Total Recommendations: 6
Both of these tales are somewhat romanticised renditions of the lives of historical figures, but their similarities run much deeper than this: both series are more concerned with the growth of their protagonist than any epic overarching storyline. Character development is arguably the entire point of both manga (with brilliantly drawn and minutely researched exposition of course).
I wouldn't be surprised if Dororo was an inspiration for Berserk. Both feature a mutilated but incredibly skilled hero on a quest for revenge against demons, accompanied by a cocky sidekick. Berserk is far more disturbing, but Dororo is quite dark and gruesome in its own right.
As stated in the description of Sabaku, it is something of a prototype to Nausicaä, featuring locations, factions, character designs, and even plot points that are later used in Nausicaä and much more fleshed out and developed. Both works are tied together by the central theme of 'the tragedy of war', and are great reads for fans of Miyazaki.
AKIRA and Nausicaä are both epics in every sense of the word, both were written in the '80s, and both are extremely influential manga. Whilst themes and setting may be very different, they both give off a similar feel, and had popular movie adaptations that only covered the manga up to a certain point. The two are masterpieces of graphic storytelling.
The mechs in these shows initially seem little more than a means to an end, but it slowly becomes apparent that they are far more sinister than they seem and integral to the plot.
Both are dark, desolate, depressing examinations of human politics and nature in a dystopian society with a slow pace, beautiful animation and incredible ending.