Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
Chiko: Heiress and Kino's Journey both have a similar mood of darkness, seriousness, and anti-comedy. Both plots are propelled by mystery and a touch of hope. Both feature young protagonists wiser than thier age, who are smart, resourceful, and are searching for something greater than they think. Both use these searches for an examination of the human condition, which is portrayed as rather hopeless if not for the will of the protagonist you follow.
While both stories do have elements in common (such as a certain seriousness), the only reason I'm making this recommendation is based on the fact that both Kino and Chiko have very similar personalities. They are both young girls who are surprisingly cool and collected for their age. They are bright, sharp and agile children with an amazing ability to learn and adapt. Chiko does have more emotional depth than Kino, but both characters are a joy to follow.
Both stories star sheltered, yet incredibly mature, young female leads on their journeys to discover the world and themselves.
Kino's Journey and Daughter of Twenty Faces may not have similar themes in terms of "plot", they do both have very similar main characters. Strong, quiet, brilliant young females who really stand out as original, and interesting characters.
Both Kino's Journey and The Daughter of Twenty Faces have a similar feel to the story and atmosphere, and it isn't just because the two lead protagonists in each are resourceful young females.
Both girls are coming-of-age while traveling and both like to remain semi-detatched from the world, participating while observing. Kino's goal is to visit and learn about all kinds of new people, customs and places while not involving herself; Chiko's motto in Twenty Faces is "look, listen, and think for yourself" as she studies the people and situations around her.
Both anime share a serious undertone and bigger underlying themes. If you enjoyed one, I think you'd also enjoy checking out the other.
For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!
Though slightly different in mood, both D.N.Angel and Chiko deal with the legend of the Man of 20 faces. D.N.Angel is more sweet while Chiko is a bit darker, but if you like the legend, both feature the theif that gives notice and never kills, and they treat the tale with a very cool individual twist.
Thieves are not all bad as both the Daughter of Twenty Faces and D.N. Angel series show viewers. While the Daughter of Twenty Faces series has a more realistic aspects to it as DN Angel is more on a supernatural level both share the same types of themes.
Stories of legendary phantom thieves.
Twenty Faces is a more realistic coming of age tale but still has strong sci-fi elements towards the end, without feeling silly.
DNAngel is more of a typical romance story behind it's angels and thievery.
A fan of one should definitely check out the other.
My first thought when I started Twenty Faces was that they stole the phantom thief plot from D.N. Angel. *grin* Both series have an entirely different approach: D.N. Angel tends to be more light hearted and has a romance storyline while Twenty Faces is a bit darker in tone and more serious. But both are a good foil for the other to play off of. If you like the notorious phantom thief character, you should check out both of these anime to get different views of the same basic character!
Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...
Not entirely one of those "gut feeling" recommendations, but the reasons behind it are mostly in the spoiler territory. That aside, I found both shows to have a cast of likeable characters that you can't help but care about, several similar themes, and an engrossing mystery in common. If you liked one of these shows, I would suggest you check out the other.
Not being able to fully describe them to avoid spoilers, I can say that DoTF and FMA have certain important plot elements in common that drive the story. Besides this, both shows have a gripping plot with a combination of action, character-development and plot progression, and have a cast of awesome characters. If you enjoyed one of these, definitely check out the other!
Daughter of Twenty Faces is what would happen if the writers for Fullmetal Alchemist tried to write a story using Kino's character (from Kino's Journey).
The previous two recommendations mentioned that the similarities here are mostly spoilers. This isn't quite true: Both shows have an underlying theme of "HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR?" (or ALCHEMY in the case of FMA), specifically in reference to "the war" (often mentioned in both series). The time period and general vibe is about the same, too.
Daughter of Twenty Faces resembles Fullmetal Alchemist moreso than Kino's Journey
Arsene Lupin the Third is the world’s most notorious thief, a master of disguise and an unashamed ladies man! Working alongside his partner-in-crime Jigen, the carefree Lupin, shoots, steals and flirts his way across the world while avoiding his ever-persistent nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. Whether he is trying to win a Grand Prix race, defeat an invincible magician or steal a set of precious playing cards from a millionaire, nothing is impossible for the great Lupin the Third.
Looking for another show in which a gentleman thief robs the most infamous parvenues, recurring almost completely on his wits and refusing any form of unasked violence?
This show will be just fine for you...
I honestly cannot believe only one other person recommend these together. A gripping tale of action and humor, following international gentlemen thieves with a firm stance against violence.
Both Lupin and Twenty Faces are notoriously famous thieves, and both are incredibly impossibly and wildly successful. If you can't get enough of the amazing phantom thief heroism and James Bond action adventures of Twenty Faces, you would definitely enjoy checking out Lupin III.
Forty years ago the citizens of Paradigm lost all of their memories, and live their lives without any knowledge of their past, or any hope for the future. Roger Smith is a man who performs the much needed task of negotiator in Paradigm. He provides his services to the wealthy with the help of a peculiar android named Dorothy and his mechanically inclined butler Norman. When greater evil arises, he calls on his magnificent relic of Paradigm's past, the Megadeus Big O. With Big O at his side, Roger Smith may be Paradigm's only hope of surviving in this new world without memories.
Design and, most importantly, a complex feeling are surely an example of a well-thought retrò.
Even the charismatic main charactes dresses in a very similar way, so, while this could not be enough for any of you, I'm positive most of the watchers will enjoy both shows°°°/!
Chiko and Big O Have a Similar mood: Dark and serious, with little comedy, but advanced by mystery and hope. Both feature very able, intelligent, and resourseful protagonists, so if you like a feature with a solid lead you can love to support, check them both out. The characters of Chiko's Ojii-san and Big O's Roger are very similar both in look, attitude of coolness, and mystery.
I was quite sure I already made this recommendation back when I was watching one of those two shows, so I was quite surprised when I found out that I didn't. Time to fix that.
In both series an ambiguous* relationship between a teenage girl and a much older man plays a big part. IMHO this alone is enough to recommend those two series to each other.
* We're never 100% sure whether he is more a parent figure or a love interest.