Sword Art Online

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No Game No Life

No Game No Life

An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they're transported to another world where conflicts, peoples' lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity's good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.

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Din0queen Din0queen says...

both animes are stationed in a world of games, though in SAO, it's all about survival and trying to win the games in order to escape the game and in NGNL, the leading characters are put into a world which is basically just one big game, even though the stories don't match up that much, in my opinion, if you like one, you'll like the other as well

Febrianne Febrianne says...

Awesome online gaming expernices, but from very different points, SAO is trying to get back home, trying to survive, and what it is like, NGNL is what if we don't want to go back? how do we make a life there and the expernice that is invivled with that :)

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both No Game No Life and Sword Art Online are set in a gaming world where the main character compete try to beat the game. In the Sword Art Online you have to beat game in order to live and in No Game No Life the main characters are challenged by God to see who can win the game.

They are visually different but very appealing and can relate to the same kind of fanbase.

AIex AIex says...

Similar characteristics in genre, along with relationships between characters. I'm able to happily recconmend viewers who've been left on their toes by No Game No Life towards what could be a next favorite, Sword Art Online.

blueangel06661 blueangel06661 says...

Both are unique shows based on gaming based life. If you like the idea of a game based anime genre then these shows are compatible together and each offer their own unique art and story.

Dmandude Dmandude says...

They're both interesting,action-packed anime's with likeable main characters and supporting characters. There is also nice amounts of humour in both of the above anime listed, and the story doesn't slow down at all.

Plazey Plazey says...

Both anime's are about people who love playing games, and happen to be very good at them. They are definitely different Anime's, but if you're a gamer, you will enjoy either one.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Both animes are game-based, although from different perspectives. SAO is more about survival and trying to ''beat'' the game, whereas NGNL is more focussed on living in the game and making your way. Nevertheless, both amazing animes.

Jennosaur Jennosaur says...

Despite the obvious similarities in plot, SAO and NGNL are pretty different. In both animes, the main characters are a female and male, who join together to fight for something, but they are fighting for different reasons. Kirito and Asuna fight for their reality, while Sora and Shiro fight to ultimately be able to challenge the God Tet. They have different plotlines, so therefore they are not the same. Basically, I highly recommend both shows. :)

saadebady saadebady says...

both are about game stuff but the Sword Art Online are in a holly big level ,but hey who dosen't want an awesome anime.

I recommend to whatch both of them.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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bringiton265 bringiton265 says...

I'm not quite sure how to describe it but the graphics remind me a lot of DMW and if you liked the graphics in Sword Art Online you will like DMW, although just a warning, DMW has quite a bit more blood than this series.

Osiummaster Osiummaster says...

Both are about life and death games, though deadman wonderland didn't really have romance.  they both have a rather mysterious girl (though shiro is alot more mysterious)  and you come to understand the protoganist as the story progresses

Wirusan Wirusan says...

They Both feature characters put into live or die situations. While SAO is more fantasy and Deadman is more violent and the language is more mature they both have that "Will they make it." suspense feeling going for it.

KarnowoB KarnowoB says...

They both feature deathgames esq. story lines as well as very good fights. Though other then this factor its hard to say anything about them is similar.

SpaceCobra SpaceCobra says...

In both, the protagonist is locked into a life-or-death situation with no way out.  Of course SAO has more heartwarming events.

Risana Risana says...

Both main character push themselves beyond the limit....... and then go even harder. You simply can't beat that... or them.

sboy sboy says...

Both have a Life/Death scenarios although Deadman Wonderland is alot more gruesome and bloody, SAO has a very deep and interesting plot which will keep you hooked from episode 1.

Ranisimo Ranisimo says...

Having watched both SAO and DMW, I would recommend both to anyone - especially if you enjoyed one of the two. I'm not going to go into too much detail, although both of the anime’s feature the same pressure applied to the characters: You've got to fight to live, or die trying. A common interest in both the animes is that the characters are all locked up in a sick society against their own will where they'll receive no mercy, so have fun!

Note: DMW is far more gruesome and gory than SAO. So if you don't appreciate guts and blood, give DMW a miss.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both animes involve games you can't escape unless you win. There are large casts with varying abilities and the threat of death around every corner. Deadman is a tad bloodier, but both anime have a tense thrill underlying the episodes. 

Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk

Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk

In the kingdom of Urak, the tower of Druaga is a source of fear and death; it is the cause of disease and monster attacks, and climbing it is impossible given the ferocity of the monsters within – until now. It is the Summer of Anu, a period that occurs once every five years during which the monsters are weakened. Jil, a guardian, is one adventurer whose goal is to reach the top level and slay the tower’s creator, the demon Druaga, and finally bring peace to Uruk with the help of a powerful artifact found within. However, Jil and his friends aren’t the only ones who aim for the top; it’s a race to the finish!

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lugiamew007 lugiamew007 says...

