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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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
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

related manga

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

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Busou Renkin

Busou Renkin

Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!

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These series are about boys meeting girls that will change their lives forever. Yuji's (Shakugan no Shana) and Matou's (Busou Renkin) destinies are on their way, and the series focus on their dilemmas trying to lead a normal life, and not forsake their freshly-discovered powers. If you liked the strong, sword wielding girl and the boy that tried to protect them in one series, you will love the other.


Shakugan no Shana and Busou Renkin use the same story line (I.E. Such as: Onegai Sensei & Ah! My Goddess). Shakugan no Shana happens to be more on the dramatic spectrum while Busou happens to be on the comedy side. Either way, the artistic values are about the same except Shakugan no Shana has more digital effects than Busou Renkin; and although Busou has good points in its story, Shana appeals more to me because the comedy in Busou lacks forethought (but I'll leave the opinions up to you :)).


For both Busou Renkin and Shakugan No Shana are the ingredients swords and school boys and girls, along with a little romance between the main characters. Both Yuji and Kazuki try to do their best to protect the unknowing human society so that they can live on with their lives without getting killed. Although the story is completely different, they do share a lot resemblance, so if you liked the one, you will like the other.


Both series are about a boy who gets caught up in some kind of magical fighting environment because of a girl. Both have tsundere style female leads, where the female lead starts out cold and tough and gradually opens up, although this is perhaps less true in busou renkin. Shakugan no Shana is perhaps more childish, but the two shows are pretty similar.


Both series has a similar beginning where a girl saves a guy who then becomes involved. However, even though the concept looks the same, they have individual stories. Also the amount of action isn't that different.


Like shows where the protagonist is a mostly clueless male who is at the mercy of a tsundere magical girl through a misfortunate death? You'll like Busou Renkin OR Shakugan no Shana, as this applies to both.


Both series are about a boy meating a girl that is in a world of fighting the normal world does not know about, and both are, despite being told not to, wanting to fight along with the girl. Both boys are discovered to have quiet an amount of potential in fighting and both have a "special item" witch makes them that strong.

Both girls are a member of a organisation with multiple of these fighters.

The way the romance theme is applied in both series is similar too there is not that mutch focus on it in the start but later on the series start with more details on the relationship. Although in busou renkin there is a slight less amount of romance.


In the end, it's all about the alchemy. The idea of alchemists is exploited in both Shana and Busou Renkin, along with the idea of fighting evil powers that use alchemy for evil purposes. You should also find the couple of boy-girl mostly the same as the one in the other anime , because it is the girl that teaches the boy how to fight, it is the boy who saves the girl and it is a relationship that keeps getting stronger in each of their hearts. You'll really like them both!


Female heroines. Tsundere female heroines. Ass-kicking, tsundere female heroines. And then there's the guy. But the females kick ass, the guys have their uses (And are more often than not clueless) and the action is red hot. That's what these two are about; action, fighting and some comedic downtime with a romantic sub-plot.

Lines will be crossed for love, hearts will be hardened and villains will be vanquished. Tune in to the other if either one catches your fancy.


Both series has similar start with female warrior saving male lead character, then male lead character helping her in fighting against evilShakugan no Shana has more flavor of romance while buso renkin is more focused in fighting against evilBut if you like one series you will definitly like other series 

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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In both Bleach and Shana, the main characters use a sword, can change into a human and a shinigami, and must kill monster-like creatures.


In both series the charaters are trying to keep the balance between the worlds. There is a lot of swordfighting in both as well as problems on their paths. The plot is similar as well.


Both Main Characters use swords and use their powers to defeat enemies that the world isn't aware of

Plus they have great chracters and good action scenes

If you like Bleach you will like Shakugan no Shana and visa versa


Both Shakugan no Shana and Bleach are extremely similar in many ways. Let's look at the plot:

Guy living normal life sans 1 parent, mysterious cute short girl wearing black cloak and samurai sword show up, girl destroys huge soul-eating monster in bizzare different plane of reality, after battle, girl refers to guy as subhuman, guy is later revealed to have bizarre powers on par with girl, girl decides to live in human world in guy's house.

Do you see how similar they are?


Both revolve around a male lead who is attacked by monsters only to be saved by a mysterious katana-wielding girl imbued with superhuman powers. These girls are part of larger organizations that fight a battle against equally powerful evil characters that the regular world isn't aware of


Stylistically these two series are very similar combat-wise. Both of the main characters are Shinigami figures, and both fight battles that are not seen by others. In Bleach, normal people cannot see the Shinigami and cannot see the battles going on around them; in Shakugan no Shana, a spell is cast to freeze time in areas where the battles occur.

