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Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 12, 2011 to May 30, 2011
Authors: Magica Quartet (Story), Hanokage (Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.161 (scored by 13384 users)
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Ranked: #6022
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Popularity: #299
Members: 25,254
Favorites: 1,200


Dark and violent magical girl series with well done stories and many surprising story twists. 
reportRecommended by lumi
Both Madoka and Tsubasa start out as light-hearted, generic stories that eventually become horrific beyond words, with amazingly complex plots full of unexpected twists.. 
reportRecommended by Hethran
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. 
reportRecommended by kurosaki_kabuto
Madoka is quite fresh while Sailor Moon is the true classic. Sailor Moon is at times far more cheerful manga than Madoka but sometimes is equally dramatic. I also find Madoka & Usagi kinda similar 
reportRecommended by helensan
- 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. 
reportRecommended by Lawli-Pop
- 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. 
reportRecommended by Nick-Knight
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. 
reportRecommended by Jajja
Both involve characters making a wish involving sacrificing something about themselves. In addition, after the wish, the characters can transform and they use this power to collect objects.  
reportRecommended by Ranigad
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. 
reportRecommended by iAmTheCheese
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. 
reportRecommended by Fario-P
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. 
reportRecommended by Fario-P
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.  
reportRecommended by MelodyFire
- 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. 
reportRecommended by Nick-Knight
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. 
reportRecommended by delightfulweebs
Both kind of fit the theme of "Darker magical girls"(Madoka is darker in storyline, Black Rock Shooter is darker in character design) 
reportRecommended by HatchetGirl
Both are magical girl manga that are about 12 chapters long. 
reportRecommended by HatchetGirl
The paper construction style of the witch scenes in Madoka are similar to many scenes in Annarasumanara. And in both, these scenes represent negative emotions. 
reportRecommended by rhaphazard
Both Manga have Magical Girls but in a dark story its not one of those Moe with happy and funny battles (Sometimes) so if you like a dark version of Magical Girls then these 2 Manga are just for you 
reportRecommended by AkatsukiUlquiora
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.  
reportRecommended by _mahoushoujos_
Both Mangas have: * Magic with a dark side, * Both protagonists have suffered, * Blood, * Good girls.  
reportRecommended by Ana_anilist16
They both are "genre deconstruction", mahou-shoujo or heroic shounen. Well, just read it, similarities everywhere, for example, deaths of first friends in magical world. 
reportRecommended by vallar
- 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. 
reportRecommended by Nick-Knight