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Shakugan no Shana

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Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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Shakugan no Shana Specials DVD Special   Omake Omake released on the DVDs.
Shakugan no Shana OVA OVA 2006 TBD
Shakugan no Shana Movie Movie 2007 TBD
Shakugan no Shana II TV 2007 TBD
Shakugan no Shana Movie Special DVD Special 2007 TBD
Dengeki Bunko 2007 Movie Festival Special Other 2007 TBD
Shakugan no Shana II Specials DVD Special 2008 TBD
Shakugan no Shana S OVA 2009 TBD
Shakugan no Shana S Specials DVD Special 2009 TBD
Shakugan no Shana III TV 2011 TBD
Shakugan no Shana III Specials DVD Special 2012 TBD

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Shakugan no Shana (Light Novel) 2002 TBD
Shakugan no Shana 2005 TBD
Shakugan no Shana X Eternal Song - Harukanaru Uta 2007 TBD
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Mai OTSUKA Character Design
Takashi WATANABE Director
Ko OTANI Music
Yashichirou TAKAHASHI Original Manga Creator
Kohei KAWASE Producer

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Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima

In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise (along with all first year students) was charged with summoning a familiar; and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of... Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can both Louise and Saito come to terms with their new and complicated "relationship" and (more importantly) help Saito find a way home?

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Zero no Tsukaima is basically a rehash of Shakugan no Shana.  The main characters are voiced by the same people, and the animation style is also the same.  The only difference, really, is the story takes place in a different world, and the characters have different relations to each other.


The characters in Shana and ZnT have near identical personalities, identical voices, and the type of plot setting where one misconception leads to another. The love is also the same in the way that it's denied by both characters.


Both Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima have a similiar female protagonist. Though they both have feelings for the male protagonists, their attitudes towards the male protagonists are rather cold.

Also, the "she" and "he" live together in both of these series, which gives you a hope for fluff that might happen between the characters.


If you liked the strong magical female protagonist with a male follower that has unwavering courage in Shana, you'll like Zero no Tsukaima just as much.


Controlling women. That's it. In both ZnT and Shana there are controlling female protagonists that more or less make the male protagonist their slave. There's decent fan service in both of them. Plus, in both, the female protagonist has small breasts which they are very sensitive about. That adds some very good comedy to both series. If you liked one of these, then you should definitely check out the other.


The female lead characters in both Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima are of the type generally known as つんでれ (tsundere, from tsuntsun plus deredere, "aloof"+"lovestruck"); that is, girls who are at first distant and cold, but later (or privately) soften up and become loving. This female stereotype is very popular with some anime fans -- and if it's your thing, then these two anime have excellent examples of the type.

Another similar trait is the status of the male lead characters. Both are suddenly whirled into a world of supernatural events and horrifying threats. Both find themselves completely subservient to the female leads, with little or no social status left to them. And both grow under the pressures imposed by their situations.

Of course, there is also the common voice acting cast to mention -- both anime feature the same central cast of seiyuu, in roughly the same parts: Kugimiya Rie and Satoshi Hino as the lead characters, with Kawasumi Ayako in a strong supporting rôle -- as well as the capable animation direction by Fujii Masahiro.

In short, if you like either of these anime, you are sure to like the other.


Both Shana and ZnT deal with magic and have some harem included. I personally recommend this pair because they have so much in common. First, both have girls that wield magic and have a minion or helper; Louise had a human and "Shana" the Flame Haze has a special torch called a "Mistes". If you like harem and magic combined in a sweet anime way then you should see these. :D


Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima share similar characters, the same voice actors, and a similar plot. The story lines are different, but if you like one, you will like the other. It's not even close to a gut feeling, it is the truth!


The main female characters in ZnT and Shana have very identical personalities; they are afraid to show their true feelings to the protagonists. When they aren't showing their true feelings, they are very cold and distant. Plus, both of them have small breasts and feel very sensitive about them. There are also love triangles in both anime.

The only difference is the worlds.

But, I guess you get my point; the main characters are very similar. If you liked one, you'd like the other.


