The Asterisk War

Alt title: Gakusen Toshi Asterisk

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Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Ikki Kurogane may have come from a long line of Blazers, people with the ability to create weapons or devices manifested from their souls, but as far as the Hagun Academy is concerned, he's been a major disappointment in the magical powers department. He is so disappointing, in fact, that he's earned the unfortunate nickname of the "Worst One". However, things change for Ikki in the most surprising way when Princess Stella Vermillion, the most promising Rank-A Blazer to come along in many years, decides to transfer to Hagun. When she challenges him to a duel where the loser must obey the winner for the rest of their life, the last thing anyone expects is that the Worst One might prove to be a match for the Crimson Princess… and the unforeseen consequences will push the boundaries of society itself!

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tootalls tootalls says...

Do you like swords?

red head tsuderes?

magic high school settings?

fire?

Op mains that start off unknown and or underestimated?

Caught undressing scenes?

male characters with a knack for ending up in unbeliveable sexual positions just for the heck of it?

panty shotts?

vague early hints of the surprise plot yet to unfold?

Well you get all that and more from both of these series!

Note: reccomendation is based on ep one of both series.

EzYe EzYe says...

THEY ARE LITERALLY THE SAME ANIME. SERIOUSLY I DIDN'T KNOW 2 ANIMES IN THE SAME SEASON CAN HAVE THE SAME OPENING SCENE, GENRE, AND FIGHTING STYLE.

Marxman Marxman says...

They are genuinely indentical... *Spoilers*

Same characters, same personalities, same weapons, same setting, same amount of glorious ecchi-ness. It is literally scary how similar they are.

At an academy where teenagers use their magical abilities to duel each other in massive arenas for rewards. An amazingly talented but horribly underestimated swordsman accidently barged into a room with a pink haired, tsundere, princess from foreign nation changing out of her clothes. The princess gets really pissed off and challenges the swordsman to a duel. Despite the princess having amazing skills using fire, she underestimates her opponent and loses the duel. To add insult to injury, she falls in love with him in the process.

^The summary of the first episode for both Rakudai Kishi No Cavalry and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk. THEY ARE THE SAME.

Though that isn't a bad thing as both of them are some of the best and most enjoyable anime to watch this season. Check'em out, you won't regret it.

CodeDragon CodeDragon says...

Both protagonists are a boy and a girl. The anime series both aired during the same season and have a very similar story line. They have most of the action in common because the protagonists form a team to battle against others.

GoblinCore GoblinCore says...

These are the same show right? Can someone confirm that these are the same show? Is this legal?

theunspoken theunspoken says...

well there no real reason but since I have read the manga for both was nice to se both adapted as anime.

ascodaynnee ascodaynnee says...

schoolife. with misterious main male character which make all of us want to watch more and more.

there are some romance bonus, who will give motivation for main character.

will1331 will1331 says...

They have similar stoies. A princess of a small nation comes across a humble yet extremely talented, but looked down upon man. They catch them changing, they fight, they become friends and so on. Both are definitely worth watching, though Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry is the better of the two

vencenzo vencenzo says...

These might be the first 2 anime in one season where you can alternate epsiodes of each and feel like you've watched one anime. Or it may be possible the female lead has the power travel between alternate universes. These are the most similar animes to each other of all similar animes.

ShallowBeThyAnimoo ShallowBeThyAnimoo says...

Well... Basically theyre the same show.

And this site kinda wants me to fill at least 100 characters so rorry for this spammy commentary.

zaxson zaxson says...

Practicly the same anime. But they do very enough for you to enjoy both without too much overlpa.

vinod vinod says...

Both is a High school, magic, swordplay theme.

Both the female portaganist are fire wielder and princess from another region came to study abroad.The male leads are skilled and defeats the female lead, winning their affection.

The female are tsundere and easily get jealouse of the male with another woman

xKokoroHeartx xKokoroHeartx says...

Both feature a futuristic school and a plot with action. Both male main characters are swordsmen and the main female characters have the same personality (tsundere) and set of powers (fire).

They're so similiar that sometimes thy're hard to keep apart so I wouldn't watch them at once.

Shamsiel Shamsiel says...

lel nothing to say about this:

if u love redhair girls and masters of swords guys, this is for you

Aerythrin Aerythrin says...

Like other people have pointed out, these shows are very similar. Main girl with pink hair who uses fire, main guy black haired and your usual protagonist who is looked down upon by the establishment but is actually super strong. Both also have a stoic-ish girl around them (although their roles are different) and eventually (minor spoiler) bring another girl over to their harem who was initially fighting against them somehow. Both anime are based around schools who have to fight duels with other schools or the students fight amongst themselves.

