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Beneath Tokyo lies a city whose inhabitants have inherited a natural ability to control the elements. After a civil uprising, two girls surface from the sub-terra in a bid to escape from this secret world. Together, Chelsea and Ruri  stumble upon Asagi Rumina, a man who becomes determined to protect them from those who would pursue the maiden of life. After a close encounter with death, Rumina learns that he must develop a skill of his own to keep his newfound friends safe, especially as it seems to be his responsibility to stop the impending doom rising to take over the planet’s surface. Will his power of wind be enough to take on The Company, or will he be forced to kneel before those brandishing electricity, ice and shadow?

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Tokyo Underground 1997 TBD
Name Role
Yuji MORIYAMA Character Design
Hayato DATE Director
Akifumi TADA Music
Akinobu URAKU Original Manga Creator

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Tokyo Underground KiraRin 4/10 May 15, 2010

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Scryed

Scryed

Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.

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TheBurningCrow

Armed with super-natural abilities, the characters of s-CRY-ed will fight until they win. They will save their place in society and defeat HOLY, much the same way the characters of Tokyo Underground have their special abilities and must fight to save Ruri and stop the evils of the Underground. If you liked one of theseseries, you will surely like the other.

Smegger
Both Tokyo underground and Scryed are about a battle between good and bad. They both involve special powers and people pushing themselves to the limits to help save someone.
AnimeUnrivaled

These two shows (Tokyo Underground and s-CRY-ed) center around young men who go thorugh intense battles, continuously pushing themselves to levels of power above and beyond most. Kazuma and Rumina both begin with low levels of power (actually, Rumina starts with none at all) and go through so much intense fighting and strain that they increase their power tremendously. Both of them actually win an early fight in the series before being shown how weak they are. What is different, however, is the motivations for these two characters. Scryed takes a deeper look into the psyche of its characters while Tokyo Underground spends more time developing a cliche love story. Both, however, provide moments of deep emotion, intense battles with amazingly cool animation, and even occasional humor.

freakzilla

Though the fights in Scryed are more intense, both main characters in Scryed and Tokyo Underground seek to grow stronger to protect the ones they love. Watch how they develop their special powers and stop the evil plans they're a pawn of.

Lothar
The stories of Scryed and Tokyo Underground is quite similar, with a typical good vs evil setup. Both series is about teenagers with mystical powers wich they learn to use to protect people near to them. Watching scryec made me think back to tokyo underground wich I had watched earlier, and the similarities are numerous. If you liked scryed, you're gonna like tokyo underground to.
sublime
Another group of empowered teens fighting against the opressive "big bad corporation". The plot that seems to dominate quite a few animes lately. But this is actually one of the few that Ihave enjoyed, good music, fresh animation, especially in the later episodes. A believeable cast of characters and a fairly well done storyline.
kaz
While Scryed defies stereotype simply by excelling, surpassing the mediocrity of most action-based anime, Tokyo Underground embraces it, producing a predictable yet enjoyable series. Tokyo Underground may not have quite the following of Scryed, but it deserves a look.

Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca

Recca dreams of one day becoming an excellent ninja, but in this day and age ninjas are only talked about in history lessons. While playing his ninja games, he meets a mysterious woman that reveals to Recca his past, his bond with the powerful Hokage clan, and the special flame power that resides within him. Meanwhile, the evil Kurei has plans to gather the madougu from the Hokage clan so that he may take control over the elemental powers, but Recca is determined to master his flame and stop Kurei’s evil plans. Does he have what it takes to live up to his own expectations and put a stop to Kurei himself?

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kamirura
If you liked Toky underground you absolutely gonna like Flame of Recca.. Flame of Recca also tells the story about a guy that gets a unusual power. The power to control fire. And like Rumina, the guy called Recca have to encounter many dangers to rescue his friends. And destroy the evil force that is trying to destroy earth. A wonderful series filled with Magic.
TheBurningCrow

Flame of Recca has elemental weapons and one main character who must learn how to tame his new found skills in fighting. The elemental weapons are much like the elemental abilities in Tokyo Underground, but Flame of Recca is a much better series.

freakzilla

Both Tokyo Underground and Flame Of Recca use elemental powers in their story. And both succeed very well at it, so watch them now!

sublime
Similar along the lines of teenagers using weapons with special powers, although with Flame of Recca being a lot more Ninja themed, the premise remains the same. The main character fighting to protect the girl he loves. The more serious of the two would be Tokyo Underground.
Funari

A self-trained guy who's not too bright at school but makes up for it by being clever in battles obtains an elemental power, meets a girl with healing powers and pretty much falls for her on first sight. The girl gets abducted by evil people into their shady empire where regular law doesn't apply with the intent to abuse her powers and then sacrifice her for their own gain. It's up to the guy and his fellowship to save her.