When comparing two separate anime that are similar you can expect a few similarities, story line, animation style, or even plot. But when looking at the similarities between Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima a huge array oh similarities unfold. Both anime consist of love triangles, sword fighting, same voice actors, and talking inanimate objects (Alastor a pendant and Derflinger a sword). Though the similarities are uncanny there still are there differences. In the case of Zero, Saito is charged with protecting Louise, male protecting female. In the case of Shana, Shana is charged with protecting Sakai, female protecting male.

Through the similarities and the differences you can see that overall these animes are incredibly alike. Mostly this is do to having a similar theme which is just rehashed and given a fresh story, giving the viewer a whole new story.

Overall these anime share more in common than a lot of other anime. It is in my honest opinion that if you enjoyed either one, I believe you would enjoy the other. So check them out when you have the time and enjoy! ^_^


Both have a comparison between the action. Not to mention, yet again, the boy is an innocent bystander who wounds up in the middle of it all. And, the main boy also has a sword which somehow appears here and there during battles.


Both shows have a similar feel, a seemingly cold much more powerful (at least at first) female (Shana in SnS and Louise in Znt) take on a much weaker male (Yuji in SnS and Saito in ZnT) as their partner. They even seen to be falling in love when in both series an annoying female character (Kazumi in SnS and Siesta in Znt) decides to go after the male lead.


They are very similar in a lot of ways. Shana and Louise are both tsundere characters. There are also similarities between Yoshida and Siesta. The storylines both involves the male protagonists being thrown into some kind of supernatural realms.


I first watched Shana before Zero, and in a great need for closure, I decided to try Zero hoping for the same feel in anime.

For one... I thought they were really different, much more different than I was led on to believe. However, there were very obvious similarities too. Shana and Louise were both strong, dominant females. Both have problems with their feelings for Yuji/Saito and there's also the other female characters that go crazy for the guy. As for plot, both have their supernatural aspects. Both deal with the idea of dying and how "killing is bad". In general, if you liked THAT part of the anime, then yes! I bet you'll enjoy one as much as you enjoyed the other.

And of course... there were the differences. Shana was more about plot, a lot of action and VERY little character development (IMO)... while Zero was more comedy, romance and OBVIOUS character development. I guess it's more of your taste in anime. I personally liked Zero more. It had it's sad moments... but the plot carried through. Shana was a little slow for me, and it had a lot of fillers (while Zero was MEANT to have fillers). However, both leave potential for third seasons (I think Zero does have one coming out), so watch for that!


Both shows focus on stubborn girl who struggle admitting her feelings to the clueless boy who helps her out, (a common plot) and let us not forget the superior girl with large breast that also love him. Ahh, the ever so common love triangle. Anyway; although they have common plots these shows differences are few, and are almost siblings plot wise. So if you like one you'll with out a doubt want to check out the other.


Both series, Shakugan no Shana ???????? and Zero no Tsukaima ????????, are very similar in many ways. Firstly, both main characters are girls whose personalities are very alike. They are short-tempered and don't get along with the male protagonists at the beginning. However, as the series progres, so are their relationships.

In addition, both series are produced by J.C. Staff, and main characters are voiced by the same seiyuu ????. Kugimiya Rie ?????? as female protagonists, Hino Satoshi ????? as male protagonists and Kawasumi Ayako ?????? as supporting character.

So, if you like one series, or any of those seiuu, you should check out the second one also.


both series tell us how is the aventures of the two principal characters, and the hard job that they have to find who is the real person that they love. all this in a world involve into the magic and mystical creatures.whitout forget the funny side.


These animes are really similar. Both are about magic, fights and romance of 2 main characters. Seiyu are same, animations too - same studio.


Well, if you like Shana then you'll probably like Zero no Tsukaima....  tiny, unreasonable girl falls for bewildered guy who has no idea what the *$#@ is going on but feels the need to protect said girl.  Spoiled girl abuses guy... guy continues to act like knight... meanwhile they kill a lot of lmagically charged creatures.  There is very little character development (didn't Saito have a family...?)


one word.  Tsundere girls.  both anime focus on relitively powerless males, pulled into a powerful girl's world, the powerful girl being a tsundere character... add in some shonen action, harem commedy, and some moe and you have two anime that are very similiar in many ways.


Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana are two shows with a similar premise. The guy gets thrown into a strange world, meets a tsundere girl who acts all high and mighty there, and during the anime the guy tries to get stronger in order to help the girl. Art-wise, they are also very similar in their character design and quality of the animation. Both shows have plenty of tsundere and action, Zero having more of the first and Shana more of the latter. If you liked one of these, don't miss out on the other!


the main characters are very much alike, but its a different plot in a different world, its also geneon which made both of the animes


Both of the animes are made by JC Staff, involve supernatural powers, an underlying love story, and strong female lead characters voiced by the same actress (in Japanese).


Both Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana have characters with similar roles. They both have a leading female character with a male character that assists the female when it comes to combat, with the male and female having a slightly obvious romantic interest in each other. There is also a female character in both that is jealous of the leading female character's good relationship with the male character.


I did not look it up but I think both of the main girls have the same Jappanese voice actor. The girls both act very similar. They both are in love with the main guys but don't know exactly to show it. They both yell at them a lot and feel down a lot as well. Both shows make you feel good and love the characters. Both involve fighting. The guys are also thrown into a magical world against their agreement. Thus these shows have the same feeling to them.


Both animes have a simular set of main characters, both of the girls in this series have a out going and forward personality, while the guys both have a attitude to move forward and try the best they can to assist in anyway possible. So if had injoyed one of the series, more or less you will like the other to some extent.


In Zero you have an master-server positioning same goes for Shana. The master is in love with the server and shows tsundere behavior. Server has in the both the beginnings no real feelings for the master but wants to help and protect them even if they gonna feel pain for that reason. The difference later on is that in Zero the server is gonna love the master too, while in Shana it stays a mystery what will happen. In both of series it is also that that the server actually comes out of a different world then the master in Zero it really is an other world and in Shana it comes close to living in different worlds. Both the series are just to beat the super evil enemy witch require the master and server work together with also other characters to save the world from lose it's peace.

That are the reasons why you would like the other if you liked the first. You still will like the other even if you didn't like the first because the storyline is not very equal.


Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan No Shana are practically the same. A magical girl treats an ordinary boy as her 'pet'. Then, she realizes she was in wrong and falls in love with him, vice versa. In both animes, Shana and Louise face constant enemies throughout the show. They both had no idea what love was like, nor any special feeling for the male protagonist until late in the series. Both girls also have rivals for the love of the male protagonist. The rivals for both shows are much the same, and also look alike except the fact in Zero No Tsukaima, the rival for Saito's love looks much more mature, but inside she is a very shy, unconfident girl who does not think she will be able to win his heart. In Shakugan No Shana, Kazumi is the same age as Shana and also feels that way about Yuji.


Despite the fact that Zero no Tsukaima gives a merrier atmosphere and it is less about the fighting, Shana resembles it in a few ways. Those ways mostly involve the main characters and how they treat each other. In both animes, the girl looks almost the same, and has the same mischievous behaviour towards the boy, who has to be taught by her and mostly do as she commands. However, love comes between them while they are both too shy to admit it.  If you liked one, you should like the other!


ZnT is so similar to SnS that it could be sued for copyright infiringement.

That is, if it wasnt made by the same studio.

Honestly I dont need to go into much detail to explain why you'd like one from the other, just know this: If these 2 were any more similar JC Staff would sue themselves.


Both series have a tsundere female character who has supernatural powers and the male lead who has has some sort of special ability that the female falls in love with.  Both are made by J.C.Staff and both feature the same female lead voice actor at least in the japanese version.


This two shows are essentially the same in every aspect aside from the setting. You have your male lead who is powerless and the female lead that looks down on him because of his lack of power at first. The male then becomes stronger in order to protect the female all the while getting abused and whipped by the female... and eventually they fall in love. Even the voice actors of both the male and female leads are the same people in both shows. If you have watched Shana, and you start to watch Zero, you will be expecting an "Urusai Urusai Urusai" at just about every point int the show. it's a little disappointing that it never comes :) If you liked Shana, you will like Zero no Tsukamia and vice versa. There is no ands, ifs, or buts.