Shiira Shiira says...

Both of the main protagonists enroll in an academy. Both anime features a event that determines who is the strongest.They are both fairly recent anime and both are currently airing new episodes.

Sinlessclown Sinlessclown says...

THEY ARE PRACTICALLY IDENTICAL. WHEN I WATCHED BOTH, THEY RAN AT THE SAME TIME, I GOT CONFUSED IN THE STROYLINES AND WHEN I WAS TRYING TO REMEMBER THE PLOT THE STORYLINES KING OF MERGED TOGETHER AND I HAD TO TRY REALLY HARD TO REMEMBER THE CORRECT STORYLINE EACH TIME. THEY BOTH RAN ON THE SAME DAY ON THE WEBSITE I WATCHED AND PROBABLY EVERY OTHER WEBSITE OUT THERE.

DatDragonLuver DatDragonLuver says...

It is impossible to deny that both are similar to each other and such it would be a shame to not watch both if you had liked one of the either

Yarrcad Yarrcad says...

I swear they are the same anime. These anime are so alike and were released at the same time. Spooky. Both have main charachter going to a special school that then meets a powerful girl, howeverhe  is considered weak. Guy then reveals he can power up for a limited amount of time before becoming unconcious after. Both must then participate in school tournament. Basically same thing. (I liked the no Cavalry a little memes better tho)

DeltaNova DeltaNova says...

I literally don't know where to start comparing these. SERIOUSLY!!My and a friend were convince these were the same anime for a time because almost everything is EXACTLY THE SAME.Main charcter has amazing ability but with high restrictions,Pink haired princess, love-interest with fire magic,Combat Academy were the characters are in a tournament,Swords are the main form of combat,........................................just give them both a watch haha

echotwo echotwo says...

I really enjoied this anime. I like the fact that they are compeating to reach a goal and to keep a pomise they made. This is something both animes does. There are some romance in the picture wihc makes it cute to watch. I like the fact that the main character is not known to be specally skilled, but shows to not be that bad. both anime are based on school life and sword play. i really enjoied them both, so if you liked one of them, I'm pretty sure you will like the other one! 

WorstOne00 WorstOne00 says...

2 very good animes and they are almost the same strong main character and beautiful princess :) 

yuShu yuShu says...

Watching The First Episode will Give You Deja Vu Both Of them Are set Into Academy then faithful encounter , Theyre Both Similar in many ways 

Weebboi123 Weebboi123 says...

The story revolves around Magic Knights, modern magic-users who fight with weapons converted from their souls.  Ikki Kurogane (the male lead) goes to a school for these Magic Knights.

One day, he is challenged to a duel by Stella (the female lead), a foreign princess. In this duel, "the loser must be the winner's slave for life."

I won't spoil any more.

Be sure to watch this anime, I recommend it Σ(*ノ´>ω<。`)ノ

I'm jelaous of people who are watching it for the first time.

INFJchan INFJchan says...

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (aka Chivalry of a Failed Knight) is nearly identical to Asterisk War in characters, setting, and story.  However, it does everything Asterisk war does better every step of the way, while bringing it's own things to the table as well later in the series.

If you liked the Asterisk War, I gurentee you will like Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry but I cannot promice you will look fondly on Asterisk War after you have seen every single thing it does done better.

sm3xyang3l sm3xyang3l says...

OP Male Lead, Pink hair tsundere female lead, Magic School, Fantasy, Action... what more would you want? 

yebinpark13 yebinpark13 says...

well both male characters are supported by a female character and both of them use swords and both of the male characters are qutie strong you can say they are op

Blazenstorm Blazenstorm says...

Well, both anime main characters have as love interest (or main girl if you will) a red haired girl with fire powers, but i would say Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry has a stronger story and character development, it will make you feel the ups and downs of the MC (with some unexpected situations the MC go through), while The Asterisk War has a pretty consinstent story in the sense of being a lighter, predictable plot (it's not bad, don't get me wrong.)

EldridWatcher EldridWatcher says...

Both Main characters end up with a red haired fire using partner/friend and the plots are similar while Chivalry of the failed Knight is more realistic and fast paced and it actually makes you experience (to a degree) an emotional rollercoaster. The asterisk war is more based on a harem and places little emphasis on romance in comparison.

Oui93 Oui93 says...

Similar story lines.                                                                                                                                                                   .

KarmicFairy KarmicFairy says...

