Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
Two anime so delightfully similar except one has a male samurai lead, and the other a female samurai lead - both strong warriors, both wandering ronin, both have a martial artist sidekick.
Carried By The Wind is lacking the intricate plot and often serious tone that Kenshin carries, but the humour and animation are incredibly similar.
When watching Carried By The Wind I was half-expecting Himura to waltz on screen at any moment, that's how well these anime overlap. If you like one you will surely enjoy the other.
Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.
The animation of the fighting is simlar, as is the comedy. Samurai Champloo is much, much darker however, and Carried By The Wind is much truer to the period, meaning you won't hear any hip-hop here, but still a really get show.
Two pairs of people travel the roads, help maidens in distress and kick the bad guys’ ass. One a traditional samurai with exceptional fighting skills, the other a carefree roamer with unique style and difficult character. The only exception being, that in Champloo, the pair is male, in Kazemakase, female.
These anime are similar on very different levels. Not to mention the characters, era and story, also the animation style (especially the fights) looks alike. The soundtrack is rather good and the episodes very loosely connected.
If you watched one and wanted more, with a minute of adapting, you can easily treat the other as a sequel.
Set in the edo period, both animes delve into the lives of traveling samurai. In both anime, the strictly-trained samurai is accompanied by a street fighter that is more skill than technique. Both anime are fairly episodic, (KTR a little more so than Champloo). Both anime feature the odd-couple fighting bandits, saving people, and trying to find money.
Meet Lina Inverse, a mighty sorceress who fights evil in the name of... greed, gluttony and black magic?! When she meets Gourry, a swordsman whose skill with the blade is rivaled only by his stupidity, Zelgadis, a grumpy sorceror who's been turned into a golem, and Rezo, a priest known for his benevolence (with a dark secret), you know her adventures are just beginning!
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
Both are easygoing and light shows with fun characters that goes from place to place and face dramatic situations. While Bebop may be the better one Tsukikage Ran shouldn't be scoffed at either. Its sole goal is to entertain its viewers and it does just that well enough to be worth a watch.
28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
Hataraki Man and Tsukikage Ran are very different anime; one is set before the Meiji era and features a woman samurai and her female karate sidekick, while the other is about a woman working as an editor at a major weekly magazine in present-day Tokyo.
What they have in common is women working at a normally male occupation in a society with very clear sex roles. Many of the subplots in both shows explore this 'cross-dressed' role.
Tsukikage Ran uses more slapstick humor, while Hataraki Man's is more situational. Both feature strong leading characters who are quite clear about their duties and rights, and who are quite willing to inform others of their duties and rights as well.
If you like seeing women in anime who aren't just supporting the guys, you'll probably like both of these shows.