Black Lagoon

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Madlax

Madlax

The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...

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mexigogen mexigogen says...

If you liked Madlax you would also like Black Lagoon because both are stories about war-damaged individuals who would think it natural for their day to start out with a gunfight. Both series are set in war-ravaged countries were you could lose your life over a can of soup, and where the strong female leads fight to survive while struggling with their pasts.

JAhU JAhU says...

I don't know what it exactly was that made me think of Madlax when I was watching Black Lagoon, but they definitely feel alike. The easiest thing would be to blame it on the fact that Madlax and Revy use very similar gun-kata (AKA gun fu). If you liked Black Lagoon, you should give Madlax a try.

Kivan Kivan says...

Dealing with the effects of living in a war torn orcriminal packed country is the underlaying theme that links this two titles together. Kill to live is what it's all about. While Madlax tries to give answers as why people enjoy war so much and how to deal with it, Black Lagoon is more lighthearted and action oriented, but both feature strong female leads with similar gun-fu fighting styles and clean execution. Revy is a badass version of Madlax, and Madlax is a colled down, biit phylosophical and smiling executioner. So if you liked Black Lagoon but want a deeper story try Madlax. And if you liked Madlax but want something easier to watch, or didn't like it because of the "human nature" storyline, try Black Lagoon

riseofanimal riseofanimal says...

If you like Black Lagoon then you would also like Madlax. Both have women that are dominate and overpowering, not to mention attractive. So if that's your thing, then Madlax will satisfy you want for a dominating woman.

Galadriel Galadriel says...

Black Lagoon and Madlax feature strong female leads that are skilled at using all sorts of guns. Both of them are assassins (in Black Lagoon's case Revy is concidered a mercenary) that take jobs from different clients/organizations. While Black Lagoon deals with mafia and its schemes, Madlax deals with secret organizations and military organizations in a war zone. If you liked one, you will enjoy the other one as well.

stingreis stingreis says...

Well both are down and out badass with awesome female lead that kicks some major ass in battle... the battle sequences in both series are bad ass but the story is just as good with moments that make your skin crawl and move you to your heart... definitley they are both recomendation for each other black lagoon and madlax are peas in a pod

Baccano!

Baccano!

It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...

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jurexplay jurexplay says...

Both anime are extremely violent and full of bloody scenes absoultely not suited for people with weak stomach. Action, drama, bloodshed and a bit of humour makes them incredibly watchable. Try it and see for yourself !

Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both shows are about underworld ( though Baccano is set in 30s, while Black Lagoon is set in the present time)  and are quite violent. Both feature a large number of crazy killers fighting each other in gruesome ways. And both have the same  "happy killing" mood - the actions that should normally bring very dark and gloomy feelings, makes you grin. If you like one, you should enjoy the other a lot as well.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

This is the single best recommendation I could make for both these shows, as the one thing that made them memorable over so many other shows, was the sheer amount of awesomeness. Fast paced action, eccentric characters and a long adrenaline rush are what made these two into what they are. If you loved one of these, I see no reason why you should not pick the other up as well.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

A love of violence, guns, and bloodshed make these two anime very similar. Both involve a glimpse at the underworld of gangs and pirating (Baccano had it's speakeasies, Black Lagoon had its black market) There are also bits of humor in both anime as well.

lewieroo0 lewieroo0 says...

Both of these shows have a strong western influence and have tons of action scenes with badass characters. If you enjoyed Black Lagoon for those reasons then Baccano! will be right on the ball in those categories.

Darklegba Darklegba says...

Gangsters and violence are equally present in these animes however.....Baccano! is a on the supernatural side, but they both give offer a dosage a gritty entertainment.

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.

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Itochan60 Itochan60 says...

While black lagoon is far more upbeat and Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ is much darker, the two series have a lot of common.  The both feature similar action sequences, but maybe more importantly is they both feature great character interaction.

terracapri terracapri says...

I agree with another reviewer that black lagoon feels very gritty yet upbeat and at times quite funny.Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ feels far more darker. Although both feature great story telling and direction, the color pallet used for Phantom gives it a dark and foreboding atmosphere. 

