The name of the business is Astral, and magic is its trade. Itsuki Iba is a school boy who seems to have a weak personality and not an ounce of magic within him, yet he inherits and must run his father's 'magic for hire' company after his father disappears. He must now learn to manage a diverse team of magic-wielders, gain their respect, and send them on missions to deal with the supernatural – all while attempting to excel in school and deal with competitors! But deep down, there's more to Itsuki. He always wears an eyepatch, hiding the results of an incident from his childhood; what other secrets does he hold? And can he handle the responsibilities while his father is missing?
Years after having been exiled from the Kannagi household for being unable to utilize their fire magic, Kazuma returns to Japan, only to discover that the Kannagi family's very existence is threatened. Unknown to them, during his absence, he had become a Contractor and thus acquired a vast strength in wind magic. Not showing any remaining contempt for them, he offers to help solve the Kannagi household’s problems in return for large sums of money. Together with his younger brother Ren and the feisty heir to the Kannagi household, Ayano, he fights to protect those he cares about... for a price!
While seeing all these supernatural abilities, we somehow want to become closer to that kind of world. In Kaze no Stigma is exposed only the one side of it - the direct use of magic without a thought about how it was gained and how it is supposed to be used. But there is Rental Magica that not only focus on the supernatural, on the magic itself, but on explaining the things we don\'t know about it - how it is related to martial arts, what are the different kinds of magic (e.g. Celtic, Shinto, Solomon) that come from different places on Earth. So if you are fascinated by Kaze no Stigma, you\'ll just need to learn more about magic with Rental Magica!
Magic has a tendancy to be different in every serie, and these two are no different in that respect. However, they are similar in the aspect that both have different types of magic within the magical world and that ultimately there are those who wish to distrupt the peace of the world and the knowledgable heros always tend to be placed with the unknowing main characters. Either way, both Kaze no Stigma and Rental Magica, exhibit a display of comedy with very serious situations enabling a good gentle viewing that many people who have watched one will mean that the other one is also of suitable viewing. Finally in addition to these, both are of show the progress of how the protagonist improves throughout the series, an added extra if you like those kinds of things.
Aside from basic genre similarities, Kaze no Stigma and Rental Magica both use a straightforward arc-based structure. Each is comprised of a set of simple stories in which the characters get involved in some sort of magic-related circumstance, using a mix of action, light comedy and some character development to pull itself along. Kaze has better fight scenes, while Rental has its well-known focus on "real" magic - either of which makes for an added reason to try the other if you liked one.
Both series are for the most part centered around magic and a small group of people dealing with it. Kaze no Stigma has better fight scenes than Rental Magica giving that more action feel. But Rental Magica deals with a larger variety of magic and explaining how that magic works than Kaze no Stigma making it a good idea to watch the other after seeing one of them if for nothing else to just give it a try.
All Renji Hiiragi wants to do is to go to school and life a normal life. However, because he is a wizard, he is forced by the elegant yet abusive protector of Earth, Anzelotte, into using his powers to fight against supernatural invaders called Emulators! Renji, along with his childhood friend Kureha and the serious Akari, are tasked with protecting Elis Shiho, who has been chosen to collect seven mystical jewels in order to protect the world against an imminent Emulator invasion. In the meantime, enemies act from the shadows in an effort to prevent them from succeeding. Can they strengthen themselves as a group enough to overcome the obstacles before them, so Renji can finally get back to his studies?
Both Night Wizard and Rental Magica deal with magic. The main characters, Elis from Night Wizard and Itsuki from Rental Magica, struggle to understand their purpose and their power.
Taking the same idea of an organisation fighting against supernatural creatures, both Night Wizard and Rental Magica are incrediby easy to watch. While the situation may be different between the two series, there are definately similarities between the series that make it easy to watch one if you've seen the other.
Fifteen-year-old Tsukune Aono is average in every way; he has no hobbies, less-than-stellar grades and he's even flunked his high school entrance exam. His parents have managed to enroll him in a school, but it's no ordinary school! Tsukune will be attending the Youkai Academy, a place where monsters learn how to co-exist with humans! As the werewolves, vampires, witches and other monsters are required to retain their human forms, Tsukune - the lone human - is able to avoid their bloodthirsty gazes. However, he quickly attracts the attention of a number of devilish beauties including the vampire Moka, a busty succubus and even a young witch! It seems Tsukune's average life isn't so average anymore!
Both Rental Magica and Rosario to Vampire feature male leads with weak personalities surrounded by infatuated female characters who are quite strong-willed and aggressive. Also, in both series, the characters have special abilities(powers). With this interesting mix of characters, there's a lot of opportunity for hilarious (mis)adventures to happen.
They both give a 'harem' feel but Rosario to Vampire is indisputably more 'ecchi' ;p... Furthermore, RtV has a more simple and lighter theme than RM but both series are nonetheless fun to watch.
Rosario to Vampire and Rental Magic each have quite a mix of character personalities with weak male characters. On the other hand the females have strong personalities that are more than aggressive towards the males.
Sumire Takahana was a once normal high school student, until one day, she picked up a mysterious brooch and began to see soul-eating demons known as Virus. Now under attack, Sumire was saved by the owner of the brooch, Lucia, and Lucia’s Vaccine-loaded gun. However, instead of shooting the Virus, Lucia accidentally shot Sumire herself, turning her into a living antivirus. Together, Sumire and Lucia will to uncover the secrets of the Virus, before they devour all of humankind.
If you like the spirit busting and loose gothic references of Venus Versus Virus, Rental Magica would be a great series to look into. Both series focus on the efforts of a group working as an exterminator-for-hire against the demons/supernatural forces in their vicinity. Both also feature main characters with a special power that helps them eliminate the demons, and the complications that arise from having that ability.
Both are about characters who lend their services to those in need of supernatural help. While RM is more focused on the characters using their abilities to defeat threats, VVV is focused on fighting. For some reason, the two have a similar feel about them as anime as well, so it's worth checking the other out.
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?
When watching 11eyes, the main character constantly reminded me of the main character from Rental Magica. Specifically, the eye, the power, and the company they end up surrounding themselves in. Add in the supernatural stuff, the fact that they are students in each series, and there are a number of similarities. If you enjoyed one, I think you might like the other.