Bokurano and Madoka both feature young people in a serious situation that may affect the world. In both series, the children must fight and win at all cost. The characters in each are also guided by a mysterious being throughout their course.
Magical girls and mecha are genres apart, but these series do the same thing with them: deconstruct them viciously. You have one, maybe two episodes to get used to the cast and premise, and then prepare to have your expectations torn down and a wonderfully told story filled with drama and trauma unfurl before your eyes. Structurally and content-wise there are similarities that pile up the farther you go, but of course to elaborate would be to spoil -- and if you've seen one series, you know you won't want to be spoiled for the details of the other.
Despite being two very different genres on a surface level, I felt Bokurano and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica to be so similar in theme, story and atmosphere that I decided I had to make the only recommendation I've ever made.
In Bokurano we are presented with the appearance of a show about a Mecha piloted by a group of kids, but very early in the show harsh circumstance teaches them they've gotten involved in an event far larger than themselves, and not necessarily in a heroic way, nor in a traditional mecha way.
In Madoka, we see an identical situation, with the anime giving the false appearance of a Magical Girl series, though it is something so much more dangerous, with only its art remaining as its only relation to the Mahou Shoujo staple.
The juxtapositioning used in both of these series will bowl you right out of your seats, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness in both cases leaves you clawing for more, empathising with the characters and their cruel fates they've gotten thrown into without realizing.
Though you could consider one show a mecha, and the other a mahou shoujo - two very different genres, both of these anime use those genres as a facade to hide their agonising plots that are one in the same. So if it was the atmosphere of Madoka that you enjoyed, I highly recommend Bokurano, and Vica Versa.
They have similar premise: young children are tempted to make contracts and play a dangerous game, often without being fully aware of what lies ahead. Anything more would be too spoilerific for either of them (the fact they are similar is already a huge spoiler).
Both are about children entering contracts to gain the power to help save the world, but with some nasty catches. Both ponder the same dilemmas:
1) Is the price of gaining power actually worth it?
2) Can you trust anyone who hands out such powers?
3) Is the world really worth saving?
4) What is the difference between you and your enemy?
Madoka has the same premise as Bokurano: a group of kids that are pulled into a contract not knowing what's ahead of them. Both of these shows have the theme of "fighting for what believe in or what you have left." Despite Madoka being a mahou shoujo show, these shows share a lot of similarities i.e Kyubey and Dung Beetle.
Bokurano is like Madoka, but instead of Mahou Shoujo, it's about Mecha.
Both of them are about kids who have their lifes changed to become "heroes", however, both anime are very dark and very dramatic.
Both Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica and Bokurano center themselves around very common anime plots: school children being exposed to a magical or otherworldly force that offers them great power/makes them special. Both series than explore a perverted version of these plot lines giving them a grittier reality. Both Bokurano and Madoka explore the realities of being bestowed powers by a seemingly harmless off-worlder and the consequences implied.
Both are about innocent teenagers who were tricked into a vicious cycle of death and destruction.
Kyubey and Dung beetle are similar in that they both serve their main roles as manipulators, contracting the kids into a cruel fate.
Both are dark and somewhat depressing.
bokurano and madoka magica both share the fact that they deconstruct their genre(magical girl for madoka and mecha for bokurano). They both go about it almost the same way too, an outside source appears and messes with the children's lives forever, leaving no good endings. Madoka magica drew many aspects and ideas from Bokurano due to kyubey being very similar to dung beetle, among others. The soul jewel in madoka magica is its version of Zearth(the giant mecha). Both also show clear themes of the philosophical concept of Nihilism.
Nope, I'm not joking. Bokurano and Madoka Magica, yes.
I usually write why I find the two shows i'm recommending similar but in this case I'm gonna have to make an exception since it's almost impossible not to spoil them. If you've watched one of them, you know what I'm talking about.
So just trust me and all the other users who made this recommendation.
They drama series with a twist to them.
Madoka Magica is a magical girl anime with fine animation combining different styles which even though I thought was meaningless for the most part it was still pretty to look at. Bokurano's animation was more bland, it follows a 2-episode arc type of narrative and although it has some giant robots, it doesn't feel like a mecha anime. read more
The setting is very similar. The idea is basically the same - people which have no choice (after signing the pact) but to fight for whole human race sake. In Bokurano, there are big robots (so it's more a sci-fi), in Madoka there are magic girls (so it's more a fantasy). Even the mysterious existences, which are coordinating their actions, are practically the same.
