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 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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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.
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. read more
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.
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.
"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 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.
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! read more
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.
Both anime can be seen as successful deconstructions of their respective genres. Both involve people fighting against an enemy they don't really understand. NGE is darker than Madoka. NGE is also harder to interpret, and requires at least a second viewing to really have a idea of what is going on. Both are definitely worth watching, but recommended only after you have some experience with anime. Definitely not recommended as someone's first anime. A significant part of the appeal of these anime is how they compare to shows similar to them.
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.
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?
A group of young people struggling to defeat mysterious foes, as they realize and therefore try to overcome the many dangers and sacrifices their situation puts them on. They differ, though, on their elements: Evangelion with the mecha genre and Madoka with the magical girl ambiance. NGE has a much more serious and meaningful touch to it, regarding psychology and philosophy; while Madoka is more focused on keeping the mood darker and gripping for the most part. Both share a controversial ending.
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.
Both shows are deconstructions of their genres (mecha and magical girl) and come off as childlike and innocent but once you get into the shows it becomes dark, bloody, and the entire plot premise is completely different from what is perceived from the first episode. They also feature a complex cast of characters with iconic tropes and traits with main characters that are very hesitant to jump into what they were destined to do.
If you like psychological or deconstructions of anime, do yourself a favor and watch both NGE and Madoka is you haven't already.
Both are two brilliant executed masterpieces that deconstruct they respective genre in their own way, Eva the "Mecha" anime and Madoka the infamous "Magical Girl" one. Extremely deep, broken and attractive characters with an incredible OST by Yuki Kajiura and a little bit experimental animation. While NGE is an absolute mindfucking beast full of symbolism, Madoka is easier to understand, but has a big message like other Gen Urobuchi's anime like Fate/Zero or Psycho Pass.
What thing have in common Evangelion, Madoka Magica and Re:Zero? The three are a critic of their respective genres.
The typical mecha anime show us a main character that is usually a hot-blooded teenager who gets in a robot and saves the world with it along with the power of love and friendship. In Evangelion we see that the idea of putting kids into giant robots is downright insane, a normal teenager can't be expected to mentally endure it.
The typical magical girl (mahou shoujo) anime has as main character a young naive girl of pure heart who gets magical powers and saves the world with them. In Madoka Magica the idea of having young teenage girls fight to death to protect the world is just as crazy as it was with boys in robots, and even if you are a heroine with magical powers you are still human, so you still may suffer from selfish desires, and your emotions make you vulnerable, even with the power of love and friendship.
The isekai (other/different world) anime, where our main protagonist usually is a japanese student/gamer/otaku/NEET/hihikomori that is transported to another world with the purpose to save it, acquiring powers and becoming the hero, (Sword Art Online for example), Re:Zero criticizes this. The show focuses on how a socially withdrawn nerd would really function in a fantasy world, expecting to be a hero, but carrying over all his personal flaws from our world, showing the spectator that he is a simple human trapped in a world he don't understand.
This is my personal top 3 of anime that review his own genre and criticizes the cliches, if you are tired of watching plotless anime full of fanservice/ecchi, I recommend you to see the 3 above. read more
Teenagers battling bizarre creepy enemies that are suposed to be one thing (angels in eva, witches in madoka) although they are everything but what them actually are.
Mind-blowing and desesperation is another thing the two have in common. Every character has a traumatic past or at least a traumatic development.
Both shows are deconstruction anime of a certain genre, meaning they break down the typical conventions of a show and either change them or "play" with them to make them a special snowflake of their respective genres. While Evangelion deals with the Mecha genre, Madoka Magica deals with the Magical Girl genre. Both shows present the viewer with developed, interesting characters that you either love or hate depending on your points of view. Assuming you loved Evangelion or Madoka, you probably have more of a complex, pitiful, or even relatable view on the characters of their respective shows, they both deliver in their parts, and make the shows a joy to experience. Both shows tackle very deep and complex themes, while Evangelion tackles self-worth, love, psyche and human relationships, Madoka Magica tackles balance, equilibrium, regrets, and how not everything will always go the way you think they will go. Both are two very well written shows with characters I love more than most, both shows which I thoroughly enjoyed and related to, and found very entertaining to watch. I highly recommend any of the two. read more
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a series that is usually compared with Madoka Magika, and for good reason. Both series' are deconstructions of the genres that they are a part of, i.e. Eva is a deconstruction of the giant mech battle genre and Madoka is a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. Both series' have very dark subject matter, but the key difference is that Madoka doesn't seem to have anything to say about its darkness, or just uses it for shock value, while Evangelion uses it brilliantly and integrates the darker and sometimes depressing themes with the characters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a masterpiece of a series and it should go completely un-spoiled for anyone who wants to watch it, so i would recommend watching it if you liked Madoka Magika. read more
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.
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.
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 read more
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.
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.
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.
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
There's a lot of similarities among the stories and the characters personalities but with less complexity. Things aren't as they seem and you'll see awesome fight scenes combined with very cute and also very sad moments. If you liked PMMM you'll like YYWYDA.
Grab your box of tissues and enjoy!
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.
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.
Magical girls, yes... who doesn't love a lovely and cute magical girl? But what happen if the producer combine moe characters with brutality or cruelty? Are you sure still love this both anime? Yes you can, because this magical girls we talk about is not an ordinary magical girl. They take all pain, sadness, and other negative emotion to save the world. Watch and support them to save the world they love...
They are both magical girl anime that has some very dark twist to it. They both start off as regular cute magical girl anime but as you go deeper into the world they made you realize everything is NOT what it seems.
These two are SUPER similar. They both showcase a darker twist on the magical girl genre, and have important values such as friendship and fighting for what you believe in. Yuki Yuna is a bit lighter than PMMM, so if you're looking for a similar anime that's a little more light hearted, you'll love Yuki Yuna is a Hero.
These two shows are both part of the magical girl genre, but are different from the typical magical girl anime, as they contain darker themes that aren't very cheerful.
The somewhat small cast of characters have rather similar personalities and bonds too.
Both also have good music and art, and of course, a well-structured and intriguing plotline.
If either of them was enjoyable to you, then you should give the other a shot if you haven't already.
Cute, brightly coloured magical girls! A fairly similar concept, with young girls needing to fight monsters to save the Earth. The only main difference would be through season size; Yuuki Yuuna only has about 12-13 episodes, while Madoka Magica has much more content in general. Either way, they're both two very cute and interesting series, well worth the watch.
Both shows are very similar anime in more than just a simple few ways. One of the most obvious similarities are that they are both magical girl shows, and both have tragic, almost depressing themes thrown into the mix. Yuki Yuna and Madoka Magica also have characters with similar personalities, and while they are not direct copies of each other, the similarities are there. However while Yuki Yuna is a bit of a tragic take of a magical girl show, it is not nearly as dark or as hopeless as Madoka Magica, which is a show that takes it a lot further. Yuki Yuna is more of a mix of typical magical girls with a tragic twist, while Madoka Magica is a much darker show with complex writing and themes. Due to all these similarities, I think that if you liked one, you may enjoy the other as well. read more
These are similar because the main characters of both series are a group of young girls with magical powers who work together to save the world. They also both seem like they are going to be cute and fluffy at the beginning, but later turn darker with the reveal of a secret to do with their powers.
Both are Magical Girl shows with a sharp contrast between the loss, despair, and suffering of being a Magical Girl in their setting, as opposed to hope for something better. Yuuki Yuuna is more optimistic, with lighter slice of life elements, while Madoka is darker with a stronger focus on (and stronger) conflict.
Both are magical girl shows that add a dash of misery. If you liked one, check out the other. Madoka is absolutely amazing while Yuuna is just good, but I enjoyed both. I'm not throwing the word deconstruction in here, no way no how. Yuuki Yuuna isn't a ripoff, either, just clearly inspired by it. If you want some emotion in your mahou shoujo, these two will do. One you've watched Yuuna, you can watch the prequel, which is even more similar tonally.
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.
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!
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.
The perfect examples of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. They seem like anime about just cute girls doing cute things at first, but then they turn into something completely different; they take a much darker tone.
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.
Factual similarities: Both anime are about young girls. Both anime try to do something very different with their respective genres.
My opinion: Madoka seems to succeed in deconstructing its genre, unlike Gakkougurashi!. I think Gakkougurashi! didn't go far enough, it spent too much time in the middle, unsure of what it wanted to be. I think Madoka Magica was by far the better of these two.
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 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
They have a very similar general premise - they're both shows that in a way advertise themselves with sweet character designs, colourful and cheerful openings, just cute girls doing cute things. But in both shows, things quickly get more serious and you can see the huge contrast between the inital moe and the later dark, horror-like reality of the world. Besides that, they are both interesting and original takes on their respective "main" genres - i.e. magical girls in case of Madoka, and zombies when it comes to Gakkougurashi.
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 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 anime start very cutesy and end up not so nice. Madoka Magica has more of a psychological turn while Gakkougurashi has a horror spin and less psychological elements.
I enjoyed thoroughly the plot twists in both of these anime, so if that is also something you'd like, watch this :)
-Both anime tell about cute girl doing cute things, oh wait... , unexpected event happened in the middle story that make both anime tell about cute girl doing dark things, i think.
-Both anime characters are student from middle-school (Madoka) and high-school (Gakkougurashi!).
-The psychological element in both anime is very strong, so prepare yourself if you think both anime will tell only about cute girl doing cute things.
-The sequence of plot for both anime are like this: CUTE - CUTE REDUCED - LITTLE DARK - DARK - DARKER - guess yourself...
These shows both start off looking like a fun anime about cute girls doing cute things, but these are amazing examples of "don't judge a book by its cover." They both have supernatural elements, though Gakkougurashi! is more of a slice-of-life anime.
These two serious are great for short anime. Great plot, character development and unsuspecting turns. The art style of both anime is cutesy and bright. Though the plot of the two are very different, If you enjoyed one I guarantee you'll enjoy the other.
You thought it was some cute girls doing cute things, but you were wrong. Gakkou Gurashi! fools you until the end of episode 1 while Madoka Magica, it's episode 3. Also, Madoka Magica is darker than Gakkou Gurashi!.
The similarities (may contain spoilers):
- Looks cute, but it's not.
- Young girls trapped in a dark situation, and nobody knows about them.
- The main character is a cute pink-haired girl who seems useless, but actually solves some big problems.
- Heavy psychological atmosphere.
- Plenty of drama, sad moments.
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. read more
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.
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.
Wishes. The main theme for both shows. And teenage girls are the only ones involved in all this. Madoka has a mahou shoujo system while WIXOSS has the LRIG system, which are very identical as such one may grant a wish should certain requirements are fulfilled and there is a fair price to pay should one be involved.
With that said, both started out pretty light-hearted before turning into something really dark.
The Madoka vibes are strong in WIXOSS, if you love that sort of thing.
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.
They're ALOT like eachother. Both have the magical powers that are granted to young girls without revealing the dark side of the contract until it's too late. Both have naive MCs Both have characters that forget about their past relationships while their friends are endlessly fighting for them. Both have "higher powers" using the girls for their own agendas. Definitely recommend both, if you like one of them, you'll probably like the other. Madoka is a bit more colorful while WIXOSS have a more depressing tone from the start, but they're both really similiar at the core.
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 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!! read more
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. read more
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 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.  read more
In terms of narrative structure the similarities are very apparent. The both focus on a primarily female cast with a problem that only impacts females and the story begins light-hearted and quickly takes a dark turn. They both also contain those big shocking moments that you wont see coming. Both of them share a non-absolute antagonist, with neither antagonist through the series being truly evil so to say. It's clear to me that WIXOSS was heavily inspired by Madoka Magica and the end result shows this. Not a bad thing at all though as both are fantastic shows and totally worth your time.
Both anime are similiar in:
- Main female characters.
- Girls and battles for a dreams and wishes.
- Stories depressing .
- Psychological situations where you have to think about which is the correct decision.
-Involve Faustian contracts made in the form of wishes
-Transition from a relatively innocent, playful tone to a much darker one
-Are incredibly easy to binge-watch
In my opinion, MSMM has stronger visuals and music, but WIXOSS has stronger characters.
Both anime series center around a group of girls fighting to make their wishes come true, but evetually start to fall into despair. Both series present a series of twists and unexpected outcomes, and they can get pretty intense. It is very hard to describe either of these without getting spoilery, but I will say that characters and motives are similar in quite a lot of ways.
Both of these titles have predominant similarities to one another. Both feature an innocent, selfless girl with good intentions. Each of these girls have dreams to be something bigger than themselves but are torn between these dreams and the sacrifices they have to make to accomplish them. Without giving too much away, each of these anime include forms of magic outside of the stereotypical thought of what magic is. By that I mean, typically magic is seen as something that is marvelous but these two anime give you a different perspective of what magic is. With that, they both keep you guessing and trying to figure out what the intentions are of each character. As soon as you think you know a character, something shifts and it forces you re-think their past decisions.
