Total Recommendations: 13
If you want to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions, those shows are for you. Nihon no Mukashi Banashi will tell you the folktales through short stories that everybody can enjoy without any knowledge of Japan, and those OVA of Rockman/Megaman make you discover the Japanese lifestyle, their customs and festivals. They're also both accessible to children as well as adults.
I think the main characters are alike, never giving up once they decide of a goal, full of energy and kind to others, always willing to help people in need. Ginga e Kickoff is about soccer while DXW is... well about Digimon, but both feature a group of young boys and girls doing their best, and the themes of friendship and courage have an important place in both.
Best friends who have to fight each other. In both shows those girls are very similar, one bright and full of life and always nice to others, not willing to hurt anyone, and the other serious and kind of noble, but because of this she doesn't have a lot of friends. They become very close, like sisters, but the second one eventually turns evil, and her friend has to make a very hard choice, not willing to fight her but being forced to.
Similar humor and characters, Kana and Miu both playing the role of the annoying funny girl that plays pranks all the time, never acting seriously.
The main characters are kind of alike, powerful warriors not wanting to get along with others but actually caring a lot about their friends, and they are forced to stick with a persistent girl on a journey to search for ancient powers that would help the lord they are kind of serving, who wants to change the corrupted world a bit.
Cat stories, funny and enjoyable. Both show a family adopting a stray cat and seeing it doing extremely cute and funny random stuff during 3-minutes episodes.
Very bright and colorful Magical Girl series that really can make people happy. Maybe Doremi is more childish, the heroines being younger and not having bad guys to fight, only dealing with minor life problems while in Precure there is really a danger of the world being controlled by an evil organization, and the girls have to fight putting their life on the line. So if you're a Precure fan you might not like Doremi too much, but I'm pretty sure that if you like Doremi you will love Smile Precure as well.
Both are about music, and characters who have to deal with complicated love stories and familial issues, as well as being rejected by society. Both also show a strong friendship between two main characters who are totally the opposite but actually closer than with anyone else, and who can support each others in difficult times.
Game shows that make us discover great Japanese games such as mahjong (Saki) and karuta (Chihayafuru). I do like Chihayafuru the best, because the plot is far more elaborated, the characters are older, and the general atmosphere is more "serious". Also, you can't really expect to understand rules of mahjong watching Saki, while Chihaya can be watched and enjoyed even if you don't know what karuta is, as it is well explained. I ended up liking karuta after I watched Chihaya, but after 5 episodes of Saki I still don't get a thing about mahjong.
Both are really underestimated shows, mostly because of their horrible dubbed versions. Generally, people won't watch One Piece because of the art (that evolves after, though) and the number of episodes, and Pokémon because in the mind of most people, Pokémon = childish.
An ambitious and particularly strong young boy setting on a journey in a vast mysterious world, full of unexplored lands and strange creatures. There he meets friends and face various dangers and enemies in order to fulfill his dream.
Both Madoka and the Precure series are originals Magical Girls that can be watched and enjoyed by grown-ups. While Madoka is very dark and psychological, Fresh Precure is bright and colorful but has a really interesting plot and thus is not only for children.