Five years have passed since Goku and his friends defeated Piccolo Jr. and restored peace to the planet. Gohan - Goku's son - and a variety of good, bad, and morally ambiguous characters are back, and perpetually not ready for action! Aliens, androids, and magicians all hatch evil plots to destroy the world and it's up to Goku to save the Earth once more - that is, once he and his comrades train plentifully in preparation. Enemies will become friends and power levels will rise to unimaginable levels, but even with the help of the legendary Dragon Balls and Shen Long will it be enough to save Earth from ultimate destruction?
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
If you liked DBZ, Kenshin is the logical next step into anime. It offers the same thrilling action, though the overpoweredness is replaced by samurai. Kenshin is still pretty light on the plot, making it very accessible to anyone that likes anime. Yet it is more adult than DBZ and thus comes closer to series that don't get labeled "suited for fanboys."
If you just finished watching the entire Dragon Ball saga or had enough of it, the obvious next step in my opinion, in the genre, is Kenshin. There's plenty of awesome characters, good villains, good amount of humor and LOTS of fighting but Kenshin's storyline is far more mature and the theme (Feudal Japan) is obviously more realistic and historical.
Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?
If you like fighting anime with a great story and want to watch something in a league of its own, Dragonball Z and Hunter x Hunter are for you. HxH is not exactly the same as DBZ but it contains the same kind of fights and will entertain you. If you liked one, you'd like the other.
Toudou Gakuen is no ordinary high school. There, during the Meiji Restoration, fighting masters were forced to gather from all over Japan to re-establish the martial arts. Amongst the student body is a group of immensely powerful fighters who maintain order through absolute power. This "Enforcement Group" is locked in a feud with the Jyuuuken Club over matters of love and death. Now, two newcomers have disturbed the order of this school, becoming entangled in this vicious feud. Caught between sexy babes and terrible powers, the battle to be the strongest begins!
Both Tenjho Tenge and Dragon Ball Z are fighting anime that are filled with extended fights and powerful characters. One of the largest differences, however, is that Tenjho Tenge is a lot more ecchi than DBZ.
If you enjoyed the fighting of one then the other is a must watch for you.
Watching Tenjho Tenge, DBZ often comes to mind as it appears that they are extremely similar in slyle and story.
Dragonball Z fights mainly with Ki and fists. Tenjho Tenge also does this but makes less reference to Ki than DBZ.
Think of it as Tenjho Tenge being a more graphic and condensed version of Dragonball Z with a slightly darker feel through some of the story.
In the beginning God created the light and the dark, but soon, the powers of light squared off against the powers of dark, and the world was plunged into war. Eventually, seven knights of lights with the power of Shadow rose up and sealed the darkness away. Now, many years later, Nene, the ruler of the Grand Kingdom, is trying to use the power of Shadow to plunge the world into chaos. Looking for other people with the power of Shadow, Nene sends his forces to attack Shu's village; but while defending his village, Shu unleashes the Shadow of Blue Dragon, the most powerful shadow known, and it goes berserk. Can Zola and Jiro, two other Shadow users who oppose Nene, teach Shu how to control Blue Dragon and save the world from chaos?
Having watched the occasional episode of Dragon Ball Z, and having watched several episodes of Blue Dragon, I have noticed several similarities. Not only the animation style, or the power up animation, but the tale of a boy who trains to save the world from the forces of darkness. If you enjoyed one of the series, I am sure you will enjoy the other.
if you liked dragon ball Z for the unique fighting styles that goku and freinds use, then you will most likely blue dragon for the unique fighting style.
Imagine a world devastated by nuclear war, where the strong oppress the weak and strength is the one thing that will ensure survival. A world where even close friends can betray you for power, a lesson that Ken, the Fist of The North Star, learns when he is nearly killed by his closest friend and left for dead. He's not an easy man to get rid of, and he returns - very angry.
Both series are about fighting usin supernatural techniques, without weapons (unlike many other similar fighting animes). Story is also similar and it is about a man who is fighting for justice in a cruel world. Each time there is a more powerfull enemy coming to fight against him. In both animes story is focused more on fighting than on humour.
Dragonball Z was largely inspired by Fist of the North Star.
They have two totally seperate feels to them but the action content is very similar.