There are seven stars of destiny in the sky, each one linked to one of the seven great champions. Of these stars, Tonrou, the North Star, and Hagun, the South star, shine brightest. Those who are marked with these opposing stars are destined to fight each other to the end. The remaining five strive to prevent the chaos that would come from a battle between the Hagun and Tonrou. Keirou, the ambitious general of the imperial army is the Tonrou, and he will stop at nothing in his conquests until all falls before him. Taitou, a carefree swordsman is the Hagun, and he remains unaware of his destiny until Keirou invades his town. In the aftermath of the destruction, Taitou accompanied by his sister Laila and the fellow star-marked Ryuukou set forth waiting and training for the day they face Keirou again.
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.
I definately get the feel of energetic fighting spirits from this anime. They both have great intros, and chracters. The artwork is very captivating and addictive. I have the feeling if you liked one you'll definately like the other.
The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?
Although Hero Tales doesn't involve as much magic as fate stay night does, I think that the epic battles as well as the way they show the relations of the characters prove to be similar. If you liked one, I would definitely give the other a chance.
Recca dreams of one day becoming an excellent ninja, but in this day and age ninjas are only talked about in history lessons. While playing his ninja games, he meets a mysterious woman that reveals to Recca his past, his bond with the powerful Hokage clan, and the special flame power that resides within him. Meanwhile, the evil Kurei has plans to gather the madougu from the Hokage clan so that he may take control over the elemental powers, but Recca is determined to master his flame and stop Kurei’s evil plans. Does he have what it takes to live up to his own expectations and put a stop to Kurei himself?
Well, both animes are a lot alike in different ways. First off, they present the action and martial arts in a very cultural and authentic manner with Hero Tales being more Chinese with the Kung Fu, and with Flame of Recca being more "ninja" with the action. They also have interesting principles of how they use their techniques and how they can make them very distinctive from one another. Both rely on semi-belivable agility and technique, and also have that team gimmick where each member has a typical personality and their own individual gimmick as well as their own personal contributions to how they stand out in the teams.
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...
Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?