Both of these anime's are made of the same company, and both of them has the same setting with a male and female as the main charactars, with a second female falling in love with the male. Both of the animes also have the same rawing style and is a comedy in its own ways.


Shana has the same seiyuu like in ZnT. It describes simillar story, but it takes action in other world and time.


A young man not yet ready to protect what is important to him but willing to give his all to do so and a "important" young lady with dominative behaviour, you'll see this in both animes, with a comical effect in Zero no Tsukaima and a maturing one for Yuuji in Shakugan no Shana.


Shakugan no Shana is like Zero no Tsukaima in several ways. The first is that both shows feature a girl with a magic power who is assisted by a boy who appears to be powerless.  Second is that both series have a strong tsundere realtionship between the girl and boy. It is safe to say if you are fan of one you will like the other.


Pretty much you got similar stories here.  Okay the heroine encounters a young Japanese boy and gets more than what they bargin for.  A relationship builds in the midst of magic battles as well as a potential harem brews.  Great romance and standard plot lines for the two similar animes.


Zero no Tsukaima and Shakugan no Shana both have rather harsh main tsundere heroines. The male lead is dragged into a supernatural reality from the very beginning, and drives the tsundere (and viewers) mental with his overly optimistic attitude. If you like tsundere, you should check both of these out.


This comparison is obvious...same sort of dynamic between the two lead characters, and not only because they are voiced by the same voice actors (in Japanese, anyway.)  ZnT is the "original" Shakugan no Shana clone...well, I'm mostly adding this opinion to make sure people who have seen one go check out the other, if they really liked it.


If you liked the story type here, normal guy brought into a not so normal world, then you should consider the other series.  Both are beautifully drawn anime series, and both have characters you'll grow to love.


Nearly identical cast, and similar themes. Although they have their obvious differences, they're also very similar. Same love-conflict situation, main love interest is a Tsundere, fantasy elements, talking objects, et cetera. Shakugan no Shana has a lot more drama and a lot less fan service compared to Zero no Tsukaima, which is the main difference IMO.


Both of these series share the same type of formula, a seemingly normal guy's life becomes entwined with that of a girl who has a much more crazy fate. Both Shana and Louise are extremely similar to each other and that's not even counting that they have the same voice actress. If you like romance, comedy, fantasy, action, etc. then you will like both of these series.


Both shows have the same sort of setting becuase they both have a fantasy setting / person in a strange world. And the characters are quite similar

Louise & Shana are both tsundere protaganist so if you liked one of them you will most likely like the other

Saito & Yuuji are also quite the same they both have to adapt to a diffrent aspect of life and both have to learn how to fight. also both feature talking items in shana it's a talking pendant or amulet and in Zero no Tsukaima it's a talking sword

Overall both shows have share most of the same things so if you liked one you will most likely like the other too.


they are Similar in genre : person from strange world, tsundere, fantasy, action, magic.. If you like Shakugan no Shana, you would also like to watch Zero no tsukaima (vice versa)


They both have an action story with a main romance, the same kind of animation and a little bit of a harem feeling to it.


If you like Shana you will like Zero too, because the two main characters are some magical girls with the same personality who always shout "Shut up!" and are getting in love the in a similar way.


If you like romance shows with a supernatural, tsundere girl and a normal boy, either one of these is a good choice. Furthermore, both deal with the boy's feelings as he tries to become strong enough to protect the girl. Shakugan no Shana has a much darker tone, though.


Both involve swordplay, and both can be considered action/romance. Also both have use of magic.


Both anime revolve around the premise of a male lead entering a reality or world that parallels his own by way of the female lead. Both involve multiple females vying for the male's love, whilst the male also attempts to gain power and better himself for the girl that brought him into his reality. Shakugan leans a bit more to the serious side, while Zero no Tsukaima involves a bit more ecchi and comedy.


Both share similarites in not only their plots, but also in the way the characters interact with one another. In both, you find a male lead whose world is more or less entirely turned upside down and must learn to adapt to these new challenges, and usually involve a mix of sword and magic battles. They both feature various love triangles between the main and those around them, and share an occasional school style setting. Also, they share similar art styles and voice actors.

While there are some differances, they are small enough that the similarites shine through!  

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Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?

