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Descendants of Darkness

Alt titles: Yami no Matsuei

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Tsuzuki Asato is a shinigami: a guardian of death. Acting as an investigator in Juuouchou, the bureau in charge of ensuring that each soul passes through the cycle of life naturally, his job often involves dealing with those who would disrupt this cycle. His life after death is about to change, however, as he is assigned a new partner, Kurosaki Hisoka, for a case in Nagasaki - a case seeming to involve some sort of vampire. But the two shinigami soon find that something deeper lies behind this blood-sucking menace...

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Descendants of Darkness 1996 TBD
Name Role
Yumi NAKAYAMA Character Design
Hiroko TOKITA Director
Tsuneyoshi SAITO Music
Yoko MATSUSHITA Original Manga Creator
Atsushi MORIYAMA Producer
Yuji MATSUKURA Producer
Toshimichi OOTSUKI Producer

Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
Descendants of Darkness Masakari 6/10 Aug 6, 2005
Yami no Matsuei Masakari 6/10 Aug 6, 2005

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Descendants of Darkness CaptainNeSan 9/10 Mar 23, 2014
Yami no Matsuei CaptainNeSan 9/10 Mar 23, 2014
Descendants of Darkness gekoladie 8/10 Apr 30, 2011
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Loveless

Loveless

Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?

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ficfaery

Both Loveless and Yami no Matsuei have shonen-ai overtones, but unlike other shonen-ai anime, these two series have deeper emotions and plots. Both revolve around characters that have dark secrets in their past and rely on their relationships with others to help them through situations.

There is also a nice blend of humour mixed into both series to help break up the action/fighting sequences and heavy drama.

TropicalSwirl

As with Yami no Matsuei, Loveless has a good portion of fantasy and shounen-ai mixed in with it. However, the intensity of the shounen-ai relationship is stronger in Loveless (and it is more sensual). So, like many were, if you were slightly disappointed with the lack of real shounen-ai action in Yami no Matsuei, you will find Loveless to suit your needs.

Aside from that, they both have intricate characters with interesting pasts. The plots in both keep your attention throughout the entire series.

Nocturnalgloria

Loveless and Descendants of Darkness deal with supernatural battles that drag the characters into bitter confrontations. Dark and mysterious pasts are another common factor, as is the occasionally dark tone that both series contain. While they shy from being graphic, much is implied, leading to many a painful revelation. Loveless qualifies as shounen-ai and DoD has enough boys' love content to be highly slashable.

argona

Loveless, like DoD, is another anime based on a famous BL (boys' love) manga. If you like shounen-ai you will like these anime! There are mysteries to be solved and dark pasts will be revealed.

mydarkseclusion

If you're looking for a melancholy shonen-ai anime to offset the usual brand (you know the ones I mean - pink hair, blushing uke-boys, outrageous humor, you get the picture), Loveless and Yami no Matsuei are both great fits. They both have the same melancholy overtones, plus enough angst to go around. Coincidentally, they're both based on unfinished manga, so be warned - the endings may seem abrupt. Yami no Matsuei's finale is slightly better handled that that of Loveless, but not by much.

KiraRin

There is nothing better than seeing two beautiful bishounen characters being close and having a lot of noticable sexual tension. Although these shows are quite tame shounen-ai, there is enough fan service to keep the most rabid fangirl happy.

If you liked the boys and the action from one show, you're sure to enjoy it in the other.

Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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801misa

Althrough Bleach does not deal with a shonen-ai hinted theme it is also filled with a unique version of Shinigami for those who enjoy shinigami.

FallenAngelSorrows

Amazing art work and detail, as well as a great story line. Each focuses on the problems of the after life and while battling vicious and psychotic foes. Both are great anime to watch for anyone interested in the after life, or who wants to have a good laugh.

neutrino

Both are about young men becoming Shinigami and working to protect both the "living" and the "dead", using mysterious powers.  There is also a lot of interplay between the protagonists and the antagonists with some interesting past stories revealed.  Lastly, the main character's voice actor in DoD as well as the antagonist's voice actor are also in Bleach in much the same role.

