Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Magical Girl Madoka Magica
Japanese: 魔法少女まどか★マギカ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Premiered: Winter 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:25 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Shaft
Source: Original
Genres: PsychologicalPsychological, DramaDrama, MagicMagic, ThrillerThriller
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.391 (scored by 525454525,454 users)
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Ranked: #1552
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Popularity: #64
Members: 898,757
Favorites: 44,565


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. 
report Recommended by MangaPancakes
Both shows start very moe, but then the real drama comes out.  
report Recommended by puccapardini
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. 
report Recommended by Volbla
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. 
report Recommended by ringoo4
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  read more 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by lumi
Light-hearted story about magical girls doing beautiful and magical things suddenly turned into a traumatic experience as they learn more and more about the dark truth of behind the true purpose of becoming "magical girls". Desperation arises as these girls face the threat of loosing their lives through the process. Even if both the series have a similar setting like this, Madoka Magica is more of a psychological roller-coaster ride playing with the viewers' mental state, while Ikusei Keikaku has a thriller story about a hunger-games or battle-royale among these girls with bloodfest every now and then. 
report Recommended by TahZin
Bokurano and Madoka both feature young people in a serious situation that may affect the world. In both series, the children must fight and win at all cost. The characters in each are also guided by a mysterious being throughout their course.  
report Recommended by Tsukari
Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou has a very similar atmosphere. Both have magical girls fighting something like a monster. 
report Recommended by Jesper_Rayne
Both have a unique, cute artstyle that covers a dark, deep lore. Both have beautiful animation that make them stand out from the rest. 
report Recommended by Pelocan
Because Gen Urobuchi is an amazing writer. If you've watched and enjoyed one, you will be very likely to enjoy the other; ignore that they seem to be completely different genres. 
report Recommended by ddrcrono
Madoka is basically the spiritual successor to Mai Hime. They are both dark subversions of the Mahou Shoujo genre. 
report Recommended by asteron
One major inspiration for Madoka Magica - a show which starts off like a bubbly, innocent anime but eventually descends into madness, mass hysteria and distrust among people, as well as murder - but ultimately shows the idealistic themes of friendship and trust.  
report Recommended by Kirroha
If you just glance at the images of both, you have no idea what you're going to get out of each anime. They're actually pretty similar because they both have major and unexpected plot twists, both look happy at first glance but aren't, both have very dark themes, and both have supernatural elements. I think this is a pretty good recommendation because the unexpectedly dark style of the two anime can really get to you emotionally. If you like the dark emotional elements in one you will probably like the other.  
report Recommended by 3xTripple
Both Anime use an animation style that doesn't stick to the norm. There are bright colors and there is a lot of angst from beginning to end. Everyone tries to fight for their dream and wish too. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both are deviations from the traditional mahou shoujo format, and while Madoka is the darker of the two, Nanoha is far more accessible and appeals to a much wider audience. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
Both anime involve complex theories with strange organizations that mess with your mind (especially Lain). And even though both series have an entirely different feel (Madoka is more action-drama, Lain is more suspense-thriller), the endings are remarkably similar, and both are true works of art. 
report Recommended by Lazhward
They are both very similar in gore and the plot is slightly different you will see. 
report Recommended by master0537
Both are darker twists of the shoujo genre and they are both equally excellent in their own ways. There are heavily surreal elements and the theme of protecting someone and/or sacrificing yourself for someone else are apparent in both series.  
report Recommended by closer
Both explore the psychological state of a magical girl and her relationship with another magical girl, though in a different way. Both are dark. 
report Recommended by Hikari_Chan
Charlotte starts off like most Key series. A lighthearted beginning with a forced tragic ending. It even has an innocent naive girl (Yusa) common in all Key series. You will see similar themes in Madoka Magica: innocent girls with seemingly funny stories in the beginning but becomes tragic in the end. However the folks at Key seemed to copy the plot of Madoka into this show. I won't reveal any spoilers but involves having the main character saving those who face potential anguish. Essentially taking in the burdens of others for themselves becoming a Christ-like figure. 
report Recommended by Makise
Both harness the concept of hunting other worldly beings for rewards in order to function, whether it be grief seeds, or money. Both also have a seemingly unstoppable force that our main characters encounter.  
