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?
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
while berserk is much darker than escaflowne, both have huge stories with great and unexpected turns constantly thrown at you. both show you a bigger world, with every episode propelling you forward to thier abrupt world changing ends. they both have strange love triangles too.
Imagine a world devastated by nuclear war, where the strong oppress the weak and strength is the one thing that will ensure survival. A world where even close friends can betray you for power, a lesson that Ken, the Fist of The North Star, learns when he is nearly killed by his closest friend and left for dead. He's not an easy man to get rid of, and he returns - very angry.
One of the things I like about both animes is cruelty of main characters, they simply don't care about enemies and they don't let them live if they cross paths. Both animes share common backstory, because both main characters were best friends with antagonists in the past, and now they are fighting against them. Antagonists have raised armies and They have only one goal - to conquer the world while main characters are still on the good side. The setting is also similar, a world like ours set in chaos. In Fist of the North Star story takes place in near future while in Berserk it is set in past. The last but not the least fact is that both protagonists, even though they seem mercilles, are accompanied by kids on their journey. Kids provide comic relief elements to the plot.
Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios no longer function and even the very sky has become something terrifyingly alien. With the siblings' mother dead, they are hunted by loan sharks who want recompense for her debt as well as a mysterious Countess who wants them for her own reasons. Even worse, they are also coveted by their father, the terrorist who caused the "Twin X", Gilgamesh!
This is a rather difficult reccomendation to write, as these shows don't share much in common at all. Yet there is a reason for me to reccomend these series together, but this reason contains things that would cause major spoilers for both series. So you will have to trust me on this one, also, you may have to see the entire series of both shows to reaslise why this reccomendation works. Lastly, the first 11, more or less, episodes don't properly represent the later excellent parts of Gilgamesh.
Princess Rinda and her brother Remus are the foretold Twin Pearls of Parros – one will be a shining prophet and the other a great ruler. However, when their homeland is lost to the invading Mongaul army and their parents slain during the siege, Rinda and Remus are transported into Rood Forest, a dangerous hideout for ghouls. Lost and vulnerable, the two barely escape death thanks to the help of a powerful man with the head of a leopard called Guin who cannot remember who is or how he became that way. Together they journey across the land, evading monsters, fighting the power-hungry Mongaul army, and gathering trusted companions such as Istavan Spellsword and Suni of the monkey-like Sem – all in the hope of fulfilling their destinies and finally bringing peace to Parros.
Guin Saga inspired the creation of Berserk, so they have quite a few similarities. They both take place in an old-kingdom fantasy setting with magic, demons, and plenty of political intrigue. The main protagonists, Guin and Guts, are strong warriors who follow their own path, searching for answers about themselves and the world around them.
Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.