In feudal Japan, the townsfolk are under attack by fantastical creatures that appear out of nowhere, summoned by henchmen of the evil Kokusengen. Coming to their aid is an ancient clan of calligraphers whose drawings come to life, whether in the form of a giant sword, a wall to protect them, or monsters to do their bidding. Shiro, Shimaki and Ena must draw and battle their way to victory before their adversaries' creations put them in the grave.
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
I'm shocked that no one besides me (at the time of this posting) has recommended Read or Die with Shoka. While RoD is definitely a lot more fun/campy and Shoka is a lot more abstract, both are action-packed, short anime that revolve around characters who command the powers of paper/artwork. This is quite a rare concept for anime, so fans of one may enjoy the other - though Read or Die is MUCH better.
Although the setting and plot are really different, both of these short shows are about people who can use paper as a weapon. Fans of one might enjoy the other.
There's not much in common plot-wise for these shows, but the creative ways they fight using paper make these two an easy recommendation. Whether it is using the sharp edges to cut an opponent or even molding large creatures out of the paper to defeat an enemy- every option is demonstrated.
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.
While watching Shoka, I was often reminded of Bleach, although I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps it was the Feudal Japan setting, the voices (which really reminded me of Bleach), and the swordsmen with special abilities.
The Japanese have a proverb which states that "Hair is the heart of a woman". Under the cover of twilight a young man climbs up to meet his lover using her hair as a rope, but when her father forbids that they see each other again, what would happen if their "heart" were severed?
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?
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
These two shows share an abstract animation style, unique enemies, and an even more creative method of dealing with said foes. Though Mononoke is significantly more creepy than Shoka, I would recommend one show if you enjoyed the other.