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Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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hanky hanky says...

If you liked Berserk I think you would like Claymore because it's about warriors who fight with medieval weapons. Also, if you liked to follow the development and progress of Gatts' fighting skill, and like half-human and half-demon strength you really would like to follow Clare too.

zpatzer zpatzer says...

Basically, if you like kick-ass action similar to Berserk, you can have it with Claymore.  Its storyline is a little less interesting, though.

mexigogen mexigogen says...

Both Berserk and Claymore are stories set in a fantasy-like world with a dark atmosphere, in which both Gatts and Claire take on their respective world with a humungous broadsword in hand. However violent and bloodstained their paths are, you can't help but to feel for them.

bloodrose bloodrose says...

If the giant swords, demons, foreboding fantasy setting, isolated-but-ridiculously-awesome hero, and 10,000 PSI bloodspray are some of your favorite parts of Berserk, then you'll almost certainly find something to love in Claymore.

Malek Malek says...

Both animes have a medieval setting which gives them a similar feeling. Also, in both anime, you get lots of action. However, this doesn't mean that the storylines are bad; both storylines are really good and are very interesting. If you liked one, I think you'll like the other.

sothis sothis says...

I checked out Claymore due to seeing how often it was recommended for Berserk, and now I can see what people are talking about.

Berserk is remarkably similar to Claymore, but not necessarily related to plot. Sure, both have a protagonist with a big sword and there's plenty of body parts and blood, but that would be a shallow recommendation. Beyond these similarities, both just feel the same, from the style to the pacing to the flat-out coolness. I am absolutely positive if you liked one, you'd like the other.

Farridan Farridan says...

Claymore is a very dark anime and so is Berserk. Both anime focus very much on the story and action, with a lot of twists and unexpected events.

RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

Both Berserk and Claymore are about violent fights in a medieval era. Heroes wield huge swords, and the story-telling is done in a dark and sensitive fashion, focusing more on character development than pure gore.

tasanime tasanime says...

Not for the faint-hearted, both Berserk and Claymore are a cocktail of violence, gore, swordplay, phenomenal personal attributes, beautifully choreographed action sequences, the supernatural and man's inner demons.

APWZ APWZ says...

Do you like long fights, where you can feel the adrenaline rush to your head? Then go head on with big swords in Berserk and Claymore.

Gamehi Gamehi says...

Claymore is newer, has better graphics, hotter and meaner babes, more "blood scenes" and (according to me) a better story; but Berserk is just as bloody, raw, and has scenes that make you want to cry. I can't imagine any better recommendation if you like that kind of style in anime; both Claymore and Berserk are my favorite anime in the fantasy genre.

So what more is there to say? Both are bloody, fantasy-based, medieval, have big swords, and awesome animation! If you liked one you'd absolutely like the other!

dante601 dante601 says...

Claymore and Berserk are very similar. Both protagonists are extremely powerful, the characters are similar (Clare in Claymore is pretty much Guts from Berserk, but with demon powers), and both anime are very bloody.

DragonSqueak DragonSqueak says...

Swords, blood, and action are the three best words to describe Berserk and Claymore. Both shows are about the quest for vengeance - Guts for his ruined life and Clare for the death of her mentor. I am sure if you liked one you will like the other.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Berserk and Claymore are obvious recommendations for each other. Both have a protagonist who swings a huge sword, while heading into truly fearsome threats.

Blood-filled fights, special character-developing flashbacks, and a great story are just some of the things that are reminiscent in both. Though I'd say the manga of Berserk is a much much better recommendation for Claymore, Berserk's anime is by far sufficient for this recommendation.

Havunakkah Havunakkah says...

Both Claymore and Berserk take place in medieval times and have oodles of gore and carnage. Demons are present in each and if you like action and heroic characters, watch the two of 'em!

BrokenDarkne55 BrokenDarkne55 says...

I recommend this pair because both Claymore and Berserk have the same medieval atmosphere, and have warriors who promote courage and use a big sword to kill monsters. Regardless of those similarities, both are very original and have their own specific elements.

Szual Szual says...

Both series are placed in fantasy world with demons, magic and sword. Both series are telling story of a single warrior. If you liked Berserk anime, and you're angry because it's too short, you should watch Claymore.

JayGee JayGee says...

