[Shounen Adventure Anime Winter 2018] Like Madan no Ou to Vanadis? Watch This!

In the Fall Season of 2014, alongside many other interesting shows such Parasyte, we were given Madan no Ou to Vanadis, an interesting tale based in medieval times. Such themes are not new to anime, with stories based in historical fiction being aired every single year, including the anime in the spotlight this time, Nanatsu no Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins) and Grancrest Senki (Record of Grancrest War). These shows are both heavily influenced by concepts of a medieval European nature, even going as far as to feature concepts of mythology in their storylines. These anime are Shounen titles definitely worth checking out given the fact that they are fresh off the proverbial grill and ready for anime fans like ourselves to pounce and enjoy!

About Madan no Ou to Vanadis (Lord Marksman and Vanadis)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2014 – December 2014

In an alternate version of Europe, tensions have escalated into war between the countries of Zhcted and Brune. Zhcted is a nation ruled by seven War Maidens called the Vanadis, one of whom, Eleonora Viltaria, wages war on the neighbouring Brune. With the entirety of his fellow Brune soldiers completely decimated by Zhcted, Brunian archer and earl, Tigrevurmud Vorn finds himself at the mercy of Eleonora. However, she spares his life on the fulfilment of one condition: “Become mine”. Now Tigrevurmud finds himself in a strange new environment, with the mysterious Eleonora’s strange words echoing in his mind…

Liked Madan no Ou to Vanadis? Watch Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2014 – March 2015

In an era akin to the Middle Ages of Europe, the Kingdom of Liones finds its protection from evil in the form of the Holy Knights, warriors capable of extremely powerful magic. However, a squadron of the Holy Knights defected and attempted to overthrow the King. They were defeated by the Holy Knights; however, rumours of the survival of this squadron, codenamed “The Seven Deadly Sins” persisted. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup, becoming the new rulers of Liones. Seeing the tyranny of the Holy Knights, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, Elizabeth, sets out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help in order to save the kingdom.

Having dropped in January 2018, the second season of Nanatsu no Taizai – Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu (Revival of the Commandments) picks up from the four-episode OVA which aired in August 2016. With the necessary course-correction done, the Nanatsu no Taizai story continues to create additions to its lore and characters, delving deeper into the mysteries surrounding the various members of the Sins, while bringing a whole host of new antagonists, amazing fights, character development and the odd talking pig.

Three Major Similarities Between Madan no Ou to Vanadis and Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu

1. Setting

Both Madan no Ou to Vanadis and Nanatsu no Taizai are set in Medieval Europe, in universes which have a propensity for the supernatural – this includes the insertion of mythological creatures such as dragons and demons, as well as the latent magical abilities of many of the characters in both shows. Geopolitically, both shows are on the same wavelength as both stories feature a war of some kind, with Madan no Ou to Vanadis taking it to international levels and Nanatsu no Taizai focusing more on civil war.

2. Characters

While Tigrevurmud and Meliodas aren’t necessarily birds of a feather, the dynamics between Tigrevurmud & Eleonora; and Meliodas & Elizabeth exhibit a concept of a male/female duo. These character pairings also bring out different aspects of their respective stories, while also bringing in a concept prevalent in Shounen anime: the romantic interest and muse. Coincidentally, Eleonora and Elizabeth are also phenotypically similar, both sporting white hair.

3. Politics

As much as both shows feature healthy amounts of war, chaos and badass fight scenes, they are both alike in the fact that they are heavily driven by the political lore of their respective stories. It is this political background that informs much of the story – Nanatsu no Taizai wouldn’t be a thing hadn’t there been treason, hierarchy and oppression. Madan no Ou is driven by politics too, the very war between Brune and Zhcted is a political issue, however, the anime also attends to political concepts of position and power.

Liked Madan no Ou to Vanadis? Watch Grancrest Senki!

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2018 –

The continent of Atlatan is dominated by Chaos. In order to keep the peace and calm the people of the land, the Lords have in their possession magical “Crests” capable of sealing away chaos. However, at some point, the Lords abandon their creed of protecting the continent from chaos and instead choose to fight each other for possession of more “Crests” in order to gain power. Shiruuka, a mage who resents the Lords for their actions, makes an oath with a wandering knight named Theo to change the fate of their continent torn apart by the flames of war.

Three Major Similarities Between Madan no Ou to Vanadis and Grancrest Senki

1. Setting

Madan no Ou to Vanadis and Grancrest Senki share their selection of medieval Europe as the site of their respective plotlines. Both are stories involving nations at war in a fictional arena within medieval Europe. There is the intonation of the supernatural featured in both stories: expect powerful magic and mythological creatures! As a result, both shows have extensive amounts of lore and are rather intricately woven.

2. Characters

Much like Madan no Ou to Vanadis, Grancrest Senki also makes use of a regularly seen pairing in anime: the male/female dynamic duo. The instances of this trope in both shows is made even more similar by the fact that both anime feature strong female protagonists, in addition to having the respective characters within these duos hailing from different parts of the world.

3. Politics

The concept of politics greatly influences the plot, setting and lore of both titles involved – we’re given a healthy helping of social and political conflict which leads to war, we have aristocracy and the result superiority complexes exhibited by such characters and even as much as individuals in power abusing their legitimacy, such as the Lords of Grancrest Senki, or xenophobia as seen in Madan no Ou to Vanadis.

Final Thoughts

The formula used in Madan no Ou to Vanadis is one the permutations of which we have seen several times over the years as anime fans; however, these shows remain interesting because there are innumerable ways to use the same tools. Nanatsu no Taizai and Grancrest Senki, by virtue of being similar to Madan no Ou to Vanadis, also bear multiple similarities to each other, such as the inclusion of magic, aristocracy, war, as well as the little dash of ecchi that finds its way into Shounen titles a lot of the time. This is also true of Madan no Ou to Vanadis. As much as we’d love to see everything about the shows we watch, we just can’t always catch the details – this is why it is awesome to open up discussion with other anime fans, so we’d like to know what you think! Drop a comment below if you spot any more similarities, the more the merrier!

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Author: Hoshi-kun

I’m South African, harbouring an obsession for anything remotely related to Japan, mostly anime, of course. I draw sometimes. Some people call me Naledi, it’s my real name, or something like that. People think I’m stoic because I don’t smile often (I do sometimes). I like languages. Hoshi-kun and Naledi are the same side of the same coin.

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