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In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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Claymore 2001 Original Manga
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Takahiro UMEHARA Character Design
Hiroyuki TANAKA Director
Masanori TAKUMI Music
Norihiro YAGI Original Manga Creator
Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Manabu TAMURA Producer
Toshio NAKATANI Producer

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In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...

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Both have a great plot and style; I see a lot of things in Claymore that made Hellsing so great.

The main character is being followed by a human personality that believes in him/her. They both deal with a struggle between good and evil, and of course,  deaths on the good side.


While Hellsing and Claymore are different as far as plot, both have a certain coolness and style to them that can't be beat. Hellsing is a lot more crude animation-wise, but still, it and Claymore have an undoubtedly awesome style. If you liked one, try out the other.


Both Claymore and Hellsing have unnatural beings which power up the story line, and each anime keeps you surprised each time you learn something new. Each deals with the fight between light and dark, with both main characters using the other side's "method" to defeat them.


Claymore and Hellsing present a unique view on monsters. For example, vampires and monsters are often shown as being uber-powerful creatures, but Hellsing and Claymore take them to the next level; they've never been this awesome and powerful! Claymore has an original explanation of how the monsters came to exist, as well. In general, the feelings of darkness and fear you'll get are alike in both anime.  


Seras Victoria (Hellsing) and Raki (Claymore) have both seen much bloodshed already in their young lives, and have both been victims of its awful consequences, events which are shown at the very beginning of both series. As a result of this, Raki decides to follow the demon-slayer Clare, and Seras Victoria begins to see Alucard as her natural master, presenting us with the beginnings of a potentially strong-bonded ‘Master and Underling' relationship. In this relationship we often see an uncharacteristic level of care for the underling by the master, implying that both Clare and Alucard are not as inhuman as they would have everyone believe, yet their quite frankly demonic powers would make one question the level of humanity residing within each character. Raki and Seras Victoria must also endure the pain of seeing their masters commit themselves fully in each battle, putting their very lives on the line each time, whilst still thirsting demonically for even more bloodshed.

There is also the influence of an organization in guiding our main characters on their adventures, but we will often be forced to question if the organization is merely using our protagonists and do they actually have no deeper care for them beyond requirements of battle? Both plots are twisted frequently, and friends may appear to be enemies and vice versa before the end of the journey is reached. The sounds and visuals we are presented with are used cleverly and appropriately to build a sinister and foreboding environment for the story to be played out within. Expect plenty of bloodshed and limb hacking in both Anime, with some special techniques thrown in that help to keep each battle interesting and different from the one before.


Claymore and Hellsing are very similair in many ways. Nonstop action, an intricate plotline, and an outstanding government group dedicated to destroying Demons and Ghouls to protect the innocent. Violence and humor are both present in small doses in each Anime and characterization is top notch. All in all, if you enjoyed Hellsing, you would do well to watch Claymore, and if you enjoyed Claymore, you would do well to watch Hellsing.


Both animes series are all about killing monsters in claymore they are yoma and in hellsing the just are vampires but both have good story lines...overall they both kick ass


Both are very violent and both are very well written. Rather than a solid reason, it's really just a hunch that you will like them both. I enjoyed both very much.

Again we have a secret, nameless society who have found an edge on the enemy. Hellsing uses Vampires to kill Vampires and Claymore uses half demon hybrids to kill demons.


Intrigued by things that go bump in the night, and you don't live in a black and white world? Sometimes blood-thirsty monsters make the best heroes. Both of these series are set in innovative worlds where you get to cheer for your hero to prove that s/he is the strongest inhuman killer.


Both have gore scenes grat action ,great fighting scenes ... And very interesting storyline ... In both anime main characters are very interesting with own way of thinking ... GReaT ANIME FOR DEMONS SLASHING FANS :)Anime for people who like blood , flying bodies and superpowers ... For people who like very good characters with interesting history ... For anime fans with strong nerves ...


Another dark style sort of anime. Both are quite violent. I felt towards the end of claymore it starts to fall behind compared with hellsing. Nevertheless, if u liked hellsing, i think u are likely to enjoy claymore or vice versa.