report Recommended by Shifo-Chan
Both of these Anime pushed grounds for the Magical Girl genre. Sailor Moon is one of the first series where the females took on an action role while Madoka takes on a darker more sinister look where there is a cost - major - to being a magical girl. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
✔ Both are shocking and moving ✔ Have similar disquieting atmosphere ✔ Talk about dangerous power 
report Recommended by Shifu
Both shows use a dark theme covered up with a cute atmosphere. The main characters are children, which must fight to survive in this cruel world. 
report Recommended by Cold_Raw
Both animes has magical girls that exhibit especial powers. These two animes has both dark ambiance and they fight to survive. 
report Recommended by salamander02
Both feature the alter ego of a young girl fighting strange creatures in a surreal otherworld. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
If you are feeling like “Oh drat, that dick boss makes me show him how to reboot his router again, I’m exhausted body and mind, I need refreshment. Yes, maybe I should take a bath, have some fries and watch that good stuffs I got the other day. What does it call? MAGICAL GIRL? And some comedy called SCHOOL DAYS? Oh I’m gonna have my great time with cute anime chicks and of course without idiot boss, heck yeah.” (This is the rendition of an exhausted working man at the best extent the writer can imagine, as he is currently unemployed.) However, both shows “first impression”  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
I know this might seem like its very unlikely, I am doing this recommendation through their artistic direction. Because Shaft and the ever crazy Shinbou were responsible for the production of this series, their art direction is very close to being 100% parallel. They are both filled with so many abstract images and one could even see a completely similar frame in Madoka and compare it to one in Bakemonogatari. Even their choice for the voice actors for their main heroines are the same people. (Saito Chiwa) for both Akemi and Hitagi, (Kitamura Eri) For one Karen and Sayaka, and ofcourse (Kato Emri) for Hachikuji  read more 
report Recommended by end3rr
Probably a huge spoiler, but their point of origin is exactly the same. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica seemed like the "sugar-pink contacts on for some tension" version of Higurashi series after I finished watching it.  
report Recommended by kyounii
Both are magical girl anime that are much darker than they initially seem (to a greater extent in Madoka). 
report Recommended by Lonsol
The main character in the series is very naive about the way the world works. The colors are bright and the creatures styles are not normal. The costume designs on the magical girl outfits are also quite elaborate. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both seem to have a cutesy art and all, but in reality they are much darker and cruel. Things like underage girls communicating with alien life forms and getting strange powers as a result. 
report Recommended by insoo
Both have great stories, are very emotionally charged, and have similar feels. Mahou is much darker in the bulk of the episodes, while Angel Beats has more comic relief, but both are powerful anime that I highly recommend. 
report Recommended by baltar
Both series take a genre (pet monsters for Shadow Star Narutaru, magical girls for Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) and deconstruct it by removing every safety feature associated with it. Do NOT make the mistake of showing these to children unless scarring fragile young minds is your intent. 
report Recommended by Yuunagi
Both deal with child main characters coming face-to-face with their destinies. Both are doing what they were born to do. 
report Recommended by crazyisgood
Both are awesome mahou-shoujo anime titles. 
report Recommended by sasazuka
Both anime are shorter series with an mainly all female cast. both series the characters have to deal with a situation not exactly being all that it seems to be. Both characters deal with an extended amount of sadness and both carry along some fantasy elements with them. 
report Recommended by FordFocus96
Both places have a Gothic and surreal other world that effects the real world in supernatural ways. The cost of power is also rather great. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Claymore is also an anime about magical female-fighters, making moral decisions on their way to find purpose in the life. Before you decide to watch it: characters are a bit mature (mostly young women), mood of the series is more serious and there is some violence, too. 
report Recommended by Trzynastka
To gain something, you must give equivalent exchange. For a miracle to occur, you must sacrifice equal happiness. 
report Recommended by ninryu
Similar dark themes throughout. Both involve cute girls with much a much deeper story than your typical SoL. Good op and ed for both series 
report Recommended by kevinshi3
Both anime have five magical girls and a main character with ponytails that is really interested in a dark-haired mystery girl. They are also both are somewhat dark series. 
