Saiyuki

Alt titles: Gensou Maden Saiyuki

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InuYasha

InuYasha

Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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Nanashi Nanashi says...

Inu-Yasha and the three of the main characters of Saiyuki share a common trait, they are both demons. Both shows focus heavily on questing and demon hunting with many comedic interludes. An interesting comparison between the two shows would be the differences between the two monk characters, one is a badass who keeps to himself, while one is a lecherous creep.

AnimeKitty888 AnimeKitty888 says...

they both have demons (and half demons ^_^) and ofcorse humins they both are - action, adventure, comedy etc... they are bothe verry good & if you like one you will most likely like the other

LovelyWickedDescet LovelyWickedDescet says...

Both tell an epic journey to stop an evil demon (Naraku-halfdemon) from taking over the world. Along the way collecting items (Inuyasha-sacred jewel shards Saiyuki-holy scriptures) so that they can't be used for the other's dark purposes. Each containing humor and side journeys of some of the characters.

Tactics

Tactics

Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?

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holyzac holyzac says...

Banishing evil spirits your favourite kind of anime? Than you should watch Tactics & Saiyuki. Both animes have some cool fighting scenes along with exorcising of evil spirits which will leave you breathless at the end of every episode craving for more.

AngelChan AngelChan says...

Femal fans of Saiyuki will love Tactics, plenty of pretty boys to oggle over and lots of fighting evil spirits. Both provide these in spades.

Emonquente Emonquente says...

Saiyuki and Tactics both have a fairly good, if somewhat meaningless story, and are both of good length. Tactics is a bit less guilty of the story culminating in a manner that makes one wonder if the story really needed to exist at all, and as an added bonus you won't feel the urge to kill the writers when it ends . . . because it doesn't have a sequel that is absolute garbage.

I can't really say I'm overly fond of the ED on either, but you get used to it after a few episodes in both cases -- and the mystery/boy-love theme is prevalent in both, without ever providing a decent fan-service moment in either (so people tested by the boy love in one won't be further tested by the second).

Over-all Tactics, I think, was slightly better, but both are very good.

Get Backers

Get Backers

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!

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Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

these animes fallow the similar friend friend almost gay plot, with lost of fighting action.

argona argona says...

once again friends are working together to get through hardships and troubles,creating many funny scenes with the difference in their personalities.all hiding tragedic memories in their heart and dictancing themselves from others.but slowly they begin to open their hearts ,overcome their past and find a new life and new family.

Zone of the Enders: Dolores

Zone of the Enders: Dolores

The hostility between Earth and Mars has grown, and a war is drawing close. This, however, does not concern James Links, a rough American cargo hauler who wants nothing else but to patch up the relationship between him and his family. But things change when he discovers the highly sought after orbital frame Dolores, quickly causing himself and his two teenage children to be framed for murder and accused of terrorist actions. Follow them on their journey to Mars as they try to clear their names of these crimes they did not commit, with only each other to rely on.

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Masakari Masakari says...

Both shows feature a lot of action and a strong central plot that is advanced by a succession of shorter plots (although Saiyuki is more 'episodic' than ZOE is), but both also gain a lot from a cast of characters with great personal dynamics. Both feature a group of people traveling together on a grand quest while trying to iron out personal differences, and both feature a 'family' dynamic, with a strong central 'parent' figure, an innocent (but incredibly powerful) child figure and two 'sibling' figures that serve as a middle ground.

Laone Laone says...

Though ZOE and Saiyuki differ in storyline and genre (historical fantasy vs sci fi mecha), both shows have a collage of characters that are easy to connect with even on the most basic level. Both shows are vaguely episodic quest-like traveling yet have an ultimate goal that the viewer is reminded of each episode. Animation style, character design and color schemes are silimar though the shows have different settings and themes. A primary character of each show exhibits the duality of childish innocence masking greater abilities and power while having a figure of authority they respect and admire. Both ZOE and Saiyuki feature characters that have interesting bantering, arguing, fussing and fighting relationships while their core is obviously and in the end, most importantly, family. The viewer has a wide selection of characters to identify with and a perk is that the "villains" are somewhat likable and add to the dynamic of the show in ways other than being overtly evil. Varieties of villains also have their own stories that explain their motivation.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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tfv tfv says...

Both Saiyuki and Samurai Champloo are quest stories - a group of people with unusual abilities go on a journey to find something important. Both have enough butt-kicking to please action fans, and enough character and drama to please plot fans. Most of all, the series are similar in tone - both use anachronism and humor to carry a more serious plot, and both have moments of significant drama and emotional tension as well as moments that are flat-out funny. In addition, Mugen and Son Goku are similar, and Jin has elements of both Sanzo and Hakkai, so those who like the characters of either of these series have a good chance of liking people in both.

argona argona says...

in both animes friends with different and sometimes opposite personalities are gathered to journey through many different lands facing wierd,painful,funny and all kind of events .they may have oppiste personaities but for the exact same reason they make a great team and slowly they turn into a family.