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Overlord

Overlord

In the year 2138, virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, one player named Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

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Noriko Noriko says...

These shows have a similar setting. A protagonist is stuck in a virtual world they can't possibly log out of.

In both shows, at first it's unknown why the players can't leave the virtual world. These shows have a similar setting, but not a very similar story, still, if you liked one of these, you might easily like another.

Frawd Frawd says...

Both anime are about people getting stuck in a virutal MMORPG. They are filled with cool battles and good story. Sometimes when you watch Overlord or Sword Art Online you just wish that you were a part of their world or that you would also get stuck in a virtual MMORPG.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both anime are quite similar between each other. In both of them the main character gets stuck in a virtual reality game and has to find a way to go back to his world. They have a little difference though, since in Overlord the lead is a not-so-evil villain while in SAO the main character is one of the good guys.

If you liked one you'll enjoy the other

tootalls tootalls says...

Both stories focuses on highly skilled and experienced super gamers trapped in RPG worlds.One accepts living in the world, the other triess to escape.

either way, if you're into RPG games, you should get a kick out of both shows as they are very loyal to depicting life in and RPG, just as an RPG gamer would expect.

themaster123 themaster123 says...

I think this anime is worth watching because the acționa is good, the idea of being trapped into a game that resembles the real life is very good. Another reason to watch this anime is the story the characters are following and the romance between Aduna & Kirito, with it's comedy.

animewatcher2002 animewatcher2002 says...

Both anime take place when the main character is stuck in a game. The plot covers what happens within the game from the main character's point of view.

rbrothers rbrothers says...

Both are very amazing anime. They also have similar aspects such being stuck in an VR game and trying to adapt to their new lives.

Log Horizon 2

Log Horizon 2

The journey of everyone involved in Elder Tale continues as Shiroe tries to resolve a foreseeable future problem by going through a full raid together with Naotsugu, new friend Tetra and Susukino's ruling guild, Silver Sword while Akatsuki stays behind with the others to guard Akihabara and the princess. As they try to fulfill their respective missions, they discover overwhelming challenges that push them to overcome their limits as adventurers in the constantly evolving world.

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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.

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

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?!

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ShinyArtOnline ShinyArtOnline says...

The 2nd arc in SAO is kinda like Fairy Tail I don't wanna spoil why but give it a try ;)

Xaring Xaring says...

Action, fantasy setting, friendship, life and death situations... But remember SAO has a great romance part to it, while Fairy Tail does not.

animeloverash animeloverash says...

As both are action,comedy,romance,fantasy anime in both anime hero is overpowered or so I think

FlyingMintUnicorn FlyingMintUnicorn says...

They both have high fantasy worlds that have some sort of magical element to tham with a Duo consisting of a boy and a girl (Asuna and Kirito) (Lucy and Natsu). They have different stories and plots but the bones to both of the animes are pretty moch the same and it's worth your while to watch both of them.

jessycakarin jessycakarin says...

well, i just watch sao, and i pretty like it. first i think that fairytail's going to be a boring anime, but when i watch it i found something same between them both. dunno just a feeling lol

Leepramen Leepramen says...

They are both great and I loved every second of them they both involve magic and you can fall in love with the characters 

.hack//Quantum

.hack//Quantum

Asumi Aida is a cheerful high school student who lives a parallel life inside an online fantasy role-playing game called The World R:X. There her username is Sakuya. While playing together with her classmates Iori Ikuta (username Tobias) and Eri Etou (username Mary) inside the game and having an ordinary treasure hunting adventure, they end up caught in an ominous situation. After an unfortunate encounter with an elite guild and a mysterious player named Hermit, Etou loses consciousness and for an unknown reason is unable to wake up.

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hoffstyle hoffstyle says...

I believe Quantum and Sword Art Online both demonstrates a similar theme of the downside to being stuck in a game well.

gof gof says...

The main theme of Sword art online and .hack//Quantum is the same, about teenagers stuck in a online multiplayer game.

sothis sothis says...

While I think .hack//sign is a better recommendation with SAO for most reasons, I agree that Quantum is a good match based solely on the dark/high stakes aspect of online gameplay. Fans of one would appreciate the dark tone in the other - albeit it's much more omnipresent in SAO than Quantum.

xyz72 xyz72 says...

Almost the same plot, both animes are really cool. They are about life and death struggle in MMO games (as it is written in animes decription).

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both take place mostly in a virtual reality MMO game.  In both series, strange events occur such as people going into comas (in .hack), people dying in the real world if they die in the game (in SAO), and people being unable to log out (in both).  I think that if you like one, you will probably like the other.

Mirai Nikki TV

Mirai Nikki TV

Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life; in fact, the only thing he has is his diary. Writing down everything he observes and documenting every thought, the young boy uses it as an outlet for his imagination. One morning, however, Yuki wakes up to find his cell phone filled with diary entries for the next ninety days. Thinking nothing of it, he continues his morning until he begins to realize that everything on his phone is rapidly coming to pass, and it isn't just mere coincidence. Now, Yuki suddenly finds himself thrust into a survival game against other future diary owners to become the new Lord of Time.

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seine seine says...

In both series, the protagonists are playing a game in which they would have to win in order to live.

hannes33 hannes33 says...

Since the main topic of both animes is the topic of a survival game. So if you are a fond of those there is a great possibility that you like the other anime too.

However mirai nikki focuses more on horror and psychological elements the SAO does.

x9zachattack5x x9zachattack5x says...

Both shows feature a fight to the death theme. If you like action-packed anime then look no further. Mirai Nikki is a little darker the Sword Art Online, but SAO fans should enjoy Mirai Nikki.