For the citizens of Kuruda, fighting is everything. From ordinary citizens to the all-powerful fighters known as Sevaars, each day revolves around winning each battle and being the best, all for pride and honor. Gau Ban (commonly known as Black Howling) and Elle Ragu are two of these fighters, looking to gain their strength and master the legendary Shadow Skill, even if it means having to fight each other in the process...
The evil Bison has returned with sinister plans to take over the world using Shadow Law, his nefarious crime syndicate! His cyborg goons are searching the globe to take out any martial artist who might stand in Bison's way -- brainwashing and recruiting those who they defeat. But when Ryu manages to kill one of Bison's prime fighters, Bison discovers Ryu's potential and wants it for his own. Now, with the help of allies who are out for revenge, can Ryu defeat this all-powerful fighting machine before Bison enslaves him as well?
Shadow Skill is a poor man's martial arts anime in comparison to Street Fighter II. If you want more duel-based action, where honour and courage and one-liners abound, but actually entertain you, then you'll want to try SFII next. There's far less emphasis on fantasy in Street Fighter, but it has its outrageous moments too.
Toudou Gakuen is no ordinary high school. There, during the Meiji Restoration, fighting masters were forced to gather from all over Japan to re-establish the martial arts. Amongst the student body is a group of immensely powerful fighters who maintain order through absolute power. This "Enforcement Group" is locked in a feud with the Jyuuuken Club over matters of love and death. Now, two newcomers have disturbed the order of this school, becoming entangled in this vicious feud. Caught between sexy babes and terrible powers, the battle to be the strongest begins!
If you actually liked Shadow Skill, then there is no doubt you will love Tenjho Tenge. It's not just superior in terms of plot (which isn't to say TT has a stunning plot, just that it's better), but the action sequences are just far more fun to watch. In the end, both anime try to turn martial arts into something a bit more mystical, and the characters are defined almost entirely by what they contribute to the action, but TT actually pulls it off. It's best to throw away your copy of Shadow Skill and replace it with this much better series.
In the year 1999, Tokyo has become a battleground as the Seven Dragons of Earth and the Seven Dragons of Heaven fight to determine the fate of the world. The one with the power to decide which way the battle will go is a youth named Kamui Shirou. Will he join the Dragons of Earth and preserve the planet by ending human life, or become a Dragon of Heaven and protect humanity from ruin? The fate of all mankind lies on Kamui's unwilling shoulders as both sides clash to gain dominance. The Dragons on both sides are individuals gifted with superpowers and fated to participate in this final battle, but what end will Kamui choose?
Gimmicky fights, cheesy dialogue, and an uncomplicated plot; if those are the elements you enjoyed about Shadow Skill, then X The Movie will be a bloodier, darker, and better animated next step. Both utilise a lot of fantasy in their ideas and their relative plots are driven by action between characters with unique skills.