In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
Afro Samurai and the Kenshin OVA connect rather well. A strong samurai is the main character in each, and he goes through quite a bit of character development. On top of that, their strength is shown in battle, which gives you a similar feeling.
Both Kenshin and Afro Samurai follow a protagonist with a penchant for killing. While Kenshin does this in order to bring about revolution in order to stop the suffering of the people, Afro does it for revenge. Both Kenshin and Afro are the introverted, silent type that quietly dispatch of any oppositoin that they encounter.
Both of these series are pretty heavy on the fighting and blood, and the action scenes are intense. Both of these are top notch stories that contain characters that you will actually remember long after you finish watching the show.
Honestly, when watching Afro Samurai, I felt it was a not-as-good Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen. While Afro hardly speaks in that flat, dull manner, Kenshin is subtly complex and engaging; moreover, Kenshin's tragedy is executed with brilliance and delicacy whereas Afro's is ham-fisted. However, Kenshin is equally hardcore, and equally mind-blowing a swordsman, and the action/animation is great. If you liked Afro Samurai and want a better version, then check out Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen.
Both series are a beautifully done samurai fighting series. Each series is violent and bloody and have a main character who is very interesting and a master swordsman where very few people can provide an even match against. Each series has an interesting and entertaining story that keeps the viewer interested and fights that are done very well.
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is way superior to Afro Samurai, but the latter has it's own merits, though those who watched Tsuiokuhen might be a bit letdown at how much it outclasses the other.
Both share amazing fight scenes and don't shy from blood; amazing style and animation for Afro Samurai and Tsuiokuhen looks pretty good after all this time; both have great music, an amazing score from the RZA and Tsuiokuhen surpasses it with some absolutely beautiful pieces. Story/character-wise, Tsuiokuhen wins by far.
Basically, if you enjoyed Afro Samurai and want a better samurai-based anime that's just as short or something better overall, then Tsuiokuhen is just what you need.
Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
The main reason for recommending Berserk with Afro Samurai is the spectacular fights (not talking about the all out wars). While the settings are different, the feel isn't. Especially in the last couple of episodes, Berserk carries a certain noir and obscure feel like Afro Samurai and you will certainly enjoy the flow of blood in both.
Be warned though: Afro Samurai's story is limited compared to Berserk and not very similar either.
The themes of Berserk and Afro Samurai are quite different, and at first, the only noticeable similarity is that both of the main characters are swordsmen. Beyond that, the two main characters felt very similar to me...
Both series follow an absolute baller who owns up anyone who steps in his way. If you like untouchables, this series is for you.
They may be set in different era's and settings but both that dark action tint to the serie. Both have the deadly apathetic lead characters that once set on a path will not be stopped no matter what you put in front of them.
Dante works as a demon hunter for the office of Devil May Cry, and as he is always in debt he doesn't have the luxury to turn down jobs as long as they pay well. His latest assignment is to be a bodyguard for the young Patty Lowe while she receives her inheritance. During the mission he was able to defeat the demons that got in his way and deliver Patty safely, but upon completion of the mission Dante discovers that Patty will be staying with him – indefinitely! Now, Dante must not only hunt demons and coexist peacefully with other hunters, but also handle the responsibility of taking care of a little girl!
Afro Samurai might not have all of the demons Devil May Cry has, but there are plenty of elements to appeal to the same fans. The atmosphere brought about by the main characters, the great fights and the lovely soundtracks that accompany them will, without a doubt, get your adrenaline flowing once again.
The enimies are different but the action packed adrenaline rush is not. Devil May Cry has a bad ass main character who's a little rough around the edges and when it comes to combat, Dante and Afro both deliver with beatiful animation and superb fights.
Both animes are full of action packed fights and definitely tons of blood. They have sort of similar main characters, except I never found Afro's character that badass, or at least not as much as Dante's, but both deliver nicely animated fights if that's what you're looking for. The only real differences between them is that while Afro Samurai is one story spread across 5 episodes, Devil May Cry is very episodic, which may put you off. Also maybe it's because I haven't watched the final episodes of Devil May Cry, but it also seems that Afro Samurai has plenty more in terms of action and fights as Afro is pretty empty when it comes to dialogue anyways. If you enjoyed the action in any of the two, I'd recommend the other! Just don't expect anything close to the game if you're planning on watching Devil May Cry, it's way different, in a negative way sadly, but still check it out.
Both of these shows share awesome bloody action scenes, a good soundtrack, a dark atmosphere, a kickass main character, but a somewhat weak storyline. Fans of one would probably enjoy the other.
In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...
Both series have badass main characters and are quite bloody. In fact, while watching Afro Samurai I thought, "hey, this reminds me of the way Alucard's fights were shown in Hellsing, I like it!" And that's the main reason I think everyone who likes one of those series for the attitude or style of the main characters (as well as how the fights are depicted) will like the other series as well.
If you liked one you'd like the other, because the way the main character handles the bad guys is pretty much the same. Also every episode of both Hellsing and Afro Samurai contains a good amount of violence.
Fountains of blood, disgusting enemies desperate to see the downfall of our hero, hidden pasts, and a sinister ambiance - all features championed by Hellsing and Afro Samurai. Both plots play with the idea of innocence lost, and both Afro and Alucard give the impression of being a powerful, yet unknown quantity - silent monoliths of potential devastation in worlds that often seem teeming with hostile forces.
The accompanying music is also quite bold and innovative in both cases - the rap stylings of Afro and the heavily jazz influenced tunes from Hellsing are something quite unique and different to that offered by most Anime, and you could confidently recognize the Anime from their distinctive tracks. The fighting scenes also employ similar ranges of weapons, from sword to heavy artillery, meaning the 'damage-o-meter' is often peaking at 'intense'.
Extremly gorey fight scenes exsecuted but nigh invicible masters of limb removal.
Lot of dark humour prevalent in both, as well as very destinctive soundtracks.
Alucard is a vampire who works for Hellsing – an organization responsible for hunting down and destroying other vampires. In these dark times, whoever is bitten by a vampire turns into a ghoul -- with the exception of Seras Victoria, Alucard’s newly created and appointed apprentice. Now, Seras must serve her master, Alucard and work for Integra Wingates Hellsing. Nefarious vampire activities are being reported throughout England, and it all traces back to the organization named “Millennium”. Will the Hellsing organization, under the command of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, be able to prevent a full scale war? Or will the world become a battlefield of destruction?
Hellsing OVA and Afro Samurai both have a fairly dark animation style that reflects the characters' demeanor, and they also have great fight scenes as well. Hellsing is set in a supernatural world, and Afro Samurai is more grounded in reality - though at times it ignores physics. Both are a good watch for fans of a good action anime.
Afro Samurai and Hellsing have attitude in abundance, a flair for well choreographed action sequences and a darker undertone to some unlikely protagonists. Despite differences in genre, they will surely appeal to a similar audience and can be appreciated equally for their detailed design.
These two action packed series should satisfy any anime fan who loves to see well animated fighting sequences. If you're a fan of one, then the other one is sure to please. Blood and gore will liter the screen while sword swings, gun blasts, and heavy ordinance are exchanged.
Both Hellsing OVA and Afro Samurai are introducing us to their plot through flawlessly executed action scenes. Moreover they are overflowing with unique style. Afro's western theme and Hellsing's vampires and 3rd reich are unforgettable experiences, that you will connect with their names long after you have watched them.
If stylish action is what you are looking for, you need not look any further.