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.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.

Overlord

Overlord

The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist 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) begining to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to takeover 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.

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

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.

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown

In the near future, the outbreak of a terrible disease called the Apocolypse Virus places Japan under the military rule of a global organization called the GHQ - a group tasked with checking the spread of the virus and administering vaccinations. Apathetic high school student Shuu Ouma lives in Tokyo, spending his days editing videos and trying to be left alone. But things change when he meets the beautiful pop idol, Inori, who is on the run from GHQ soldiers. While trying to save her from her captors, he acquires a mysterious power called the Void Gene that allows him to pull items or weapons from anyone under the age of seventeen. Now, Shuu must decide whether to join the efforts of the well-funded radical terrorist group "Funeral Parlor" and fight against the GHQ, or shrug off his newfound power and resume his normal life - assuming that either the GHQ or Funeral Parlor's charismatic leader, Gai, will let him.

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Vague Vague says...

Both have main characters that are "normal" people who get caught up in something way bigger than themselves and obtain some form of unearthly power to help them save the world. So what if one of them is in the real world and the other is in a game world? They have a similar style and feel; if you like one...I'm not going to say you'll like the other...but I bet you will.

herosrequiem herosrequiem says...

Both contain a hero who goes on an epic journey that involves self-discovery, love, and awesome fights, and they'll both make you cry if you really get into your anime

moonlitwolf21 moonlitwolf21 says...

both are kinda like survival and battle oriented with a little bit of romance in very tastefully done both these animes are very good