Both shows feature a group of kids being tricked into signing a contract they shouldn't have, as well as an unscrupulous mascot character. Madoka is definitely better visually, while Bokurano is a much better character piece, but if you like one you'll likely appreciate the other.
It revolves around young people, who are lured into a game they should think about before joining. Both anime has unknown beings that seem to act like God, and hiding the crucial matter of what/who they are actually fighting, and what the costs are of these fights.
Both open seemingly tied to their genres; Magical Girl and Mech respectively. However, both take dark turns very quickly to a point where it makes you question whether "beating the bad guy" is really always the right thing to do. Also, they both have a child cast, which I guess is noteworthy given the content of both shows.
- Both are deconstructions (Madoka of the magical girl genre and Bokurano of the mecha genre)
-They get pretty depressing
-In episode 11 of madoka, there is a reference to bokurano (the chairs)
-Both are about children that get tricked into contracts
Madoka Magica is a magical girl series about some teenage girls who make a contract with a cute animal named Kyuubey. Sounds like your typical magical girl series, right? Wrong! The series takes a sudden dark turn. Similarly, Bokurano is about a group of middle school students who meet a mysterious man in a cave. This man, Kokopelli, asks the kids if they want to play a game he created. The game involves saving the world while piloting a meccha. The show also takes a dark turn.
Eva and Bokurano deconstruct the mecha genre by adding layers of extremely dark psychological content. Both are highly visceral, the action being centered around children who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions. In these series the nature of the enemy is ambiguous to the extreme, which makes the whole experience all the more poignant. Eva's latter episodes focus heavily on existential topics, which are replaced in Bokurano with a more psychological approach. The limitless situations the casts are subjected to and the depth of characterization makes these anime masterpieces, with an appeal that goes beyond the giant robot niche.
Fourteen-year-olds with loads of emotional baggage piloting giant robots to protect a world full of people and things that sometimes seem like they might not be worth protecting. They both work the psychological angle nicely and are great if you want to kick your mood down a few notches.
Bokurano is very similar to Evangelion:
- they both have mechas, piloted by teenagers who are, little by little, shown to make extreme actions and decisions
- the protagonists are forced to fight those "sort of unknown" enemies in order to protect/save the Earth, and all of them will pass through a very hard path
Among all this, there's this very strong dark atmosphere over all the serie that will slowly bring both stories towards important and psychological ends similar to eachother.
If you liked one of them, I highly recommend you to watch the another as well, as you might probably like them both.
Both series discuss the implications of using child soldiers to protect the world from terrifying, otherworldly beings attacking for an unknown purpose. It doesn't end well for the kids in either case...
These two shows have similarities both in themes and setting. They each revolve around troubled youths forced to pilot mechs and defeat enemies for the sake of their world. Both contain psychological and nihilistic themes uncommon to the shounen genre, and both have endings which require immense observation skills to understand and appreciate. Evangelion is more impressive in terms of sound and visuals, despite its age, though if you enjoy one, the other will probably suit your tastes as well.
Bokurano and Evangelion, two series that ...
Mechas conducted by childrens, which voluntarily acceded, despite being used for other purposes, protecting humanity from beings outside this world. In episodes we see how feelings are explored, sadness principally, creating an atmosphere that can go to tragic at any moment, to see the past fighting the present in a constant struggle with such limiting enemies.
Better version of Evangelion without the generic Dere-types. Bokurano is what NGE wants to be. The psychological aspect in this series is implemented much better than in NGE.
A really well-written and not-forced Drama. Only critic points are the pacing at the beginning and the shitty-looking Mecha fights.
We have the same circumstances, kids piloting huge mechas as the only hope to save the Earth.
The plot is very distinct but in both cases, we have kids struggling with their emotions while they have to maintain their sanity and not break under pressure or Humanity is doomed.
Lots of mysterious, hidden truth, monsters attacking mysteriously, and someone pulling the strings from the shadows.
Visually, Bokurano is weaker than NGE, even though it was released over a decade later, but it still has some interesting character designs.
Final conclusion: Bokurano might have implemented many elements from NGE in its plot, but it is far from being a clone. It has its own identity and it is worth giving a try if you are into this kind of mecha anime/anime that plays a lot with the pilot's feelings. read more
If you an EVA fan or just liked it very much you absolutely can find much enjoyment in this psychological mecha thriller. The premise is similar, but different at the same time. A group of classmates operate a giant mecha that deffends the Earth from invaders from other realities. And wth each battle one of the children is have to die in order for a mashine to operate. It's quite a deep and tense watch. Deffinitely worth a poke for every EVA fan.