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Both Shana and FSN came out at the same time. They involve a similar set of characters with similar roles. Although the story is fairly different, both have a similar setting and semi-dark feel lightened throughout various comedic scenes. Both of these series share a lot of underlying thematic elements as well. If you liked one, try out the other.


Both Fate Stay Night and Shakugan no Shana are action-packed with similar elements. They both have a male/female character combo that works together to overcome many obstacles.


Fate/stay Night has a similar feel to Shakugan no Shana, with similar levels of realism, a focus on otherworldly elements, and a central warrior female character who has to work with a far less capable male. Like Shakugan, Fate is structured so that a simple fantasy premise paves the way for a lot of explosive magical fighting. If you liked Shakugan, I'd really encourage you to watch Fate.


Shakugan no Shana and Fate/Stay Night are one of those pairs of anime that could be said to be siblings - they aired around the same period of time, and have quite a bit in common. Both are based around a relatively normal guy finding himself suddenly bound to an adept swordswoman, and supports her in defeating the various enemies that appear, whilst a romantic relationship between the two slowly forms. Both Shirou and Yuuji have some minor innate ability that they try to hone throughout the series to make themselves useful. The plots are also both told in a story arc format, and both anime are strong in the visual and audio departments. Suffice to say, if you liked one of these anime, watching the other is a natural step.


In both Fate/stay night and Shana there's a guy who needs the protection of a girl, or he gets himself killed by the bad guys. And when the story continues the characters start to like each other more and more. In both series there's great fight scenes and many emotional scenes that make you want to cry.


Leaning a little on the romantic side, both of these anime feature magical fights in modern times. Both Shana and Saber (Fate/S N) possess special swords that give them tremendous power, and unwilling boys find themselves warped into an ongoing war for survival. Shana has mild humour at times, and Fate is a little bit more violent in nature, but they really go well together.


Fate/stay night and Shana are two must-see anime. The story and characters are amazing; if you like a real story with real mythology (and a twist), then these series are for you. They both have the same great fighting scenes as well. Just watch them, they are great. ;)


Both series revolve around a school setting and the main characters share a similar romance story. Both male characters are thrown into situations that change their lives and as the face their destinies, they discover their feelings towards the female heroes.

Of course if you liked one you will definitely like the other!


Each series has a girl who mysteriously show out from nowhere which so happens to be from the past or a mark of the past. Not to mention the main boy in each series is a common school boy who so happens to run into each other.


In both series you can see rather weak guy, who suddenly meet girl stronger than him. Both series are action packed, have a great fable. If you loved one, you'd surely be in love with other.


Both series are smiliar in the way that there is 2 persons that would exchange theiere life for the others, they both have intensive feelings, action and a story that is completly amazing, If you liked one, you'd surly like the other.


While watching this anime, I didn't really think there was that much of a similarity between these two, until I was done that is.

Besides the same "girl-swinging-around-a-sword" similarity, the story itself revolves around the same idea. There's the "unbreakable" bonds formed between the two characters, the "clueless" male protaganist and the "whole world is doomed" fate.

Even though their plots deal with different ordeals (one is about the Holy Grail, while one is about Torches and the dead), both the anime explain the value of life and how great life is, as it is.


these animes are very simular in the fact that they all have a normal human boy being engaged unexspectantly with anouther world. They all have action, and some romance. The main charicter(guy is always week but strong willed and wants to help, and protect the girl that is actualy protecting him. In all of these animes the girl thinks nothing of the boy but slowly finds them selfes wanting to protect the ordanary boy, and faling emotionaly atached to them.if you liked one of these animes you should like the others

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Well, both series are about guys whose life changed drasticlly after meeting some crazy assed chicks. They both have hidden powers quite week on the first glance but as the shows progress they become quite usefull. Both series have also a bit of romance that makes them even more enjoyable to watch.


Fate/stay night and Shakugan no Shana are both violent (although not gory) supernatural fighting shows. They share the same sort of relationship between their main characters as well: a strong sword-wielding woman with her share of superpowers and a weak, relatively normal boy who is constantly trying to improve in order to help and protect said woman. If you enjoyed one of these, give the other one a shot.


