundtrack, and colorful but somewhat surrealist landscape artwork.
A group of females battling creatures that threaten the stability of the world
A Main character who fought the creatures before
Seemingly hopeless battle at the end
Transform into extremely powerful girls to battle the creatures
Chosen by a God or a God-like creature
Harmful side effects
Similar moods throughout the whole series
Same number of main characters with partially similar relations
Both are surprisingly dark and mature magical girl series, in which a lot of thought has been given to the story.
Madoka seems to be even darker, but Tutu is definitely worth watching as well. Both have very good soundtracks, too.
Both are Magical girl animes. But beyond the obvious, they both take place in artful and abstract worlds. They are also more than your average magical school girl anime. Interesting concepts and heart wrenching characters. (Trying to compare these to animes without spoilers) At many points both animes give the same "vibe", and redefine this genre.
Magical girl series that tend more toward action and dark themes than the frills and cuteness one might expect from the genre. Although Princess Tutu does play the genre straight, it does it in a fairly unexpected and mature way, and Madoka's a straight-up deconstruction that will leave you increasingly unnerved with each episode -- both in a good way, of course. Both series are great for magical girl fans who want something fresh from the genre.
There is much more than meets the eye for both of them - they are darker, thought-provoking magical girl shows that seem pretty standard on the surface.
the irony- a seemingly sweet, innocent magical girl anime, and a childish, ballerina-dancing girl. we've all seen it before....at least we thought we did.
both about the twist of fate, and even more about eachs' complex storyline that forces the watcher to do a double-take on what they had thought they had all worked out.
Being a magical girl means sacrificing a lot of things and even after saving the world the heroine might be left without her happy ending. It's a long way until world can be saved and on the way sacrifices must be made and sometimes even magical powers can't help to solve problems.
Both are rather dark for the innocent, magical girl styles that they are portrayed with. Madoka Magica is a bit darker, however.
Both also involve agreements with another person to help them change into a magical girl - Madoka with the soul gems, and Tutu with the pendant.
Both anime take the Mahou Shoujo genre back to its roots!
At first, both may appear for younger audiences, but soon you discover there is more to them. They both have a darker take on mahou shoujo anime and both deal mainly with the problems the main heroine encounters, instead of her bonding with her friends and defeating her enemies.
Madoka is more action and the pace is much faster, while Princess Tutu has a very calm atmosphere to it.
Its a show that Madoka took inspiration from and has actual pacing and has time for charactization. Also, Guitar Ninjas.
For a magical girl theme show, Madoka and Princess Tutu takes the theme and transform it into more of a difference style of presentation. It has a mature feeling to it as well as psychological themes involving the main characters and their relationships. There's the theme of romance in Tutu while Madoka has more action.
The worlds that both series takes place in also has a magical feeling to them.
There is emotions. There is sacrifice. There is sorrow. In essence, both shows takes the magical girl theme to different level.
I wouldn't exactly call Princess Tutu "dark", but both Madoka Magica and Princess Tutu are very different takes on the magical girl genre. Their stories are much more complex than you're average magical girl show, and very well written. Princess Tutu is more shoujo-y and family friendly than Madoka Magica is though. But if you're looking for a creative take on the genre, you'll love both of these anime.
Both are amazing Magical Girl anime, Princess Tutu being a little more aimed at a younger audience while Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is more for the older and adult audience.
Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica on the surface appear to be very typical magical girl shows, with cutsey art and a simplistic story. However both subvert the watchers expectations with a darker take on the genre and compelling and well thought out stories and characters. They also have similar themes about selfishness verses selflessness and the nature of hope.
A much darker look at the magical girl anime, but also at the fairy tale world. A beautiful tale and lovely characters to get to know.
Both of them are something more than your average mahou shoujou show and feature two of the best stories of anime overall. Both shows are somewhat dark (with Madoka being the darkest), feature magical girls in a somewhat unusual way (most notably in Princess Tutu) and have excellent characters that (mostly) develop the further the story goes. Madoka does feature some gore and not so child-friendly stuff, while Princess Tutu can basically be viewed by anyone.
Both of these shows are great, original Magical Girl anime. Their plots are both interesting and touching, along with being dark at times.
Both feature young female protagonists facing an increasingly ominous world, and take the magical girl genre and refresh it in an interesting way. Both have deep and very bittersweet stories and unexpected twists. I saw Tutu first and while watching Madoka, I was continually reminded of it.
Both series are magical girl series with bright colors and pretty animation that are much, much, much darker than they initially look.
Both are Mahouh Shoujo
Both main characters are overpowered
The ambiance in both anime is similar.
Both anime have different story lines at the same time
Both anime can be seen as girly are childish, but surprisingly can be dark and serious at times. their also both mahou shoujos
Their both Magical Girl anime and they both have some dark themes although Madoka Magica is a lot darker
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