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Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...
both anime have the 'power given by a stranger' theme. Both try to change the future in a variety of ways meeting people who have a similar goal but different methods to achieve it. Overall, both are good, even though C is alot shorter, it is just as memorable.
C is to economics as Code Geass is to chess. They both have these themes that are applied to the plot, though in both cases it makes far more sense symbolically than literally. C is lacking in the "All according to plan..." gambits that Code Geass is chock full of, and the main characters' reactions to the power they're handed are quite the opposite. C is the more unique concept, but the characters and plot are not as fleshed out as Code Geass. Still, both series play with their respective themes and take them to over-the-top levels. They both have something new to bring to the table.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Although at face value, Kaiba seems to be nothing like Code Geass, what with its older animation style and very unconventional art style, Kaiba is a story diving into many levels of mystery and drama.
The main story revolves around the character Kaiba, a young man (not a little boy!) who has lost his memory, waking up in an unfamiliar place, not knowing just who is his friend or enemy.
Lelouche in Code Geass is also a teenager (with the maturity of a young man) thrown completey out of his royal element much like Kiabe was, and wrongfully exiled through gruesome means.
In each respective story, both young men have to find out what's going on in their universe, realize whom they've become and learn, along with the help of true (and fake) friends how to overcome thier plight, the results of which could save or destroy the very existence of their kind.
Both set in sci-fi world.
Both shows are trying to tell the watcher, that you can have everything and rule the world, but at the same moment you would have nothing.
Both main characters, Popo and Lelouch try to defeat current rulers of the world and take their place. In order to do that, they lose their friends and family.
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 Middle 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...
Both of these anime delve into the idea that often, great power comes at a price. With brilliant storytelling and plenty of psychological drama, these series are very much alike.
The main similarity between both Code Geass and Madoka Magica is that the plots invovle characters entering into contracts with mysterious contractors to obtain great characters. However, upon obtaining these powers the characters eventually fall prey to the powers that they have obtained. The situations of both Lelouch from Code Geass and Sayaka from Madoka Magica are comparable to one another since both characters enter contracts to obtain special powers, only for them to learn the truth behind their contracts, try to use powers that isolate them to help people, and eventually fall prey to their powers. While the plots are different, the reason why if you enjoyed one you'd like the other is that the two plots share similar themes, and are both serious takes on usually non-serious genres (the mecha in Code Geass and the magical girl in Madoka Magica).
Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic relic. Into this fray comes Kiritsugu Emiya, the enigmatic "Mage Killer" who wants to use the Grail to make a better world. Can he, paired with the indomitable Saber win the War? Or will he fall to the ambitions of the other mages?
Both of these series involve loads of chracters making intricate plans against each other for various motivations. There is action and a supernatural element in both. Code Geass has a lot of high school age characters while Fate/Zero mostly involves adults, and there are more not-so-serious episodes in Code Geass. Code Geass has mechs while Fate/Zero has swords and sorcery. But they both have more plotting and gambits than you can count. If you like that aspect of one, you'll almost certainly like the other.
There are similarities between the two shows. While I would say Code Geass is better than Fate/Zero I wouldn't say that it is better by a landslide. Watch. Enjoy.
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Hakaze, princess of the Kusaribe mage clan, has been betrayed and marooned on an island by her own people. They seek to revive the Tree of Exodus, an incomprehensibly powerful entity of alien origin, to save the world from the tyranny of its antithesis: the Tree of Genesis that powers their magic. Hakaze, however, believes their efforts put humanity in jeopardy; and with her power limited, she can only reach out to the world to beg for aid. Her call reaches Mahiro Fuwa, a young man grieving the mysterious death of his sister, Aika. He and his friend Yoshino agree to help - on the condition that Hakaze track down Aika's killer with her magic. The deal is made, and the battle that will determine civilization's fate is begun: but who will play the part of its villain, and who its savior?
They're both great animes with dark themes where the protagonists fight to right an injustice and an almost brother/rival relationship between the two male characters. They have complex characters where motivations are not always clear cut and events can turn the story on its head.
The characters are also similarly somewhat haughty and arrogant (CG - Lelouch, ZnT - Shakespear quoting lolita complex guy) anti heroes. I liked Geass a bit better due to its length but Tempest has a much more satisfying ending imo. Enjoyable animes both.
They're both almost post-apocalyptical anime, where the characters have to fight with everything that stands in the way. Code Geass is a bit more dramatical, things take a curious turn, while Blast of Tempest involves more mystery, magic and the fate of the world is in stake. Both anime show the fight for power and try to bring up the negative part in that and how hard can it be even if it is for the right cause.