Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Sakura Kinomoto never imagined that by opening a book in her father's library, she'd be responsible for releasing wild magic into the world, yet that's exactly what she did. Too powerful to be let loose, the magical Clow Cards were sealed away long ago by their creator, Clow Reed. But all is not lost! For the guardian beast, Keroberos, was sealed along with the cards. Can Sakura, with the help of Keroberos, retrieve the cards before they wreak havoc on the town?
Nineteen-year-old ronin Hideki Motosuwa desires two things more than anything else: a girlfriend, and an expensive humanoid computer (known as a 'persocom'). But with his dead-end job and no financial aid from his parents, owning a persocom seems impossible... until he finds a blond-haired female persocom tied up amongst a pile of trash! After getting her home and figuring out how to activate her, even the computer-illiterate Hideki realizes there is something unusual when it appears she can only say one word - Chii. Is she just broken, or is there more to this persocom than her behavior lets on?
What happens when robots are able to come to life? You get Chobits and Angelic Layer (well almost with Angelic Layer). The robots in each of these fantastic series have connections with the people that ‘own’ them. The interesting takes on how humans are able to react to emotional ties with something non-human is shown in a variety of contrasts and opinions in each series. While Chobits is more suited for an adult type level Angelic Layer is still entertaining for people of all ages.
Reiji Ozora, a high-school student who excels at nothing, tires of every game he's played - that is, until one day his friend Maiko introduces him to the world of Dragon Drive. In it, players are given virtual dragons to ride and fight against one another; though unfortunately for Reiji, he's assigned to a small dragon with unknown attributes. Determined to increase his skills, Reiji soon jacks in to a training program when suddenly he, Maiko, and a boy named Daisuke are transported into another world called Riyku! In this new foreign land, not only must these friends try to find their way home and fulfill what is asked of them, but Reiji must also discover the truth behind his dragon's abilities.
It may seem a bit strange to tie dragons and angels together, but in both Angelic Layer and Dragon Drive, the main character is determined to succeed, no matter the cost. These kids start out playing a game and get really absorbed into it. As time passes, they make names for themselves by meeting every challenge head on.
Tohru Honda might just be the unluckiest girl around. After a series of unfortunate events Tohru has no place to call home - that is, until the wealthy yet cursed Sohma family offer to take her in, in exchange for performing the household chores. However, soon Tohru discovers that there's much more to the Sohma family than meets the eye. Though shocked and surprised, Tohru promises to keep their secrets; but will the Sohma family approve of an outsider knowing who they really are?
Both Fruits Basket and Angelic Layer are geared towards a younger type of audience, however, there are some deep emotional connections and issues that the characters have to deal with in both. Each of the series takes on a more mature approach to a kids perspective on life and how they are able to grow from experiences they have had to deal with. Both of the main heroines have a very kind and nurturing personality always surrounded by lots of other people and trying to take care of everyone else.
'The World' is the most advanced online game ever - a game full of fantasy and adventure! When fourteen-year-old Rena wins a contest that allows her to use the avatars of the legendary dot hackers known as 'Kite' and 'Black Rose', she convinces her game-hating twin brother Shugo to give it a chance. But things quickly go wrong, as the beginner players are attacked by a monster far beyond their level. Shugo is killed by it, but is revived by a strange girl called Aura. She also gives Shugo a weird bracelet, telling him that he must carry on the legend of the dot hackers; then she disappears. Together with Rena, and many new friends that he meets while in The World, Shugo embarks on an adventure to discover the secrets of this mysterious bracelet.
Sometimes, a game reaches out and grabs you, sucks you into its world. In both .hack and Angelic Layer, the players use their minds to interact with the game. In one case, a deus moves a robotic angel with mental commands, and in the other, the player interacts with digital avatar through a virtual reality headset. These are two games I'd kind of like to play. :)