While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
These anime have young people who can control monsters via some sort of psychic connection. Battles between these creatures escalate and characters are revealed to be seriously damaged in more ways than one. Narutaru is superior and subverts a genre in a genuinely disturbing way; Kamisama falls back on tired clichés but still has its chilling moments.
Wielding the overwhelming power of a quasi-supernatural, quasi-alien companion is a common theme in Kamisama Dolls and Shadow Star Narutaru -- and, that some of the wielders are corrupted by their borrowed power into excesses of violence and sociopathy.
Both anime involve kids fighting against each other using strange creatures. Both anime take this idea to a darker and more serious level, much more abundantly in Narutaru but also done more subtly in Kamisama Dolls through some interesting character interactions. I think these are ideal recs for fans of either. If you liked Narutaru then Kamisama offers something a bit more safe but ultimately far better put together. If you liked Kamisama Dolls then Narutaru offers a similar experience whilst also being creepier and more uncomfortable to watch.
Both of the series feature similar characters with similar motives, however Narutaru has more of a horror atmosphere and Kamisama Dolls has more action. They both also should have been longer- the Narutaru manga displays more horror than the anime and Kamisama Dolls hints at a second season. Also, both the ending and opening themes of both of the series are sung by the same person.
Rumors have it that a monster has appeared over the city, and Yuki would love to catch a glimpse! However, she soon discovers something even more fascinating: a boy named Tetsu not only knows of the monsters, he has a monster pet of his own named Cenco! Yuki is delighted to meet such a creature and tags along with Tetsu to find out more, but soon the two find themselves in the middle of a dangerous conflict with another monster that threatens them and bystanders alike!
Both Kamisama Dolls and Cencoroll are about school kids who control strange monsters, and are often using them to fight with each other.
Both anime involve kids/teens controlling very weird creatures of totally unexplainable origin in fights against other weird creatures. Shuu and Aki play similar roles.
Rin Okumura is a seemingly ordinary boy living at the Southern Cross Boys' Monastery. One day, however, Rin encounters a boy who has been possessed by a demon. Amidst the struggle, he not only awakens latent powers sealed within him, but also learns that he is the son of Satan! No longer able to stay under the protection of the church and with his very existence straddling the line between human and demon, Rin decides to fight against his parentage and joins the True Cross Order as an exorcist. Now, the teen must attend the True Cross Academy and begin special exorcist training alongside his new comrades all while keeping his identity a secret; but can the son of Satan really become a true exorcist?
Ao no Exorcist and Kamisama Dolls involve religious elements--Ao no Exorcist's characters are generally exorcists and some of Kamisama Dolls's characters can summon Gods. Both series's main male characters have some sort of issue with their affiliation with God--Ao no Exorcist's main exorcist character is part demon and Kamisama Dolls's main character left the village of people who summon Gods.
One thousand years from now, humanity live pastoral lives aided by psychokinetic powers and the subservient Monster Rats. Saki Watanabe has just come of age, and her power has been reined in through meditation and hypnosis. She joins the Unified Class, where she will learn about her power and the world around her; yet so much of the truth is kept hidden. Her friends Shun, Mamoru, Satoru, and Maria share in her curiosity, and decide to go out of their way to seek the truth. But will the secrets of the past and present turn out to be things that Saki really wants to know?
In both kamisama dolls and from the new world have this same feeling of mystery as they both are about children/young adults that have some power in which there is a dark secret about there village.
One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara High School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...
if you liked Puella Magi Madoka magica or Kamisama dolls, you'll probably like the other, because both have a similiar dark overtone and take their respective genre to a new place.
there is also the similarity where the main (and in madoka's case titular) character takes a sideline role for the most part, making for some interesting story dynamics.