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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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Adam Adam says...

At a quick glance, Claymore and Darker than Black do not look similar. The plots differ intensely, but they both share that common theme of underground organizations controlling stronger beings who are meant to simply do what they are told, with no questions asked.

Lyzl Lyzl says...

These anime both have serious storylines with a fight to the end feeling to them. There are themes of alienation from society for being "different" in both, but acceptance within ones own groups and those who love them. Boht have great action with interesting fight scenes as well.

CynicalPsycho CynicalPsycho says...

Both shows take place in worlds that seem to be completely and utterly doomed. Both main characters lost part of their humanity to gain their powers, and spend most of the series trying to get that back. Both also have rather exellent action sequences. If you enjoyed one I can\'t imagine you not enjoying the other.

worosei worosei says...

Both are different, Claymore is much bloodier, female cast, and is in a medieval kind of setting

Darker than Black is neo-noir sci-fi kind of action anime with little gore.

Yet somehow they are both have a similar kind of feeling. Both leads are working behind an omnious organisation (working under a handler) and striving to seek things that relates to their past. Both leads have something unique about them and appear/act more 'human' than humans despite them not being strictly human

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Darker Than Black and Claymore are about fighters who are being outcasted from normal humans, fighting at the command of an organization. Both shows have great action, and the leading characters in both shows dislike the organization they work for, but keep working for them in order to keep their trust.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series are centered around groups of people being told what to do, no questions asked, by a large and mysterious organization. The people being told what to do, for the most part, are people with super-human powers, that were thought to have give up humanity, by the larger public, and are feared. Finally, as the series each progress, it is shown that the super-humans (Contractors in Darker Than Black, and Claymore) are closer to human than originally seen. Finally, both of the series are extremely action heavy.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both anime feature rather blank-faced protagonists that work for large organizations with unclear motives. Both protagonists are set apart from society, and in some respects, from their own kind because their skills are so different. Both anime also feature some drama involving the darker secrets of the protagonist's kind, world-destruction level evil, and what it is to be human.

InuYasha

InuYasha

Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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fancypants fancypants says...

Both Inuyasha and Claymore have similar villains: demons. while Claymore has a female lead, both main characters show similar traits and skills, are half-demon half-human, and use special sword techniques. the storyline and characters are similar enough that if you liked one you should like the other.

brittdeal brittdeal says...

In both Inuyasha and Claymore you aren't really sure if you have been taken back in time, to another dimension, or to a really odd future. This makes them both more appealing. The setting is key to the plot and the monsters in both series are what keep the attention of the viewer. If you love one you will love the other.

Nightdragon Nightdragon says...

Inuyasha and Claymore aren't as similar as Bleach and Claymore are, yet they are both still very similar when it comes to the watcher's tastes. The story is excellent in both, involving that of a damaging past. Like Clare, the main character, Inuyasha, commonly loses control of his half-demon blood, causing him to rampage across the lands until tamed once again. Inuyasha is a very long series, however, so if you are the kind of person that wants to watch and finish a series quickly, this isn't the one for you.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Both the villains in InuYasha and Claymore are demons and both of the main characters are half bloods that have to deal with the consequences and what that implies for everyone around them. They each have a special sword with which they use to kill the demons. Kagome keeps InuYasha in check not only for his personality but also for his full demon behavior whereas Claire is kept in check by Raki. They have to try and stay in control of their human selves.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

These anime are set in the past, though it is a very different past than what we know. Demons roam the land, making snacks of humans. The protagonist is a young woman that is the legacy of a warrior that was much stronger. Sword fights, half-demons, and plenty of action await you in these anime.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

The demons come in many different flavors in InuYasha but basically that's what both anime choke down to. The main heroes in both anime have to fight these demons and they become so powerful that they have to fight their allies, sometimes due to governing laws and their theology. Lots of great, memorable fights. If you liked one I'm sure you'll love the other.

D.Gray-man

D.Gray-man

An akuma is a soul which has been brought back to life through sadness and despair with the powers of Millenium Earl. Their mission is to terrorize the earth and all who dwell within it. The Black Order is a group of Exorcists that have sworn to cleanse the souls of the akuma, and collect the substance known as "innocence". This powerful substance can be used as an anti-akuma weapon, and ultimately can help destroy the evil Millenium Earl. Allen Walker is a young Exorcist who has the ability to tell who is human and who is an akuma with the help of his cursed eye. Together with the Black Order, Allen must find all 109 pieces of innocence to protect the world and defeat Earl.

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azntenniskid azntenniskid says...

Claymore and D.Gray-man are both dark and serious, and the characters in each fight demons. The differences are that there is a bit of comedy in D.Gray-man and the characters fight demons with claymores (huge swords), while in Claymore there is no comedy and the characters use special powers.

nean123 nean123 says...

D. Gray Man, and Claymore share many of the same themes including: Time period, character development, and organization. Not to mention that in both Anime's the monsters are demons who disguise themselves as humans to further their cause of destruction, as they eat their way through hordes of people. Though the action is more nonstop and quick in Claymore, D. Gray Man, doesn't disappoint with the build up into missions, and even the occasional filler.