report Recommended by BreezeElric
First off, Mahou isn't romance (then again, Toki wa kakeru shoujo doesn't display a lot of romance) but both animes are both built upon a solid relationship with loved ones and friends. Mahou Shoujo: Magic Girls. However, is not like Sailor Moon or Pretty Cure, but displays more darker and chaotic elements within that involve time, space, and energy. A quintet of girls involve themselves with giving up their souls to a cat-like crature who is titled "the Messenger of Magic". In return, they are granted a wish and are turned into a magic girl to fend off the city by killing witches to clean  read more 
report Recommended by oraxona
Both madoka magica and noragami uses super-natrual occurrences to explain why corrupt and malicious outcomes occur in people's daily lives; such as demons, spiteful spirits, and corruptions of the soul in the hearts of people in a modern society 
report Recommended by josenewtype
Both of the main protagonists are living a normal life in the early part of the series. They were offered something life changing that comes with a great cost. 
report Recommended by zetsuboSensei
The most obvious similarity comes from the fact that both shows put their own twist on the "mahou shoujo" genre. But while Madoka Magica explores this theme in a serious tone, Kill la Kill jumps around the comedy and parody territory, with some drama gems in between. Both have very unique art styles. The true main villans in both anime share a very similar goal and origin. Both have really intricate stories with lots of plot twists. The main diference is the pacing and overall atmosphere, Kill la Kill being more slap-stick comedy and ecchi, Madoka having a more well-paced story. Both were great shows to watch. 
report Recommended by yaysoro
similar character design and art style. both are very good! 
report Recommended by ariamachi
They both have 'changing destiny for beloved's sake' as main theme. What's more, their soundtracks are amazing (though they are made by other composers). WARNING: Kannazuki no Miko is shoujo-ai while Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica isn't. 
report Recommended by yaoidol
Both shows may look cute and innocent from a first glance at the characters and some posters but in fact they are hiding really dark concepts behind their cute-seeming facade in different ways and also have many other things in common. An amazing story, sick and unexpected plot twists, lots of character development, cute girls kicking some ass, (hence) a good amount of gore, the frequent use of firearms and somewhat like a hidden past are merely a few out of the several similarities that both anime share. Elfen Lied, however, includes a little more gore and also makes occasional use of fan service, whereas Madoka provides  read more 
report Recommended by Kottbullar
Basically same story but Madoka is much darker and depressing. 
report Recommended by DeidaraSanji
Was Madoka is the first dark magical girl show? Don't forget how dark Sailor Moon got at times. This season -- the third -- in particular reminds me of Madoka and vice-versa. The friendship between the cheerful pink-haired girls and lonely dark-haired girls have similar vibes. Certain scenes with the same pair from Madoka and the canon yuri pair from S bring a very, very similar feel -- you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen both. Overall, you'll get action, drama, and friendship, sometimes yuri-ish or outright yuri relationships from both series, and if you like one you'll probably like the other. 
report Recommended by prepare4trouble
Both shows have a primarily female cast. The main characters are forced (more-so in Red Garden) to fight beasts/witches, and if they give up they die. Characters don't fully understand the situation they're in for most of the series. They're both pretty dark series, and there are definitely some more similarities.  
report Recommended by RedVelvendetta
Both have magical girls who deal with tragedy. They face enemies but unsure exactly why. Starts out happy but deteriorates into misfortune. Not your average Magical Girl genre show. 
report Recommended by Kosshi
Both appear to be very cute/generic but end up being way more then that.. like Pretear story turns out to be more dramatic and madoka magica story turns out to be more darker then at first sight. 
report Recommended by ArtemisMeiko
If you are looking for popular dark and Gothic anime like Death Note, Madoka Magica is the best shot. Do not judge the anime by it's cover picture. Although there isn't any mind game in the series, if you enjoyed the dark and Gothic atmosphere that surrounded Death Note (drawings, music, ect) you will also enjoy Madoka Magica. Is like enjoying Death Note in a different genre with a different plot. 
