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In the fantastical land of Amawakumi, a succession ceremony occurs each 30 years to pass control of the kingdom to a female heir of the Hime clan. But three decades ago, the Hime clan was unable to produce a daughter and was warned that if history repeated itself, the entire clan would be purged. Now faced with the same problem in the present, the Hime clan opts to send their disguised son Arata to the ceremony instead, unaware that he’d be sent into a trap where the former princess is murdered and the boy would be framed for the crime. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hinohara suffers a similar sense of betrayal at the hands of his classmates, and after wishing he could just disappear, he and Arata switch bodies. Now, as Arata struggles to find a way to return the two to their own worlds, Hinohara must try to escape capture, clear Arata’s name and fulfill this princess’s last wish by exposing her killers.
Both series were not only created by the same person, but they both feature main charcters who get transported into a strange fantasy world, and are subsequently said to be destined to save that world.
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?
Allow me to state first that in my opinion these two Animes are among the BEST in terms of producing a coherent romance story among the animes I have watched.
The sentimentalism between both Fushigi Yugi and Basilisk contains an engrossing, heart-wrenching tale at multiple aspects, whether you choose to characterize them by feelings of betrayal, emptiness following the death of a loved one, or even the uncertainty of the upcoming journey, these two animes are series you could consider as those classics you read as a high school student in AP English.
First off, allow me to provide a sufficient explanation regarding the similarities between the two animes.
As an art style, both Fushigi Yugi and Basilisk do something excellent in terms of character development. And although Basilisk's characters are done in a somewhat more... "rushed" manner, you can still see a full kaleidoscope of characters, painted in a manner that utilizes subtle symbolism consistently.
The storyline: both are adventures that contain many twist and turns in just about every step along the way. The only reason you'd find one incompatible with the other is in the depressing and more mature tone of Basilisk. Even though this is the case, Fushigi Yugi also has its fair share of tears.
Both series contain magical aspects in regards to the abilities of the characters, and although Basilisk is set in a more realistic setting of 1614 Japan, both animes contain a vivid world that comes to life, though less in Basilisk in comparison to Fushigi Yugi.
In the present, Japan is under assault by murderous creatures known as Aragami whose origin and purpose remain unknown. The fate of Japan and the world itself lies with one young woman named Momiji who bears the burden of the Kushinada -- the one who must be sacrificed to silence the Aragami forever. With the help of Mamoru Kusanagi (a human and Aragami hybrid), and an agency filled with firepower-toting bodyguards, Momiji must use her Aragami-sensing powers to help save mankind; but will she ultimately have to lose her own life to save the lives of so many others?
Taking place after the second Magnificent World OVA, Mr. Fujisawa has finally married Miz, who has retired her position as Priestess of Water. In her stead, a young woman named Qawuul is brought in as the priestess, and in the tradition of the El Hazard series, falls for Makoto. However, the calm is yet again broken as the gang is transported into yet another alternate world by a mysterious man named Arjah, where new trials and mishaps as well as a new adventure awaits.
The average Tsukushi Makino attends the snobby, elite Eitoku Academy, which is dominated by the Flower Four (F4) – the sons of the most powerful families. Like the rest of her classmates, Tsukushi keeps a low profile until one day she can stand it no more! For her obstinance, the F4 declare war and it's Tsukushi against all. In the middle of it all, she finds herself drawn strangely close to two of the F4; they might not be as bad as they seem. With her heart torn between two boys, will Tsukushi be able to find the love she desires?
The main theme of these anime is not quite a simple love-story. Both series have dramatic and humorous parts always make you feel the situation and leave in hopes that everything's gonna be alright.