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Dragonstar Apr 2005
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Windaria

WINDARIA, and the even poorer hatchet job ONCE UPON A TIME, are direct ripoffs of NAUSICAA. WINDARIA was, in fact, created solely to bring Miyazaki's story to America at a time when direct Japanese exports were harder to accomplish. The comparison between the two is so obvious that it barely needs support; this recommendation exists only to point you towards the superior NAUSICAA, on the off chance that you aren't familiar with it.
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Dragonstar Apr 2005
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Happy Lesson

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Ai Yori Aoshi

HAPPY LESSON combines the zaniness of PUNI PUNI POEMY with the harem subgenre of anime. If you enjoy Chitose's situation of having to keep his living arrangements secret while trying to study and get a little nookie on the side, it is done much better in AI YORI AOSHI. In AI YORI AOSHI, the basic gist is a student who lives with a bunch of gals who dig him, but he must keep his true feelings hidden. The zany humor is toned down in AI YORI AOSHI while the romance and sentimentality are increased.
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Dragonstar Apr 2005
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Tenchi Universe

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Dominion Tank Police

In terms of basic plot, TENCHI UNIVERSE and NEW DOMINION TANK POLICE share little in common. But their spirits are in the same place. Both shows have an 80's music vibe, with colorful outfits and a rock-n-roll attitude. Both shows have naughty vixens with cat ears who cajole the good guys and occasionally assist. Neither show is serious or grim. You could breeze from one right into the other without missing a step.
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Dragonstar Apr 2005
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Dominion Tank Police

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Tenchi Universe

In terms of basic plot, TENCHI UNIVERSE and NEW DOMINION TANK POLICE share little in common. But their spirits are in the same place. Both shows have an 80's music vibe, with colorful outfits and a rock-n-roll attitude. Both shows have naughty vixens with cat ears who cajole the good guys and occasionally assist. Neither show is serious or grim. You could breeze from one right into the other without missing a step.
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Dragonstar Apr 2005
made a recommendation
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Kekko Kamen

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Puni Puni Poemy

PUNI PUNI POEMY and KEKKO KAMEN share an environment fraught with faux peril and gravity, but you simply cannot take either environment (or the supposed danger) seriously. The true intent of both of these shows is to be crude and breezy while poking fun at other anime series. For example, both shows send up SAILOR MOON in unmistakeable terms, but in different ways. Both shows include nudity and genital-based humor (and both are equally erotic, which is to say "not very"). If you are a diehard anime fan who appreciates zany mockery of the genre, both series have something for you.
Dragonstar
Dragonstar Apr 2005
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IF YOU LIKED...

Puni Puni Poemy

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Kekko Kamen

PUNI PUNI POEMY and KEKKO KAMEN share an environment fraught with faux peril and gravity, but you simply cannot take either environment (or the supposed danger) seriously. The true intent of both of these shows is to be crude and breezy while poking fun at other anime series. For example, both shows send up SAILOR MOON in unmistakeable terms, but in different ways. Both shows include nudity and genital-based humor (and both are equally erotic, which is to say "not very"). If you are a diehard anime fan who appreciates zany mockery of the genre, both series have something for you.
Dragonstar
Dragonstar Apr 2005
made a recommendation
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.hack//SIGN

FF:U features young protaganists stranded in a strange fantasy world, aided by a handful of capable adults who may know more than they let on. The world in FF:U is highly structured, and the pace is deliberate. .hack//SIGN shares many of these qualities, from the young protaganist stranded in a fantasy world to the deliberate pace. .hack//SIGN is also highly structured. There are many similarities in tone, execution, and pace between the two shows, but enough differences to be interesting.
Dragonstar
Dragonstar Apr 2005
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.hack//SIGN

FF:U features young protaganists stranded in a strange fantasy world, aided by a handful of capable adults who may know more than they let on. The world in FF:U is highly structured, and the pace is deliberate. .hack//SIGN shares many of these qualities, from the young protaganist stranded in a fantasy world to the deliberate pace. .hack//SIGN is also highly structured. There are many similarities in tone, execution, and pace between the two shows, but enough differences to be interesting.
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Dragonstar Apr 2005
made a recommendation
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Kai Doh Maru

KAI DOH MARU depicts the mystical Heian-era in a time of great upheaval; it features a near-mythological combination of history, political tension, and explosive violence. Though it isn't as far in the past, SAMURAI X: TRUST AND BETRAYAL shares this focus on Japanese history in combination with political intrigue and violence (Samurai X takes place in the 1890's Tokugawa era after the restoration of imperial rule). KAI DOH MARU's historically based, twisted tale of swordplay and tragedy makes me wonder if KAI DOH MARU was an unsuccessful homage to SAMURAI X: TRUST AND BETRAYAL. Both feature unwilling, but skilled, swordsmen who get wrapped up in conflicting political factions. Both have kinetic, realistic battles with lots of bloodshed. There is also a shared subtheme of stoic love that we're not sure is requited. But the most compelling link between the two is tone: KAI DOH MARU features a long walk to an epic showdown (in the snow outside a temple) that leads to tragic consequences. If you liked the tone of that sequence, you will love the last half of SAMURAI X: TRUST AND BETRAYAL.
Dragonstar
Dragonstar Apr 2005
made a recommendation
BLOOD REIGN is heavy with an atmosphere of supernatural horror, thick with blood and gore, and features a lone hero who travels the world to fight supernatural entities. This was done much better in VAMPIRE HUNTER D, which shares BLOOD REIGN's old-school animation, dark palette, and horror ambience. If you like the moody horror vibe and otherworldy battles in BLOOD REIGN, and you don't mind its dated feel, you owe it to yourself to view the superior VAMPIRE HUNTER D.