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Cross Academy is a school with a difference: in a unique and experimental setup designed by the headmaster, it has a Day Class consisting of ordinary humans and a Night Class filled with vampires. Yuki Cross and her friend Zero Kiryu are school prefects whose job it is to make sure the secret of the Night Class is always safe; they patrol the school grounds at night and supervise the switchover of classes at dawn and dusk to prevent any 'accidents' from happening. While Zero is suspicious of vampires and hates the idea of sharing the same space as them, Yuki admires the Night Class for their beauty and sophistication; she is especially intrigued by their charming leader, Kaname, because he once saved her life. However, as Yuki quickly learns, not all vampires are amiable like the Night Class, and as terrible events unfold, Yuki must ask herself whether in a world where vampires are the hunters and humans are the prey, peaceful coexistence can really be achieved.
The character of Kaname in Vampire Knight is very similar to that of Lelouch from Code Geass. They have the same dual-natured, tortured past, plotting, clever chess playing personality, and the plots of both animes are structured around their schemes.
Code Geass may not have any vampires or much romance, but there are still similarities. Both are darker animes. Kaname in V. K. and Lelouch in Code Geass both like chess. Not only do they like chess, they live life and make plans as if it was all just one real life and rather deadly chess game! They both can seem like total jerks sometimes, but they have good reasons for it. Both Kaname and Lelouch are trying to keep something safe. Both animes also have a guy who wants to be with a certain girl but it just can't work.
A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.
Instead of recomending another mecha or political/ ambiguous/complex plot anime, I chose Phantom. It's purely a gut feeling but I believe that you can give PRFTP a try if you liked the tragic nature of Leeluch's character. The main characters plight is prominent in both anime but shown through tottaly different stories (one is about a revolution and the other about a duo of assasins).
These anime is a must see. Code Geass and Phantom are 2 very diffrent anime, Yet at the same time they both have that instant hook that some anime have like after watching just 1 episode you cant stop watching. Phantom have assassins and CG have mecha. Both of these anime are just awesome in the way they present the development of the main characters and the world around them. They have a similar pace in the plot as well although CG is mutch more visually impressive. However dont take anything away from Phantom the art style is very good in this anime as well.
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.
It involves the stories of different characters as the series goes along, bringing a deeper understanding of eah to the Viewer, which adds boundless depth to the storyline ep after ep.
Though the largest challenges of this anme for most viewers seem to be the art and the unspoken "strangeness" of the story's setting, seeing Kaiba through till the end still proves very satisfying.
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).