Hellsing and Claymore share many things in common, both of them have similar plot elements, both of them are intense horror, bloody, violent shows featuring superhuman beings (like vampires in Hellsing and demons in Claymore). In both animes we see main protagonists possessing supernatural powers, making use of them to protect man-kind and kill their own kind. Both animes deal with a struggle between good and evil. If you liked one of this shows then be sure to check the other one as well.


While the two may differ in terms of plot both give off an amazing atmosphere that just draws the viewer in that makes it hard to stop watching at any point.  With both stories taking place in supernatural worlds and following people who's job it is to elimanate the threats that threaten the humans that live in that world.


Both Claymore and Hellsing involve an organization that hunts and destroys a demonic-like force. And the hunters of these organizations have the blood of the creature they hunt. Both anime are dark and gritty with a twisted sense of humor.


Dark twist and amazing story line, these two are similar, mature and actiony. Lots of  justice, gore, learning, and epicness.

Hellsing, just like Claymore, has a inhuman main chacter who has a poor reception form their peers becuase of a certain attriubute. Both have a 'innocent' character follows our portagnist and learns the truth of the world they live in along the journey coming to their own conclusions about life.


The anime both have similar styles in both writing and animation.  They both deal heavilty in the realms of the supernatural and tend toward the darker side of storytelling.  Both are animated in a similar, Gothic, style.

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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If you liked Bleach then I think you'd also like Claymore. In both series the main characters are striving to become more powerful and have enemies that they must defeat (Bleach: Arrancar/Hollows, Claymore: Youma). Now you must be thinking that's true for all action anime, and it probably is, but what makes these anime ideal recommendations for each other is the similarities in the character development in both series. Both Ichigo and Clare have a motive to become stronger: Ichigo to protect his loved ones, and Clare to avenge her deceased surrogate mother. Both are great series and if you're looking for anime with both supernatural and action tones than I'd advise you to look no farther.


Both series have a similar climate. They each have unnatural main characters with the same desire: to become stronger. In both Claymore and Bleach there are evil monsters to fight and sword fighting, and also such values as love, sacrifice and the desire to protect one's friends or avenge loved ones. I think watching Claymore after Bleach is a very good choice, and vice versa.


Both are high-octane supernatural action anime with fantasy and horror elements (Bleach also has a comedic dimension that Claymore does not). They both have heroes with big swords that struggle, very literally, with personal demons as they fight to save the world.


Bleach and Claymore have many similarities. They both have a great amount of blood and gore (which is always good in an action series), sword fights against demonic creatures, and similar characters. The characters follow a code that they must stand by, and fight for what they believe in (unlike the rest of their squad or organization). Bleach is another long series and therefore if you do not wish to start a long series, I would not recommend it. However, once started, it is very entrancing and you might actually finish it.


In both Claymore and Bleach, the main characters have lost a close friend or family member to a monster-like creature, use a sword, and need to kill these monsters.


Claymore and Bleach aren't very alike; Bleach is filled with action and comedy and is more of a 'light' anime, while Claymore is very dark and serious. However, both anime have main characters who fight some sort of demons and they both use swords. Though in Bleach the characters use special powers and in Claymore they just fight with swords. I think you'll like one if you liked the other.


Bleach and Claymore have a similar sense of action. Both have exciting fight scenes and dramatic plotlines, with a focus on main characters that become more powerful as the series progresses.


Claymore and Bleach have very similar plots, but they take place in a diferent ambiance. Both feature a main character that, in order to be able to fight and defend earth from monsters, takes the risk to turn into a monster too, in case he/she looses control of her power and lets it take over their body. In both caes also, the characters will meet companions that will help them bear the influence of the monster in them better and overcome the hardest aspects of their fights.Bleach is much longer and detailed then Claymore though, seeming more complete where claymore may have gaps in the plot that are not cleared up at the end.


Claymore and Bleach share many things in common, both of them feature bloody, violent scenes with intense and captivating fighting scenes, sword fights more exactly, both animes have a dark side, mood, atmosphere which is pretty predominant especialy in Claymore which is quite serious while Bleach also features comedy elements. The main protagonists of this shows possesses superpowers that they did not receive from their own will. Both of them are quite dramatic so if you liked one of this shows then be sure to check the other one as well.