Both Bokurano and Gantz are about a dreadful game that entraps its players and submits them to inhuman torment. Gantz is considerably more violent in terms of credible gore while Bokurano is more pervasive insofar as the violence is mostly psychological yet in both there is an overwhelming feeling of unfairness and unavoidable doom. The mystery that surrounds the nature of the game is similar in both series, Bokurano eventually provides an explanation that ties up with larger than life consequences while Gantz remains enigmatic through and through.
Both Bokurano and Gantz have similar concepts: There is a horrible "game" in which one must kill to survive. However, although Gantz approaches this concept in a dark fashion, Bokurano makes it darker. Whereas in Gantz one can survive the game, in Bokurano you have no choice but to die once you've signed up for it. Both animes are thought-provoking and deep, with great character development.
A bunch of unfamilliar people get involved in a some sort of a game where their lifes are put on a scale and rules at the beginning are yet unknown. Both anime have strong psychological aspect and are pretty serious and interesting to watch till the end.
Kids fighting for their lives, knowing full well most of them won't make it out alive. While Mirai Nikki is a bit more violent, both have their fair share of nightmare fuel and horrifying revelations as the stories unfold.
Both deals with people who are destined to die, and how they cope with it. Both explains each person's past to enable the watchers to sympathize with the players of the messed up game. Both worlds are destined to be destroyed if games are not carried out successfully. Both are good mix of drama, psychological, action, with twists that involve different worlds.
If you're a fan of that survival game theme, then you'll definitely enjoy this. Mirai Nikki focuses more on a direct linear storyline with 2 MC (2 others joining them later on) while Bokurano focuses on a storyline that bases on each individual character in a linear storyline. Both contain a lot of action, drama, psychological twists, and horror. Mirai Nikki also focuses a bit on romance between the two main characters.
I've grown disgusted of the word "both". So, let's just say this: Mirai Nikki has quite a few kids (along with plenty of adults) wrapped up in a deathmatch perpetrated by a dying god looking to crown his successor. Where Bokurano portrays people coming to terms with duty and death, Mirai Nikki portrays people willing to part with the core of their being in order to survive. Bokurano employs a more consistent set of laws and concepts to its world, but fails to reach as far off the deep end as MN does as a result.
•both are are about a game which focus on a group of people that are bound to the game and will eventually die
•both the groups of people in each series fully understand that they themselves will die eventually,
•both series, as it progresses, it shows each characters past and the psychological pain they withstand and under go as they come to terms with the 'game'
•both are of the psychological genre, with the characters forced into 'battle' and learning to grow up as fast as possible, for there own series plots
•both show the mindsets of humanity as it is forced into horrible situations and they both show the unkind side of humanity ..
•they are somewhat similar with the 'game' and the psychological genre aspect, but if you liked one, you might like the other.
Settings of these shows are quite diffenent, Bokurano with its sf-mecha elements and NTHT's harsh fantasy world. Both series show the more evil twisted side of human nature. And the most important point: the main protagonists are all kids. These kids have to deal with the "adult" situations and the consequences of their actions in a cruel world.
Both shows deal with children and very serious issues that surround them. Bokurano covers a wide variety with a diverse cast while Now and Then, Here and There weaves a more singluar story. However both share strong similarities in that the gravity of each story can be quite somber.
If you are looking for emotional, serious, and depressing plots, they have the same elements. The settings are different, but the theme of children placed in war-like situations in way over their heads is there.
Both take place in quite different settings, although both series are futuristic. Bokurano is a mecha series, while Now and Then, Here and There is a dark take on the Isekai genre, where a boy gets transported into a dystopian future.
Although they are different on the surface, they deal with the horror of war and children finding themselves in a horrible situation.
I've been passing this recommendation around in my head for a while and I figured why not put it out there. The similarities might not hit you right off the back, they are structured completely differently, Bokurano is based around small arc for each of the pilots, while Infinite Ryvius focuses on the whole plot, but once you get underneath, they both are very similar.
Both shows present a large cast of unique children placed in a perilous situation against their will or better judgment. But mainly they share the same themes, responsibility, loss of innocence, power, and politics. You get many different ideas on each topic, which is very nice because I can't think of any of the hundreds of characters in either series that are similar.
