In the beginning God created the light and the dark, but soon, the powers of light squared off against the powers of dark, and the world was plunged into war. Eventually, seven knights of lights with the power of Shadow rose up and sealed the darkness away. Now, many years later, Nene, the ruler of the Grand Kingdom, is trying to use the power of Shadow to plunge the world into chaos. Looking for other people with the power of Shadow, Nene sends his forces to attack Shu's village; but while defending his village, Shu unleashes the Shadow of Blue Dragon, the most powerful shadow known, and it goes berserk. Can Zola and Jiro, two other Shadow users who oppose Nene, teach Shu how to control Blue Dragon and save the world from chaos?
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.
There are some series of anime which I term "I won't lose to you" series. In these, the protagonist often finds himself pitted against more powerful opponents, but always manages to bounce back from defeat and win in the end. Bleach and Blue Dragon are two examples of this type of anime. Despite sometimes actually being defeated, the characters generally manage to rally, build up their power and try again. If you enjoyed one, you are more than likely to enjoy the other.
A mysterious monkey-tailed boy named Goku teams up with a teenage computer-wiz girl named Bulma to search for the mystic Dragon Balls. According to legend, whoever collects all 7 Dragon Balls will have any one wish granted. Join Goku in this hilarious anime masterpiece, as he races and battles to save the world from the forces of darkness. Who will find the balls first?
While the plot similarities are only superficial (a young boy going on an adventure to train & hone his fighting skills), Blue Dragon and Dragon Ball just "feel" a lot alike. If you enjoyed watching one of these, I am certain that you'll also enjoy watching the other.
Five years have passed since Goku and his friends defeated Piccolo Jr. and restored peace to the planet. Gohan - Goku's son - and a variety of good, bad, and morally ambiguous characters are back, and perpetually not ready for action! Aliens, androids, and magicians all hatch evil plots to destroy the world and it's up to Goku to save the Earth once more - that is, once he and his comrades train plentifully in preparation. Enemies will become friends and power levels will rise to unimaginable levels, but even with the help of the legendary Dragon Balls and Shen Long will it be enough to save Earth from ultimate destruction?
Having watched the occasional episode of Dragon Ball Z, and having watched several episodes of Blue Dragon, I have noticed several similarities. Not only the animation style, or the power up animation, but the tale of a boy who trains to save the world from the forces of darkness. If you enjoyed one of the series, I am sure you will enjoy the other.
Legends tell of a man known as the God Hunter who bore a fateful sword and struck down the tyrannical gods who punished humans for their wrongdoings. In the present, a boy named Yorn puts little faith into such myths – until one day, he suddenly develops great powers and receives a mighty sword, just like the legends of old. What’s more is that the leaders of the Edens – two floating islands in the sky – are after a current-day God Hunter; and their target appears to be Yorn himself. Yorn flees the Edens with a mysterious girl named Elisiss whom he has sworn to protect; but Elisiss hides a great secret and her true identity may be too much to bear. Can Yorn and Elisiss escape the powers of the sky, and will Yorn be able to resist his terrible destiny?
Humans are under attack! The evil God of Death Thanatos is on a rampage, and it's up to Pit to put a stop to the Underworld Army's path of destruction. Armed with the Power of Flight that was granted to him from the goddess Palutena, Pit sets forth to complete his goal.
Kid Icarus is super short and meant to be a promotion for the upcoming game, while Blue Dragon is a very extended complement to the games. While there's plenty of game-based anime out there, Kid Icarus's focus on a single monster battle fits right in with the general tone and feel of Blue Dragon. Neither are very good, but fans of one might like the other.