Angelic Layer - Recommendations

Alt title: Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer

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Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura

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 on the world, 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?

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ndymin ndymin says...

Card Captor Sakura has the same spirit (in my opinion) as Angelic Layer. Their plots also make some parallels (in the sense that the main characters are both young girls who are learning power and confidence in themselves). Also, both shows are done by CLAMP and are directed at about the same audience. So watch CCS if you like Angelic Layer (unless you already have ;) ).

lantis lantis says...

You might think this is cheating, since both are from Clamp, but heck, I think it applies. Both stories involve a young girl who discovers something about herself, as well as growing up through a series of trias, and relying on ones friends. One collects cards, and the other battles bots. Anyhow, Clamp rocks.

sublime sublime says...

Clamp. That's the main reason for suggesting CCS and Angelic Layer as good watches. Whilst Angelic Layer doesn't conform to your normal "magical girl" anime, you still have two series with young, cute, female leads both on a path of self-discovery.

kamirura kamirura says...

Can I say more than twins. If you're looking for fighting girls and magical powers you have gotten the right one.

Iria Iria says...

If you enjoyed watching either Angelic Layer or Card Captor Sakura you might check out the other one. They are similar in that the main character in each of these anime strives to achieve their goal against all odds, as well as gaining friends and support as they go. Both of these anime have a feel-good mood about them.

zsuzsi zsuzsi says...

Both Angelic Layer and Card Captor Sakura were made by CLAMP, and feature ridiculously cute main characters that work towards their respective goals with optimism, yet still (this is the impressive part) manage not to be annoying.

Chofas Chofas says...

Angelic Layer and Card Captor Sakura share the same soul. In both, you'll see what it takes for a girl to believe in herself and confront all types of hardships. Friendship is one of the most wonderful gifts of life, and that too, you will see here.

LucyChan LucyChan says...

Both series are similar in the global idea and they are both from Clamp (Clamp series ROCK). Even if Angelic Layer is a doll battle serie and CC Sakura a Magical girl serie, both of them are about a girl that grow with the problems that come ahead.

Karallys Karallys says...

If you liked watching the young middle schooler try to overcome fears and challenges while making new friends along the way; then you would enjoy watching Card Captor Sakura. Both have a lot of comedy about them as well as some serious moments to keep you entertained the whole time.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Two shows, both made by Clamp, are bound to have many similarities. Two young girls discovering life and the struggles that come with it.

If this was a movie rating, both would be classified as having "mild fantasy violence" mixed in with the magical girl romance. As such, I would say that these shows are both aimed at young girls, however, I think there are plenty of otaku's who will love the cutesy feel of both of these.

nihonotaku nihonotaku says...

The plots are obviously very different, but a lot of the characterization is similar. There's a sweet, young girl as the main character; a goofy sidekick with an Osaka acccent; a mother who is conspicuous only by her absence, etc. Moreover, both series have a wholesome, feel-good quality to them.

Dragon Drive

Dragon Drive

Throughout his life, Oozora Reiji has always been rather half-hearted. Never able to fully dedicate himself to anything, he lives a sloppy day-to-day existence, until his classmate Yukino introduces him to Dragon Drive -- a virtual reality game. While Reiji garners a passion for the game, it would seem that its founders have other things in mind than simple entertainment. During a special training, Reiji discovers that Dragon Drive is more than just a game, and now must fight for the survival of the dragons as well as all of mankind!

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monkboy monkboy says...

While Angelic Layer is gear towards girls and Dragon Drive is towards guys both series share alot of resemblance to each other. If you replaced the angels with dragons and the Layer with the D-Zone, you'd get Dragon Drive, if Misaki Suzuhara had a sex change :P. Both series starts off with children playing DD/AL, but then develops the story behind the games. This is where the series differ. Even though story line behind the games in Dragon Drive completely differs I think you'll find it enjoyable.

ZDragon ZDragon says...

In both animes the heros fight with monsters - puppets in AL, dragon in DD - and become stronger and stronger like that.

FINSahaqiel FINSahaqiel says...

Take Angelic Layer, replace Misaki with a guy and angels with dragons and you've got Dragon Drive.

Halcyon Halcyon says...

This series is kind of similar to Angelic Layer. of course it has another story, but the plot is basically the same, only a little changed. This series is also a lot longer. Although it is not as funny as Angelic Layer, it will drag you into the wonderful world of anime. Dragon Drive is a great mix of comedy and action. The story behind it is also great, and all of this together will make you love it. Trust me. And one thing, the lenght is the last thing you will think about, because when it all ends, you'd want another 38 episodes. :)

sublime sublime says...

With Angelic Layer and Dragon Drive you're looking at exactly the same plot elements. The only major difference being one series aimed primarily at girls (Angelic Layer, Dolls and lead heroine) and one at boys (Dragon Drive, Dragons and lead hero). But the basics are there in each, fundamentally young kids with talent and "pet" battles in tournaments.

XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Dragon drive is simply a angelic layer, though with dragons instead of dolls. Angelic layer is Dragon Drive with dolls instead of dragons.

daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

Dragon Drive and Angelic Layer are must-see anime. They both start off seeming like they are about a simple fighting game, but each has a hidden twist that ends up changing the main character and allowing him to make a lot of new friends.

avidkid10 avidkid10 says...

