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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?
There is a same structure in both series: getting to the top, starting from the lowest skill level possible. While Kaleido Star however is more focussed on glamour, Hikaru no Go is mainly focussed on the game itself. The characters of Kaleido Star are however alot deeper than the ones in Hikaru no Go and there is more humor in Kaleido Star. if you'd rather look at boardgames than at acrobatics and if yo uare more fond of historical settings, check out Hikaru no Go. If you are however looking for something with more action than Hikaru no Go and deeper characters, check out Kaleido Star
If you enjoy watching a main character develop and grow before your very own eyes like Sora in Kaleido Star, I have a feeling that you'd also be attracted to Hikaru from Hikaru no Go. Both anime have light humour and a supernatural companion (Sai in Hikaru no Go, and Fool Kaleido Star). Hikaru no Go has more intense battles and more drama. I'm confident that you'll enjoy Hikaru no Go if you enjoyed watching Sora develop.
Kyoko moves to the big city with the prince of her dreams Shotaro; he wants to make it big in the entertainment business, so she works hard at many different jobs to support him as he achieves his dream. However, one day, Kyoko accidentally discovers the horrible truth: the love of her life thinks of her as a 'plain and boring woman!' Outraged, Kyoko swears revenge – she will make it even bigger than Shotaro in the entertainment world. The only question is, how will she fulfill her desire?
In both shows you see the struggle of two girls trying to succed. They both start off with the left and often they end up being hated by the rest. Nothing lets them down and they as they try to exel at what they do, proving to everyone that there is more to them then meets the eye. Even though one is about a circus performer and the other about an actress, both shows are about searching for stardom
Both of these animes feature prominent female characters, and quick character development both on the part of story telling and on the part of the character growing into themselves as part of the story.
Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?
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...
It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...
While these series have little in common when it comes to theme, genre, plot or character sub-types; they are very similar in tone. Both Stellvia and Kaleido Star are very hopeful shows with a complementary amount of realistic drama and a moderate dose of comedic relief.
Without being too sappy or too cute, these shows are near opposites to many of the darker and more twisted shows out there. If you are looking for something epic and uplifting and you liked one of these shows, you will surely like the other.