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Shikabane Hime: Aka

Shikabane Hime: Aka

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?

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AzureWatcher AzureWatcher says...

Athough Shikabane Hime takes palce in moder Japan and Clayore in a medieval-like fantasy worls both are stories of darkaness and power to battle that darkness which comes at a great price. Both are also stories of the realtionships between people who wield the great dark power and those they try to protect.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Claymore and Shikabane Hime are about strong females that have unique abilities.  While being not quite human that female protagonists have to help their male counterparts, while the series takes you through their unique relationships together.

kyuuketsukii kyuuketsukii says...

Both the Claymore and the Shikabane Hime are used by an organization to hunt down monsters, they are both all female and not entirely human. Both series share the same general dark feeling with many fight scenes and a slight Romance.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

I agree with the above comments. Corpse Princess Aka and Claymore have very similar feel to them which only gets stronger as you watch each series. They're all about those super powered woman. If you liked one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

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.

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brittdeal brittdeal says...

In both Claymore and Champloo the main characters wield nasty sword and there are great fighting scenes. The music is great in both and Clare is similar to Jin in  mysteriousness.

oreidoouro oreidoouro says...

Both series have really well done fight scenes, andboth their art styles while differnt are well done. one of the main things I like about both of these shows is the amount of damage the characters take during fights i.e. vomiting blood etc. note: Claymore has much more graphic then Samurai Champloo.

crawller crawller says...

Both aniome have very well made fighting scenes and pretty much blood.

Thay wield big nasty swords in both and Jin from chamloo and Clare from Claymore are both kinda mysterious.

Gungrave

Gungrave

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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Farridan Farridan says...

Both Claymore and Gungrave focus on a very good story with lots of twists, and ends up making you almost addicted. Mix up good action with that and you've got two great series.

tasanime tasanime says...

Both Gungrave and Claymore follow a sole protagonist who can only seek peace through vengeance, and breaking away from their duties in order to right the wrongs which their own have created. In order to do so they must call upon the demons within and put to rest the memories which now haunt them, constantly at conflict within themselves, struggling to maintain their own humanity. Beautifully designed, wonderfully written and packed to the brim with action, gore and violence; these are a must see for fans of violence, action and the supernatural.

Derfel Derfel says...

First and foremost, both series contain an amazing amount of heroism and camraderie. Both protagonists are "blown by the wind" at first, going with the current, but as time goes, slowly, they grasp the thread holding their fate.

Our heroes are silent characters, but not exactly alike. They seem indifferent at first, however, this turns out to be false as the audience witnesses how caring Clare is and how Brandon sacrifices his own life in attempt of correcting the mistakes of the past.

GANTZ

GANTZ

Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.

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v16 v16 says...

Everybody can die. Everybody will, sooner or later; in these two worlds, perhaps too soon. Claymore and Gantz don't just walk on the edge of death, but right through it - in Claymore, we see a world slowly falling apart, and characters doomed to walk the thin edge between insanity and death, to imminently fall to one. In Gantz the former is already there, consuming the bleak and fading shadow of life the characters cling on to for a while. Neither series has much of hope or greater good, only the will to survive.

Gantz is less refined than Claymore, lacking a solid storyline and being solely character-devoted, starting with death, jumping over it, and more usually into. Claymore is classier and follows a story, going almost as a typical half-action series for a short while, falling into despair only later. However, the dark side of Claymore is pretty similar to what is explored in Gantz. These are among few of the animated series with a doomed, actively self-destructive attitude, not just melancholy as in most "dark" series. Perhaps not something to watch every day, but that bit of view from below is needed once in a while.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

GANTZ and Claymore are one of the best recommendations pairs I've come across. Claymore has an epic feeling that GANTZ lacks, but both have some of the bloodiest and most demonic fights you'll ever see in the anime world. There's great animation which adds more enjoyment to the action scenes.

shikamaru181 shikamaru181 says...

In both of these animes there is a lot of bloody, gory and just downright deadly battlesthat seem to drive both of the series' storylines. Besides that though there is an underlying storyline that is, for the most part, hard to find in the beginning of both of these animes. They are both purely about survivng in the beginning and it takes a while to really get into the storyline adn characters, but if you can get over that they both show their true colors as in each of their worlds their is a brilliant trap set by an unseen enemy (well technically oyu can see Gantz but still he never answers questions) where the characters must find a way to survive while simultaneously trying to unravel the mystery of the trap they are stuck in.

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

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?

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Afro Samurai and Claymore are both violent anime. Claymore definitely has more blood, but thanks to the superb animation in both series the violence is stressed enough to put them at the same level. What's more is that both main characters have similar things driving them, which means they are quite alike as well.

dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

Clare and Afro have trained since childhood for one purpose - revenge. Years spent sharpening sword skills have resulted in our protagonists becoming hardened to violence and much feared by others. Both Anime offer incredible shows of swordplay and lashings of blood and are clearly unafraid to use techniques like greyscale with a sudden flash of color to emphasise events. Clare and Afro follow and respect warrior codes, including a ranking system based on power and skills. Progression through the ranks is usually only by defeating your superiors.

These two stories are told from different angles. In Claymore the female is the dominant warrior class, in Afro the male. Where Clare is sometimes guided by others, Afro follows his own path from the start, allowing for welcome variation that builds on the earlier mentioned cornerstones, and ensuring that both Anime remain enjoyable and individual whilst sharing some central key features.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

The main thing they have in common is badass characters getting into wickedly awesome fights. Apart from that, Afro takes a more stylish approach to it's visuals while Claymore looks more realistic (As realistic as monsters can be); their music is completely different; one has character development while the other's is essentially non-existent...

From Claymore to Afro Samurai; watch it for the style, badassery, more awesome fights and style. From Afro Samurai to Claymore; a more realistic animation style, more awesome fights and just about everything else.