From the very first episode, the similarities are overwhelming. It's pratically the same anime.

Crizy Crizy says...

Both of these animes are extremly similar if not the same. Male protagonist followed by a foreign princess, both of these princesses don't get along with the the male protagonist at the beginning, but after a couple of episodes they becomes mates. In Asterisk War as much as Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry the two teenagers use swords and magic and take part to a sort of battle tournament, only difference is in Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry it's 1v1 battles while in Asterisk War it's 2v2 battles. Characters may not be as similar as the stories but they still keep a cuple of common traits. If you like one there's no doubt you'll find the other one pretty good too.

Kash30 Kash30 says...

Chivalry of a Failed Knight is similar to The Asterisk War in some ways. It is just way better in my opinion.

HKBattosai HKBattosai says...

If you liked The Asterisk War or Chivalry of a Failed Knight, you'll probably like the other because they both share a very similar atmosphere and setting. They both feature Swordplay with magical abilites at magical schools. Both male main characters (MC) both have defeated their main female (and powerful) MC counterparts and both can hold there own in a fight against other strong opponents.

hewwoOwO hewwoOwO says...

these are REALLY similar, overpowered protag, girl of almost equal strength, big fights so if you're into that you're gonna love these 

mutawakal mutawakal says...

i like both becuse the both nice

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The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School

The irregular at magic high school is set in a world where magic exists but instead of using chants and spells, magic users cast spells with their Casting Assistant Device (CAD). The CAD is infused with the user’s Psions (a substance-less thought particle) that activates the device and constructs the magic ritual.

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CloverBO9 CloverBO9 says...

I get the same feeling from The Asterisk War as I did on Irregular at Magic High School. Also the colors and animation are close. The Asterisk War takes place when a new student seems to be weak but is actually really strong like in The Irregular at Magic High School when the main character is a weed but is the strongest in the school.

Sinlessclown Sinlessclown says...

BASICALLY, THE ASTERISK WAR IS THE SAME AS RAKUDAI KISHI NO CAVALRY.  RAKUDAI KISHI NO CAVALRY IS THE SAME AS IRREGULAR. HIGH SCHOOL SETTING, SOME SISTER PROBLEMS (KIND OF), MAGIC, FUTURISTIC AND PROTAGONIST IS OVERPOWERED BUT NOT RECOGONISED AT FIRST

Hawke09 Hawke09 says...

Both titles have similiar story lines are very enjoyable. If you finished one of these titles and want something just like it here you go !!!! Fans of this genre shoudl definetly check this out.

There was a word limit so there's some random musing below feel free to ignore.

Asterisk War and Magic High School are alot alike but they do take you on different paths. Magic School felt alot more serious to me and didnt containt some the slice of life elements that ASterisk had. The main charcters are also different where Asterisk's is a your regular shy but enthusiastic guy , Magic Highschool is more stoic but seems to make all the girls fall in love with him..

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

So, here we have two shows based arouind the idea of an op main character in a magic school that fights other schools in competitions and things. Characters are very similar and to be honest their storyline can be seen as very similar (except Asterisk was much shorter). Anyway I think if you liked one you should like the other xx

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

After one episode of The Asterisk Wars, all I could think was 'this is so similar to The Irregular At Magic High School'. So far I still haven't changed my mind.

Infinite Stratos

Infinite Stratos

The development of the Infinite Stratos powered exoskeleton changed the world’s balance of power. While the distribution of IS systems has created peace, only women have been able to pilot them. So when Ichika Orimura is discovered to be the first male with the ability to control an IS, whatever plans he had for his future are tossed out the window even as he’s thrown to the wolves and enrolled at the otherwise entirely female Infinite Stratos Academy by order of the Japanese government!

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ka0nashi ka0nashi says...

I can say with confidence that these two anime are practically the same thing. Not to mention that the characters look alike due to the fact the the original novel artist for both anime were the same person. The only difference between the two is the absence of mecha in Asterisk, other than that, they are very alike.

Max11030 Max11030 says...

They both have the male as the main focus of the story. They both have powers, and they are more powerful than most/everyone. They also end with male beating up the anti-protagonist with the help of his comrades/friends.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...

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Ara1chan Ara1chan says...

bother have duels to reach to the top, same concept different goals and environment.The Academy City on the water, Rikka. Commonly known as Asterisk, it is known around the world for the world's largest battle entertainment, the Festa.

Genestella students belonging to the six schools in Asterisk vye for supremacy by betting their wish with their Lux in hand - Amagiri Ayato is one of those students.

