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It has been a year since Rock joined the crew of the Black Lagoon, and while becoming accustomed to life in Roanapur, he also gets involved in many dangerous circles. With the level of violence increasing by the day, Hotel Moscow takes advantage of Rock's talents, and he soon finds himself intimately involved in their struggle for power. A series of events eventually lead Rock back to Japan as a translator for Balalaika, where he soon finds himself confronted with the choice of returning to his old life or continuing with the new. While questioning where his morals lie, Rock must decide, once and for all, whether or not to call the Black Lagoon home.
Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...
Both series being a unique experience, there isn't much that links these two shows. While BP is an eerie sci-fi sepia journey through adolescence, CB is a more old-fashioned story about coming to terms with one's self. What ties these two otherwise quite different series is their distinct atmosphere, filled with dreamy music and moody color. If you like something different in anime, then these two series are a must-see.
In the distant future, aliens called Victim destroyed all the worlds of humanity except for Zion. In this desperate time, young boys of the space colonies are sent to GOA to learn how to, and compete for the right to, pilot the fighting machines designated as Ingrids. These child pilots are assisted by EX -- a special power, and by female partners who repair the Ingrids. However, to save humanity, exceptional candidates are needed, and two new students, Zero and Hiead, motivated by their desire to succeed and burning rivalry, may be the human race's last hope...
Candidate for Goddess is a more light-hearted space adventure than Cowboy Bebop, which deals with mature issues and has more violence. In both series, the characters face an uncertain future, and must deal with that uncertainty. Cowboy Bebop seems to go more in depth into the characters emotional state, whereas Candidate for Goddess deals strongly with the relationship between the partners of the crew.
Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
Both are easygoing and light shows with fun characters that goes from place to place and face dramatic situations. While Bebop may be the better one Tsukikage Ran shouldn't be scoffed at either. Its sole goal is to entertain its viewers and it does just that well enough to be worth a watch.
Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with a gun is surpassed only by his lecherous tendencies, while Kaori provides the sideline support -- usually in the form of a 50,000 kg mallet to keep Ryo's ecchiness under control!
Both Spike and Ryo Saeba share similar charactereristics. Both are detectives/assassins for hire, and both have a soft spot for humans in short skirts. The settings differ in the shows but the atmosphere, humour, side characters and the serious moments are very much in line with each other.