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Buster Keel!

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  • Vol: 12; Ch: 47
  • 2008
3.989 out of 5 from 218 votes
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Three years ago, Siva, an adventurer specializing in using monsters fought a mighty Dragon Ape and managed to seal him in human form. In the present, Keel is travelling from place to place searching for Siva to force him to remove the seal keeping him trapped in his current state. Hoping to find some clues he approaches Ravi, another monster user, but when she informs him that Siva has been missing for the last two years, it seems that Keel’s search may not be as easy as he had hoped. After discovering that with Ravi’s magic, Keel is able to temporarily unlock his power and transform his right arm back to its natural state, they decide to form a party. Now, Keel, Ravi, her pig-devil companion Mippy and their new acquaintance, the magic warrior, Blue, are setting off on an adventure to find Siva and beat whatever monsters cross their path along the way.

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Fairy Tail

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Lucy is a seventeen-year-old mage with the power to summon stellar spirits, but what she really wants to do is join a guild - and not just any guild. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a notoriously reckless and outrageous group of magic users who are likely to be drunk or destroying buildings and towns in the process of completing a job! While in town one day Lucy meets a perpetually-seasick boy named Natsu who, through a series of events, reveals to her that he's none other than the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail! Lucy is finally able to join Fairy Tail and quickly begins to take on odd jobs with Natsu and his gang for fame and profit. Along with her fiery friend, Happy the flying cat, Natsu's archrival Gray and their overseer the invincible and beautiful Erza, Lucy sets forth for epic adventures that leave an epic amount of destruction in their wake. After all, destroying a city or five doesn't matter as long as they get the job done... right?!

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Buster Keel! and Fairy Tale are a lot alike in the main characters.  Natsu solves his problems with fists and that's just how Keel likes to do it.  Keel is a monster type with a heated temper and can summon about a fourth of his powers in order to destroy the opponent.  Natsu is similar in that he gets angry and can summons his power destroy the opponent.  Both early on formed a group of friends with each others weakness as there strength.  Though just like Natsu, Keel also has a friend-hate relationship with a person in his group.

Another resemblance is that the girls who join the group in each manga are very much alike.  Their powers are similar and each has that happy attitude that we all love so much.

Action-packed manga with tons of enemies and fight scenes.  If you haven't read these 2 manga yet, well then I think you should be doing that right now.


If your a fan of Fairy Tail or Buster Keel it is highly likely you'll love the other. Once reading a few chapters of either series striking similarites in the plot, characters and development, artwork and dialouge start to emerge.The comedy in both series are almost identical.

1. The strong-dragon-like-idiotic-hero meets pretty blond magic user and her cute companion.

2. The three embark on a journey and meet ice/water melee user.

3. Form party and the ARCH NEMISIS APPEARS.

Sound familiar? Both series follow to this plot outline, even down to the tatoo on the protagonist's arm.

Guaranteed, if you liked one series you'll love the other.


Buster keel Is VERY similar to Fairy Tail, so similar that I'm getting suspicious BK started off as a FT ripoff... I mean, the plot, the main character, the type of humor, the fights, the universe and even the artwork, everything feels very similar, if you can get pass those similarities and you're looking for similar adventures, look no further, you won't be dissapointed, but don't expect innovative plotlines.


Both stories are about a group of monster hunters. The group in each case has a very similar construction; A self-centered, very strong character with dragon related abilities, a similarly strong rival with ice/water capabilities, a beautiful girl, and a small mascot monster. The adventures, charaters, artwork, and overall atmosphere of both series are very much alike.



Once, the ninja village of Konohagakure was attacked by an evil nine-tailed fox spirit. This demon slaughtered many people until the leader of Konohagakure, the 4th Hokage, sacrificed his life to seal the fox inside a newborn child - Naruto Uzumaki. Now, twelve years later, Naruto is a member of the Ninja Academy; but due to his past Naruto is shunned by the rest of the village, and since he has no friends or family he plays the part of class idiot to get attention. However, he is determined to gain respect by becoming the next Hokage - the most powerful shinobi in the village. With his apparent lack of abilities, will Naruto be able to realize his goal through determination alone?

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In both buster Keel and Naruto the main character is a monster.  Keel is a dragon ape turned into a human and naruto is a human with the kyuubi sealed within him.  Also as they continue on their quests they meet up with many people who eventually change their way of seeing things and give them something to fight for making them stronger in the process.

Rave Master

Rave Master

Haru Glory lives peacefully on Garage Island with his sister. One day, Haru fishes a strange dog-like creature named Plue out of the ocean, and soon after meets its master, an old man named Shiba. With this man comes terrible news: the world is in peril, for the evil organization Demon Card is attempting to conquer it with power-giving stones known as Dark Bring. To combat this threat Shiba has spent much of his life fighting back with Rave, a Holy Bring; and the Ten Commandments, a sword it powers. When members of Demon Card arrive at the island, Shiba discovers that Rave and the Ten Commandments will now only respond to Haru, making the young boy the new Rave Master. Armed with newfound power, Haru and Plue set forth to put a stop to Demon Card.  

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Both Buster Keel and Rave Master feel very much alike, almost as though they were the same series (or at least sequels). The artwork and character designs (especially of the main characters) is extremely similar, as are many of the characters' personalities. The types of adventures involved in each series & the way those adventures unfold is very similar as well. Even the fact that both involve a lot of music/musical references is the same. If you enjoyed either of these series, you will definitely enjoy the other.