English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Fridays at 01:25 (JST)
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
8.551 (scored by 231,427 users)
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SynopsisMadoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are regular high school girls with regular lives, but all that changes when they encounter Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, the new transfer student.
Kyuubey offers them a proposition: he will grant one of their wishes and in exchange, they will each become a magical girl, gaining enough power to fulfill their dreams. However Homura, a magical girl herself, urges them not to accept the offer since everything is not what it seems.
A story of hope, despair, and friendship, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica deals with the difficulties of being a magical girl and the price one has to pay to make a dream come true.
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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!
[Final score: 10/10] read more
It's long been the case that specific genres of anime are often intensely focused on certain genders and age groups, and this fact is most apparent when one considers the mahou shoujo category. From Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew to Pretty Cure and Shugo Chara, the titles on offer that feature the exploits of one or more magical girls all seem to have several things in common - cute characters, cute outfits, cute sidekicks, "cute" costume changes, twinkly/sparkly/sugary atmospheres, and a penchant for appealing to the sensibilities of 7 to 14 year old girls.
Then there are the anomalous titles that deviate from the tried and tested approach as they attempt to broaden the horizons of the genre, the most successful example being Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. The franchise gave audiences a chance to see Takamichi Nanoha grow from a very young and naive magical girl into the Ace of Aces for the Time-Space Administration Bureau, and combat instructor to the next generation of heroes. The surprising thing though, is that somewhere along the way the series managed to successfully bridge the shoujo-shounen divide, which is a difficult thing to do in a genre that's generally aimed at girls who still think bright (sometimes almost fluorescent), pink is a good colour to wear.
Unfortunately there are only a few good titles on offer that have broken with the traditional mahou shoujo mould, which isn't surprising if one considers the difficulty of the task in question - take something for young girls and make it appeal to as broad a fan base as possible. Then again, Shaft seem to relish that sort of challenge, and while their take on magical girl anime retains a certain "fluffiness" that is prevalent in the more stereotypical shows, Puella Magi Madoka★Magica is an altogether different beast.
The story begins with a young girl looking for and exit with which she can escape a strange black and white checkered area, but instead of finding the outside world she finds that surreal destruction has come to Mitakihara City as a dark haired girl fights a very odd creature in the sky. A small white animal named Kyuubey advises her that she has the power to help the dark haired girl, to change this fate of grief and destruction, to be granted her heart's desire. All she has to do is make a contract and become a Puella Magi ...
And then she wakes up.
After the rather dramatic first few minutes the storyline takes on a fairly staid measure as the main plot is laid out and the characters are introduced, but while the narrative is relatively well constructed, it's not without its flaws. The series has a tendency towards melodrama that can sometimes slow the pace of events, and this brings into focus certain aspects of the plot which are very clearly designed to evoke a sympathetic reaction from the audience. In addition to this, while the rather obvious influence from Buddhism (the whole deal with maintaining balance, karma, etc), is prevalent for much of the show, the decision to broadcast the final episode on a specific date only serves to highlight the reference to Christian beliefs that forms the grand finale. That said, it's easy to overlook these as the main thrust of the storyline is entertaining , and much darker than one might initially expect, especially when one considers the character design and everyday scenery.
One thing that is interesting is the manner in which the writing team have tied in the importance of the third wish to the whole concept of resurrection (ask me if you want an explanation), which may sounds a bit strange at first but it actually works rather well, especially as the traditional "deal with the devil" scenario generally doesn't have any kind of achievable escape clause.
Unfortunately there are two problems with the storyline, both of which aren't immediately obvious. The first is the assumption that only girls of a certain age are ideal for becoming Puella Magi, with all that entails. The justification for this is debatable, and brings up the whole idea that "boys don't cry". The storyline is built upon the concept that adolescent girls are more emotionally unstable than boys of that age, yet this is an untrue statement for two reasons, the first one being that boys are also undergoing physical and emotional changes. The second reason is that boys are taught from a very young age that they shouldn't cry or show certain emotions, and the continuous bottling up of all those feelings more often than not manifests itself during the adolescent years.
