Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
Both Black Lagoon and Read or Die have good action elements that are supported by a good plotline, and neither takes the idea of realism too far. Those who enjoy a fast moving anime with good action will enjoy both of these.
Ryoko Yakushiji is the gifted and beautiful Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police; no matter what the problem – science gone wrong or supernatural monsters – it seems there is nothing she cannot solve. With her new partner, the mild mannered Junichiro Izumida, she sets about tackling some of Tokyo's most terrible crimes. However, as Izumida quickly discovers, Ryoko's talent comes with a big ego and some strange personal baggage; cleaning up the streets of Tokyo becomes not just a matter of finding the bad guys, but trying to survive Ryoko's attitude problem as well!
What connects those two anime are the main characters and their interactions (Rock and Revy in BL and Ryoko and Izumida in RCF). If you found the pair entertaining in one show, the other one should entertain you as well.
In the mystical world of Shangri-la, demons and humans live side by side, watched over by a parthenon of ancient Chinese gods. But when normally-civilized demons start to go berserk, the gods require the services of Genjou Sanzo - a Buddhist priest with a magical gun, an evil-banishing scripture and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Aided by the ancient monkey god Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo and the demon exterminator Cho Hakkai, he sets off on a treacherous journey westward, with armies of demons, dark mages and angry gods all standing in his way...
Despite the obvious differences in setting and quality (Black Lagoon's animation is far better), the general feeling you get from Saiyuki and Black Lagoon is the same.
Apart from the great action in both series, Saiyuki and Black Lagoon also share a secret emphasis on character development and offhand philosophy. Both shows follow the adventures of a team of misfit anti-heroes whose group relationships become more and more intimately detailed as the stories progress. The shows also share a similar worldview--characters will semi-routinely discuss a somewhat cynical every-man-for-himself, seize-the-day sort of philosophy at more dramatic moments. And yet neither show takes itself too seriously. There’s character-based humor enough to spare in both.
(Oddly enough, both Saiyuki and Black Lagoon also require a sometimes amusing willingness to suspend disbelief. If an ancient monk can ride around in a jeep and use a credit card then a traditional maid can kill hoards of men with an umbrella bazooka. It’s simple logic.)
Ouri is an orphan who was raised by Keisei, a man he considers to be his older brother. One night, Ouri finds a strange wounded girl in the temple of the orphanage. Cold and covered in scars, Ouri initially thinks that she is dead – that is, until a mysterious talking cat tells him that she is a Shikabane – a corpse. After secretly watching Keisei heal the girl without explanation, Ouri decides it's time to leave the nest. However, he has picked a poor time, and he soon realizes that he's tangled in a strange, supernatural web. Why does Ouri continually meet this girl as she hunts monsters? What does Keisei have to do with it all and what exactly is her mission?
Both Shikabane Hime and Black Lagoon feature strong dark female lead characters who shoot everything with guns. This leads to a certain style of show, with a lame male sidekick who gradually evolves from useless feeb into reasonably competent hero. The action sequences in both shows are good.
Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?