Sword Art Online

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Accel World OVA

Accel World OVA

The Black Legion members are enjoying a rare opportunity to relax – that is, everyone except for Kuroyukihime. Lately the Black King has become more and more concerned with Haruyuki's unexpected aloofness, and what's worse, she and the gang soon discover that someone in the school network is assaulting students' online avatars and stealing their accessories. Can the Black Legion expose the troublemaker, and will Kuroyukihime be able to resolve her relationship with Haruyuki?

Then, with the help of his friends, Haruyuki must find a way to drop some weight fast or be forced to take the school health improvement program - which means losing his chance to participate in important Accel World territory battles. On Sky Raker's proposal, everyone goes to a special mixed-gender hot spring to help him get healthier, but Kuroyukihime begins to feel uneasy towards Haruyuki getting slimmer...

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edimax edimax says...

they are both the same consept in a way they are both about a game were you are the player almost phiscly and you have to clear the game  adding that they are by the same writer 

misthero misthero says...

Sword Art Online is actually a Prequel for Accel World, so that's a given that they're so alike.

Hunter x Hunter OVA 2: Greed Island

Hunter x Hunter OVA 2: Greed Island

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.

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Kirua Kirua says...

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.

Nallack Nallack says...

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.

Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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BleachSta4Ever BleachSta4Ever says...

I recommend anyone who has watched Bleach to watch Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist. The reason why is because they both have the hero/heroine. Ichigo is the main character in Bleach and tries to protect everyone. Kirito/Kazuto is the main character in Sword Art Online and tries to protect everyone. And Rin is the main character in Blue Exorcist and tries to protect everyone. Good animes overall. 

joseph12798 joseph12798 says...

Everybody loves a badass, someone who can really get things done, much like Kirito Ichigo Kurosaki is that man. PLUS you get to watch them mature.

I mean whats better than watching your favorite badass become EVEN MORE BADASS. So get going watch. Watch. WATCH.

The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School

The irregular at magic high school is set in a world where magic exists but instead of using chants and spells, magic users cast spells with their Casting Assistant Device (CAD). The CAD is infused with the user’s Psions (a substance-less thought particle) that activates the device and constructs the magic ritual.

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AzureMoon AzureMoon says...

Both of these series have an overpowered main character who saves the day. They are also very serious about what they are doing. They also are surrounded by many cute girls, but they only have one special one. The stories of both series are quite different, but the feeling they give is really similar. The visuals are similar too. I think if you liked one, you will surely like the other.

glassblower45 glassblower45 says...

Both titles are alternate history worlds with science-fantasy. The Irregular…is science-magic. Sword Art Online is virtual reality gaming.

Both stories have elements of harem. The stakes increase with each story arc. The worlds and their characters expand each story arc. Goals, challenges, and risks change with each story arc as well. And both protagonists have a sister who is attracted to them for one reason or anothr.

One major difference would be the romance elements. Sword Art Online's romance is integral to the plot. The Irregular at Magic High School, however, has a lot of questions surrounding the grey romantic relationship stemming from the sister of the main protagonist.

Beet the Vandel Buster

Beet the Vandel Buster

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!

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Highlander Highlander says...

If you liked the RPG elements in either SAO or Beet the Vandel Buster, then you will like the other!