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.
The planets of the East and the West were once connected by the Ama-no-Hashidate. The culture that built it was destroyed countless years ago, and the two planets have had separate histories ever since. On the Western planet, ancient culture is experiencing a renaissance after a long period of war. Jeanne Kaguya D'Arc, a girl from the Western Planet, was prophesied to be the Savior of the World at her birth. With Leonard Da Vinci, she lands on the Eastern Planet, where Nobunaga "the Fool" longs for the power to change the world, as his planet is still locked in a war where many heroes vie for supremacy. When these two people meet, the culture of both worlds will be transformed.
Both of these series focus around the legendary Oda Nobunaga, and take place in a fictional feudal Japan. Both series have a ton of characters based on historical figures, and are loosely based off the wars during the Sengoku peroid in Japan. Both are action-packed, with bits of comedy thrown in. The major difference is Nobunaga the Fool has Sci-Fi elements thrown in. If you enjoyed one, I'm fairly certain you'd enjoy the other as well.
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.