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Meet Lina Inverse, a mighty sorceress who fights evil in the name of... greed, gluttony and black magic?! When she meets Gourry, a swordsman whose skill with the blade is rivaled only by his stupidity, Zelgadis, a grumpy sorceror who's been turned into a golem, and Rezo, a priest known for his benevolence (with a dark secret), you know her adventures are just beginning!
Both Saiyuki and Slayers are similar in both atmosphere and execution, yet are quite different in story. Each of the series takes place in a different time than our own, though Slayers is more of fantasy whereas Saiyuki is rather supposed to be ancient, yet the same world. That being said, both series contain a lot of comedy (Slayers having more, however) and have engaging stories that are reminiscent of each other in their own ways. Keep in mind, however, that Saiyuki is deeper and less lighthearted than Slayers is.
If you like the comedy of one of these series, you might like the other; just remember that Saiyuki isn't strictly a comedy as Slayers appears to be. Also, if you like the "team of good vs. powers that be" scenario in one, you'll find much of the same in the other.
Both Series have magic and sword fights and epic adventures that spawn several seasons. If you like magic and adventure then you will like both Slayers and Saiyuki. Both series also have comedy has their main fall back. I also found that both series get much better in their next seasons.
Students Tokitou Minoru and Kubota Makoto are members of the executive committee of the student council at their school, Araiso Private High School. Their duties are to ensure that the school is safe and the students behave themselves. Licensed to fight and intimidate when needed, the duo takes care of any and all of the problems of their high school, along with the other members of the committee. With rash tempers, flirting and violent behavior abounding, Tokitou and Kubota will help keep the peace at Araiso Private High School – or fight trying!
Ok, these two anime have nothing in common except one thing: they are both made by the mangaka Kazuya Minekura. So if you like his style in animation and characters you might want to watch both Saiyuki and Araiso.
While I agree with tetra's recommendation, there is more to it for me. The whole structure of the series are very much in common. The major difference is the setting they take place in.
The characters got a lot in common, the animation style matches, just as a lot of character traits. Both series have the same kind of feel/atmosphere.
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.
Both Saiyuki and Bleach are good to watch if you're into action and adventure anime. The fighting scenes of both anime are so great. Both anime also contain funny scenes that can make you laugh even if watched many times.
Both Saiyuki and Bleach are spirtual in nature, as well as in comedy, action and adventure. Each focuses on certain things like from their pasts, wanting to become stronger, or the critical problem at hand. Each also has a funny scene that no matter how many times or memorized you'll still laugh. Also there characters has great emotional past that you just can't help but watch.
A mysterious monkey-tailed boy named Goku teams up with a teenage computer-wiz girl named Bulma to search for the mystic Dragon Balls. According to legend, whoever collects all 7 Dragon Balls will have any one wish granted. Join Goku in this hilarious anime masterpiece, as he races and battles to save the world from the forces of darkness. Who will find the balls first?
Both series are based on the same Chinese legend, that being said, I don't really recommend Dragonball for fans of Saiyuki. What I do recommend it for is for fans of the Chinese legend of Xi You Ji. If you want to see your favorite legend take a turn for the worse watch Dragonball. If you want to see it stay in a much truer form, watch Saiyuki again.
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?
The medieval feel of Rurouni Kenshin and Gensou Maden Saiyuki is quite similar and fans of the genre would do well to watch both. Whereas Kenshin deals with more or less realistic types of characters--a dojo school teacher, a fighter for hire, and a masterless samurai, Saiyuki deals with more supernatural character archtypes--demons, half-demons, shape shifting dragons, ect.