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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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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!

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.

largox largox says...

Both great bloody anime, with extreme violence and stuning story twist. I think that the most important part in both AOT and Berserk is the story line wich is impecable. I also suggest to watch the Berserk Movies and the 90´anime adaptation

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.

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.

Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu

Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu

Ryner is not your typical soldier. Cursed with a mysterious, deadly power—the Alpha Stigma—he has been called a monster his entire life. His beautiful partner, Ferris, is a lethal warrior with wits as sharp as her blade. Together they search for the Hero Relics—mystical artifacts that give their owners devastating supernatural abilities—to help their king give hope to a country plagued by political corruption. When they cross arms with a pair of dangerous hunters who wield several of the ancient armaments, Ferris faces Ryner in his most volatile state. As enemies wait in the shadows and blood is spilled amidst a constant threat of mutiny, for these heroes, one move could spark a war.

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eaper eaper says...

The main relationship in these series are both very similar. The way the main plots play out in each series is very similar. Both series are fairly bloody and dark. Finally, each series is placed in the past, making these a good fit.

ninjapintu ninjapintu says...

There are many similiarities between Denyuden and Berserk like both are set in past with monsters and stuff. There are character similarities as well like Sion and Griffith. Both series are not afraid to show blood and are very dark(though Denyuden does have humor in it). On top of that, both series conclude in a similar way.

sothis sothis says...

Berserk is far more consistently graphic and Legend is far more political, but I can't help but see the parallels between Griffith and Sion (and their counterparts, Guts and Ryner). If you like watching an ambitious person try to climb the ranks and bring others with them, try these titles out.

Rawrcore Rawrcore says...

Honestly, Densetsu is the friendlier, and significantly less brutal sibling of Berserk. First and foremost, Griffith and Sion are near identical to each other in almost every category: personality, mannerisms, hell, they even share similar roles in their respected plots.

Simply, same underlying themes, similar plot developments, a similiar medieval European setting, although Densetsu's setting is more fantastical and includes several references to Japan, and finally, both are, in a sense, prequels/introductions to the main plots of each respected manga/light novel.

Worosei Worosei says...

Both 'Beserk' and 'Legend of Legendary Heroes' are set in a medieval fantasy setting.

Thematically, both are very similar. Having the two main male leads being friends with one being having a super power, and the other vying to be king and rule the kingdom.

They are filled with political intrigue, great fight sequences, romance and plot twists.  

Both animes are also 'precurors' to the later light novel/manga that follow. 

Beserk has a consistently dark tone, with the main male Guts being just a bad-arse punk in general. LoLH is dark, but has a lot more comedic interlude, and the main character is much more slovenly. The romance in LoLH is also much stronger (and also has harem elements). 

SeprithLiCastia SeprithLiCastia says...

Both series share a smiliar relationship between their two male leads: one of close friends eventually torn apart by cause and a dream.

The world settings in both paint a picture of growing corruption and decadence with one of the male leads planning to change it.

It is worth noting that Legend is much less darker in tone, though. At least until the end.