It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.
With a past shrouded in mystery and a blank memory, Shiki Tohno seems to be just another "average high school student". That is, until he nearly kills a female vampire with his secret deadly ability to "see the lines". His journey to unlock the secrets of the Tohno family and unbury his own lost memories has only just begun, and now he must also help the woman, Arcueid Brunestud, find a lethal phantom named Roa, and kill it using his ability.
Tsukihime and Chrono Crusade both have a story about love and a powerful demon. The two stories become more similar to each other as the history about the main characters is slowly uncovered. The atmosphere is definitely very similar in these anime.
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara High School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
Although these two series are from two different genres, they share quite a few similar themes. The balance between hope and dispair, sacrifice, fighting against borrowed time, and deep partnerships...both Madoka Magica and Chrono Crusade start off with a light tone and hints of darkness, become darker throughout, and build to a bittersweet ending. Overall I think Madoka is paced better and has a much more fulfilling ending, but in terms of emotional impact and catharsis, these two series are rather similar.
Arika Yumemiya is a poor yet energetic girl who has come to the city to become an Otome – a female warrior with the power to match an entire army. She quickly befriends her irritable fellow student Nina Wong and Princess Mashiro, the queen-to-be. With the help of her mysterious benefactor and abundant natural talent, she’s able to overcome the trials of everyday life in the competitive Garderobe Academy, but darker schemes are afoot. How will her new friendships fare, when secrets of the past and present are brought forth to spark a fight for the crown, and more?
Chrono Crusade has a lot of similar elements to Mai-Otome. A good story about mystery and betrayal is unfolded very slowly; yet there are plenty of lighthearted moments to liven up the atmosphere. Though this might just be my opinion, I feel that both of these anime appeal more towards shoujo-oriented fans.
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?
Supernatural drama, familial mysteries, tough females, and 'chosen few' monster fighters are central to My-Hime and Chno Crusade. Though the settings and story are quite different, the two shows have similar sensibilities regarding drama and, to some extent, action (though Hime features more proxy-fighting and romance). Goofy humor plays a part in each show, though both become increasingly dramatic and serious as mysteries begin to unfold. Both series focus on the trials of different kinds of love and friendship.
Six months have passed since Rayne, Hyuga, Angelique and Jade were betrayed by Nyx and watched both him and their mansion burn to the ground. Arcadia is now in ruin, Thanatos is growing stronger, and the Aube Hunters - who have been missing for some time - are now seen as scapegoats for the destruction of the land. With time running out, Arcadia's only hope lies with the now-scorned Aube Hunters and Angelique, the only person capable of saving the land from darkness...
If you like either of these I think you'll definitely like the other. They both have a complex and captivating plot and the they are so beautiful but so sad. Both of the main characters are wrapped in decisions that are easy to decide but hard to carry out. Both of these made me cry a lot but they are some some the best anime I've seen.