The simple fact is that a race as advanced and intelligent as the one in Madoka★Magica would have known this, and would have experimented with male Puella Magi as well, yet the story makes no reference to this. Quite the opposite in fact, and the explanation given states very clearly that all Puella Magi throughout history have been female.
And before you ask, there are such things as male witches in the realm of the occult. They're called Warlocks.
The second flaw is the explanation given as to why Kaname Madoka has more potential than anyone else, which again makes a major, yet highly debatable assumption. The simple fact is that if one follows the idea to its rather logical conclusion, the most powerful Puella Magi should actually be Akemi Homura. It's a far more conceptual plot hole, but given the usage of the many worlds theory, especially at the end, it quickly becomes a major issue that could destroy the foundation of the story.
So it's a good thing the series is as entertaining as it is.
Now given that this is an anime by Shaft one might well expect a degree of experimentation with the visuals, and the opening sequence gives viewers some very clear signs of things to come. The character design is very similar to that of Hidamari Sketch, and while this adds a degree of cuteness to the show, it also emphasises the stark difference between the Puella Magi and the witches, especially in terms of their humanity.
The experimental nature of the series is prevalent during the combat sequences, and Shaft really have gone to town in creating surreal, mind bending environments that serve as a home for the witches, and the arena in which the Puella Magi must fight. The mixture of animation techniques on display during these scenes is surprising, not only in terms of application but also in quality, which is why it's somewhat disappointing that there are occasions where entire frames have been left out of the animation during everyday events.
That said, Madoka★Magica is a good looking anime for the most part, even though much of the effort has been expended on crafting imaginatively unusual other world settings and surreal enemies for the girls to fight. Strangely, this may actually be purposeful as while the everyday environments are colourful yet mundane, like the character design these emphasise the difference between the real world and the one in which the Puella Magi must combat the witches.
The opening theme, Connect by ClariS, is a fairly uplifting J-pop song that's set against a surprisingly routine (for mahou shoujo anime), sequence, all of which belies the darkness of the story proper. Thankfully the ending theme, Magia by Kalafina, is more in keeping with the atmosphere of the anime, especially with the ephemeral approach to visuals. The series is also littered with a variety of background tracks that are generally appropriate in their usage, and one of the high points of Madoka★Magica is the quality of the audio choreography.
As for the acting, the cast is made up of experienced seiyuu who add depth and nuance to proceedings, for example Kato Emiri's role as the amorally enigmatic Kyuubey really is something to see, especially with her off hand explanations and her ability to make the character sound devoid of emotion. The rest of the cast also perform very well, except for one, but the issue isn't actually with her skills. Yuuki Aoi (Kaname Madoka), generally works well with the other seiyuu and delivers her lines with a decent amount of passion, but she's unable to express the true depth of emotion that the character feels because the script simply does not allow for it, which is a shame as it's a minor blemish on a very good performance.
Scripting issues aside, it's interesting to note that the series seems a bit lacking in core characterisation, especially as Madoka, Sayaka, and Mami have personalities that verge on the mundane. It's this averageness that makes the story that little bit more accessible to audiences, even though some rather fantastic back stories have been used to justify the actions of one character or another. Which brings up an interesting issue with the developmental process as rather than try for an intuitive approach, Shaft and Aniplex have applied the "growth by numbers" method. Each character is given the opportunity to adversely affect Madoka in some way, and the order in which this occurs is dependent on the relationship between the two. The problem is that this methodical approach is in clear conflict with the experimental nature of the series, and while it can easily be overlooked or forgiven due to the entertaining nature of the story, it's still not what one would expect from a studio like Shaft.
Now I will admit that at first I was expecting nothing more than another cutesy mahou shoujo anime, so finding something that was more to my tastes was a bonus. That said, the series isn't without its flaws, but these can either be ignored outright or forgiven as the story is a very interesting and unusual take on what it means to be a magical girl.
