Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.
Japan's hottest service is Nicaea, a website that sends your friends a picture of your death before it happens. Daichi and Hibiki are two teens who didn't expect Nicaea to actually be real – that is, until the boys receive an email about their demise, and die shortly after. On the brink of going to the beyond they're given a choice: expire, or have a second chance at life. And so the two awaken to discover the city's been destroyed and they now have the ability to summon demons – an ability that a secretive branch of the government insists they use to help combat an imminent threat. For unless summoners like the teens put a stop to otherworldly invaders destroying the planet, the world will soon disappear...
The main similarity these two titles have is the whole 'uh oh, I died but now get to come back to life as long as I fight some dangerous aliens/beings'. The similarities end there, but it's a rare enough trope that I think it's worth recommending.
Both shows have almost the same start, which is pretty much consisted of them dying then resurrecting with some new found power in some surreal chain of events that will make them fight for their lives against their new nemesis. They are both centered around survival and drama around it, but even so, GANTZ is far more serious in its approach. But still, if you liked one of them, you might also like the other.
Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person. That isn’t to say that being immortal doesn't have its problems. With 'angels' wanting to devour them, the being Apos sending wave after wave of professional assassins to kill them, and constant hangovers from long nights of drinking, being immortal still has its downsides. With Apos' attempts at removing them from the picture increasing, can Rin and Mimi figure out what he is after so they can return to their morning shots of Vodka?
Sex, gore, heartbreak, and increasingly difficult objectives sets the precedent for both of these animes.
Dark, twisted, violent and very mature, yet for some reason very intriguing. Both of these shows just make you want to keep going as you watch them. While these shows may have more of a niche audience, anyone who enjoyed on of these is likely to enjoy the other.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
GANTZ and Evangelion are totally different series, but both have a great background of criticism especially as far as family goes. You can also notice a similar cold dystopic society metaphor and an existentialist picture of human behavior. So, if you like to suffer watch 'em both.
GANTZ and Evangelion have no fundamental similarities in either the story, characters or settings to justify this recommendation. However, these anime left me with the same feelings and aftertaste: a bitter-sweet craving for more. GANTZ is shocking in its own way, while Evangelion is soft and edgy, but I cannot imagine one to like one of them, and not love the other. These anime put up difficult questions and ironies, and try at every step to prove the audience wrong.
Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?
Both anime are very vulgar. Most of the characters you meet in both anime disgust you in some way (i.e. kurono's personality). Despite this the fear you feel Gantz in the first mission is also felt in Speed Grapher.
Both Speed Grapher and Gantz are very dark and violent; I got somewhat of a similar vibe from each of them. Both revel in the darker sides of human nature. They are similar in their graphic nature, although Speed Grapher is somewhat less in your face than Gantz is (not a whole lot though).
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
Both GANTZ and Afro Samurai are messy anime with an emphasis on a badass main character, even to the point where character development or a storyline is no longer necessary. There's lots of blood in both!