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Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!
The main character is very similar. I only recommened these two, because of the similarities of the main characters, both physical and personality wise.
They have the "awkward boy hero" and "mysterious young girl" interaction in common, yes, and that's cool. However, the reason I started watching Deadman Wonderland was due to the similarity of the art. If you thought Eureka Seven was crazy pretty to look at, then you'll probably enjoy watching Deadman Wonderland, and vis versa. Deadman Wonderland is a bit more gruesome though, and you don't get teary "that's soo cute" moments every episode like in Eureka Seven.
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".
Deadman Wonderland feels like a cross between Ergo Proxy and King of Bandit Jing. They all are serious actions show with a little bit mystery. They all exist in worlds that are a little twisted, so if you like that then these shows are for you.
Both of these animes feature characters with strange powers who have been experimented on in order to be made into weapons, a childlike girl and one of the main characters may or may not also be the baddie without realising it. All this is set against the political battles of those higher in the hierarchy. Though Deadman Wonderland is not as serious as Ergo Proxy, they both explore similar themes.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Both are shows that show the limits of how distrubing a series' world can be. While Now and Then has more social commentary, and Deadman has more gore, they both have really dark worlds, and will keep you watching to see how much more hellish the show gets.
If you liked one, you'll definitely like the other. Both shows have VERY similar protagonists and display an insanely cruel world. There are many characters within both animes that have surprisingly similar characterisitcs. The torture methods and punishments are far more brutal in Deadman Wonderland while Now and Then, Here and There displays a stronger connection with the characters and makes tragedy far more emotional.
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
In the interest of honesty, I found Akira to be incredibly overrated and boring (both times I saw it over the course of 10 years), but others tend to love it. That being said, both it and the more recent Deadman Wonderland have a lot of the same themes - experimentations and superpowers, terrorism, dystopia, etc. Both are plenty violent as well, though Akira's dated animation can't really compare to Deadman Wonderland. Fans of one may enjoy the other.
Both Deadman wonderland and Akira have a cataclysmic event which destroys a huge segment of Tokyo, leaving behind individuals who have super powers. Admittedly, they are more omipotent mental powers in Akira, and more limited, but still awesome blood-manipulating powers in Deadman, but both make for some cool effects. The violence levels in both are similar, but the scale probably tips toward Deadman Wonderland here. Still, if you like gory violence in a re-constructed Tokyo, then give either one a try.
Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...
While C is very colorful and involves battles with sentiant helpers, Deadman has carnaval corpse, where the two people fight. Also the main two characters are similar, at least in the part the guy cant get a break and he has a happy and strong girl at his side during his story.
Both have some unnatural events and circumstances supernatural or something. Both have a main male and female stuck in a situation where fights occur and losing has a significant cost whether it's your organs, your life, your friends, your family, etc. They definitely have a lot of differences, but Deadman was the first show that came to mind when watching C because it has a lot of important similarities.