On an interesting note, you can overlay the music for one on to the other one's OP and they sync pretty well. read more
Infinite Ryvius and Bokurano are both mecha anime that center around a group of children who are suddenly put in a dangerous situation where they have to survive and fend for them selves. They are both psychological and dive into the minds of these children and how the situations they are in take a toll on their mental state. Despite all these children being in the same boat, there is conflict and drama between them which sometimes makes their situation worse. The scale is different in these shows though. Infinite ryvius has hundreds or even thousands of kids stuck on a ship in space while Bokurano focuses on a small group of fifteen kids to pilot one big mecha.
Shadow Star Narutaru and Bokurano share the same general atmosphere of fateful horror. The same creator is behind both series and it shows. Children caught in a recurring pattern of violence and death form the basic premise of both series. The issue of the value of life is prominent in both, as is the role of responsibility. These series are character-driven and extremely dark; Bokurano focuses on the destiny of the whole planet, while Shadow Star Narutaru deals primarily with the cast itself, but in both cases children are pushed to the limit, making for agonizing situations that are masterfully handled.
In both series, a group of young kids has their lives certainly changed when they are dragged into a twisted game that depends on survival. Rather, they must fight to survive and wrong decisions will led to consequences - being death.
The main antagonist of the series also has some similarities. Koemushi and Monokuma both are sarcastic but wields considerable powers that makes him fearful. As such, he also acts as a sort of moderator of the game and the kids are the players.
15 normal kids lives are suddenly turned upside-down when either they pilot a robot to save the Earth, dying after piloting said robot, or being thrown into a high school run by a talking bear where the only way to get out is by killing someone. As you can tell, a lot of people die in both of these anime. They have themes of hope versus despair and despite having 25 main characters, it gives each of them a great personality. Bokurano takes itself way more seriously than Danganronpa, but they're both good anime- Trust me.
Both shows are about kids put into terrifying situations and their reactions to them. They experience deep despair and are forced to develop the concept of life & death. Bokurano is more about the experience of the participants in the game and their perspective of life itself while Danganronpa is more of a mystery and never actually dwells into the dark minds of the people. If you enjoyed Danganropa you will probably like Bokurano, can't promise the other way around however due to Danganropa is too rushed and can't deliver the experience it intended to do.
Both anime deal with the despair of teenagers.
In both anime 15 teenagers are put into a situation where they're either killed or have to kill. In both anime is a mysterious being who got them into their current situation. They also give of a similar feel.
Both series contain sci fi themes and revolves around kids being the protagonists dealing with strange conflicts in their world.
Both series has mysterious atmosphere as strange occurrences takes place and contains psychological themes.
Both series are unique, intelligent, and a good watch for those interested into more refined style of anime.
Both have a similar atmosphere (though Dennou Coil is not as depressing as Bokurano), the character designs are very similar (at least to me) specially because of the dull color palette, and both involve a lot of children. I first thought they had almost the same staff, but nope, they are just very similar.
At first glance these 2 shows aren't all that similar but my gut tells me otherwise so bare with me. Children suddenly find themselves working to keep the people they love safe. The children in both shows have access to special powers. Mecha in Bokurano, telekinesis in From the New World. The atmosphere and the tone of both shows are very similar along with a dark feeling of doom that keeps you watching to see what will happen next.
So yeah it might just be me that feels these 2 are similar but either way try one if you liked the other.
Although both anime differ greatly in terms of plot, there are a few striking similarities.
1. The protagonists are all children. Most part of Shin Sekai Yori, anyway.
2. The children of both anime are plunged into a cruel conspiracy created by the adults of both worlds. As both anime progress, we will soon realise the truth behind the cruelty of both worlds.
3. In both anime, the children are given special abilities to fight with. In Shin Sekai Yori, the children's psychic powers will awaken when they come of age (i.e., mainly telekinesis). In Bokurano, the children were given robots to pilot.
Both RahXephon and Bokurano deal with children who are tasked with protecting the world from "aliens invading the earth". However, things are not quite that simple in either show. Both deal with issues of humanity and loss as their respective plots develop.
Both shows have an unknown creepy being who holds their lifes in his hands.However, this being has unknown intentions and its role is vital but passive most of the times.Both shows involve children and it is shown how they deal with their problems.
