In the underbelly of the corporate world, a secret series of battles takes place called the Bus Game, whose participants are solicited randomly via letters in the mail. During the games, teams of three attempt to take into their possession a disk filled with corporate secrets; the winners are given increasingly high cash rewards, while the losers get nothing - or worse, they lose their lives. Toki, Kazuo and Nobu make up the "no name" team, and their goal is to win one billion yen each. Each has a reason to need the money and a secret, disturbing past; but with high stakes and mysterious employers, they can only hope to leave the game alive.
Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!
Get Backers and Bus Gamer aren't similar at all as far as the plots are concerned; you'll just have to trust me on this one. Both have periods of darkness and lightheartedness, but it's the characters in general that remind me of each other. If you liked the character interactions and overall shounen feel of one, try the other.
Getbackers is a great recommendation for Bus Gamer! It has similar characters and a similar atmosphere. After all, it's not hard to recognize both the eerie atmosphere of GetBackers' mugenjou and the light-hearted atmosphere of GetBackers' Amano Ginji in Bus Gamer.
Furthermore it is exactly those characters like Ginj, Ban and Shido that make a big ressemblence with Bus Gamer's 3 main characters.
As a bonus, GetBackers is a 49 episodes anime which is much more detailed than Bus Gamer, and thus definitely worth the watch!
If you liked the anime Bus Gamer, you'd probably also enjoy Get Backers. Bus Gamer is short while Get Backers is quite a long series, but they both have a darker sort of atmosphere with just a touch of humor to brighten things up once in awhile.
Both series have interesting characters with pasts that are hinted at but nothing stated directly for awhile. The overall plot is different between the both of them, but they have the same kind of feeling to them. If you watched one and liked it, I'd recommend the other.
Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.
Bus Gamer and Gantz are quite different as far as tone; Gantz is incredibly violent to a point of excess, while Bus Gamer has more of a lighthearted and inappropriately quirky feel at times. Nevertheless, watching one will instantly make you think of the other as far as the plot point of a "game" that has deadly consequences. I think it's more likely that you'd like Gantz if you liked Bus Gamer, but the other way around might be likely as well.
While GANTZ does have a lot more violence and gore, it cannot be denied that it is a very similar anime. Just like in Bus Gamer, the characters in GANTZ are thrown into 'a game' in which they'll need to use their survival instincts to compete. As i noted though, be aware that GANTZ continues more on that 'deadly game'-perspective and leaves the comedy behind itself.
Once the undefeated champion of the street fighting game Bl@ster, Akira now fights for an entirely different cause. Having been framed for murder and given the choice of life in prison or exoneration for a price, he chose to take the latter, heading for the lawless district of Toshima. There, Akira is to fight in Igura, a game where the winner of each match receives special tags, and the loser loses his life. Alongside his longtime friend Keisuke and experienced Igura competitor Rin, Akira must now battle it out in Igura, try to avoid the sadistic enforcers that roam the streets, and complete his mission: to defeat Il Re and take down the drug company Vischio.
Togainu no Chi is very similar to Bus Gamer. They both have extremely violent fighting that takes place through the entirity of the show. Togainu no Chi is centered around a place called "Fight City". This is about a Game or tournament where you fight to survive. The same basic theme is expressed in both of these two anime's. However, Togainu no Chi is more violent and gory than Bus Gamer.
Bus Gamer and Togainu no Chi are definitely very similar - follows a group of pretty boys as they participate in a violent 'game', with plenty of violence to boot. Bus Gamer is definitely the lesser of the two, but fans of one may enjoy the other.
Set in the not so distant future of troubled Tokyo, no job is too big or too small for the Danger Service Agency, as long as danger is involved. The crew is made up of an unlikely team of misfits: Mikura, a girl with a flair for guns and a love of martial arts, Kurokawa, an old man/ex-detective addicted to noodles, Harada, an engineering nut, and Asami, a schoolgirl. Unfortunately, no matter how small or simple job appears to be, the Dsa team always find themselves biting off more than they can chew...
Mezzo and Bus Gamer might look very different and quite honestly... they are. Both in plot, motives and even genre you can consider them different. The big red line through the anime is what makes them so different though, as one is pretty much action only, while the other one tries to develop into a mystery.
Yet if you get past that, the feeling you get is very alike. The actions scenes in Bus Gamer are very comparable to the ones in Mezzo, and both have a somewhat lighthearted atmosphere throughout various scenes.
In the mystical world of Shangri-la, demons and humans live side by side, watched over by a parthenon of ancient Chinese gods. But when normally-civilized demons start to go berserk, the gods require the services of Genjou Sanzo - a Buddhist priest with a magical gun, an evil-banishing scripture and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Aided by the ancient monkey god Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo and the demon exterminator Cho Hakkai, he sets off on a treacherous journey westward, with armies of demons, dark mages and angry gods all standing in his way...
Saiyuki and Bus Gamer are both based of manga by Kazuya Minekura, and if you know her work you'll know her characters are very similar from one show to another. The cast of either show very much resembles the other.