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?
As the island of Lodoss braces against a new assault by the Marmo and their new allies, the fate of the land falls into the hands of Spark, an inexperienced young knight. As aging legends Ashram, Kashew, Parn and Deedlit begin to fade, a new generation of heroes will have to arise to keep Lodoss from being torn apart by conflict.
Both RoLW and Berserk are action-filled swords-and-spell fantasy anime that really get to the D&D nerd in us all. If you like knights and roleplaying you'll love either of these.
If you liked oldschool graphics in Berserk, you should watch Record of Lodoss War. It's old anime, but it has got his climate. Both anime are settled in fantasy world with magic and sword. I'm sure that you gonna like it.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.