I can almost guarantee if you liked Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, you will enjoy Selector Infected WIXOSS and vice versa. As I said, both have striking similarities but also a uniqueness to them. By watching both it won't feel like your watching a re-run but instead one of the same genre. All I can say is, give it a shot and you'll see what I mean (hopefully, lol). (: read more
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. read more
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.
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.
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.
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.  read more
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.
If you like stories about middle school girls going through depression while having characters fighting these two are for you.
-They are both anime original stories (BRS being inspired by a vocaloid song)
-Both have over the top fights that fit really well with the drama.
-Both Madoka and Mato really care about their friends.
-The tone of both series are really similar and both osts and animation styles are really good.
-Both will take you for an emotional roller coaster.
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.
High-school girls, magic powers and magical world in which they fight the despair and hatred - these things are the main plot for both of the series. These two anime are really dramatical, so watch out for a dose of tears.
...feature a cast of unique, cute and likeable girls.
...have visually impressive, epic fight scenes.
...are very emotional series, focusing on the personal struggles of the characters.
Madoka Magica is definitely the superior series, but if you liked it there is a good chance you might like Black Rock Shooter as well. The characters are not as deep and neither is the plot, but it is still a highly entertaining and touching anime. It is also worth watching, if only for the magnificent battles.
Both series are a roller coaster ride of plot twists and dark miss happenings. The setting is somewhat similar, the mood, the art and the unique characters that all play a part no matter how small. Love one and you will instinctively love the other. Two of the best anime ever made.. both completely different yet so alike.
Both series are centred around intricate and extremely well-thought out plots, and they are executed to near perfection. They feature a similar premise, in that a main character from both series must...shall we say, shoulder the burdens of the entire world in a manner that can't be appreciated by others.
Both 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". read more
-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.
These two are considered rollercoaster anime. They start off slow, but once you get about half-way, the intense, thrilling, dark stuff happens. Both have the same plot related issue, that'll be a spoiler to tell. In both anime there are sacrifices to be made in order to obtain their goal.
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 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. read more
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!
Both anime are extremely similar in the tones that are conveyed throughout. Both Steins;Gate and Madoka Magica begin with a rather light-hearted, almost ideal scenario where the viewers expect nothing short of happiness and fun all around. And both shift into a rather serious, dark tone that prevails throughout the rest of the show in a manner that one does not expect (and that unexpectedness is great, especially given how many anime are rather predictable these days).
As both anime share similarities in tone, they also share similarities in the themes/motifs conveyed. In an effort not to spoil anything, I will simply say that both explore the concept of fate, the illusion of multiple possibilities, the desire to change fate, and the psychological consequences that come from pursuing these.
Both anime will put you through an intense, emotional rollercoaster that really makes you think, consider, and hope. That's why I would highly recommend watching Madoka Magica if you are looking for something truly similar to Steins;Gate. read more
I personally think that the recommendation of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica next to Steins;Gate is a spoiler.
This should be removed.
Now that I think of it, this is valid for not just a single direction, recommending either for either is a spoiler for both of these stories because the both of these stories have implemented a surprise factor in to the way of how the story is told.
This way you know what to expect, at least somewhat, and thus the surprise won't be a legitimate as it could've been.
This says enough about how much of complementive recommendations these two stories are for each other.
Because MAL does not allow to recommend LNs or Manga on the basis of Anime, I will use this comment to do so. But my first recommendation is concerning MM – Steins;Gate. This is based less on similarity in terms of story or setting, but more on the feelings that arise as the plot unfolds. As MM only lasts 12 episodes – compared to the 24 of SG – the transition from light-hearted to terrifying feels much more sudden and due to the setting also more extreme. Nonetheless, I watched SG first and could not help but notice how likewise both anime were in terms of this specific change. Even if you don’t like certain characteristics, like the fan service in SG or the Magical Girl setting in MM, like I did, you will most likely enjoy one if you are fond of the other.
Having said this, the “real” recommendation I want to give her is, if you have watched SG or MM (or both), one of my favorite LNs, The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria. It shows so much resemblance to both Anime, but I was really starting to feel intrigued/reminded while watching the last few episodes of MM. I will not go into any detail here, as that would, in my opinion, spoil a lot of the fun. So, even if you’re not into reading, I guarantee you that you will like this Light Novel series. The story is finished, so you don’t have to wait for further volumes. Read it, you’ll have fun (or something like that)! read more
Madoka seems kiddy, but it's actually dark. It's not your average lucky go lucky magical girl anime type. From a description I read on YouTube, we can say it's like a candy shop built on the Native American burial ground.
These two share so much similarities, though they don't look like it:
- Madoka Magica seems light-hearted, funny, just like your typical cute magical girl anime at the beginning... but it's not. Don't be fool by the look.
- The main characters learn that they have some sort of special power, but eventually they learn about the serious consequences to using it.
- This show turns darker and deeper through the series, with psychological implications.
Both are brilliant shows. S;G focuses more on science, theories and time traveling while Madoka seems more about emotions, hope and despair (sometimes Christianity related). Madoka seems more depressing than S;G, that ending though. read more
Making a text about the reasons why Steins;Gate fans should watch Madoka Magica is kinda giving spoilers to the plot line of both Madoka Magica and Steins;Gate. I will try to make this recommendation spoiler-free as possible.
Both have a theme in common, regrets and time-travel And both have the happy feeling at the beginning, a thing that will make you happy that will lead you into darker places of your mind that I won't dig more cause spoilers.
Also both have amazing OST's
Both are surprisingly dark and mature magical girl series, in which a lot of thought has been given to the story.
Madoka seems to be even darker, but Tutu is definitely worth watching as well. Both have very good soundtracks, too.
Both are Magical girl animes. But beyond the obvious, they both take place in artful and abstract worlds. They are also more than your average magical school girl anime. Interesting concepts and heart wrenching characters. (Trying to compare these to animes without spoilers) At many points both animes give the same "vibe", and redefine this genre.
Magical girl series that tend more toward action and dark themes than the frills and cuteness one might expect from the genre. Although Princess Tutu does play the genre straight, it does it in a fairly unexpected and mature way, and Madoka's a straight-up deconstruction that will leave you increasingly unnerved with each episode -- both in a good way, of course. Both series are great for magical girl fans who want something fresh from the genre.
Being a magical girl means sacrificing a lot of things and even after saving the world the heroine might be left without her happy ending. It's a long way until world can be saved and on the way sacrifices must be made and sometimes even magical powers can't help to solve problems.
Both are rather dark for the innocent, magical girl styles that they are portrayed with. Madoka Magica is a bit darker, however.
Both also involve agreements with another person to help them change into a magical girl - Madoka with the soul gems, and Tutu with the pendant.
At first, both may appear for younger audiences, but soon you discover there is more to them. They both have a darker take on mahou shoujo anime and both deal mainly with the problems the main heroine encounters, instead of her bonding with her friends and defeating her enemies.
Madoka is more action and the pace is much faster, while Princess Tutu has a very calm atmosphere to it.
For a magical girl theme show, Madoka and Princess Tutu takes the theme and transform it into more of a difference style of presentation. It has a mature feeling to it as well as psychological themes involving the main characters and their relationships. There's the theme of romance in Tutu while Madoka has more action.
The worlds that both series takes place in also has a magical feeling to them.
There is emotions. There is sacrifice. There is sorrow. In essence, both shows takes the magical girl theme to different level.
I wouldn't exactly call Princess Tutu "dark", but both Madoka Magica and Princess Tutu are very different takes on the magical girl genre. Their stories are much more complex than you're average magical girl show, and very well written. Princess Tutu is more shoujo-y and family friendly than Madoka Magica is though. But if you're looking for a creative take on the genre, you'll love both of these anime.
Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica on the surface appear to be very typical magical girl shows, with cutsey art and a simplistic story. However both subvert the watchers expectations with a darker take on the genre and compelling and well thought out stories and characters. They also have similar themes about selfishness verses selflessness and the nature of hope.
Both feature young female protagonists facing an increasingly ominous world, and take the magical girl genre and refresh it in an interesting way. Both have deep and very bittersweet stories and unexpected twists. I saw Tutu first and while watching Madoka, I was continually reminded of it.
Both shows have female leads who really want to help people and are kind.
In the beginning, both seem rather simple and cute but as the plot unfolds they take surprisingly darker turns.
In both, the characters have inner conflicts and underlying motives.
If you enjoy one of these, you'll most likely enjoy the other.
...put a twist on the magical girl genre, while still remaining faithful to its core values.
...boast an excellent and beautiful soundtrack.
...can be dark and bittersweet at times and will probably make you cry.
...have a cast of deep, complex and relatable characters.
Princess Tutu is suitable to all ages and can be a bit too childish at times, while Madoka Magica is probably a bit too dark for younger audiences. Madoka Magica subverts some tropes, so it's recommended - but not necessary - you are somewhat familiar with the genre first. You have to deal with some bad comedy and average filler episodes when watching Princess Tutu, but the serious episodes mroe than make up for them! While both have great characterization, Princess Tutu's characters also undergo a lot of development over the course of the series! Both series are among the best the magical girl genre has to offer. read more
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.
Both are magical girl series with a dark twist, where girls are granted magical powers by a cute animal companion - then it turns out there are serious consequences they didn't know about when they signed up for it...
Both magical girl shows seem cutesy at first and have a happy-go-lucky main character, but don't be fooled--they get very dark. Expect a lot of brutal plot twists and suffering for the characters. The theme of death is very present in both shows, and they get darker as they progress. There's also a cute-looking but super ruthless mascot character who basically pulls all the strings and makes the characters suffer by not revealing certain information until later. Recommended if you want a magical girl show that shows no mercy to the characters
Imagine, if Madoka have a survival game, without fighting a majo / monster-like creatures, kyuubei as hologram mascot (not as an alien, okay?), RPG-Themed, more mahou shoujo introduced, much darker-theme, and without "An irony and failed-to be hero girl" (yeah its you, Sayaka)
If u can imagine it, u have Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku on your head right there ......
Both Have Cute Girls In A Bloody Gore Series
Both Have Dark Twists Any Minute
Both Are Magical Girl Series's
Snow White And Ripple Resembles To Madoka And Homura
And They Both Have A Cute Mascot That Acts Very Creepy
But The Difference Is Magical Girl Raising Project Is A Survival Death Game, While Puella Magi Madoka Magica Is Not, If You Like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I Would Recommend You To Watch Magical Girl Raising Project
Both anime revolve around Magical Girls, everything may look cute in the beginning but, dark twists can show up at any moment. There is a cute pet-mascot that guides the characters but, can end up acting suspiciously in both anime and Snow White is very similar to Madoka.
If you liked one of them, you will probably like the other one, too, since they both are deconstructions of the Mahou Shoujo genre and have a similar theme.
Both involve magical girls being "tricked" into becoming a magical girl by a small innocent looking creature.
- Have a dark twist to them
- Characters have similar personalities
- Stand out from other magical girl anime
If you love one you will definitely love the other.
Both are magical girl anime that looks so cute and moe, but it has a tragic and oscure story.
Madoka -> Snow White - both are sweet girls who wants to save people.
Homura -> La Pucelle - Both wants to protect Madoka/Snow White.
Kyuubey -> Fav - Both are the ones who converts girls into magical girls, both doesn't understand human feelings.
If you're a fan of dark magical girl shows such as PMMM, this is the perfect anime for you. Like PMMM, it's centered around an innocent girl who wants to become a magical girl to make everyone happy but instead gets caught up in the darkness of the world. Now while this anime isn't quite as groundbreaking as PMMM was, it's worthy of it's place in the dark magical girl genre and something I personally really recommend.
I've seen too many recommendations saying "If you like Madoka, go watch Yuuki Yuuna" And true, YY is good, and similar to Madoka, but it's VERY similar. I want to recommend something that has it's fair shares of similarities and differences, and I'd personally say Ikusei Keikaku is much better than YY anyways.
Madoka Magica and Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku (Magical girl rising project) are both dark spins on the magical girl genre, though admittedly MMRP is much more graphic in it's violence than Madoka. They both have some pretty lovable characters, nice plot twists, not so subtle lesbian love, feels, and character deaths you'll never forgive.
Madoka is my favorite anime ever, so I can't say this is as good. But it is pretty damn close. In fact, as it stands now it's my third favorite anime.
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is criminally underrated, and I'd recommend it over Yuuki Yuuna is a hero to Madoka Magica fans any day.
Madoka Magica seems to have inspired the creation of Ikusei Keikaku. Both take the magical girl genre and make it darker, characters in the latter have many similarities with characters from the former and both are psychological thrillers. I have wholeheartedly accepted Ikusei as a spiritual successor of sorts to Madoka Magica(it is definitely a better successor than its sequel that's for sure.)
It is a great Anime for those who have watched Madoka Magica and would like something similar as well as those who were disappointed with Madoka's sequel.
In both series, there is the concept of magical girls doing battles against the supernatural. The girls themselves have abilities that allows them to fight against their foes using sources of energy.
