The time is centuries ago, during the Sengoku period; the place is feudal Japan. Political ambitions and bloodshed run rampant as rival warlords battle it out in an attempt to rule the nation. Some seek to spread their noble ideals, some seek to protect justice and yet others seek destruction. Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimumra and a variety of other warriors will fight it out time and time again; their actions helping to ultimately decide the fight of Japan.
Unbeknownst to humans, demons from an overlapping dimension walk amongst them in the streets of Tokyo. The balance between the worlds is kept by the crow guardian Karas and Yurine, its master and voice of the living city. However, the time of harmony nears the end as the once-Karas Lord Eko returns. Seeking to purge humanity for its evils, he terrorizes the city with his minions that feast on human blood. The ultimate battle between good and evil awaits; can Yurine and her newly initiated Karas prevail against Lord Eko and protect their city against his monstrous horde?
If flashy, gorgeous action sequences are your thing, make sure to check out Karas (only the first half, ie: Prophecy) and Sengoku Basara. Karas has way more of a plot and is sci fi while Sengoku is essentially 'let's watch the history of feudal Japan with nonstop fights' - and frankly I liked Karas WAY more - but they'll likely appeal to the same fans.
Epic action sequences are pretty much what links these two anime together. Both are seriously done nicely, although you'll want to stick to Karas: The Prophecy to fully understand what I mean when I speak of the action.
When poor detective Kuro Daijuuji accepted his first well-paying job, he had no idea what he was getting himself into! The request: to find a magical grimoire for Ruri Hado of the Hado Financial Group. After searching all of the bookstores and antique shops in Arkham City and finding nothing, Kuro is just about to give up when a grimoire happens to fall out of the sky and land on top of him... in the form of a young girl! Her name is Al Azif; and she is being chased by the Black Lodge, a group of evil mages. The two find themselves surrounded, and in order to survive Kuro is forced to enter a contract with Al and become the pilot of the Deus Machina Demonbane.
I was somewhat hesitant about making any recommendation for Demonbane TV, but when pushed to shove, the closest I could possible get would be Sengoku Basara. The reason behind this is because both were based off games and to some extent both doesn't take the anime seriously. The only difference was that Sengoku Basara pulled it off a bit better...
Historical Japan, the Meiji Revolution: Hijikata Toshizou is a young swordsman fighting for the Shinsengumi and the Tokugawa shogunate. As a lieutenant of the Shinsengumi, Hijikata earns a reputation for his ruthlessness and harsh moral code. Hijikata Toshizou's tale is one of fierce determination, his samurai spirit unfaltering even as the war nears its inescapable conclusion and his comrades fall one by one.
Wartime samurai action based around real Japanese historical events.
Though Shiro no Kiseki is a more to the letter, almost documentary like adaptation, Sengoku basara is definitely based on real events if you get my meaning.
Either way, lots of action and very pleasing to the eye.
In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…
While Shura no Toki has far less action than the totally-comprised-of-action Sengoku Basara, both are in depth looks at the history of feudal Japan, and will likely be character overload for those of you who aren't up to speed on Japanese history. Regardless, history buffs who enjoyed one would surely enjoy the other.
Long ago there was a battle between angels and humans, which ultimately ended with the angels’ retreat. Twelve thousand years later, the angels have become active again and have begun harvesting humans for nefarious purposes; and only the pilots of the ancient mecha known as Aquarion are able to oppose the angels' tools of war. The pilots have special powers, but the secret to defeating the Angels once and for all lies with the reincarnations of the two beings who defended humanity against the Angels in the past: Apollonius, an Angel who turned his back on his kind in order to protect humanity; and Siren, his human lover. Only Apollonius can awaken the true strength within Aquarion that is needed to defeat the angels; but who is the reincarnation of Apollonius?
Both series center on fighting and the mental preparation for it. Basara borrows from history, Aquarion improvises over mythology. They have gorgeous animation and don't take themselves seriously in any way. If cheese makes you laugh, get it here.