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Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Serious-minded seinen anime with a dark mature storyline about a blond, beautiful man and his ambiguous motives towards the world at large - and another man who knows him well and whose relationship with him unfolds in very interesting ways. If you enjoyed either one of these anime you really should consider watching the other.
In addition to the above recommendation I'll point out the shared predilection to fairly complex (but not overbearing), well thought out plots, as well as believable and well-developed characters.
Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.
In Both cases we are show a story about two really close friends and the end of their friendship. In both cases the breakdown is partially caused by accidental betrayal by one side, and supernatural power on the other side.
Both shows use In Medias res ( starting from the middle of the story than jumping to the past) though Berserk never actually gets back to the present actions.
Both animes have the story continued in the manga (Ga-Rei Zero is a prequel, while Berserk featares only first 15 or so volumes, dealing mainly with past)
Both series use in media res to kick off the story in a way that immediately draws you in. Both are about the bond between two friends who fight side by side, and the eventual demise of that friendship that is apparant from the first episode. There are some plot elements in both that are basically identical but cannot be mentioned so you'll have to see both to find out.
On an entirely superficial level Ga-Rei Zero felt like a shounen rewrite of Berserk. Replace Guts & Griffith with katana-wielding schoolgirls, medieval fantasy Europe for modern day Tokyo, replace the Band of the Hawk with a secret government agency, and the One Hundred Years War with an invisible battle between spirit demons and exorcists.
Obviously, due to the different demographics of the series Berserk is far more sophisticated and succeeds in its attempts to sound mature and profound, whereas Ga-Rei fails miserably. Ga-Rei also contains noticeable moments of fanservice and trite sentimentality. However, although I find Berserk untouchable in terms of quality I do think this rec works both ways. Ultimately, both weave themes of friendship, betrayal, power and glory into enthralling, dark, and tragic stories. You should definitely see both if you liked one.
Yohko is nothing but ordinary. Throughout her life she has been considered an outcast, especially with a hair color not native to many in Japan, bright red. Things change for Yohko when a mysterious man named Keiki arrives and claims that she is his empress. Yohko and two friends are then taken through a vortex, and then abandoned.. in a world of demons and magic.
Twelve Kingdoms is a dark(although not nearly as much as Berserk) fantasy with a deep and complex story. Kingdoms starts almost the exact same way as escaflowne. If you enjoyed the story arc of Berserk then you will love the first two for twelve kingdoms. Like berserk you see the characters grow and become attached to them. The only real problem with kingdoms is that there are too many re-cap eps.
Alright, one anime is very much about a teenage girl and doesn't have any violence I'd call graphic, while the other one is about a guy, and hey, there's some violence here. Beyond that they share animation that wasn't the best in its day and hasn't aged spectacularly well (especially in Berserk's case), very strong soundtracks (especially Berserk again, although I say this as a fan of frequent Satoshi Kon collaborator Susumu Hirasawa).,. and some very competent epic fantasy plotting.
Basically although neither series has a satisfactory ending, they both tell quality yarns in the fantasy genre, about those who aspire to greatness, those who are corrupted by it, and maybe we see some ugly monsters somewhere down the line but it's mostly a human cast. A guarded recommendation, but a sincere one.
The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state.
You don't have to watch FMA to understand FMA:B, FMA:B is completely true to the manga while FMA was true to the manga till a point of divergence due to the manga being unfinished. Anyway, if you have watched FMA and you don't want to waste time, ep 14 is where FMA and FMA:B diverge.After that point, I started to notice a lot of similarities between Berserk and FMA:B. I think if you enjoyed the darker aspects of FMA:B, you'll enjoy Berserk, and if you enjoyed Berserk, you'll be entertained by (at the very least), the latter half of this series.
Well, they both have very well developed characters along with a one hell of a story line. Even if you haven't seen Berserk you should watch FMA Brotherhood.
Actually both Berserk and FMA Brotherhood are stand alone shows that don't require you to have seen one to watch the other.
Only one warning to those would-be Berserk watchers - this anime is not for the faint hearted.
In the distant future, the world lies in ruin and vampires rule the land. Mercenary vampire hunters fight the terrible forces of darkness - for a price; the most notorious of them all being the half-vampire named D. However, despite his actions that help humanity, he finds himself shunned by those he would save. When a girl named Charlotte is kidnapped by the vampire Lord Meier, her father hires D to bring her back - dead or alive. Competing with the vampire hunting Marcus Brothers for the prize, D encounters Meier first; but in the middle of their confrontation, Charlotte calls out Meier's name in worry and Meier reveals that she is accompanying him of her own free will...