Both series has a darker atmosphere than the traditional 'magical girl' theme series. There's that familiar feeling of sorrow and despair surrounding the characters. Meanwhile, they also incorporate some cute moments but most times are clouded by the darker tones.
There's also some sort of destiny to be fulfilled and the girls tries their best to accomplish it despite the odds & consequences.
One episode of Genei Taiyou and two episodes of Madoka (and of course thousands of spoiler posts on Tumblr) has already led me to believe that the atmospheres of both are very similar. They both start out as a cutesy show and then it just turns super dark.
I don't know the characters too well yet, but they seem very similar personality-wise.
Both are a story about girls with magical powers
both have a deep plot
both are entertaining and exciting
Both get really gritty and throw you off because of it
Both have dynamic characters with their own reasons behind their actions and personalities.
Both use the concept of mahou shoujo in a dark setting. Happy girls born with a power and a "destiny" to protect the world are because of this suddenly forced into a life filled with sadness and despair.
A dark and refreshing twist to a cliche setting, while keeping a lot of the colorful and "cute" theme that comes with being a mahou shoujuo, creating an interesting contrast with the dull and gory world that is painted around them.
Deceptively cute at first but shows how dark it can be. The art in Genei seems to take the cuteness farther than Madoka though since it doesn't have dark backgrounds and the characters are very moe. However, Genei also shows in the first episode that it even has some horror elements while Madoka waits longer.
You might think that it is "cute girls saving the world, with happiness," but it is the polar opposite of it. Fear, despair, sorrow, and emotions, all in a much more darker tone then other magical girls nowadays. In the story, the main characters are battling the humans who have "negative emotions" with a monster possess inside of them. The people who have lost hope, have transform into a horrible monster, which makes the main characters having a bad feeling when the battle is finished.
There is not much of a difference, but Madoka Magica signs a "contract" to fight off these "witches." Day Break Illusion use cards to transform and fight off monsters. read more
Both shows are dark magical girl anime. In Madoka magica, mahou shoujos get power from a special seed while in Day Break Illusion, they get their power from Tarot cards. Both shows deal with topics of death, misery, and suffering. Not meant for little girls at all.
Both are about Magical girls, and both have Monsters they fight that were originally good people. Both have talking animals that guide the magical girls, and both fight in groups. Both have a happy innocent lead, and both originally seem cute but get darker as the show progresses.
Both are the same in the way they tackle on the genre. Also like Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou ( English: Day Break Illusion ) both separate the characters personalities and focus on the way they think about their job as a Magical Girl
*Both heavily incorporate the "Magical Girls" theme, and are fueled by the Supernatural & Fantasy genres.
*Both have a much greater darkness/psychological aspect than the branding lets off
*Both make similar defiant statements, to challenge your perception of the "Magical Girls" theme
*Both regard the topic of fighting against evil, in the name of justice
*Both have vibrant, high quality, and outlandish artwork
* Both have annoying/happy go lucky main magical girl [ Madoka & Akari ]
* Both anime have dark atmosphere around them, but our Main Girls nearly kills it instantly
* Nice OP/ED songs...
* Magical Girls with holy shit powers are awesome in both cartoons, just the main girls sucks a lot....
* EPIC fighting scenes at the end of the series
It’s obvious that Madoka inspired Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou from the get-go. I haven’t finished Day Break Illusion yet but so-far it’s coming off as an edgy Madoka ripoff. The better show is clear, but they’re both dark magical girl shows with a conflicted and special protagonist and people who turn into monsters because of negative emotions. The difference is that one executes everything perfectly and the other is sort of a mess.
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.
Magical girls and mecha are genres apart, but these series do the same thing with them: deconstruct them viciously. You have one, maybe two episodes to get used to the cast and premise, and then prepare to have your expectations torn down and a wonderfully told story filled with drama and trauma unfurl before your eyes. Structurally and content-wise there are similarities that pile up the farther you go, but of course to elaborate would be to spoil -- and if you've seen one series, you know you won't want to be spoiled for the details of the other.
Despite being two very different genres on a surface level, I felt Bokurano and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica to be so similar in theme, story and atmosphere that I decided I had to make the only recommendation I've ever made.
In Bokurano we are presented with the appearance of a show about a Mecha piloted by a group of kids, but very early in the show harsh circumstance teaches them they've gotten involved in an event far larger than themselves, and not necessarily in a heroic way, nor in a traditional mecha way.
In Madoka, we see an identical situation, with the anime giving the false appearance of a Magical Girl series, though it is something so much more dangerous, with only its art remaining as its only relation to the Mahou Shoujo staple.
The juxtapositioning used in both of these series will bowl you right out of your seats, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness in both cases leaves you clawing for more, empathising with the characters and their cruel fates they've gotten thrown into without realizing.
Though you could consider one show a mecha, and the other a mahou shoujo - two very different genres, both of these anime use those genres as a facade to hide their agonising plots that are one in the same. So if it was the atmosphere of Madoka that you enjoyed, I highly recommend Bokurano, and Vica Versa.
They have similar premise: young children are tempted to make contracts and play a dangerous game, often without being fully aware of what lies ahead. Anything more would be too spoilerific for either of them (the fact they are similar is already a huge spoiler).
Both are about children entering contracts to gain the power to help save the world, but with some nasty catches. Both ponder the same dilemmas:
1) Is the price of gaining power actually worth it?
2) Can you trust anyone who hands out such powers?
3) Is the world really worth saving?
4) What is the difference between you and your enemy?
Madoka has the same premise as Bokurano: a group of kids that are pulled into a contract not knowing what's ahead of them. Both of these shows have the theme of "fighting for what believe in or what you have left." Despite Madoka being a mahou shoujo show, these shows share a lot of similarities i.e Kyubey and Dung Beetle.
Bokurano is like Madoka, but instead of Mahou Shoujo, it's about Mecha.
Both of them are about kids who have their lifes changed to become "heroes", however, both anime are very dark and very dramatic.
Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica and Bokurano center themselves around very common anime plots: school children being exposed to a magical or otherworldly force that offers them great power/makes them special. Both series than explore a perverted version of these plot lines giving them a grittier reality. Both Bokurano and Madoka explore the realities of being bestowed powers by a seemingly harmless off-worlder and the consequences implied.
Both are about innocent teenagers who were tricked into a vicious cycle of death and destruction.
Kyubey and Dung beetle are similar in that they both serve their main roles as manipulators, contracting the kids into a cruel fate.
Both are dark and somewhat depressing.
bokurano and madoka magica both share the fact that they deconstruct their genre(magical girl for madoka and mecha for bokurano). They both go about it almost the same way too, an outside source appears and messes with the children's lives forever, leaving no good endings. Madoka magica drew many aspects and ideas from Bokurano due to kyubey being very similar to dung beetle, among others. The soul jewel in madoka magica is its version of Zearth(the giant mecha). Both also show clear themes of the philosophical concept of Nihilism.
Nope, I'm not joking. Bokurano and Madoka Magica, yes.
I usually write why I find the two shows i'm recommending similar but in this case I'm gonna have to make an exception since it's almost impossible not to spoil them. If you've watched one of them, you know what I'm talking about.
So just trust me and all the other users who made this recommendation.
They drama series with a twist to them.
Madoka Magica is a magical girl anime with fine animation combining different styles which even though I thought was meaningless for the most part it was still pretty to look at. Bokurano's animation was more bland, it follows a 2-episode arc type of narrative and although it has some giant robots, it doesn't feel like a mecha anime. read more
The setting is very similar. The idea is basically the same - people which have no choice (after signing the pact) but to fight for whole human race sake. In Bokurano, there are big robots (so it's more a sci-fi), in Madoka there are magic girls (so it's more a fantasy). Even the mysterious existences, which are coordinating their actions, are practically the same.
Both shows feature a group of kids being tricked into signing a contract they shouldn't have, as well as an unscrupulous mascot character. Madoka is definitely better visually, while Bokurano is a much better character piece, but if you like one you'll likely appreciate the other.
It revolves around young people, who are lured into a game they should think about before joining. Both anime has unknown beings that seem to act like God, and hiding the crucial matter of what/who they are actually fighting, and what the costs are of these fights.
Both open seemingly tied to their genres; Magical Girl and Mech respectively. However, both take dark turns very quickly to a point where it makes you question whether "beating the bad guy" is really always the right thing to do. Also, they both have a child cast, which I guess is noteworthy given the content of both shows.
Both give the magical girl genre a dark twist, they are great shows for anyone interested in a good plot, not just mahou shoujou fans. Both have soundtracks arranged by the brilliant Yuki Kajiura, whose haunting melodies make the battle scenes even more epic.
Both series take on the "magical girl" genre with the approach that all-is-not-as-great-as-it-seems. While the girls in both series are granted extraordinary powers, the series' both deal with the similar themes of isolation, betrayal, and hopelessness while portraying the danger and constant threat of death that comes along with their powers.
Viewers will also see similarities between the characters in both series such as Natsuki and Homura and Shizuru and Mami.
Both anime have the following similarities: female lead characters, slice of life, starts out happy and fun then takes a dark turn, involve character deaths, and magical girls.
If you enjoyed Mai-Hime, Madoka Magica is a perfect next anime.
Mai HiME are not 100% Magical Girl series since the only thing that transforms are weapons, not outfits.
1) However, we still have girls with powers fighting with monsters and among each other.
2) We have Nagi who is almost like Kyubei, he pushes girls to awakening and constantly keeps watching. He keeps secrets and doesn't give a complete explanation of what will happen if they'll eccept the powers.
3) Natsuki who is similar to Homura by being cold to others and not talking much to them but eventually opening up.
4) At first both series look quiet innocent but eventually they start to become darker and more tragic.
5) Music in both series is done by Kajiura Yuki and doesn't dissapoint, it always tends to build up the mood and get you excited.
6) Both series are anime original stories, with mangas being adapted afterwards and both are succesful. read more
Both series appear to be innocent and fun when they first start it; however, as the story goes on, it all becomes a deconstruction to their own genres. You see a lot of character development in both, and you don't know who is on your side, or what people's true intentions are. The characters struggle in their own lonely tragedies, but it takes the strength of friendship to fight against the real battle. I had this whole in my heart, and sadness for the characters that compelled me to think of both of these anime.
Both are about a group of girls with special abilities, both become much more dark in process, and their protagonists both have great potential and at the same time are uncertain of what they must do and what they really want to do.
Both are about girls with powers that fight monsters, and both may seem like nice and happy shows, but both aren't. Only note that Mai-HiME takes a lot more time to become dark, and the shows are dark in different ways.
They're both dark shows about girls with magic who can't afford to lose the battle against each other and outside forces,. They both have Yuki Kajiura soundtracks as well. Mai-HiME is sort of like Madoka's spiritual predecessor.
Both are created by the same writer, Urobuchi Gen, which shows. Homura and Kiritsugu share quite a few traits character-wise, and both shows deal with themes such as the nature of ideals in similar ways.
These are both brilliantly written animes from Gen Urobuchi , featuring beautiful animation and a breathtaking soundtrack from Yuki Kajiura. They may seem like they belong in completely different genres , but both Fate/ Zero and Madoka Magica are dark and deeply poignant tragedies that do an amazing job at exploring and deconstructing their respective themes.
These are both amazing stories in their own right and if you enjoyed one, you will probably love the other.
+ Dark, mature, and unique stories which aren't afraid to extend the boundaries of their genres (survival game for Fate/Zero and magical girl for Madoka Magica)
+ Gen Urobochi + Yuki Kajiura
+ Great animation and character designs
+ Interesting characters with unique motives, emotions, and interests yet you can still relate them to characters from other shows and see how well they fit into their stories
Though not thematically similar, both were originally written by the same person. Fate/Zero has the same slow-paced, yet dark and intellegent style of storytelling that Madoka Magica has and they both feature an equal amount shocking and emotial scenes, as well as some bright, heartwarming scenes just to lighten up the otherwise dark atmosphere. If you enjoyed one, it is unlikely you won't enjoy the other.
Both are dark and very mature anime. Both are written by Gen Urobuchi aka 'Urobutcher'. And both of the soundtracks in these two shows are composed by Yuki Kajiura. There's not much to say as it's best to watch either of these shows blind and if you are looking for a serious and dark anime, I would definitely recommend both of them. I also like to add that the main characters for both Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero share similar abilities. Both shows contain great psychological meaning in them and that's why I love them. But then again, this is only my opinion.
A group of morally gray characters, each shaped by their own different backgrounds and objectives end up engaging in a battle of ideologies, driven mainly by their desire.
Fate/Zero focuses more on the ideological aspect of its characters, while Madoka Magica dwelves more into the psychological side and how characters change over time. Both stories steadily grow darker in tone and bigger in scale, and they share writer (Gen Urobuchi) and music composer (Yuki Kajiura).
Both have a good character development, very VERY tragic moments and very tragic characters and a hidden antagonist (although, in Fate/Zero is clear if you watched Stay/night...).
