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In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
The worlds in both Earthsea and Claymore are full of magic, demons and bloodthirsty revenge and the stories also share some very similar plot lines. The beginnings of each begin with a lonely child who has lost their way in life due to acts of violence, and the introduction of a guiding figure who takes care of that child for at least part of the story. But very soon that child will realise that they have their own journey to undertake in order to become stronger and more respected, not just as a swordsman but as a person.
Both journeys will see the main characters pass through many varying landscapes - densely populated towns, open deserts and ancient ruins - and the variety and scale of the lands and creatures helps in immersing oneself into the story. As the stories unfold, limbs will be severed and demons will be confronted as the characters seek to discover exactly who, and what, they are.
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
At first sight Escaflowne and Gedo Senki might not have too much resemblance apart from a similar feeling, still in both heroes struggle either with transgress their human forms or facing their own feelings and attitudes to neither perish as individuals nor inflict harm to the people they love.
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...
Both Fullmetal Alchemist and Gedo Senki have fantasy, journeying, self-discovery, and personal struggles as central themes. Both are placed in beautiful, well-developed worlds. Whether it's an evening with the family, or following a plot passionately over weeks, these anime will engross you in their characters' worlds throughout.
The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?