Both of these series have a rather similar back story: a rather naive boy gets dragged into a new world by a very strong female that protects him until, slowly, he can learn to fight to help her too. A romance evolves, old enemies and old friends appear on both sides, enemies become friends, etc. If you enjoyed the action or the evolving romance in one show you will likely enjoy the other.


Fate/Stay Night and Shakugan no Shana both share several common elements. For example, both series take precautions to hide their battles from the general public; in Fate/stay, rules are set so that battles can only be conducted at night and where no one else in around, and in Shakugan no Shana, a spell is used to freeze time in the area a battle occurs.

Additionally, both series' combatants fight in pairs. In Fate/Stay Night, each "Master" is paired with a "Servant" for battle, like the master Rin is paired with the servant Archer in the first episode. In Shakugan no Shana, each combatant is paired with a guardian; for example, Shana is paired with the guardian spirit of fire, Alastor.

Because of the common elements, if you like one series then I think there is a good chance you would enjoy the other :)


Both series feature a boy who gets dragged into this supernatural world that they weren't part of before and a female lead who for the most part protect that boy and eventually he comes to be able to help the female lead out.  In both as time progresses a romance begins to grow between the male and female leads.  Also both series feature a nice audio and visual production making both series a joy to watch and listen to and on a side note in each series the lead female swings around a sword.


Both have the same general plot where the main male character is saved by a swords-woman and the two of them end up fighting on the same side, with the boy trying his best to be useful in a situation where he doesn't have much experience.

Both are action anime that mix swordplay and magic, along with some romance elements.

If you like one you should check out the other.

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Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma

Years after having been exiled from the Kannagi household for being unable to utilize their fire magic, Kazuma returns to Japan, only to discover that the Kannagi family's very existence is threatened. Unknown to them, during his absence, he had become a Contractor and thus acquired a vast strength in wind magic. Not showing any remaining contempt for them, he offers to help solve the Kannagi household’s problems in return for large sums of money. Together with his younger brother Ren and the feisty heir to the Kannagi household, Ayano, he fights to protect those he cares about... for a price!


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If you like fire magic and want more, check out Kaze no Stigma.

And more, the relationship between the guy and the girl on Kaze is like in Shakugan no Shana, with the exception that the male doesn't let himself be intimidated by the female.


In both Kaze no Stigma and Shakugan no Shana the female lead is hot-headed and wields a fiery sword which she uses to fight supernatural enemies. She also tends to argue with the male lead even though she secretly likes him.


Both shows have a similar feel to them. They have similar characteristics, like magic and fighting, but also have some differences, within the story and characters, that are to be appreciated. Although both the shows lay low on the story side of things, if you like fights with magic you'll be sure to like these two shows.


The main girl character are almost the same in both animes. They look, fight and act extremely similar! Also there is a hidden romance. The boy and the girl love each other without even knowing about. In a part of the anime the also have in commun that the girl is jealous of the boy looking at other girl


Yep, well if you really enjoyed shakugan no shana you might want to watch this,  but when i saw the first episode i was like "wow this is alot like Shana"but when you get further in you see the differences between the 2 so its not exactly the same.although they are very similar still.contracters, fire chick, wind guy, main guy teamed up with fire chick. magic, fight other guys. with a bit of romance in it. 


Each of these series are are centered around a tsunundre-type female with a magical flaming sword. Both of these series also involve a similar background love arc.


Added to the fact that they both are drawn alike and that they give the same feeling when watching the surroundings, Shana and Kaze no Stigma resemble in the way the characters act, talk and use magic. In each anime they have to fight , mostly to protect. If you liked one, you'll most surely like the other!


In both series we get a tsundere female types who go around swinging a sword of fire.  Each series for the most part tends to focus more on the fighting make the battles look good and interesting and focusing on building on the feelings that the characters experience in each series in particular the romance between the male and female leads.


Both anime have a girl, with a sword, a "fiery nature" and who both like a guy but pretend they don't. Kaze no Stigma involves families with magical history, unlike Shana, but they are still very similar.


