D'Eon is a French nobleman bent on serving his Divine Majesty Louis the XIV to the best of his abilities, following in the footsteps of his beloved sister Lia de Beaumont. However, his straight-forward role with the secret police is interrupted by the sudden death of his sister while on a diplomatic mission in foreign lands. In his desire to find the truth of her murder, he comes before the King and becomes closely entwined in the mysterious organization known as Le Secret du Roi. He quickly finds himself embroiled in a realm of spiritual energy where death is a gate to greater powers and the Psalm of the King brings destruction in its wake. D'Eon must ask himself what is the price of truth and who will pay it, as the French Revolution looms inevitably nearer.
After being separated from him for ten years, Shin Kanzato and his brother Jun have moved to Ayanagi City to live with their older brother Ryou; but little do they know that a rash of mysterious murders have recently plagued the city, leaving the victims’ bodies turned inside out. Soon, Shin finds himself being attacked by a man who is able to summon a mysterious and ghostly creature; and more importantly, he realizes that he possesses the same powers. Now, with the discovery of more people like himself, Shin finds himself drawn further and further into the world of those who use "Persona."
If you like shows with strong, complicated, plots then there's a good chance you'll like both of these shows. They're about as episodic as a dense movie. The underlying concepts in both are also interesting, with Trinity Soul gaining some edge because it's a continuation of ideas.
In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
The most obvious similarity between Le Chevalier D'Eon and Samurai 7 is the sword fighting. However, there is another important similarity that must be recognized. The characters! Both anime center on a group of travelers whom, individually, have their own intriguing personality. The Samurai 7 groupie call themselves "The Seven Samurai" and the Le Chevalier D'Eon groupie call themselves "The Four Musketeers." The travelers from both anime are equally comical, tragic, and entertaining when they're together.
Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.
While they take place in different settings, both Occult Gakuin and Le Chevalier D'Eon involve the supernatural and focus heavily on the characters and their relationships. Art and animation are top notch in both series. Setting aside, you'll find Occult Gakuin is more humorous and heartfelt where D'eon is more serious overall. Thanks to a stronger plot and more unique setting, Chevalier is the stronger of the two in my opinion.
Fire Children and the Children of the Water can never be together. Long ago, the God of Water and Goddess of Fire existed together as one entity, until the jealousy of the God of Wind drove a wedge into their relationship. They separated, and it became the law of the earth that their people must never see each other again. Now that the new heirs to the thrones are soon to be crowned, the Prince of the Sea is drawn to the ocean’s surface and meets the beautiful maiden that is the Princess of Fire. A fantastic love is formed between the two, but the flavor is bittersweet when all they can do is hide the fact that they have met. Love is powerful, but is theirs strong enough to withstand the will of the Gods?
In present day Japan, during what should have been a routine training exercise, Captain Umeza and the battleship Mirai are suddenly hit by a storm, sending them back in time to the middle of World War 2. Armed with state-of-the-art technology, the Mirai could alter the course of history; but for its crew, the situation presents a moral dilemma: do they have the right to meddle with history, even to stop the most dreadful tragedies of the war, when even the smallest acts could have unforeseen consequences?
Both of these series - offerings from the same director - are stolid, serious-minded affairs in their visually precise depiction of historical periods; though both also feature a dash of fantasy in the premise. I liked D'Eon but felt the execution got bogged down and totally ridiculous in places; and as such I found Zipang - though lacking any conclusion at all - to be the more satisfying viewing experience. It's worth looking at if you're a fan of historical anime such as this.