Total Recommendations: 115
If you as a reader like your martial arts battles to contain both hilarity between entertaining characters as well as insane skill levels pertaining to various odd martial arts wielded by weird masters, look no further. Although essentially different in theme and execution, they both manage to balance action with comedy while freely shifting between the genres to play one straight. Of course, there is also a hefty dose of scantily clad women in both titles to keep your inner hentai pleased.
Humans fighting a losing battle against monsters, both titles contain a factor of mystery pertaining to the monsters, and there is plenty of gore and death.
Survival horror with overwhelming numbers of enemies, creating a desperate against the odds struggle where cunning is the key, and going in guns blazing will get you killed.
A weakling is sent to a prison where he teams up with stronger inmates to fight for survival, he finds his place among his new friends and by sticking together they manage to survive their harsh new environment.
Male bonding in prison between a bunch of teenagers with distinct & differing personalities, and unlikely friendships are forged. Apocalypse no Toride has zombies as well.
Martial arts of various styles, insanely skilled masters, comedy and ecchi. If you ever wanted to read HSDK without Kenichi; replaced by egomanical, perverted bastard who doesn't suck at martial arts and can get with the ladies, AIKI is it.
Both titles have main characters who motivates the students by being a target they must defeat in battle. Of course, they are much too powerful to be defeated by the students, and seizes the opportunity to improve the students grades
Elite fighter with secret identity posing as a teacher, uses his fists and fighting techniques to knock sense into the juveniles while fighting off more serious threats from criminals
The hero with the super skill (swordsmanship/marksmanship) and his companions protecting a young girl from a powerful organization employing elite killers who seeks to use the girl for "world" domination.
Mamoru and Jin are similar characters, both come off as rather surly lone wolfs, but they are nice guys beneath their tough exteriors and have soft spots for their friends and allies whom they employ their unique abilities to protect. The art is very clean and clear, and both titles have secret organizations sending assassins with special abilities after the hero and his allies leading to duels where strategy is as important as force.
Both stories are told from the dogs point of view, plenty of dog vs dog fighting, ninja dogs and secret techniques in both titles. Both were drawn and written by Yoshihiro Takahashi.
Trapped on a mysterious island where time seems amiss after a shipwreck/plane crash our heroes are stranded and have to try to get home, some ecchi in both titles, but EnO has a lot of gore and horror as well
A group of people are trapped in a dangerous place and have to try and survive the dangers of being trapped as well as each other
Both leads are stubborn kids who have a natural talent for an extreme sport (free climbing/diving), but their reckless nature constantly puts them in danger as they over-evaluate their abilities
Episodic manga where every chapter has focus on new characters, their paths cross with the main character of the story which usually ends in tragedy for them
Ninja dogs appear in both titles
A group of people are given a second chance at life but end up having to fight monsters to survive
Horror stories where people are trapped in an isolated location and terrible things start to happen
Children are trapped on a mysterious island and forced to fend for themselves, plenty of ecchi in both titles.
A group of children and adults struggle to survive against animals trying to eat them as well as people trying to kill them. People get eaten, a lot.
Humans desperately struggling against monsters in a harsh environment
The setting of a group of children which are thrown in to a dire situation and forced to fend for themselves in a harsh new environment is similar as is the themes centered around school and comradeship.
The main cast is marooned on a strange island inhabited by dangerous animals with no way back to civilization. They have to cooperate to survive the dangerous new place they've ended up in while slowly realizing help will never come.
Brutal wrestling featuring anti-heroes.
Revolver men, assassins, duels and a quest for a mysterious missing parent.
The lonely adventurer who uses the power of a demon to fight meets friends and go on a quest.
Guilds, wizards, magic, comedy, cute talking pet sidekicks, missions, monsters and dragons. Very similar concept.
Stories about a badass hitman in a corrupt city run by gangs
A powerful protagonist who doesn't remember his past tries to figure out who he is in a rather original story with stylized art and plenty of violence.
They are both about doctors practicing modern medicine during the middle ages/Edo time period. One doesn't explain the procedure being performed wrong 9 out of 10 times and wasn't cancelled after about 20 chapters though...
Sexy vampires in super-inappropriate relationships
Both are fascinating in-depth views in to the medieval Japanese society during the Edo period. Both stories are also centered around a sensei character who uses his vast knowledge to understand the people around him to solve their problems.
Survival horror with monsters where both main casts have the means to engage the enemy but must flee because of unfavorable odds.
They both share the common theme of a desperate struggle against a overwhelming, inhuman enemy.
Two good sci-fi titles in which a team of humans are sent to fight an alien threat equipped with technological enhancements to even out the odds.