report Recommended by Duo02
Gothic anime geared towards a female audience with bright colors and a surreal other world only a select few can go into. There is a lot of angst and losing what one holds important and for each it is different. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Supernatural dark-themed catfight with casualties. The timing of event is so well done you will be surprised and can't wait-until-next-week. Kickass combat keep you glued to your seat when the next-week finally comes. Entire lesbian casts keep you sealed to your seat once more when the next next episode come. And finally when the next next next week come once again, here come explicit confession of lesbianship on air, which once more stick you to your seat. Short summary? Explicit Yuri (lesbian) attitudes, beautiful combat sequences, girls politic presented unlike your average Sex and the City catfight, great screenplay, and well timed stories will keep  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
Involve epic scale of universe-changing physics. We all know Anime physics is mysterious, overly bouncy boobs, swords always beat guns, midair direction changing, easy to rip girl clothing, etc. But no, this two shows talk some serious physics and unlike what mentioned above, is difficult to prove untrue. That makes many audience think "this might be true" since it's impossible to prove untrue. The laws mentioned in both shows are time-space continuum, multidimensional and multi-existence stuff. Really difficult to prove untrue. This make both shows look as credible as philosophy teacher, which is actually not much, but more believable than most sci-fi anime featuring Martians, which  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
Both series use fantastic elements (magic for Madoka★Magica, futuristic technology in the case of Gunslinger Girl) to set up stories which revolve around complex themes. Expect drama, an immersive ambiance, top-notch music, surprisingly appropriate lyrics, references to classic works, and cute girls in unenviable professions. 
report Recommended by Yuunagi
Little Busters and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica are both driven by powerful friendship and unstoppable antiheroes. Natsume Kyousuke and Akemi Homura are willing to go to the extremes while enduring feelings of hatred and betrayal to fulfill their ulterior motives, and their powerful story impact are greatly impressionable, as they're often considered to be the stars of the show by the end. While the setting, genre, and characters differ quite a bit, both series' writers (Gen Urobuchi and Jun Maeda) come from a Visual Novel writing background and thus retain a similar storytelling style akin to Key's pattern of Slice of Life / Comedy =>Intense Drama.  read more 
report Recommended by Vladz0r
Both Madoka and Fate/kaleid are rather dark magical girl anime that deconstruct the genre.The main character has to face the dangers of actually being a magical girl. Several of the characters between them are also similar. 
report Recommended by Fujaku
If you see the sypnosis of both animes, they may not look too similar: Mononoke is about a medicine seller in which job is to try to protect people from Mononoke/demons, while Madoka is basically an Evangelion-like turn on magical girls. If you watch both animes, then you'll be surprised that they would look somewhat similar: plot twists, weird imagery, unsettling moods, fighting against monsters, and places taken something from an overly surreal world. Mononoke is more episodic as it tells a different story through it's arc-driven plot, but if you're looking for dark, psychedelic anime, then those shouldn't be missed. 
report Recommended by parallelle_slip
Both animes have a dark plot line to them, though Fate/Zero is darker in respect. They are very powerful and well-paced; with amazing animation and well developed personalities in each character. The soundtracks are very similar and are perfect for the anime. The same creator I believe too.  
report Recommended by Azunyan55
Both have a heavy theme of Hope vs. Despair. 
report Recommended by HatchetGirl
Both look like generic, light-hearted shows at the beginning... until the plot really begins to kick in. Both also involve a young girl living through quite a bit of hardship. 
report Recommended by greymousie
I recommend since there is a similar relationship in both of these animes. Though happy sugar life is more darker. There is a bunch of school girls having to deal with a scary and dark situation.  
report Recommended by eggdonut
Both abound in surreal and frightening dreamscapes, Art Noveau aesthetics, references to European literary classics, and both feature music by Yuki Kajiura. 
report Recommended by Forion
Without getting into spoilers, let's say they have similar tropes. The opening scene of MCA is also reminiscent of the opening scene of Madoka.  
report Recommended by ninryu
Both are good magical girl stories where school girls transform into magical beings to fight the forces of evil and save the world. Where Sailor Moon is the classic magical girl series, Madoka Magica takes a different new approach. Both of these series are worth watching if you haven't already seen them. 
report Recommended by Renkku
A strange talking animal lures our MC into a strange world and promises them something. A bunch of young girls all putting their dreams on the line. A distant, dark-haired girl with ties to our naive main character and inexplicable motives. There's more in common between these two shows than you might expect -- Revue Starlight takes a fair amount of inspiration from Madoka Magica, despite being a much different show. Both feature a cast of schoolgirls and some surrealist aspects; additionally, both are heavily and memorably stylized, with great soundtracks. The dynamics between Karen/Hikari and Madoka/Homura are quite similar (in particularly Hikari and Homura  read more 
report Recommended by Mistrals_
Both Anime take their genre and make it darker then what we normally get, one being "pop idol" and the other being "magical girl". Both have a devirce cast of characters and a story line that draws people in and makes one fall in love with the characters. The designs are also very detailed. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both anime are parodies of already existing genres but executed in a very serious (and very good) manner. I felt the idea of 'a greatness that heavily impacts the world' was very similar, though the anime have a different feel overall. 