Both Dragon Drive and Angelic Layer involve two kids that discover an amazing game. They must strive to become the best of all the other players, bonding with either their dragon or angel along the way. The animation is good, the music is okay, and the story is cute and fun to watch.

Ran Ran says...

Topics like friendship and persistence in competition are at the center of these anime. They're a male and female version of the same original idea. The stories mostly concern the mood of the main characters, and adapt to the male/female viewers during the second halves. Dragon Drive turns into a quest to save the world, while Angelic Layer becomes more sentimental.

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Tasuki Tasuki says...

Misaki from Angelic Layer and Honda from Fruits Basket both have a very kind and passionate nature. Even tho the settings of these animes are very different, both characters subconsciously help other people to see their errors and help them to overcome their struggles in life. If you like one you will like the other. Just hold your tissues ready because both animes have dramatic scenes that climax in the end.

sothis sothis says...

I'm not sure why I think you'd like Fruits Basket... call it a hunch. FB is definitely not aimed at kiddies like Angelic Layer is, and is definitely not focused around games. Maybe it's the fact that there is a loveable protagonist, or the light hearted spirit of it all. Anyways, try it out.

soccerdory soccerdory says...

Both series have strong female protaginsts who both never give up no matter the circumstances. They are independent, and always truly nice to everyone. They try to make the best out of all situations, and put on a smiling face no matter how much they are hurting. Both series have a little romance too which is always a nice added bonus. I truly think if you loved one, you'll love the other! =]

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

chuckylover911 chuckylover911 says...

Both Animes have a gentle nature around them. But, The charectors emotions run very deep and have complex chldhoods. Difficult relationships. Angelic Layer is more childish in a sence... While Fruits Basket is more eery and dark due to the tragic events.

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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FINSahaqiel FINSahaqiel says...

Somehow reminds me from Angelic Layer. They have similar subject...a game that one young person learns and the story of him/her getting better at it.

ZDragon ZDragon says...

Both Hikaru and Misaki learn a completely new game and want to fight their way up to the top. If you think the fights in Angelic Layer don't need any strategy, you should watch Hikaru no Go.

kamirura kamirura says...

Is it always about winning when i comes to games? Just like Misaki joins in battles, the guy named Hikaru plays Go and lerns how to become a master. This is another game playing series filled with excting moments. You will truly be addicted to Go after finishing this up ;)

Stmated Stmated says...

Do you like sports/game Anime? Then Hikaru no Go and Angelic Layer is the choice for you. Both is centered on the characters development in skill, and the competitions they attend. HnG can be a bit harder to understand in the beginning (because of the extensive rules and thinking) then AL, where they only fight. If you liked on of then, then you are bound to like the other.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Both series are about talented main characters fighting their way through the Go/Angelic Layer world. Both anime are story's about friendship and loyalty. Characters in both anime mature greatly and that's the main reason you should watch them :).

Chobits

Chobits

Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...

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Hyorinshiro Hyorinshiro says...

Both Angelic Layer and Chobits are about robots - whether they speak or not is another matter. Both anime show the journeys of the owners and how they overcome their difficulties. Each main character found a robot by chance, but it was their destiny to meet the robot. The two form a connection that no one can break, and find love and secrets in the process. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

ea19gle ea19gle says...

Though story-wise they have very little in common, if you enjoy a back story and stories set in the same universe, Chobits and Angelic Layer are worth watching. CLAMP is known for reusing their characters; AL takes place before Chobits and gives a back story for a few of the events in Chobits, if you take close enough notes.

Shoutai Shoutai says...

Both of the stories surprisingly tie together with one character who you honestly wouldnt think twice about being the ling (unless you've read and watched both series before!) Both are very compelling stories about finding ones self and are filled with cute humor with a dash of drama. Definitely a great anime combo.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

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.

chuckylover911 chuckylover911 says...

Both Animes have robots/persecoms in them. In Angelic Layer, the robots are used for fighting and games... While in Chobits, the robots are used as computers and such. The robots eventually become living beings with souls, or at least close to it!

Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters

The time is the near future. Years have passed since the 1980s, when "Gunpla"--plastic models based on the "Mobile Suit Gundam" animation--created a huge boom. Now, a new wave is sweeping the world, in what could be called a second Gunpla boom. Its popularity is driven by "Gunpla Battle," in which assembled Gunpla can be controlled and made to fight. With the introduction of this revolutionary Battle System, its popularity has expanded to the point that a Gunpla Battle World Tournament is held each year.

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shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

I know most people might read this and have no clue what I am going on about. but I only realsed this when my little sister while watching gundam build fighters said " I want a gunpla, there so awesome how you can control them and fight each other", which if you think about is the exact same concept as angelic layer other than its doll's fighting instead of mecha's.

so if you enjoy anime's about tournaments and battles between human controlled toys you will like either of these anime's

Funkgun Funkgun says...

I second this. Minitures you control sent in for the fight.