It's just not as groundbreaking as some might believe.
While Madoka★Magica may at first seem like a totally unique concept, it should be remembered that the Nanoha franchise possessed some dark themes, Black Rock Shooter featured a young girl's alter ego fighting strange creatures in a surreal other world, and Uta Kata tried to show the breakdown of a person who becomes controlled by their power. There are other shows that explore some of the themes of the series, sometimes in more detail, but in truth these are only minor niggles as Shaft have managed to create a mahou shoujo anime that, like those that came before, successfully displays the true potential of the genre.
Which leaves only two questions. If Shaft wanted to experiment with the genre, then why not go the whole hog and have a mahou shounen? Why leave that sort of thing to comedy anime like Kore wa Zombie Desu-ka? read more
It's been a long while since I watched and completed a magical girl series. So when I first read about SHAFT's first original anime production entitled "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" I was a bit skeptical at first, seeing how I usually don't watched the genre but at the same time curious on how SHAFT and Shinbou Akiyuki will gonna make one with their very unique visual style that defines SHAFT animated works. After watching their previous magical and supernatural series like Bakemonogatari, Dance in The Vampire Bund, Negima, and Natsu no Arashi, I'm convinced that I should at least try the series.
It’s a magical girl series by definition that for quite some time I’ve been avoiding because frilly clothes and magic wands is not something a young adult should be watching or so I believe. But after completing it, I felt fortunate and privileged that I tried it, rarely is a series that can be considered a game-changer, at least in my viewing experience as it convinced me that the magical girl genre can still be enjoyed by young adults like me. The end result is that I’m willing to watch more of this kind of animated works from the past and future.
It all begun with a strange dream followed by the introduction of the main character and the world she lives in. Then it was the usual setup in most anime, a new transfer student in the class that will call the attention of the main heroine, followed by a setup that will lead her to a world that she never dreamt existing – the world of magical girls and witches. The subsequent episodes will document the heroine’s journey meeting people, experiencing different events, journeying bizarre worlds, discovering the truth of the magical girl system and its purpose – all that will cultivate the one wish she will want granted.
The story is introduced into the audience in a well planned and carefully executed series of events that will reveal important elements of the plot to move the story forward. Every time it is done, it leads the viewers in the edge of their sit as they ponder what exactly is going on. New characters are eventually introduced along the way, each has an important role; their back story examined and will have their very own moments in the series. The pacing is excellent, never a dull moment in here as each episode is packed with excitement and the right amount of details to keep the viewers looking forward the next episode. It doesn’t help that some episodes ended in a cliffhanger, which lead the viewers particularly me dying from wanting to watch the next episode immediately and hope that it is already the next week. The series ended with a satisfying conclusion; it feels complete but still leaves the viewers wanting for more.
Knowing SHAFT’s notorious past regarding their animation works, in Madoka Magica there is a welcome change, no longer is the “NO-ANIMATION” as very evident in Bakemonogatari episode 10 will be seen in here, or the character only animation and simple colored background as seen in Hidamari Sketch. For this particular series, SHAFT has produced a world that is engaging with a futuristic approach in their architectural designs from the very spacious, technologically sophisticated, modern design of the main character’s house and the school where she study completely devoid of tight physical space. The background animation is superb, very detailed and probably rivals their other previous best background works in Bakemonogatari (provided there is an actual animation, not the random flashing wallpaper text thing). The color tones are dark and sometimes movie quality indicating how SHAFT probably gave everything they got to animate this one.
The modern architectural structures some of which are based on real life building designs used to create the cityscape of Mitakihara are very imaginative. The witch’s realm showcases a different kind of creativity in background designs, each realms are carefully designed to evoke emotions from the viewers. “Bizarre and surreal” are the proper terms in describing those otherworldly places which offers a hint of the witch’s past before being consumed by despair.
