If you're a fan of action-packed anime that feature a skilled gamer in a fantasy MMORPG setting, then these are the shows for you. While they differ plotwise, the similarities are endless such as the engaging action sequences, the very skilled and confident protagonists, and the lead's cute female companions.
Both series involve OP gamer protagonists who are fairly light on emotions, and have a harem of girls flock to them. King's Avatar focuses more on esports, while Sword Art Online leans into romance and arc-based storytelling.
This show continues the ongoing trend of video-game themed anime, but The King's Avatar goes about it in a mellowing slice of life style.
TK'sA is about an eSports star who is dismissed from the team after several lackluster years, and the new way of life he finds through a nightshift job at an unassuming internet cafe. This show is very surreal in spite of, or because of, it's simplicity.
-both about games
-based on light novel
-QZGS is a chinese anime
-QZGS is more of a MMORPG than a virtual game like SAO
Which is better?
It's Quan Zhi Gao Shou for me as it focuses on the action and there is just a REALLY REALLY SLIGHT hint of romance (if you could call that a romance), which is good for me since that is what I'm looking for. (I'm a gamer btw.)
Note: As of now, it is still ongoing, so if you do not want ongoing series, then don't watch it YET. (But I still recommend watching it NOW)
So, to be honest, I dislike both shows.
However, I figured out hey maybe since I dislike both anime for roughly the same lines, someone out there might like them for the same reasons.
In fact, one of the big plus of both anime is that they provide a community fed up with wimpy MCs with winning ones whose character triumphs exist first and foremost to gratify the audience.
To those simply looking for an easy and gratifying watch, both series deliver on that department.
Both series involve OP protagonists using game world avatars to destroy thse who stand in their way. While King's Avatar plays this straight by using it with a fictional game and esport scene, Overlord instead opts to go in a more fantasy route with the main character actually diving into the game world, being stuck there.
-Similar Smart Gamer MC's.
-Cunning, strategic, and a bit of a troll.
-Both have gaming aspects.
-LH focuses on in-game politics and world building
-QZGS does not have the "trapped in a virtual game" aspect so it's "politics" are purely RL ones, mostly due to the competitive spirit of other gaming clubs.
-LH is Japanese while QZGS is Chinese.
-The art is very different. One is more 2D, the other has CGI and looks more like something from Fate Stay verse.
The main characters are both smart/strategic, very experienced, and are highly respected in their respective worlds. Other similarities include the use of gaming terms, guilds, and great action scenes. Quan Zhi's battles are far more intense, though.
People who enjoy playing MMOs will surely find them interesting.
The concept of overpowered character/former pro in a video game that starts from the beginning is common in both (under different forms though).
If you've liked the concept of overpowerness than you'll love log horizon as well!
Badass main character who's can be a prideful prick? Check.
Modern and Good Art? Check.
Action-packed fighting by main character who is a legend, but also "flawed"? Check.
Both MKnRand QZGS are fantasy/magic type animes that don't try to reinvent the wheel, but still remains refreshing and intriguing. While they are sort of directed to different audiences, both elicit either a love/hate response. The side characters are surprisingly memorable and different too. QZGS's beauty is the character development and unique stories while MKnR is all about "imperfection" not being an excuse for being OP, hence the huge class divider.
Bonus: Both have great OP/EDs too!
BonusBonus/Sidenote: I'm not sure if this is unique, or a pro/con but McD's surely milked the opportunity to advertise on QZGS. Also, QZGS has a unique, but fairly balanced mix of CGI/3D/normal animation.
Both are definitely not meant for everyone.*** read more
MCs are extremely smart and have lots of technical information. Shiba is really good with technology and Ye Xiu knows everything about his game. They both have a lot of tricks under their sleeves and try to hide their identity.
Both have the same kind of MC... calm, badass, overpowered and not acknowledged by most people at the beginning. Except that Mahouka is a semi-generic high school harem anime that has an extremely slow pacing, which forced me to drop it despite my friends' suggestion. I'd still recommend it nevertheless
If you're looking for a good Chinese anime, you must give Zhen Hun Jie (Rakshasa Street) a try. Although the quality of the animation of rakshasa street is not comparable to Quan Zhi Gao Shou, it made up for it with its interesting plot and characters. The way the anime was directed is also interesting in the sense that two different timelines are being explored at once (instead of the typical flashback used in Japanese anime) and tie-in together nicely towards the end which made some of the revelations very satisfying. For example, the first episode is about the current timeline then second episode switches to the past timeline and the third episode is back to present time again, etc. Not to mention, it has the best OST and songs that I've heard in Chinese anime. The length of the episode is pretty short, roughly about 12-15 mins except for the first and last episode which are 20+ minutes.  read more
Quanzhi Gaoshou is perhaps the most popular Chinese anime at the moment, yet Zhen Hun Jie (Rakshasa Street) is nowhere near that in popularity. However, they are the two highest rated Chinese anime on this site and deservedly so. Though I think that the plot and characters are more interesting and engaging in Zhen Hun Jie. Each episode is only 14 minutes on average which makes it an easy watch as well. I recommend checking it out if you're looking for Chinese anime to watch.
