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MaximusThrax Dec 2004
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Star Ocean EX

Both of these are fantasy series based on other media. Record of Lodoss War is based on a Japanese pen-and-paper RPG and will appeal to anyone who's ever enjoyed a game of D&D, while Star Ocean EX is based on a Playstation RPG and has many of the standard console stereotypes and themes. Lodoss War is definitely a little more serious and has more mature characterization and art, while Star Ocean EX has brighter, simpler animation (and plot, for that matter). Fantasy fans should try checking out both.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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You're Under Arrest!

YOU MIGHT LIKE

Ah! My Goddess

Both designed by Kousuke Fujishima and featuring the same quality wonderful character designs, both of these series are really lighthearted romantic comedies. Despite the fact that You're Under Arrest is about two female cops and their office romances and hijinks and Ah! My Goddess is about the adventures of a goddess living with a Japanese student.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
Both of these series share the theme of a Japanese schoolgirl travelling to a mythic land based on Chinese mythology (a refreshing change from the usual Western fantasy or feudal Japan genres). Juuni Kokki's art is more mature and realistic and the show maintains a consistently serious tone, unlike Fushigi Yuugi, which deals with serious issues such as death and rape, but also has numerous chibi scenes.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Kodomo no Omocha

YOU MIGHT LIKE

Pita-Ten

Kodocha (Kodomo no Omocha) and Pita Ten are accurately described as crazy anime on crack. Both feature ultra-cute characters, wild action, plenty of manga expressions, and lots of humor and fun. Kodocha is about a 6th grade child actress and her wild and crazy friends and family and rather more weird and manga-influenced than Pita Ten. Pita Ten is about a well-meaning but dangerously naive angel and a sweet, well-meaning demon and their interactions with several 6th graders. Both are good fun, although Pita Ten is more cute, and Kodocha is more crazy.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Azumanga Daioh

YOU MIGHT LIKE

Kare Kano

Both anime feature the lives of ordinary high school students and focus on their character development and internal stories. Azumanga, however, is a lighthearted, fun, weird comedy and Kare Kano can be quite serious and touching at times, although it, too, has plenty of laughs.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Lost Universe

Both of these series are humorous science ficiton. Lost Universe is a little crazier and more clearly parodies a specific work (Star Wars), while Nadesico parodies both space battleship anime (Yamamoto) and any giant robot fighting anime ever made. They both have actual plots, but it takes a little time to get to them. Nadesico is more clearly a parody, and spends quite a bit of time humorously making fun of anime and anime-watchers in general. Slayers is a little crazier and features less realistic character design and art.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Kanon

YOU MIGHT LIKE

To Heart

To Heart and Kanon are both anime based on popular dating sim games. It is usually quite difficult to make an anime based on a dating sim, as every girl typically has her own story that requires a seperate playthrough of the game, so the anime series must compress it all into one showing. To Heart does a typically mediocre job; the anime is little more than a brief exposure to each girl's story, and the male protagoist has little individuality. Fans of romance will still enjoy it, however. Kanon tells a much more engaging story, but *WARNING* moves from cute and funny at the beginning to serious and moving at the end.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Lost Universe

YOU MIGHT LIKE

Slayers

Despite the fact that Slayers is fantasy and Lost Universe is clearly science fiction space opera, people who enjoy one series will doubtless enjoy the other. Lost Universe has been called "Slayers - Fourth Season" because its animation, cast, and crazy humor overlaid on a typical epic plot are all like Slayers. Both series poke fun at their respective genres; just as anyone who has ever played D&D will enjoy Slayers, anyone who has seen Star Wars will probably appreciate Lost Universe.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
YOU MIGHT LIKE

Star Ocean EX

Both of these are fantasy series based on other media. Record of Lodoss War is based on a Japanese pen-and-paper RPG and will appeal to anyone who's ever enjoyed a game of D&D, while Star Ocean EX is based on a Playstation RPG and has many of the standard console stereotypes and themes. Lodoss War is definitely a little more serious and has more mature characterization and art, while Star Ocean EX has brighter, simpler animation (and plot, for that matter). Fantasy fans should try checking out both.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Pita-Ten

Both these extremely cute anime are done by the same studio and feature the same huge eyes, nonexistent noses, ultra cute characters, and humourous fun plots. Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar is about a cute and naive fairy and her fairy friends who comes to live with an obessively organized young school girl in a pseudo-Geramn town. Pita Ten is about a clueless angel living next to a Japanese 6th grader. Both of them are ultra cute, but Pita Ten is a little more grown up, as it focuses heavily on romance, albeit ultra cute puppy love kind of romance.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
Both of these series share the theme of a Japanese schoolgirl travelling to a mythic land based on Chinese mythology (a refreshing change from the usual Western fantasy or feudal Japan genres). Juuni Kokki's art is more mature and realistic and the show maintains a consistently serious tone, unlike Fushigi Yuugi, which deals with serious issues such as death and rape, but also has numerous chibi scenes.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Blood The Last Vampire