Humans fighting monsters by transforming into semi-monster forms, plenty of monster on human and monster on monster violence in both titles
Dark, gritty titles with loads of violence, gore and monsters fighting humans.
On the surface, these two titles are nothing alike, however, they are both hilarious martial arts manga centered around a ridiculously overpowered main character. They both employ their own unique styles of humor while mixing gag fights with serious battles while keeping the comedy intact, but if your main draw in AIKI was the ecchi; don't bother with Beelzebub.
Quite similar; both stories are centered around young males with spiky, white hair, wielding swords. Of course, they are great swordsmen as well, striving to literally surpass their respective parent in more ways than one. The stories both feature plenty of duels where the characters use unique weaponry and various skills/techniques. Not to mention lots of blood and some mild gore to go along.
Sports manga about volleyball/beach volleyball. Underdog stories where the main characters are really short but make up for it by having great jumping abilities.
People mysteriously start developing powers, and it turns into a struggle between different groups of power users.
Both stories are about a weak boy who finds himself being protected by a strong girl, so he decides to train/improve himself so he can be the one protecting her instead. Along the way, it turns into a harem story and a childhood friend (who practically looks the same in both stories) returns as the ultimate rival.
Episodic with the chapters' main characters having desperate, hopeless battles with little to no chance of a happy ending.
Both stories are about a character that transforms to a more powerful form to be able to fight mutants overwhelmingly more powerful than humans. Plenty of violence and gore in both titles as well.
Both feature cat & mouse games of skill, with death awaiting the loser. Wolfram plays a character similar to Light in the roll of L.
Medieval setting, features a lot of violence and gore with a cruel and charismatic main character (Wolfram/Griffith)
Same author, and he's practically ripping himself off. Instead of "monsters" eating everybody and threatening humanity as in BioMeat, it's rats who are the threat in Region.
Made by the same author/artist duo. Similar theme and feeling, the worlds greatest assassin/bodyguard protects people from bad guys with his supreme skills. If you liked one you will most likely like the other one as well.
The badass with a heart of gold protects/avenges the innocent against criminal scum
Both are stories about anti-heroes fighting criminals in the underworld of society while using less than conventional methods.
Permanently separated from civilization a group of individuals has to struggle against nature as well the faults of humanity as they fight to survive in a new environment.
A story about a spiky haired hero wielding a sword, fighting against other fighters with different types of weapons and techniques.
Classic sports manga about orphans striving to become the best at boxing/wrestling
An average joe is forced to step up and adapt to his new role saving others while putting his own life on the line fighting for survival.
A good man is forced to become a gangster to protect everything he loves.
Both are about assassins living double lives, trying to balance their professional and their civilian life.
If you liked the hamfisted attempt at a psychological battle found in LOST + BRAIN, Liar Game will probably blow you away.
Shenanigans at sea, a game of survival aboard a ship lost out on the ocean.
Demons attaching themselves to humans is the common theme, although one is a shonen battle manga and one is a harem manga.
Two of the biggest shonen titles of their respective eras
Cat moves into new house, cat related situations occur.
A mysterious man travels Japan to solve the problems caused by spirits
A person with 1% talent and 99% hard work will always lose to a person with 99% talent and 1% hard work. Or will he/ she?
Badass with mad fighting skills becomes a teacher and through his unconventional methods, he reaches the students.
Shonen battle manga, young boy with super powers fights against evil organization, some friends become enemies, enemies becomes friends, similar abilities; in D. Gray-man they use innocence to form their weapons, in Deadman Wonderland they use their blood.
Two young men set out to destroy society through means of terrorism.
Both stories are about changing society through terrorism
Made by the same mangaka; horror/mystery/survival involving a group of kids/teens. Has the same art with very similar looking characters. For some reason, there is a blind girl named Yume in both.
"What is real, what is dream?"-type of movies. If you liked Inception you should check these out.
Both are written and drawn by Urusawa Naoki, and has the unique Urusawa feeling. They are both about a "mystery" of sorts, as well as a conspiracy that threatens the world. Billy Bat has some supernatural elements and is more of a historical manga set during the 50s-60s.
Fighting shonens with plenty of comedy. Dragon Ball is referenced in one of the chapters of Beelzebub.
Sun-Ken Rock is pretty much Onizuka moving to Korea and starting a gang in an M rated manga. The humor is pretty similar, and although Ken isn't as much of a loser as Onizuka, they both share some character traits, such as being virtuous fighting machines, with a perverted side.
A bunch of misfits are sucked into the world of martial arts with hilarious results.
Both are gag manga which are spin-offs from popular Shonen Jump titles
Both are space opera with mecha and singing, lovable characters and romance.