While both being situated in an RPG (RPG-like at least in Tower of Druaga) based story, the enjoyment I felt in both series are almost the same. It is just that former is more comedy inclined while the latter is more into the story/theme.

UBIQ UBIQ says...

'Sword Art Online' reminds me of the older series 'Tower of Druaga' in that they both have plots that involve towers and are based on video games.

Although 'Tower of Druaga' is based on an 80's series of arcade games and 'Sword Art Online' on a near-future VR MMO, they both have great settings and a sense of peril and comradery as the characters attempt to ascend the towers and to defeat the highest level.

If you have not seen one or the other I would recommend both.

SamIchi SamIchi says...

SAO and TOD are similar in a few things. They both are based on videogames (SAO futuristic videogame, TOD is actually an 80s videogame), they both have swordplay and magic, they both have epic battles and they're both good anime.

They have romance in between battles and I really liked both. Your emotions will have a party in your head.

I do think that TOD's first episode is by far one of the funniest and SAO first episode makes you wanna keep watching it. I recommend both. If you like one, you'll like the other.

sothis sothis says...

Sword Art Online is quite serious and Tower of Druaga is a parody, but both involve a group of adventurers trying to reach the top of a tower in a fantasy world. If you liked one, you'd at least appreciate the concept of the other, at very least!

DuskFey DuskFey says...

Sword Art Online and Tower of Druaga are an excellent match. The moods of the shows may be a bit different, but I loved them both for the same reason:

As a gamer, I've always liked the idea of immersion into a game, but I can also step back and laugh at the stranger aspects of our culture.

Both these shows let me enjoy the rush of gaming and the complications that come from playing with real people. If you like one, try the other! ^_^

CloeKittenOliver CloeKittenOliver says...

SAO was brilliant and for a refreshing change it hasn't beem dragged out or overly dramatic as most anime series these days are.

Sp4rKz Sp4rKz says...

Even though Druaga no To isn't set in a virtual world, it is very similar to Sword Art Online. Both anime are about a team (party) trying to reach the top floor of a world (in SAO) or the top floor of a tower (In Druaga no To). Both are inspired by video game, SAO is based on MMORPG and Druaga no Tou directly from an old arcade game.

Both anime are set in a fantasy/medieval world and have a touch of humour while maintaining a somehow serious storyline. Both anime have plenty of fan service and pop culture jokes­.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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Austin1397 Austin1397 says...

Both animes have great combat scenes. Attack on Titan will really give you alot of HUGE swists in the story. You will NOT be able to predict how Attack of Titan's story goes.

Ammar01 Ammar01 says...

Sword fighting, huge enemies, strange world, capable main character, badass girl fighter, medival(?) theme. If you liked one, you'll definitely ike the other.

panikinga panikinga says...

The action takes place in dystopian worlds. Main characters are fighters who know what they want. There is a community of friends fighting monsters. The main difference is that Attack on Titan is much more brutal. 

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both anime involve worlds where safety is no longer guaranteed. The main plotline is survival, and both anime revolved around a select few in the society that work to develop combat skills. There are also some epic battle scenes against creatures several times larger than the protagonists. 

Drakotol Drakotol says...

both have good sword fight, strange enemy, strange world. If you liked one of the two you will like the other one :)

ultimate2106 ultimate2106 says...

Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan are both animes based on fighting with swords that leads into epic scenes and creeps!

JonnySQ JonnySQ says...

More specific to the first 14 episodes of SAO, if you enjoyed the intensity of not knowing whos gonna come out alive and grinding though different dangerous areas of unknown dangers, then Attack on Titan would be a good one to try.

Log Horizon 2

Log Horizon 2

Veteran gamer Shiroe and other players have been trapped in the world of the online game Elder Tales for six months. The once chaotic city of Akiba has regained its everyday hustle and bustle following the formation of the self-governing organization Round Table Meeting. The earthlings, who are originally from the game world, have gained the trust of Shiroe by waging a defensive war against the Goblins in Zantleaf Region. This has led Princess Rayneshia of the Cowen family, the highest-ranking Earthling Aristocrats, to live in Akiba.

It's almost winter, and the Adventurers are thinking about what they're going to do and what their goals are in this other world. Will they remain in Akiba or go to the city of the West? Or will they travel to the land of the North or another faraway country? The opinions of the Adventurers begin to diverge. 

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lego290 lego290 says...

Both have so similar settings you could almost think they just copied it from one to the other.

Layenna Layenna says...

both have a good development of a new game experience, total immersion in the world, relatable problems that normally wouldn't come up in a game, and unique abilities for the characters to take advantage of. 

Tiamath Tiamath says...

Altough similar in setting, they feel totally different. Both series have great character development and set in a game word.

BlackDragon042 BlackDragon042 says...

they are similar in several different ways. if you havent seen SAO then i would advise that you watch both as soon as you possibly can.

Spyda3000 Spyda3000 says...

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fluffypony fluffypony says...

Both are related with MMO, RPG games and that makes them very similar. The main story is more or less the same but both are the same time unique in their own way.