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?
In feudal Japan, Kurou and his servant Benkei are fleeing from Kurou's elder brother, who has recently ascended to the throne. In a forest, they come across a house and a strange woman by the name of Kuromitsu, who agrees to harbor them under one condition: that they do not peer into the inner chambers. Soon, they are attacked by the Red Army; they are searching for Kuromitsu, whose blood holds immortality. Fatally wounded, Kurou drinks some of Kuromitsu's blood and gains immortality along with strange abilities; but shortly after, Kurou is seemingly decapitated and wakes up centuries later in a ruined city. In this twisted future the Red Army is omnipresent and still searching for Kuromitsu’s blood, while a rebel army seeks to keep them from acquiring it. With threats at every turn and fueled by his obsession, Kurou sets forth to find Kuromitsu and seek his revenge on the Red Army.
Both Afro Samurai and Kurozuka are short, dark, gory works involving excellently styled animation, gritty atmospheres, and gimmicky enemies that can only be overcome through sheer badass-ery. Just note that while Kurozuka has an almost non-linear plot, Afro Samurai's plot is more straightforward. If you liked one, though, don't miss out on the other.
Gory battles, interesting enemies, to short for their own good, dark story, and some nice action are all terms that can be used to describe the similarities between the two series. While come the end of Afro Samurai the viewer is left a lot more satisfied as opposed to the ending of Kurozuka which leaves enough unanswered questions that make it necessary for it to be longer than it is both series deserve to be longer than what they are. If you liked one then you'll probably like the other.
A half-man, half-beast is chased by foes wielding power of an unpleasant nature. He would certainly be slaughtered, his mission failed, if not for the intervention of a wandering mercenary -- Kibagami Jubei. With the last of his strength, he gives Jubei a mysterious jewel, thereby transferring his mission: deliver the jewel at all costs to the Priestess of Light. The mystery of the jewel's powers, and the identities of those fiends who quest for it... these are questions whose answers will only be found through blood and battle.
If you like anime with a decent storyline and lots of action then Ninja Scroll is for you!!
Although it does not have the same dark theme throughout the series compared to Afro Samurai it is still very enjoyable to watch and a must for any Saumrai/Martial Arts anime fan!
These are both pretty standard samurai hack and slash series. Neither one is big on plot, but every episode is packed with violence and ninja techniques.
This beautiful finale to the Kenshin series will tear at your emotions. Himura Kenshin is back for his grand finale, while a vengeful figure from Kenshin's past named Enishi seeks revenge for the death of his sister. Find out how Kenshin tries to overcome this foe when Kaoru, his love, is kidnapped.
Both Kenshin and Afro share the same traits but have different formulas. While Kenshin is far more of a dramatic telling of the lost and regaining of innocence, Afro is a quick-paced revenge story. What the two share is the archetypal lone wolf character with unbeatable skills. The beautiful animation and bloody battles are told in a stylized way.
If you like extraordinary fights and samurai, then you'll enjoy Afro Samurai and Kenshin. The characters are different, though you'll see two awesome ways to handle a katana (and for different purposes). It's exciting to see these two lethal warriors fight for their beliefs and their revenge. Enjoy.
In the distant future, the world lies in ruin and vampires rule the land. Mercenary vampire hunters fight the terrible forces of darkness - for a price; the most notorious of them all being the half-vampire named D. However, despite his actions that help humanity, he finds himself shunned by those he would save. When a girl named Charlotte is kidnapped by the vampire Lord Meier, her father hires D to bring her back - dead or alive. Competing with the vampire hunting Marcus Brothers for the prize, D encounters Meier first; but in the middle of their confrontation, Charlotte calls out Meier's name in worry and Meier reveals that she is accompanying him of her own free will...
If you liked eithr VHD: Bloodlust or Afro Samurai and want more excellent gory animation with some stupendous fights and a silent-but-deadly protagonist, then definitely try out the other one. You will not be disappointed; while VHD: Bloodlust has a much better story than Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai in turn has more delightfully styled animation. Other than that, you can't go wrong with either.
Swordwielding and stubborn protagonists are a shared phenomena in both Afro Samurai and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Also, they don't lay an unnecessarily large focus on their stories and characterization, but decide to please the audience with beautiful (and occasionally stunning) animation as well as visually innovative battle sequences. If you're looking for eye-candy, you'll find it here!
Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
If you liked the altern animation styles then you would like this short series, besides, in animatrix you can see nine different styles in nine ovas.
Of course you will enjoy the bloodbaths and a different way to see the world and things around the principal characters, perhaps, around you.
Like almost all the anime I´ve watched, this two are full of action and a lot of interesting things.
I promise, this two series will make you think about your world.