Sword Art Online

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Tsubasa Chronicle

Tsubasa Chronicle

The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country. As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep. In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane. But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...

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sabrielsharmony sabrielsharmony says...

both series feature a male lead trying to save the girl he loves. both anime have complex and well thought out stories while being very viewer friendly in the foul language department.

Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~

Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~

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panikinga panikinga says...

Both animes take place in medieval times, contain supernatural creatures, knights, guilds and likeable, attractive main characters. If you liked one of them you will surely fall in love with the other. 

Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel. Assuming it must be a misunderstanding, Otonashi is then almost killed by the angel and is drawn into Yuri's army to battle to delay the beginning of his next life. Immortality is within reach, but if Otonashi remembers how he died, will he keep fighting or allow himself to vanish?

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JAhU JAhU says...

The fact that characters are stuck in a game-like world which has a specific set of rules made me think of Sword Art Online when watching Angel Beats!. While those two series are not exactly similar, I believe that this feel is enough to justify a recommendation.

Additionally I would like to add that both series sport a competent male lead (I'm not sure if this is the right word to describe them). Simply put if you liked the male lead in one series, you shouldn't be disappointed with the other series.

Wizardry

Wizardry

In a mystical land filled with magic and monsters, eager adventurers scour a ten-floor dungeon in search of fame and fortune – if they are able to escape with their lives! But none dare set foot in the tenth floor, as a powerful foe will make sure that they never return to the light of day: the evil Werdna, a wizard who stole an amulet of immense power. Now, to aid a beautiful woman, a group of skilled warriors must descend to the tenth floor to find the woman’s lost love, and to take back the amulet from the hands of evil!

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sothis sothis says...

Between the two of these there's no comparison that SAO is the far superior title - but if you're into adventurers climbing towers in a fantastical world full of monsters, with plenty of serious/dangerous situations, both of these fit the bill perfectly.

The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms

Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.

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Aedan Aedan says...

Both of these anime ard grounded in a pretty intricate fantasy world. Both stories involve whisking the main character away to a new fantasy universe. Sword art online has a much more developed romance. It also feels very modern with more commentary on current day concerns like connecting to a brain interface that takes over your body. Twelve kingdoms on the other hand is just an immersive story. Both of these I enjoyed thoroughly.