BLAME! is a very dark and abstract set of 6 shorts which are based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The "story" (if it can be called that) revolves around a man named Killy: a human living amongst clones and androids. His task, it seems, is to collect things known as "net-genes", and to help find the remaining humans that may or may not exist.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
Both Lain and Blame are really dark and psychedelic! The two use cyberpunk elements to help with the dark ambience. If you had a headache in one, it will probably be the same in the other because both are very confusing. They are far from typical anime! If you liked one, you'd certainly like the other.
Lain and Blame! are kindred spirits of the extremely trippy kind: machines blending with humanity, dialogues that throw the viewer off, a supra-reality of a cybernetic nature, intense imagery with distorted scenes and deliberate usages of static serve to create a very bizarre environment that takes the meaning of surreal to a whole different level. With this said, Lain is more consistent and offers enough to work on in terms of hermeneutics while Blame! is almost narrative free and extremely confusing.
Both anime are abstract and confusing to the point of nonsensical. The artwork is unique and beautiful, and the characters emotionless but likable. They both revolve around science fiction, futuristic topics.
A young woman awakens in a desolate town with no inhabitants. She’s unable to read signposts or remember anything about who she is or what she’s doing there. All she can do is recognize the symbols that appear on her hands, identifying her as Agarta, devourer of dragons. Alone and in an unfamiliar place, Agarta must remember the reason she is there and defeat the evils within.
Enjoy sci-fi shorts that don't make a whole lot of sense (though their incomprehensible head-games are most agreeable entertainment) and look really cool? Then you'll likely enjoy either one of these - though BLAME! is by far the denser mind-screw of the two, and G-9's action is admittedly lackluster by comparison. Still, they're weird and cool looking.
As valondar said, both of these anime are realy weird and look very cool, but what I found more in common is the feeling after watching where you find yourself scratching your head and asking "wtf was that just now?"
Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
Par the obvious sci-fi connection, both are beautifully detailed animations and snippets of stories that form parts of a larger tale (Animatrix to the Matrix trilogy and Blame! to the manga series of the same name).
In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?
It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.