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Black Cat

Black Cat

An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized to fit their style, all made out of orichalcum ore, the strongest material available on Earth. Number 13, Train Heartnet (codenamed Black Cat) is the most famous and revered of the thirteen Chronos numbers, but in the light of a tragic event he has come to question his path in life. Together with Sven Vollfied, a struggling bounty hunter and a living weapon named Eve, Train takes up a job as a bounty hunter - all the while running from the other Erasers and Creed Diskenth, a crazed man whom wants him to join the Apostles of the Stars, a group made to destroy Chronos.

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Tuqui Tuqui says...

Action, adventure, and comedic scenes where the characters show off their stupid sides; Black Cat and Cowboy Bebop are alike in these regards and you will love them.

There are a lot of stories about bounty hunters out there, but these two are two of the best in the anime realm.

coffeebreath coffeebreath says...

Two anime, both involving a similar cast - two badass male leads, a seductive female, a young girl with some pretty damn unique talents and a web of intriguing support characters.

Two anime, both about bounty hunters getting mixed up in dodgy situations and struggling to eat.

Two anime, one a scifi-western classic with a striking amount of maturity, one a colourful and comedic shounen that will gather a lot more dust on your shelf than its predecessor. The former being Cowboy Bebop and the latter Black Cat - different in so many ways, but alike in certain areas for those who enjoyed those specific elements.

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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Jabaniz Jabaniz says...

Each series contains gunplay, comradery, and nonstop action. Regardless of what kind of music is your style, both Cowboy Bebop and FLCL have an excellent soundtrack.

melisa541 melisa541 says...

Crazy, inspiring, modern and with AMAZING music. This are two of the best anime ever made, if you love one you are alse love the other

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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Tyrinari Tyrinari says...

On the surface these two series seem to have very little in common. They are both, however, very much wrapped around one central character. Someone with a dark, and mysterious past that is perhaps paying a great price for their sins. This is what makes them just as much the same, as they are different.

Felipe18713 Felipe18713 says...

The two series feature the main characters troubled by their past, and even by a woman of their past no less.

Both main characters just try to get by in life but their pasts will of course catch up with them, making both an excellent series to watch for their stories and unpredictable action!

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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wickedshizuku wickedshizuku says...

You really feel for all character's involved that are starving, and will eat anything. Even if that includes canned dog food.

Both animes involve characters who have joined their party with their own agenda. They take up long journeys that test all of their limits.

blubbablase blubbablase says...

Cowboy Bebop and Ergo Proxy both share an absorbing plot. The artwork, characters and thier interactions are well designed. If you liked the development of Bebop's crew you'll likely be into Ergo Proxy too.

Captain Harlock

Captain Harlock

In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an existence: Captan Harlock, a pirate who sails the sea of stars aboard his ship, the Arcadia. He is feared and loathed by most inhabitants of Earth, and yet he is their only hope against the Mazones, a strange alien race of beautiful women that threatens humanity. Thus begins a lonely battle in which Harlock and the crew of Arcadia struggle to stay true to their ideals, while slowly unravelling the sad tale of the Mazones.

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colettelabete colettelabete says...

If you're looking for a bittersweet sci fi story about love, friendship and loss, then search no more. Both Harlock and Bebop are melancholic, introspective works who are still thoroughly enjoyable despite their age.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Similar ties of friendship and loss are seen in Captain Harlock and Cowboy Bebop with characters personalities running the show.