Fits them both spot-on. Recca's power is fire while Rumina uses wind and their party line-up varies somewhat, but both series are mostly very similar with probably the biggest common theme being that both heroes have barely met the heroines before pledging their loyalty to them and going against tremendous odds to bring them back. There's the occasional comedy bits, too. About the only major difference is that Flame of Recca doesn't hold back with fanservice, whereas you'd be hard pressed to find a panty shot in Tokyo Underground. Aside from that if you liked one, you'll probably like the other, too.

Busou Renkin

Busou Renkin

Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!

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AnimeUnrivaled

Tokyo Underground and Busou Renkin are two anime formed from the same mold. A loveable ever-optimistic main character gets pulled into a world of fantastic powers and organizations full of deception. Both characters impress and astonish those already established in their respective adventuring worlds with rapid improvement and a desire to never give up for the sake of others. Any fan of either show for the action, the emotion, or the story will love the other.

cotsiost

even if Busou Renkin is mainly with alchemy, both have their own sense of superpowers which is a bit similar

MalteseFalcon

Tokyo Underground and Busou Renkin have a similar feel to them. The most important similarity, I think, is the main character's choice to protect someone. Despite having only just met said individual and even though they have no obligation to do so, they follow this person into a new and dangerous world because it is the right thing to do.

Of course, the protagonists end up developing special abilities that make their decision less than a complete death sentence.

Suffice it to say, I believe if you enjoyed Tokyo Underground or Busou Renkin you will enjoy the other.

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Elemental Gelade

Elemental Gelade

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...

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Himitsu

Both animes are mainly about embarking on a huge adventure, and the main guy does so for a girl he just met. I found that the cast of characters have about the same traits, and that their choice of comedy has a similar style. Tokyo Underground involves some neat supernatural powers, while Erementar Gerad has plenty of action.

CuthienSilmeriel

Both of these anime are about a young boy who suddenly finds himself with a strange new power after meeting a cute girl. Both then embark on an adventure because of this. Also both female protagonists are special in some way and thus the target for power hungry antagonists. While the focus is the love between the two protagonists and the attempts of the male to protect the female there is enough humour in both to keep things light at times without being silly and also a good amount of action to prevent things becoming too slushy. Elemental Gelade has a bit more depth to the story but both are deep enough to keep you interested without being too involved.

worosei

Elemental Gelade and Tokyo Underground are centered around the male protagonist's desire to protect the enigmatic female.

Both males contain the traits of being incredibly persistent and arduous, yet still ignorant about emotions, relationships and the world in general.

The female counterparts are similary very mysterious; speaking little and appearing pretty much clueless yet inbued with incredible powers.

More so in Elemental Gelade, when both male and female lead are together, their ability to overcome their foes increases dramatically.

Both animes ultimately revolve around the character's emotional journey understanding their feelings for each other as well as the physical journey undertaken protecting each other and the world around them.

Slapstick humour is employed in both to lighten the mood, with action being employed liberally for most episodes.

Main differences is in setting (Tokyo Underground is a mysterious new world), the various relationships between characters, and the motivations for each 'side'.

Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma

Years after having been exiled from the Kannagi household for being unable to utilize their fire magic, Kazuma returns to Japan, only to discover that the Kannagi family's very existence is threatened. Unknown to them, during his absence, he had become a Contractor and thus acquired a vast strength in wind magic. Not showing any remaining contempt for them, he offers to help solve the Kannagi household’s problems in return for large sums of money. Together with his younger brother Ren and the feisty heir to the Kannagi household, Ayano, he fights to protect those he cares about... for a price!

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DeathGodX

Kaze no Stigma And Tokyo Underground are about people who control the elements, and both main characters control the wind. There are love stories in both, but in Kaze no Stigma the main girl is not nice and quiet, she's mad and will probably kick your ass if you say one little thing about her!

cotsiost

both animes have great action scenes and they are both about elemental users, people using fire, wind, air e.t.c.

Sasukefanx12

Both of these anime have similar main themes: Elemental powers. And both are subcategorized into the people that want to use their elemental powers for destruction and those who want to use them for protection. The main character in each also are both wind-magic users, but both have very different ways of excecuting their powers. Though Rumina from TU and Ayano from KNS both weild their respective powers in much the same way; via sword. Both anime also have a little romantic backstory to them between two of the main characters if you're into that type of thing. On a final note I'd just like to reiterate that both of these anime have a very similar feel to them and fans of one should seriously give the other a try.

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