Three years after an accident that nearly left him for dead, Tomoharu Natsume is about to start his high school life. Though with a ghost named Misao following him around, Tomoharu is far from being an average teenager. One day a strange woman appears and gives him a trunk that contains a tremendous power. This power is known as an Asura Machina - a being that draws its strength from a human sacrifice - and the sacrifice within Tomoharu's Asura is none other than Misao. As the bearer of such a power, Tomoharu immediately becomes the target of various groups, including the Divine Guards, who want his power for their own. When Tomoharu befriends a demon called Kanade and she is captured by the Divine Guards, he joins the Dark Society in order to save her. Now, Tomoharu will have to fight alongside the Dark Society while he tries to find a way to save Misao and bring her back to life.
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?
If you liked Asura Cryin', then I highly suggest that you check out AnoHana. Although Asura Cryin' is more plot centered rather than character centered (like AnoHana is), the cast maintains a similarity between them as the plot pans out that similar to AnoHana.
These series have a really similar atmosphere and share some themes and devices. Both see the story of a boy surrounded by females with supernatural powers who have to deal with various organization of sorts that wish to control their unique abilities. They also have in common the action with some innuendo and slice-of-life segment formula, some similar characters and some problems with the pacing of the episodes.
Overall I think those who can stand the flaws and still enjoy one of them will be more or less satisfied with the other.
In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?
Let me start by saying that I felt that Asura Cryin' was rather weak. At times it felt like the plot was just pulled out of a hat and the giant mechs didn't do much for the story. On the other hand, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is an excellent show with and intriguing plot and high-paced actions scenes. If you watched Asura Cryin' and enjoyed it, or felt that something was lacking, try Geass. You will not be disappointed.
In the year 3567, the human race has lost their once technologically-advanced world due to their negligence with the planet. Now, their lives are in jeopardy when machines known as Gardeners are sent from the moon to destroy all mankind. Tokito Aizawa is a hunter who makes a living by destroying Gardeners and selling them for parts, but his life otherwise is fairly normal – until now. One day, while in town, Tokito meets a mysterious girl named Tea who calls him by the name "Koichi"; and in the midst of confusion, a large group of Gardeners suddenly attack the city. Tea then grants an unseen type of machine called "Silver" to Tokito – a machine that might be mankind’s best hope of evading destruction...
Girls sacrifice their past, present, and future in order to become nonhumans/mechas in these sci-fi tales about females wanting to protect who is important to them - a guy. The males are fairly useless/pathetic in these for forcing the battling to take place between others (the girls they like). Includes slight romance in each.
Average, boring, and nothing special; this is how Shiratori Kuu feels about herself and her life as a high school student in Academia. On what begins as any other day, Kuu's life is spun upside down when a new student transfers to her class. As soon as she sees his face, she is astonished, for this is no ordinary boy – he looks just like the prince she has dreamt of for so long! He extends a hand to her and repeats the words she has somehow heard before, "Lets go... Together." But it is never that easy, is it? A world that seemed so dull is now torn apart by a whirlwind of love and hate, and the conflict that plagues all those involved.
Girls sacrifice their past, present, and future in order to become nonhumans/mechas in these sci-fi tales about females wanting to protect who is important to them - a guy. The males are fairly useless/pathetic in these for forcing the battling to take place between others (the girls they like). Includes slight romance in each (more in Shattered Angels).