Arriving at Rikka after receiving an invitation from Seidoukan Academy's student council president Claudia Enfield, Ayato quickly incurs the wrath of the Gruen Rose Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld, forced to have to duel her.

Over time, he learns of her efforts to free her country from poverty and the Integrated Enterprise Foundation. Sensing a feeling from her similar to his missing sister, Ayato resolves to help Julis and challenge the Festa

meiyuzuki meiyuzuki says...

They're both similar, however I have my issues with both of these anime series - SAO's beginning was so promising, and collapsed with Asuna's bad-assness disappearing. The Asterisk War, also promising, had just too much fanservice. SAO's second season started off strongly, then tapered off into a gross mess that I gave up on. I'm excited to see the second season of Asterisk!

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

Set in a world where witches run havoc, the military decides to shift from using sword to utilizing guns to neutralize magical threats. The Anti-Magic Academy is an institution that specializes in training witch hunters. Takeru Kusanagi, who can’t use guns and continues to fight with a sword, is relegated to the 35th Test Platoon, a motley group who can’t cooperate. One day, Ouka Ootori, an elite pistol master who was forced into demotion, joins the platoon. Will they be able to gather their strengths and work together?

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kawaiixlena kawaiixlena says...

The main protagonist are pretty similar. They both use swords, and they both get powered up swords. They both take place in school although the school doesn't seem to take any interest in student welfare. I'm actually watching both shows at the same time, and I get them confused on occasion.

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue

The invention of Grav-Shoes, footwear that function as antigravity devices, drastically changes the world, as they give people the ability to freely soar the skies. Asuka Kurashina transfers into Kunahama High school, where she meets Masaya Hinata and Misaki Tobisawa, finds out about the aerial sport that's rapidly gaining popularity—Flying Circus—and immediately joins the school's FC Club. She and her teammates sometimes clash, but they also support one another in the pursuit of their respective goals as they take on formidable rivals and look to triumph in the summer FC tournament.

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AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

These two are extemely similar, well at least in my eyes. Both have similar characters with a couple of exceptions. They are all based in a school and around these competitions between students with certain abilities. The Asterisk War it's kind of based on quite a few based on weapon whereas AOKANA is more about racing using flight. The idea of most of the cast being female as well is prominant in both, plus fanservice. If you enjoyed one you may enjoy the other.

Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists

Grotesque monsters known as Impurities reside in Magano, a realm parallel to the present day. Exorcists purify these evil apparitions to protect the people. Rokuro Enmadou is opposed to becoming an exorcist, even though he has the talent to be one, but an oracle gives him the title of "Twin Star Exorcist," the name bestowed upon married exorcists. Benio Adashino, the girl who receives the title along with Rokuro, is determined to exorcise all the Kegare, or Impurities, in the world. The two find themselves wrapped up in more and more battles together as the Twin Star Exorcists...

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MNamanda MNamanda says...

Both are teenage couples thrown togther to fight and are exceptionally good at it... And there are enough similarities that if you like one, you will probably like the other as well. 

Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma

Years after having been exiled from the Kannagi household for being unable to utilize their fire magic, Kazuma returns to Japan, only to discover that the Kannagi family's very existence is threatened. Unknown to them, during his absence, he had become a Contractor and thus acquired a vast strength in wind magic. Not showing any remaining contempt for them, he offers to help solve the Kannagi household’s problems in return for large sums of money. Together with his younger brother Ren and the feisty heir to the Kannagi household, Ayano, he fights to protect those he cares about... for a price!

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HurricaneHarger HurricaneHarger says...

If you are a fan of Ayato or Julis, I strongly watching both of these shows. Fuedal or Futuristic is what the biggest of differences boils down to.

Blade Dance of the Elementalers

Blade Dance of the Elementalers

Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. Priestesses, who can summon spirits from Astral Zero, the world of spirits, and have full command of their power, are called elementalists. Kamito Kazehaya is the only male with this privilege, and due to what happened in the past he comes to Areisha Spirit Academy where priestesses are trained to become elementalists. He is then told that he is to transfer to the school, form a team with priestesses to compete in Blade Dance where the most powerful elementalist is chosen, and win.

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Max11030 Max11030 says...

Very similar. Make focus/protagonist used a sword like weapon and has powerful powers. Both involve sci-fi/fantasy with fighting. Surrounded by females too.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead!

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raiokai raiokai says...

Similar protagonists and storylines - both Bell and Ayato are determined to become stronger and level up, and want to protect their team members. They also have the female members of their teams fighting/pining over them.