Sword Art Online

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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.

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

Chrome Shelled Regios

Chrome Shelled Regios

In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with great beasts called Filth Monsters, a glimmering dome protrudes from the wasteland. This is Zuellni, a mobile city unique for having a consciousness in the form of ‘electronic fairies’. Moreover, Zuellni is an academy where the next generation of powerful Heavens-Blade wielders gather to pit their strength against each other in inter-platoon competitions. Nina Antalk, military student and leader of the 17th Platoon, is intent on recruiting only the best; thus, when mysterious Layfon Alseif transfers to the academy, she instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone, and unknown powers beyond the academy taking an interest in Zuellni, Layfon joining the team is only the start of all their troubles.

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alex4694 alex4694 says...

If you liked one you will likethe other because both contain a hero with awesome sword skill who fights for their city/world

jotix jotix says...

In both of these anime, the main character has past experiences that at first he tries to keep secret from his peers. These experiences put them on a lever higher than most and the end up being relied upon heavily to save there respective worlds.

ryan264a ryan264a says...

both shows are based around a character that has great power, having to decide to use that power for the good of those around them. 

Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima

In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise (along with all first year students) was charged with summoning a familiar; and instead of a cute magical creature, the familiar arrived in the form of... Saito Hiraga, a normal Japanese boy who was abruptly teleported from his own world?! Can both Louise and Saito come to terms with their new and complicated "relationship" and (more importantly) help Saito find a way home?

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smilieface23 smilieface23 says...

If you liked Sword Art Online, you might want to try Zero no Tsukaima (the whole series).  For some reason Kirito has just always reminded me of Saito.  There's not as much action in ZnT, and the romance is much more tsundre, but there's just something about these two that remind me of each other.  I think it's that they both have a theme of "true love conquers all"....Like wise, if you like ZnT, you should check out SAO.

Toeslap Toeslap says...

Both are themed in a fantasy world based on swords and magic. They also have a lead male character with special fighting abilities that they use to protect the ones they love. Both anime's have similar looking characters and they both include humor (more so Zero no Tsukaima), action, and romance. If you love one, you've got to love the other

ScytheOnna ScytheOnna says...

Both anime have a large variety of charming supporting characters. They both have main characters trying to survive in a strange world. They both have a male and female team-up - working together and developing their partnerships, relationships, with some romantic tones.