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Angelic Layer

Alt titles: Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer

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Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...

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Angelic Layer 1999 Original Manga
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Takahiro KOMORI Character Design
Hiroshi NISHIKIORI Director
Kouhei TANAKA Music

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Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose on the world, the magical Clow cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost, for the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards! Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?

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Card Captor Sakura has the same spirit (in my opinion) as Angelic Layer. Their plots also make some parallels (in the sense that the main characters are both young girls who are learning power and confidence in themselves). Also, both shows are done by CLAMP and are directed at about the same audience. So watch CCS if you like Angelic Layer (unless you already have ;) ).
You might think this is cheating, since both are from Clamp, but heck, I think it applies. Both stories involve a young girl who discovers something about herself, as well as growing up through a series of trias, and relying on ones friends. One collects cards, and the other battles bots. Anyhow, Clamp rocks.
Clamp. That's the main reason for suggesting CCS and Angelic Layer as good watches. Whilst Angelic Layer doesn't conform to your normal "magical girl" anime, you still have two series with young, cute, female leads both on a path of self-discovery.
Can I say more than twins. If you're looking for fighting girls and magical powers you have gotten the right one.

If you enjoyed watching either Angelic Layer or Card Captor Sakura you might check out the other one. They are similar in that the main character in each of these anime strives to achieve their goal against all odds, as well as gaining friends and support as they go. Both of these anime have a feel-good mood about them.


Both Angelic Layer and Card Captor Sakura were made by CLAMP, and feature ridiculously cute main characters that work towards their respective goals with optimism, yet still (this is the impressive part) manage not to be annoying.


Angelic Layer and Card Captor Sakura share the same soul. In both, you'll see what it takes for a girl to believe in herself and confront all types of hardships. Friendship is one of the most wonderful gifts of life, and that too, you will see here.


Both series are similar in the global idea and they are both from Clamp (Clamp series ROCK). Even if Angelic Layer is a doll battle serie and CC Sakura a Magical girl serie, both of them are about a girl that grow with the problems that come ahead.


If you liked watching the young middle schooler try to overcome fears and challenges while making new friends along the way; then you would enjoy watching Card Captor Sakura. Both have a lot of comedy about them as well as some serious moments to keep you entertained the whole time.


Two shows, both made by Clamp, are bound to have many similarities. Two young girls discovering life and the struggles that come with it.

If this was a movie rating, both would be classified as having "mild fantasy violence" mixed in with the magical girl romance. As such, I would say that these shows are both aimed at young girls, however, I think there are plenty of otaku's who will love the cutesy feel of both of these.

Dragon Drive

Dragon Drive

Throughout his life, Oozora Reiji has always been rather half-hearted. Never able to fully dedicate himself to anything, he lives a sloppy day-to-day existence, until his classmate Yukino introduces him to Dragon Drive -- a virtual reality game. While Reiji garners a passion for the game, it would seem that its founders have other things in mind than simple entertainment. During a special training, Reiji discovers that Dragon Drive is more than just a game, and now must fight for the survival of the dragons as well as all of mankind!


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While Angelic Layer is gear towards girls and Dragon Drive is towards guys both series share alot of resemblance to each other. If you replaced the angels with dragons and the Layer with the D-Zone, you'd get Dragon Drive, if Misaki Suzuhara had a sex change :P. Both series starts off with children playing DD/AL, but then develops the story behind the games. This is where the series differ. Even though story line behind the games in Dragon Drive completely differs I think you'll find it enjoyable.
In both animes the heros fight with monsters - puppets in AL, dragon in DD - and become stronger and stronger like that.
Take Angelic Layer, replace Misaki with a guy and angels with dragons and you've got Dragon Drive.
This series is kind of similar to Angelic Layer. of course it has another story, but the plot is basically the same, only a little changed. This series is also a lot longer. Although it is not as funny as Angelic Layer, it will drag you into the wonderful world of anime. Dragon Drive is a great mix of comedy and action. The story behind it is also great, and all of this together will make you love it. Trust me. And one thing, the lenght is the last thing you will think about, because when it all ends, you'd want another 38 episodes. :)
With Angelic Layer and Dragon Drive you're looking at exactly the same plot elements. The only major difference being one series aimed primarily at girls (Angelic Layer, Dolls and lead heroine) and one at boys (Dragon Drive, Dragons and lead hero). But the basics are there in each, fundamentally young kids with talent and "pet" battles in tournaments.
Dragon drive is simply a angelic layer, though with dragons instead of dolls. Angelic layer is Dragon Drive with dolls instead of dragons.

