I didn't enjoy these very much, but they are both slow moving animes. Both have superb animation however. In addition, they're also medieval era centered. The excellent animation makes them both watchable. Fans of one should check the other one out.
These fantasy anime are both incredibly boring (imo) because they take forever to get down to the action/the actual fantasy elements and introduce antagonists. If you can manage to find joy in watching slow-paced magical world anime where beautiful women seemingly never cease their chatting amongst the members of their organization, you're not gonna wanna miss out on the other equally dull title.
Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually-seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he's none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu's archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn't matter as long as they get the job done... right?!
Shukufuku no Campanella and Fairy Tail are very similar in premise and story. They both surround magical groups of people, Guilds in Fairy Tail and Clans in Shukufuku no Campanella that get hired by outsiders to do various odd jobs that make use of their skills. All the while at least one character in each anime has some other goal of their own as well. Fairy Tail is much more action oriented than Shukufuku no Campanella however. And while Shukufuku no Campanella does have some ecchi, it's not completely unbearable so a Fairy Tail fan should like it just fine; same for the reverse.
Welcome to the Little Garden, where people band together in like-minded clans, parallel realities intersect, and the truth of stories comes to life! The masters of this world host the Gift Games, in which extraordinary prizes may be won and lost by gods, spirits, monsters, and people of extraordinary ability. One dwindling clan has lost even its own name in the Games, and seeks new talent to make a comeback. Black Rabbit, a games referee, has brought Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe, three individuals with unique abilities, to this world to help return this clan to its former status. For the struggling clan, the stakes have never been higher; but are the newcomers just out to make a name for themselves, or will they really help the clan succeed?
I'm not 100% positive why but while pretty different in plot, these series remind me a lot of each other and have a very similar feel. Little Garden and Ert'Aria are pretty similar settings, although Ert'Aria is not a parallel world to ours. The magic powers in Problem Children are much more of a pivotal premise than in Shukufuku no Campanella but even still both have guilds/communities that form together and try to become the best in the land, though by different means in either show. The art style and the bright, cheery colors and backgrounds are probably what first led me to this connection, the characters are also sort of similar though. However this is just more of the feel of both than anything else.
Cecily Cambell just wants to be a Knight and protect her home like her father and grandfather before her. There's just one problem: she’s incompetent! During a fight with a crazed swordsman, Cecily’s cherished blade breaks; and just as she’s about to be cut down, a man named Luke comes to her rescue wielding a katana - a blade unlike any Cecily has seen before. Together they must ensure that the Demon Sword Aria doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and Cecily alone must prove herself worthy of her very own katana.
If you enjoyed Shukufuku no Campanella, watch The Sacred Blacksmith: both are set in the same time period (roughly) and involve a lot of adventuring and ecchi- Shukufuku no Campanella focuses heavily on the ecchi and little on the adventuring, however Sacred Blacksmith is the opposite. Both series contain a wide variety of characters and beautiful scenery, yet Sacred Blacksmith is far more enjoyable than this series and goes further plotwise, with a well wrapped up ending and likeable cast of characters.
When Marin and Urin – two sisters who live in the sea – find a ring that dropped into the water from the land of Sky, they decided to travel above to return it. There, amidst a bustling festival, they meet the ring’s owner; her name is Kanon, and she wants nothing to do with the ring, which was a present by her ex-boyfriend. After Kanon refuses to accept the ring and throws it away once more, the girls continue to search for it, accidentally releasing half of a great evil whose spirit was sealed both above and below the water. But luckily, there’s hope – Matsumoto, the Elder Turtle from the sea, appears and reveals that Marin is none other than the Priestess of the Sea, charged with defeating the villain. Marin must now fight alongside Kanon - who discovers she’s the Priestess of the Sky - to put a stop to this ancient power and its possessed minions before it’s too late…
Both shows take magical girls and put them in a slightly different setting than we are use to. The watery background in both shows is oddly soothing. Nothing much happens in either show but the graphics and music fit together very nicely.Campanella is a little more light hearted than Umi Monogatari. If you liked one give the other a try.