On the surface, both series seem very similar. They are both filled with lots of bloody violence (involving huge swords, no less) and they have a sort-of medival feel to them and both have very important flashback arcs (although Berserk is mostly a very long flashback in and of itself). That's were the similarities end, but if you liked one, you'll definitely like the other.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, in my opinion Claymore is a remake of Berserk to some extent. It has a lot of things that were in Berserk and similarity is visable throughout the whole show. Well you will surely love Berserker after watching Claymore but I'm not sure if you would like Claymore after watching Berserker. Hmm thats questionable, nevertheless both series are really good and worth watching.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Swords, demons, and superb characterisation: if you liked those elements in one, then you will find them done just as well in the other. They both have that medieval setting going for them and a gory style to action but don't lose sight of the individuals involved. Definitely try one if you liked the other.

agphoenix agphoenix says...

Although Claymore and Berserk focus on slightly different character development, there is a very similar feel to the changes within the main subjects; namely Clare in Claymore and Guts in Berserk.

Assuming the violence, gore and overall action is an attractive bonus, Berserk serves up the same dish.

Swords, fights, lots of blood, limbs and a somewhat intriguing story line as far as character development is concerned would be the main similarities.

I'm quite sure you'll like one if you like the other.

EmperorDecker EmperorDecker says...

Dark medieval fantasy, fast paced combat, ridiculously large swords, and main characters that could take out entire armies by themselves. Throw in some demons and a vengeance complex for good measure, If that is what you are looking for then Berserk and Claymore will both fit the bill.

3evil 3evil says...

English isn't my firsth language.But if you love a beauty Storyline and good fight this tale is for you.Claymore as Berserek finish with a Open Final, but in the near future something should cange.

KazumaKazama KazumaKazama says...

Both series are about badasses that have pretty much shut down their emotions because of something that happened in their pasts.

Niw Niw says...

Swordfights, violence, gore and a dark medieval setting, these are all present in Claymore, making it a pretty obvious candidate for Berserk fans to watch.

Even if the similarities sound superficial, they, among other things which I can’t quite get my finger on, do create an atmosphere similar to Berserk while still making it feel fresh in its own way. It’s not guaranteed that you will love Claymore, but I’d say the chances are very good that you’ll find it an entertaining piece.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Its taken a few years, but it seems that the anime world has finally produced a successor for the violent action series Berserk. Claymore is as thrilling, gore filled and an emotional rollercoaster as Berserk.

Set in similar time periods, the sword fighting is more or less non stop with each show, only pausing to catch its breath whilst developing the characters into some of the richest I have seen in an animation. You both empathise and despise Claire and Gutts, seeing them struggle through life and making decisions that may not always be right.

I know that if you love one, you will certainly enjoy the other.

saviny saviny says...

Claymore and Berserk are both brutal Series about fighting with Swords. If you liked one of them you should also watch the other because both are entertaining in a similarly way. :)

Elidan Elidan says...

Berserk & Claymore's story might not have a lot in common but that doesn't really matter. Both anime has deep character development nicely put into a rough and unforgiven world. Both anime could be placed in the action/horror genre so if you liked one of them, there's a good chance that you'd like the other one as well.

Luciffer Luciffer says...

I have Berserk and Claymore on the first and second place in my chart, maybe because they are litlle similar. Guts and Clare have the same goal - kill one person. Both anime is same style - fighting with sword. I like that depressive almost horror atmosphere. And  to be honest I love that dubbing:P

GosoxJ GosoxJ says...

Both series are dark tales woven with threads of blood and violence. If you enjoyed either midieval gore-fest it's probable you'll enjoy the other.

aritentd aritentd says...

Berserk and Claymore both follow a development of an extremly powerful main protagonist, who has its share of bloody battles. Even though their story differs, Gatsu and Claire have something in common. You gradually become attached to them as they strugle through hardship and deceit.

If you like one, don't miss the other.

Kejell Kejell says...

Similar mood, setting and story with the exception that the protagonists are women in Claymore

chii chii says...

Both anime are set in medieval times and all the characters kick so much ass it's insane! Wondering around fighting for what they believe is right and finding lots of opponents on their way. Both will leave you wanting more and more at the end. If you liked one check out the other.

stingreis stingreis says...

Both anime's have a lot in common... first of all, the demonic aspect occurs in both, they are both set in an feudal type environment... and best of all, the protagonist in both series, carries around a Huge Friggin Sword. Lots of battles, and overall great progression of story in both. If you enjoyed either Claymore or Berserk... than watching the other is a MUST!!!

SilentWarlock SilentWarlock says...

Claymore and Berserk share common ground in that they are both medieval fantasy settings featuring demons and lots of sword-fighting.  The main characters of both are mercenaries (Berserk in a more traditional sense than Claymore).  

