In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette and .hack//SIGN both feature similar male lead characters with somewhat alarming personality issues, and a mysterious girl with a strong but difficult to grasp connection to the main character. They both keep you guessing as to what's actually going on deep into the series, and both feature beautiful and surreal areas for the anime to take place.
The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...
Both share a loyalty to there friends and loved ones. Drama, saddness and depression runs through them as they try to abtain a goal almost nearly impossible. Battling evil forces and temptations awaiting them.
Genki was playing a new video game when he suddenly found himself sucked inside of it - and now he finds himself in a land where the monsters are real! The evil monster Moo is trying to turn all the good monsters into baddies, but Holly and Suezo are trying to stop him by finding and releasing the legendary Phoenix. Genki joins these new friends in their quest to find the Phoenix. With his own monster, Mocchi, and the friends they make along the way, Genki and Holly will continue to seek out Mystery Disks until they find the one which contains the Phoenix and free the world from the evil Moo.
The young prince Pietro of PopoloCrois and his forest witch friend Narcia are playing one day when GamiGami Maou – the self-proclaimed arch nemesis of Pietro – initiates a scheme to take over the kingdom. When his plan to switch his castle with that of PopoloCrois backfires, it creates an explosion in the middle of the forest. Amongst the debris, Pietro and Narcia stumble across a young girl, though before they can find out who she is, GamiGami Maou attacks them! Luckily, the power of the dragon blood within Pietro saves them and they are able to restore the forest to its original state before returning home. They later find out that the mysterious girl is named Hyuu and she is one of the wind-kind, a race that died out many years ago. With very few memories of her previous life remaining, Hyuu and Pietro are determined to discover the truth behind the fate of Hyuu’s people, and find a way for her to return to her own time.
Both .hack//SIGN and PoPoLoCrois Monogatari place heavy emphasis on their characters' developments, greatly slowing down the story in many instances to focus on them. Some more trivial similarities include their fantastical settings (With SIGN incorporating heavy sci-fi elements as well) and the fact that they both tie in with related video games. SIGN is a much more 'grown-up' series than PoPoLo, but don't let that put you off either series!
With the rise of the Iron Age in feudal Japan, man and nature grow increasingly at odds. As mankind infringes more and more into the kingdom of the beasts, many of the elder animal gods begin to succumb to their rage, cursing themselves as they lash out at rural and urban settlements alike. When a young Ashitaka, hero of his village, is imparted with one of these curses after slaying a crazed god, he forces himself into exile to prevent further harm to his village. As he ventures out into the world, however, he discovers just how dire the straights have become - with man and beast ready to break into all out war, his curse becomes the least of his problems. As both sides teeter dangerously on the side of outright slaughter of one another, Ashitaka sets his own problems aside and, using his charisma and honor, seeks to quell the hatred before it gets beyond repair - but will he be in time or is he simply delaying the inevitable?