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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (2012)
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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: teenage girl, magical girl, dark fantasy, surrealism, magic, wizards and magicians, wish come true, female friendship, schoolgirl, parent child relationship, girls with guns, psychological thriller, danger, hopes, supernatural, witch, suicide attempt, witch hunt, mother daughter relationship, working mom, decapitation, fictional city, middle school, young love, stopped time ...
Place: japan

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, emotional, stylized ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal (2012)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time... Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, sinister
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 107 min.
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Style: serious, stylized, exciting
Audience: teens
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Short Peace (2013)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 68 min.
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Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, offbeat, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 126 min.
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Style: serious, stylized, psychological, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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XXXHOLiC (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Czech Republic, France, UK
Duration: 97 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 80 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Paprika (2006)
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Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, psychological, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: humorous, semi serious, futuristic, stylized, suspenseful ...
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Time: future, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki meet Senna, a mysterious shinigami who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any ...
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: ghost, adventure, samurai, supernatural ability, heroes, supernatural, vengeance, kidnapping, mystery, danger, escapades, rivalry ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 2K
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Country: Japan
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Style: serious, stylized, futuristic, suspenseful
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Time: future
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.8
 57K
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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Style: stylized, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%