The stories, characters and worlds are very, very different, but the action and much of the setting concept are similar.  If you liked one, there's a good chance the other would interest you as well.

FireFlower FireFlower says...

Now then. I bet you loved a lot Berserk but still didn't get enough blood spilled? Well then here is an another one where blood is flying and pouring down from sky. 

Claymore is a story about a woman who is working for anti-demon organisation. Fighting against demons with demons powers that may take over you. One fateful day she meets a boy who desperately follows her anywhere. Now can these two survive in this world where gut-hungry demons prey upon humans?

oddin oddin says...

  When you watched Berserk you'll like to watch Claymore and that goes simply bothways. Both anime series are in a gloomy, grey world, medival period. You can watch many very bloody scenes and there very violence worlds there the strong will only survive.

  The main characters Guts and Clare are fighters with a desire to revenge. They fight with huge swords and are throught the story, devoloping more skills with it. The characters are strong but they are simply working for someone; Guts is in the Band of the Hawk and Clare is in a "No name" organization that is organizing the Claymore's.

  You can find very many action but not only in the both series, everyone will enjoy watching both.

eaper eaper says...

These series each focus around epic battles with a large amount of gore and an overarching plot that takes a long time to reveal. If you like battles and gore, these series are a great match.

Darthcast Darthcast says...

Violence, demons, a medieval fantasy setting, great character development - Berserk and Claymore are as close as two series can get. They're also equally good.

xmr xmr says...

Both have excellent characters, plot, and development...  both shows make you attached to ALL the characters because they are truly tangible, the main characters are not perfect, in fact, they have HUGE flaws... and both shows are down right addicting...  with characters that you have grown to love being able to be discarded at any moment.

and the ending of both... will leave you... really wanting to read the manga!

Drasticc Drasticc says...

Plenty of bloodshed and fighting scenes.  Though both shows go in depth with plot and backstory, there a vast amounts of action with contemporary dialog. A must for any anime fans' must see list.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

An epic adventure where the struggles of a solemn and powerful warrior is the number one narrational priority; this is the main aspect that make Claymore and Berserk go hand in hand. They also give off a feministic touch with plenty of kick-ass women establishing themselves in a world packed with men who patronize them. But the similarities do not stop here; while both shows are very good they also feature awful endings. Despite their numerous virtues they come off as commercials for the Manga, and in that sense their similarities may not be as positive. Yet, if you liked either, I find it likely that you'll like the other as well.

Grieveheart Grieveheart says...

Both have a good dramatic story, serious attitude (instead of all the cute funny stuff most anime has these days) and a connection of loss/tragedy. I wish there was more out there like Berserk and claymore but I have yet to find any. There are some good but to a lesser extent. Berserk is by far the best thing I have seen, and claymore is up there (not as good as Berserk, but still real good). 

Theta Theta says...

These are both medieval/horror hybrids with decent animation.  Both are unfinished from their manga counterparts and end with a big climax.

anto13 anto13 says...

If you loved Claymore then you will also love Berserk (and the other way around). Both series have a badass main character with a big sword,and are set in a medival age.The main difference is that Claymore has more fantasy and magic elements then Berserk.Both series are  masterpieces in my opinion,and one of my all time favourite anime.

blackmesaboy blackmesaboy says...

Both are set in a fantasy medieval era and deal with the main character fighting, a lot. Both deal with monsters and demons but Berserk has more politics and intrigue while Claymore is more intense action. If you like a lot of blood and guts (hehe, Guts) with your killing alongside a great cast of characters you will like both Berserk and Claymore.

deideiblueeyez deideiblueeyez says...

Both series have main characters whose lives are forever joined to the sword--that is, their main purpose in life, or what they have set out to make it as, involves dueling others with swords. Guts is a mercenary who fights when he has to and is recruited by the Band of Hawk to join them in their conquests across Midland. Clare is a half-demon, half-human specifically created to carry out extermination missions of yoma, demon beasts that hide among the unsuspecting public and feast on humans. Both Guts and Clare are solitary by nature, but their good deeds--usually out of nothing but pure "business"--attracts curious others to them, and unlikely companionships and camaraderie begins to bear fruit. If one like sword-wielding protagonists, duels, blood, violence, and demons all set in a medieval environment, then one may surely like either or.

NeiniAurora3500 NeiniAurora3500 says...

Both shows take place in a fantasy world where its dangerous for everyone. Demons (or Yoma) in Claymore and Apostles in Berserk pose a significant threat. The main characters have had a tragic past that sticks with them as they try to cope with new relationships. Eventually the stories of both series focus on the main character's desire for revenge.