Also written by the same author (Gen Urobochi).
The ethical theory of utilitarianism is dealt with very differently in both these shows, which is incredible given that both shows involved Gen Urobuchi. Madoka is a strong proponent for utilitarianism whereas Fate/Zero deconstructs it. Both have incredible soundtracks.
They have similar styles of writing, both being written by Gen Urobuchi. If you enjoyed Madoka Magica's dark mood, interesting themes, and good pacing, then you will likely enjoy Fate/Zero (mostly the 2nd season).
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.
Higurashi and Madoka Magica share cutesy character designs juxtaposed by graphic scenes of physical violence and psychological disturbance. Both series begin with a misleading carefree mood - which quickly transforms into an atmosphere of horror and suspense.
Both shows have a light-hearted side to them which is fairly quickly overtaken by madness and violence. There is a focus on friendship in the beginning, adding to the drama when the friends get pulled apart. The characters appear very cute and lovable and the art has similar elements to it as well. Both shows have cute art that remains when the violence and madness come on. I love both of these series to bits and would recommend them both to anyone who likes a thriller!
Psychological, horrific and sets thinking. Both affect the real friendship; comrades, who lost their way; deceiving. Step by step the troubles resolved which caused a complicated ending. And both of them have the things, you expect the least.
Both commit psychological warfare upon your brain.
Both have outstanding and memorable characters and an intense story build up!!! (WITH A BAD ASS FINALE)
Both have a crazy amount of action and innovation that will keep you hooked for hours
Both anime start out very different from how they actually portray themselves later in the story, leaving gaps in the plot which only get made sense of as the story goes on - i.e. very psychological. Both contain a lot of deaths, and a mix of "moe" slash gruesome atmosphere. It's not what it seems.
Both put the design of moeblob characters and add them into dark scenarios.
Higurashi has gore and is more focused on mystery and murder.
Madoka is less violent, but still surreal.
You can see some similarities in the plot elements as well, such as replaying time.
Both are recommended for brutal moe fans. But Madoka has 99% less blood than Higurashi so far as I know, so pick your poison.
Highly recommended for horror/thriller fans as well.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are both shows that are pretty deceiving at first. Both shows start with a cutesy, moe atmosphere until revealing their true colors eventually. Both shows can be somewhat disturbing at times. Both shows have a similar concept to them. Both shows have a solid cast of characters. And finally, both shows are great at what they do. Higurashi is a solid horror, mystery anime while Madoka Magica is my definite go-to magical girl anime. I definitely recommend both of these anime cause chances are that if you enjoyed one, then you'll most likely enjoy the other. But that's just my opinion. read more
I wouldn't call "Madoka Magica" a shoujo for the same reason I wouldn't call "Made in Abyss" a shounen. Both turn their respective genre on its head, and there's something of a "shock factor" that comes with it.
Do you enjoy anime with an adorable art style that are actually pretty messed up? Trust me, either one of these series will not let you down! Both series feature a young adolescent girl as the protagonist and have similar art styles. The total number of episodes (currently on 5/22/18) for both is low, so they are both a short and sweet watch. The pacing of both series is fast and will keep you guessing.
• Both have deceptively moe character design/art styles and an innocuous premise (magical girl, fantasy/adventure), but traverse down much darker paths than initially expected.
• Both have a young, innocent female main character who perseveres through whatever trials are thrown at her without losing her faith or resolve.
• Both have tragic characters who are disfigured or transformed in some way.
• Both have aspects of magic or fantasy that reveal themselves as much darker than initially expected throughout the course of the narrative (Madoka and the Soul Gems, Abyss and the Curse of the Abyss).
A cutesy artstyle masks a grim reality and a story that steadily grows darker in tone, all of this while going through truly unique backgrounds, surreal in one case and fantastic in the other, but astoundingly beautiful in both cases.
If you liked it, you have to watch this anime for sure. Both have artstyle different from the one we are used to. And the plots are both... interesting and different. The immature kind-hearted female protagonist is confronted with a "cruel" world in both animes.
Note: it's difficult to recommend it without spoiling too much, so just take my advise and go watch it!
The plot may seem different, but if you enjoyed Made in Abyss or Madoka Magica you should try the other one as they both share a dark plot mixed with really great, cute and "childish" art. If you like stories that are not as shiny they look, I really recommend you both of them!
Innocent kids and dark revelations always seem to mix oh so well. They share dark and baleful undertones and once the story sets in, the cruel reality is revealed! They're both full of twists, sinister themes, and an engaging narrative.
They're recommended watches if you're looking for a gritty anime that isn't everything it appears to be.
Both are huge in terms of their scopes.
Both feature sudden dark twists and turns.
Both shows are good at making the audience want to learn more about the world/setting.
Both feature very young, but extremely well written characters who have to face large dangers and interesting situations.
Both are heavy in terms of carrying tons of emotion and meaning.
Both are beautiful but also frightening.
Dark setting and surreal ambiance wrapped in a cute , colourful package. It's not what it seems to be at first sight. Both pictures a struggle with destiny. There are also important plot developmnets based on characters ambiguity. Both shares vague endings that won't satisfy everyone, especially those who like things to be clear.
Both start out fairly pleasantly and "normal." However, the plots quickly take a turn to dark atmospheres and philosophical messages.
Both have a unique and interesting art direction and high quality sound design. If you like one of them, you'll probably enjoy the other as well.
I think they have a very similiar feeling and overall theme. Both make huge turns and deivate from what you would probably expect the show to be like just looking at their design. They have pretty similiar aestheticS as well! They both have very huge contrasts and a surreal element to them. Sometimes really sweet and sometimes dark and psychedelic. Both, to me, also feel very eerie and disturbing (In a good way ^^). If you like one of them you'd probably like the other!
Both are a bit over the top a times.
Both have a slice of life element that is more filler and padding than relevance to the central plot.
Both appear to have a magical girl(s) aspect.
Both are much darker than they initially appear.
Both have some rather abstract, surreal animations in some scenes.
Both have a "magical" element to them and get twisted in the end. Both also contain characters fighting for each other. While Madoka Magica and Mawaru Penguindrum strive to complete different goals, you may enjoy this anime as it is still similar.
Both are out of the ordinary magical girls shows targeted at a mature audience with similar protagonists who share a similar relationship. They both also have a cute design who can fool the viewer on their true nature.
Madoka is much more dark and psychedelic than Nanoha, though.
Both of them prove that it's still possible to create a mahou shoujo anime that is both original and creative. They both play with your emotions - while Nanoha just tickles them, Madoka kills them mercilessly.
Come on! Magical Girls? Kick ass girls? Yup. Both have them. But these shows are no ordinary magical girls that kids these days should watch, particularly Madoka. Be warned to get fckd up in Madoka. In a good way.
Rather than the typical romance series aimed at shoujo audiences, both of these series have more mature themes.
Additionally, the story gets darker with each episode progresses. There are also sci-fi themes as well as containing drama, action, and comedy (less so in later episodes).
Nontheelss, these two series are not your typical magical girl anime(s).
Both start off as generic magical girl shows before becoming drastically different. While Madoka starts becoming much darker, Nanoha focuses more and more on action. Both have almost completely female casts and a lot of yuri subtext.
Both are magical girls shows but Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a much darker anime and unlike a magical girl story anyone would expect. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha appeals better to more audience and much less serious compared to Madoka Magica. Its best if you watch both of them.
Both normal school girls came across a magical injured creature that asked for their help and it changes their life forever. Fighting to protect the people they love from dangerous beings. Unlike 'Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica' , 'Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha' have a longer story line, and it definitely won't disappoint you if you watched it. 'Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha' starts from the main character as a school girl to a full grown adult. This anime was the first anime I watched and I instantly fell in love with it.
You might think "these are just some uninteresting magical girl animes where they have magic and fight some monsters" but actually these 2 have a much deeper story and heavy subjects than you might have thought.
Nanoha is more of a warm-up on knowing about the magical girl genre before going to the real deconstructive drama of Madoka. Both are basically magical girl series that apply to a mature audience, with Nanoha having occassional fanservice and an easier-to-follow storyline and Madoka featuring a twisted, multi-layered plot.
Both can be dark
Use time Magic in simaler ways
Simaler people for example the kyube and the time god + assistant
Both are great dark animes that make you relly think about what you have watched
Both have quite diferent art styles mixed into the normaly with gives them both very indeviual looks and finaly they are both epic
Both are mind fucks to the core yet are ridiculously awesome!
If you love mystery and want memorable scenes then these anime are right for you!
Both have a dynamic story line with twists and turns around every corner. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!
both question true intentions & the existance of life.
Mirai Nikki has intense questions
Madoka has subtle questions
Mirai is more graphic than Madoka, if you've watched Madoka but not Mirai Nikki please reconsider.
Both important to philosophy & have rad characters
Made me question life a bunch of times.
Both have extremely dark undertones, and both take a couple episodes to get running. Though Mirai Nikki blasts you faster, Madoka also hits you in the face. Both have:
-Strong Character Development
-A mysterious heroine that gets revealed later through the series
-An ending that will drive you off a cliff
Though their plots differ, their dark themes, messages, and characters will make you love one if you preferred the other.
Even though, from a first approach, you could mistake Mirai Nikki for a shounen and Mahou Shojo Madoka for a fantasy/shoujo/magical girl anime, don't be fooled. Before anything, they are thrillers. Their intrigues can be related, but on the same time they are not actually that similar (won't say more not to spoil you).
Overall, I make this recommandation because these two anime can give you the same feelings (chills, thrill or WTF), especially when they start to run wild. If you enjoyed watching one, you will enjoy watching the other.
How far would you go for the person you care and love? Are you ready to face the consequences of your actions? Both series have a dark themed atmosphere filled with a sense of mystery and action thrown into the mix. The two contain gore and fighting as well, albeit in their own way. The build up of tension, the drama, and the way the plot unfolds; both series will surely keep you glued to your seats.
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.
From the drama, to the psychological, even the story transitioning, except how the story was portreyed. The Themes are even parallel to one another, except MSMM was designed to look light and SEL was designed to be true to the theme and SEL can get a bit too deep in comparison to MSMM. Compatibility is, as estimated, is roughly over 80%
Serial Experiments Lain And Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica both have these light animations, but with dark undertones(although Lain more so). Madoka and Lain both do not completely know what the world around them really is and they do not know their fate. Both will have you questioning so many things you know.
Both the animes have a dark theme attached to it, and both of the series have this unbelievable plot twist. If you like watching animes with an amazing plot twist at the end, you should definitely check "Serial Experiments Lain" out. As a 1998 anime series, "Serial Experiments Lain" might just be considered better than "Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka".
Madoka and Lain both are seemingly normal girls thrust into a trippy, dark predicament. Both pose some interesting and engaging social and psychological questions. They have a lot more similarities, but diving into these would bring up a lot of spoilers.
I've heard a few people say that Madoka is a rip-off of Lain, touched up for mainstream consumption, however I feel like this is a short-sighted idea. While Madoka clearly does take heavy influence from Lain, the two pose very unique themes and styles. That being said, you might find one a tad redundant after watching the other, but they are both excellent shows in their own right. read more
Both shows contain...
• An MC that seems like normal girl but is capable of much more than she thinks.
• Scenes that can only be described as surreal or other-wordly.
• Simple yet impressive art & animation.
• Shoujo-ai undertones.
• Dark themes.
Lain & Madoka are both shy but otherwise average 14 year-old girls who unknowingly possess a great hidden potential, and their shows follow their journeys in overcoming their uncertainties and discovering said potential. They both find themselves visiting an alternate & distorted dimension throughout their journeys. Certain plot events in each show are also markedly similar. It is quite likely that Serial Experiments Lain helped inspire Madoka Magica.
It's worth noting that Lain faces mostly internal dilemmas while Madoka's troubles are mostly external, but they have a number of similarities as characters and would likely follow similar paths in each other's stories if they swapped places. read more
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.
Surrealism, genre deconstruction, plot made of «double floors» and «rabbit holes», great music solidly integrated with the action, shadow play aesthetics — that's what both series have in plenty. And the similarity between the storylines, though not apparent at first, increases dramatically towards the finale.
Here are some connections:
- Both are psycological series's
- Both feature a cast of school children
- Pink haired girls are leads (how often does a pink haired girl play a minor role)
- There's a curse and witch theme in both
- We have two tales of 'rescuing' and unfortunate party
- Both feature fight scene's in an obscure, art rich dimention
- Dramatic clasical music features in conflict
- Cutsie looking animal* familiars are present
Both series are dark and mind-screwing, despite being called a (mahou) shoujo. Both develop themes of sacrifice, miracle, suffering etc. Soundtrack is fascinating, and battles inspire similiar surrealistic feeling. Postmodern art as it is.
Also, there are naive pink-haired protagonists and strange pets.
As said before, before are deeply psychological and have your fair share of yuri undertones.
The most deep connection I could make between the two that makes me love them so much is how I could relate to the characters and the emotional buildup that follows between deep philosophical questions about life.
