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In the mystical world of Shangri-la, demons and humans live side by side, watched over by a parthenon of ancient Chinese gods. But when normally-civilized demons start to go berserk, the gods require the services of Genjou Sanzo - a Buddhist priest with a magical gun, an evil-banishing scripture and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Aided by the ancient monkey god Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo and the demon exterminator Cho Hakkai, he sets off on a treacherous journey westward, with armies of demons, dark mages and angry gods all standing in his way...
At a glance, the two series are completely different.
A young girl is kicked out of her own home by her pop, and teams up with some bishounen in a journey to "see the world."
A borderline-sociopath monk is sent off by some deities, and teams up with some bishounen in a journey to prevent world destruction. Well, okay. Maybe it's not completely different.
Both "H.Y" and "Saiyuki" have the same "episodic" feel. They travel around, coming across different towns and people. A few episodes focus on each of the main characters, but for the most part you get a new batch of supporting characters every few episodes.
The two series are definitely different enough that a viewer who enjoyed one could watch both and feel like they weren't watching the same thing twice.
Ever since their first meeting at six years old, Hikari Hanazono has struggled to defeat her rival Kei Takashima at anything, whether it be athletics or academics. To date she has proven unsuccessful, resulting in Kei constantly referring to her as "second place." In reality, Kei has been in love with Hikari for quite some time, but Hikari remains completely oblivious to the fact. Now, as the top two students in a prestigious academy, the duo continues their long-running competition as part of the school's elite class of seven, the Special A. Will Hikari ever surpass Kei... or realize that he loves her?
If you enjoyed watching Hatenkou Yuugi then you'd be pleased to watch Special A and vice-versa.Although in general, Special A and Hatenkou Yuugi are different due to the setting of place, occupation and reason of the anime plot, there are similarities between these two animes.
Now the first thing that gives the whole similaity point away is that THEY ARE BOTH OPTIMISTIC people. Very happy infact Rahzel from HY reminded me of Hikari from SA within 6 minutes into the first episode. Both girls tend to look on the bright side a little too much which causes companions of theirs to nut at them. They are both strong and excel in physical skills. There is a small age different between these two girls and you will also realise that Rahzel and Hikari look very much alike, with long black hair and the slim frame.
Special A generalizes in school life and the goal of beating the love interest in academic, physical and other abilities althugh always failing to do so, whereas Hatenkou Yuugi is based around a girl with a rough past, forced to see the world by her foster father and ending up with two companions whom although like oil and water, seem to be tied together in surprising harmony.
Special A is the choice for a lighter read whereas Hatenkou holds a serious and more negative story withing another story. Both animes are supported greatly by comedy and you will not be disappointed by one anime more than another if it comes to funny scenes. Although both animes are light in romance and not heavily into love, Special A provides you with more romance scenes between the heroine and her love interest than Hatenkou Yuugi which is more about getting to know other while encountering a journey that changes there lives.
God forsook the world on a Sunday, leaving mankind unable to stop living - even long after they've died. The sole hope left for humanity comes in the form of gravekeepers; only a burial by one of these chosen few will allow the deceased to finally rest in peace. Ai is a young girl who serves as gravekeeper for her sleepy village, taking over the job after her mother’s death five years ago. However the tranquility is shattered when Ai returns from digging graves to find that everyone in town has been slaughtered, and the culprit is a young man going by the same name as her long-lost father: Hampnie Hambart. Forced to lay to rest everyone she's ever known, Ai must now forge her own path into the unfamiliar world in search of answers.
Both of these anime are about the travels of an upbeat girl and her unusual comrades. Both take place in a fantastical world and have an air of mystery around them. They can also be very dark at times.
The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...
Tsubasa and Hatenkou Yuugi are similar in that they both have casts travelling to different towns (or worlds in the case of Tsubasa) where things aren't quite what they seem. In each new place they're greeted by odd supernatural events and mysteries that both casts make it their duty to solve. Though their motives couldn't be further apart, the plots are similar in feel and both shows have a darker side to them.