If you need recommendations for anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this ranked list has you covered! Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a classic anime series that shows you can’t trust a show by its art style alone; a story can be so much darker underneath bright pastel colors and a pair of big glittering eyes. Incredibly misleading, the show originally drew viewers in as just your average magical girl anime with puffy dresses and superpowers included. However, things began to grow a little dark when the storyline’s thread unraveled and showed just how dark the reality of fighting supernatural beings with mystical powers can be.
Anime seems to have always taken a liking to plots like these because they give you some shock value. There are plenty of anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica that won’t leave you longing for more unexpected twists, such as Magical Girl Raising Project, which holds the same formula as Magi Madoka, or Made in Abyss, which had an adorable look while being incredibly dark. Vote up the Puella Magi Madoka Magica recommendations you'd most want other fans of the series to check out.
Magical Girl Raising Project is the most popular game for young girls in N-City. However, being able to play as a magical girl is nothing compared to the real thing. After receiving a notice from the mobile game, Koyuki Himekawa suddenly becomes a real magical girl and is off to help make the world a better place. Known as Snow White and wearing an adorable costume, Koyuki feels as though this is a dream come true. But when the admins decide that they want to reduce the number of magical girls, things begin to grow serious and dark. Whoever gathers the least amount of Magical Candies will lose their powers, but it seems as though that won't be the only thing they lose. Almost a spitting image of Magi Madoka, this series has the same outline of being ridiculously adorable while also being incredibly dark. If you like the misleading type of show that follows a similar formula, this is a great follow up.
Riko has a strange fascination with the Abyss; a large chasm with depths that remain unknown. As the daughter of the lost Diver, White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, Riko hopes to follow in her mother's footsteps in order to find out what kind of world lies below. When she meets a robot boy with no memory, that she calls Reg, the two of them begin a journey further into the Abyss on an adventure that will change their lives. Despite the adorable look of this series, it's actually incredibly dark with death always looming over the character's shoulders. The incredible truth about this chasm and what lives inside it will haunt you the same way the reality of Magi Madoka did, but we highly recommend it.
Yuuna Yuuki is a member of her middle school's Hero Club, striving every day to make other people smile. However, when strange dark forces called Vertexes begin to appear, it's up to her to help save the world. Alongside her best friend, Mimori Tougou, and her sisters Fuu and Itsuki Inubouzaki, they've been turned into magical girls via a phone app. Fighting against the Vertexes won't be easy, but the Hero Club must do everything in its power to save the world they love while also maintaining a normal lifestyle on the outside. Dealing with the darkness that comes with being a hero, Yuuna will learn many harsh realities never before thought of. This is a magical girl show that, much like Magi Madoka, shows how much someone is willing to sacrifice in the name of justice and in hopes of a better future.
After meeting a very shy girl named Yomi Takanashi, Mato Kuroi is determined to make friends. The two don't seem to have a lot in common until Mato recognizes the keychain on her phone. From there, it seems like a lovely friendship is about to bloom. However, there is a parallel world where both girls play a very important role. Mato is known as Black★Rock Shooter while Yomi is Dead Master. What happens in this other world seems to blur into the happenings of this one. What fate has in store for them will be incredibly hard, if not impossible. Much like Magi Madoka, this series has everything to do with young girls being placed in positions that will require them to give their all.