Both have magical girls, maybe not in the sense of Precure or Sailor Moon, but they are magical girls and amazing ones at that. There's even the reference to witches which seem to share a similar role in both RGU and Madoka Magica. Definitely watch if you loved RGU.
Both are series that are not what they seem at first, and as it progresses, and if the viewer is attentive, will find increasing depth and multiple meanings. They are works of authorship that are not satisfied with just being "an anime more" with a huge script quality, but not easy to see at first glance.
The most striking similarity between Madoka and Utena are the feelings evoked by the endings. I felt almost the same thing while watching Madoka's ending as I did Utena's. Without giving away too much, both endings are very bittersweet and focused on friendship. Aside from both being magical girl genre breakers, these two anime begin happily, with dark elements layering on little by little. The pacing in both shows is perfect, and you're kept guessing until the very end. Both shows have a unique style of visual expression as well. The yuri subtext in both shows is similar, although it is much, much stronger in Utena (without being too explicit). Both shows are very theme-heavy and carry an alluring element of mysteriousness through to the end. One difference is that Utena is heavy on symbolism, with a much deeper focus on relationships between secondary characters. Overall, Utena has a richer feel than Madoka. It's also a lot weirder (because of the symbolism), but better.
If you have seen Madoka but haven't seen Utena you're missing out. Utena, is, in my opinion, the best anime ever made. Period.  read more
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.
- similar overall feeling and pace as plot progresses
- the expectations of the tropes in each series are deconstructed
- similar dark twists and character development
Basically if you like to see characters break down and get an overall feeling of dread and hopelessness as the universe seems to play against them, this is pretty damn close
Both series considered as "Don't judge from its cover"
Both series plot contains elements of time altering / multiverses,
Both series main character struggle to save their loved ones with a similar method.
Even though at first they doesn't seem similar, both of them are very unexpected in a way that they seem to be a more relaxed kind of series. After 3 episodes (in both of them) you notice that it's the complete opposite tough, that's when they start showing what these animes are really about.
Both of them are about the main characters getting frustrated, overwhealmed, desperate, over situations they feel powerless against. In both of them you end up putting yourself in the place of the main characters and you can actually feel their emotions, and that's what makes those extremely hard to rewatch (at least for me).
There are other similarities such as time travel (Subaru's power seems to have been inspired by one of the characters of madoka, and if that's not the case, they are almost identical) , magic, awesome soundtracks (madoka's ost is just too good), witches, and the list goes on. If you liked one of them you'll almost certainly like the other. read more
Both are popular Darker and Edgier deconstructions of their genres. Madoka deconstructs the mahou shoujo genre popularised by anime like Sailor Moon while Re:Zero deconstructs the isekai genre popularised by anime like SAO. Other deconstructive anime are Neon Genesis Evangelion (deconstructs mecha), Bokura no Hentai (deconstructs the otonotoko genre) and Digimon Tamers (deconstructs mon series)
Both are very original stories in a seemingly un-original setting
Both have thrilling love stories involving time travel, and lots of psychology
They both just give you that beautiful sense of despair, and heart wrenching scenes, and people protecting each other while fighting the adversity in a dark, disturbing world
What thing have in common Evangelion, Madoka Magica and Re:Zero? The three are a critic of their respective genres.
The typical mecha anime show us a main character that is usually a hot-blooded teenager who gets in a robot and saves the world with it along with the power of love and friendship. In Evangelion we see that the idea of putting kids into giant robots is downright insane, a normal teenager can't be expected to mentally endure it.
The typical magical girl (mahou shoujo) anime has as main character a young naive girl of pure heart who gets magical powers and saves the world with them. In Madoka Magica the idea of having young teenage girls fight to death to protect the world is just as crazy as it was with boys in robots, and even if you are a heroine with magical powers you are still human, so you still may suffer from selfish desires, and your emotions make you vulnerable, even with the power of love and friendship.
The isekai (other/different world) anime, where our main protagonist usually is a japanese student/gamer/otaku/NEET/hihikomori that is transported to another world with the purpose to save it, acquiring powers and becoming the hero, (Sword Art Online for example), Re:Zero criticizes this. The show focuses on how a socially withdrawn nerd would really function in a fantasy world, expecting to be a hero, but carrying over all his personal flaws from our world, showing the spectator that he is a simple human trapped in a world he doesn't understand.
This is my personal top 3 of anime that review his own genre and criticizes the cliches, if you are tired of watching plotless anime full of fanservice/ecchi, I recommend you to see the 3 above. read more
These 2 series bring out the darkness of unrealistic things, which some of us wish for sometimes. Re:Zero brings out the darkness of being transported to a parallel fantasy world with cute girls, whereas Puella Magi brings out the darkness of being a magical girl who fights to save the world. These 2 series initially seem to to be lame, but as each episode passes, they become freaking amazing! There's always a lot more to them. Everything is logically explained. A lot of things might seem to shock you!
Both are very dark takes on the mahou shoujo genre, but while Madoka may seem like the more serious of the two, Uta Kata is much better at portraying the physical and emotional damage inflicted on the one who becomes controlled by their power.
Uta~Kata is another darker mahou shoujo anime that successfully deconstructs its genre much like Puella Magi, although it doesn't go to the same lengths. Both show that being a magical girl is not always a good thing (if at all) and characters might have to face some terrible consequences.
Both anime portray the psychological side of magical girls and give us the idea that being a magical girl isn't always fun'n games. Having the power of a magical girl doesn't make you unbreakable nor unbeatable. There is always a dark side to everything.
Both series start out fairly slow, seemingly as an innocent magical girl anime. However, they both start to turn darker as the story proceeds, and show the struggles and changes the protagonist have with being a magical girl. Uta Kata proceeds slower and, somehow, less radical, but I think if you enjoyed Madoka Uta Kata is definitely worth a shot.
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.
They both show the loneliness of people, chosen to fight against evil spirits. Also, these people collect demons' souls and get personal rewards for them (soul gems in Madoka Magica, and gem-stones-like in KnK).
Both have magical-girl type characters. Both main characters get more powerful through friendship. Girly art style with intense fighting. Both are dark fantasies mixed with the supernatural. Similarly likable characters. Beautiful art and music in both.
The two animes are dramatic yet have some joyous moments in it. The main female protagonists in both stories are hesitating on the decision that they have, whether to do it or not. Both stories revolves around killing monsters, which is a sworn duty and a way of living(kind of). These two are really good, could make you stick on the series till you finish it.
Both have characters that have special powers
Both anime have creatures the main character 'hunts'
Both main characters have pink hair
Both anime are very colourful
Both anime have a similar ambiance, but Kyoukai no Kanata is lighter
Both main characters are faced with a difficult choice
Both have the following similarities:
- Two worlds where people get skills, which they use to eliminate monsters to obtain gems.
- The protagonist girl doubts about her own power.
- A dark environment is shown between the doses of comedy and things in life.
Both stories deal with mystical powers, cruel truths, and the discoveries about their warped world. These series also tend to switch art styles in certain moments. However, there are vast differences in the plot lines, although the atmosphere is quite similar.
I really wish that someone had told me about Shinsekai yori when I first watched Madoka. Most of the recommendations on the Madoka page are either "dark" magical girl series or shows that people think are "deconstructions" of certain genres. However, I didn't love Madoka because of either of those things- I liked it because of the way that the plot came together so well; I loved that every detail mattered, and that revelations later in the series were foreshadowed early on. I also liked how Madoka wasn't afriad to tackle big issues. Shinsekai yori is a series that has a similar structure to Madoka, with more aspects of the plot being gradually revealed every few episodes. It also addresses a lot of important aspects of human nature. While Shinsekai yori can sometimes be confusing or difficult to watch (it starts very slowly), it is extremely rewarding, especially for people who like it when the plot is full of twists and turns.  read more
1. the both anime have 5 character
2. well their situation is almost same,
3. their real enemy is kinda have same attitude for the first time , but in the end they show them self that they are evil..
4. good plot and music
At times it is better not to know the truth and play along deceptions, because at times the truth can be most cruel thing of all. Both Shinsekai Yori and Puella Magi Madoka Magica place a strong emphasis on this fact. The protagonists in both the series continually face deceptions and despair. These two series have a dark setting and focus on supernatural mysteries. The dark secrets in both these series are really shocking!!
Both animes deal with preteens bestowed with powers beyond their capacity to comprehend. They also show the dire, hidden consequences that come with the price of being superhuman. In Madoka, the girls are influenced to choose to become magical girls, while in New World, the children are born with superpowers into a society that uses forms of brainwashing and thought control to keep the citizens docile. if you liked one, you'll surely like the orther.
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.
Both of these shows explore the realm of saving people (that's all I can without spoiling). The love between each of the characters is definitely and visibly what drives them. Both of these show also explore the duality of hope and despair, although Madoka Magica does it on a much more contrasting manner.
The music of both anime is quite amazing, and although the art style is different, both are refreshing in their own ways (with Madoka being more abstract and Charlotte being more "normal").
If you enjoyed one, chances are you'll enjoy the other!
Change the fate and saving a important person with the power of time ..
thats presented from both series, the power of time ..
Both have moe design with some dark theme and despair ..
with these unique plot, they become interesting show and very nice ..
Built on the theme of the opportunities granted by superpowers and the sacrifices that come with them. Unfortunately hamstrung by one-cour length, resulting in insufficiently developed characters and plot.
Both Madoka Magica and Charlotte have supernatural elements involved, as well as a seemingly light, fluffy start that takes and a darker, tragic turn. Both protagonists have strong sense of hope and become "heroes".
You are a girl (a hot one) and you wanted to save your friend from something audience never get to know. But there are more than two girls in a show, and you can't get along with one without epic catfighting with the others.
1- Imagine yourself in that kind of situation, with physics-teaching alien who try to save the universe but lack the understanding of human emotion (aka. see human as disposable-condom-used-to-keep-the-excess-magical-power-used-to-save-universe-from-heat-death), and that alien is your employer. You got Magical Madoka.
2- Imagine yourself in that kind of situation in a black and white TV series that ended halfway and never announced sequel. You got BRS. read more
both have 2 worlds it seems, and gives off the same feeling and have really similar points in it. Both first start off with a dark scene, then introduce the characters with a light tone feeling, but gradgually gets darker.
Though the plots of Magica and Black Star are different, the animation is basically the same way. If you love how Magica was drawn, you will love Black Star Shooter. Black Star also has a similar dark tragedy story like Magica, where its a female friend fighting for a female friend. It also involves alternate dimension like scenes. The only real difference is the two girls fight each other as opposed to Magica they fought 'witches'
Dark themes that involve girls of young ages in a journey against the world pretty much. The idea of another world, in Madoka Magic it's the secret world of the witches and in Black Rock Shooter it is where black rock shooter and friends fight and stuff along them lines. Both beautifully made anime and if you like one then you should like the other.
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” is entirely different from what you will experiences on your couch 25 minutes from now on. Both shows, in short, solve a problem of Desperate Housewives using the method of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are even some saws used.
The key idea of both shows is to do everything the audiences never expected to see in that kind of shows (namely Cutesy Magical Girl Revolution and Sparkling Lovey Dovey School Life.) Promote the show as if it was that kind of show, then release stream of bloody depressing nightmare upon unsuspecting audiences ove the course of three months. Only after both show ended that public will know truly what the damp red gory hell was the shows about.
If you are looking for pure viewing pleasures without helluva depressing content, consults critic before start watching any show from now on, or at least take a clean look at rating. Pretty sure no consumers are safe from horrific nightmare trap in the age that directors love to play with surprise element. read more
Both of these shows start out pretty innocent and sweet, but early on there's a plot twist that completely changes the mood of the show. Both of these anime are also famous deconstructions. Madoka deconstructs magical girl anime while School Days deconstructs the harem genre. Both of these shows are worth checking out if you like dark anime.
Nope this is not a joke, these two series have a fundamental similarity which cannot be ignored. These shows fundamentally break down their respective genre by showing you what would happen if people were really thrown into the situations found in anime:
-School days shows what would probably happen if a generic teenager found a harem of girls forming around him
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica shows what would probably happen if young girls were given magical powers and expected to fight
Among the shows you can't judge by their cover you have School Days and Mahou Shoujou Madoka Magica. Despite the apparence they have dark tones, their general concept becomes "clearer" the more episodes you watch, which means it is required to watch many episodes if not all of them "to get it". Due to their uniqueness they are must-watch, at least for reference.
It's harder to appreciate school days than madoka magica though because the concept is somewhat more extreme and school days has also many flaws due maybe to the too ambitious storyline.
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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.
Both of these series have a similar style, both have this naive design that may look like it's just childish anime even when they are so dark and deep. Not only this, but those two also have similar plotlines when it comes to the development of the series. Both are really great at character and plot development. With this said, I could not recommend a better anime that looks like Higurashi.
