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Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.

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animegal33 animegal33 says...

Both Naruto and Nabari no Ou have ninjas as a main theme. They both have a similar feel to them. They both have very interesting magical techniques that make them very interesting.

ryus ryus says...

The both series are about young shinobis and about fighting against powerful enemy. Both main characters have something sealed inside them and they cannot control it because of its character.

funtoo2 funtoo2 says...

The main character in both series both have incredible powers deep inside themselves. Naruto has the power of the Nine Tailed Fox, while Miharu has the power of the Shinrabanshō. The two boys always travel in a clan of ninjas and are constantly in danger due to the incredible power that lies within them. Others are always after them to kill them in order to obtain their hidden power. 

LovelyWickedDescet LovelyWickedDescet says...

Each of the series main theme is about ninjas. NnO is more bassed on our area conjoined to another world that is unknown, as for Naruto's based on fiction. Both Miharu and Naruto have something sealed deep inside of them that they had no knowledge of up entil a certain point in time, the power is hard to control; due to the character behind it, and powerful enough to put the world in danger.

Because of this power both character's have to defend themselves against enemies that wish to kill and escract the power from them. Training with other shinobi's and working for their clans.

If you liked the comedy, action/adventure of one then you may also like the other.

yelizaveritas yelizaveritas says...

just two very similar action series about ninjas. comedies, sometimes sad. a bit similar characters. both main heroes have hidden powers inside of them, very dangerous powers.

if you liked Naruto and want to watch anything similar but not that long, you definitely should give a try to Nabari no Ou. and if you enjoyed Nabari no Ou you may enjoy Naruto as well.

thegreatmajeni thegreatmajeni says...

Both's main story is about Ninja, and both Main characters have special powers inside them. Both have pretty decent characters as well.

JapanFreak JapanFreak says...

Both anime have same ninja filling (kunai ninja stars jutsu fighting) and both main characters have an inner monster/hidden power

hotspot hotspot says...

Naruto and Nabari No Ou, are both about ninja's. They share many similarities with terminology, hand gestures, and abilities. Nabari No Ou has a Naruto "feel", to it. Although I think as the episodes go on, Nabari No Ou just becomes it's own anime alltogether, and the similarities are just in the beginning.



Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

At first glance, Nabari no Ou and Loveless do not seem to have much in common but the way the characters develop is similar. In both we have a young male protagonist who starts out as being utterly indifferent to life and those around him, only to learn through trials how to connect with others and gain a purpose. The supernatural element and overall mysterious allure of one is also present in other. The plot convention of secret societies is explored in both anime but perhaps what really makes these two anime akin is the interaction between the lead and a character whose motives are somewhat dubious, in Nabari's case Yoite and in Loveless' case Soubi.  

Myrah Myrah says...

There are many similarities between the two main characters in both of these series. A younger, indifferent character and an older, broken character partner up in both of these series in order to achieve their ends.

Also both have shounen-ai, (though it is implicated rather than official in NnO), and both are fantasies set in the modern day.

CaymChase CaymChase says...

The main characters are quite similiar, in both of these anime you can find a younger protagonist that is pulled back from the older one, but in the same way is somehow attracted to him. The younger characters are both living on the edge of the society.

In both you can find a bit of comedy, school life"fantasy", black and white side of life and drama.

The stories are quite similiar also. The younger character is unwillingly dragged into the world he didn't know about before and has to cope with this situation somehow.

Both stories are bittersweet.

tinaditte tinaditte says...

Nabari no ou and Loveless has not a very similar story plot to each other. The thing that makes them very similar is the main characters point of view at live and how they suddenly start to enjoy life after meeting someone "special".

Miharu and Yoite in Nabari no Ou does not have a same sort of relasionship like Ritsuka and Soubi in loveless does. In loveless the relasionship is much shounen-ai while Miharu and Yoite is connedted in another way (kinda like brother/idole sort of way)

The very similar part is the development of the two main characters together.



