Cardcaptor Sakura, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Recommendations
Both are awesome mahou-shoujo anime titles.
In short, both shows, although similar in general structure for the magical girl and the formula shown and popularized by Sailor Moon, offer up a unique outlook and a type of inspection in their own genre. By doing so, challenging their status quos by not only shifting ideologies, beliefs, and preconceived notions about the genre, but in turn, challenging in their own simple, but unique way of storytelling.
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
both of the Mahou Shoujo genre and with very lovable leads which grow through the series as they learn from their new powers.
Both are pretty damn good shojos that break away from the norm (Well, Sakura no That much)