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In the world of Daikuuriku, all children are born female; but once they become a young adult, they may choose which sex they will become. In this world which is at war with itself, the women of Simalacrum find themselves charged with the task of piloting the ancient machines known as Simoun in hopes of turning the tide of war. Though originally simple ceremonial machines, the most gifted of pilots can turn the glowing "ri maajon" of their rituals onto their enemies and obliterate them from the skies using these Simoun. However, it takes a special bond between two highly gifted girls to successfully pilot a Simoun. With the toll of blood and pain that these previously innocent girls are taking, how many will be able to carry on, even knowing that they are the only real thing standing between freedom and subjugation of their land?
Yes, both animes feature a certain battle specialty that only girls of a particular kind can participate in, but that is not the reason that I write this recommendation. The truth is that I enjoyed both of these very much because they both treat one particular theme with great care: the theme of forbidden power. In both animes, the characters struggle to balance the desire for more destructive power with their own humanity, and in both animes, this struggle takes a different unpredictable turn. It is this level of sophistication with old tired themes that I find most refreshing. If you agree, I highly suggest that you look to one if you enjoyed the other.
Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?
You like gore? If so, here you go: Speed Grapher and Claymore are packed with it. They both revolve around a mutated human protagonist and have an awkward romance intertwined throughout the storyline. The drawing styles for both are relatively similar and both protagonists have a deep and detailed past that they try to forget. If you liked one of these shows, then you should definitely check out the other.
Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.
While perhaps crazy different series, there is alot of coincedental similarities between the two. An inhuman, strong female lead character, with a weak but loveable human male, a medieval landscape that starts off in warm coutnry, and climaxes in the frozen north. There is action and romance in both, but Claymore has much more action, and Spice and Wolf has more romance.
Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?
Moving on the theme of bloody medieval combat I think who ever likes Sword of the Stranger will enjoy Claymore. Both protagonists have someone to protect and they both fight "old demons" along the way.
Rhiannon is the fair and gentle daughter of a village chief. Unfortunately for her, she's also exactly the sort of maiden who is needed as a sacrifice to wake the Demon King Arawn from his thousand-year slumber and is soon kidnapped for this very purpose. However, when Arawn is summoned, he decides to spare Rhiannon's life, instead killing her captor and freeing her from mind control. Taken with his kindness, Rhiannon immediately decides to marry the Demon King, making him the new village chief. All of this is bad news for Rhiannon's protective but hot-headed brother Arthur, who must now pledge his knightly service to his new Lord, Arawn. Together the three of them must journey and together they must fight, encountering new friends and new foes along the way.
Swords and monsters both accompany these shows. In each, there is the misconception that people are evil just because of their title: demon king, Claymore. Also, there is a similar story about a young human girl who travels with a stronger character. The setting of both is the middle ages