As for the characters, I like Aoki Ume’s “wide face” designs which gave the characters these “nice and cute” facial features, at the same time able to evoke such powerful expressions e.g. when the characters are sad, happy, annoyed, or worried, the wide face design allows the viewers to clearly see those expressions making it possible for them to relate and feel attached to the characters. The character designs used for the witches is a different matter, some look cute and very stylish (e.g. Witch Charlotte), some looked terrible and will give this unsettling feeling of being too real compare to its surroundings (e.g. Witch Gertrud), while some simply look too ugly and has a design that probably only a mother can love (e.g. Witch Oktavia von Seckendorff).
The transformation sequence are something to look forward also, Tomoe Mami’s transformation sequences are probably the most impressive transformation sequences I have seen to date, thanks mostly to the beautiful soundtrack that accompanies it. The transformation sequence from the other magical girls is all unique looking but not as equally impressive as the one above. The fight animation is also something worth mentioning about since the animators doesn’t cut corners on this one; the fighting scenes are very good and pleasing to the eyes.
Lastly, while I say a lot of very good things about the animation, it comes with minor flaws, one is about the character faces specifically the animation of the eyes appearing a bit off or distorted in distant camera shots and the animation in general is not very smooth for motion. There are also some production errors that are worth noting. Overall, despite the noticeable changes in the animation of Madoka Magica, the series still retains many characteristics that define the unique visual style done by SHAFT like the head tilts, close facial shots, and creative camera angles among others.
Music is one of the highlights of Madoka Magica. The OP theme “Connect” by ClariS is very catchy and pleasant to the ears, makes you want to become a magical girl and currently one of my favorite OPs. The ED theme “Magia” by Kalafina, meanwhile has this very eerie feel on it which is very good in expressing the dark undertones of the story.
The soundtracks created by the much famed “Kaijura Yuki” (which is also the behind the awesome soundtracks of Kara no Kyoukai, Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny, and Tsubasa Chronicle) confirmed that feelings I have, that when you listened to it, the music simply gets into you and all you can think about are magical girls, frilly costumes, and awesome transformation sequences. All the soundtracks are so memorable that I can immediately associate those to the events in the series where it is used as the background theme. My personal favorites in vol.1 and vol.2 are the “Sis Puella Magica!” (You Should Be a Magical Girl!) from the scene where Madoka finally said her wish, “Decretum” (Decision) Sayaka’s main theme, and “Credens Justitiam” (Believing in Justice) which is played during Mami’s transformation sequences. Equally impressive though are the soundtracks in vol.3 that are present in the final two episode of the series, the “Surgam Identidem” (I Shall Always Rise) during the battle of the hour, and the “Sagitta Luminis” (Arrow of Light) which can also be called the Goddess soundtrack, it is a very heartwarming theme created specifically for the events in the final episode.
Featuring the voices of Yuuki Aoi as the heroine Kaname Madoka, with Saitou Chiwa, Mizuhashi Kaori, Kitamura Eri, and Katou Emiri as support characters, the voices behind the characters in Madoka Magica is an all-star cast that made the overall viewing experience much fun just listening to everyone speaking.
Madoka Magica has a small amount of characters, mostly girls that are very cute in my opinion. Kaname Madoka, the heroine of the series is very convincing as a female lead, her struggles that results from the events leading up to her finally saying her wish as well as the measures that she used to counter it are very well portrayed. The other main character that is really well portrayed is Akemi Homura, just like Madoka, her descent to what she have become up to the very end is very well told, her actions justified. Tomoe Mami’s appearance is short but has a very lasting appeal, I always remember her as the “What a Magical Girl should be”, her performance, confidence, and graceful movements especially in her fights are very elegant to watch. Then, there is Miki Sayaka, whose story is just sad to watch. The other main character that is introduce late in the series is Sakura Kyouko, initially I hate her character only seeing her as a jerk and a warmonger, but as the episode progress and her past eventually revealed, I believe her actions are justified and I eventually liked her character. Lastly amongst the main characters, I’ll talk about Kyuubey, as a familiar, he is like no other, his performance as the acting villain is really a very wild ride, his words are very evil at the same time not really evil, and his trickery into convincing the girls to make a contract with him makes you want to curse him and shot him with weapons till his body broke into smithereens deserves a high praise and probably an award for doing so. In the end, when all is said and done, especially when he explain the purpose of his existence, I eventually seen him in a good light.