In both Anime, the characters who are mostly children get involved in some kind of game without knowing the serious consequences, and in both shows the kids are not necessarily friends or don't become ones (which makes them different from MadoMagi & YuYuYu and others)
Bokurano and Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku both series have these similarities:
- The protagonists are participate in a game where they acquire an unimaginable power (in Bokurano, control a wick and in MS Ikaku be mahou shoujo), which becomes a deadly game, where everyone could die. Of this game you can not leave, being these forced to participate in this game.
- They are forced to perform "good" tasks for humanity, but likewise they can be condemned to die.
- A doll, which caused such a game, is the one that explains the rules and helps them to fulfill their purpose.
- While the episodes are showing us the lives of the protagonists and the different problems they have both in their life and in the task that they have imposed upon them. read more
Fafner and Bokurano deal with young pilots who are forced to ride mechas in order to defend their homes at all costs. Fighting an enemy whose true nature proves to be ambiguous, the children in both series are manipulated by corrupt adults and must find the strength to deal with the chaos and violence that threatens them. Bokurano is perhaps a greater tour de force than Fafner (with its relatively tame content), but in both cases the personal relationships established between the pilots, each other, and their loved ones are at the forefront of the narrative, providing a solid emotional background for the action. Both series highlight the role of family as they develop character-driven stories that are bitter sweet and very moving in their emotional rapport.
Both anime have a main story based on mecha-robot and children that have to save the world/ppl they love.. both anime contain the 'sacrifice' side, and a lot of death >-<!
Both series are really nice, and fafner has a char design really spectacular.
Bokurano instead, has wonderful musics as background and op/endings :3
I recommend both :3
In essence, both series features are comparable to a game in which survival is absolute and lives will be lost if the wrong moves are made.
Both series has different ways of presenting the action but have supernatural features. There's also a main cast of characters focused on survival. There's also some mystery regarding the origins of the situation the characters are in.
Both series also features some horror and violence dealing with the reality of death.
Bokurano and DS2. Both series have these similarities:
- The protagonists are chosen to acquire a certain skill, which will serve to destroy some enemies for the humanity, which, it is known how much they will appear.
- The protagonists have the risk of dying, every time they use their abilities
- The anime shows that fighting is the only option, since that will depend on the destruction of this world, by higher beings, who decide the fate of the Earth.
The series convey the feelings of the protagonists, in their decision to fight or not, trying to escape their responsibilities and at the same time creating an excuse to do so. It shows the psychological struggle of them against the people who look at them with rancor, since their powers brought death to humanity. read more
Both are intense coming of age stories about children facing otherwordly enemies that intend to destroy them. As each show goes on, you learn about each child character, as well as who these "enemies" are. Neither show pulls any punches in most regards and both have an unusual art-style that is both inconsistent, and gorgeous, at times. Both are also really good, though Noein's plot is bit messy and convoluted.
Both of these anime have an enticing plot, unexpected plot twists, complex character backstories and a relation to unexplainable powers that make all involved have to take some really interesting choices. Also, if you are a fan of anime music, the soundtrack of Bokurano and Durarara is great, the songs fit perfectly with the anime's atmosphere. I strongly suggest both of them if you are searching for an impressive plot and some thrilling fight scenes.
Both are dark in tone. They both require the viewer to make an effort to understand the message that is being conveyed to them. It is not your typical "MOE MOE, TSUNDERE," these shows were both made for mature audiences.
-Have a somewhat episodic structure that becomes more cohesive near the end
-Place a large cast of interesting characters in precarious, morally gray, and often no-win situations
-Are utterly tragic at times and genuinely uplifting at others
Things that are sopposibly programmed in a computer come to the real world, and it's up to a bunch of kids to save the world. This disprition could fit both Bokurano and Digimon: Our War Game. Sure, the kids in Bokurano are older, and the series is darker.
-Both anime has concept of multiple Earths/worlds and sci-fi based.
-Enemy from different Earth comes to this Earth and people fights it. In World Trigger,it's people in Border Defense fights with a special weapon called "trigger." In Bokurano,it's 15 kids fights with a huge robot called "Zearth"
I'm really surprised no one has compared these here before. While the details of the similarities in plot are in spoiler territory, they have a lot in common. Both of them have similar wide reaching consequences and both of them have the same mecha related despair and slow realization that things are lot worse than initially suspected. The feeling of desperation and insignificance faced by the protagonists of both shows is very similar as well.
Extremely dark psychological content (showing both the good and bad of humanity), both involve children/teens who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions, and both have depressing ends.