report Recommended by Lazhward
The main characters are fighting off an apocalypse. However, in doing so they find tragedy ends up following them no matter what they do. There are also alternate worlds/realities, not to mention multiple time lines. Both series styles are nice as well. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Faustian bargains, main characters need to save the world, mysterious story draws you in. These two are very similar, though Madoka is rather darker. 
report Recommended by baltar
The truth of the world. On a superficial surface, Akame Ga Kill and Puella Magi Madoka Magica give a fairly genuine and peaceful atmosphere for their protagonists, though deep down the line, this once great fantasy gets flipped completely with a new dark world that was always lingering to being with. MCs Tatsumi and Madoka, with Sayaka, understand that the ideas that were once given to them slowly go back to the fantasy that they always were. AGK being about fighting against a tyrannical empire, and PMMM being about magical girls dark truth slowly unravelling. Both are good anime about how people change with the lies that  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Both are about a young girl encountering a familiar(animal) who introduce them to magical powers. in the Magical Girl genre. Even though Madoka Magica is a little darker, but its just as great. 
report Recommended by MoonXArtemis
Similarly dark and foreboding. Also features Kalafina for the EDs/OPs. 
report Recommended by WaffleWolf
Both of these Anime are magical girl Anime. One is a more classic type, while the other makes its own ground. However, there are "rules" the girls have to follow and in both Anime the girls are looking for something specific. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both animes don't have ecchi fan service. Both animes have an ending sung by Kalafina. This is a story with characters using magic (magical girls in Madoka Magica) Madoka Magica has a deceptive appearance. Like Unlimited Blade Works, was a dark universe, violent and tragic. The characters will be faced with realities such as the death of an associate, and the main character (Shirou / Madoka) is destined for a bleak future which they can not escape. With different intentions, and Archer (FSN) in Homura (Madoka Magica) desperately want to prevent this fate is realized. 
report Recommended by TuyNOM
The very late half of the show is pretty similar to Madoka. Both contain dark themes for the magical girl genre (Though Madoka is darker) and have the main characters go in despair as they lose something that is very important. Both get less dark for the ending and have some yuri subtext. 
report Recommended by Hydreigonfan01
The similarity is apparent—you do not need to go past the first episode. The moment you begin watching Madoka, you receive a chill revealed through an apparent chaos in the anime. Concepts that you are previously unaware of now present themselves with the most convoluted of thought. On one hand, you have the chaos of plot, in which foreshadowing and motifs pile themselves one after another, forcing you to think hard on what is really happening, what are the intentions of each character, and maybe wonder who, really, is the antagonist; On the other hand, you have a world that may seem normal at first—at the  read more 
report Recommended by imjustjk
Both Akuma no Riddle and Madoka Magica involve a female cast who have different motives behind their actions for a wish. In Akuma no Riddle, they are attempting to assassinate one of their classmates for the ability to have any wish they desire granted while in Madoka Magica the girls can have any wish they want fulfilled in return of them becoming a magical girl who fights witches for the rest of their lives. Some characters resemble each other in both personality and appearance like Madoka Kaname and Haru Ichinose along with Haruki Sagae and Kyouko Sakura. Both Akuma no Riddle and Madoka Magica are beautiful  read more 
report Recommended by DragonA7X
The shows are both content and market-wise similar. Dramatic story, lesbian attitude, darker atmosphere than your average CCS, target older rather than younger demographics, oh yes and magical girls too. I put my rec on A's because I seriously never watched the first Nanoha. My knowledge of magical girls genre is limited but these similarities are true and clear, see for Yourself. 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
There are many blatant and obvious features in both anime series that make them increasingly similar to one another. For the most part, both are based off the mahou shoujou series and feature their magical powers. Although minor, both also have 5 people in the protagonist's group which makes comparison much easier between the two. Aiming for a goal, both groups' themes are based off friendship and their power extracted from them. The art style and music from both are equally beautiful and pretty though it may differ from time to time. Ultimately, Houkago no Pleiades and Mahou Shoujou Madoka Magica are similar in several  read more 
report Recommended by Shiruet
Both series begin with a calm tone and unexpected things happens. Characters also undergo series of events that completely changes them from their originals selfes. If you like cute girls, dark tones, unexpected twists and beautiful animation packed nicely together both series are for you.  