The minor characters which represents the rest of the cast like Madoka’s parents, brother, teacher, as well as Sayaka’s love interest and rival also added very important contributions that leads to the development of the main characters. Worth noting is Madoka’s mother Kaname Junko, her conversations and closeness to Madoka as mother-and-daughter is very touching and very refreshing to watch. Also is Shizuki Hitomi, as she did an important role in the middle part of the story. The Witches, while having no real character, with the only hints given about them concerning their past is the design of their realm also added a different form of storytelling.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the most outstanding series I have seen in recent times. Rarely is a series that has its contents in the form of story, visuals, music, and characterization that are all equally impressive that results in me enjoying the series so much. Even more impressive is the fact that Madoka Magica is a “magical girl genre,” something I already avoided years ago thinking that there is nothing about the genre that will interest me anymore. After all, the notion about the genre is that it’s “too girly” and a “kid’s show”, this series proves that it is not, that it can touch audiences outside its main target audience. It also assures that the genre is something I will be looking forward with enthusiasm and eagerness. Appropriate also to say is that Madoka Magica is the kind of series that appears once every few years that really hit the right marks, the things that makes an anime very great.
As for my final note, I would recommend this series for viewers who like anime in general. Most recommended to individuals who like a magical girl theme anime that is geared towards the more mature young audiences as the series contains drama and dark themes that is not really very unusual to the genre, it’s just that the series used it correctly, and intricacies that could either make the viewers like or dislike the series.
Note: Updated, added additional impressions after completing BD release read more
I am the juice of my acid.
SHAFT is my body, and drugs are my blood.
I have created over a thousand seizures.
Unknown to DVD sales.
Nor known to stream on time.
Have withstood food to create many anime.
Yet, those hands will never hold money.
So as I pray, “UNLIMITED SHAFT WORKS”
-a rewrite inspired by those thousand freaking awesome muskets shooting at moustachioed dandelions during the end sequence of the first episode.
You have just stumbled upon the ultimate Mahou Shoujo, one that doesn't care if it's morally ambiguous or not, one with no stock footage, and one where the magic used substitutes candy for bloodbaths.
Story: Magical Girl overtones combined with the trance-like aesthetics of SHAFT and the glorious character designs by a small green man who lives on top of an all-girls Japanese high schools dormitory (see Hidamari Sketch). The script is written by Urobuchi Gen, known for his work on Fate/Zero (hence the poem) and the highly-acclaimed (and crazy good) visual novel Saya no Uta. He's also noted for making me rub out to a pile of sludge. I really like Mr. Urobuchi.
The story is a dark Mahou Shoujo. Not like Nanoha at all. Nanoha had some seinen elements in it, but Madoka is a seinen. It takes all the elements of Mahou Shoujo, chucks them in the trash, and completely rewrites the genre. I should note that I have watched a fair amount of anime tagged Horror here on MAL, and not a single one has actually instilled fear in me like Madoka has. This is the only Mahou Shoujo I have come across that actually covers events like suicide, murder, and death in a serious manner and keeps them believable. There is a heavy amount of psychological elements in this anime, too, I should warn. In congruence, I want to laud how the characters mental states and characterization pushes the plot forward unlike many productions. The psychological aspect is so crucial to the story, that without it, the story would be nonexistent.
