On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it. Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.
Both titles revolve around the mysterious female being who lost her memories. Merry is a Dream Demon and Alice is a Chain, both need human counterparts to sustain them. The two characters are similar in personality as well. If you like the mystery and supernatural elements of one then you will definitely like the other.
Both feature butt-kicking female protagonists and a rather otherworldly feel. Bits of comedy lighten the tension between trips between two worlds and some well animated combat. If you liked one, be sure to try the other.
Both series feature the not so average male lead who partners up with a girl who is from another dimension to fight monsters that are also from that other dimension. Though in the case of Yumekui Merry the denizens of that other dimension are known as dream demons and in Pandora Hearts they are known as chains. With a good mixture of action, comedy, and mystery I'm pretty sure that if you liked one then you may like the other.
A girl from another world besides our own enters this world tied to a guy. In both anime, more bad guys from the other world try to outdo the girl./boy pair. Recipe for awesomeness
If you liked one, check out the other.
Yumekui Merry and Pandora Hearts have two main, strong female characters with strikingly similar personalities. The series are filled with mystery and a wonderful supernatural aspect.
In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!
Art style very similar, delicious occult theme. Dolls! Fetishes! Creepy undertones in both series. For example when Gil holds Oz to activate his powers and the romantic tension between Jun and Shinko in Rozen Maiden. If you can get over the doll fetishism both are solid fantasy serieses.
Thematically the two anime also have a lot in common. They both include european themes of soceity and nobility; both utilize victorian wardrobes, and both could be described as darkly romantic. Alice in Wonderland is another theme that interweaves both.
Heterochromatic (having different colored eyes) makes an appearance in Rozen Maiden with the fan favorite Suiseiseki and in Pandora Hearts in the evil and insane Vincent. The relationship between spirit and medium is explored with a slight attitude of masochism, the spirit having to "drain" the medium's energy in order to battle opponents.
After watching PH, the idea of having a "contract" and "medium" really sounded like RM to me. Although there's a huge plot difference, the idea of having strong female leads really appeals to me. Both Shinku and Alice shine on the screen and both of them boss the male protagonist around like no tomorrow.
In terms of genre, PH is a lot more mystery focused and is a non-stop roller coaster of questions after the first bump. RM is more slice-of-life focused (especially in season 2) and although there's barely any real plot development, the characters carry the show well. However, both anime involve a deep history between the characters that's revealed a little at a time. It's this fact that keeps things interesting in the present.
The setting of each of these series seem to be very similar, involving another dimension and fighting with some sort of familiar type thing.
Both Rozen Maiden and Pandora Hearts are dark fantasy stories with a master/servant relationship in the main characters.
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?
Both anime have lots of action and involve demons and other world. The both have plot twists and are both really good anime.
Both of these series combine action and comedy into a fun-filled roll of goodly animation. If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other, though they take place in two very different timeframes.
both are mostly focused on fantasy and mystery, with a lot of drama, plot twists, misterious characters, a bit of romance and of course comedy.
An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.
D.Gray-Man and Pandora Hearts invoke the exact same kind of atmosphere of twisted childhood themes warped with plenty of fantasy and action. In both the premise is almost identical: people on the brink of despair seal deals with supernatural creatures that are supposed to help but that turn out to destroy those who summon them. More, the main characters are involved in the conflict via personal issues and with the help of a vaguely religious-like organization. The band of friends that gather around the hero is another common feature of these better than average shonen titles.
If you liked Pandora Hearts, it's a safe bet that you'll like D.Gray-Man too. Because in both series the "flavor", the art is very similar, fancy outfits, toylike monsters and all. Also both series involve fighting with inhuman monsters, both has some sort of company set to research the monsters' power. Although I liked character development in Pandora Hearts more, D.Gray-Man isn't lacking in that area as well.
To sum up both series give the same feeling - without repeating each other, and D.Gray-Man is pleasingly longer.
When I first started watching Pandora Hearts, D.Gray-man came to mind. Both of these animes are about fighting supernatural creatures from the abyss and have a really dark atmosphere that might creep out some of you. The twisted "childish"-like art is just scary sometimes. In both Pandora Hearts and D.Gray-man the main protagonists are involved with what appears to be a religious-like organizations, in D.Gray its the Black Orden and in Pandora Hearts its the Pandora, which helps the main characters along the way, but also have their own selfish goals. Both Allen and Oz have a supernatural powers, which they improve throught the episodes to protect their closest ones and find their own path.
In Amberground, the land of eternal twilight, Letter Bees and their dingos – creatures trained to protect them – deliver mail to the general populace. However, unlike normal mail carriers, their job is perilous as they must traverse the country while fighting off the giant armored insects known as Gaichuu. One day, a Letter Bee named Gauche collects his latest delivery: a young boy named Lag Seeing, whose mother was taken under mysterious circumstances to the capital of Akatsuki. As the pair travels together, they strike up a friendship, but when they finally reach their destination Lag and Gauche part ways. Now, several years later, Lag is about to take the exam to become a Letter Bee himself so that he can meet with Gauche again and find out what really happened to his mother all those years ago. But before any of that, he must find himself a dingo...
Both series are about a young boy who has to try and understand a strange world. They both also have to deal with finding and protecting the people they care most about in the world. Both series feature fantasy action with drama and humor, and they are both visually stunning.
Both series have a kind of a mistic feel to them, and leave you with more questions than answers at the end. Also, both sceneries are placed in an imaginary, fictioned world, and characters are also very interesting and simmilar at some points. The story follows a young boy who is strugling to unravell the secrets of his past that have been bothering them for a long time, and both cases have to do with dissapearance of a parent. Along the way, the protagonists of both series meet friends and allies who help them along the way and are always there to support them, offering themselves and their lives to save one another. Two touching stories with a lot of heart in them which you're sure to enjoy all the way, and about which you will be thinking a long time after finishing.
Each of these series revolve around a great number of unknowns and two main characters fighting to get their jobs done. One of the characters in each case being a female familiar-esque fighter and the other being the male contractor of some sort.