In the present, mankind lives in an era named the Dark Century, a time filled with fear due to the actions of the Vandels. These domineering tormentors rule with an iron fist, bringing death and despair to mankind. But in the midst of the terror, there is one thing the Vandels fear: the Vandel Busters. Enter Beet, a young boy whose only dream is to grow up to be the greatest Buster of them all. Join our hero as he journeys to join the Zenon Warriors and destroy the Vandels. With the help of friends and a little luck, Beet might be able to put a stop to the Dark Century, once and for all!
Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?
Both anime focus a lot on the concept of traveling and killing monsters, coming of age, and looking for a lost loved one, in one case a father and in another case...a father that the son doesn't realize is a father. The animation on both is really good, and the art styles are similar. In fact, it's really hard to like one of these and dislike the other, it's simply a matter of taste to see which one is better.
These shows are very similar in so many ways. As has already been described, both young boys are practically left as orphans and are left to grow and develop and become as successful as their parents.
Both Gon and Beet have a lot of untapped potential, and the series follows them as they begin to understand how strong they can be. They make a close group of nakama, who all have their own talents and grow in their own way.
If you want a show with lashings of action and battles, Beet and Hunter x Hunter give this aplenty. HxH is a little more serious, but the charm of Beet is it never takes itself too seriously.
An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.
Sometimes action based shows take themseves a little too seriously. One of the best things about D.Gray Man and Beet is that a lot of it is tongue in cheek humour. For a show to be able to take the mickey out of itself, and poke fun at an entire genre makes a nice change from the usual serious fighting taking place.
The main protagonists are btoh strong, and work hard to become even stronger and defeat the evil plague to have infected the planet. They have weapons powered by their heart and spirit, that grow stronger as they do. Seeing the characters fail, only to come back stronger is something that will have you bouncing back for more.
Fans of one will love the other.
Fifty years ago, the Demon Stone and RAVE (two powerful artifacts) are broken and scattered throughout the world. The story follows the journey of Haru Glory; during his travels he meets many new friends and allies, and also enemies known as the Daemon Card. He will have to use the powers given to him by RAVE to defeat the Daemon Card and find the other pieces of RAVE.
Even though neither Rave nor Beet floats my boat, I feel it's safe to recommend these two anime for each other. In an adventurous world, one is seeking out power to destroy \ evil-doers. Adding a bit and humor with the fights, the atmosphere is very alike. I guess what differentiates them from the typical adventure anime is that they don't develop a deep story and are aimed more towards younger teens.
Sumimura Yoshimori is a Kekkaishi – an inheritor of the power to battle demons, using barriers called kekkai. His family is charged with protecting the grounds of Karasumori high school, a building which magnifies the power of demons who enter it. Helping him are his spirit-wolf companion Madarao, and next door-neighbor Yukimura Tokine, the daughter of a rival clan. Years ago, Tokine was injured protecting Yoshimori, and now he is determined to become strong enough to keep her from being hurt again. Of course, he'd rather bake his exquisite cakes than have to fight demons at all, but fate has something else in store! As a shadowy demon organization moves to steal Karasumori's power, can Yoshimori overcome legions of demons, a centuries-old family rivalry, and a grandfather who just can't understand his love for baking?
Three hundred years ago, the power-hungry Demon King Giri was sealed away by the legendary Migu Migu tribe. In the present, the seal on Giri has melted, and two unlikely heroes must save the world once more. Twelve year old Kukuri is a bumbling mage who is the last of the Migu Migu tribe, and thirteen year old Nike is a would-be swordsman who has been raised to be a hero; together, the two will wander the land in hopes of defeating Demon King Giri - but they aren't alone! Along with an almost-naked old man, a loincloth-wearing wind spirit and plenty of wacky companions, the duo will help townsfolk, gather Guru Guru spells and have plenty of fun in the process!
In these anime, characters behave like they were in a RPG, talking about levels and experience points. Beet the Vandel Buster is more serious as anime, but the age of the audience is the same as Guru Guru.