A slight digression on becoming a magical girl: (minimal spoilers)
Even after a couple of episodes Madoka does not become a Mahou Shoujo. I've heard a lot of complaints that "she isn't even a magical girl yet, this is stupid" etc. If you're part of this group, please enlighten yourself with this knowledge; Madoka takes a spin on many magical girl aspects. Thus, gaining magical powers, which usually occurs in the first or second episodes of most magical girl series is an event that is pushed farther off in Madoka. Don't get me wrong, the anime doesn't just do this to be nonconformist. Madoka utilizes the obtainment of power as a driving part of the story and character development. What Madoka factors into it's execution that other magical girl anime don't is the risk of death, and how gaining powers makes you even more susceptible to it. That is why I believe the anime didn't just give the girls powers very early in the series, and I hope this short blurb clears up this little misunderstanding.
Art: SHAFT WAS HERE (insert every other company name here) IS A LOSER
The dreamscapes in this anime are stupendous and the frightening nightmarish worlds that appear are undeniably scary. The expansive frontier that the cast is thrown into really delivers the sense of isolation that I believe the staff wanted to present. As for the normal world, SHAFT works it's magic on the buildings and rooms - applying an almost futuristic setting while still within the boundaries of reason. The skyline shots and the pans over wide areas are notably beautiful and quite reminiscent of Ef - a tale of memories (another SHAFT work). There has been some complaint about the character designs, but I would say that they're used in this anime the same way Higurashi used theirs. With the lure of a peaceful and happy scenario, fleshed out with a goofy looking set of characters, the anime seems so innocent. That is until you watch a little of it. Don't create a predisposition on this anime by it's naive appearance, this is one scary anime.
I would also like to praise the transformation scenes. They are never extensively erotic, as that aspect tends to be abused in anime such as Moetan or Nurse Witch Komugi, and they are always different. The second time a transformation scene happened I double took the scene and watched it again to make sure that my eyes weren't deceiving me (so I guess I ended up watching the animation twice anyways, but regardless). That's right, a magical girl transformation sequence that is different every time and isn't overused to consume air time.
Sound: The opening is like this fabulously intense orchestration that just makes you feel LARGE. The opening animation accompanying the sound definitely contributes to the song and I find it very fitting. One thing to note about the OP is that there's a larger portion of crying than there is of laughter, which should be hint enough to prepare you for an experience that doesn't want to make friends. The ending preformed by Kalafina (Kara no Kyoukai, Sora no Woto) is eargasmic. It has a brutal and rough distorted sound, and isn't full shown until the ending of the third episode. It's stark contrast with the opening really works. The animation set to the ending is a bit spooky if anything, and the hard angry vocals of Kalafina make it all the more intense. The sound track throws in some "acid music" (there's not a word for what SHAFT has done here) so just watch out for that music. Word on the street is that side effects include chronic arousal and aviator application. I can personally vouch though, that the soundtrack is varied and creative, and that it's hard to remove your sick shades for more than a few seconds while watching.
Character: Madoka Kaname is the average personality-less protagonist who is best described (by herself) as "kinda dumb" and "has no special skills." She leads an average life with a loving family. Her friends are a tomboy and aradere that at first prospect have no impressive qualities. Then Madoka learns about Mahou Shoujo who fight in secret to defend society. They fight entities called "Witches" that spread distress and anxiety. If you're expecting a happy-bubbly slice-of-life, you couldn't be anywhere further away from the mark. Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka is a very dark anime. It quickly shifts from drinking tea to suicide's with unsettling skill. The characters are a whole lot more complex than the average Mahou Shoujo - where the characters often don't develop at all, within the first few episodes so much development occurs that you might be wondering if you're watching the same anime (and the development is presented incredibly believable). With Urobuchi Gen on staff mind shattering moments are abundant. Gen has even come out straight and said this is an anime that can be understood even better re-watched. The characters are a lot more in depth than you would expect from a Mahou Shoujo, and are surprisingly realistic. If you want moe~moe~ magical girls, then please refrain from watching Mahou Shoujo Magika Madoka, because Madoka deals a lot more with relationships and human issues than it does try to be cute and funny. Yoshinoya-Sensei also plays a cameo (but she's wearing a wig so watch carefully).
