Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
The main reason for recommending Berserk with Afro Samurai is the spectacular fights (not talking about the all out wars). While the settings are different, the feel isn't. Especially in the last couple of episodes, Berserk carries a certain noir and obscure feel like Afro Samurai and you will certainly enjoy the flow of blood in both.
Be warned though: Afro Samurai's story is limited compared to Berserk and not very similar either.
Both series follow an absolute baller who owns up anyone who steps in his way. If you like untouchables, this series is for you.
They may be set in different era's and settings but both that dark action tint to the serie. Both have the deadly apathetic lead characters that once set on a path will not be stopped no matter what you put in front of them.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
Cowboy Bebop and Berserk have Lean-Mean-Fighting Machines with mysterious pasts, unknown futures and a present time that will lead us to understand both.
The two main characters in Bebop and Berserk are similar in badassness, but Guts (Berserk) has more balls because he uses a big ass sword and doesn't give up. Both are awesome, and the stories also seem to be driven by facing your inner demons and past.
These series are about men looking for his path in life, running away from the past and finally facing problems with unpredictable outcome. Both anime have not only highly enjoyable plot, but what's more important, they leave us with couple of thoughts regarding our own lifes.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
At first sight one may think that those two anime have nothing in common. But when you look closer, you will see that both main characters struggle with the same problems - reality requiring thoug choices to be made and lifes to be sacrificed.
You might ask what a mecha anime with a whiny teen protagonist that takes place in the 21th century and a story of a badass swordsman in medieval times could possibly have in common, and I would answer: nothing as such.
There is, however, something similar in the auras these anime have. Both of them emit a depressing feeling of despair and being out of control of your own fate. So if you’re looking for something similar to Berserk in the general atmosphere of the show, NGE might not be too far-fetched an option.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Both Berserk and NTHT have hair on their balls. There is a feeling in both series of an uncompromising high level of direction. Berserk and Now and Then, Here and There are rare examples of anime series that aren't dumbed down to get maximum sales by appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Each of these series have a very dark focus centering mainly around war. With a very serious mood surrounding each, they make a good fit.