I was originally going to write yet another recommendation for Steins;Gate, but after a while I decided on recommending Higurashi Kai to PMMM instead. Here's why~
Well, both shows obviously use time travel as a major point of the plot. You can expect to see a character endlessly repeating the same sequence of events over and over again to attain a desired outcome in both.
However, the reason why I didn't just point you guys to the ultimate granddaddy of time travel anime, Steins;Gate, was because both Higurashi Kai and PMMM have a "mysterious" feeling to them. Both give you an uneasy feeling, which is supported by kawaii artstyles and adorable characters, with some seriously provoking themes in the background. Couple this with some immensely satisfying endings, and you have two very similar anime.
If you like one, watch the other. If you haven't seen either, you're missing out on some great stuff here. read more
Time travelling, an dark psychotic atmosphere, the main protagonist suffering like a bitch and a lot of deaths (Higurashi's are goriest). Is easy to see their similities cause Rika and Homura are practically the same character, both having to watch their beloved ones diying, having a very serious personality 'cause the timetravels, watch their friends going crazy in some timelines and both are a hidden protagonist. Although the reason why Rika and Homura go through time are different, the two have to be with saving another people.
Also, the two are masterpieces and this is practically demostrated with their high rating in MAL!
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.
Madoka Magica and Symphogear are magical girl series with the same intent that take place in a futuristic setting, and the protagonist in both is voiced by Aoi Yuuki. The enemies in each have a different art style compared to everything else. Both rely on shock value.
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.
Where Madoka features Magical Girls, Haibane Renmei feature the Haibane or Charcoal Feathers. These two series explore some of the more intricate parts of human nature through a fantasy setting, and the general development of their plots are very similar. Worlds that at first seem to be utopic suggest more melancholic truths, while cute and likable characters deal with heavy existential questions and are forced to make difficult choices.
+ A group of girls who are put into a rough situation where they must work together
+ They look similar to normal humans, but are no longer human
+ Plenty of drama
- Haibane Renmei is calmer with more of eerie mood throughout whereas Madoka Magica has more obvious dark aspects
- Madoka Magica is a magical girl show while Haibane Renmei is an "afterlife" one
At first, both series start with a slow pace but then they both start to get darker and deeper. however, madoka magica takes the turn faster.... both series also have similar atmosphere... you should watch this anime if you haven't, it's awesome. :)
Both of these series are dramas with supernatural elements that have an emphasis on the relationships between compelling female characters. They both start out innocently enough and both have unexpected dark twists. Haibane Renmei is more peaceful and episodic, whereas Madoka Magica is much darker and more suspenseful. Each anime has its own strengths and weaknesses. Madoka has a stronger cast of characters, better writing, and is much more addicting. However, Haibane doesn't really need to have an epic plot that will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat to stand on its own. Haibane's atmosphere, symbolism and character interactions are nothing short of magical. I like to call Haibane "the subtler Madoka" because I found a lot of similarities in the relationship dynamic between the two most important characters in each series. Either way, both of these series are nearly equally matched terms of how they will move you emotionally. If you're looking for something more dark and tragic, try Madoka. In the mood for something more uplifting? Try Haibane. Absolute must watches, the both of them! read more
Both are deconstructions of the magical girl genre and very cerebral. They both also have pretty strong sci fi plots, although the Alien 9 story in the anime doesn't really finish the story started by the manga. Both have excellent animation and some really well designed monsters, which contrast well to the very moe girl characters. Both of them are pretty damn sad and have some super surreal animation sections. Also, both of them are great and I love them.
Alien 9, like PMMM, comes off as an innocent and fun show at first, but slowly devolves into a story about mere children facing the reality of what they've gotten into. Both are extremely interesting to watch despite being " Cute Little Girls in Tragic Situations " shows.
At first glance Madoka Magica and FMA:B seem totally different. One is a shounen show, the other a mahou shoujo show. However when you look past superficial differences the two have quite a bit in common. Both have dark engaging story lines with plenty of foreshadowing and shocking twists. Both have characters who struggle and fight against the terrible things that happened to them and refuse to give up hope. And both involve magic that has a price.
-Sacrificing something to gain something else.
-Very dark (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica is easily the darker of the two though).
-High budget anime with great animation and music.
-Both are classics that must be watched by any anime fan.
Both animes take on a similar trope; in which to obtain something, an equal thing force must be sacrificed. Definitely recommend anyone who has watched FMAB to watch this series. Do not let the title fool you, this series is much darker than you may expect.
Sailor Moon established the Magical Girl genre as it stands today, providing the archetypes that a show like Madoka Magica is manipulating. Both shows center around middle school girls who possess magical powers and use them to fight against evil, accompanied by cute animal guardians which guide their development as heroines. Sailor Moon establishes the storyline that you expect to see replicated in Madoka Magica. Both shows are cute in animation style, which contrasts with their surprising moments of darkness. The young girls in both shows prove to be less naive than they are portrayed, demonstrating acts of personal sacrifice and actively confronting ethical problems. If you are a fan of Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica is an interesting take on the magical girl archetype, and if you enjoyed Madoka Magica but have not watched Sailor Moon I would recommend it as an important predecessor. read more
If you're looking for another top notch magical series, then Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is definitely the series for you! Be warned--it's much darker than Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, but it still showcases what all magical girl series' have to offer: friendship!
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.
Violence, death, torture, friends killed in front of the main character these are not kids shows despite how the openings look. Both shows are about young girls and there friends and start off as innocent stories but as the episodes go on the shows become darker.
Genre deconstruction of their respective genres - for Shadow Star Narutaru, it's 90's 'mons series along like the lines of Pokemon and Digimon, whereas Madoka Magica uses magical girl anime. If you enjoy one or the other for the dark and deconstructive aspects in them, try out the other!
Like everyone said before, The dark side, characters' strong emotions, enemies' strange forms, the ost made By Kajiura Yuki. For me Madoka was strong magical girl then she turn into a normal weak heart girl, in the other side we see strong Alice but she wasn't like this when she was human. We can say they are opposite. Also thankful is the most important point between the characters in these two series. Although the look is different, but they have many similarties. Go and watch them ^^
The art style is very similar in quality. The mixture of sadness, darkness, and a little light humor also is very much alike. Pandora Hearts is basically Black Butler and Madoka Magica mashed together.
- Similar Title (Mahou Shoujo)
- Similar Theme (Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Psychological)
- Very Very Similar Main Character (Asagiri Aya and Akemi Homura)
- If you miss Akemi Homura, just watch this
Both shows attempt to show a more gruesome side to the magical girl genre, through the use of dark themes. While Madoka is generally more consistent with its shifts in tone, both shows explore limits beyond the classic tropes in the genre
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.
Madoka Magica and Kill la Kill are both shows that you have to look past have how they're advertised (Madoka for the the cute magical girls and Kill la Kill for the fanservice) and see them for the deep, underlying themes they have and engrossing plot. Both anime also have great action and animation, as well as some of the best soundtracks in anime to date.
Both were great shows. I was skeptical about both at first, only watching them because they're popular and my friends recommended them, but I love them both.
Both follow a teenage girl who reluctantly accepts power and then later finds out she is extremely powerful for one reason or another.
Both have surprisingly touching endings.
Both have (censored) nudity either from a transformation scene or someone losing their clothes for whatever reason.
Both also have (spoiler that's revealed about one third to halfway in each show) an alien race that guided humanity through evolution for personal gain.
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.
both have an ideal of universal happenings, in some sort of another, both contain action that is relevant and meaningful, but they also leave you with an eerie feeling towards the end, and somewhat through both of them
Both involve a group of characters fighting against some kind of force until they reach a bittersweet end to the story.
Madoka is about girls who face death, and Angel Beats is about kids who want to stay dead together.
Madoka takes the magical girl genre and decapitates it. If you like the concept and you want to see your favorite characters succeed, find love, and well, LIVE, then a classic like Cardcaptor Sakura is what you've been looking for.
Cardcaptor Sakura is such a sweet, delightful show that it's hard not to bounce in your seat each episode. The style (by CLAMP) is clean and bright, and reinforces the tone of the show in the way that Madoka's nightmarish landscapes and dark architecture reinforces its own tone. Madoka and Sakura are both young girls given the power to help others at their own risk, and they're both motivated by love for their friends and family, but how they handle the "magical girl" responsibilities are where they differ most greatly.
Both shows have secondary characters with rich stories, but Cardcaptor Sakura manages to depict really subtly complicated relationships in touching ways without resorting to killing off each character. Like Madoka, Cardcaptor Sakura does have some light yuri, yaoi, and everything else, but never shows anything explicit or overtly sexual, since most of the characters are still kids. Cardcaptor Sakura is definitely not as dark as Madoka, but it's not a fluff anime. Each character experiences longing, jealousy, loss and self-doubt, but each also manage to overcome, which is what makes this show so uplifting and inspiring.
Cardcaptor Sakura will leave you feeling satisfied with your emotional journey without breaking your heart as violently as Madoka. read more
If you like magic girl with a twist, then you'll like Madoka Magica.
Both Flip Flappers and Madoka Magica contain magical girl elements from the genre, as well as fantastical animation when it comes to the alternate realities presented in both shows. In Flip Flappers, that world is Pure Illusion; in Madoka, it is the worlds the witches implant in the area.
Madoka and Flip Flappers are both meant for more mature audiences than kids, and they both feature girls soul searching. I'd say give Madoka a try if you liked Flip Flappers, and vice versa.
-Both have characters fighting (with blood, sweat, and tears) for their destinies.
-The main characters in both anime have similar personalities: Madoka = Gon - Homura = Killua
-Both are dark, violent, and edgy, the difference is that Madoka is a magical girl anime while HxH is an action adventure fighting shounen.
-HxH has more lighthearted moments than Madoka
-Madoka is more popular (and overrated) than HxH even though Madoka has 12 episodes (and the Rebellion movie) while HxH has 148 episodes.
At first glance, they seem like pretty happy-go-lucky series to watch for fun and a bit of good action. As you keep watching, you realize that they're not happy series. Actually, they're closer to black holes. There's lots of drama, violence (more so in HxH), and dark concepts.
They both have somewhat childish and misleading art and character designs.
Main protagonist is a young naive person.
Both series start out happy-go-lucky, until the drama begins later on. Madoka Magica is shorter and focused on a psychological thriller side, while Hunter x Hunter takes it's action into more darker levels after it's given moment, while being less weirder.
While very different in themes and story, Madoka's and Hidasketch's character designs were created by the same person and look notably similar. Both series were also animated by the same studio, Shaft, which is known for its unique style of cinematography. If you loved the art and animation in Madoka Magica but want to watch a light slice of life, then you will probably enjoy Hidamari Sketch.
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 and Kyuubey. The character interactions almost feel identical, even Saito Chiwa was able to carry that cold aura from Hitagi into Akemi.  read more
Both have dense dialouges.
Both have characters that tilt their heads in a slow-motion fashion
If you liked the way monogatari created design and color that stood apart from other anime you'll find Madoka very suitable to your liking, with its alternative worlds and hallucinogenic nature
They may not be too similar like you are thinking, but since they're made by SHAFT, you'll expect similar stuff on both:
-Twists on the storyline
-Similar Japanese voice cast
-Slow-motion head tilts
This recommendation is mostly because of the directing and art of each show - Madoka is, at times, a toned down version of Monogatari in that sense, and the trippy art direction is something I consider to be a huge plus. Not to mention many of the voice actors that were in Bakemonogatari also appear in Madoka Magica and do a great job (e.g. Homura and Senjougahara are voiced by the same person). Granted, there are large differences in the plot and themes of each show, but I think that there are enough similarites there so if you liked one, there's a better than average chance you'll like the other. read more
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.
A bit odd one at first glance - what could a dark fantasy story and a magical girl anime have in common? Well, in this case, plenty.
By now Madoka Magica is widely famous for being an unconventional, dark deconstruction of the magical girl genre, and it shares many similarities with Claymore.
The two stories are very dark and mature both in their presentation and themes, and share many tropes like the "Despair Event Horizon", being set in a gloomy, crapsack world and having an all-female cast of characters.
Both shows have great artwork ( although Madoka is clearly on a whole different level ) and feature virtually no fan service whatsoever. Both are heavily character-driven and tragic, and both stand out in their respective genres for subverting, averting or inverting many of the established tropes.
While Claymore and Madoka are birds of a feather in sharing dark and mature themes, their main difference is in their respective narrative forms; Madoka being a brilliant example of a modern tragedy, and Claymore being a drama. The basic difference between these two narrative forms is that a drama puts the heroes in control, and they are defined by their saving graces, while a tragedy toys cruelly with its characters, who fall because of their one glaring flaw.
Both Claymore and Madoka are tragic, but only one of them is a *tragedy*.
