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Basilisk

Basilisk

Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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riff riff says...

While the two take place at different time periods, they both share a tragic nature and sense of hopelessness as events leading up to the finale transpire. They both instill the sense of honor in a warrior's life but the sadness that carries both shows runs deeper than the characters themselves. There is a hidden message beneath all of the swordplay and bloodshed inherent in both shows. If you like a gripping/emotional story, I beseech you to watch them both and let the content speak for itself.

tasanime tasanime says...

Berserk and Basilisk are wonderfully connected when it comes to action, violence and skill. Yet they both have more depth than your typical action series, using character interactions and development to give the overall tragic plots more meaning.

Migandas Migandas says...

Both Basilisk and Berserk have a dark, violent, emotional and tragic scent about them. They are both dark and mysterious. The stories on the other hand, are not much alike. Basilisk is focusing on the rivalry between two ninja tribes and Berserk follows the life of Guts, the Dark Swordsmen. But none the less, I am sure that if you like the one, you will like the other due the feeling they both emit.

Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain

Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.

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Iwashiro Iwashiro says...

Both Animes have a great, profound and grave storyline along with serious and very well characterised heros which the viewer will sympathize with very much.

Berserk offers more gore and great battles along with thousands of bloody casualties (but note that also Wolf's Rain is for sure no slight fare) while Wolf's Rain has a more mystic and magic ambiance.

But in any case, if you like one of these Animes you really should check out the other (also if Wolf's Rain <-> Berserk is absolutely no common tip here).

fizrox fizrox says...

Both anime are short series showing friends' long and hard jounrey, with many problems and enemies to overcome. They share similar atmosphere and contain supernatural porwers involved.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series are rather sad as a whole. Further, each of the stories are very well made. If you enjoyed one, you're sure to love the other.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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akunokenshi akunokenshi says...

Despite significant differences in settings, medieval Europe vs. post-apocalyptic Japan, there are substantial similarities in plot and character design. Both revolve primarily around the relationships of two friends - one of whom has political and military ambitions. There is also a good amount of political scheming, violence, military maneuvering, and tragedy in each. So if the change in setting isn't too much for you and your focus is more on the story elements, you will most probably enjoy one if you liked the other.

Wali Wali says...

If you like either of these anime, you'll like both.  Code Geass is as Berserk would have been if Griffith was the hero, but he wasn't physically capable, and if Guts were a justice loving illogical kenshin type.  Conversely, Berserk is as Code Geass would have been if Suzaku was the hero, had Lelouches questionable moral compass, and joined the the Black Knights.

Berserk is a more mature anime with a deeper philosophical underbelly.  Code geass is a more superficial anime pandering to young teenagers at times.  Fortunately, thought the main character is in highschool, that occupies like 1/20th of the first series, so focal point is the strategy and battles.

Like I said, if you like one, you'll like the other... unless you're young and you think Code Geass is the "bestest anime evar!"

notoriousj0e notoriousj0e says...

Dark, badass animes with excellent action that doesn't mask the deep and rich story. Code Geass and Berserk both have excellent main characters that are so far from your everyday, bland anime protagonist. The good and evil of human nature is set on a stage of war and politics in both. I highly recommend both.

Scryed

Scryed

Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.

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LoneRaven LoneRaven says...

Basically contains a main character who believes the only thing he can do is fight, similar to Gatts...but with this anime...its not as dark and dreary...contains a rather optimistic atmosphere.

APWZ APWZ says...

Instead of huge swords in Berserk, there are powerful and evolving weapons transformed from mass in Scryed!

Scryed used to be one of my favourites, but the story content isn't good enough to beat my current top of Berserk.

Heroic Legend of Arslan

Heroic Legend of Arslan

Arslan is the prince of the Palse kingdom, a beautiful country which is located amidst the sand dunes. Peace in the land of Palse is soon disrupted when the Lusitanian army attacks, led by a man known as Silvermask who claims to be the true heir to the throne. After fleeing his home under siege with his only remaining general Daryoon, the young prince travels from kingdom to kingdom, gathering the support and loyalty of new friends, including Gieve the minstrel, Pharangese the warrior priestess, and Narsus the master strategist to help him reclaim his beloved Palse.

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sothis sothis says...

Arislan and Berserk definitely have similarities which make them mutually recommendable. While both take place in a different environment, both involve a great deal of battles between countries, non-samurai based, and violent. Strategy is key in Arislan, and is a focus in Berserk as well. Arislan is definitely not as emotionally involving as Berserk, perhaps due to the fact that Arislan is only 6 episodes. Both do share the fact that they end quite abruptly ;)

evan1979 evan1979 says...

if you liked berserk for its european influenced medievil setting, political manuvering and strategy intensive plotline then this show is for you.