-Both series start in a very cute way and get darker later on.
-Both series deal with the price of wishes and wanting to overcome death.
-Both series have unexpected yet cleverly foreshadowed plot twists.
-Both series include time travel and logic paradoxes.
-Both series have a great cast of touching characters you will love, and all of them get serious character development.
-Both series are likely to make you cry.
-Both series have very nice drawings.
-Both series have an anime that includes a Yuki Kajiura OST (although the TRC anime is not really worth it save for the OAVs. The MadoMagi anime on the other hand is a masterpiece, especially the third movie Rebellion). read more
Right off the bat, generally speaking they both have a grim, heavy atmosphere with hints of despair and hopelessness at times. Besides that, they both deal with wishes and dealing with the results/consequences of those wishes. A happy normal everyday
life is broken by said results/consequences.
There are further similar points but I'll refrain from mentioning them to avoid spoiling anything.
Looking for something similar? Seriously, this is SPOT ON while still being different enough to be a good read. I'd even consider this one better and I absolutely love Madoka.
The plots of both are very similar. They both are light-hearted at times, and then other times very, very dark. Both have very compelling stories that make you not want to stop reading. Both feature an item that you essentially trade your soul for to make a wish. In both, the main characters are trying to figure out what exactly is going on. Both of the protagonists have something very special about them that is the key point of interest for the villain. Both have complex characters and long lasting friendships. They even have similar characters.
Kyuubey = O.
Homura = Maria
Madoka = Kazuki
You won't regret it. Plus, it's free to download and read online from the author. You can't beat that! read more
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are two of the most popular and influential magical girl series ever, and are must-reads for any manga and magical girl fans. Both manga feature a 14-year-old schoolgirl who is suddenly given the opportunity to gain magical powers by a cute feline creature. Sailor Moon, especially the original manga, and Madoka Magica also feature an intriguing story that happens to be very dark in tone, so it's best recommended for the mature reader.
- They both feature magical girls (at some point)
- Also, precious cinnamon rolls, too good for this world
- Aw, cute girls doing cute thi- HOLY SHIT, WHAT just happened???
- Yuri vibes are strong (at least with MnQ), but not in your face, so chill
- Trial and error, trial and error, trial and error...
- Let's just rewrite the entire universe, no big deal
- I never thought this would get soo good! [crying]
- I came here to have a good time and now I'm once again questioning my reason for being, thanks a lot.
This is actually for the Anime version of Madoka Magica, plus its sequel movie The Rebellion; I don't recommend the manga version of Madoka because it's an inferior adaptation.
Qualia the Purple and Madoka Magica are.... REALLY similar in theme and character dynamics; while the plots are completely different in almost every way, the main character in Qualia is extremely similar to the protagonist of Madoka and they deal with the same concepts of probability vs. destiny, desperation vs. love. The stories diverge significantly in how they approach these themes, but they're interesting companion pieces to one another.
Madoka is more focused on its characters and the dynamics between them, while Qualia is concerned more with the protagonist's introspection; despite this, they are both highly entertaining, highly captivating stories. If you enjoy one, you will most likely really enjoy the other. read more
- Homura and Asuna are powerful, determinated and outrightly badass girls;
- Madoka and Yuuki are bright, kind, plucky and also badass girls;
- MCs have really intimate/quasi-romantic friendships;
- Similar genres (Drama, Fantasy, Tragedy);
- Coming-of-age stories;
- Engaging action/fight scenes;
- Great artstyles and stunning character designs;
Both series have deep and meaningful themes, religious undertones, compeling drama, lots of character development for the main characters and really bittersweet yet satisfactory endings.
Madoka and Ahiru are both two little girls who thinks to have any special ability, they both try to become stronger with the help of ambiguous helpers and have to face all the responsibility coming from this choice.
Besides both manga represent really cute girls overcoming big magical problems and even fighting other little girls, who choose their side due to their personal insecurity or worries.
They have that moe, cutesy artstlye, but are more than that. They have a group of girls trying to survive a cruel reality, but try to struggle through and look for hope. For Madoka Magica, a messed up magical girl world, and for Gakkou Gurashi, a zombie apocalypse.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Prétear are two magical girl series that have some interesting takes on the genre, with the former series using deconstructive elements to fuel its plot and the latter having the magical girl's powers mainly being channeled through seven magical boys. Both series have dark elements (especially in Madoka Magica), even providing some dark surprises, and both even start out with the main protagonist being unsure about accepting their newfound situations.
Uta Kata and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are two manga series that are somewhat condensed adaptations of two magical girl anime series that are much darker than at first sight. Both feature a girl with ponytails and a girl with long hair as magical girls in a seinen story that presents magic with psychological twists.
Both Mao-chan and Madoka have more realistic takes on magical girl life. While Madoka uses this realism to include many dark and disturbing themes into the story, Mao-chan uses it in the form of comedy involving the weak military. Both stories have very lovable young magical girls still trying to learn about their responsibilities, and you enjoy seeing them power through obstacles.
- Kiritsugu and Homura both are pragmatic and badass anti-heroes;
- Unique, deep and complex stories with unpredictable twists;
- Dark, mature and philosophical;
- Coming-of-age subplot;
- Similar genres (Drama, Fantasy, Tragedy);
- Impressive and thrilling fight/action scenes;
- Written by Gen Urobuchi and produced by Nitro+;
Both series feature fleshed out and well-written characters with interesting motives and unique character designs, the main theme is about getting wishes granted and the price you must pay to achieve it, F/Z deconstructs the 'Ideal Hero' trope while Madoka Magica deconstructs the Mahou Shoujo genre, and both series have really similar endings.
They seem cute at first but they are both dark and even creepy at some parts. They mess with your head in more than one way. They share some of the same themes and have similar characters. They deal with pyschological issues and have small amounts of gore here and there but nothing too graphic or a hard to look at.
Both series have allusions to religious ideas, although The Music of Marie is much more obvious with them than Madoka. Both have an interesting art style, even though Madoka is adapted from the anime. If you like a series that starts off light-hearted but becomes dark and mysterious, then you will enjoy both of these.
- Shinji and Madoka are unconventional and somewhat useless protagonists;
- Asuka and Homura are elegant, beautiful and outright badass deuteragonists;
- Unique and complex characters with intriguing motivations;
- Similar genres (Drama, Sci-Fi, Psychological)
- Deep and mature themes;
- Dark and depressive atmospheres;
- There's a fair ammount of sexual tension between the MCs;
Both series are deconstructions of their respectives genres, Evangelion with mecha, and Madoka Magica with the Mahou Shoujo genre, there's plenty of symbolism, thought-provoking and philosophical dialogues/monologues and both series after a major plot twist they become transcendental and groundbreaking masterpieces.