Manji, a recently-turned immortal swordsman, has sworn to kill a thousand villains to counterbalance the merciless and indiscriminate slaughter that ended with the death of his sister. To this end, he decides to travel with Rin, a young girl who reminds him of the sister he failed. She has sworn to take vengeance on the Itto-ryu, specifically their leader Anotsu; for the Itto-ryu are group of elite swordsmen who killed her parents and raped her mother in front of her. However; being immortal doesn’t guarantee victory: Manji’s skill and immortality will be tested to their limits...
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
If you liked Afro Samurai you will love Blade of the Immortal. Both are dark samurai stories of revenge, they are extremely violent and gory and deal with the code of conduct of true warriors.
They also both contain very sexy female characters. *wink*
These two are dark samurai stories, which is reflected both on their color palette and gory battles. Fights feature some unconventional choreography and a lot of style.
Even though story serves just a minor purpose in those titles, it manages not to ruin the action.
Main characters are reckless, but capable fighters who are worth following. Just don't get too close!
Afro Samurai and Blade of The Immortal both feature very dark stories that use unique animation styles as well as extreme violence to construct a very vivid world. They are both centered on revenge, though Blade of The Immortal is a more light-hearted tale. But If you enjoyed one, be sure to check out the other.
These are both pretty standard samurai hack and slash series. Neither one is big on plot, but every episode is packed with violence and ninja techniques.
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?
Both Basilisk and Blade of the Immortal have similar feels/atmospheres, each is kind of dark and provide good, bloody action. If you liked either, you should be satisfied with the other.
As wright already said - they have the same bloody violent feel. Really i just wanted to agree with the poster above me but i will elaborate a bit as to what gives them that simular feel.
Revenge is a fuel for many battles in both of the anime.
Also present in both is the battle between rightous and evil killing. There seems to be reason for justification of the killing where killing is the tool of rightousness. (At least in the killers minds), while on the other hand you have the killers who are evil and love it.
Both are set in the same time period atmousphere while Blade of the Immortal is samurai compared to Basilisk ninja.
There is also a great veriety of weapons in both which make any fighting series better and bloodier. Watching different ways of killing is always more interesting then only seing swords slice through people.
Both the visual and soundtrack of both are right on as well, if not at times stunning!
A LOT OF KILLING :P
Like wright said above: If you like one you will like the other.
Both of these revenge driven stories feature dark atmospheres, supernatural abilities, plenty of fighting, and are borderline explicit. If you enjoyed one, make sure to check out the other.
These are both pretty standard samurai hack and slash series. Girl meets boy, boy annihilates ninja army for girl... Neither one is big on plot, but every episode is packed with violence and ninja techniques.
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.
Both Blade of the Immortal and Samurai Champloo follow a somewhat similar storyline. In both animes you have at least one man (Samurai Champloo had two) that act as bodyguards for a girl who has a goal she wants to achieve. In BOTI you have Rin who wishes to get revenge for the death of her family and in SC you have Fuu who wishes to find the man who smells of sunflowers. The bodyguard characters (Manji in BOTI / Mugen and Jin in SC) travel with their girl character to help her achieve what there after. Both animes also have a lot to do with sword fighting, violence, blood, and traveling.
Bottom line if you liked one your probably going to like the other.
Very similar feel where girl on a quest gets a strong fighter, or two in the case of Champloo, to help her and they grow closer while slashing their way through enemies
Champloo lighter from start, but grim in the end.
Blade of the Immortal borrow a lot from Champloo.
Mugen (from Champloo) is copied completely into one of characters.
A half-man, half-beast is chased by foes wielding power of an unpleasant nature. He would certainly be slaughtered, his mission failed, if not for the intervention of a wandering mercenary -- Kibagami Jubei. With the last of his strength, he gives Jubei a mysterious jewel, thereby transferring his mission: deliver the jewel at all costs to the Priestess of Light. The mystery of the jewel's powers, and the identities of those fiends who quest for it... these are questions whose answers will only be found through blood and battle.
These are both pretty standard samurai hack and slash series. Girl meets boy, boy annihilates ninja army for girl... Neither one is big on plot, but every episode is packed with violence and ninja techniques. Both are highly episodic.
If you want ancient sword play and seeing humans and demons getting owned than look no further. Both of these anime have one thing on their mind (you attack me, than you die) and in each one there is a journey to them that tie's battles together.
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.
If you liked the premise of a powerful warrior protecting a weaker protagonist in Blade of the Immortal, then I also recommend Guin Saga.
Guin Saga shares this premise, but places its characters in a medieval fantasy world filled with warfare, epic battles, and political intrigue. Not as dark or bloody, but that does not diminish the leopard-headed Guin's macho coolness in comparison to that of the scarred immortal Manji.