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Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D

Thousands of years in the future, the world is overrun by demons and vampire lords. Doris, a young girl, has become the target of the great vampire lord Count Magnus Lee, who wants her as his plaything. After being bitten by the Count, she seeks the help of D, an elite vampire hunter, who decides he must venture out to slay the Count and his demon underlings to save this girl in despair.

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mexigogen mexigogen says...

Both Berserk and VHD are true classics which a fan of the fantasy genres can't help but to love. D and Gatts are characters that will forever be etched in the minds of the fans of the gory and fast-paced action/fantasy genres.

dgsub dgsub says...

Both VHD and Berserk have main characters who, on the surface, are heartless killers/hunters but underneath they both feel cursed by their destinies. Also in both of them there is a smattering of demented villains and gore.

Reign: The Conqueror

Reign: The Conqueror

It was prophesied that Alexander the Great would first rule the world and then destroy it. Born the prince of Macedonia, his father was determined to have him remain an obedient military pawn whilst his mother wished for him to be a destroyer of worlds. Now, as Alexander moves across Babylonia towards the "Hindu" lands, enemies from both outside and within his camp struggle to stop him before he can conquer the world and bring about the prophecy of its destruction. Can the world be saved, or is fate truly the deciding factor of life and death?

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rikime rikime says...

Both are stories of strong men, which hold destiny of many in their hands. Both struggle with their fate, even if their perspective isn't the same, as Alexander knows to be a ruler while Gutts (the Berserk protagonist) doesn't realize it.

JTown91 JTown91 says...

Both great series with lots of action.  There are the huge battles where its army vs army, and the smaller battles where the heros duke it out. The constant action leaves no time to get bored of the story lines.  In both however, the stories are amazingly complex filled with friendship ambition and destiny.  The plot of Alexander is more mystical and based on politics, philosophy, and strategy, whereas berserk (from Guts' perspective) is more about the path of a warrior and the human condition (the nature of evil), both contain elements of each however. I loved both of these series and would highly reccomend them to anyone who needs more badass in their life.

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!"

The Rose of Versailles

The Rose of Versailles

Since General de Jarjayes of France’s Royal Guard always wanted a son, he brings up his only daughter Oscar to dress, fight, and behave like a man. When Oscar’s excellent swordsmanship wins her the honored position as bodyguard to Louis XVI’s new bride, Marie Antoinette, the Jarjayes household believes it can finally be proud. However, what nobody realizes is the pit of thorns the royal court in Versailles has become – with all its excessive opulence, it attracts not just those with status and wealth, but also those with ruthless ambition. To confound matters, Marie Antoinette turns out to be an airhead whose selfish actions are turning the starving population against her. Amidst the sordid schemes and terrible tragedies, and with the tide of history sweeping against the nobles, can Oscar protect her new King and Queen whilst upholding justice for the oppressed peasants of France?

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ohtoriakio ohtoriakio says...

Both shows deal with commoners who rise in the royalty ranks, and both feature characters (main and secondary) who through hardship and sacrifice discover who they really are. Both have a hierachy theme throughout and deal with the dark side of humanity.

skitxophrenic skitxophrenic says...

Don't let the shoujo sparkles, pretty dresses and bold colors fool you -- The Rose of Versailles and Berserk have much more in common than meets the eye.

Both shows take place in a time where battles were fought with swords and horses, and a great deal of time is spent in both series focusing on the soldiers who fight battles -- either for noblemen or for hire. However, what makes Berserk and Rose of Versailles so similar is their expertly crafted characters who change over time; the relationship between Guts and Griffith closely mirrors the one which Oscar and Marie Antoinette share. Furthermore, both series are wrought with tragedy and mature emotional issues that I haven't seen in many other places. 

All in all, while Berserk is definitely the scruffier, gorier series, it's fantastic characters and solid plotline make it a solid recommend to The Rose of Versailles. I highly recommend both!

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.

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valondar valondar says...

The animation isn't great in either, but looking past that one finds exceptionally rich writing for an anime; featuring strong characterisation - particularly of a beautifully bishonen male who seeks after power who has a complicated relationship with another prominent character - and an epic, multi-faceted plot. Admittedly Berserk ends far too soon, the scope of its sweeping epic cut painfully short - while Galactic Heroes marches through a staggering number of episodes to a masterful conclusion - but fans of one should by all means try the other as well.

AtticWindow AtticWindow says...

Both of these anime feature an epic and dramatic story centered around two deep and well developed characters. Among these characters I found Griffith from Berserk and Reinhard from LOTGH to be very similar, both being young feminine looking men with dangerously grand ambitions, strategic genius, and subversive ideas. They also each share a distinct tone in their storytelling which can best be described as poetic. This poetic aspect overlays the constant brutal battles that drive each of these anime and creates an unsettling but engaging contrast. I think that anyone who is willing to overlook the shift in scenery and time period will appreciate one series if they did the other.