When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?
Guided by a star only they can see, a group of maidens known as HiMEs have begun to gather at Fuuka Academy. These young women have been endowed with dangerous supernatural powers that they can use to their heart's content, but there's a price: to wield them, they must put their most important thing on the line. Now, in the midst of school work and friendships, they find themselves caught in the midst of strange conspiracies seemingly related to the terrifying monsters that attack them. Is the power of the HiMEs strong enough to save themselves and the ones they love?
Mai-HiME and Bokurano both play with emotions. Mai-HiME does start out very different and isn't as serious nor dramatic as Bokurano from the get-go; but the total package of both anime is definitely equally tragic and involving. What's more is that both use some fighting scenes to tie the story together making them even more similar.
Don't be fooled by the misleading beginning in My-Hime. There is plenty of darkness below the surface of reminiscent of Bokurano. These shows feature children in horrifically difficult situations that leaves them no choice, but to make hard life/death decisions. If you enjoyed the suspense and tragedy you found in one of these shows then you'll like the other.
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.
Noein and Bokurano are very different; each has a unique premise and unusual animation, but I still have a gut feeling that if you liked one of these, you'd like the other. Each has plenty of character development, an interesting flow, and the stories involve very heavy stakes. I have no better way of explaining this recommendation, so you'll just have to trust me! If you liked one of these, you should at least try out the other.
That being said, I did enjoy Bokurano much more, though.
Though Bokura no is certainly deeper (read depressive, moving and higher death rate) than Noein, they do have something incommon. Maybe it's how the story is told, maybe it's the charaters and their developement, but if you liked Noein try Bokura no and vice versa. Neither of those have a great animation level (Bokurano is probably more unorthodox in therms of animation), but both have nice OST.
Oh... and both have nice flat-chest female protagonists; some fans might find that interesting.
Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?
Each series is it's own but when it comes to groups of kids fighting for what they believe in, each are one in the same. Angel Beats also goes into the life of almost all of the main characters. Each having a struggle within themselves. You get to know the individuals just like Bokurano. The only difference is the way the characters "transition". You Can sort of say that their character's destinies are sort "reversed" in a sense.
Once, Shin Kazama was a pilot in training with a bright future. Headed for a position in the Yamato Airlines, he had a beautiful girlfriend named Ryoko and all the happiness in the world; that is, until his “friend” Kanzaki tricked him into signing his life away. Stationed at the secretive Area 88, Shin is now trapped in the service of Aslan’s foreign legion, and faces death daily in the cockpit of a fighter plane. In order to return to Japan he must survive for three years or pay $1.5 million dollars… but few manage to stay alive long enough. Will Shin ever return to Tokyo and his beloved?
In Bokurano and Area 88, characters are tricked into a deadly game of survival in which they must take to the skies in giant mechas and fighter jets. Beneath the high-flying action lies tragedy; pilots must face the psychological consequences of betrayal and war. Both shows’ characters grapple between life and death in a foreign situation, exposing their motivations, desires and ultimately tormented nature. Granted, Area 88’s animation is more dated, but it is similar to Bokurano in both premise and tone.
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?
This may seem like quite a stretch since Basilisk is in the past and Bokurano in a futuristic genre. Despite this they are both very much similar in the way they went about character deaths and the lack of hope present in the anime. They both concern situations where the characters seem to stand in the face of death and have to choose what is most important to them.