YOU MIGHT LIKE

Vampire Hunter D

Blood and Vampire Hunter D are both grim, bloody, action-oriented vampire killing sagas. D is set in a dark gothic world of the far future where humanity struggles to survive amidst a sea of evil supernatural creatures, and Blood takes place on a high school in a US airbase in Japan in the mid 20th century. Both series should be appealing to those who like dark horror action.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Slayers

These two series may not seem to have much to do with each other at first. Ran is a historical Meiji Era sword fighting flick in the vein of Kenshin, and Slayers is a comic fantasy series. I'm recommending both because they both have strong, kick-butt female leads: Slayers' violent ultra-powerful mage Lina Inverse and Ran, the ultra-cool sake-swigging woman samurai. Slayers is a little more comic and goofy than Ran, although Ran has plenty of humorous moments and animation because of its comic sidekick character, Chinese martial artist Meow-chan.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Video Girl AI

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Ah! My Goddess

Both of these series are (relatively) innocent romances between a shy, male Japanese high school student and a mysterious, supernatural girl who enters his life. Ah! Megami-sama is probably higher on the kawaii factor, and Video Girl Ai is a little more humorous. If you enjoyed one, you will almost certainly like the other.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
IF YOU LIKED...

Vampire Hunter D

Blood and Vampire Hunter D are both grim, bloody, action-oriented vampire killing sagas. D is set in a dark gothic world of the far future where humanity struggles to survive amidst a sea of evil supernatural creatures, and Blood takes place on a high school in a US airbase in Japan in the mid 20th century. Both series should be appealing to those who like dark horror action.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
Comparisons between the very famous Kenshin series and the almost-unheard-of Ran are unavoidable. Both feature cooler-than-possible kick-butt swordsme-, er make that swordswoman in the case of Ran, fighting villians in Meiji Era Japan. The fight scene choreography is one of the highlights of both series. Ran is lighter in tone and more comic than the Kenshin TV series. Fans of anime swordfighting should check out both series.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
IF YOU LIKED...

Ah! My Goddess

YOU MIGHT LIKE

You're Under Arrest!

Both designed by Kousuke Fujishima and featuring the same quality wonderful character designs, both of these series are really lighthearted romantic comedies. Despite the fact that You're Under Arrest is about two female cops and their office romances and hijinks and Ah! My Goddess is about the adventures of a goddess living with a Japanese student.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
IF YOU LIKED...

Puni Puni Poemy

Both of these anime are parodies of other shows. Puni Puni is a crazy, wild, violent, and sexual parody of Sailor Moon and other magical girl anime. Nadesico pokes fun at space battleship and mecha shows, and at anime fans in general. Nadesico is more serious and features a real plot, while Puni Puni is just a crazy ride full of ultra-rapid speech, total unrealism, and wild manga-influenced character expressions. If you want to watch anime making fun of other anime, these shows are both good, but you'll probably appreciate them more if you're a veteran anime fan with enough series under your belt to get the jokes.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
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Escaflowne

These two series both feature a Japanese schoolgirl travelling to a mythic world and plot lines based heavily on romance with plenty of action and interesting characters. Fushigi Yuugi's mythic world is based on Chinese mythology, and Escaflowne's is a medieval-steampunk setting. Fushigi Yuugi, while it deals with mature themes like death and rape, generally has a lighter mood than Escaflowne (such as its super-deformed moments) and has a more comic style of art.
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
Ruin Explorers and Lodoss War are both very fantasy-RPG inspired shows and feature the same kinds of D&D style cliches, characters, and world-saving plot lines. Ruin Explorers is more light-hearted and comic than Lodoss, especially the two main characters, Ihrie (a vicious battlemage, who, alas, turns into a mouse when casting spells) and Fam (who's so cute/funny that it can be annoying for those with low kawaii tolerance).
MaximusThrax
MaximusThrax Dec 2004
made a recommendation
Blood and Vampire Hunter D are both grim, bloody, action-oriented vampire killing sagas. D is set in a dark gothic world of the far future where humanity struggles to survive amidst a sea of evil supernatural creatures, and Blood takes place on a high school in a US airbase in Japan in the mid 20th century. Both series should be appealing to those who like dark horror action.