In order to bridge the gap between humans and youkai, The Ministry of Spirit Affairs was formed. Military man Kei Agemaki is assigned to the new unit and seems to be the ideal candidate. He’s charming, polite, and a complete gentleman, but there’s just one problem: he’s absolutely terrified of spirits! When he arrives at the new headquarters, Agemaki is partnered up with a cute, yet brash, youkai named Zakuro. Now the unlikely pair must work together to solve the region’s spirit-related problems to help improve relations between humans and youkai, and maybe help Agemaki overcome his crippling fear while they’re at it.
Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...
Both feature a cast of characters that are very similar to each other--the hot/cold main character and male lead, the stoic, tall male, and the cutesy, young-looking male (with respective partners). If you like anime with these types of characters and the antics that happen because of their personalities, either are a good choice.
Otome Youkai Zakuro and Ouran are both romantic comedies. Overall though, Ouran has more comedy and OYZ has more romance. Still, they share the subplot of understanding different cultures (be it of spirits or commoners) and the two have similar characters. Such as a driven female lead with clear goals in her live, which aren't romance, and a male lead who is silly, but kind, and many more.
Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?
Tactics and Otome Youkai Zakuro are both comic series that depict humans working together with youkai in order to solve various supernatural problems. While the central relationships in each series are different, they both ahve a similar sort of humour to them, which coupled with the deep roots in Japanese folklore makes me think that these are a good match.
Humans working together with demons to solve the demonic problems of humans is the main focus point of both anime. They also both contain a lot of different kinds of demons as well. Fighting is more of a main point in Zakuro, but tactics conatins a fair share of it as well.
If you liked one, you should check out the other.
Throughout the ages, fairy doctors served as liaisons between humans and fairies; but in the present time of the 19th century, fairies are nothing more than an old wives' tale. Nineteen-year-old Lydia Carlton is one of the only remaining fairy doctors and enjoys a quiet life in the countryside of England - that is, until the dashing Edgar, for mysterious reasons, whisks her away on a daring adventure. Said to be the descendent of the earl of the fairy nation, Edgar desires the noble sword of the merrow that serves as proof to his lineage. Though his motives and origins are questionable, Lydia now sets forth to help Edgar on his quest.
These anime are both about myths/magic. They both involve spirits. Both stories are centered around a guy and a girl. They don't know much about each other at first but as time passes by they come to have a liking with each other and they help each other out. In both anime, the girl doesn't really seem to like the guy as much in the beginning, but the guy somehow is charming.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
Both are humorous with a romantic subplot. Plus if you enjoy animes that touch lightly on asian mythology adding their own twists these are good choices. There are some nice cute as well as slightly creepy minor characters in both more in Otome Youkai Zakuro than Fruits Baskets, but at later also has more humor. Also in both the main character is a girl who is scarred by the sudden lose of her mother, as well as a certain air of mystery to what is really going on.
Rentarou has been running the Futaba Detective Agency with the help of his twin assistants Sara and Soujyu since the previous man in charge, his father, died. To top it off most people in the neighborhood refer to him as Nidaime, a second generation man who lives in his father's shadow. His late father was a great man that was looked up to by everyone good or bad including Rentarou. With problems from his father's legacy presenting themselves, Yakuza that sometimes want him dead, a workplace/home that keeps getting destroyed and Sara and Soujyu's growing feelings for him, will he ever live up to his father?
What do Otome Youkai Zakuro and Futakoi Alternative have in common?
Twin themed, triangular shaped couple, that's what. While in Otome Youkai Zakuro said couple is a secondary one, it's sooo... umm... uhh... you know cute.
If you found that theme interesting in one of those seris, you just have to watch the other one too.