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!
In the year 20XX, insects have developed immunity to every kind of insect spray. To counter the incredible rise in insect numbers the Japanese government developed tiny extermination robots code named "Hoihoi-san". The popularity of Hoihoi-san units rises not only as a night time extermination unit, but for doll collectors as well! However, when a rival company introduces its own tiny extermination robots a new form of corporate sabotage begins, as they target not only the insects, but all Hoihoi-san units themselves!
Both anime involve little dolls fighting; in Ichigeki Sacchuu!! Hoihoi-san the dolls use guns, and in Rozen Maiden they use magic. The plots and genres are much different but the general mood and action will probably make you like both.
I'm not sure why, but when watching HoiHoi-san, I was immediately reminded of Rozen Maiden. The first striking similarity is the characters - dolls coming to life and fighting one another. Rozen Maiden features magical battles and is a little more restrained than HoiHoi...
However, the tongue-in-cheek feel of both shows should endear you to both of these.
Despie one being a full series, and the other being a ten minute short, i was instantly reminded of Rozen Maiden when i put on HoiHoi-san.
It's mainly the cute dolls that come to life and fight each other, with both having somewhat of a dark tone and plenty of action. So if you liked one for the cute dolls fighting things aspect, then the other might be something you should at least check out.
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
In both series doll and owner are involved in a serie of fights.
Even if this one has a totaly diferent "felling" the global idead is similar.
What could they really not have in common---both anime center on dolls that are destined to fight one another and depend on humans to use the best of their abilities. Well, the only difference is that the Rozen Maidens are more human-like whereas the Angels are almost completely controlled by their human. Regardless, they are very similar and are a good watch.
Both series revolve around fighting dolls but in Angelic Layer, the dolls are toys controlled by kids. In Rozen Maiden, the dolls are self aware and use thier owners life force to power themselves. Rozen Maiden is given a more dramatic feel while Angelic Layer is more of a friendly competition. If you like to see dolls fighting than you'll love both of these series.
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
They both have a goth lolita looking girl and a servant like boy,if you like tsundere based relations this is one for you :)
Both of them feature a gothic lolita girl, Rozen Maiden has several. Lots of tsundre goodness there, while the male main character is isolated from his peers. Both series get an awesome "I'll protect you" moment.
They both have an air of mystery, more heavily in Gosick, and fantasy elements, which are more present in Rozen Maiden.
Both Gosick and Rozen Maiden have distinctivly vicorian feels to them, mixing gorgeous dresses with dolls and magic, or detective stories. The two stories are more or less in the same range of darkness/light.
The main thing that ties them together are the bossy main girls. Both treat the male leads of their respective series as servants, all while warming up to their company.
If you like one you should give the other a change.
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.
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.
The setting of each of these series seem to be very similar, involving another dimension and fighting with some sort of familiar type thing.
Rozen Maiden and Pandora Hearts are both dark fantasy stories with a master/servant relationship in the main characters.
Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?
Shinku and Shana have very similar personalities. They are don't like to admit their mistakes, strong, and stubborn. Both these animes are great to watch. They are action packed with comedy. You'll most definently like both of these series.
There is surely no comparison to Rozen Maiden that I've seen thus far. However, Shakugan no Shana is relately close (in my opinion) if you're looking for the same general ideas. Both have strong female leads that have a definite character (which I loved!). Shinku and Shana both stay true to who they are and what their goal is in life.
Aside from the females, the males also offer their own contribution to the anime. They're both indentical in the sense that their female counterparts add "flavor" in their lives XP Both Yuji and Jun grow and develop their own identities as the series progresses and when season 2 hits, they've grown up in their own ways.
On top of everything, both anime have their own "supernatural" aspects. Even though the anime itself may not be EXTREMELY exciting, the ideas of death and living are evident.
Shakugan no Shana is an action/romance anime which all in all has to do with a mysterious girl who appears in the life of a young boy and changes everything, pretty simillar to the Rozen Maiden concept. I believe that you'll like SNS if you liked Rozen Maiden because in both you can see how the male main character changes after his encouter with the girl, becomes more mature and brave and takes responsibilities and how the girl discovers a new world and the feelings of love. To sum up, I believe that you should give Shana a shot, if you liked Rozen Maiden!