Enjoyment: This is your brain on drugs. Cue Freezepop's song Brainpower.
Overall: Madoka has an uncanny knack for going from quaint to disturbing incredibly fast. It also has the ability to BLOW YOUR MIND. So go watch it, okay?
After the final episodes have aired, I can say with confidence, if you're willing to brave through the first three episodes that totter between "cliche Magic Girl anime" and "mysteriously dark" then you'll be pleasantly surprised that the latter is what you'll receive throughout. Madoka ranks with very few anime. It is one that start with a whimper and ends with a whimper, but is packed with bangs throughout.
The following are notes I added after each episode aired between January 7th, 2011 and April 22nd, 2011:
PS: I WISH MY MOM GAVE HI FIVES LIKE MADOKAS DOES
WHAT AN EXECUTIVE
PS2: GIGA MUSKETTT BUREEAKKKKERRRRRRRR... and imma sip some tea now.
PS3: Needs a hardware update.
PS4: I cry out of fear watching this.
PS5: fat chicks yum
PS6: DON'T PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS LIKE THAT HOMG
PS7: I can see Kyouko being all like "GIMME ALL YO FOOD, OR I WILL EAT YOU"
PS8: Fried Kyubey on a Stick - A southern American delicacy
PS9: I think I'm watching a Darren Aronofsky production
PS10: I liked this episode because they explained Homura's hair.
PS11: Battler would approve of this end read more
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.
-Features an insecure character
-Both are deconstructions of their respective genre (MSMM magical girl, Evangelion mecha)
-Story keeps getting more and more darker as the series progresses
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.
Young girls are gifted, or rather tricked into acquiring supernatural powers which requires them to battle enemies to fulfill a greater purpose. Both anime start out innocently enough but soon diverge into something surprisingly dark with an atmosphere that also gets gradually darker along with its characters.
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.
They both are dark series which follows girls in the road to make a wish come true.
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 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 .
Black Rock Shooter features a set of middle-school looking girls who lead normal lives by day, but then get sucked into fantasy realms where they battle it out with monsters (and one another). The animation style of Madoka is more colourful, but both feature dark themes underlying these rocky female friendships. The fight scenes are also choreographed beautifully in Black Rock Shooter and Madoka. Despite the seemingly more upbeat atmosphere of Madoka, it is definitely darker and has more heavy metaphors and symbols than Black Rock Shooter. Overall, each anime will constantly challenge the viewer to draw parallels between the real and fantasy worlds, as well as provide enough material to theorize about with other members of each community.
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.
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.
both animes are really dark and they have got the sorprise factor that makes you believes that this is gonna be a cute anime
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.
Similar magical girl transformations, sound tracks sound the same? and also has that same twist into the story line...
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
Yuki Yuna is a Hero is another dark MG anime. Seems like Madoka at first but the show differentiates it self from PMMM. Recommended if you want to see feels, cause the feels in this show impacted me more than Madoka Magica.
Five girls transform into magic girls or "heroes" to fight against mysterious enemies, which turn to a horrible conspiracy as the storyline progresses.
Both have yuri service of a black-hair girl and a pink-hair girl.
Character design, background art and soundtrack of both anime are terrific!!!!!!
The endings of both stories are totally different. The issue "which one is better" depends on your own taste.
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.
Shows that feature a blinding series of twists building up to an amazing end. The characters suffer so much while you want to see them succeed.
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 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.
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. . .
-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.
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 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 shows start very moe, but then the real drama comes out.
Both shows are incredibly adorable with weak starts. Gakkou takes until the end of the first episode to get to the plot, while Madoka ramps up around a 1/4 of the way through. Both are well worth the watch if you enjoy slice of life.
Both are initially seemingly relaxing and fluffy series about cute girls doing cute things. Then they suddenly make a full 180 and take a much darker tone instead
The anime both start out with cute, fluffy characters, but this is to mislead the viewer. Both of these anime are dark, with cute little girls having to suffer in an unfamiliar environment. Don't trust the description for either of them!
