In the world of classical music, Chiaki Shinichi is a stellar talent in the making; yet with everything going for him, he is nevertheless tied down by his own phobias. Unable to leave Japan because of his fears of flying and sailing, he finds himself in the company of another naturally-talented person, the very weird girl Noda "Nodame" Megumi. Together, the two find themselves in a slowly more intimate relationship, as they struggle to develop their talents and overcome their shortcomings.
Although both manga are fundamentally different (josei vs seinen, apples vs oranges) they each revolve around classical music and musicology (music history). Readers will discover a well of information on composers and musical styles interwoven with clever plots. (And for anyone who's taken a course in Western Music, it's more fun than Grout or Stolba!)
Every five hundred years, the Shaman Fight takes place to choose the Shaman King - the strongest of the shamans. Now, the time has come once more for the Shaman Fight, and shamans from around the world have gathered in modern-day Tokyo to compete. One such competitor, Yoh Asakura, is determined to become the Shaman King. Together with his friends and his partner spirit, Amidamaru, Yoh sets forth on a journey to decide who is the strongest and most worthy to become the Shaman King.
The plots of Shaman King and The Violinist of Hameln each center around a group of friends who meet along the course of their journey. In both mangas, the primary goal is to prevent the antagonist/s from destroying humanity. Both use of spirituality as a plot device, though SK makes use of Buddhism and nature while VH takes on a Judeo-Christian tone. Finally, the endings of each take on a similar quality - although that's something the reader needs to judge for himself.