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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?
Comparisons between the very famous Kenshin series and the almost-unheard-of Ran are unavoidable. Both feature cooler-than-possible kick-butt swordsme-, er make that swordswoman in the case of Ran, fighting villians in Meiji Era Japan. The fight scene choreography is one of the highlights of both series. Ran is lighter in tone and more comic than the Kenshin TV series. Fans of anime swordfighting should check out both series.
Tsukikage Ran is a lot like the first 20-some episodes of Kenshin. The humor is very similar, and when the main characters get serious, they mean business. Kenshin TV is on the lighter side for the first part, but you will get drawn in very quickly compared to Ran. enjoy!
Like those before myself,I also feel like comparing Ran to Kenshin,since both are skilled sword wielders.
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.
Since both Champloo and Ran are set in the same period (the Edo era),I wouldn't be surprised if Ran and Meow faced Jin and Mugen.That said,Champloo has little to some of the humor expected from KTR.
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!
These two series may not seem to have much to do with each other at first. Ran is a historical Meiji Era sword fighting flick in the vein of Kenshin, and Slayers is a comic fantasy series. I'm recommending both because they both have strong, kick-butt female leads: Slayers' violent ultra-powerful mage Lina Inverse and Ran, the ultra-cool sake-swigging woman samurai. Slayers is a little more comic and goofy than Ran, although Ran has plenty of humorous moments and animation because of its comic sidekick character, Chinese martial artist Meow-chan.
The adventure feeling of going from town to town trying to swindle people is priceless, and of course very much abundant in both Slayers and Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran. You'll love the humor and the crazy antics used to escape sticky situations.
Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?
So if you liked the lighter side of Peace Maker, you will like Tsukikage Ran. The humor is about on the same level, but maybe a bit more slapstick. However the series take place somewhat close in time, so the surroundings are similar. Peace Maker is quite a bit more violet however and more serious.
Rumic's Theater is a collection of 13 stories by Rumiko Takahashi, who is also responsible for such things as Inuyasha, Kimagure Orange Road, and Mermaid's Forest. While each story has its own tone, the focus tends to be based upon marriage, death, apartments, or general quirky situations and experiences. Sarcasm and mixups abound in this entertaining series.