-Both are dark and traumatizing anime that are often mistaken as cute and light-hearted
-Gakkou Gurashi does have more comedic elements
Cutesy cutesy girls thrown into edgy mcedgemeister worlds and forced to endure the hardships that come with it. Psychological undercurrents are certainly present, and did I mention both shows are very edgy? All important characters are girls and males either do not exist in this universe or are so worthless they are not worth any screentime.
Gakkougurashi is focused more upon slice-of-life and showing how the girls live ordinary lives in a harsh world, while Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has a focused story and more plot twists. Both are recommended for people who love moe but also love lots of edginess.
Both start off very adorable with moe highschool girls, however these two series take a darker turn and you soon realize nothing is as it seems...
Both are prime examples of "don't judge an anime by its art style". Both seem like cute, moe anime at first until the plot sets in and it becomes the complete opposite.
Oh, look at those cute girls. Hahaha. They look so happy. They have su- No wait, what is happening? Oh my god, so sad. Sad. Sad. Sad. They tricked me!!!!
This seems to be an obvious choice: both titles try their best to mislead their audience with cute themes and feel-good openings, only to create 'plot-twists' later on, deceiving the viewer.These plot-twists are both very dark in tone which naturally conflict with the original tone of the show.
Both anime start out with a cute, upbeat openings and are initially thought of as kawaii shows about moe characters... but it's all just misleading the viewer! They both take a huge turn for a much darker tone... nothing is as it seems.
Cute start for both, supernatural events in the story and a group of high schoolers fighting a common enemy: In Madoka Magica's case witches in Gakkou Gurashi's case zombies. Every girl in both anime is mentally unstable or had problems in the past. Both anime have a cute animation that fits perfectly.
Both have the "don't judge a book by it's cover" thing going on
Both have very cute characters in very bad situations
Both are extremely good
Both anime seem kind of cute, then change quite drastically at a certain point. Honestly, I can't really say much without using spoilers, but if you liked either of these anime, you might like the other.
-They both have cute art styles even if they are messed up and really dark
-The MCs are both good girls who get thrown to difficult and supernatural situations (Magical Girls for Madoka and a zombie apocalypse for Yuki)
-They are both series with dramatic plots were a group of girls have to fight for their lifes
They're both animes that lure you into a false sense of security about what you think the series is going to about only to completely throw you into a clusterfuck of psychological torture and inevitable dead ends. The only difference is that what madoka needed 3 episodes to do, it only took 1 episode for Gakkou
both take the 180 twist and goes to that direction "beautifully"
Both animes look all cute and innocent but are actually pretty dark.
Gakkougurashi and Madoka Magica are heavily based off of this idea of cute girl deconstruction. Both feature a similar pink-haired lead who only wish the best for their friends. While Gakkougurashi and Madoka Magica appear happy at first, they are both rather dark and deal with depressing subjects. Both series value close friendship among a small group of girls.
Both shows are very moe. Both put together the slice of life and horror genre very well.
Both look like a common happy-go-lucky moe-anime turning out to be a dramatic anime with a dark backstory that pulls you into the story-line making you want to keep watching. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is one of my favorites while so is Gakkougurashi!. If you watch Gakkougurashi! you should watch Madoka Magica. Both are really great animes. Must watch!
Very deceptive from the onset, every bit of promotional art and trailer pre-views hinted at an innocent Slice of Life type of show. Both are very character driven with many characters from both casts having psychological issues.
Without spoiling either one the plot twist in the first episode of "Gakkougurashi!" (School-Live) contains a similar twist to episode 3 of Madoka. If you like one chances are pretty high you will like the other. Just my two cents here, take it or leave it.
Both shows focus on the juxtaposition of cute and happy girls being in a darker and twisted situation. Madoka is more supernatural and magical while gekkou is set in a zombie apocalypse.
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