Legend tells of a lone swordsman who lives in the Demon's Castle, the ruins near the Black Forest. This mysterious stranger only accepts rare books for his services, books from the ancient past. Comedy tells the story of a young girl who desperately wishes for her family and village to be saved from the coming English soldiers' wrath, and is willing to trade a precious book in exchange for the deed. With only her legs beneath her, she runs towards the Black Forest, hoping to get there in time...
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?
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...
Both Kigeki and Death Note are dark anime with contrasted graphics and a main character who kills baddies in cold blood. Kigeki doesn't have the mastermind aspect of Death Note, but the ambiance is very similar. If you liked one, you might also like the other.
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
I don't often get to talk about Ireland in anime, and these two titles give a sense that Ireland is synonymous with, well, dark, brooding Gothic fare; with avengers who are rather good at killing things.
Granted it's when I get beyond this point the comparison breaks down entirely. Comedy is a brooding short set in Ireland, while Durarara is a vibrant show set in contemporary Japan which just includes the Irish headless horseman as part of its ensemble line-up. Still, if that aspect interested you about Durarara - or you want to see an Irish Gothic horror element again in another program... this is all I've got.
War is hell for all that are involved. Swordsmen battle tanks, tanks battle snipers, snipers battle swordsmen - and many casualties take place. In the midst of the gunfights and the violence, lovers embrace and people contemplate while the body and artillery count piles up; thus is the reality of war.
First Squad is a music video and Comedy is a short, however, they are both inventive (though absurd) historical fantasies. Just as Comedy incongruously gives us swordsmen and knights in the Irish War of Independence, First Squad gives us katanas and - more, similarly-designed knights - in World War II's Russian Front. Both of these also feature Studio 4C's stylish animation work.
One dark and blustery night, a lone doctor is called to a village ten miles away in order to help with a sick patient. Quickly losing his servant to ill-intentioned hands and whisked away upon frightening horses, the doctor meets his young and ailing patient under the scrutinizing eyes of his family. It is here that the doctor will try to discover the root of the boy’s illness and also try to make some sense out of his own psyche.