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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.

Busou Renkin

Busou Renkin

Some things in life are so bad that you'd like to pretend they're just a dream. Unfortunately for Kazuki, trying to save a strange girl from being brutally killed by monsters (and ending up dying instead) is an unfortunate reality. Out of pity, the girl replaces Kazuki's heart with an alchemy-based artifact known as Kakugane, so that he may live on. With this strange device, Kazuki gains the power of Busou Renkin -- Arms Alchemy; a power that will come in handy when monsters (and worse) begin to plague his town! Kazuki soon meets the girl from his “dream” (named Tokiko) in reality, and she tells Kazuki to get on with his life; but with his sister and friends in danger, that might not be possible. Besides, if Kazuki gives up the chance to show off just how manly he can be, how can he hope to win the heart of the alluring older-sister-like Tokiko?!

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RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

If you loved the cool, powerful warrior girl that fights evil, in one of these anime, you will not be disappointed by the other. The stories focus on the fighting girls that have to forsake normal lives and the boys that do so willingly, in an attempt to protect them and make them happy. Claymore is darker and bloodier, while Busou Renkin edges on the humorous at times, but Clare (Claymore) and Tokiko (Busou Renkin) give away the same feeling. They are both scarred beings with foggy pasts, starting to care for a boy that should mean nothing to them.

Lazuline Lazuline says...

The seductress known as Power is humanity's mistress. There are those who seek it and there are those who are given it. Yet, power is still power no matter what form it takes and power by its very nature corrupts humanity. This is the tale of heroes and heroines who've been granted power and fight to retain their humanity; such is embodied in Claymore and Busou Renkin.

These series are mirror images of one another. Myriads of comparisons can easily be done between the two. Some of the more common comparisons include the existence of a controlling organization, a skilled and determined female heroine, the involvement of a young and unaware hero, and the ultimate fight to retain humanity. Yet, despite all of these comparisons, the series are distinct from one another much like how two twins are still very different from one another. Therefore, if one has chosen to watch Busou Renkin or Claymore and wishes to watch something similar yet paradoxically different, then one should watch the other.

loonytoongonemad loonytoongonemad says...

Both of these anime have the same kind of idea with every person (main character) has their own sword that can do different things. Also, Busou Renkin I belive has more romance, which really enhances everything and puts more tension and it also has a lot of cliffhangers! Claymore I believe leaves you hanging at the end also. I also believe the ideas of two people always traveling together (Clare and Raki vs. Kazuki and Tokiko) is very similar. Believe me, if you like Busou Renkin, you'll like Claymore, and vise versa!

MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

Claymore and Busou Renkin are, at their simplest, tales about a character that has been embedded with a material that will make them stronger so they can defeat monsters, but will eventuially have negative side effects. The character must eventually come to terms with what their life is becoming and make a decision.

Of course, on top of this are some kick ass fights, and plenty of other story elements.

The story lines are handled in different ways and Claymore is slightly more mature, but I am confident that if you enjoyed one, you will gain some enjoyment from watching the other.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

One dabbles in comedy and drama, the other has a drop of comedy in a full glass of drama; one has romance, the other... not so much. But what they both have is awesome fights and excitement in the midsts of the drama.

Claymore has a more mature storyline and has a more mature feel overall but if you're a fan of either one, chances are you'll find something to like in the other. And arguably, Claymore might be the better of the two, considering that Busou Renkin can be considered a generic shounen anime. Just keep that in mind.

Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito

In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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aspasia aspasia says...

Both shows feature a stoic female warrior who suddenly finds herself caring for a young boy. Themes of motherhood abound. Also, both Seirei and Claymore have compelling themes and excellent character development. And for fans of kickass action, there is plenty to be had. I highly recommend them both.

poetax poetax says...

Both anime are about a young boy who travels with an older swords-woman. The woman originally hardened through battle becomes softer as the series continues. Fighting, blood, battles, and the search for love are important to each. If you like Serei no Moribito, then you are sure to like Claymore

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Take a strong female fighter whose life was given to her by another fighter, and give her a young, inexperienced boy to protect. Apart from era and setting, these two anime are identical, with a mixture of the supernatural and fighting sequences.

chaybear chaybear says...

If you're like me, then when you're watching fantasy style anime, the last thing you want is cheesiness. I think both of these shows have done well to avoid that. There's nothing more disappointing than getting really into the moment only to be ripped back out of it by a corny character or joke or facial expression. Balsa and Clare are two characters I can enjoy taking seriously.

KiyoneSaya KiyoneSaya says...

An unlikely pair of warior woman and a boy y are thrusted together. Both women i nthe series have similar upbringings that have compelled them to protect a boy among all else.

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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ish1618 ish1618 says...

Both Claymore and Death Note have very dark themes and a non-conventional plot (that you really have to pay attention to to understand). Although the lead characters have different ideas (Light has a twisted view of justice while Clare is more sensible about it), they do have things in common: for one they're both serious, and (I think the most significant similarity of both leads) they both have an intense desire for power to achieve what they want.

Loramir Loramir says...

Both Death Note and Claymore are well planned out and good series. The struggle of survival can make a man/woman do a lot of things, and it's cool to see characters going further then you think they would to achieve their goals.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Although Death Note seems mildly unrelated to Claymore, both encompass very dark themes and twisted views of death. The characters of Light (Death Note) and Claire (Claymore) have a desire to achieve their original goal, which almost blinds them to the fact of everything else. They are simply put in a struggle for survival.

Zenithx Zenithx says...

Both series involve fairly depressing plots and a mass of death. Though Claymore is far more action based and westernized than Death Note. Both also have a similar animation style which some viewers might have adored from the one and therefore could love in the other. Finally both feature opening songs created by the band 'Nightmare' which viewers like me will go crazy about!

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

Dante works as a demon hunter for the office of Devil May Cry, and as he is always in debt he doesn't have the luxury to turn down jobs as long as they pay well. His latest assignment is to be a bodyguard for the young Patty Lowe while she receives her inheritance. During the mission he was able to defeat the demons that got in his way and deliver Patty safely, but upon completion of the mission Dante discovers that Patty will be staying with him – indefinitely! Now, Dante must not only hunt demons and coexist peacefully with other hunters, but also handle the responsibility of taking care of a little girl!

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crawller crawller says...

Both contains lots of cool demon slaying and the main character is really cool in both animes. Both Dante in Devil May Cry and Clare in Claymore are the type who kill first and ask later. If you like one of theese you should like the other. P.S lots of blood it to be expected :)

LY047 LY047 says...

Claymore and Devil May Cry share protagonists that hunt and kill demons but who are part demon themselves. They both have plenty of bloody action scenes involving demons getting hacked apart by huge swords. If you liked one you should give the other a try.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

There is no denying that Claymore and Devil May Cry are similar.  The main characters (Claire and Dante) are so much alike in their cool self-demeanor and personalities in dealing with the people around them.  Not to mention that they both conveniently happen to be half-demon/half-human.  They also have a very pronounced soft side that comes through when they are interacting with the children they seem to pick up along the way.

Forsakenn Forsakenn says...

Both contains lots of cool demon slaying and the main character is really cool in both animes. Both Dante in Devil May Cry and Clare in Claymore are the type who kill first and ask later. If you like one of theese you should like the other. P.S lots of blood it to be expected :)