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Michiko to Hatchin

Michiko to Hatchin

Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.

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norco norco says...

Both Cowboy Bebop and Michiko to Hatchin show the main characters with unique, easy-going styles.  They are both stylish shows with jazz musical soundtracks and plenty of action.  Michiko is kind of like a female version of Spike with a little more passiona and a lot less finess.

melisa541 melisa541 says...

Great music with classic heroes, the animation and characters are very similar, brave and super cool

valondar valondar says...

Brimming with action, an intrusively cool soundtrack and sheer exuberant, B-movie style - as well as following a largely episodic format until aspects of the plot, as our lead searches for a person from his or her past, begin to kick in - well, aside from the fact Michiko isn't sci-fi these series are definitely peas in a pod. To be fair, Cowboy Bebop's story is rather compelling and a strong point for the series while Michiko's is the fatal flaw, but if you enjoyed one series for this aspect you may like the other.

KiyoneSaya KiyoneSaya says...

Both very stylistic. With great jazz overtones. Both lead characters are in search to sme answers/people from their past. If you enjoyed one you;re bound to enjoy the others.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

Both of these animes share many similarities. Essentially they both focus on the relationships between the main characters, who have past connections to a crime synidicates, and the weird and wonderful characters they meet throughout the series. They are also similar in their episodic nature and that they have unusual settings and drawing styles together with snazzy music. I'm certain that if you like one, you will like the other.

mu6 mu6 says...

If you enjoy an entertaining mix of style, action, suspense, comedy with the occasional dose of grim human nature, you'll get a lot of milage from both. You'll probably have to watch a few episodes of Michiko to Hatchin before you can attach to the protagonists, but the series developes them well. If you haven't watched Cowboy Bebop yet, well, get on it! :)

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

What I see in Bebop and Michiko is how easy they both flow.  Each episode is over before it even starts.  They both have that draw that allows the viewer to just sink in and get absorbed.  Another aspect is that each have very similar art styles.  Spike and Batista (characters) are so similar, they could be brothers from another mother.  Action packed and incredibly likable characters, the anime experience is nothing without watching these two.

Darklegba Darklegba says...

Jazzy/funky sountracks, 70's retro-style, lost love, deeply dramatic interactions between characters, and a journey lasting the length of the series are just SOME of the similarities between these animes. I definitely recommend both ways!

inkbrain inkbrain says...

Both have a similar mix of drama, comedy and of course ACTION! The characters in both series are also extremely loveable and develop solidly as the story progresses, you can't help but want them to succeed in their struggles. 

One final thing of note is both series' extra helping of STYLE; everything from the impeccable soundtracks to the animation really sets them apart from other series and keeps you engaged.

Airotia Airotia says...

Both are a mix of drama and action with stylistic main characters. The continuous supporting character list in Michiko to Hatchin is much smaller, but the amount of reoccuring antagonists in Michiko to Hatchin is much larger. Michiko is set modern day and has a more connected plotline, and Cowboy Bebop is a lot more casual... but both have the same 'feel' to them despite this.

And this doesn't have much to do with anything, but the openings sound a lot alike.

Toothygrin Toothygrin says...

I find with many good stories, it is not about the destination but more so the journey both Michiko and hatchin & cowboy bebop express this, with michiko and hatchin it is hunting down heroshi and with cowboy bebop it is the constant need for money the the bebop has yet never seems to have any at all. Always running into problems along the way to these goals the characters press on and make the goal happen or not even if things didn't work out just like they plan. But that is adventure in a nutshell. 

dandymako dandymako says...

Both series are very atmospheric. The show is fairly episodic but has a continuing narrative. As it goes on, the show has better continunity and gets more interesting as it goes on. You want to see where the characters end up.

Noir

Noir

Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.

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sothis sothis says...

Gun toting badasses accompany both of these series. Both also possess a great soundtrack.

SSJCloud SSJCloud says...

If you liked the action in cowboy bebop, you'll get a lot of adrenaline rushing gun fights in noir. Both plots seem to run deep and keep you going for more. Noir is one of my top reccomendations for almost any action fan.

TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

Although Cowboy Bebop is blatently in space and Noir is not, both of these series have a similar theme, and plot even. You will like the shooting up everything with guns and charm. Also individual missions to take on to make money, or get one step closer to the truth.

Akuma Akuma says...

Gunslingers unite. Cowboy Bebop and Noir got loads of action, and both series are very similar in how they unfold.

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

The girls of Noir and the motley crew in Cowboy Bebop both serve as guns-for-hire to bring criminals to justice... legally or otherwise. While Cowboy Bebop tends to be a little more light-hearted than Noir, both are well done with beautiful soundtracks and intriguing stories.

