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GANTZ

GANTZ

Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

There is an abundant amount of blood in both Gantz and Berserk. Though the settings are completely different, people who like bloody anime will surely like both of these.

Morvind Morvind says...

Some of the similarities that make me think that you are going to like GANTZ if you liked Berserk is how brutally realistic most of the characters' personalities feel, considering the world they live in. This is shown in how they react to different crazy/shocking situation, as well as the way their personalities change (if they get time to change), considering the fact that they have a tendency to get killed very quickly. Both stories also have the same extremely dark feeling combined with small glimmers of hope for a better future.

The most noticeable differences in my opinion is that there is more violence, gore and sex/rape scenes in GANTZ than there is in the Berserk anime and manga; plus the feeling of discomfort and/or disgust is higher.

i3ad i3ad says...

Berserk and GANTZ are about someone with a different attitude towards things such as life, who messes shit up and tries to fix it.

enki enki says...

Both series are very dark and disturbing, delving deep into the nature of the human psyche. Both shows were ended partially because the material was too graphic or disturbing for TV audiences. If you watch either and do not enjoy the ending, read the manga to pick up where the show leaves off.

axieRRR axieRRR says...

Thoose two series with high gore content and continous evolution of characters among the history are so similar. So much blood and flesh on them.

In this one the abilities and the experience of the characters becomes more powerfull when the chapters goes by.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Both anime have exremely high level of violance and are famous for their gore. Action, and no resepesct for woman nudity are the most similiar parts of both shows. They aren't bad by any means but both creators of Gantz and Berserk didn't have a clear image where the good taste ends. Still worth watching just to see it, only for 16+.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Although set in completely different surroundings and periods, they are both an exciting mix of fantasy, action, violence and gore.

Both shows centre on the importance of friendship in the face of adversity and the harsh reality of war and fighting. There is character development by the bucketload, and an excellent story to each. I'm sure if you enjoyed one, you will like the other.

cakeorrdeath cakeorrdeath says...

At first sight these anime couldn't be much more different, but beneath the surface both animes contain the same dark, relentless and hopeless undercurrent. Both anime main protagonists have the same unshakable determination and will to survive. These two adverse forces are what drive the narrative of both animes.

Chillingsworth Chillingsworth says...

Saw Gantz first and loved it inspite of the pacing and lackluster ending.

Saw Berserk much later and absolutely loved it. Both great.

snickelfritz11 snickelfritz11 says...

Watched Gantz on a whim, ended up really enjoying it despite the ending. The anime left me curious enough to read all of the manga later on. I watched Berserk based on a recommendation for anime to watch after Gantz. Berserk was imo even better than Gantz with a bigger central story. Berserk was actually the first manga I ever started, initially just to see what came after the infamous cliff hanger ending of Berserk. Both anime have a similar feel, and both are heavy on the darker end of the fantasy spectrum.

Hellsing

Hellsing

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...

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maxxdamigz maxxdamigz says...

If you enjoyed some of the more blood thirsty Berserk episodes, Hellsing is right up your ally. You just can't beat a sardonic vampire slaughter machine. Too bad it's only 13 episodes.

Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

the power of both give off this "kick ass vibe" strength, power, bloodlust. all descibe both perfectly. as well as detailed animation you might enjoy both of these.. not to mention big weapons ... we all like big weapons..

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Berserk and Hellsing - both give the viewer a strong feeling, and they are almost impossible to not get caught up in. And why watch an anime, but for that special feeling that sends shivers down our spines? Watch these two series, and hurry up! You can't miss them for much longer!

Havunakkah Havunakkah says...

Berserk and Hellsing have a lot of action and some rather hellish themes. Oh, and blood; did I mention blood? Well, both are not for those weak in the stomach. Berserk does take place in a much more primitive time, but to me the two series are similar in the aura that they exude.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Both anime carry heavy, mature themes. If you are desiring something other than "kiddie" anime, then either one of these will be to your liking.

fizrox fizrox says...

These two have supernatural plot and lots of battle scenes. They show war between two powers, with a little bit scarry and dark atmosphere. Emotional issues are also to be found.

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

Beyond the badassery that other people mention, the characters of Gatts from Berserk and Alucard from Hellsing are similar in the fact that they both generally fight for the challenge it presents, though both do end up following orders in a larger organization. If you liked ones competitive nature and the fights they ended up in, you should try out the other.

woofleboofle woofleboofle says...

Both great shows. I think the biggest similarity is the dark style that both these animes are made in. They both become complicated, and are very addictive. Also both are quite violent.

kirlog kirlog says...

The characters are well developed andpainfullyintriguing in both series, very dark and full of psychological and good ol' fashion hack-n-slash horror. Gauranteed to traumatize anyone who thinks the world is a happy, shiny place full of bunnies and hugs. 

[SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT] Beserk is deffinately for people who love a movie where, like in real life, the final credits don't roll until you're dead, and Helsing may have a happier ending, but that's like saying Dr. Mengele had more sympathy than Hitler.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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azanimefan azanimefan says...

If you liked Berserk you might like Attack on Titan.  Both anime are in fantasy settings featuring swords and battles.  Both are dramatic with plenty of blood and guts.  Both are action shows with dark themes.  

