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Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?
Spritually, both series have the same concepts. In Madoka, girls make contracts to become "Magical Girls" and are gifted with powers to fight off "Witches" who secretly hide and deveour humans for their power. In Shana, people make contracts with the Kings of Guze in order to become "Flame Haze" who fight Guze no Tomogora who live secretly from most humans as they devour humans for their "Power of Existence". Although Shana focuses more action with slow and epic character devlopment with ALL of its variety of characters, Modoka is short and sweet and also contains a great story that you see rarely these days. Both are great series!
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
Both anime have a bunch of crime fighting cute girls that decide to become less than human in order to kill yoma(c)/witches(mm). And the girls who have sold their souls in both shows meet a less desirable fate. Claymore seems to be a much more grown up or mature version Of madoka magica in Some ways (and not just because the girls are more...developed. They both have wondeful Fight scenes and for very different reasons too. But you will have to watch them to find out what they are! In my opinion you will be very happy that you did!!
Japan, present day: Alien Invaders are everywhere, taking over peoples' bodies. Fighting them is Isuzu Ayane, an introverted young girl with the ability to control powerful dimensional Gates. Under the guidance of Kageyama Reiji, a mysterious businessman, she battles Invaders and recruits new Gate Keepers. Will she and her new comrades be able to save the earth?
Both of these animes involve young girls fighting against monsters that are not all they seem. While Gatekeepers also has male magic users, both of these animes seem to take the Magical Girl genre and shake it up. The character types are also very similar (whiny one, fighting one, emotionally challenged one... etc). Also, aliens.
Simon lives a boring life in the underground village of Jeeha, where his main job day in and day out is to dig tunnels. His close friend Kamina, however, longs to bust out of their oppressive existence and reach the surface world where open skies and adventure await! One day, during his usual digs, Simon discovers a robot with a big face buried amongst the rocks. No sooner has he shown Kamina his mysterious find when two beings from the surface crash land into Jeeha Village - one is a gun-toting woman calling herself Yoko and the other is a terrifying mecha piloted by a Beastman! Seeing their chance to escape village drudgery, Kamina rallies Simon and Yoko to defeat the invader using their new robot, Lagann. However, upon breaking out onto the surface world, Simon, Kamina, and Yoko encounter enemies more powerful than they could have envisioned. Their fight for adventure just turned into a war for the survival of the human race - will their lust for freedom hold out against such terrible odds?
Both anime start out seeming like really happy-go-lucky, action/comedy, but then the s*** hits the fan. If you want another anime that pulls you into the universe, then suddently plunges that universe into despair with scary plot twists, look no further.Both deal with seemingly hopeless circumstances. Both start out small and just get bigger and bigger and bigger. Both have amazing animation, music, characters and story. Both have bittersweet endings, and can easily make you emotional. Personally, I don't think you could go wrong with either of them.
Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?