When Tokidoki Rikugou donned a pair of virtual reality glasses and entered a Bakumatsu-era exhibit at a museum, he had no idea that his life would drastically change. While walking across a bridge in the fabricated reality, Tokidoki ran across a small being and a monster called a nue - and he was promptly attacked. His eye was damaged, but more importantly, Tokidoki discovered that he was now stuck inside the "virtual reality" filled with samurai and spirits. Now, with the help of Kuchiha, a warrior woman possessed by a dog spirit; and Shinonome, a fellow student who has been stuck, just like Tokidoki, for the past two years, Tokidoki must search for the truth behind the nue and try to find a way home.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...
Both are pretty simple animes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they aren't great. Yokai show up in both with the main character(s) being able to see them with the plot surrounding this. And the overall artwork/animation quality of these animes is amazing with attention to detail etc.
Both waith male lead characters who can see spirits.
Although the setting and plot are very much different the personalities between the two lead characters are also very much similar. They both want to help he spirits while at the same time being able to satisfy humans as well.
On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
Amatsuki and Pandora Hearts are similar in that from the premise you would expect tons of action but instead you get a complex mysterious show with lots of talking. Both series have a magical ablity to not really explain information to you but still make you feel like you understand what is happening. The main trio in both series are also similar. Toki from Amatsuki and Oz from PH are both people that never really thought about serious stuff and would always have a smile on their face. Kuchiha and Alice are both tough chicks that have a powerful animal inside them and Shinonome and Gilbert are both smart, hot guys that are constantly getting into fights with Kuchiha/Alice. Bascially if you liked one show for its dark, mysterious plot then you will like the other but don't accept a good ending from either.
The main characters both lived normal lives until 1 day something happened and they find them selves in a world different then their own, even though strange things are happening around them they decide to accept things as they are so they can hope to get on with their fun new life.
Both have demons and alternate dimensions and reckless 15-16 years old who always seem to suprise the people who worry about them the most with new powers.
Pandora is set in the 1800's = Amatsuki is set in the 1400's
In the 14th year of the Tenpo era (1843), life in Edo is grim for many; famines plague the land, frugality is enforced in many aspects of life, and social standing rules the day. Yuki is a floater who has twice run away from the floater ghetto - an act that has marked him for execution. But when a chance encounter leads him into a fight with a yoi, a mysterious monster from another world, Yuki finds himself being recruited into the Bansha Aratamesho, an organization charged with hunting down and destroying yoi. For Yuki has the power of ayagami, which draws out the true meaning of words and allows Yuki to create weapons from the kanji in the names of his enemies. Yuki must make a choice: will he continue to run, rejecting the powers of the Other World, or will he join the Ayashi in the fight against the yoi?
Both series take place in roughly the same time period, involve the extermination of ayakashi, and address similar themes. However, Amatsuki is a lot more light-hearted and fun than TIAA.
Throught Amatsuki, I was reminded of Tenpou Ibun. Both shows are set in the Edo period, and feature a heavy dose of demons and fantastical battles. Also looking at the political, there is quite a deep story to both.
However, I feel Amatsuki was too rushed and crammed too much into 13 episodes. I know TIAA was also unfinished, but it is far superior in many ways. Therefore this is a one way rec as I really think Amatsuki fans would love TIAA.
In the fantastical land of Amawakumi, a succession ceremony occurs each 30 years to pass control of the kingdom to a female heir of the Hime clan. But three decades ago, the Hime clan was unable to produce a daughter and was warned that if history repeated itself, the entire clan would be purged. Now faced with the same problem in the present, the Hime clan opts to send their disguised son Arata to the ceremony instead, unaware that he’d be sent into a trap where the former princess is murdered and the boy would be framed for the crime. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hinohara suffers a similar sense of betrayal at the hands of his classmates, and after wishing he could just disappear, he and Arata switch bodies. Now, as Arata struggles to find a way to return the two to their own worlds, Hinohara must try to escape capture, clear Arata’s name and fulfill this princess’s last wish by exposing her killers.
Both Arata Kangatari and Amatsuki are centered around a high school-age boy who finds himself thrown into a strange world/time period. In that world, each boy discovers he has powers, and must find a way to fit in or get home.
Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.
With both InuYasha and Amatsuki a person (Kagome in InuYasha and Amatsuki in Amatsuki) are pulled into a strange world in the feudal days. Both encounter monsters and demons along the way in which they have to find people to help them defeat the demons and go back to their own world. Each series has the same type of feeling to them.