While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?
Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!
Both of the series are about "athletes" (not sure if you can call a Go player an athlete) striving towards the top of the world. Character-wise I couldn't help but to feel that Ryoma and Akira Touya are quite similar. If you liked Hikaru no Go, I think you'll like Prince of Tennis.
Both PoT and HnG showcase a sport intricately, hightlighting its best features and detailing about the techniques involved. Follow the growth of both main characters whether it's in their respective sport or in life. In HnG, Hikaru grew from a flippant brash kid into a teenager with motivation and focus (though he never did outgrow his disrespect for the female population in general) and a passion for Go while in PoT, Ryoma grew from this Americanised anti-social brat who played tennis for the sole reason of beating his old man into a brat (still) who learned to appreciate his teammates and found his love for tennis. Both these animes have a similar tension between the main character and their mentor of sorts, i.e. Hikaru and Akira in HnG and Ryoma and Tezuka in PoT.
If you love one, you will definitely love the other! They will both pull you into their stories and spark your interest in their sports, whether it's tennis or Go.
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
Both series are about talented main characters fighting their way through the Go/Angelic Layer world. Both anime are story's about friendship and loyalty. Characters in both anime mature greatly and that's the main reason you should watch them :).
Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
Both anime tell the amazing story of a ramen-loving boy developing his hidden strength in order to gain the respect and recognition of a genius peer.
Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.
These two shows may seem quite different, but they actually have a lot in common. Both shows feature middle school aged boys who decide to acieve their dreams of working in non-mainstream fields (manga in Bakuman and go in Hikaru no Go). Both animes give you a sense of how the manga/go worlds function, which is not something many people are familiar with. You can really see the growth of the characters in their chosen fields as they learn more and work hard to improve themselves. And they both have rivals and friends around to help them and push them along. If you like shows about average people who work hard to achieve a dream, then I think you will love both of these.
I just wanted to add that the mangas are drawn by the same mangaka, who also drew Death note.
Maya is a dreamy young girl whose clumsiness is matched only by her absent-mindedness. While others have given up on her, the legendary actress Tsukikage sees her hidden potential and offers to take Maya under her tutelage. Maya loves the theatre more than anything, and as there's not much she can do about it at home, she chooses to run away with Tsukikage. The world of theatre is harsh, however, especially for a naive young girl far away from home. While she finds new friends who support her, her mentor has powerful enemies and Maya is often on the receiving end of their ruthless plans. In face of the adversity, Maya must constantly fight to develop her skills to catch up with her unbelievably talented rival, Ayumi, if she hopes to inherit Tsukikage's legendary role: The Crimson Goddess.
Both series have strongly pronounced storyline and characters. Every new episode teaches us something new and showes us how the main characters improve their skills. The competitiveness, the theme of friendsheep and self-perfection makes these series similar.
Both series are about the path to perfection and twist around two rivals, who respect each other, who stimulate each other to advance, where their confrontation is highly moral and sometimes looks like friendship. In fact, the relationship between them is something bigger than friendship and challenge, and it is awesome!
The only serious distinction: Hikaru no Go is about/for boys, Glass Mask is about/for girls. However, I guess Glass Mask would be interesting to boys too.