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Gon and Killua finally have a means of which to enter Greed Island, a game designed just for Hunters. Are their Nen abilities strong enough to help them survive in this new world? They must now train and grow stronger to uncover their secret abilities. With a helping hand from Biscuit, they will be able to continue their quest to unravel the mystery behind Ging Freecss and this 'almost too real' hunter game.
Both SAO and HXH greed island Ova are about a boy going inside a video where if you die in the game you die for real.
Both are about younger main characters with incredible fighting potential inside a VR MMO. The mechanics and rules of these worlds are often very different to the reality that the characters are used to and what you would expect when watching them.
In the present, mankind lives in an era named the Dark Century, a time filled with fear due to the actions of the Vandels. These domineering tormentors rule with an iron fist, bringing death and despair to mankind. But in the midst of the terror, there is one thing the Vandels fear: the Vandel Busters. Enter Beet, a young boy whose only dream is to grow up to be the greatest Buster of them all. Join our hero as he journeys to join the Zenon Warriors and destroy the Vandels. With the help of friends and a little luck, Beet might be able to put a stop to the Dark Century, once and for all!
As an orphan whose life is in the hands of space pirates, Coud has had no choice but to survive on bravado alone. He has nothing to live for until he finds Ren entombed amongst the treasures in the pirate ship's hold, and awakens her. In addition to being mysterious and beautiful, Ren can transform into a battle sword to help Coud fight and prove his strength -- but with this strength comes the bitter realization that power alone is not enough. Now, in a race against time, Coud must endure betrayals and fierce battles as he struggles to return Ren to her home, before it's too late...
First off I want to say that I overenjoyed the first half of SAO but can't say the same for the second half. I am not really into fantasy anime but I totally got sucked into SAO's virtual world. I liked the drama and the romance the first 14 eps had to offer. The second half was not so much to my liking cause the believability factor vanished for me after that point. I know that there are a few more anime with the same premise (virtual game world turned into reality) but the only fantasy anime that came to mind while watching SAO was Elemental Gelade. Perhaps a bit more childish than SAO but I think that if you liked the "hero saves girl in a fantasy world" premise, you could give Elemental Gelade a chance.
Thor and Rai are twins who live on an advanced space colony called ‘Juno’. Things take a nasty turn one day when they are kidnapped by the Federal Army’s Special Forces and abandoned on the hostile prison planet Chimera. A cycle on Chimera consists of 181 days of scorching heat and 181 nights of below-freezing temperatures – not to mention it is populated almost entirely by carnivorous plants. The convicts on Chimera have found only one means of survival – reverting back to the law of beasts. For the strong-willed Thor adjustment comes naturally; but for his naive and weaker brother Rai, things do not go as well. Thor must now use all his wits, strength and courage to endure life as a member of Chimeran society, rise above the rest, and take the only ticket off this planet: becoming the Beast King.