Do you like stories of noble, romantic conquest? Epic-style armies resting their lives down because of good guy heroes proclaiming his will for the people? Some light political intrigue as a buffer for the plight that is to come? Both of these titles should be serviceable in the above mentioned.
Utawarerumono, being based on a visual novel, has an undercurrent of harem elements to it; cute girls aplenty with most of the downtime about cute antics.
Record of Grancrest War, in true spirit to its table-top origins, leans heavy on stock cliche characters playing out their roles energetically, but cliche nonetheless; an easy recommendation for the genre buffs out there. read more
Start as a small group and rapidly expand in the fantasy setting, it becomes very political in the setting as territory's change hands. There is a large cast of characters with a few dying off as the story progresses, which it does very fast.
Seems to be a similar set-up, where a male/female duo get together to found a separate "nation" and accomplish great things. Grancrest Senki seems to be more Medieval based, while Utawarerumono is more Fantasy/Isekai, and both involve some type of overarching plot or factor that provides the base for their goals and/or desires.
-There is Magic
-Both Male MC wanna protect there Land/Home
-There are War's
-I feel like strategy plays a big role in both Anime.
Overall it is really similar and if you like "Grancrest Senki" you'll probably like "Madan nou Ou to Vanadis" too.
You see in both:
- female main character closes a contract with male main character
- romance set in a non-modern era
- female main character takes care of the strategy towards their goal of creating a better world
- very similar feel
I was surprised not to see this in the top recommendations here. I automatically thought of Grancest Senki while watching Maoyuu, they have a very very similar feel.
Both anime have an exposition with a mature boy-meets-girl trope following which the two characters use unorthodox methods to attempt to create a world that one of the characters envisioned. Both anime feature a world at war between two major parties and the political undertones those conflicts have.
Seems to be a very similar premise, where a charismatic, but weak individual gathers up other, stronger or more knowledgeable people to help accomplish their vision and goals that may go against the grain of the current prevailing forces. There are also similarities in that the main character's allies are potentially somewhat manipulative.
Although their premises and plot progression are completely different, they're both stories set in a medieval fantasy setting filled with armies battling each other, lots of violence and death, super powers or magic, romance between two enemies and political overtones. So if you liked one you would probably like the other.
With that said, I have to make clear that Grancrest Senki is more focused on politics so it might get a little harder to get into. If you happened to watch and like both of these series, I suggest you watch Windaria.
Both were set in a certain time period where warring factions fight for supremacy, except one was set in some quasi european setting while the other is more on the oriental east, one was more of supernatural and fantasy while the other has an odd kind of sci-fi in it.
Both are set in a medieval fantasy world that is plagued by some sort of malevolent force that brings about war on a grand scale. In addition, both male lead characters have the ability to gain magic power from others.
Do you enjoy fantastical rules that affect the setting as much as the cast? Armies and political intrigue as common spices to your fantasy adventures? What about observing the plight for an unassuming ruler to rise and do their part for their people? Both anime in question provide these surreptitious, zesty epics with relish.
Twelve Kingdoms, arguably a masterpiece in its own right, offers more diversity in its setting and stories, encompassing multiple exposures and journeys.
Record of Grancrest War, being based on a table-top RPG, feels more indebted to classic fantasy/epic thus concentrates on that core conceit, Suikoden-style (rise-to-power fanservice)
For someone who likes fantasy adventures that involve magic and warring kingdoms both anime are a good choice. For people that aren't to fond of this genre, they may still grow on you, because of some characters, the mature themes or the story twists.
But be warned they are also simular in their bad points like pasting and to many characters.