In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
What these two series have in common is that their protagonists are very similar. Both Kenshin and Balsa are haunted by their the ghosts past and seek atonement. At the same time, they are both wanderers in search of a place of their own in a world which doesn't seem to accept them (anymore)
And both series are also very slow-paced. Taking their sweet time to set up plot-points and introduce characters. Whether you can appreciate that is up to you. But it's an approach to storytelling that both of these series endorse.
Ever since I finished watching Kenshin, I was unable to find something that matched its greatness, until years later when I found Seirei no Moribito. Balsa and Kenshin are amazingly similar in personality, and are very wise and strong. Both have stories of unspoken love, and amazing action scenes and story lines. I wish someone had recommended this to me. These two anime are a must see.
Both of the main characters from Seirei no Moribito and Rurouni Kenshin are similar in that they are both trying to find the way that they can live and be at peace with their pasts. Chances are, if you watched the entire Rurouni Kenshin series and you liked it, you are thirsty for another great anime and Seirei no Moribito is going to do more than just quench your thirst, it'll leave you satiated and very pleasant since you got to watch such a great anime. Like Rurouni Kenshin, Seirei no Moribito has great fight scenes and while Seirei no Moribito is a much shorter series, they do a good job to make it exciting. You will be sure to cry and laugh. Any serious Rurouni Kenshin fan that wants another good anime should watch this, immediately!!!
I found both these two animes amazing... Although Rurouni Kenshin (manga preferably) is still better I thought they both had very similar themes and settings. Seirei no Moribito and Rurouni Kenshin both have a strong protagonist who is trying to atone for the killing of people in the past. The art style is beautiful and the soundtracks are not to be missed (I'm a huge anime ost junkie). Each plot follows a hugely different path and yet the similarities between the two stories is unmistakable.
Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?
These are both about wandering ex-samurai who are struggling to cope with their murderous past. There is a large conspiracy in both of these anime that the samurai and their respective companions get caught up in and then they have to reconcile with their past and protect what is precious to them.
These two series both share a stranger who has a secretive past that entail much battle experience in their past lives. These skills are put to the test to help a complete stranger and creates a story that is intriguing and geniunely memorable. I loved Kenshin and I loved Stranger -Mukou Hadan-.
The main hero of these two medias have a very similar feel. The two seem to have a similar history, but it is revealed quite differently in the two medias. In Kenshin's case, his history and background are quickly revealed (and completely covered in the Trust & Betrayal OVA) while the nameless swordsman in Sword of the Stranger's history is slowly revealed in blurry flashbacks and overall feels more mysterious. They both have a sense of humour, although Kenshin's is much more outright. If you like one of these, there is a pretty good chance you will like the other.
Main characters of both anime are former legendary elite samurai. Both of them were ruthless assassins in their past and now they both atone for that. Kenshin uses his reverse blade sword sakaba so that he can't kill his oponent but can protect his beloved. Nanashi fights with his katana in sheath so he won't kill his oponent. They both try to keep themselves from battle but in the end find something worth fighting for.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
On the surface these two series seem to have very little in common. They are both, however, very much wrapped around one central character. Someone with a dark, and mysterious past that is perhaps paying a great price for their sins. This is what makes them just as much the same, as they are different.
The two series feature the main characters troubled by their past, and even by a woman of their past no less.
Both main characters just try to get by in life but their pasts will of course catch up with them, making both an excellent series to watch for their stories and unpredictable action!
Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!
Both Kenshin and Getbackers are normal shounen anime; they don't take it to extremes like DBZ or Tenjou Tenge. On top of that, both mix in comedy and a story pretty well.
It only struck while watching Get Backers, is that the entire feel of the anime appears to literally be a mirror image of that found in Rurouni Kenshin. Indeed, this is only one of a massive amount of similarities that seem to make this odd match of anime a brilliant pair. Both take a little while to get started, but once they do, your continually thrown into the storyline. Given that all the characters from both series have a longing of escaping from their past, it certainly is uncanning the number of times you realise the sheer number of similarities these two very different series share.
Rurouni Kenshin is based just after the Japanese Civil war of 1868 where the feudal Shoganates fought the Imperialists. Kenshin was a Shogunate and fought the Wolves of Miba (The Shinsengumi). In Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan we look at the other side, the Imperialists but in particular the Shinsengumi and their fight against what they believed to be barbarians and xenophobes. It is a very historical anime and very accurate, looking at all the factions that worked together to defeat the Shogunates, though they don't always see eye to eye.
Also like Kenshin it develops into a love story between Yukimura Chizuru, a young woman who is looking for her missing father, a doctor in Kyoto and the leader of the Shinsengumi.
the animes are based on feudal japan mostly the Meiji era or prior to it. Overall it would appeal to action buffs too as it considers flashy sword fights
I have to admit it's been a long time since i have seen such high quality animations with an at least decent storyline. Hakuouki is just the perfect show to watch if you liked Saito and what he represents. There are lots of similar elements in these shows(Chizuru's clothes looks like Kenshin's o.O), however Hakuouki is focused on the time before the meji period. If you liked one of them you will like the other too.