Dragon Drive and Angelic Layer are must-see anime. They both start off seeming like they are about a simple fighting game, but each has a hidden twist that ends up changing the main character and allowing him to make a lot of new friends.


Both Dragon Drive and Angelic Layer involve two kids that discover an amazing game. They must strive to become the best of all the other players, bonding with either their dragon or angel along the way. The animation is good, the music is okay, and the story is cute and fun to watch.


Topics like friendship and persistence in competition are at the center of these anime. They're a male and female version of the same original idea. The stories mostly concern the mood of the main characters, and adapt to the male/female viewers during the second halves. Dragon Drive turns into a quest to save the world, while Angelic Layer becomes more sentimental.



Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...

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Both Angelic Layer and Chobits are about robots - whether they speak or not is another matter. Both anime show the journeys of the owners and how they overcome their difficulties. Each main character found a robot by chance, but it was their destiny to meet the robot. The two form a connection that no one can break, and find love and secrets in the process. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.


Though story-wise they have very little in common, if you enjoy a back story and stories set in the same universe, Chobits and Angelic Layer are worth watching. CLAMP is known for reusing their characters; AL takes place before Chobits and gives a back story for a few of the events in Chobits, if you take close enough notes.


Both of the stories surprisingly tie together with one character who you honestly wouldnt think twice about being the ling (unless you've read and watched both series before!) Both are very compelling stories about finding ones self and are filled with cute humor with a dash of drama. Definitely a great anime combo.


What happens when robots are able to come to life?  You get Chobits and Angelic Layer (well almost with Angelic Layer).  The robots in each of these fantastic series have connections with the people that ‘own’ them.  The interesting takes on how humans are able to react to emotional ties with something non-human is shown in a variety of contrasts and opinions in each series.  While Chobits is more suited for an adult type level Angelic Layer is still entertaining for people of all ages.


Both Animes have robots/persecoms in them. In Angelic Layer, the robots are used for fighting and games... While in Chobits, the robots are used as computers and such. The robots eventually become living beings with souls, or at least close to it!

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Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Misaki from Angelic Layer and Honda from Fruits Basket both have a very kind and passionate nature. Even tho the settings of these animes are very different, both characters subconsciously help other people to see their errors and help them to overcome their struggles in life. If you like one you will like the other. Just hold your tissues ready because both animes have dramatic scenes that climax in the end.
I'm not sure why I think you'd like Fruits Basket... call it a hunch. FB is definitely not aimed at kiddies like Angelic Layer is, and is definitely not focused around games. Maybe it's the fact that there is a loveable protagonist, or the light hearted spirit of it all. Anyways, try it out.

Both series have strong female protaginsts who both never give up no matter the circumstances. They are independent, and always truly nice to everyone. They try to make the best out of all situations, and put on a smiling face no matter how much they are hurting. Both series have a little romance too which is always a nice added bonus. I truly think if you loved one, you'll love the other! =]


Both Fruits Basket and Angelic Layer are geared towards a younger type of audience, however, there are some deep emotional connections and issues that the characters have to deal with in both.  Each of the series takes on a more mature approach to a kids perspective on life and how they are able to grow from experiences they have had to deal with.  Both of the main heroines have a very kind and nurturing personality always surrounded by lots of other people and trying to take care of everyone else.


Both Animes have a gentle nature around them. But, The charectors emotions run very deep and have complex chldhoods. Difficult relationships. Angelic Layer is more childish in a sence... While Fruits Basket is more eery and dark due to the tragic events.

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Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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Somehow reminds me from Angelic Layer. They have similar subject...a game that one young person learns and the story of him/her getting better at it.
Both Hikaru and Misaki learn a completely new game and want to fight their way up to the top. If you think the fights in Angelic Layer don't need any strategy, you should watch Hikaru no Go.
Is it always about winning when i comes to games? Just like Misaki joins in battles, the guy named Hikaru plays Go and lerns how to become a master. This is another game playing series filled with excting moments. You will truly be addicted to Go after finishing this up ;)
Do you like sports/game Anime? Then Hikaru no Go and Angelic Layer is the choice for you. Both is centered on the characters development in skill, and the competitions they attend. HnG can be a bit harder to understand in the beginning (because of the extensive rules and thinking) then AL, where they only fight. If you liked on of then, then you are bound to like the other.

Both series are about talented main characters fighting their way through the Go/Angelic Layer world. Both anime are story's about friendship and loyalty. Characters in both anime mature greatly and that's the main reason you should watch them :).

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