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Saikano

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In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Saikano: Another Love Song OVA 2005 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Saikano 2000 TBD
Saikano: Love Story, Killed 2002 TBD
Name Role
Hisashi KAGAWA Character Design
Mitsuko KASE Director
Takeo MIRATSU Music
Shin TAKAHASHI Original Manga Creator
Masashi TSUKINO Producer

Official Editorial Reviews

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Saikano Ultima 8.7/10 Nov 11, 2004

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Saikano KingArthur13th 6.7/10 Jul 28, 2013
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Hanoka

Hanoka
  • TV (12 eps x 5 min)
  • 2006

On a distant planet, a war wages between humanity and the extraterrestrial Citizens of the Stars. Humans, in a desperate attempt to drive off their attackers, force enslaved beings known as Majins to fight for their cause. Strong-willed Yuuri is a member of the Superior Soldier Team - a group that is on the front lines of the war. She has been begrudgingly charged with the care of a Majin known as Number Seven - but as the fighting continues, Yuuri and Number Seven grow very close. Humanity is on the verge of extinction at the hands of the Citizens of the Stars; can Yuuri and Number Seven turn the tide of the war so they can be together forever?

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sothis

Saikano and Hanoka are remarkably similar; each involves a young girl who is being exploited due to her nature as a living weapon. Hanoka is considerably less graphically appealing and overall flat out sucks, while Sai Kano is gorgeous, but also sucks. Regardless, if you liked one, you might enjoy the other.

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Movie (1 ep x 102 min)
  • 2000

Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.

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Shadizzy
Could you ever fall in love with a killing machine? Both Saikano and Jin-Roh test ask that question and carry it out beautifully. From start to finish you will witness the development of the most tragic romance known to man. If you are in the mood for a slightly melancholy anime, I highly suggest you try these two out.
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Key the Metal Idol

Key the Metal Idol

Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.

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Saishuheiki Kanojo and Key the Metal Idol are both frail, beutiful stories with dark frame. There are similarities in animation, though that isn't exactly identical. Still, the animation and colours of both series give one the same kind of feeling.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

With a past shrouded in mystery and a blank memory, Shiki Tohno seems to be just another "average high school student". That is, until he nearly kills a female vampire with his secret deadly ability to "see the lines". His journey to unlock the secrets of the Tohno family and unbury his own lost memories has only just begun, and now he must also help the woman, Arcueid Brunestud, find a lethal phantom named Roa, and kill it using his ability.

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freakzilla
SaiKano is a lot more romance, but both Shuu (SaiKano) and Shiki (Tsukihime) struggle to find out if they really are in love, or if such a strange love is really possible. We get the same feeling when the story unfolds about a man and a killing machine. Though i must say SaiKano is a more hesitant as well.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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MrsickVisionz

Both shows focus on young people and war and both deal with super powered weapons. However, the real connection to me was that Evangelion and Saikano can just crush you emotionally at times. Saikano has more romance, but if you like bad things happnening to characters you love, you'll enjoy both of these shows.

They also have a strangely similar ending despite not really sharing any story elements or really any type of plot connections at all.