Roxas Roxas says...

These two shows have a lot of things in common. On top of the obvious similarities in being heavy on action and based around bounty hunting, both shows have many similar themes. The characters in both shows are highly realsitc, and the plots are very deep, emotional, and just plain great. These two shows also have exceptionally high-quality soundtracks and very dark, realistic, and fluid animation (though, oddly enough, Noir has very little blood in it). People who like either one of these two almost invariably like the other.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

Sort of a similar cool style, and you should enjoy some of the mystery that is slowly unraveled.

Aquarius16 Aquarius16 says...

You would like this because they both have some pretty good gunfight/martial art scenes. Both are somewhat similar when it comes to explaining the different characters and why they are where they are, and last but not least the lovely violence.

eaper eaper says...

These series both follow mysterious main characters who happen to either catch or kill people to make their money. While mixing together mystery and action, these series each also have a great sound track, making them fit well together.

Lupin III

Lupin III

Arsene Lupin the Third is the world’s most notorious thief, a master of disguise and an unashamed ladies man! Working alongside his partner-in-crime Jigen, the carefree Lupin, shoots, steals and flirts his way across the world while avoiding his ever-persistent nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. Whether he is trying to win a Grand Prix race, defeat an invincible magician or steal a set of precious playing cards from a millionaire, nothing is impossible for the great Lupin the Third.

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OrgasmCake OrgasmCake says...

Lupin III is, more or less, a very campy Bebop set on late 1960's Earth. And with no central plot. And no spaceships, kung-fu battles, or non- speed-racer-ish animation. However, for some reason, you probably won't care. I really don't know why, but I can't really not like it. BONUS: Both Lupin and Spike share the same fancy-lad suit.

Akuma Akuma says...

Lupin III is one of the greatest, most hilarious animes of all time. But the best part about it is -- for all you Cowboy Bebop fans -- Lupin III was the #1 influence on Cowboy Bebop. As you watch Lupin III, you will begin to notice all the astonishing resemblances, mainly with the characters. Don't let the oldschool animation style of Lupin III repell you. It is one of anime's most classic, influencial series of all time. There is no end to the great action, and shocking sexual humor. Lupin III is an anime for the ages.

Nanashi Nanashi says...

Lupin and Spike have a certain je ne sais quoi about their characters that makes them agreeable. Lupin is much more prone to comedic hijinks and the 1970s animation does show its age. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Spike, Lupin might be right up your alley.

elendil elendil says...

Both Lupin and Cowboy Bebop are very character driven shows, and (as is the case with Lupin) a connecting plot doesn't really exist from episode to episode. Both shows also deal with outlaws/bounty hunters traveling around to do different jobs/steal different things. The creator of Cowboy Bebop was also recently quoted as being influenced by the early Lupin TV series in reference to his work on both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. If you enjoy Cowboy Bebop, you will enjoy Lupin TV (especially from Season 2 on).

Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

if you like this style of animation then you will like the other, lupin is like cowboy bebops granddady, animation wise as well as plot wise, though.. one futureristic and perfectly legal, and the other one, past and not so legal. both groups feed on others for money and also have a habbit of finding something else thats going on.

Duomaxwe Duomaxwe says...

The Cowboy Bebop anime was inspired heavily by the much older (though movies and such still being produced) Lupin the 3rd.

Both these animes are very entertainiing, with simalar main characters, Lupin the worlds greatest thief and Spike a Space Cowboy. They're light hearted, though can be quite dramatic at some points. Definilty worth checking out.

Seiferus Seiferus says...

I think both series are of a serious nature or subject matter but with an overall lighthearted nature. Both series have a similar character dynamic and an interesting storyline.

Signas Signas says...

Both of these series are episodic and character driven. It is really easy to see that Cowboy Bebop has been influenced by Lupin III.

The characters of these series clearly bear some resemblance to each other. They are also really likable and we never learn all that much about them. Money and riches seem to be the main motivator for the cast of both shows.

It is surprising that both of these series have aged really well, especially Lupin III (made in early 70s)

If you liked one, you will most likely enjoy the other as well.

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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Ulquiorra Ulquiorra says...

If you liked CB for the action you will definitely love DTB. Both CB and DTB take place in a futuristic setting and the episodes revolve around the main character having to deal with an opponent, and you progressively learn more about a shady past the main characters once lived. If you liked CB you will definitely love DTB as it much better on so many levels it hurts. ;)

tasanime tasanime says...

Cowboy Bebop and Darker than Black are great sci-fi anime, similar mostly in the structure of the characters and their personalities/roles. They are equally enjoyable to watch based on genre but if you really enjoyed the more humanistic approach to these series, than I'm sure you'll enjoy one as much as the other.

DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Both series are set focoused arouned around a motley crew of abrasive personalities that, when mixed together fit perfectly and get the job done.

A strong Sci-Fi current runs through both series, abet in diffrent ways.

Both main characters are introverted guns for hire, all to make ends meet until they can avenge their lost their loved ones.

azanimefan azanimefan says...

Both anime are great examples of a "Film Noir" narrative style which is quite distinctive.  Both are episodic to a point (though darker then black focuses on 2 or 3 ep mini arcs, while Cowboy Bebop is mostly 1 or 2 ep stories), and both are "adult" action anime.

doremouse doremouse says...

You don't have to be an expert on "Cowboy Bebop" to spot some parallels between it and "Darker Than Black". It's kind of an additional fun, spotting them..

Music by Yoko Kanno creates somewhat similar mood.

Aranneas Aranneas says...

This is a rec based more on style than on anything else. There's not much commonality in terms of plot, structure, characters, or setting. However, both shows draw heavily on the conventions of film noir, match an overhanging darker tone with brighter moments and situational comedy, and explore a number of shared themes relating to redemption and forgiveness.

TARose TARose says...

For starters the mood between the two just seems the same. the music, the episodic nature, and the crew work together in teh same ways. If you liked the darkness of CB and its fast paced action scenes, you will like DTB as well. 

TheEpicStickMan TheEpicStickMan says...

Both Bebop and Darker than Black are great animes in their own rite.  Both have independent groups of fighters or another and both have great dramatic moments with decent action.  What they also have in common is that both don't have a whole lot of central story.  For the most part there are side stories that make up the series.  But with a memorable cast, it sure makes up for it.

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy is a space hunter, someone who is paid to search for new, undiscovered alien species. It's an industry where the prize goes to the person who finds aliens the fastest. Dandy searches unknown planets for strange beings with his companions, QT the worn-out robot and Meow from Betelgeuse. Meanwhile, they're being chased by minions of the Gogol Empire, for reasons that are still a mystery.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you're looking for high paced action with a lot of comedy mixed in then Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy should suit your needs. These are both shows about bounty hunters in space and both leads have anachronistic attitudes that would be better suited to some time in the past rather than the future. Using their unconventional attitudes they cruise around space trying to make ends meet while always seeming to have the worst luck. Both these shows also have something of an ensemble cast with most of the main characters each getting their time to shine in the spot light. Both these shows have great soundtracks as well, which really livens up the action. 

Space Dandy is much more comedic than Bebop with nothing really meant to be taken seriously. Bebop on the other hand does delve into drama quite often and does it quite well. 

If you're looking for unfortunate bounty hunters in space with lots of action and laughs then check out both of these titles.

CommanderKarasu CommanderKarasu says...

Silly bounty hunters in space trying to earn enough money to at least get themselves a decent meal. Cowboy Bebop delves into some drama while Space Dandy seems to be mainly comedic and nothing but nonsense, but both are from the same director so they do share a lot more similarities than differences. The charming characters are truly what make up the best of these shows. 

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both anime are about space travellers that often are in dire need of cash, and their main source of income is solving various jobs: bounty hunting in Bebop and searching for new extraterrestial life in Space Dandy.

Both are usually rather light-hearted and are very episodic, Dandy moreso, and most episodes are stand-alone. Cowboy Bebop has frequent forays into dramatic territory as well, while Dandy is almost always comedic.

Both anime has a similar aspect to sci-fi and space travel, though Dandy features aliens and intergalactic travel, while Bebop is not as advanced. Still, both are similar enough to warrant a recommendation.

Starletka Starletka says...

Space Dandy is like Cowboy Bebop on LSD.

Both series are episodic action comedies that follow the adventures of a bunch of bounty hunters in space. Since they both have the same director, even the atmospheres are similar.

jojovonjo jojovonjo says...

Space Dandy feels like a colection of all the stories that the director thought were too silly to make it into Bebop. 

Camhadqr Camhadqr says...

Best way to describe it would be space dandy is like cowboy bebop if you took acid, so if you liked one of these anime you would like the other.

cherold cherold says...

Humorous space bounty hunter, general whackiness, fast paced, over-the-top crazy action. Certainly they're different shows with different approaches - Space Dandy is far crazier, with a Kenny-in-South Park attitude towards death - but Space Dandy scratches my Bebop itch better than anything else I've seen. I won't say it's not possible to like one without liking the other, because anything's possible, but I there's a lot of overlap in appeal.

niotabunny niotabunny says...

if you've got a taste for space cowboys cruising the galaxy solving mysteries, making mysteries and causing trouble for them and their friends in the process you should check these two out.  as a bonus brought to you by the same creator.