It's a ninja anime that was made wayyyyyyyyy before Naruto showed up. In comparison to Naruto, Flame of Recca is a lot more ninja authentic in terms of action and clothing design and execution of techniques. The format, characterization, and style is heavily influenced by Yuu Yuu Hakusho, though far from being what you can call a rip off. It has a great cast of characters where each member of Team Hokage represent an earth element. Recca being fire; Fuuko being wind; Domon being earth; Mikagami being water; and Kaoru representing formlessness. Each character also has their own distinct relic that is the source of their elemental powers. The villains are pretty cool themselves. The main villain is a businessman named Mori Kouran, but his main henchman, Kurei, as well as his own personal sideshow freaks for goons will be fighting the battles and they have their own distinctive characteristics to them as well. The TV series is good, but the manga is much more deeper and takes it farther.......as usual with a majority of animes based on mangas.