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Fake

Fake
  • OVA (1 ep x 55 min)
  • 1998

During a much needed vacation in England, American cops Dee Laytner and Randy McClane find out that danger has found them yet again. Their hotel, it seems, is under investigation for a series of murders which cannot be solved, perplexing local authorities and visitors alike. Now, Dee's clever plans to take Randy's virginity must be stalled in lieu of the investigation, since hesitation might cost both of them their lives!

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Frost
The main characters of both Fake and Yami no Matsuei are detectives who happen upon cases that sometimes affect them more than they would have liked. Although Fake doesn't have as much of a bombastic element as Yami no Matsuei, both series place their focus on the relationships between the characters and the problems that arise between them, rather than on the case they are working on.
tetra

Both Fake and Yami no Matsuei are shounen ai with a good plot, and that is not that common. It is however hard to compare them since Fake is a movie based on a story that happens in the middle of the manga storyline and Yami no is several episodes and gives more time for character development.

Pippin4242

These two classic shounen-ai anime each follow the escapades of a poorly-matched detective pair, but in many ways they couldn't be more different. Firstly, while the team of 'Yami no Matsuei' are all long-dead, the dynamic duo of 'Fake' are only on holiday. ("In England, nobody can hear you scream!") Whilst the story of 'Fake' is extremely lighthearted, 'Yami no Matsuei' sometimes delves into deeper themes of death and psychological trauma, but both undoubtedly have their moments of high comedy. 'Fake' devotes more screen time to exploring the relationships between its main cast, while 'Yami no Matsuei' remains coy and playful, mostly keeping relationships as gently implied comedic material. This is partly due to the time constraints of both; 'Fake' barely even clocks in at an hour in length, but the fact remains that it is more relationship-focused than 'Yami no Matsuei', which tends to feature more action and suspense than the rather silly story of 'Fake'. In any case, despite being a little dated, both are light-hearted takes on the genre which can't fail to bring a smile to your face.

Mirage of Blaze

Mirage of Blaze

In the present, there exists a spiritual world unseen to the average human being -- the Feudal Underworld, a place where the spirits of ancient samurai warlords battle for supremacy, while influencing the land of the living. Ougi Takaya thought he was a normal high school student, until a man named Naoe Nobutsuna informed him that he is the reincarnation of Uesugi Kagetora, one of a clan that is dedicated to exorcising these spirits. With the help of old friends and the spurn of new enemies, can Takaya come to admit the truth behind his existence?

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kamirura
Mysterious, magical... and yaoi/bishounen... heheh Mirage of Blaze is another in the line of forgotten series just like Yami no Matsuei. It got the same magical insperation as Yami no Matsuei thought abit more serious at some points. If you like abit of yaoi feeling and mysteries this is something for you.
tfv
Yami no Matsuei and Mirage of Blaze both involve mythology and magic in a modern setting. They are also both mildly yaoi - in other words, a romantic or sexual relationship between two men is a significant part of the plot, but nothing truly explicit happens on screen - and in both cases, at least one of the yaoi relationships is also fairly tense and hostile. Most of all, these two series *feel* similar to me; I can't explain precisely why, but something about their tone and structure makes me pretty sure that anyone who likes one will like the other.
paganchick

Both stories have very similar themes in reference to dealing with the supernatural and a shounen-ai/yaoi feel to them. I would definitely suggest giving the other a try if you enjoyed one.

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Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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kamirura
Looking for good looking guys and sad love? Just like Yami no Matsuei, Gravitation deals with good looking guys and sad love stories... Gravitation is abit more romance than Yami No Matsuei so if you like yaoi this it the right one for you. This series even got REALLY good music so if not just watch it for the music and you can't do anything else than love it ^__^ It even got the men turning into dogs and... bananas! (remember Tsuzuki turning into a dog all the time, you will find that in here too) So this is truly the thing for you if you liked Yami No Matsuei!
Frost
Although very different in theme, there are several aspects of both series that make them seem similar. More than anything, they both deal with the emotional development of the characters, with the events transpiring around them serving mostly as catalysts to this development. Both series share a certain mood and feel, though Yami no Matsuei might be less on the humouristic side. The one similarity that may deter some viewers, is that the romance that takes place happens between male characters (though this is far less pronounced in Yami no Matsuei). Yami no Matsuei has its share of action, in contrast to Gravitation, but it never becomes the focus of the show (thankfully, in my opinion).