Sianeka Sianeka says...

Berserk and Claymore. An obvious recommendation, right? Action. Fights. Big swords, brutal violence, and blood. Lots of blood.

But delving deeper, the recommendation still makes sense. Both series share a sense of darkness and despair, and a theme of exploring personal morality. Both wielders of giant swords, Claire and Guts, explore who they are and who they really want to be.

If you enjoyed either Claymore or Berserk, do yourself a favor and try the other. You won't be disappointed.

theonus theonus says...

A) A fantasy/Medieval setting

B) Humanistic art. Wonderfully drawn.

C) A lot of blood and gore.

D) Amazing storylines and character development.

E) A brooding/powerful main character.

HopeFinder HopeFinder says...

Two hardcore and slash shows. While Berserk is most likely more on the "darker" side of the two, both are still definitely a guy's "beat the crap out of them" type of show. Brutal, but each has a touch of emotion here and there.

Gungrave

Gungrave

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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Wilcon Wilcon says...

Berserk is similiar to Gungrave on alot of points. Both of the series have this serious, dark, and abit depressing feeling, and they both follow the same pattern in the storytelling. Both are my favourite shows, and I think almost the only thing that isn't similiar is the time when it takes place :)

elcenty elcenty says...

Because the central characters attitudes are the same, they are both smooth cool and talented but keep to them selves in that moody way the series' are so alike just in different settings a great pair.

vivafruit vivafruit says...

A recommendation so obvious that I feel sort of stupid pointing the similarities out. The two anime, while different in superfluous ways, are eerily similar in story structure, character development and overall themes. In the end, if you enjoy watching anime that explores the price of ambition, the corruption that comes with power, and the true meaning of loyalty, then you really can't miss either one.

Ripzter Ripzter says...

These series might not seem very logical recommendations for each other. But there are some similarities between them. Gungrave is about modern age and the other one is evolving around a medieval setting. Still both series have a same kind of epic flow in their story. We see a man grow from a young boy into an amazing fighting machine and leader. Both series tell a story that lives over a long period of time. If you enjoy this kind of storytelling, you'll love both series.

aldat aldat says...

There are plenty of similarities connecting these two fine series, Gungrave and Berserk. The main characters of both are remarkably similar, altough their silences and attitudes to fighting (which is important part of each of their lives) differ somewhat. Also, both Gungrave and Berserk are stories of friendship between two men (and adult men at that, no kiddies running around and acting like heroes in these series. Which is great, I tire of always watching highschool kids steal the show). Animations are not identical, but similar in, for axample, that aspect that everything is somehow made to look quite real. Not realistic, exactly, but there is dirt ja no fancy bright-coloured costumes anywhere (excluding a slip or two into that in the latter half of Gungrave). Still, both are far from being glossy, altough they do look good. All said, these two are excellent animes and if you haven't seen either, go and watch now.

Dabba Dabba says...

Although Gungrave and Berserk are not set in the same time(one is modern and one is medievel) they have many similarities that make them a joy to watch. The main idea in Gungrave is betrayal and the best friend of the main character striving to be the best while the main character sits in the shadows. This is probably the closest anime to Berserk that I can think of.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Berserk and Gungrave take place at a different time, yet the atmosphere is very similar. Each is a story about two friends: one has a great objective, and the other will do anything to support him. One has incredible wits, and the other has immense power and capabilities. Both settings and stories have a lot in common.

BeyondTheGrave BeyondTheGrave says...

Gungrave much like Berserk begins with an episode that might lead one to think that both shows are no more than blood soaked tales of betrayal and revenge each with a tough looking, one-eyed main character with custom weapons. However, the reality of both series is that they both tell a much deeper story that focuses on the lives of two close friends (in Gungrave its Brandon Heat and Harry McDowel while in Berserk it is Gatts and Griffith) and their quest to achieve their respective goals. Both stories allow the viewer to empathize with the main characters current motivations and behaviors by telling the story in such a convincing manner that allows the viewer to fully experience major events in characters pasts that have shaped them.

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Two different settings, one a Europena Medieval World, the other the not to far future. In both two men, friends, are having the main part, one thrives for the throne of his own kingdom and to be the supreme ruler the other is his loyal friend and brother in arms. An epic story about friendship, power, pain, love and betrayal begins to reveal itself.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Man... sometimes there are 2 series that seem sooo different, yet for some reason they just go together. Or maybe I just don't want to spoil anything! ^_^ Berserk fan? you should like Gungrave. new to Berserk? You'll love it more than life itself. Violence is plentiful and delivered well. Also the ambitions of the supporting characters is quite similar.