report Recommended by Cryptodess
Both have amazing action scenes, relatively dark stories, yuri undertones, and soundtracks by Yuki Kajiura. If you like short stories with lot's of twists and cute girls suffering; this is the show for you. 
report Recommended by LegendaryRQA
Completely different approaches but similar in a certain aspect towards the end of both show's. They both have time loops and a character going back in order to save their friends. 
report Recommended by Androssia
The music short is styled exactly like the worlds the witches reside in. 
report Recommended by lanblade
both anime sort of venture in a dungeon-like world with a psychological setting. the visual style was not that similar, but sometimes it does (the hypnotizing background)  
report Recommended by sora2eugene
Both are a "darker" approximation of the Magical Girl Genre, the two have good fights and plot twists. 
report Recommended by Roqueforte
When the world is going to come to complete and utter destruction what does one do? Well, both the B;each movie and the Magical Girl Anime honestly have the same answer. Also, both have a happy go lucky feel to them and yet the darker side of things as the story progresses. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Are they similar? Well, yes and no. Shugo Chara! is a fairly straight-forward magical girl series, whereas Madoka errs much darker as a deconstruction, but it just so happens that Shugo Chara! is a perfect example of the kind of series Madoka seeks to deconstruct. If you've seen Madoka, perhaps you need more standard fair to pick you up -- and if you're done with Shugo Chara!, perhaps you're interested in something that starts similar, but shows you how dark the genre can go... 
report Recommended by lithiumflower
Both are dark animes which involves selling one's life/soul to a different being(demon/incubator) in exchange for a single wish. 
report Recommended by zetsuboSensei
Both are not your average magical girl show, as they portray the dark side of that it really means to be a 'hero of justice'. Darkness exists because happiness exists. 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika is opposing the traditonal mahou shoujo genre rules with a harsh reality. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar does the same to fantasy  
report Recommended by 33orion77
Is near the same, but Yuuki is more of a ''friendly'' kind, i think is more a slice of life, but let's see how it turns out. Also Madoka is better in so many ways, but if you wanna see something ''near'' to it well, this is your best shoot. 
report Recommended by Jaisondfm
Both series share some key themes: supernatural abilities determined by one's deepest wishes, the concept of soul, similar "food chain" theme of superhuman creatures and a character who can stop time. 
report Recommended by Rade-chan
Both have the devil leitmotif & oppressive atmosphere. In both series seemingly happy life turns out to be full of sorrow, hatred & despair, and children are opposed to the wicked, cruel world. However, there are some differences: "Madoka" has a better storyline & its plot develops more dynamically; "Madoka" 's main trope is contrasting, whereas "Jigoku Shoujo" 's one is reiteration. Also, i'd like to say, that when i was watching these two animes sometimes i had a strange feeling: i failed to define, whether they're masterpieces or just junk. I was uncertain about "Jigoku Shoujo" especially because of its repetitiveness, and about "Madoka"  read more 
report Recommended by lotrus28
Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Han Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid are both anime that take inspiration from the classic fairy tale made by the famous Danish author. And I really do mean classic—yes, the original story that was constantly debated and known for being very disturbing, and no, not the much lighter Disney version we've all been used to. 
report Recommended by Fario-P
This might be a little far from Strike Witches but it's about 'magical' girls saving the world. I really like character development and interaction, which I think both series showcased smoothly. But if you're picky about the setting and plot, I think you should look other wise 
report Recommended by HRinka
cute and colorful but sad. tired of happy-go-lucky mahou shoujo's? try this. I know you enjoyed Madoka now this should do the trick too 
report Recommended by Zettai2Moe
Both start as common anime of it´s genre (mahou shoujo/harem), but gets darker twist later. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
It might surprising, but I see quite some similarities with Beastars and my favourite anime. First of all, both make use of a type of animation rarely seen in anime: stop-motion. More precisely, the OP of Beastars and multiple witches and their labyrinths in PMMM are animated according to this style. Second, their OSTs are splendid (in my opinion, PMMMs is by far richer and much more varied, that without even counting the trilogy of movies) and the soundtracks are fitting like a glove to the scenes. Third, they make great use of symbolisms to express their themes. Fourth, they both take a respective concept and  read more 
report Recommended by Krankastel
Both are seemingly innocent shows at first, but a much darker plot is revealed later on. 