Also, Shana fights very similar to Ichigo when he is in Bankai mode. She also wears a black coat just like Ichigo, and like Ichigo she uses a thin katana with an emphasis on speed.

If you like the fighting styles of either of the two main characters you should give the other series a shot.


Sure the females are cute and that they can kick ass when they need to, but while Shakugan no Shana's main male Yuuji is pretty much useless in the front lines, Ichigo of Bleach is anything but. But don't let that get you down, as they're both packed with action against monsters and otherworldy creatures bent on destruction. The fight for good and justice lives on with a nice dosage of comedy as a breather to the combat.


Both animes have great character development with amazing sword fighting with katanas. The hollows in bleach are like the tomogaras in shakugan no shana. Both have dramatic scenes, while shakugan has an interesting love story. In bleach Ichigo finds out about his unusual abilities and same with Yuji in shakugan.

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Hidan no Aria

Hidan no Aria

Tokyo is on edge due to a rash of recent killings targeting Butei - armed mercenaries that perform odd jobs and capture criminals. So when Kinji, a student at a local Butei high school, heads to class one day and discovers a bomb has been rigged to his bike, he’s certain he’ll be the next victim. That is, until Kinji’s elite classmate Aria saves his life, inadvertently triggering his superhuman ability that flares when he’s sexually aroused! Though Kinji would rather slack off at school and be left alone, Aria is now determined to make the teenager her slave, fetching her food and partnering with her on missions - including one very important to the girl. And nothing will stand in her way... not even Kinji's possessive childhood friend!

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Both of these contain a tsundere character which fight togather with the main charcter. The main female chracters in both are voiced by the same person


Same studio did the animation, same voice actor for the main character, same tsundere type of girl that is strong, but ultimately in need of assistance from the leading male. Same concept of fighting, except Hidan no Aria has guns + katanas, and SnS is mainly sword/magic based. Romance love triangles, and action! :)


Both have a female tsundere lead and a male lead that ends up helping them.

Both have fantasy elements, action and romance.


Both series share  a similar "boy meets girl" plot. The lead female characters, Shana and Aria, are your typical violent tsundere, with painfully similar personalities, and even the same seiyuu. Both series have a similar feel and are action oriented. Both are done by J.C. Staff.

Very similar, so definitely check out one if you like the other.


"Hidan no Aria" and "Shakugan no Shana" are about a guy who wanted to live a normal live, but one day they get into trouble and saved by tsundere girls. After which they becoming partners.


These two animes share several similar themes - A Tsundere main love interest, semi-fantasy, action, and a main prontagonist with a "special power". The main differences being that Hidan no Aria is much more humoristic and generous on the fan-service, and Shakugan no Shana has a deeper storyline with more focus on drama and character progression.


Both female leaders are voiced by the same person and both share the same head strong, violent nature that as the series progress, softens.

While Shakugan is longer and darker somehwhat, Aria still offers a lot of fast paced action but with guns and bombs instead of swords and magic.

If you like Shana or Aria then I recommend you watch the other since they both are good, cute animes.

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Kurokami The Animation

Kurokami The Animation

Beyond the knowledge of most people, the world contains a dark secret: of every person in the world, there exist two identical copies (called Doppeliners) with the same body and mind. Among the three, however, is distributed only a finite amount of fortune; should they ever encounter one another, the one with a smaller portion dies and the remainder is distributed until only one, the Master Root, survives. Keita Ibuki lives his day-to-day life as ignorant of this as everyone else until he stumbles upon a mysterious young girl named Kuro who explains to him these secrets of the world. Despite not wanting to have anything to do with her or the danger that inevitably seems to follow, their fates become intertwined and he finds that the Doppeliner system has more to do with his past than he realizes.

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Main Character(normal school boy) met girl who has changed his life, but this isnt a normal girl, this girl has a special power. Girl told main character true about world and they will(girl and main character)fight together to save the world. This girl is a member of special organization with other powerfull members, and this girl like Shana must protect balance of the world, this girl and Shana look same also(red hair, red eyes).

Both series based on this scheme .


Kurokami and Shakugan no Shana are very similar.  Both have a strong female lead that isn't exactly human.  They both have a male sidekick that fills a supporting role in fights, but never the main attacker.  Both shows involve action and romance.  The plots also have a similarity with the main male lead being dragged into another world per say.  While they are still in the same world, they are exposed to a very secret and mystical side of it that the average person is never aware of.  If you like Shakugan no Shana or Kurokami, I highly recomend the other.