Both of these have a similar vibe.  

Daisuki Daisuki says...

Gundam Build Fighters focuses on a battling game involving plastic Gundam models while Angelic Layer is of electronic dolls. You could say Gundam Build Fighters is like Angelic Layer for guys while Angelic Layer is Gundam Build Fighters for girls.

zethib zethib says...

they share the same mechanic : the center of the anime is not the story nor the characters but the toy they play in an arena.

RainbowDeathSkittles RainbowDeathSkittles says...

Build fighters is just Angelic Layer with Gundams instead of Dolls. Each character even builds his or her doll like they would Gunpla. 

Stellvia of the Universe

Stellvia of the Universe

It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...

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kamirura kamirura says...

A girl trying to fight her way through life.... and her goal is to have fun.. But what happens when she loses? Just like Angelic Layer, Stellvia of the Universe deals with the same kind of story about a girl trying hard to become the champion. But this time in space fighting with space ships. The girl Katase reminds me alot of Misaki who tries to do her best so her family will be proud. If you liked Angelic layer you're gonna love this one too. Be sure to check it out!

ironfrost ironfrost says...

Although the story at first appears to be very different, the overall theme and feel of the show, as well as the artwork, are very similar. It's a coming-of-age tale of a young girl, and how she relates to her friends and her situation.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

The main character of both series are very alike, both are unsure about failing and make mistakes because of it. They go through training while dealing with these hardships and make themselves stronger. Stellvia provides more story behind that though.

RikkuxDisaster RikkuxDisaster says...

Angelic Layer and Stellvia of the Universe share the common lesson of working hard. The more you practice something and show what you can do the better you will become, no matter what anyone says! With a good group of friends by your side and your spirits high anything can improve and anything can happen.

Pokemon

Pokemon

In a world where creatures known as Pokemon roam and would-be trainers capture and battle the beasts, the young Ash Ketchum can’t be happier; he has finally reached the age when he can have his very first Pokemon! Along with the electrical Pikachu and human buddies Brock and Misty, Ash must embark on a journey to battle countless others and become the best Pokemon Trainer of them all! From the Johto region to the Orange Islands, there’s plenty of Pokemon to catch and adventures to find, even if the infamous Team Rocket stands in the way!

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sothis sothis says...

Though Pokemon is aimed at a much younger audience than Angelic Layer, both involve children who control monsters and battle in tournaments. If you like that aspect of one, you'd surely like the other.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Although I liked Angelic Layer much much MUCH more than Pokemon I see a significant similarities. Firstly both series have young kids as main characters. The genre of series i a typical shounen type. Fights in both series are realated not to main characters but to Pokemons/dolls. Both series are a great story of friendship, overcoming hardships and reaching your goals. They are heart warming action packed stories both worth a try.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Dolls verse animals, still the same concept is seen in Angelic Layer and Pokemon.  Children are sent to battle each other in tournaments making for family friendly comedies inspiring friendship and reaching your goals.

FireFlower FireFlower says...

I hope you liked as much as I liked the Angelic Layer. Now I'm going to recommend for you Pokémon. Both protagonist share pretty same reasoning. Both wish to never to loose anyone because you would be hurting your friend then who is fighting for you.

Simple logic? Well Hopefully you will like Ash's adventures, I liked them when I was small boy ;)

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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soccerdory soccerdory says...

Both series have female protaganists who are good hearted. There is comedy in both, as well as a little romance. Both are very entertaining and gripped me. I watched both of them straight through.

SarangChihinoke SarangChihinoke says...

It may seem that they're on opposite sides, but it has some of the basics. A innocent girl starts a new life and gets sucked into something that seems not for her, but they still bare with it and stay the whole way through.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The main female characters in both Angelic Layer and Ouran High School Host Club have the same type of ‘loving everyone’ attitude believeing the best in everyone and always fighting for what they believed in.  Angelic Layer has a little more action with the fighting of the robotic dolls but Ouran is just as comical and endearing.

chuckylover911 chuckylover911 says...

Loving female main charectors find themselves sucked into something they believe is not right for them. Both main charectors had tough childhoods... Both Animes have alot of comedy and light Romance....

Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden

In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!

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LucyChan LucyChan says...

In both series doll and owner are involved in a serie of fights.

Even if this one has a totaly diferent "felling" the global idead is similar.

Animedreamer240 Animedreamer240 says...

What could they really not have in common---both anime center on dolls that are destined to fight one another and depend on humans to use the best of their abilities. Well, the only difference is that the Rozen Maidens are more human-like whereas the Angels are almost completely controlled by their human. Regardless, they are very similar and are a good watch.

KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

Both series revolve around fighting dolls but in Angelic Layer, the dolls are toys controlled by kids. In Rozen Maiden, the dolls are self aware and use thier owners life force to power themselves. Rozen Maiden is given a more dramatic feel while Angelic Layer is more of a friendly competition. If you like to see dolls fighting than you'll love both of these series.

atarinoayame atarinoayame says...

The plot and style are very different but if you like dolls you'll love both of them. Both of them feature dolls as main characters and in both series they are "alive" and have their own personalities and "feelings".