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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

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

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

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.

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Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade

It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.

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crawller

Both are about killing monstes and making a bettre world for everyone.

Both have also got something about putting your life into someone else hands.

Galadriel

when we speak about Claymore and Chrono Crusade we know that this shows have many things in common, both of them are intense bloody, violent, horrific shows with intense fights, action scenes, both of them have a quite well defined medieval, religious background, both of them feature human and non-human beings fighting alongside for saving the human-kind and slaying demons, monsters. Both of them have a quite dark atmosphere, mood and are very dramatic so if you liked one of this shows be sure to check the other one as well.

angellas

Bouth are amaizing anime about kiling monster, bouth huck you to wach the entire series and want eaven more

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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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

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

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.

Ga-Rei -Zero-

Ga-Rei -Zero-

Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.

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Figrysia

These anime have proven to me that more people should watch it as it shows elements of action and tragedy in between.

Claymore displays a tragedy that cause a young girl to become a warrior bent on revenge on the monster that robbed her of someone important.

Ga-Rei -Zero- shows how a miracle can happen after a tragedy and how that miracle can be snatched away.

Ashraf

Both Animes are action based but also include strong emotional aspects derived from the emotional bond between two people that took care of each other.

Chillingsworth

On the surface, both beature strong female protagonists, who know how to handle themselves exceedingly well with a blade. In addition, both have great animation quality and visuals. If you prefer anime that portrays somewhat realistic looking characters over the spikey, purple hair style- then you will appreciate the quality.

Both feature excesses of violence and blood. Don't grow too attatched to any characters if you are afraid of having them ripped away suddenly!

On a deeper level, both offer touching instances of an orphaned(ish in the case of Kagura) child being taken in by a strong, yet loving female protagonist who goes on to inspire said orphan to achieve great things. If you appreciated the relationship between Teresa and Claire then you will feel similarly when watching Yomi and Kagura. (And vice versa)

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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

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

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

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.

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