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?
Ouri is an orphan who was raised by Keisei, a man he considers to be his older brother. One night, Ouri finds a strange wounded girl in the temple of the orphanage. Cold and covered in scars, Ouri initially thinks that she is dead – that is, until a mysterious talking cat tells him that she is a Shikabane – a corpse. After secretly watching Keisei heal the girl without explanation, Ouri decides it's time to leave the nest. However, he has picked a poor time, and he soon realizes that he's tangled in a strange, supernatural web. Why does Ouri continually meet this girl as she hunts monsters? What does Keisei have to do with it all and what exactly is her mission?
Both revolve around a teenage boy discovering a new world where there are 'monsters' (corpses in Shikabane Hime/crimson denizens SnS) and people who's job is to kill them (shikabane himes/flame hazes).
Incidently, they are usually cute girls with strong wills that does the killing, and the boy is enamoured by these girls and get inextricably drawn into the new world.
There is mystery behind the girl's past, and there is something enigmatic about the male protagonist.
Shikabane Hime is much darker, whilst Shakugan no Shana focuses more on a 'daily-life' routine than Shikabane Hime.
Both animes have good looking girls who are "contracted" to men so that they may be used to fight the evil creatures of the world. The girls are considered as objects in both series except by the male protagonist who sees the girls as regular people and treats them as such.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
If you liked Shakugan no Shana I think you will like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (and vice versa). The main characters are very alike: both are ice-cold in the beginning, but then they begin to like a boy and become nice. The only thing I can come up with that's not alike is the main story. Everything else is very alike.
Throughout this entire anime, I could've help but fall in love with Shana. In so many ways, her artistic design and character really reminded me of Haruhi.
I think their personality traits were really similar in a sense where, if they want something, they'll go after it (except Shana is a little on the shy side). Therefore, I think if you're looking for a story with a male protaganist, centered around a strong female character, these two anime are definitely REALLY similar.
On a side note, both around supernatural events that are totally unexpected and random lol =) With a few fillers here and there, they're both really enjoyable in that sense too.
In downtown Tokyo, walking the streets has become dangerous once the day turns to night. Lifeless demons called "Oni" have taken over the streets and are devouring innocent citizens of Tokyo, leaving them dry and lifeless. Kyouichi and Tatsuma are two high school students who hold supernatural abilities that allow them to defeat the Oni at night. Though they continue to fight what seems to be a never ending battle, they've yet to discover the main threat towards humanity -- the group working behind the scenes in charge of the Oni...
Shana and Tokyo Majin are both urbadn fatasies with a mix of acion and drama and lots of monster fighting. If you enjoyed the first 6 or so episodes of shana before the show degraded into mindless stupidity, you will definitely enjoy Tokyo Majin which takes the dark style and badassery that was present in early shana and turns it into a show that never becomes an utter disappointment. Tokyo Majin could be called 'Shana done right'.
Both Tokyo Majin and Shana include a lot of magic and martial arts, but the biggest theme in both of them is fate. You cannot change your destiny, if you don't know what it is, can you? Although there are zombies in Tokyo Majin and soul-eaters in Shana, I think you'll like both of them.
Yusuke Urameshi was a normal middle school punk until he was hit and killed by a car, while saving a child. His selfless action earned him the right to gain his life back and serve as a detective of the spirit world, keeping the world of the living safe from a myriad of demons. But being reborn has its price: Yusuke must hatch a spirit beast that will develop according to his actions, and if he doesn't act in a good and honest manner, it will eat his soul. Can Yusuke protect the human and spirit worlds and still manage to save himself in the process?
The main characters in both anime fight against forces that seek to destory the human race. Although the main characters have very different personalities, they both share the same fighting spirit to protect what is important to them.
In both Yu Yu Hakusho and Shakugan no Shana, the male lead discovers that he is dead in the first episode. From then on, he must work with his supernatural surroundings and keep calm while fighting/being useless against evil, with a female guiding him.
Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…
Shakugan no Shana and Bakemonogatari both share tsundere heroines and overly optimistic male leads. They both deal with the supernatural, and in one chapter of Bakemonogatari, the subject of life after death. If you like tsundere or the supernatural, particularly dealing with the dead, then you should check out these two.