Fairytales! They both handle the same theme, albeit in different ways, yet the goal is similar enough; to gather/seal every fairytale in a book while fending off enemies. The origin stories of the fairytales differ, but they take a dark spin in both works, while in Dokusai Grimoire, they come to life as characters and have their own distinct personality. The true charming point is the characters and their interactions, as they win you over slowly but surely and you cannot help, but like even some of the unlikable bunch.
Unfortunately, their other similarity is their abrupt ending. You will not get a satisfying ending in either of them, although Kataribe no List handles it better with enough twists to save its pride. Dokusai Grimoire, on the other hand, is in generally a more simplistic work (yet enjoyable), so the end just comes to an abrupt stop and you are left wondering about the next step to no avail. However, they both offer enough entertainment as to not feel that your time got wasted. read more
Both involve Grimm's Tales
- Dokusai focuses more on defeating the characters of the stories to survive whereas List has the tales as items that have various different powers depending on which story they're from
- The artwork for both is somewhat similar
- Both protagonists are involved with Cinderella
Mysterious objects with special powers. Both series adapts supernatural elements in the most unique form as we witness the powers of these objects. The main characters and the story revolves around these objects. The supernatural phenomenons brings out the various themes of both series as well. There is also a mystery sensation regarding the origins of these powerful objects as the main characters uncover the truth and discover secrets beyond imaginations.
The background of each uses fairytales with Kataribe no List using Grimm's various fairytales as items and Pandora Hearts relying on "Alice in Wonderland" to portray parts of the story. What they have more in common though is that they equally have great comedic scenes and interactions between characters which lightens the mood appropriately even when things are serious. Also, albeit the story in Pandora Hearts is a lot more developed and complicated and deals with more themes, they both include a mystery of sorts with the main protagonist(s) being chased by certain enemies, similar plot twists at every corner and not knowing really which is the right or wrong side in the end.
So, for a mix of fantasy, comedy and mystery while giving off the same vibe, both of them would be an easy, enjoyable read. read more