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Many years have passed since Afro fought to become the number one samurai and succeeded in avenging his father's murder. Living quietly and without violence, Afro maintains a quiet life until his peace is shattered by an old enemy Jinno and a mysterious woman. Together the two of them take the Number One headband from Afro as well as his father's decayed skull. Promising to torture him, the woman challenges Afro to seek out the Number Two Headband. Only then may he challenge her and grant his father peace once more. Who is this woman who wishes so much suffering on Afro, and how many lives must he take before he may once again put violence behind him?
Imagine a world devastated by nuclear war, where the strong oppress the weak and strength is the one thing that will ensure survival. A world where even close friends can betray you for power, a lesson that Ken, the Fist of The North Star, learns when he is nearly killed by his closest friend and left for dead. He's not an easy man to get rid of, and he returns - very angry.
One of the things I like about both animes is cruelty of main characters, they simply don't care about enemies and they don't let them live if they cross paths. Both animes share common backstory, because both main characters were best friends with antagonists in the past, and now they are fighting against them. Antagonists have raised armies and They have only one goal - to conquer the world while main characters are still on the good side. The setting is also similar, a world like ours set in chaos. In Fist of the North Star story takes place in near future while in Berserk it is set in past. The last but not the least fact is that both protagonists, even though they seem mercilles, are accompanied by kids on their journey. Kids provide comic relief elements to the plot.
Princess Rinda and her brother Remus are the foretold Twin Pearls of Parros – one will be a shining prophet and the other a great ruler. However, when their homeland is lost to the invading Mongaul army and their parents slain during the siege, Rinda and Remus are transported into Rood Forest, a dangerous hideout for ghouls. Lost and vulnerable, the two barely escape death thanks to the help of a powerful man with the head of a leopard called Guin who cannot remember who is or how he became that way. Together they journey across the land, evading monsters, fighting the power-hungry Mongaul army, and gathering trusted companions such as Istavan Spellsword and Suni of the monkey-like Sem – all in the hope of fulfilling their destinies and finally bringing peace to Parros.
Guin Saga inspired the creation of Berserk, so they have quite a few similarities. They both take place in an old-kingdom fantasy setting with magic, demons, and plenty of political intrigue. The main protagonists, Guin and Guts, are strong warriors who follow their own path, searching for answers about themselves and the world around them.
Munsu is an Angyou Onshi - an arbiter for the country of Jushin. Fighting evil is all he knows, but since Jushin has recently collapsed, what is he fighting for? Wandering from place to place, Munsu finds himself battling those who would further destabilize the country, whether they be arms dealers, smugglers, tyrants, or necromancers. Accompanied by a female warrior named Chunhyan and able to call upon the strength of a ghostly legion with his Angyou Onshi powers, Munsu sets out to help those who are willing to take a step towards helping themselves, and bring justice against all that is evil in the world.
Blade of the Phantom Master borrows elements from classics such as Berserk and Fist of the North Star to fan-favorites like Saiyuki and Fullmetal Alchemist and even a little Cowboy Bebop, while being just original enough to not only remind us of our favorites, but even celebrate them.
While boasting a small and somewhat formulaic supporting cast, the film spends little time on developing them. Instead, the circumstances surrounding their introduction (or in some cases, their exit) to the story serves to give us a greater understanding of why we should care about them.
Particularly in pseudo-heroine Sando's case, her tragic back-story and unique character design is more than enough to make her interesting, even given her somewhat limited dialogue and involvement in the latter half of the film.
When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...