Kasimir Kasimir says...

Well... there's a couple good reasons why these two series match well. First, they can each be watched as a mindless action series filled with lots of blood and killing. If that's the sort of thing you like, have at it, you won't be disappointed. But more importantly, they each tell a much deeper story behind the lives of their respective invicincible badass main characters. They start off similarly: near or at the end of the story, but then take you back through the main character's life to build up a full picture of his past experiences and hardships and present motivations. Each series does a decent job of delving a bit deeper into the minds of their characters, dealing with more meaningful issues such as trust, friendship, and love; and how these things are used and abused in people's relationships with one another. However, this is done in a rather subtle way. The deeper themes are there to think about, but you're not beat over the head with pseudo-psychological nonsense. And of course everything is kept moving by lots of action. So... uhh... yeah... they're both extremely similar in feel and flavor, and have a much more well-written and planned out story than your average action show.

sothis sothis says...

Now, although Berserk and Gungrave seemingly have little in common as far as their synopsis, bear with me. There are very few series I have seen which are so epic and moving in such an unexplainable way. Berserk and Gungrave are both these types of series. It's hard to explain for both why they are so good... is it the way the story was told? The tragedy and emotional aspects of either? Who knows. Regardless, I just know you'd like one if you liked the other, so give it a try.

Kastrophee Kastrophee says...

Both these shows inhabit very different settings, yet the focus of trust, friends, ambition, and the cost of all these things are enough to make this an excellent recommendation. Not to mention that the story structure for both series is near identical, down to the first episode that features a drastically different tune then the rest of the series.

Arodec Arodec says...

Berserk and Gungrave; they have completely different settings and graphical styles, yet share such a similar atmosphere and characters. Brandon and Gattsu are both incredibly similar: they are fighters of unmatched power who live for someone else instead of themselves.

This someone else would be either Harry or Griffith, ambitious individuals who both aim for the top. These are the only similarities I can put into words, but trust me, watch both and you will understand.

berserk1842 berserk1842 says...

Gungrave and Berserk have a different setting, but a very similar storyline. Both of these series left me on the edge of my seat throughout the story; they are epic. These two are the big boys when it comes to dramatic action anime.

panc13 panc13 says...

Gungrave and Berserk... what should I call them; I know, MASTERPIECES! Although they seem very different they are so alike. Brandon Heat and Gatts are like two drops of water; they are both following the same road unhindered by any impediments. They are both faithful to their friends risking their life for them. The story seems very different and still is so similar. You will surely love the story in Gungrave - it's like you are in a mobsters movie. But enough said! I'm sure you will enjoy it.

scenthr scenthr says...

If you liked Berserk, you WILL like Gungrave. Only thing is, the similarities between these two are overwhelming, so we have (first name from Berserk, second name from Gungrave):

1. The main aspiring characters: Griffith/Harry

2. The main characters that do the dirty work for the above: Guts/Brandon

3. Both characters' ambition (Griffith/Harry) is their undoing; they become corrupt because they want to reach their goals no matter the consequences (Machiavelli style).

I don't want to give any more information on these anime, because I don't want to ruin the joy of future spectators; and believe me, a great joy it will be.

BrandonHeat BrandonHeat says...

It's crazy how these two anime can be SO different, yet constantly remind me of one another. You will find great similarities in these two stories. Brandon from Gungrave definitely is a reflection of Guts from Berserk, as they can both be considered the top sweepers for their boss, and also both strive for their goal. They are stubborn and NEVER give up. Guts's relation with Griffith is very similar to Brandon and Harry's relationship; they are very devoted and have a bond that is stronger than friendship. Then you have the similarities between Griffith and Harry McDowell. They both have this massive dream where they strive for power and must climb to the top. So although one takes place in medieval times and the other takes place in a fictional modern world where science is magic, the parallels are not ignorable. Both rank in my top five anime.

daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

There's plenty of action and battles in Berserk and Gungrave to interest any fighting anime lover. With a twist of monsters, blood baths and killings, these are both must-see anime.

cos13 cos13 says...

In both Gungrave and Berserk, the main character is backstabbed by his best friend and must get revenge... or must he? Gungrave is more emotional, while Berserk is more focused on fighting.

DannyPhoenix DannyPhoenix says...

Gungrave and Berserk are one of those "twin" anime pairs that you sometimes come across, like Noir and Madlax. Gungrave is like a poor man's Berserk, but it's very good nonetheless.  

