From swordsmen to robots, from ancient tribal cultures to civilizations that reach the stars, there is one force that dominates all others: life. From birth to death, and rebirth again, it is life that permeates the soul and opens up to us the mysteries of the universe. Within this tale of the phoenix and those who would be touched by its beauty, we are shown the joys and tragedies that life sometimes hands us, and what we, as humans, must do to survive...
Princess Rinda and her brother Remus are the foretold Twin Pearls of Parros – one will be a shining prophet and the other a great ruler. However, when their homeland is lost to the invading Mongaul army and their parents slain during the siege, Rinda and Remus are transported into Rood Forest, a dangerous hideout for ghouls. Lost and vulnerable, the two barely escape death thanks to the help of a powerful man with the head of a leopard called Guin who cannot remember who is or how he became that way. Together they journey across the land, evading monsters, fighting the power-hungry Mongaul army, and gathering trusted companions such as Istavan Spellsword and Suni of the monkey-like Sem – all in the hope of fulfilling their destinies and finally bringing peace to Parros.
Both anime have a story revolved around a man who is stuck wearing an animal mask. Hi no Tori features a 4-episode arc about a man whose head was replaced by a wolf's head. Guin Saga is a longer tale about a man with a leopard's head. These stories also take a serious approach to solving political affairs within an engaging fantasy setting.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Both series utilize a unique art style and story to explore what it means to be alive, and what it means to be human. Both are rather slow-moving and give glimpses into different people's lives in order to tell their story, and rely heavily on music to suggest and enhance emotion.
This set of 3 fantastic stories will take you from the haunting delusions of a space explorer, to a bio-chemical threat with the power to wipe out all of Tokyo, and finally to a day in the life of a young boy who lives in a world ruled by cannons. These stores will capture you with their intriguing storylines and awe inspiring artwork.
Both of these are a collection of stories (although Memories is much shorter) that are both unique and thought-provoking. Both contain space elements that are unlike anything you've seen before. The thing that makes them both so great is their pace. Neither one wastes any time with unnecessary scenes and moves from one point to another very quickly.
Both also contain action entertaining action scenes when necessary.
The main reason though is because they both have unique and profound plots, that are also similar at times. Like one, watch the other. You'll be happy you did.
Legend says that if the flesh of a mermaid is consumed, the body becomes immortal. However, with the small chance of immortality comes a high chance of being poisoned, morphing and mutating into a monster beyond comprehension. Yuta is a wanderer: one of the few who has eaten the flesh and survived, and lived to tell about it -- for 500 years. By chance, Yuta meets a young woman named Mana who also shares the same fate, and together, they wander the land, searching for a mermaid who can free them from their immortal lives.
Both anime feature the hunt for a mythical creature/entity that would grant them eternal life when consumed and also curses of trying to achieve and having obtained immortality. Each anime has a slightly different tone and structure but if like one you may like the other.
The time is several millennia ago; the place is India. Droughts and famine plague the country, and its people are forced into a strict caste system that rewards only the elite cream of the crop. Across the land animals and Brahmin alike rejoice, for the blessed child with a birthright to become a god is about to be born. His name is Siddhartha Gautama, later to be known as the Buddha. Meanwhile, in another kingdom, Chapra, a boy born into a life of slavery, is determined to break free of his caste and earn a position of power. As both Chapra and Siddhartha grow and mature, learning about the harshness of India's caste system, the choices they make lead them closer together.
Both animes are based on Osamu Tezuka's mangas, so they are essentially similar: large-scale historical dramas with multiple characters and complex plot revolving around a supernatural being (Phoenix and Buddha respectively). Besides, both display quite a share of death & violence and feature cartoonish old style animation, typical for Tezuka's works. So, if you like the one, I don't see any reason why you won't like the other.