Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.
In the beginning God created the light and the dark, but soon, the powers of light squared off against the powers of dark, and the world was plunged into war. Eventually, seven knights of lights with the power of Shadow rose up and sealed the darkness away. Now, many years later, Nene, the ruler of the Grand Kingdom, is trying to use the power of Shadow to plunge the world into chaos. Looking for other people with the power of Shadow, Nene sends his forces to attack Shu's village; but while defending his village, Shu unleashes the Shadow of Blue Dragon, the most powerful shadow known, and it goes berserk. Can Zola and Jiro, two other Shadow users who oppose Nene, teach Shu how to control Blue Dragon and save the world from chaos?
Naruto and Blue Dragon are examples of "I won't lose to you" series. In these, the main character ends up facing an opponent more powerful than themselves. However, through perseverance, team work, quick thinking or whatever, the hero manages to win out in the end. Beyond that, the main characters both basically call upon the powers of spirits within them to help battle the forces of evil. If you enjoyed one of these series, you will probably enjoy the other.
Brains, blood, bravery, and a battler: a B’t is made up of each of these, and more. The next generation of robot, B’ts possess individual thoughts, great power, and are powered by one thing: blood. They obey only one person implicitly: the blood donor who awakened them. The Machine Empire has been hiding their creation, planning to use them in their quest for world domination. When Kotaru, a brilliant scientist, begins research along lines that would lead to B't, the Machine Empire kidnaps him to do their bidding. His brother Teppel pursues them, but is wounded in a battle with an old adversary. Beat and bleeding, Teppel's blood ends up wakening B't X, one of the most powerful B't who just so happens to belong to Teppel's teacher. Can Teppel convince X to fight with him and help rescue his brother?
Naruto and B't X are examples of series where the hero has an "I won't lose to you" attitude. The protagonists can get bruised, beaten, trapped, knocked out and potentially killed by their adversaries, but still come back just that much stronger, seeming to carry the battle by force of will, and eventually triumphing. In addition, these two series also stress the value of protecting individuals and the importance of teamwork in order to achieve ones goals.
While B't X is more of a SciFi series and Naruto is set in a more feudal society, their comminalites shine through. If you enjoyed one of the series, you will probably enjoy the other.
Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!
In both Naruto and Busou Renkin the protagonist is a person who doesn't seem like much at first, but will do anything to reach his dreams. He doesn't give up, and always stays positive. Along with that both anime have both very colorful and cheerful environments and dark moody ones, and the two fit together quite nicely.
After being drafted into the Earth Team - a basketball team comprised solely of humans - street-punk-turned-pro Hideyoshi couldn't be more cocky. The team is still up against the Gorons, a physically superior race of aliens who have dominated the game for some time now, but new challenges and problems stand in their way. Hideyoshi is unhappy with the team and the Gorons have new tricks up their sleeves, but can the team rise to victory and bring the championship to Earth?
Hideyoshi in Buzzer Beater strongly reminded me of Naruto. Both are abrasively obnoxious and cocky boys who have an ego the size of Texas. If you like stubborn boys, either of these would appeal to you.
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 Claymore and Naruto follow the adventures of a low-ranked longshot who ends up being one of the most powerful members of the group. The moods of the shows are pretty different, but there are great fights and fun powers, so if you liked one, you might like the other.