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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many years have passed since Afro fought to become the number one samurai and succeeded in avenging his father's murder. Living quietly and without violence, Afro maintains a quiet life until his peace is shattered by an old enemy Jinno and a mysterious woman. Together the two of them take the Number One headband from Afro as well as his father's decayed skull. Promising to torture him, the woman challenges Afro to seek out the Number Two Headband. Only then may he challenge her and grant his father peace once more. Who is this woman who wishes so much suffering on Afro, and how many lives must he take before he may once again put violence behind him?