Similar art and both are set in the Edo time period and deal with Samurai with a lot of background research. An interesting view into the lives of people at that time.
Both are made by Bones, they take place at a southern island and revolve around strange looking mecha. There is also a certain painting that most likely will catch your eye.
Both these shows are a homage to their genres: in the case of TTGL it's a celebration of mecha anime from the 70s to today, and in the case of Nadesico, it's a celebration of the space opera genre, spiced up with mecha (since they are a crucial ingredient in many space operas). If you're looking for similarities beyond that, look no further than Kamina and Gai Daigoji. Gai was the original which inspired Kamina in many ways.
Similar themes of children being forced to fight and die in events which are out of their control. The art is rather similar as well.
Comical misunderstandings leading to a person is believed to be the biggest and baddest thug of them all. Hilarity ensues.
Over-powered badass out for revenge, fighting evil people and helping the weak.
Very similar stories both written by Araki Yoh.
Both are classic adventure anime from the 80s which both were produced/written/directed (depending on the title) by Jean Chalopin and Bernard Deyriès together with Japanese Studios.
Sci-fi anime about traveling through space to reach a goal while battling various space monsters and bad guys.
Spooky mystery involving kids as well as the cruelty of adults
Manly men, intense battles, devastating attacks and insane power-ups.
Change society through violence.
Both stories are centered around a protagonist striving to become the strongest warrior. They are both men who walk their own paths, furiously pursuing their dreams and stepping over bodies if necessary. They are both perceived as evil by the majority of people they encounter, but both are shown to be in possession of redeeming qualities even though their hearts are filled with darkness. Still, they do in fact have people who care for them and support them from the sidelines, and it's through these people as well as the people they encounter during their quests that allow them to grow as humans, negating the down-ward spiral they are both caught in. If they actually manage to break away from the darkness in their souls remains to be seen.
Both stories is about a samurai trying to become the number one swordsman in all of the land.
Samurai, revenge and assassinations
Luca and Shino are very similar to Goku and Bulma personality-wise, the stories also have the same feeling and art-style.
Both stories are about revenge and both feature samurai and sword fights.
Similar artwork and theme, both stories centers around samurai and their fights.
GaoGaiGar is pretty much Sailor Moon with mecha.
Human teams up with monster to battle other monsters and save the world.
Both are horror manga about alien landscapes populated by bizarre creatures and the protagonists trying to survive in that environment.
Similar art style and themes.
Both are collections of short horror stories.
Survival manga from the same mangaka
Both are drawn by Tanaka Akio.
Both written and drawn by the same mangaka.
Both are anime made up of shorter segments meant to explain the gap between feature films.
Both are set in medieval fantasy worlds containing monsters, knights and big scale battles.
Both mangas are psychological, and explores the human mind.
While not entirely similar, since BK is about demons, they are both set during the Wild West era and contain secret organisations and extraordinary gunmen.
Both stories are about a young man who gets tired of being bullied and picks up martial arts to be able to defend himself. He finds a new place for himself in the world of martial arts, makes new friends, new enemies and becomes increasingly stronger as the story progresses.
Both mangas revolve around martial arts and the people who practice them while contaning plenty of graphic violence. None of the main characters from either story is what one would call "a good guy", they are driven by their ambitions, and they don't mind stepping over the bodies of their competitors. Garouden can in many ways be seen as a somewhat less character-driven and a more shallow version of Shamo.
Both are stories that deal with the outbreak of a dangerous virus in Japan.
Two very similar mangas, whom both share lots of elements; martial arts, ecchi, love,comedy, drama, masters, and a love interest for our hero who can beat him five kinds of silly. To sum it up; Change 123 is the more mature, adult version of Kenichi and by far superior.
Akumetsu and Wolf Guy are both created by the same author and artist, so the art is of course similar, with tons of violence and a struggle that turns more and more desperate as the climax approaches, as the lead is forced to handle the situation without the use of his talents
Both stories are about a young man who lives on a island and sets out to follow in his fathers footsteps to become the greatest Hunter/Patriot in the world.
Berserk and Blaster Knuckle is virtually the same manga, we follow the lone hero, who's out for revenge against demons. The mayor difference is that in Knuckle Blaster the protagonist is a black man and the story takes place in USA during the 19th century. They are both great, violent mangas, and if you loved Berserk you'll definitley like Blaster Knuckle, it's an incredibly entertaining story.
Unbelievebly similar main characters; both are top students with genius level intellects who despise the world and the people around them, and therefor reaches the conclusion that they must change the world they live in. However in LOST + BRAIN the main character uses hypnotizm instead of a death note.