[Hollywood to Anime] Like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Watch These Anime!

Based on the epic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is regarded by many as a cinematic masterpiece trilogy. The films have collectively won 18 academy awards, 11 from the third film alone. The Lord of the Rings and other works by Tolkien are considered the launching point for fantasy as we know it today. Let’s take a look at two anime that pose some similarities to the iconic trilogy and, if you haven’t already, you should put on your watch list.

Like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Watch Inuyasha!

High school student Kagome Higurashi finds herself being dragged through the old well of her family’s Shinto shrine and into the Sengoku period of Japan, five centuries in the past, by an evil demon bent on recovering the Shinkon jewel, a wish-granting relic that has manifested itself inside Kagome. After escaping following the jewel’s shattering amidst the chaos of the battle, Kagome comes across the half-demon named Inuyasha. Together, they discover new friends and foes and venture across ancient Japan to recover the shards of the Jewel and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

Major Similarities Between The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and InuYasha

1. Grand Quest

Akin to Frodo’s quest to travel to Mount Doom to destroy the one ring and prevent the rise of Sauron, so too must Kagome and Inuyasha set off on a quest full of danger to prevent an all-powerful instrument from falling into the hands of a demon named Naraku. All great high fantasy tales involve a grand quest in one way or another. InuYasha is for those who enjoy following characters on a journey to see their goals achieved.

2. Fellowship

Among the various key themes present in the trilogy, none is perhaps as poignant as the bond of fellowship between Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Gimli, Gandalf, Boromir, and Legolas. Just as Frodo found strength in his fellowship, Kagome finds strength in Inuyasha and the friends who join her on the journey. These include the fox-demon named Shippo, the cursed monk named Miroku, and the demon slayer Sango. They band together to fight against the forces of evil, fulfill their own personal destinies, and try to leave the places they visit better than they found it.
Like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Watch Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus Bride)!

Like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Watch Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus Bride)

Chise Hatori is a fifteen-year-old girl who has been neglected her whole life, alienating herself due to her odd behaviour and talent to see fey spirits, which others cannot see. Spiralling down deeper into a depression, she auctioned herself off into slavery. Chise is acquired for a large sum by a mysterious gentleman who brings her to the English countryside, to his cottage. There he reveals himself to be the ancient magus. Chise learns she is a part of a larger hidden world of magic and monsters than she could have dreamed. And so, begins the new life of Chise the apprentice and bride.

Major Similarities Between The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus Bride)

1. Celtic and Germanic Influence

The presence of Celtic and Germanic themes in The Lord of the Rings is kept ambiguous given the nature of the work as a fantasy. Still, with the role which nature and the setting in the West play in storytelling, one cannot help but find similarities between these elements of The Ancient Magus Bride and the Celtic folklore and Germanic language which you can see sprinkled throughout the world of Middle-earth.

2. Fantastic Creatures and Magic

Perhaps the simplest comparison to make between the anime and the trilogy is the presence of fantastical elements such as a magic, fey creatures (fairies, sprites, spirits, etc.) in The Ancient Magus Bride. They are not simply in the background of the story but play an integral part in driving the story and the development of Chise as a character forward. Just as Frodo and Sam traverse the monsters and magic of the world outside the Shire, Chise must head deeper into a world she had only scratched the surface of, interacting with the magic and creatures which cause her to grow as a result.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed our suggestions. When it comes to The Lord of the Rings, there are so many works that can be compared and so many themes that we did not have a chance to discuss. What are two anime you would recommend? Have you seen the anime mentioned here? Let us know in the comments

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Author: Joshua M

I’m an avid anime fan and writer born and living in Toronto, Canada. When I’m not watching or writing about anime, I write poetry and short stories. I’m currently working towards my Post-Graduate Diploma in Publishing and work in the child and youth mental health sector. I thoroughly enjoy Fantasy RPGs and other story driven games, comics, and I’m a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons.

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