A girl with a sword that can control fire and meets a guy who she does not like at first but eventually falls in love with him. Sound familiar? Yep both KnS and SnS have that


Like what the rest recommended, both main girl characters wields a sword, with fire magic. They're both tsunderes as well, and their uniforms are somewhat similar... @____@


Kaze no Stigma and Shakugan no Shana are both very similar in a lot of ways. In both series you get a strong, firey, almost violent girl and a quiet boy. In both series you get a girl character that wields elemental fire magic. Both series are also a like in their tone and pacing. If you like the firey blend of magic and tsundere in one you will like the other.


Tsundere flaming sword-wielders are the heroines of both these tales about monsters threatening everyday lives of normal humans, ignorant of the world’s true nature. Each female lead is partnered with a guy who is much more levelheaded than herself, though Shakugan no Shana’s male doesn’t have any battle expertise unlike the capable other from Kaze no Stigma. If you enjoyed all of the scorching action in one of these, you’ll get just as overheated from the excitement that watching the other brings.


The main character is a girl who fights with a sword and fire. Both tsundere. Both have good storylines, but Shakugan no Shana has more romance.


Similar elements and comedic character relations, but I lean more towards Kaze no Stigma tha Shakugan


Both of the Shakugan no Shana and Kaze no Stigma are amazing and very similar. Both leave you craving for more and are alike in the way that the caractares love eachother (they don't fully know who they love until the end). With both of these shows there is magic, fighting, and a few jokes here and there. Shakugan no Shana is my favorite anime of all that I have watched, and Kaze no Stigma is a very possible runner up. Unfortunately both shows have one flaw, they end. If it were up to me these two anime would never end. But alas, all good things must end at one point or another. Anyway, both these shows are great and should be watched.


The most obvious feature is that both Shakugan no Shana and Kaze no Stigma have a flame-haired girl who weilds a firery sword who knows how to use it! However, they share a similar presentation of the relationship between the protagonists, and have a small dosage of comedy interwoven with the plots. There is also the fact that both fight against a seemingly unknown enemy.


Both of these i  Loved they have the funny love story going on and which jsut makes it an all around fun anime to watch but ye they always show both of the leads growing in power reachign the full extent of what they can really. Even thought they have a funny love story they always have serious moments which is what i love about both of these animes. And we can't forget the action they have in them.

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To Aru Majutsu no Index

To Aru Majutsu no Index

Touma Kamijo's right hand has the ability to nullify any form of supernatural power, whether it be magical, psychic, or divine; he lives in a city populated by students with these powers. Yet unfortunately for Touma, his arm also seems to nullify good luck. Despite his bad luck, the boy tries to stay out of trouble and just live out his life, trying to be the "good guy" whenever he can; but trouble enters his life one day when he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony. She turns out to be a nun of the Church of England, bearing the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum - a collection of 103,000 forbidden texts, and as a result has a number of people after her. How far will Touma go to protect his new companion from her pursuers?

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Useless boy - check

strange girl - check

great twists and turns - check

seriously, i think you'll enjoy both series. the stories are catchy and really interesting, involving both a more or less useless boy(main character) and a strange girl with supernatural powers. and yes, there is love, so be sure to watch them!


These series have a same feeling. This is especially when you hear the intro songs as they are from the same artist. Both series feature a "normal" boy who gets pulled into a strange and for him unknown world. Also the magic powers used in both series are somewhat alike therefore if you like the action in one of the series then you will definately like it in the other.


Both anime have a very similar feel... of a powerless (relitively) main male character.. some harem humor, lots of Shonen action, and some Tsundere girls. 


To Aru Majutsu no Index and Shakugan no Shana have several similar elements to them. First and foremost, we have the guy with some sort of special, initially useless power, comming across a strange girl he teams up with. Then we have the magic, fight between the goodies vs baddies in an arc-based story and the half-friendly, half-hostile side characters with their own goals. If you liked one of these, definitely check out the other!


1) Girl into crashes guy's life? Mmhmm.

2) Boy's fate is irrecoverably intertwined with girl? Mmhmm.

3) Boy and girl fight enemies? Mmhmm.

4) Boy and girl aren't fully human? Sure seems so.

While watching the first 3 episodes of Toaru Majutsu no Index, I had countless Shana vibes. The female leads may be dissimilar in personality, but both stories involve plenty of magical battles, a male/female protagonist pair, and a bevy of enemies (both are J C Staff productions as well).