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

The character relationships in both stories are what truly make them great stories. You will cry, cheer and be angered by characters that you have come to know.

Pulcher Pulcher says...

When you first look at these two anime, there seems to be little to nothing in common; different era, different setting, etc. However when one examines the relationships between the main characters in both, the connenctions are just too obvious. If you liked one of these two because of the characters, not just the setting and type of action, you will most likely enjoy the other.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, it's like comparing DearS with Chobits. They even start very similar. Gg and Bk are one of the best anime series ever produced. Both series are about character development of main characters. After reaching the top they were betrayed by their best friends. The power which both series contain is incredible. Try watching one after another and you won't be out of shock for about a week. You get addicted and after watching it once you want another round and then ... again it's just so powerfull. To sum up If you enjoyed one of them then you will absoultely not be dissapointed with the other and that's a promise !

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Gungrave and Berserk share a similar premise of best friends suffering through turmoil as one of them has the ambition to rise to the very top. While one has a more European medieval setting and the other a modern sci-fi setting, they both incorporate violent action, intrigue and excellent characterisation. You can't go wrong with one if you liked the other.

Gundevil Gundevil says...

Gungrave and Berserk are similar in that both revolve around two friends as their relationship begins and then grows more complicated. Each is about one friend trying to help the other "reach the top" and both are rather violent.

Barrowight Barrowight says...

There are similarities in story-telling (a glimpse of the future for the first episode), as well as in the content of the story. Two men start out as friends enduring hardships to climb above their place in life, but things go wrong when they get to the top. In my opinion, Gungrave did the same story but correctly. The most striking factor being that it finished the story, while Berserk is still on-going and even leaves out cohesive aspects from the manga.

ch0p5tixmast3r ch0p5tixmast3r says...

Both series have a slow, but deep plot line and strong main characters. Each of these really builds and portrays a relationship between best friends. There is a darkness to both series and each is an unusual combination of fantasy-action-drama.T he entire story is spectacular, though both would have been better with a stronger ending. Despite that, the overall experience of these series is extraordinarily great.

Stryder Stryder says...

Because both stories are about betrayal and friendship. The two of them share a similar story structure, and a dark atmosphere. Also, the romance problems in both stories have their similarities

zenithofanime zenithofanime says...

with lots of action intense voilence and many similar elements,both the series have got to offer the same stuff.but u can't estimate both the animes on same level.berserk is a great anime and gungrave is just a mere mordern age copy of it. if you are a fan of berserk then you might like gungrave or even hate it!

iPhoenix iPhoenix says...

Tragedy, betrayal, coldheartedness and loyalty. These elements would be what describe both series at the core. Now at the top they may not seem similar because clearly they're set in different environments. One including a modern day world, the other a fantasy of medievil Europe. But both series put friendship to the test in unimaginable ways.

thedarkknite thedarkknite says...

Gungrave and Berserk, although not very alike in setting are immensely similar in their themes and execution. They both provoke the viewer into examining life and ideals (such as friendship, loyalty, purpose, and power) using compelling character driven stories with action throughout. Other simarities include the use of strong silent main characters with well-developed supporting ones and they both start their stories “in medias res”. I feel if you like the ride one of these great anime gives you then you will enjoy the other (however I find Gungrave to be the more enjoyable of the two).

sonis sonis says...

My friend told me to watch Gungrave, he likes anime, and I liked the series, I told him Berserk would be a good recommendation. He liked the recommendation, Ironically it's the best voted recommendation on gungrave's page.

some people mentioned that the series don't have much in common, but in reality, they do -- because of how the series flows from one event to the next. The ridiculidness that's involved in the series -- both of 'em.

gungrave and berserk are must sees.

zorro2013 zorro2013 says...

Both are great series that revolve around two BFF that end up walking two different paths. Both have serious themes with good meaningful ACTION and well told stories. If you like one you should like the other... Gungrave takes a little time to get great though.

Zech Zech says...

Because i never met someone who likes one and not the other. Because it's about friendship. Because it's about the past. Because it's mixing a first part (after the first episode for both) strongly realistic, and a second part which is clearly fantastic.

quacker quacker says...

Both are stories of two friends. One friend is super ambitious and willing to do anything to reach his goal. The other friend is physicially stronger but rides the coattails of his friend's ambition.

Both series maintain a serious atmosphere, and both start out in medias res, with the first episode beginning in the middle of the plot and then reverting to the beginning. Both have fantastic characters, great stories, supernatural elements, betrayal, and lots of fighting and killing.