Although both shows may look completely different on the superficial level (mainly in the style of animation), they are in many ways similar. Madoka Magica basically retells premise and parts of Claymore's narrative in its own cute-looking nightmarish world*, while adding much more plot twists, character development and using much broader set of plot devices. And it doesn't focus on battles so heavily. This is sort of one-way recommendation - if you like Claymore and you are not scared off by moe art style, the chances are you will love Madoka Magica. In the other direction it's more difficult to say - Madoka being so much more than Claymore - so the chances are lower, nonetheless they are still there. read more
Action-packed anime with strong lead female character. Magica's cute animation is different from the seinen style in Claymore, but I think both are very similar in the character development and story. The kind of fast-paced anime that picks your curiosity. These two shows are perfect to binge watch !
They are both short and dark, with no actual protagonists or antagonists, merely people with different ethics. The ethics in C are very interesting, especially to apply to other situations. Like in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the combat isn't the primary concern, with C spending more time analysing the consequences.
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.
Madoka Magica borrows some imagery from Kannazuki no Miko. Two main characters are very similar in both shows. And so are their dynamics and motivations - much more than it initially looks (especially considering Madoka Magica:Rebellion movie). But telling why exactly would be walking into heavy spoiler territory - plot twists play significant role in both series.
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.
Anime-original stories about teenage girls forced into a difficult fight against dark forces, with unique visuals and compelling character arcs. Madoka is more of a cosmic horror story that focuses on the girls' individual struggles against despair and seemingly unbeatable foes, whereas Red Garden is more of a gothic horror story that focuses on the deterioration of the girls' social lives and the bonds they form with each other. Both have loose sequels (Rebellion & Dead Girls) that explore the consequences of their respective series' endings in ways that are both bonkers and brilliant.
Both of these series are darker twists on the Magical Girl trope. In PMMM the main characters become magical girls in after in exchange for a wish, but find out being a magical girl isn't all sparkles&frills. While in Red Garden the girls find out that they were brought back to life (with new powers) to fight on one side of a feud that's been going on for many years. The main characters fight in the hope that once it's over they can go back to their lives.
PMMM has more of a focus on the "magical" part though in RG their powers seem to be limited to enhanced strength(&they don't under go transformations). As both series progress it is revealed that their situations are much more complicated than their mentor characters originally let on.
Both of these magical girl titles start out light-hearted, but have a darker twist to them as the story progresses. While Madoka has that twist much earlier in the show and Pretear has a slower start, both end up being darker than your average mahou shoujo anime. One of the key ideas in Madoka is also explored in Pretear, though in a slightly different way. This is a spoiler though, so you'll just have to watch them to find out. Overall, both are mahou shoujo series that are more than meets the eye, though Madoka has a much higher art and writing quality and Pretear is still very much a shoujo series. read more
(only read if you've actually watched pretear)
They contain both the elements that magical girls turn into witches once their despair piques. Though Madoka's a lot darker and gruesome, the storyline is way more profound. It's a good watch but don't expect the slap-stick comedy we see in pretear (not even in the beginning).
Both anime start off cutesy and lighthearted, but then explore more serious, darker themes. While the main character is put in depressing, traumatic situations, they still persevere and try to stop bad things from happening. Madoka is a Mahou Shoujo while Brigadoon involves mecha/sci-fi influences
Even though they have totally different plots, a lot about both animes are really similar. It seems that the main theme of the whole anime is despair. There is also a mysterious, unknown creature who seems to be in control of the main characters. Through the series, more people continue to die. There's also a shocking plot twist at the ending. Both of these animes are sort of "special" there's really no show that can be compared to them.
Cute girls in a surreal landscape fight strange abominations, while moe and light-hearted slice of life scenes contrast a dark, psychological drama complete with plot twists and a copious amount of mindfucks. These two are practically twins!
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. Overall, I think that if you take each story seriously for their themes of friendship, regret, and perseverance despite despair, you'll enjoy each of them.  read more
Both shows are fueled by friendship, and take the viewer on an emotional rollocoaster in pursuit for the greater good, both stories disguise themselves in hollow shells, but once you fully break them apart, everything becomes clear.
I will say no more, but you really must try it :)
I'd like to think that the general structure and concept of Madoka Magica was inspired by the Little Busters! Visual Novel, specifically the true route, Refrain, which this recommendation is an adaptation of. (You'll need to watch the first season of Little Busters! to watch Refrain, however)
It's hard to go into detail without spoilers for either series, but I will say that some overlapping themes are near identical. Mostly the struggles a single character will go through.
A battle of wishes; a battle to see whose dream will prevail over others. At first, it seems to be a fantasy to the girls in both series, but the darkness and magic that is present makes this all possible to both girls of these series.
To those who have watched both Madoka Magica and WIXOSS, the similarities between the two must be blatantly obvious. The battle of dreams through the idea of magic (whether it be cards or magical powers themselves) are what drives these anime series to their fullest potential; a black desire that hides behind the frilly dresses and innocent smiles that seeks to destroy the world. Both shows have a diverse cast of characters, each with their own dream that defines their existence and their desires. There was also a common enemy, which is someone much like them tainted in darkness. This made the show thrilling and suspenseful despite the innocence. The abstract art and concepts of sacrifice and friendship were dominant over the two series, and this is what makes them excellent examples of the battle of girls' dreams.
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 you glued to your seat throughout the season. I'm out of synonyms for glued already. read more
Concept of stones is somewhat, only somewhat similar, the making and breaking of friendships, the hardships of one's fate. Concept overall is similar. Both are anime that show that happy times then take it all away.
If you like one, you'd definitely like the other. Both are really good anime
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 and if you enjoyed one, you'll surely enjoy the other! read more
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 is much easier to prove untrue. (I'm not saying it is.)
No one is recommending you to learn quantum physics by watching anime. It's just that if you love epic-scale sci-fi setting with characters messing with laws of the universe, these are the shows for you. read more
It is not the anime but the manga that I recommence to all MadoMagi fans. Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE starts off as a cute shonen with a love story between Syaoran and Sakura (cf Cardcaptor Sakura). But at the very half of the manga (which corresponds to the Tokyo Revelation OAVs), things take a really darker tone.
Both series have similar themes (the price of wishes, trying to bring the dead back to life, temporal paradoxes due to travels back time, sacrifice, justice...), both series feature a lot of suffering, both series have great characters, both series surprise you with excellent plot twists. And both series have an OST by Yuki Kajiura x) read more
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 their soul gems. If the gems are not purged, then they, in return, will receive a cruel fate.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo:
The protagonist Makoto Konno is a bit of an airhead, innocent, and caring but also involves herself with Time Leaping, which enables her to shape her past. Her aunt (the protagonist of the prequel) explains this is 'natural' and to be careful while she's time traveling, but she is doing it almost every second of the day. Hysterical emotions wage within you, reverting to laughter, and quick terror. Personally, this had my heart racing with all the stupid actions she took. T_T She involves herself, not only with the death, but as well as an impossible romance~! read more
Both are about girls who gain a strange new ability that seems awesome at first but they soon learn there are great consequences. Both involve time travel where characters have to go back and redo events to save someone they care for. Both get more suspenseful towards the end. Madoka and Makoto are also very similar. They're quirky, they're a bit clumsy, but most of all, they love their friends dearly. Both have unconventional endings that leave you with questions. I can't get enough of these anime so if you loved one, you'll love the other!
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.
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.
They're in the same manga distribution in Japan, and not far off from one another on the Tokyo broadcast. In my honest opinion, they complement each other perfectly. Madoka Magica, however, is very dark, much more than Yumekui Merry. If you liked this anime without the occasional comedic relief, give it a shot.
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.
Same deal, cute little innocent girls suffer for our entertainment.
I guess at this point everyone in the solar system has heard the name of Madoka, so I wouldn't say much about that.
If you can get pass the ridiculous premise of Gunslinger Girl (well it's an anime), you may be surprised by how subtle the show is handled instead of making it as loud as possible. There is no super hyper character, no crazy plot twist or epic music, all you have is a great atmosphere created with good pacing, expert timing editing, great voice acting and appropriate music. Instead of trying to make you care about the characters, the show just presents them as real people with real emotion, little girls act like little girls even though they are messed up at some level. When a character died, it's genuinely sad rather than shocking or comedic, almost nothing is exaggerated. With all these care and passion the creator put into the show, they successfully create a truly unique work that is not just a copy and paste of some previous successful works, which makes the show more immersive and enjoyable. With well executed gun battles and one of the best use of classical piece in anime as icing on the cake, even though you may not be impressed but I doubt you would ever be angered by it.
Turns out when it is done well, little girls suffering can be really sad.
Damn it. Somehow I mess up the order, it should be the other way around.
Btw, Mal is such a tsundere, she wouldn't let me change. read more
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.
At first, both anime seem like lighthearted magical girl shows. However, further into each series you can see a deeper, darker storyline develop. Madoka Magica is the darker of the two series, while Fate/kaleid is more comedic.
Both are a dark twist on the concept of magical girls.
Although Fate/Kaleid has much better animated fight scenes than Madoka, along with a better looking animation style, it's story doesn't meet the quality of Madoka's.
Plus, in Madoka, the girls are forced to fight witches or else, and in Fate/Kaleid, she isn't forced to fight, she just chooses to.
And Fate/Kaleid is bloodier.
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.
Both series have characters with magical powers.
Both series have the main characters going to school who are not involved in the conflict between mages. (Shirou / Madoka)
Both series show situations where the population is in danger due to the presence of unknown and mysterious enemies.
Both series show at the end of very intense and epic battles ..
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.
✔ Almost the same idea - A superpower grants a wish of yours in exchange of 'you' (the one - in exchange of your soul; the other one - in exchange of your life and powers). That wish in the both of the anime must be considered very well before making the contract.
✔ Both are supernatural thrillers
✔ Both look boring in their beginnings but then some thrilling things start to happen and then you're mindf*cked
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.
In a facet of artwork which revolves around an dynamic plot one could argue against these similarities as one is episodic and the other series' based.
However, where art and thriller is concerned both shows are exceedingly similar in psychological aspects.
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.
Similarly has an all-female main cast with a range of powers (but no bullshit fan service thankfully.)
Madoka Magica explores darker (It's way darker than LWA) themes but just like Madoka, there is a lot of regard for characterization and quite a few of the characters are given time to shine, and there are no characters clowned by the writers.
What you see is definitely not what you get when it comes to either of these series. In addition to a similarly dark atmosphere, storytelling tone, and soundtrack, both are heavily stylized stories that hide the true meaning behind allegory and symbolism.
In the case of Madoka Magica, these stylizations are primarily visual, using bright colours and children's toys for symbolic meaning. In Kara no Kyoukai, the stylization also extends beyond the visual and into the story-telling, by breaking away from a standard chronological order of events. As a result, the same feeling of mystery follows you from one series to another.
In both, characters have powers determined by their wish/fighting spirit. Both have creatures stronger than human and character that can stop time. Both anime are violent in tehir own way. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is more psychological, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is more horror.
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 insistence of the protagonist—though everything is torn apart when the main character meets a girl or unknown origin.
In which order do these characteristics describe the respective shows? It's up to you to decide; for me, the characteristic describes both of the shows perfectly~ read more
Although Madoka is about a Mahou Shoujo, and FLCL is about a boy who met an alien, they are similar in that, although they believe that they live a normal life, they are dragged into a whirlpool of adventure and sadness in which their lives are changed. None of the protagonists had a choice, and the plot progression for both are incredibly fast. Both are very confusing as to what really happens to the protagonist, and how the plot moved from one place to the next.
As you watch these two anime, you are surprised by how imaginative the authors must be in order to create something that is so out of this world. Besides the chaotic nature of the two, the plot is also surprisingly full instead of the meaningless jumble that people usually see in chaotic anime. In addition, both are completely hand drawn, which reminds us of the talented people that the producers must have hired. Both are amazing anime, and if you like Madoka, you would most definitely enjoy FLCL.
They both have similar plot devices in the use of a non-human mentor to the main character as well as a saving the world plotline. As well as this, both shows are different to what they seem at first glance.
There are also a couple of other similarities but to share them would be huge spoilers.
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.
-Both have happy moments or art only to trick you by taking a dip for the worst shortly after
-Both have characters with specific powers they use to change the life of a girl voiced by Aoi Yuuki.
-Both shows are scored by Yuki Kajiura
-You feel the race against time in both shows utilizing the concept in similar ways.
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.
Both series' conflicts are centered on the characters fighting off Eldritch Abominations that can strike at any time, and pose a lethal (or rather, in both cases, the closest equivalent to lethality) threat to these fighters.
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
Althrough Universe is just a music video and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a tv show, Universe will imidiately remind you of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica while watching it, as the animation is made in the same style as worlds of witches in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica so every fan will sure enjoy this short music video.
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 none of the latter at all at all.
Madoka, however has more plot twists and (in my opinion) more cunning and nicely animated fighting scenes.
Concerning the dark plot and the violence, Elfen Lied throws its cards on the table in the very beginning, while it takes a little longer for Madoka to reveal its true colors...