The two series have a lot in common, but they handle the interpretation of the protagonist in different ways. Where Black Lagoon prefers to give a verbose explanation for the motivation of characters, Phantom prefers silence and mostly prefers the viewer to make his own conclusion as protagonists almost never show emotions normally seen in anime.  The both feature similar action sequences and me both have great character interaction.

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

These series both series have a very dark feeling to them. There is plenty of blood and violence and great action to keep you entertained in both series.

thereviewer58 thereviewer58 says...

These animes both invole one guy who gives up there normal life to become criminals. But in Black lagoon the guy chooses to become a criminal and in Phantom he is forced to

Darklegba Darklegba says...

Both Black Lagoon and Phantom contain plenty of violence and some racy, sexual content. But what really ties these two together; is the psychological tension that remains present throughout the entire series. Also, they both focus on a obvious romance, that just cant seem to come into fruition. Great animes.  

TheBlueKing44 TheBlueKing44 says...

Gunplay, assassins, and a lot of action. Both are a lot of fun to watch but lagoon is the better overall. Both will help your gunplay fix tho

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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whatismyname whatismyname says...

The action scenes in each of these shows are both fluid and elegant. While the weapons are different (samurai sword and guns) each tool is used with precision and some cockiness as well.

risuta risuta says...

Although Samurai Champloo is an anime with samurai ans takes place during the Edo era while Black Lagoon is about a mercenary group and takes place in modern time Southern East Sea, both hava a lot of action and badass blood thirsty characters! The characters fight with awesome style in both anime and the animation in both is terific! So if you watched and liked one of them, and you are in the mood for an anime with lots of fighting, I suggest you watch the other one as well!

ElenaAkiah ElenaAkiah says...

Artwork is kind of silmar. The fight scenes are a lot like, though in Black Lagoon they use guns and in Samurai Champloo swords, yet the same athmosphere. There are a lot character resemblances. Revy is just like Mugen. Rock is a lot like Fuu, he is forced to hang out with the baddies because "his former life is ruined". In both there is also a never-ending battle on that who is the best fighter and the swords/gunsmen are always excited when they find a real challenge.

kieiPL kieiPL says...

Both are great action and fun animes to watch. They have the same feel to them. The characters have both serious and careless moments and the interactions between characters are just great to watch.

I would reccomend Samurai Champloo to anyone that enjoied Black Lagoon's characters, action and presentation. and Vice Versa 

promethiumx promethiumx says...

While the setting and weapons belong to different places in time. The jouney that is experiernced is very similar.

Canaan

Canaan

In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

 Black Lagoon and Canaan follow the same recipe: fast paced action, guns and bullets galore, car chases, killers on the rampage, female characters with extraordinary abilities, all brought together with fluid animation and an addictive soundtrack. These anime explore a underworld of crime and even go as far as taking China as their central stage. Violence done with style, good production values and a solid plot are the driving forces behind both Black Lagoon and Canaan. Aimed at a somewhat more mature demographic these shows will probably appeal to the same viewers.

Goshin Goshin says...

If you Enjoy chicks kicking ass with guns and martial arts. or just anime with gunfights if sure you will enjoy black lagoon and Canaan. I've only seen the first four eps but i can tell they are very similar. especially in how some random guys gets thrown into conflict he had no intention of joining.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Canaan and Black Lagoon are good action-flicks above all. If you enjoyed one of these for the whole girls-with-guns gimmick, you won't be disappointed to see the exact same in the other. More things these shows share: Completely badass characters, completely batshit insane characters (how I love your mental stability, Liang Qi, Revy) and on top of the action, more action.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are centered around strong females and action, yet manage to have interesting plots that aren't completely over shadowed by the action. If you enjoyed one of these series, you will surely enjoy the other.

darczon69 darczon69 says...

These two are like sisters: bad-ass main characters, wimpy side characters, guns, fast-paced action, bullet dodging and some morality issues.