Bastard!!

Bastard!!

The Four Lords of Havoc have one terrible goal – to awaken the god Anthrasax and recreate the world. To stop them, Yoko, a maiden of Metallicana, awakens the ancient wizard Dark Schneider from within a 14-year old boy by bestowing upon him her virgin kiss. The only problem now is that the most chaotic, lecherous wizard in history resides inside the body of an innocent child. Even worse, he’s determined that neither hydras nor minotaurs should stand between him and his dream to conquer everyone and take the women for himself… all of which is less than convenient when trying to save the world!

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Reasons you might like Bastard!!...

j0f00 j0f00 says...

Okay, Bastard! is an anime taking place in roughly the same sort of fantasy world as Berserk. The main characters of both are pretty easily defined as invulnerable and able to defeat nearly anything. While Berserk is a very serious anime (the manga even moreso), Bastard! is much more hack and slash with a lot of humor tossed in the mix. Great to watch after you see the ending of Berserk and need a pick-me-up.

kamirura kamirura says...

Fighting.... Blood... is that what you want? You should really check out Bastard. I would say Bastard is abit of a parody on Berserk. Cause Bastard is not really serious, but Berserk is. I really enjoyed both of the shows and I think they have alot in common. So be sure to check it out

miaka miaka says...

If you did like Berserk then you should see Bastard. Bastard is very much alike Berserk it just that Berserk is more serious. both got this mucels dudes that runs around an fights.

Akuma Akuma says...

Like Berserk, Bastard!! is loaded with demons, Medieval-style sword fighting, and TONS of bloody action.

Tomte Tomte says...

Both series have the same kind of dark mideval feeling to them. Knights battle it out in great epic war campanges and characters haveing set their aims and dreams high in life.

Allanon Allanon says...

Yoe almost get the feeling that the same people wich draw berserk also drew bastard. a lot of similar feelings in this one but i must say Berserk is better, but is still worth trying.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both are set in the same time period and both contain bloody goryness. The only difference is that in Berserk it happens with a sword, and in Bastard with magic. If you liked one, you have to see the other!

nextolast nextolast says...

With strangely unpleasent, but likeable main characters, gritty animation, and lots and lots of blood, it is not wonder what is a like in these two. You will find similar dark atmosphere and edgy mood that drives the plot forward.

fireydarkness fireydarkness says...

Both of these anime seem like they were made for the same people. They have similar settings and share a common atmosphere and animation style. Both are very violent and adult oriented. Both share an importance on character relation. Bastard!! however is a bit more comedic and Berserk is a little bit more serious. Oh also, worst of all, neither series was completed... so if you don't want to feel left hanging, you'll have to take a look at the mangas.

katana100 katana100 says...

Swords.. Check, Medieval setting... Check, Blood and Death... Check, Main characters that can wipe the floor with anything that is placed in front of them and still look cool... Very much check. Along with this they both have a simialr feel in why the fights are run along with the simliarities in settings. Bastard is the comic little brother in sense of Berserk and worth  watch if you have just finished the end of the Berserk series and want a pick me up

jackic23 jackic23 says...

They are very similar in several aspects.  To be honest I didn't get very far in either of them but from what I saw, I didn't like them for the same reasons.  The art style, the senseless gore, etc. If you liked one of them, I'm pretty sure you've watched/should watch the other.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

If you enjoyed Berserk, you might want to check out Bastard, which is a more light-hearted, sillier but nonetheless still plot-driven version. They share similar macho fantasy cliches, archetypes, and medieval setting. Heck, one of the characters even looks just like Gatts. Plus Bastard is highly enjoyable in that 'so-bad-it's-great' way.

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

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?

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Reasons you might like Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen...

sothis sothis says...

The only other series I have seen which is as violent/gorey as Berserk. Kenshin OVA is very emotionally compelling just like Berserk, but 10 times worse. Very moving, tragic storyline.. beautiful animation. A must see, even if you don't like/don't want to see the Kenshin TV series.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Berserk and Rurouni Kenshin have a similar feel as far as the atmosphere of the series goes. The violence is top notch, and the feeling you get at the end is VERY similar. If you liked one of these anime, you will like the other.

j0f00 j0f00 says...

The first Kenshin OVA is a dark-toned version of the tv series with many parallels to Berserk. Kenshin is a lone swordsman who's biological and adoptive parents were killed, just like Gatts in Berserk

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Bloody one to, but not as bloody as Berserk. As well as teh love story goes way into focus as you watch the later OVA's. But its a brutal story with lies, betrayal and bloody swordfights.

shalist shalist says...