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

In both Berserk and Shingeki no Kyojin, we have brutal fantasy worlds where humans are at the mercy of terrifying creatures. And the hero is a jaded kind of soul who has suffered a lot but possesses a grim determination. The thing about these shows is, while violent, their worlds are also stunningly developed. And the conflicts are just intense. Not to mention the characters are superlative, drawing you in with their personal struggles and and the nuances in their personalities. As a result, getting absorbed in their respective plots is an exhilerating experience. It is not possible to say which is a better series, just that if you love one, you will be an instant fan of the other.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both these series feature a well developed, interesting fantasy setting filled with great characters who all have their own personal and collective struggles. Both series also involve mankind fighting to survive against terrifying enemies. Violence is a strong theme in both, with Shingeki no Kyojin perhaps being more flashy than Berserk, but both can be brutal when required. The intensity that both series exude is one of their best features, and one that makes episodes thrilling to watch. Fans of one should give the other a try, it's unlikely you will be disappointed.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both series are grim and gritty anime that take place in dark fantasy worlds where human lives are easily ended. There's a lot of focus on combat yet also on character development, but most importantly, there is a rather oppresive and dark mood throughout both that makes me do this rec.

Naga Naga says...

Set in dark, gritty medieval time, both of this series feature some well executed survival against their ferocious enemies. With the major spotlight in combat, both shows deliver some amazing action scenes and both tend to be violent along the way. There’s also a very dark mood that complements both shows greatly, and because of that, I’d say that you probably won’t find anything that matches more like these two do.

If you’re a fan of one, do check the other. You won’t be disappointed. 

Eduard6421 Eduard6421 says...

In both anime's beginings the protagonist may feel like a determined person but loses his will after an event in their lifes.As well,both animes are centred on people's trust and their lose of sanity.

Damashion Damashion says...

Both have a similar level of brutality, and are on a similar level of awesomeness. But definately check out the new Berserk Golden Age Arc Movies, they are basically the Berserk series redone, but a bit closer to the manga interpretation, and with beautiful animation. Shingeki No Kyojin is basically the pinnacle of quality for animation and brutality, but for an older series, Berserk is definately a good watch!

Scythwolf Scythwolf says...

Sure thing, can tell anyone who loved this to watch the other thing. Reasons: Medieval setting, both are dark, strange, abnormal and powerful enemies everywhere. Only Berserk is even darker thanks to some quite realistic aspects like rape, hatred and so on.

Porphyreus Porphyreus says...

Dark fantasy worlds on the verge of total collapse with hell just around the corner, both very similar in tone.

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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maxxdamigz maxxdamigz says...

Following suit with the lone swordsman, Kenshin is a lengthy series (95 eps) that many recommend highly. It combines some excellent artwork and music with a wealth of mini-plots within the whole.

FMDGandi FMDGandi says...

Much fighting in this too, though its Japanese Samurai style and not European Feudal as in Berserk. Not as much blood as in Berserk, and not as dark.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both use swords, but are enemies to be wary of. The difference? Kenshin is a samurai, Guts just hacks n' slashes. Still, both stories give a convincing historical feel, like you're there yourself.

Allanon Allanon says...

A samurai serie with more deep to the characters than in the berserkseries. the main character is just as Gatts a outstandingly powerful warrior but with a lot of characters around him that also has deep. A solid series that is well made.

Talburt Talburt says...

If you enjoy sword fights and a tragic hero then Kenshin and Berserk are for you. They both have a manslayer as a protagonist and are full of action-packed battles. While one shows the reformed side of a sword fighter and the other the manslayer side, they both have two deep characters that will make your heart ache for them. Each series' lead character, Gatsu and Kenshin, know only one thing in life: the sword. Each of them relies on this knowledge, for better or worse, to live their lives and to help the ones they love.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Both Kenshin and Berserk are great anime that everyone should watch. If you are a fan of intense battles, epic adventures and occasional humor, then both of these series should find themselves on your "must watch" list.

Blue Gender

Blue Gender

In the early 21st century, the emergence of an incurable condition known as B-cell growth led some of the affected to become "Sleepers" - people put under stasis until a cure could be found. Yuji Kaido is one such Sleeper who awakens, several decades later, to a horrifying new reality. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating everything - and everyone - in sight. Now, all Yuji can do is escape from the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, and make their way towards Second Earth: mankind's new home in space.

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databurn databurn says...

Both of these series, Berserk and Blue Gender, are very action packed but at the same time have a substantial storyline to back up the action scenes. These are great series and anyone who liked Berserk would definetly like Blue Gender...

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

I know this might seem like a weird parallel, but Berserk was the only other series I could think of that was as violent and gorey as Blue Gender, and vice-versa. The overuse of gore in killing the aliens in Blue Gender is much like all the blood and whatnot from Berserk. The other thing that is true is the strong plot that each series has. Different plot, but both excel and excellent character development and a great progressive storyline. These are 2 of my favorite series of all time! ^_^ watch them!!

evan1979 evan1979 says...

im not quite sure why, but i got the same feeling when watching both berserk and blue gender. both were darker for sure but i think it was more how i just couldnt stop watching either, partially out of concern for the characters. berserk was noticably better but i think if you enjoyed one then the others a safe bet.

Drasticc Drasticc says...

WAR! What do you do the chips are down and battle is upon the horizon?  Man-up! If like gore, fighting, military structure, then this is an obvious choice.  Both has adult themes, plot, and plent of bloodshed to go around.

Proeliator Proeliator says...

I agree that both of these animes are action packed, but what really makes them akin is the atmosphere created by the show as a whole. All the while when watching you'll be left with this persistent forboding feeling that some is just about to go awry... and it often does, in unexpected ways. Both are wonderful animes that will really leave you pulling for the protaganists.