Hope you like your fights, as both are chock full of them. They can give the action junky their fix with either stoic professionalism or style and flourish with magical powers to spice it up (Claymore and Bleach respectively). While Claymore substitutes abilities instead of powers, it still gives it enough to prevent it from being simply swords against monsters. Bleach is far from: if the character has a name and can fight, chances are they have some fancy powers to spice up the fight. And the blood; plenty in each then serious fights are going down.

And when they aren't fighting? It gets a whole lot slower but where Bleach has a good amout of comedy, Claymore is anything but. The latter is heavy on drama and action while the former, although has it's own share of drama, dabbles more in the funny.

Otherwise, plot-wise, there are organizations in both that cater to destroy monsters and where the mosters in turn feast on humans who are defenseless against them. The organizations fight to protect them and in Claymore's case, at a cost.

If you're looking for some good fights with style and good vs evil that has shades of grey, both will satisfy that hunger. Bleach will tickle your funny bone at times while Claymore will slake your thirst for something more serious. Either way, you can't go wrong with either one if you're in the mood for some action.


Bleach and Claymore are both very good anime, and they both involve getting stronger and defeating more powerful enemies. While claymore is more gruesome in its fighting style, bleach can still get pretty bloody. all in all, if you liked one you would probably like the other

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Claymore and FMA both take place in a fantasy world (Claymore's world is medieval while FMA takes place in a steampunk setting).They also are both traveling/adventuring anime. Both have a fair amount of action and violence, too. Furthermore, both in Claymore and FMA the heroes are members of a group of a select individuals who have powers beyond those of an average ordinary human. But the main reason for this recommendation is the fact that for me, these anime are highly addictive... so I think if you like Claymore you will like FMA and vice versa .


I think you'll enjoy Claymore if you enjoyed Fullmetal Alchemist (and vice versa) because they both have enticing action backed up by intricate storylines. The settings and atmospheres are about the same as well.  Also, there's blood, horror, adventure, and much depth in the characters.  You'll definitely like one anime if you enjoyed the other; Fullmetal Alchemist has excellent opening and ending songs, Claymore has beautiful art and animation.


Claymore and FMA are both dark and serious and are about characters who fight demons. In Fullmetal Alchemist they use alchemy (some kind of magic) and in Claymore they fight with claymores (huge swords).


Both animes have strong main characters and excellent plot, when you see one episode you need see more and more. Both have a lot of action, in Full Metal there are Magical skills and Claymore has sword skills and demoniac power. But all characters fight for the same reason, people that they lost in the past and revenge.


Both series are about protagonists who lost something dear to them in their past, and as a result, sacrificed their body to somehow regain them. However, doing so causes them to question if they are truly human anymore, and if so, can they hope to hold onto it or will they lose it forever?


Both have characters that kick ass and have great stories to go along with them. Full of action and adventure at every corner both of these shows do not dissapoint. Even though both take place in very different worlds they feel the same because the animation is very similar and beautiful. If you liked one check out the other.


Each series have a lot of fighting and some gore while maintaining a strong story. Beyond that, the main characters in each have something done to their bodies, making it possible to question their humanity, which often gets them segregated. Finally, each series has the main characters fighting against a strong organization for what they think is right, all the while piecing together an even larger mystery that is happening.


In Claymore and Fullmetal Alchemist, you can't become the most powerful warrior without paying a serious price. At first glance, both alchemists and claymores look like normal people with the strength to help others, but beneath the surface lie the difficult choices that will determine how strong you'll become... and how human you'll remain.


Both of these anime involve a protagonist that defies even their own anime's logic laws. The supernatural, intriguing plot devices, and some powerful individuals await the protagonist in each story. Plus, both protagonists belong to an organization meant to keep the peace, but which holds some interesting secrets. If intrigue, drama, and plenty of action are your thing, check these two out.