For one, there's the fight scenes, and the amount of violence. More importantly though, both stories are serious/realistic (in that the main character, though powerful, is most definitely human), with characters of significant depth, and storylines that'll leave a lasting impression.

kamirura kamirura says...

Blood, swords and fighting. That's what you will get in this series. Kenshin Tsuikohen and Berserk don't really have the same kind of story though but it's defenitly a good fighting series.

Akuma Akuma says...

Kenshin Tsuikohen is just about the best anime you could ever hope to see. This OVA runs deeper, emotionally, than almost anything I've seen. The action violence is superb, and if you liked Berserk, and are dying for more, this is yours! This is my most highly recommended OVA to date. A MUST-SEE for any anime fan.

Eleventh Eleventh says...

First of all, both of these masterpieces need to be watched by everyone with any depth and tolerance for violence. In addition to the stroke of genius, both Tsuiokuhen and Berserk possess a truly captivating dichotomy of basal gore and heart-wrenching emotion. Anyone who enjoyed being challenged by one of these will surely enjoy the other.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both strike a chord in the hearts of its viewer amidst the chaos and mayhem that are the main plots. Comparisons can be made in the compelling, believable and somewhat lonely main characters, men who wield incredible strength but must learn a tough lesson in life in order to retain their humanity. These are two true action masterpieces which deserve as much praise as each other and a jolly good viewing.

katsujinken katsujinken says...

Both explore the motivations effects of the killing life on one's mind and state of being, albeit in very different ways. And both have compelling narratives albeit in highly different settings.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

Both Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen and Berserk tell dark and violent stories with gore aplenty. However both series are able to back up the violence with emotionally compelling plots.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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Reasons you might like Ninja Scroll...

j0f00 j0f00 says...

Fierce battling, lots of gore. Not as dark as Berserk is, but it's very kickass and the fighting is just as cool, if not cooler than Berserk's, and Jubei is just as kickass as Gatts is.

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Really brutal one, if you liked Berserk even at its brutalst, watch Ninja Scroll, I would say its even more brutal, but decide for yourself. ("Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business....." Doesnt that remind you of good old Gutts?)

Akuma Akuma says...

Ninja Scroll and Berserk are synonymous. Ninja Scroll presents us with a wide range of intriguing characters, and is one of anime's defining movies. The action violence rivals that of Berserk, and will be an excellent addition to your anime collection.

sothis sothis says...

Probably the only other series I can think of which rivals the amount of violence and gore. Both Ninja Scroll and Berserk are full of violence, though, in very different settings. Ninja Scroll revolves around samurai, while Berserk is feudal mercenaries. Both get a bit weird, and suck you in. Berserk definitely gets you a bit emotionally (perhaps because of the full series length, instead of simply one movie), but Ninja Scroll is still quite entertaining.

liljesser liljesser says...

Both Berserk and Ninja Scroll have a main male character that is an expert with his sword, and both seem to have the ability to meet two strong-headed women. I recommend these if you like action and sword play.

DannyPhoenix DannyPhoenix says...

Both Berserk and Ninja Scroll are blood fests with a plot; you very rarely see the two combined so well. Generally blood can easily take the place of a good story. Jubei and Gatts have very different attitudes toward the whole thing but that's what makes the connection all the better, it's like watching how two different people would handle a similar scenario.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both Ninja Scroll & Basilisk would appeal to the type of viewer who enjoys anime with violently skilled, non-typical protagonists who fight more for pleasure than duty. Equally great looking anime, full of action and attitude but a certain something which makes them top of the action list.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both Ninja Scroll and Berserk feel quite similar with their gritty 90s interpretation of medieval life, mixed with mysticism, demons, and lots and lots of swordplay. Gory, action-packed, and yet full of very good characterisation, they will give you that similar sense of being excited and yet satisfied on a deeper level. Definitley try one if you liked the other.

jdolson jdolson says...

The rogue ninja theme is prevalent in both of these anime. Both are fairly gory, and are geared for the adult crowd. Berserk has more longevity to it, as it is a series, but Ninja Scroll does an excellent job of moving through the story.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Ninja Scroll may lack the epic qualities of Berserk, but in terms of action sequences and visual design they go hand in hand. Both feature plenty of battles enhanced with buckets of blood and severed limbs. Both can be occasionally crude in the form of sudden sexuality and somewhat explicit rape. But more than anything they are both classics in the world of Anime that deserve to be seen. If you like one of these, don't forget to watch the other. If you do, you shall perish in Lolicon hell!