When Tokidoki Rikugou donned a pair of virtual reality glasses and entered a Bakumatsu-era exhibit at a museum, he had no idea that his life would drastically change. While walking across a bridge in the fabricated reality, Tokidoki ran across a small being and a monster called a nue - and he was promptly attacked. His eye was damaged, but more importantly, Tokidoki discovered that he was now stuck inside the "virtual reality" filled with samurai and spirits. Now, with the help of Kuchiha, a warrior woman possessed by a dog spirit; and Shinonome, a fellow student who has been stuck, just like Tokidoki, for the past two years, Tokidoki must search for the truth behind the nue and try to find a way home.

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relmneiko relmneiko says...

The shows are similar in that they have very slashable action with the boys without excluding strong females, and on top of that there's a Japanese history mingling with the modern day using a supernatural medium.

animegal33 animegal33 says...

Like in Nabari no Ou, the main character in Amatsuki special. They both are wanted by others because they either are something (Amatsuki) or have something (Nabari no Ou). Also, similar to Nabari no Ou, the main character in Amatsuki makes friends with the enemy. Both main characters are thrown into a world of fighting that they have never known before.

kayleret3173 kayleret3173 says...

The main characters are both suddenly dragged into a world that they had not known before and both happen to find out that they are the key to the whole story. They start off alone but through being dragged into a new world, they find themselves making new friends and learning about life.

Monochrome Factor

Monochrome Factor

Though the world may seem to be a normal place, in the midst of shadows lies the supernatural and terrifying. Beings from the shadow world known as Kokuchi have begun to invade the human world, and it’s up to certain people to defeat them; Akira Nikaido is one such person. Though his life used to be ordinary, one day, the bishounen and affectionate Shirogane asked Akira to form a pact with him; and consequently, Akira became Shirogane’s shadow partner. Together, the two hunt down stray Kokuchi – but more importantly, Akira must fend off Shirogane’s advances and try to make his classes!

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redfire389 redfire389 says...

both main characters are dragged into a dangerous world they don't know, while nabari no ou is about ninjas and MF about evil spirits they both share the friendship beetween the characters and how they protect each other. In both animes there are also two sides, the "good guys" and the "bad guys", and they are constantly fighting each other. Great action, humor and drama, you'll pretty sure like one if you liked the other.

homakp homakp says...

there are a lot of similarities, in case of characters and story line.

the difference is i think MF characters and design are a bit stronger, specially for Shirogane.but then Yoite also has a pleasantly complicated character.

 if you liked MF, i'm 80% sure that you'll like NNO, but if you liked NNO, i'm 99% sure that you'll like MF!

finally, both have something in common: a strong ending (in my opinion) which made me forget the whole series and watch the last episode again and again^^ 

hotspot hotspot says...

Monochrome Factor, and Nabari No Ou have some similarities. They both have to do with there being "Separate" worlds, where the characters try to keep balance in the world.What I find the most similar, is actually the characters. • The main character is rather nonchalant about most situations, as well as stubborn. Both main characters wish for a different life, which is funny as Akira wants an exciting life, while Miharu wants a boring life.

• The older, mentor type character who is rather protective.

• Aya, and Raimei are both hot-headed swordswomen, who are rather protective of the hero.

• The group consists of four key members, three kids, one being a girl, and the adult.

• Both anime have shounen-ai, or slight shounen-ai tendencies. 



Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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chamomille chamomille says...

Both series take place in the world of legendary spies - the world of ninja clans with their secret killing techniques. Both series follow touching story of love (Basilisk) or friendship (Nabari no Ou). If you liked one, you would surely like the other.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

On the surface, the two shows are very similar. One secret ninja clan fighting another to prove supremacy. Both Nabari and Basilisk are very fantastical in nature, with some over the top fight scenes and special moves being used.

The relationships between friends and lovers are explored in these shows, making them both a bit different from the usual action shows, and probably appeal more to a slightly older and more mature audience.

Seedgraduate Seedgraduate says...

Chamomille's review is accurate. I agree. Although, I favor Basilisk more for ostensibly being able to deliver the same thing in a more succicnt manner.

Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts

On the eve of nobleman Oz Bezarius's fifteenth birthday, he and his loved ones gather to celebrate in a coming-of-age ceremony. But after Oz steps under a long-stopped clock and the hands finally move once more - thus fulfilling a mysterious prophecy - he is violently thrown into the legendary prison known as the Abyss by three cloaked intruders. Existing in another dimension, the Abyss is home to lifeforms born within its walls known as Chains; these beings can only live in the real world if they make contracts with humans, binding their power to the person's body. However, there's a catch - in time, the human will be overcome by the Chain's power and then thrown into the deepest level of the Abyss. When Oz wakes up in the Abyss he is quickly attacked by hungry Chains, only to be saved by one named Alice - a Chain who appeared just before he was thrown into the prison. Together, the two make a contract and return to the real world, where they are enlisted into the Pandora organization - a group researching both the Abyss and the trio that threw Oz into it.  Along with members of Pandora, the duo searches to find Alice's lost memory fragments that are scattered throughout the world, to discover the secrets of the Abyss, and to determine if there's a way their contract can be broken without killing either Oz or Alice.

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sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both series feature a boy who has to deal with a hidden power. He winds up surrounded by people with incredible powers as he tries to discover his true self. Many of the characters in both anime are dealing with their past, and friendships are important themes in both anime as well. The tone in similar in both, so if you enjoyed one, you might like the other. 

ccflier ccflier says...

I Think You would love watching this! Both anime have the male protagonist fighting an unkown force, and being thrown into a world that he had no idea existed. The world seems twisted and unfair yet it lies peacefully co-existing with the peacfull world he once knew.

psychoanimeboi psychoanimeboi says...

they seem to be both like and it seems to be really intressting in both of them and i wouldn't mid rewatching it because they have really good sense in anime child plays

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?

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Ina Ina says...

Both series are about teenage boys who posess extreme powers and destined to become the leaders of other worlds they know nothing about.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of the main protagonists were common boys before something threw them into a world they knew nothing about. There, they learned they were the destined ruler of a magical realm that intertwined with their own. While Kyo Kara Maoh has demons, and Nabari no Ou has ninjas, both have copious amounts of bishounens. 

Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden

Two and a half years have passed since the end of Naruto’s old adventures. He has trained hard with Jiraiya-sama and has returned to Konoha to reunite with his friends; but Akatsuki, the organization that threatened Naruto years before, is on the move again and this time Naruto is not the only one in danger. With the powerful Akatsuki organization looming ahead of him, Sasuke still missing, and the struggle with the beast hidden inside him a continuous battle, will Naruto's hard-earned improvements be enough? Join Naruto, Sakura, new friends and the rest of the old gang as the action heats up with new techniques and stronger enemies.

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Saya73 Saya73 says...

Both Main Characters have a power that is sealed inside of them and can cause harm to them if used or used too much.

They Both have an organization who wants the power sealed in them for thier own benefits.

Nabari may deal with modern ninjas but the ninja arts and jutsus are alot similar in both series. Nabari has a much more mature storyline than Naruto's.

They both deal with hardships and friendships. And Both Characters wants to save someone. Naruto Wants to save Sasuke; Miharu wants to save Yoite.

gjthompson gjthompson says...

Both take place in a world made up of ninjas in which one character has a special power locked inside of them that they must learn to control.



Teito Klein is a former slave who attends the Barsburg Empire's military academy. Having no memory of his past and the power to wield a rare ability called Zaiphon, Teito is constantly under the scrutiny of his peers - except for his best friend Mikage, the only person he connects with. After seeing and remembering the man who killed his father, Teito tries to kill him and finds himself on the run from Barsburg's military might. Now, with the evil beings known as Kor after his soul, the Barsburg Empire after his blood and only the legendary Seven Ghosts to protect him, Teito must unlock the memories of his past before he ends up as a sacrifice for Verloren, the sealed God of Death.

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Allismon Allismon says...

Although the settings are very different (Nabari no Ou is about ninjas in contemporary society, 07-Ghost is Church vs Empire) these animes gave me the same feeling.

The main characters both don't remember their past and have a hidden power that other people want. The theme of friendship (nearly shounen-ai) is very strong too.

kuroji13 kuroji13 says...

nabari and 07- ghost main characters both have a hidden power both of them helped by a group of friends and both have a  friend basically a dude  close to the main characters so yeah there nearly the same feel but different themes



For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!

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SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

Both series are about boys who are unexpectedly told that they are people of great importance. They suddenly have to change all their life and start being some kind of 'star'. If you liked one you'll like another for sure.