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
  • Movie (1 ep x 102 min)
  • 2000

In the distant future, the world lies in ruin and vampires rule the land. Mercenary vampire hunters fight the terrible forces of darkness - for a price; the most notorious of them all being the half-vampire named D. However, despite his actions that help humanity, he finds himself shunned by those he would save. When a girl named Charlotte is kidnapped by the vampire Lord Meier, her father hires D to bring her back - dead or alive. Competing with the vampire hunting Marcus Brothers for the prize, D encounters Meier first; but in the middle of their confrontation, Charlotte calls out Meier's name in worry and Meier reveals that she is accompanying him of her own free will...

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In a world where herooes are half good and half bad, it is hard for people to trust them with their lives and not run away in terror. If you liked the blood, gore and guts of Claymore and you want to see more of the emotional side in people trusting a hybrid hero, then Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust would be the vampire kiss for you.


The protagonists in both these anime are half vampire-half human and spend their days hunting demons for a living. Both anime successfully turn the simple concept of demon-slaying into an intriguing plot and couple that with stylish animation. The pace in these anime also feels similar, with both having gorgeous fighting sequences. Claymore is gorier than VHD and Clare is treated with more depth as a character than D (but she's got an entire series to be developed whilst D only has a movie), but the enjoyment levels are still the same.


If you liked the inner conflict between the yoma and human self of the claymores, you may also like Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. D, the main hero, is half-human/half-vampire and struggles against his kind (vampires) to save humans and retain his humanity; this is just like Clare (the main character of Claymore) who exterminates yoma and tries to remain her own humanity. Apart from that both D and Clare are feared by the people they help due to their ''evil'' half but are helped by a human who understands their hidden kindness and their fight to control their demon sides.


Both Claymore and VHD:B follow a sole protagonist who is a part of what they hunt - a demon. Therefore their personal journeys also those of self-discovery and relationships are scarce yet essential to character development. Both are investigative, action-packed, bloody, well-choreographed during action sequences and manage to maintain that original manga feel from which they were both created. These are must sees for fans of the supernatural and gapingly-stunning action sequences.


Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Claymore both have main characters that are half vampire half human which spend their days hunting demons for a living. Both series have comparable fighting scenes and emotional values of the main characters. There is a struggle for the main characters to control their emotions and keep them in check, which in turns makes them feared by the people around them.


Both protagonists are partly humans, partly the things they are fighting with. Despite being partly vampire/yoma, they often show much mercy than ordinary human beings, but are ignored by most humans and are mistrusted. It is not easy for them to fight with their monster side, but eventually they meet people who help them to deal with sufferings and pain that other people's cruel eyes can't see.If you are interested in some partly supernatural characters which are cool in their own way and are to some extent better than humans, you will enjoy both of the animes. Also, there are scenes with violence, blood and so on in both of them.


Both anime feature a hybrid hero who hunts monsters of their own kind in a dark fantasy setting. Both series' heroes may seem distant and cold, but both have a human side that the people of their world don't bother to understand. If you enjoy watching a hero struggle to maintain their humanity in the midst of blood-splattering action, try both anime!


In both, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Claymore the main characters are half breeds: D and Clare. D being half vampire half human, and Clare being half yoma and half human. Both these main characters are out too rid the world of their evil half. Both are in some sort of occupation to kill these evil halved creatures. A secret, nameless society has made these claymores and together work to take down the yoma. Well in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust there is a group of mercenary vampire hunters that also work together to take down the vampires. The main characters are also followed by a character in the story, in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust the character is Leila and Claymore it is Raki. These characters both seem to get in the way and risk the lives of the main characters, but they also help the main characters regain their humanity.             

Although both shows are very similar, Claymore too me was a lot better and deserves a better rating than Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. That being said I also believe that Claymore was a lot more risky then Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust due to it being a lot more unrealistic, but this unrealism worked out in the end. I am not saying that Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is realistic though I am simply comparing the two shows and thinking that Claymore has got a more of a unique story while Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was just a little too basic. But I would assume that Claymore was inspired by Vampire Hunter D. However, if you enjoyed one of these shows I believe that you will like the other because they are very similar.

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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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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