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Girls und Panzer

Girls und Panzer

Forget track and field! At Oorai Girls Academy, they practice Shensha-do, the art of tank combat! But Miho transfers there believing it to be the one school where Shensa-do isn't offered. She's in for a rude awakening, however, when the student council president demands her participation in the sport. Together with four friends, she learns to face her fears, find herself, and have a whole lot of fun along the way. Get ready for tank fighting mayhem in Girls Und Panzer!

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Kari5 Kari5 says...

These shows both gave me the same vibe; they both focus around a talented girl who joins a high school club and enters in a competative tournament with a rookie team. Although the types of tournaments are really different the huge female casts and small amounts of fan-service make me think if you enjoyed one you might enjoy the other.

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse says...

Did you like watching those stereotype schoolgirls fighting in inter-school tournaments, with the protagonist and trump card of a new upcoming and yet unknown school being a girl who had first needed to be reteached that playing the game is fun, and all of this together within growing bonds of friendship? Well, that you'll find in this other anime too.

Boriddy Boriddy says...

Because both animes are about cute girls being in a tournament enviorment for Girls und Panzer it is tanks and for Saki it is Mahjong, they have great humor and good actions.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both anime start with a girl joining a school and being coerced into joining a club that they have an obvious natural talent for, but for whatever reason each girl has insecurities about joining the club, and are initially resistant to taking part. The girls then soften up and the road to inter-school competition begins!

Both shows feature cute girls in them, with Girls und Panzer possibly being more 'moe'. That said, i'd say the cast is generally more likable than in Saki, although both have quite a varied group of girls.

Really, both anime have almost everything in common with each other, Girls und Panzer is the better executed of the two, but fans of one should enjoy the other a lot.

closetanimefan closetanimefan says...

In both of these  anime the main charcter is a shy girl that gets pushed into a club that she didn't really wnat to be a part of becuase she is really good at it. She also is doesn't like the "sport" at the begining because of a family history with it, but has an older sister that is really into it and that she has to beat. Throughout the show characters around the main character turn this thing they hated into something they enjoy again. Mahjong and Tankery are different games, but other then that these anime felt very much the same. If you liked one, you should check out the other.

Bamboo Blade

Bamboo Blade

Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.

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Fireaxe Fireaxe says...

Both shows are about a group of moe doing what they like. They are extremely similar in terms of plot and characters, but Bamboo Blade  has a slice-of-life vibe that isn't really there in Saki (at least not as much). Both shows also feature hints of shoujo-ai, though it doesn't really go far in any of them.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Superpowers with [Mahjong/Kendo], because sprouting angelwings while in "the zone" is awesome. Both Saki and Bamboo Blade are anime about a high-school club with mostly girls, shooting for their dreams with the club and having a good time together. There isn't anything more to the shows, but that's all they need. Saki has a higher "moe-factor" than Bamboo Blade though, but as long as you don't mind that difference, both shows are two of the same kind.

flyboy42 flyboy42 says...

Both animes are coming of age sports animes where a shy girl who is amazing at one sport learns that it is not only a chore but also meant to be fun and is a great way to make friends

Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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winniebai winniebai says...

they both have a common theme of a game where the main character is very passionat about what they play. the feel of them is also very similar,if you liked one, you should definatly check out the other

willfemi willfemi says...

Both Saki and Chihayafuru are about recruiting members for their clubs and then participating as teams (an occationally individuals) in compitions.

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Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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quelquun quelquun says...

Both feature a protagonist in a board-game sports context (one has go, the other mah-jong) with classic shounen-sports challenges and obstacles, along with a rival of the same gender who can also double as a love interest.  When I watched Saki, the first thing that ran through my head was, "This is just like Hikaru no Go, only with girls instead of guys, and mah-jong instead of go."

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Shion no Oh

Shion no Oh

When Shion was a young girl, her parents were brutally murdered; and the sight of their dead bodies in a pool of blood caused her to lose her voice. Years later, Shion is now a young woman who was raised by Shinji Yasuoko, a professional Shogi player, and his wife. Shion has become a Shogi player just like her adopted father, and is working her way towards becoming a female Meijin – a master of the sport. With powerful opponents and sinister strangers around every turn, and her parents’ killer still on the loose, Shion’s path to glory has never seemed more challenging!

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shilyte shilyte says...

When i saw Saki, it immeadiately brought to mind Shion no oh. Both feature female protagonists playing board games (Shion has shougi and Saki has mahjong) with a skill thats unreal. These shows parallel each other in afew ways. Each show the heroines using friends, family and rivals to help push them to greater heights. Another way there similar is that in some way their family is in some way responsible for why they play the game (Shion has a much darker undertone than Saki though)  Also, each one showcases a mildly romantic undertone that seems to go hand-in-hand with the game (Although Saki has a definite ecchi feel and focuses more on female relationshiops).

Even if you dont have an understanding of either game, both shows can have you glued to your computer until the last move is finished

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

Shion and Saki are strangely alike... And at the same time, they're not. If you liked one because of the family drama, you should check out the other. If you're just into board games, you should check the other out as well.