Air Gear, Accel World Recommendations
QFT what the previous recommendation writer said. Feel free to hate on the protagonist of Accel World at the beginning for his pathetic attitude & look down on Ikki (Air Gear main protagonist) for his lackluster attitude at the beginning. However, they both will grow and expect their character development from ep 1 to the final ep.
Both series are strong.
Talk about gaming to the extreme; one being a physical contact type of gaming while the other involves extreme video gaming. The characters are varied personality wise in both anime and yet still manage to have personalities that are also out there.
Air Gear and Accel World: the same story set in alternate universes. Okay, not really... but it seems that way when you take a moment to think about it. Even from episode 1, the two start the same: an aimless teen boy discovers a world of competitive sports he didn't know existed -- thanks to a special technological device and a girl of interest in each case.
The theme of both series is the battle to be the best despite having started from nothing only days or weeks earlier. Whether it's Air Gear's 5-person team battles of Trophaeum or the 1-on-1 battle arena of
Accel World and Air Gear are action packed anime that feature protagonists that stumble upon a different "world" that they have little knowledge of. They start from nothing and progress beyond their initial limitations by using armor/rollerblades, while discoverring societies made up of legions/teams that they end up fighting in for territory as the shows progress. Both series offer superb and fluid animation while each of them keeps its own unique flavor. If you liked watching one of them you shouldn't hesitate to try out the other.