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Girls und Panzer

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

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. 

K-On!

K-On!

It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!

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Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Saki and K-On! are typical examples of succesful "cute girls being cute" anime. They both are moe-series about the members of a high-school club having fun together. Saki is more focussed on competition than K-On!, but in essence both shows are trying to do exactly the same: keeping you entertained with light-hearted fun and cuteness.

cruzinforit cruzinforit says...

Ahhhh K-on, and Saki. Two excellent anime that feature cute girls doing cute things. Both go a little deeper than that, but especially Saki. Both of these are about high school girls and their clubs. K-on is light music, Saki is Mahjong.  Both are stuffed to the brim with moe.

From there the similarities diverge quite a bit. K-on! in general is more light in tone and feel, and there is a lot more emphasis on the "Cute girls doing cute things" aspect.  Saki focuses much more heavily on the primary plot, that is to say, Mahjong. And boy what Mahjong it is. Exciting toIf you like one of these, chances are that you will like the other.

Akagi

Akagi

One stormy night, a desperate man finds himself playing Mahjong with yakuza thugs; the prize is his life. He is losing, and death seems certain, until a teenage boy stumbles out of the darkness into the Mahjong parlor, drenched in rain. Allowed to watch, the boy soon offers to play in place of the marked man, and that night, a legend is born. After his first taste for Mahjong, Akagi Shigeru finds himself entangled in the dark underworld of Mahjong gambling: for money, reputation, and lives.

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SorBlade15 SorBlade15 says...

If you really like Mahjong but without the kiddy themes and humor replaced with high stakes gambling and jaw-breaking suspense (like Kaiji), try Akagi.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

The obvious connection here is mahjong, but both of these shows are very interesting to watch for anyone interested in playing mahjong in real life. Both play the Ricchi style of mahjong, but Saki focuses on rare, higher end hands while Akagi deals with more realistic hands while psychologically manipulating your opponent or slight-of-hand. Saki's setting is high school tournament while Akagi deals with the underworld and criminal games. Both are very interesting for anyone who is interested it learning new hands, or just enjoy watching mahjong.