Both of these animes have very similar Lead Characters, a boy and a girl team up, both in which the girl isnt exactly a normal human.and the Male lead is introduced to a new part of the world that any normal person wouldnt know about.and the male lead and the girl have a romantic yet complicated relationship.if you like one you most likely will find the other enjoyable 


When it comes down to it, the plots of Kurokami and Shakugan no Shana are incredibly similar. The main characters are beautiful young girls who are extremely adept at kicking a**. Plot-wise, they have similar duties: protect the balance of the world's Tera (or a power of similar composition).

The girls are supported by the main protagonists, which, of course, happen to be boys. As a result of the male-female partnerships, a little romance develops. This isn't as prevelant in Kurokami as it is in Shakugan no Shana. Regardless, it adds a good amount of emotion and character development to both shows.

I can guarantee that if you like one of these shows, you'll find a way to enjoy the other as well.


It all start with main character getting mixed up in a pretty serious fight, dieing and learning that the world isn't a bed of roses at all. But of course a random looser dieing isn't much of a story, so for one reason or another male lead survives his death (though I wish at least Yuuji didn't ). From that point on he, along with a mysterious and powerful girl, starts fighting evil forces that threaten the balance of the world. You can expect the usual routine - power ups, opponents turning into allies, corny speeches during the fights and a wide range of villains.

Without spoiling much let me also say that  Yuuji and Keita are very alike in terms of truth behind their nature. They both quickly learn about their disadvantagous position, and have to deal with it one way or another.

The main difference is, that Kurokami is bloody but have completely boring powers, while Shakugan no Shana have very flashy powers but isn't that violent. Also Shana have slightly more amusing plot and setting, while Kurokami twists it plot so often that it becomes annoying (especially since every plot twist is very easy to read). If you enjoyed one of those shows, you might like the second one as well.


Highschool male, gets thrown into a sort of hidden fantasy/scifi world by meeting mysterious girl with super powers. Guy somehow has some special latent power he must realise/harness. The girl's job is to 'restore' balance to the world, where they realise more is amiss than originally though. SnS has tsundere, Kurokami has more doikko; guys are both relatively useless but i find likeable enough. 


Both anime series are awesome. Supernatural girls fight, human boys try to help, soundtracks are awesome. Kuro and Shana are very similar. Must watch for both :)



Seven years ago, Kakeru’s sister killed herself, leaving him alone. Now a teenager, Kakeru lives a quiet life with his friend Yuka and other classmates – but things change forever when he and Yuka are mysteriously transported to a frightening parallel world filled with monsters and a deep crimson sky. Though they manage to escape, Kakeru soon discovers that they aren’t alone; several other students at school also travel to the other dimension, and armed with powerful weapons they battle against its dark inhabitants. Why must they fight, and what is their purpose in the Red Night?

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Both of these titles are very similar in feel and characters. Misuzu (11eyes) and Shana (Shakugan no Shana) both wield swords and have to fight off a seemingly infinite hord of monsters in a different world. The Red Night in 11eyes can be compared to the Fuzetsu that are always setup before battles.


When his world suddenly becomes red dark, a common school boy gets caught up in a fight with demons he has never seen before. He is saved by a girl with a magical sword, but after the fight is over, the world turns back to normal and his normal life continues, so it seems. This phenomenon is however reoccurring and luckily the girl is staying at his side. But there's more behind than just swaying swords: we also see love with jealousy and that he wants to fight too, but first needs to develop his skills.

That applies to both these series, so if you like one, you doubtlessly like the other.


After watching both anime, I can see why people feel that both anime are similar.  They both have very similar settings (with a different "world" and sword-wielding girls and the awkward harem).  Although plot isn't identical, they both focus on high school students and their problems dealing with everyday life and monsters trying to kill them.

If I was honest, I enjoyed SnS more (because it's 2 seasons long and had time to flesh out the characters), whereas 11eyes had very cardboard cut-out characters.  11eyes had a more original plot though and clearly executes it's story well from beginning to finish whereas SnS is still unfinished.


Both of the anime include a red-headed girl with a sword who fights creatures and such. Although 11eyes is shorter, and possibly for more older people, I think most people who liked Shakugan no Shana would like it (or the other way round). The genres are pretty much the same.


Both shows are fighting in a diffrent dimension in shana it's the fujutsu and in 11eyes they go to a dimension where time has stopped. Both shows have a "slice of life" part and a action part both shows also have a bit of romance so if you liked one you'll most likely like the other too. Also both shows feature swordplay.


Both animes contain a female who uses some sort of sword to fight off demons. Another thing is the red night in 11eyes, it reminds me of the space that appears when shana is fighting the demons, in a way. Finally quite a few of the main characters in both have magic powers in some way. So if you liked one you should like the other.

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