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Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos

Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos

In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…

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ChaoticVisitor ChaoticVisitor says...

The main character in Shura no Toki is very similar to Gats, and even though Shura no Toki is not nearly as violent or grimey as Berserk, they both are about people who possess great strength but are moddest about their prowess, providing you with those anime goosebumps whenever they dominate a foe and surpise everyone on screen. That written, even though there's not as much violence in Shura no Toki, there's nearly as much action. It's also historical, and Berserk -- although wildly distorted -- is, too. I just feel like Berserk is very serious and makes you take serious gazes into yourself; Shura no Toki is a similar watching experience.

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios no longer function and even the very sky has become something terrifyingly alien. With the siblings' mother dead, they are hunted by loan sharks who want recompense for her debt as well as a mysterious Countess who wants them for her own reasons. Even worse, they are also coveted by their father, the terrorist who caused the "Twin X", Gilgamesh!

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Kastrophee Kastrophee says...

This is a rather difficult reccomendation to write, as these shows don't share much in common at all. Yet there is a reason for me to reccomend these series together, but this reason contains things that would cause major spoilers for both series. So you will have to trust me on this one, also, you may have to see the entire series of both shows to reaslise why this reccomendation works. Lastly, the first 11, more or less, episodes don't properly represent the later excellent parts of Gilgamesh.

Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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fizrox fizrox says...

Huge, bad ass sword - this is what these two are about. Fighting is main issue, along with hardships of friendship and politics. Moreover, both main characters share similar emotional problems.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena

When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?

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ohtoriakio ohtoriakio says...

Berserk deals with similar themes of self discovery, love and loathing as Utena. They also both feature main characters whose destiny has already been chosen for them, but who through perseverance manage to break the cycle they are in. Thematicallyu speaking, they also both owe greatly to Rose Of Versailles.

Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya

In a world where Gods reincarnate themselves into the bodies of humans, Athena is the Guardian of Earth. Together with her 88 Saints, she must protect the Earth against other gods whose sole purpose is to take over her position and extend their realm; it has been so for thousands of years. In this age, Athena, along with her Bronze Saints Seiya, Shiryu, Ikki, Hyoga and Shun, will have to counter the evil plans of a traitor amongst her midst who rejects her identity and nominates himself as the sole lord of Athena’s Saints. Being the only ones behind the true Athena, Seiya and the others will have to battle their way through countless Saints to unmask this impostor.

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ohtoriakio ohtoriakio says...

Both shows look at the homoeroticism and camaraderie between males. The bloody nature and the passion shown in both shows are also powerful forces to be reckoned with. Berserk owes a lot to the suspense it creates, and the way it does it to Saint Seiya.