I am recommending this anime for the similar elements that both present, as the dungeons with various monsters to defeat, both animes have charismatic protagonists and that are progressing during the story goes on, the animation of Quanzhi Gaoshou is sensational, the battle scenes are beautiful, the two animes are very good, both from Dungeons to explore, guilds and cool characters.
the MC team is overpowered, and often takes their time or doesn't really go serious for most opponents. The main difference is that Quan Zhi Goa SHou is in a game, and Nanatsu no Taizai is not, but the action of both is very entertaining
both protagonists suffer a fall from grace.
both work in a bar or internet cafe afterwards
both try regain their previous status in one way or another
both are really overpowered in their respective fields
both contain a fantasy world setting
The feeling is similar. Both Sei and Ye Xiu are really passionate about games and battles. And you can feel their enjoyment of the game.
There are slight differences Sei is younger and is now fighting in a tournament to become the strongest, while Ye Xiu is already a veteran winner of tournaments, player no. 1 in the game and already an adult.
Both series show the life of the players in and outside the game and their relationships.
Good humor also.
They are both action-packed and focus on battles between characters with various abilities. While Quanzhi Gaoshou involve game characters with different classes and skillset, The Outcast involve characters with different supernatural abilities.
They both feature an amazing ensemble cast where the MC is surround by competent and charismatic supporting characters with unique personalities and backstories.
Well, at first glance this recommendation seems a little strange but it is not as farfetched as it might seems.
First of all in both anime special attention is given to the character and development, based on the personal life stories.
"Netojuu no Susume" does appear a little more Ladylike due to a female main character and involving a lot of emotions. However, in both anime the game play is not focused, but on the other hand the characterization based on interaction and the ongoing plot is done pretty well, without being too predictable.
To me these shows appear like representing two sides of the same coin. Both take look at the benefits and disadvantages of online games, on the one hand a pro-player who starts struggling his way back to the top and on the other hand a woman trying to re-discover the feeling for the beauty of life.
I enjoyed both shows.
Two series that focus on the world of their titles and their leading characters survive the hiccups that appear before them. Both series don't use an "arc" based formula that many manga and anime do but instead have multiple plots intertwined together to create a more complex narrative, that isn't always apparent but still compelling.
- Both are sports stories, that tackles the life of pros, the dreams and efforts that goes into professional sports.
- Ping pong is fast and concise, QZGS requires a long prep time but contains far larger scope.
- Art style and action
The Ye Xiu the MC of QZGH has very much the same appeal as Yang Wenli from LotGH but boosted by Reinhard's snark. If you are someone who believes QZGS or LotGH is the epitome of """maturity""" and appreciate the super-ultra-extremely-peerlessly smart tactics of """real""" adults, with their """subtle""" interactions then I think you will be sure to enjoy the other.
- Both are more or less sausage fest shows with a few stereotypical token females. Though they get more screen time in QZGS
- Yang/Ye both have the magical ability to scout out skillful people quicker than you can say 'contrived'.
- Tactics, teamwork, and whatnot. Plenty of screen time dedicated to people praising the actions of the protagonist because god forbid you fail to appreciate how super-ultra-extremely-peerlessly skilled these people are. read more
A fallen career professional fights his way back to the top.
Yuri on Ice is about a pro figure skater and Quan Zhi Gao Shou is about a pro gamer. Both are adults nearing the end of their professional life in their discipline and are looking for a way to find revive their career.
Stylistically and presentation wise they're very different; but both are very ambitious with complex choreography and action, and the resulting CG is just as ugly whether it's made in China or made in Japan.
Both leaves you with an uneasy feeling of incompleteness. Regardless of my criticisms, if you liked one for the profession-starting-again theme give the other a try. read more
Both involve players playing Multiplayer RPG kind of games where they are uber powerful.
In one game he is sacked from that game and must start anew and the other the game ends and he must start a new game.
Both focus a lot on the player's "real" life...