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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (2012)
Original name: 劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [前編] 始まりの物語
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Madoka Kaname, an ordinary middle-schooler, along with her best friend Sayaka Miki, are offered the chance to have any wish they want granted by the mysterious Kyubey, and become magical girls and fight witches. However, fellow magical girl Homura Akemi seems intent on stopping Madoka from becoming a magical girl at any cost. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: Beginnings is a retelling of the first half of the TV anime series.
Style: atmospheric, serious, offbeat, sinister, stylized
Plot: dark fantasy, magic, magical girl, teenage girl, surrealism, wizards and magicians, wish come true, girls with guns, parent child relationship, psychological thriller, schoolgirl, female friendship, danger, hopes, supernatural, magical creature, witch, witch hunt, wish fulfillment, stopped time, young love, suicide attempt, middle school, fictional city, decapitation ...
Place: japan

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (2013)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal (2012)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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Style: stylized, semi serious, sinister
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 80 min.
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Place: hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.6
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Spirited Away (2001)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.5
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Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.8
 1K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 2K
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 8.0
 22K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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