On a site note, both series include classical artworks plus ideas and concepts based on or referring to those and are therefore also nice pieces for the intellectual individuals among us who love to read between the lines. Furthermore, they are not about a simple fight between good and evil and I have rarely experienced such a blurry border between those two positions in anime as in these pieces, so prepare to be thought provoked…
Finally, both shows are rather short but nevertheless well-executed (around 13 episodes) and have amazing and really touching endings that provide a nice closure to the series, making them a definite must-see for every fan of the psychological Seinen genre. read more
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" because of its not realistic representation of emotions. But, ultimately, i still like both of them and think, that if they-re not masterpieces, they're at least original and stylish. read more
Both anime venture deep into what a human's soul is. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika focuses on the concept of karma and balance in the universe while Jigoku Shoujo focuses on the weaknesses and ugliness of the human heart. Although those two topics may seem pretty abstract, the two anime are pretty similar. They are both thought-provoking and out-of-the-ordinary anime series. Both start out with many bad endings but there is eventually a good end.
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.
The theme of magical girls in combat filled with action plays a central role in both of these epic series. Although Madoka leans into more of the psychological side as well, both of these anime(s) draws spectacular battle scenes that are pleasant to eyes of viewers interested in action.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
Both anime portray the psychological side of magical girls and give us the idea that being a magical girl isn't always fun'n games. Having the power of a magical girl doesn't make you unbreakable nor unbeatable. There is always a dark side to everything.
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.
While 11 eyes is not as polished as Madoka, they share some similarities. In both of them, student will gain powers, will fight monsters in an alternate reality and the plot become darker as the anime progress.
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?
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.
They are very similar in tone. Both have the idea that there are lots of magical girls out there in the universe. That’s right, I would compare Sailor Moon to Madoka in terms of how dark they are. They’re both emotional and amazing.
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 find interesting reading the bloody horror oneshot "The End In Common Ruin" by the artist Mitsuzaku Mihara, about two lolita sisters with a morbid relationship. read more
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.
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.
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 factors that make them both enjoyable animes to watch. read more
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.
So, finding yourself a tad disapointed with Houkago no Pleiades? Well, this season has a nother magical girl anime, though it is darker. If you are wanting Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and want a quick watch, this isn't a bad choice, though it isn't the best of the genre.
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.
Different genre (PMMM is about magical girls, Koe is a slice of life drama), but both have the same protagonist who is suffering because of their foolish actions.
Both have intense and serious subject matter, despite both having a "lighthearted" artstyle, although PMMM has more violence.
Both anime have weird camera-angle-shots that are artfully pulled off. Ef employs this more while Madoka Magica only uses it sparingly. However, you can really see the emotions of the scene at work in those shots.
-Both are very dark, violent, and tragic anime that involves guts, killing and determination.
-The difference is that Madoka is more on magical girls, while SnK is an action fantasy series focused on apocalyptic situations such as slaying Titans.
-Both are very overrated and popular anime that are highly recommended to those who are watching anime for the first time.
Both these anime are not what they seem at first glance. The third episode in both should tell you that. Both Madoka Magica and Etotama are in the moe art style. While this anime has 13 girls to Madoka's 5, all the girls are very diverse and seem to be more than your generic harem girls. The girls in Etotama transform in a magical girl esque way. Madoka Magica is far darker than the two, and Etotama is a comedic parody of the Chinese Zodiac, but if you really think about it, they're really similar when you watch the first three episodes...
The reality for some might not be holding all the truth, that is the premise of both manga. Either madoka or re:creators show to the public a different kind of history involving mahou shoujo. The only thing important to mention is that in re: creators the mahou shoujo plot is well developed but it still is only a small portion of the main theme presented.
Not your average magical girl series -- not by a long shot! Both series take the framework of the traditional magical girl series and turn the tropes and trappings of the genre on their heads. Panty & Stocking goes for vulgarity and sexuality while generally keeping a light tone, while Madoka keeps the frills and cuteness but goes darker than you'd think the genre would allow. Both work well as deconstructions of the magical girl genre, while taking it in completely different directions.
Rokka no Yuusha is story of a group of hero fighthing demon king, while Madoka is a group of magical girl fighting nightmare. Well, that was the base concept of the both story.
But in both show, they focusing in different conflict, not the normally (fighting demon king/nightmare). Instead it is about the internal conflict between member of the group. And the fighting enemy part just like below 80% of the total show.
both anime is about friendship, about friends who is helping each other,
Madoka is about girls, Rainbow - about boys
Madoka have tragic ending, Rainbow - happy ending
these anime is so much different from each other but it was my favorite before Madoka...
also the main character have died, nothing more related, no magic stuff, just slice of life but if you're looking sad, tragic anime based about friendship then i recommend you watch Rainbow.
both anime are about girls with magic and special powers that are kept secret from normal poeple
both anime have dark secrets about the characters and plot twist
they both have cute animals and stuffed toys that move and talk
Both go at a fast pace to keep it interesting but slow down the pace to keep storylines and characters developing. They also tell a story of a main character who starts off as a weakling who feels useless but the character develops into a mature, brave hero. Oh, and they also have a cute red-ponytailed girl as a companion to their brutal adventure.
The difference is that Gurren Lagann is a Mecha anime and Madoka Magica is a Magical Girls anime.
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 spoil anything. If you enjoyed one of them, you'll enjoy the other. read more
=Just like Madoka Magica is a deconstruction of a magical girl genre, Yugioh Arc-V like Yugioh GX is a deconstruction of the card game 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.
-Great animation, music, and character designs
-Both feature casualties that are very important to the plot and the psychological side of the main character and are similar as well.
-Both shows deal with themes such as the nature of ideals in similar ways
-The deepness of the story, and the way the Main Characters thinks at the ends are same.
to save the worlds.
-Both go at a fast pace to keep it interesting but slow down the pace to keep storylines and characters developing. read more
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.
Deconstruction of the genre is the point of both shows that sets them apart from the other shows with the same genre. They are both dark and have the heroes fight to save the world but at the same time deal with reality and psychological development.
If you watched and enjoyed Madoka Magica for what is was then you understand how a show can be silly, cute, and fun on the surface, but dark, sinister, and mysterious underneath. Kemono Friends is, without spoiling anything, basically that. The cgi will turn many away, it almost turned me away, but after watching it, I truly have come to enjoy this show for what it is; childish and silly on the surface, but dark and mysterious in subtle ways.
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~
•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.
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 ^^
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.
Both deal with making a wish and a price. Both are pretty dark. While Madoka is darker,and XXXHolic is just gothic. XXXholic implies the price of making a wish even more since it's implied throughout the whole series.
Both are centered around a younger crowd and have a dark artistic style to them. The story lines themselves aren't particularly similar but the style is simalar. Another is atmospherically darker. Madoka may feel at first like it's too "pink" but it gets darker very quickly and becomes very interesting.
The first episodes are similar. The anime begins with a slow start and an apparently moe/fanservice story, but after few episodes you'll understand that the very story is Really dark with symbolism and deep meanings. Give it a chance. Both two are Really great.
I personally think these two anime are similar because the main character's lives change drastically, but in different ways. Both main characters meet new friends in school, and face challenges with them.
-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 AD they focus more in het)
-Absolute Duo is a Ecchi and Madoka Magica is Mahou Shoujo
-Absolute Duo is more romance
Both share: cute characters, ordinary beginnings that create a false sense of comfort, decent action, (sometimes) deep introspection of key characters, twisted themes, unexpected tone shifts, and a more-or-less successful deconstruction of their original genres.
Both Madoka and Samurai Flamenco are decent deconstructions of the magical-girl and super-hero genres respectively, but Madoka is much more focused and consistent in it's analysis of narrative/character tropes. Flamenco (unexpectedly) goes fairly deep into some of it's key cast members, even more so than Madoka at times, but the constant shift in character responses/genre/themes made Flamenco's narrative far less believable and effective than it could have been, in which case Madoka is certainly the superior of the two. But don't write either off, give them both a try. read more
Both are super artsy shaft productions. Very similar art style. Both are in a school setting. nearly all characters are female. Both manage to have very strong moe vibes while not being completely basic.
Both feature all female lead characters who get involved with top secret operations. One fights witches, while the other engages in espionage. Although staring very cute high school age girls, they both deal with very dark subject matter and heavy moral obligations; the difference being Princess Principal was more upfront about it. The biggest similarity would have to be in the character personalities and motivations. Much like every character in Princess Principal is different and has different reasons for joining, each character in Madoka are very different with different motivations. Watching them all try to work together despite these differences is what makes both shows great. read more
In Both 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica' & 'Kokoro Connect' normal students come across something that is not of this world and is not all what it seems. When both groups come across this new phenomenon they think of it has fun or harmless but as they learn more about it the darker it gets and they are all eventually in locked in some sort of psychological problems, For Madoka they learn more about the 'Mahou Shoujo' and learn what just what the cost of becoming one is, As for Kokoro the little game they had at the start turns into darkness and despair as they learn the scars in each others hearts and it eats away at them eventually destroying their friendship. Both groups of characters in each anime then have to overcome these problems but who can they trust? In both the level of trust between everyone is slim and they must overcome mountains of problems if they wish to fix their relationships. Their psychological troubles are just beginning. read more
-characters fight to protect innocent people destroying evil, fighting for justice.
-character's who's protecting people from evil are to be unknown from the world/they don't exist.
-both dark and deep anime
-both gain powers from a master
-both fight the evil in order to grant one wish
Second season of Masou Shoujo Meduka Meguca begins after Walpurgis Yoru in the realm where Meduca no longer exists. Her incarnation Kurokami Medaka isn't so pathetic as her origin but they two share the same goal: to help every ningen around. Protagonists in both MSMM and MB have Ikari Shinji-like teammate, who is in love with them.
Series are different for many reasons but at the same time they have lots of similarities that I can't deny.
Both series are centered around world destiny and its protection.
Both have action.
Both deal with time travel in one way or another but not at the level like say Steins;Gate.
Both have very protective characters.
Both series are quiet heavy and depressing.
Both series have characters who are ready to do almost anything for another.
Both Madoka and the Precure series are originals Magical Girls that can be watched and enjoyed by grown-ups. While Madoka is very dark and psychological, Fresh Precure is bright and colorful but has a really interesting plot and thus is not only for children.
Both anime start like your common Mahou Shoujo, with a girl meeting a magical creature and discovering that she can have magical powers ; but then it evolves to an elaborated story with unexpected turning of events. While in Madoka the change occurs suddenly at episode 3, it happens little by little in Fresh Precure, the heroines starting to understand that their task will be far more complicated than expected.
Also, in both anime, the characters are very appealing and we get attached to them easily, even to the enemies that are not always totally evil but more often tormented and confused. read more
Gantz and Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica are very similar in the story line.
Gantz is way more violent and has some sex, but basically, in both anime they have to go to a different dimension(basically) and kill something because they are being told to. In both animes they have to survive, some might make it, some don't, and the ending has a twist.
Both series begin as your usual magical girl/mon show and flip the genre completely, getting progressively darker with themes and elements completely unexpected of the childrens show they initially appear to be.
Despite having cute animation with cute character designs, both series have dark undertones and cover some sad/tragic/dark moments.
However, Kotoura is more lighthearted and is not action orientated like Madoka.
Though first 10 minutes of Kotoura series are HEAVY and DEPRESSING on Madoka level.
It's trivial but if you want the to the naming reference between some characters then you might like to watch both series, whereas Sayaka represents the blade, Homura represents the snake(probably Ouroboros, ergo time-travel) and Madoka the tortoise(could represent as spatial imprisonment, the barrier and her slow development).
It also share the same equation from the anagram emotion substituted to ((E)+(motion)) that could represent the sum of heat energy & kinetic energy and the way it was conserved to prolong Enthalpy and slow Entropy(I'm kidding, but it would make sense) which where the plot also revolves.
Both feature a group of girls dressed in cute colourful outfits, fighting off evil creatures and the characters' soul being represented by a crystal thing. Both series get darker as they go on, though it happens to a much lesser extent in Show by Rock!!
Both anime are about girls who use magic. In both of them they talk about sacrifice and world´s destruction. The protagonists Koyomi and Madoka are very similar, also Misa is a bit similar to Mami and Yumiko to Homura. In both of them people go back in time. At the end two girls fight for their friendship.
Just as Madoka is a dark twist on the Magical Girl trope, Denpa is for a various high school anime ones. Denpa itself is only two episodes long, and the animation quality is nowhere near Madoka's. However, Denpa uses a number of directing techniques and dark, grim backgrounds that perfectly convey the darkness of the show.
They are both by Shaft so have similar styled animation and visual settings. The format is also similar where the protagonists go into dark voids and fights off some sort of evil being in the void and restores the area. One of the only significant differences is that Negima!? has a lot of comically moments as Madoka Magica remains serious all the time.
In both animes some children get their hands in supernatural powers which they try to use to save the current world. Unique characters, highly psychological and great character development are other themes in common.
There's also great emotional scenes in both that touch us.
Art and pace although are very different. Gilgamesh have a very dark animation while Madoka is more colorful and vivid. About the pace Gilgamesh is much slower than Madoka.