When Utena Tenjou was very little her parents died, and a prince comforted her in her time of loss, giving her a ring with a rose seal. He so impressed her that she decided to become a prince herself one day. Now, Utena is a teenager at Ohtori Academy who's athletic and notorious for dressing in a boy's uniform. When a member of the Student Council humiliates a friend of hers Utena challenges him to a duel, and he accepts only when he sees she possesses a rose seal ring. She soon discovers that this is no normal duel - it's a bizarre and ritualistic battle that the Student Council regularly conducts. In fact when she wins, Utena finds to her considerable chagrin that she gets to have Anthy Himemiya, a rather docile student, as her 'Rose Bride'. If she wants to keep Anthy she'll have to win more duels against members of the Student Council and others. What is the ultimate purpose of these duels and Anthy's role as the Rose Bride?
The god Mauser delivered unto a world of magic a prophecy: if the Scrapped Princess is allowed to live, she will destroy the entire world. But the knight who was to kill her could not end the life of a newborn child, and so she lived. Fifteen years later, her adopted brother and sister have sworn to protect her, and together they travel from town to town, searching for a life she can't have.
Both these series are in categories all their own, but they both deal with the issues of self discovery and the discovery of the world around them. Of course, both feature sword fighting, but that's just on the surface. Beneath that, both series tease you with the mystery of the world they are set in. For people who enjoy thinking while watching their anime, these are ideal.
In the Guardian World, there live magic users and Neutralizers whose goal is to protect the Throne of Yord -- the source of their power. When the Throne is stolen from its place of rest, it’s up to Tiara and her furry familiar Japolo to find it… but things aren’t always as they seem. Beneath the façade of a simple painting lies the true identity of the Throne of Yord, and beneath the pretense of a simple theft lies the real reason it was stolen… a reason that may end up costing Tiara and her friends their very lives!
The sheer artistic look and feel of these two 90's animated titles will immediately make you think they can easily be compared.
These both are Magical Girl type titles with a twist. Darker richer, and more adult in nature. The two of them are also more complex in story, Utena making for a better cohesive plot.
Still if you liked one, and wanted another with a similar feel, it might be worth checking out the other title.
Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of Heaven now must fight for the destruction or safety of the world. But is this troubled Kamui really the key to saving the world?
A reluctant highschool student main character is thrown into an end of the world battle. Both heavily talk about fate and preordained destinies. They each follow similar paths and have a lot in common. Though Utena follows a symbolic route, X is more direct. If you liked one it's deffinately worth trying the other.