Children making tough decisions in an apocalyptic scenario? Death everywhere? Potentially-backstabbing adults?
There are few anime series to turn to when sick of high school-aged or even young adult main characters, and that's exactly why both of these series are gems. Will the children fight for freedom or accept the life they've been dealt?
Bokurano is an amazing series that you should definitely look into if you are enjoying Owari no Seraph.
Planet With = Bokurano Light
Both are mecha series with a strong focus on adolescent character development and intentional theme exploration like, the importance of looking at things from new and different perspectives, the power of empathy AND sympathy, and recovering from past tragedy. Bokurano is significantly darker, and would not be an appropriate show to show someone under the age of 14, while Planet With takes a much more child/family friendly approach to its themes, yet both have a similar tone and atmosphere that will probably endear them to anyone who has seen and enjoyed one or the other.
MSG Victory and Bokurano both feature children as mecha pilots. They are forced to face the reality of saving the world from invaders with the former being attacked by a spaceborne empire and the latter being parallel Earths. The main difference is only one mecha is available for a particular Earth while MSG Victory of course being part of the Gundam metaseries features many. Also, both shows feature tragedy, sadness, depression, the relationship between relatives, friends and families and some level of comedy. All in all, both shows feature one infamous feature and that is called 'KILL EM ALL' wherein one or more characters are killed after the other. However, the hope is not lost since both shows ended with some kind of a happy ending. read more
They both have a gigantic robot-guardian of Earth ridden by a 15 year-old. The fights are episodic with different opponents. And in both animes the military is trying to meddle in and trying to take control of the robots.
The plots are generally quiet different, with Bokurano having more thriller and drama elements, more main characters and different stories intertwined.
Reideen is mainly revolving around one boy's life and the story is filled with more action.
Bokurano and Saikano do not appear very similar on the surface but they share the same overreaching theme of foreboding doom, subjecting their respective casts to situations of intense despair. Both deal with the end of the world as we know it; in Saikano due to human folly and war and in Bokurano due to a bizarre game of fatal consequences. In both anime the protagonists are very young people forced to deal with extreme situations in which death is ever present and annihilation threatens. Saikano has an element of romance while Bokurano deals with family and friendship relations first and foremost. These are anime about excruciating choices and are very bitter through and through; they are very rewarding series, even if highly draining viewing experiences, with solid character development. read more
Bokurano and Fafner-Right of Left are mecha titles in which the robots serve to develop the characters. In both series children are forced to wage an excruciating battle with an aura of bittersweet tragedy that weights upon everyone. Bokurano does an exceptional job in fleshing out a rather vast cast while Right of Left focuses more exclusively on two characters; in both the human element is much more important than the action and these somewhat underrated titles deserve considerably more attention than they receive.
These series aren't alike at all really. But at the same time there is something that sort of reminds me of the other. While in Higurashi the characters are close they aren't so much in Bokurano. There is an hanging feeling of hopelessness and despair in Bokurano because of what happens to the pilots of the Zearth the same hopelessness and despair is easily found in Higurashi too.
So, uhh, maybe it is kind of impulsive to compare Monster to Bokurano? But these two shows have incredible twists that might break your momma's back. (And a few Bokurano kids act about as bad as some of the kids from Monster.) They're both not 100% pessimistic, however, which is meant to be some kind of reassurance, right...right?
Both involve threats to the world, and both involve a large group of people - mostly children as leaders - taking on the threat, and being unable to rely on government institutions which even actively get in the way of their progress.
When I was watching the third episode of SAO- I thought of Bokurano. I don't know exactly why, maybe it's the atmosphere? Anyway, they both explore death. In Sword Art Online, 10,000 people are trapped in the game world. If they die in game, they die in real life. For Bokurano, 15 kids agree to play a game that later turned out to take place in reality. If they lose, everyone dies. Both anime's deal with having death smacked into plain view, and how the characters deal with what stands right before their eyes.
The plot of Digimon Adventure and Bokurano both start with children being chosen during a summer camp to represent and protect their planet. There is also a reason for those children being chosen, but in Bokurano it's shown sooner. These series also involve parallel universes connected somehow, and what is done where children are brings consequences to their universe or world of origin. Children in both anime fight for some reason alongside with beings (in the case of Bokurano, just one being, Zearth) that are not common in their world. At first, children think that's not real (in Bokurano, a simple game, and Digimon Adventure, a dream), but then they realize that's really serious. read more