report Recommended by Aidayo
Semelhances: -Madoka Magica have the Soul Gem's and Absolute Duo have Blaze's who work in similar (not the same) way -They have girl's with magical powers -Lilith reminds me of Mami -Both have some Yuri undertones (In Absolute Duo they focus more in the main straight couple) Diferences: -Absolute Duo is a Ecchi and Madoka Magica is Mahou Shoujo -Absolute Duo is more romance  
report Recommended by Sailor_Cherry
Girls transform into magical girls to save the world from evil. 
report Recommended by Mia-ChanTheWeeb
Both shows involve a magical child protagonist who only desires a happy end for everyone. Being shoved into a somewhat cruel world, both of our innocent protagonists do their best to do the right thing but run into conflict and question their decisions. A major theme of both works is that magic and power ironically cause conflict in their lives. If you enjoy seeing Mob grow and overcome the challenges of life, perhaps you will enjoy seeing Madoka chase her own dreams. 
report Recommended by TrueReset
Both involve supernatural, or extremely powerful characters with the power to cause immense good and immense harm, and, I will not spoil, but both anime end with a connection back to outer space, if that's vague enough for you ;) 
report Recommended by donut_jelly
While they don't seem alike on the surface, both shows deal with human suffering. Watamote, however, is suffering for comedy (aka dark/cringe comedy) and Madoka Magica is more dramatic. Both are amazing shows in their own right! 
report Recommended by donut_jelly
While the genres are worlds apart, the striking visuals in this anime reminded me of those in Madoka Magica. There are alternate universes called "witch's labyrinths" where the background changes from your usual anime style to include bright collage art, paper cut-out images, and cute but creepy creatures. If you enjoy more serious anime and liked the sudden switch of art style or concurrently used styles featured in Kuuchuu Buranko, I'd recommend checking out Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica! You may end up falling in love with the story and OST as well~  
report Recommended by lamentingempath
A bit of a stretch. Story lines aren't similar, but the theme of despair fuels despair is prevalent in both. 
report Recommended by KammiVI
Both written by Gen Urobuchi and are similar in the sense that they provoke the viewer to question things about our society through the deconstruction of themes and genre. 
report Recommended by sheep4lyf
When I watched the first episode of this anime, I actually said, "This reminds me of Madoka Magica." ..So here's a recommendation for you guys! Both are magical anime, one being magical boys, and Madoka Magica, being a magical girl anime. Both have characters you can fall in love with, and are really cute and colourful. Both have an alien that give them the powers to transform. And of course, both have monsters that they go off and fight. 
report Recommended by aurorus
Fighting to defeat unknown adversaries in an abnormal place. Characters that care about eachother and are willing to do whatever they can to protect one another. 
report Recommended by ycleped
The main characters are female, and are also strong female leads. There is magic involved and the art and music are beautiful. The character chemistry is also very good and there are yuri undertones. 
report Recommended by hyunjins
Similar looking character designs and girls in frilly outfits with magic powers / crystal type things. A 'serious' magical girls show. 
report Recommended by feltano
-Cute anime that has darker themes -Great plot twists 
report Recommended by Slimmin
Bright colours, surrealism in art, transformation into horroric monsters... But Madoka makes much more sense. 
report Recommended by Laora-inn
Both are involving magic and there also a cute girls character in both anime!! 
report Recommended by NajSuarez94
This anime provides a very different take on magical girls and their daily lives. It carries a much darker tone that makes the show and its premise more realistic and believable. It also provides a greater range of emotions than Mermaid Melody, with some moments being sad, some funny, and some heart warming. If you would like a different perspective on something you love, I would really recommend this series. 
report Recommended by MetalUpa
Like Eva, both Madoka and Yugioh GX deconstruct their main theme like what Evangelion did. Interestingly they are not to be judged based on the cover of the book as each episode unfolds its true meaning. The only difference is that Yugioh is intellectual and strategical whereas Madoka is psychological and mindblowing. 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
In the Madoka's series we can see magical girls fighting evil witches; the protagonists usually fight in the witches' den: the labyrinth, representation of the damned magical girl's negative life-experience. In the music video Niedola you'll find the perfect possible representation of that labyrinth, similar 3D animation, hurt girls, gothic and horror setting... In the ONA you'll even find a not-so-explained murder and a possible lesbian relationship (?), common themes of the Madoka's franchising. Musics are totally different: if the magical girls preferred religious notes, matryoshka's song surely revokes a dreamy fantasy with an inspired whispered melody. *If you liked the ONA, you could be  read more 
report Recommended by Jajja
There's lots of symbolism in both shows; you really get the Madoka vibes from Ranpo Kitan. Boths shows are also very colourful, but Madoka is a better show if one were to compare writing and characters.  