All in all, if you liked Claymore, you should definitely think of watching D. Gray Man, and vice versa. It's well worth your time.

FaiFlourite FaiFlourite says...

If you like Claymore, then you'll love D.Gray-man. The Dark Order is a group of people who have what's called "Innocence" and they fight akuma, or demons. It has a lot of the same traits as Claymore. I very highly recomment this anme/manga. :D

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

There is no denying a somewhat similarity between the parasitic Innocence weapons of D.Gray-man and the abilities of Claymores in Claymore. Neddless to say, there is obviously quite a bit of action between the two, and some minor similarity between Claymore's yoma and D.Gray-man's akuma.

They differ, however, in their tone. D.Gray-man remains slightly comedic and child oriented, while Claymore is more grim and gritty. If you liked D.Gray-man but want better action, try Claymore. If you liked Claymore, but want a lighter tone, try D.Gray-man.

FireFlower FireFlower says...

Claymore and D.Gray-man have common features. Both have an anti-demon organisation that hires and trains anti-demon weapons.

Claymore anti-demon hunters have all same equipment and their own personal skills are the key factors for becoming stronger hunters.

D.Gray-man then again relies upon relics that have chosen their wielder. These relics are manufactured to weapons by organisation to suit the wielders perfectly.

Again then both are very entertaining where D.Gray-man is more humorous but both have their own charms. Maybe rather unique character designs in both make these animes so great because you wont meet dozens of overused character designs in these animes.

abimesina abimesina says...

both of these anime are fighting against demons and also the protagonist possessed unique eyes that can hunt and detect monsters inside the human body which the demon hides.

Tokko

Tokko

Ranmaru is young cop with a dark past. As one of the few survivors of a mindless slaughter in his apartment block, he joins a special unit called TOKKO to avenge his parents. On his first case, the already ghastly murder scene turns to one of terror, as the inhuman killers start to massacre the police. After being saved at the last minute by a secret unit named TOKKO who wield swords instead of guns, Ranmaru's mind is filled with questions and he is determined to find out the answers, no matter what it takes. What are these monsters, and why did they recognize him?

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jjjjj11 jjjjj11 says...

Although set in completely different time periods, both anime have a similar story and feel. Both the fighting style and amounts of gore in each are similar. If you like one, you would like the other.

bakanene bakanene says...

I think Claymore and Tokko have similar stories placed in different time periods. While Claymore creates an ancient atmosphere Tokko story evolves in modern times.

Both of them include sword fighting, dark misterious creatures and of course blood.

JSai JSai says...

I actually think that Claymore is the medieval version of Tokko. Both stories revolve around a group of special people who fight 'supernatural' beings.

In addition, the protagonists of these two anime both uses swords as their weapon of choice, slicing enemies to little tiny pieces.

Like Claymore, Tokko would leave unanswered questions in its final episode which makes you hope for a second season!

Najaraja Najaraja says...

Aside from the setting (Tokko being set in modern day and Claymore having a more medieval setting) both Tokko and Claymore have almost the exact same plot themes:  humanity is being attacked by demons and only a select organization has the ability to kill them.   

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

 The characters Tokko and Claymore both take into account an awareness of the world around them and try to fit into it even though they have some special powers that do not always let them adapt.  There are tons of fights scenes in each with plenty of gore to keep viewers entertained.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

I agree, both Claymore and Tokko are very similar. They could almost be the same stories just one based on the distant past and one in the late 80s. If you liked one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Blood The Last Vampire

Blood The Last Vampire

In the time of the Vietnam War, an American military base in Japan is plagued with a rash of killings whose assailant is unknown. Enter Saya, a mysterious young woman who happens to be the last of the vampire race, and has been charged by her government agency employer to investigate the sinister killings. With demons and creatures abounding, Saya must infiltrate a school to put a stop to the bloodshed -- unless the monsters get to her first...

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

If you like atmospheric demon-horror with good characterisation and good plot as well as the fantastic action sequences, then these two are well matched. Saya and Clare both have internal struggles to resolve and both are silent, rational killers with depth beyond their sword-wielding skills. The animation in both anime is also excellent, with distinctive, detailed styles. Also, a definite gore warning on both.

aboumonkey aboumonkey says...

If you like the inner conflict between the yoma and human self of the claymores I think you may like Blood The Last Vampire, as the main protagonist is half-human half-vampire. Also they both deal with demon-slaying so they both are action-oriented and feature a fair amount of violence and gore.

Of course Claymore has a better plot since Blood is a movie of 40 minutes only.

RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

Both Blood and Claymore have heroines with unique abilities, fighting and slashing demons. These girls have to fight monsters outside and inside alike, as part of them wants to join the monsters in their bloodshed. The only thing keeping them together are their friends.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

If, like me, you enjoy a good horror romp, packed full with demons, fighting and bucketfuls of blood, I think you will enjoy both Claymore and Blood: TLV.

Both fronted by a very strong (both physically and mentally), beautiful female lead, their story is immortalised in some beautiful animation with the promise of a second series for more action.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Claymore and Blood the Last Vampire each revolve around demons.  The series are dark and twisted following the struggles of the main characters as they are exiled from the people around them.