If you like magic battles and chance-meeting-turned-fateful-encounter stories with a male and female lead, add Toaru Majutsu no Index to your list of titles to watch.


Both of the animes are made by JC Staff, involve supernatural powers and an underlying love story. They have similar senses of comedies and a harem theme around the male lead with plenty of action and a sense of mystery surrounding a main character in each.


Both series feature fighting with supernatural powers or abilities and a love story that develops.  Though in Shakugan no Shana it is built upon much more than in To Aru Majutsu no Index in which the viewer is never given a definite answer on the relationship between the characters.  Both series leave enough mystery about the characters to keep the viewer wondering as well as having similar styles of comedy and having some rather nice action mixed in.  As a bonus both are made by J.C.Staff.


These anime both have a pretty similar feel in their animation, characters, and music. Both were created by the same studio, and the OP's are both sung by the same person. if you liked one for one of those reasons then you will surely like the other.


Both To aru majustu no index and shakugan no shana are about guys with rather useless powers (IE magic canceling and unlimited existence) Trying to protect rather young looking girls from people they should have no chance of defeating.

They are also both mixes of slice of life with fantasy action. So if you're into that, go ahead


In both shows, the creators infuse magic into otherwise normal societies. The final products resemble eachother in that you have main characters that fight many evils that appear throughout the story. They both have overarching plots that drive the characters throughout the multiple seasons with the promise of an ending.

Shakugan no Shana is a much better show, overall. From the storyline to the characters, it feel much better built. Specially when you consider the first season of Shakugan no Shana (as the second one is not quite as good).

Neither show is perfect, but they can both be enjoyable to people who like fantasy and magic, as well as light, yet seemingly complex plots.


Both animes have extreme fights , romance, magic and action so if you like one you will like other for sure


Female main characters are both lovable and make you love at the same time. But you cannot consider this as the main point, which would be action. and if you ask me the fightstyles of those animes are quite alike and you really can enjoy them a lot.

Some twists throughout both animes make them even greater.

Finally one thing some people like about animes: at first the main male charakter seems quite useless but at second thought they can really prove their worth

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Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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These two series have female leads done by the same voice actress, and she gives her own interpretation to the Tsundere stereotype.  If you're into that genre, both are worth checking out.


If you like Shana chracter, you would like Aisaka character too, not only as personalities, but they also look familiar- short at height, long-haired, not having a nice body. Hair color is only different. So, if you like Shana, you would like main character Aisaka in Toradora


I think I could recommend you this because they both start with no feelings and later on they fall in love with each other. Of course there's no much action in Toradora but the story seems alike.


Both of these stories follow a background relationship between the main character, show casing a strong female and a weaker male. Although Shana has much more action, they both have similar over-arching love themes and the same voice actress in the lead role.


While the series are different in one is action, and other has comedy; Both Shana, and Toradora have focus on the romance slowing showing between the tsundere female, and male leader; as well as their character growth. If you enjoyed one of them the other is worth trying.


In both shows, the relationship between the too leads is fairly similar, in that both female protagonists are tsundere characters, not to mention having the same voice actress.

It should be mentioned that the relationship between the protagonists is very strong and well done in both cases.

They are both also, in a way, a sort of coming of age story.

However, be aware that Shana is also an action/fantasy anime, while Toradora! is not.


Both series follow a strong female and a weak male and the romance the grows between the two.  Granted Shakugan no Shana tends to have a lot more action than Toradora but both have a nicely developed romance and as a bonus it features the same female lead voice actor.


Both of these anime's are made of the same company, and both of them has the same setting with a male and female as the main charactars, with a second female falling in love with the male. Both of the animes also have the same rawing style and is a comedy in its own ways.


If you want more tsundere-ness from the main girl characters, watch Toradora! Hilarious too, of course :D


Like everyone else agrees, the heroine VA are the same, thus gives you the feeling the Tsundre characters are one in the same, just in different situations.  All in all, great romance, and comical timing.


Both of these focuses strongly on the tsundere main characters. If you like one of them for that reason, you should check out the other.