report Recommended by ChibiChubbz
•In both anime there are witches that create and then live in their special environments. •Both series are pretty gory and mature at times. •Both anime feature young girls in serious situations that might affect the real world. •Both series have interesting art styles. 
report Recommended by Joanahana
A group of girls are presented with a golden opportunity, and can have their wishes come true.  
report Recommended by vipertherapper
Well, you might ask yourself "what has Bikini Warriors to do with Madoka Magica". Both are the short "cute girls doing cute things" type of anime. While Madoka Magica gets darker as the story progesses, Bikini Warriors is dark since the first episode. Fighting for survival, if you lose - you die. Madoka has the better soundtrack, while Bikini Warriors has the better writing. In just a short amount of time, it shows us deep themes such as "is it fair to manipulate people with my body (boobs)" and executes them fairly well. Also, I thought Bikini Warriors had the better ending, but I won't  read more 
report Recommended by MrGodtaste
Surrealistic atmosphere and colorful art are common for Belladonna and Madoka, and both of them deal witches, therefore Madoka is much more positive TV-series. 
report Recommended by Laora-inn
The animation and artistic style of this reminds me of Madoka Magica. They also both have a dark plot and both have a girl as the main character. They both play on the idea of the innocent being vulnerable to corruption and of evil being disguised as innocent.  
report Recommended by Usagi-mask
Both starts looking as kid's shows, and both plots center around the relationship between two girls, the shy main character and the stoic one that seems at the beginning as an antagonist. 
report Recommended by ObscureObsidian
Many people claim Madoka the deconstruction of a magical girls genre but in reality, in it's hidden message, it too is a reconstruction just like Rahxephon. Both dark series have a protagonist whose clouded background have something to do with the plot and surprisingly death tolls hit heavy that will destroy the viewer's positive mood. If you like Evangelion, why not try out Rahxephon? 
report Recommended by SlaughterDagger
Both shows have innocent and child-friendly appearance, but both shows hide their complex and dark stories beneath it. Both stories features children, handling topics not fit for their age and mental state. 
report Recommended by Tyrraell
Both deconstruct their respective genre to portray what it is like to have consequences to portray realism. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both shows are "Magical Girl" anime that explore darker themes than other shoujo, such as death, responsibility, violence and divinity, alongside the usual friendship and occasional romance. While Sailor Moon is a light-hearted villian of the week show that gradually gets darker with every season, Madoka Magica is a twist on the genre that takes shows such as Sailor Moon and skips the filler and goes straight for the dark stuff. Both Madoka and Usagi serve as the watchers self-insert into their worlds, although Usagi presents much more personality and relatability than Madoka does. These series have great supporting casts that steal the show. If  read more 
report Recommended by chapoble_
Both have wishes and the evils behind them as underlying themes. Things such as how selfishness and other evil thoughts are always behind wishes, and how wishes don't necessarily go the way you want them to. 
report Recommended by Yuni
Remember the quote "Do not judge the book by it's cover?" Anime has a notion of fooling the audience with it's lighthearted looks but the two in common has a trick up to it's sleeve by shifting the tone to a darker one thanks to the plot twist to deviate it's looks. Though Madoka is a genius story innovated recently hailing it as one of the greatest anime in it's generation, Naruto does have it's fair share despite being a decent franchise and the movie does pull of stunts that meet up to Madoka's style despite failing to meet it's standards.  
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
Both have "time" as one of the main themes of the season and both have mature parts, while having characteristics elements of Maho Shojo, like fights and transformations. 
report Recommended by ReikaAoki
In both series you can see the love and power of friendship, and how friends are willing to risk their lives to save each other. Sugar Sugar Rune is a bit less dark, and more fun and cute, but it does have an equally deep story, in my opinion. Sugar Sugar Rune also has really great animation, as it has it's own magical world, you see creative backgrounds and characters. Plus you will also love the main girl, Chocolat ^^ 
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