It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.
A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?
Both have protagonists who are made to be super-human, mature sci-fi/political themes, and a dark tone to the animation and story.
Skilled teams of quirky above the law assassins going about there covert ways.
DtB deals with a much more low tech, supernatural cast.
GitS deals with neo-future cyborgs and such high-tech adversaries.
Both series have the same background: a persistance in the analysis and research on bodies and powers.
Though the environment may seem different, a disaster-centric present in Darker than Black and a techno-future in GITS, these differences are just the surface.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Yagami Light finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Similar to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Death Note is one of the few Anime that I have seen that is intelligent and completely unpredictable. The storyline takes you on a twisting adventure, and ends up how you would probably least expect it from the onset. The subject material of Death Note, like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, is more adult-oriented...not in a sexual way, but, instead, in an intellectual way. In order to fully appreciate the intricacy of both Death Note and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, you need more than ecchi-craving hot air between your two ears. If you are looking for a creative plot-line, intense action, adult situations, and the kind of suspense that was built in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Death Note is a must see. I guarantee, you won't be dissapointed!
What these series have in common is that their main plot features an entity who views the world as 'corrupted'.
Said entity is also posseses incredible abilities that make him/her/it nigh all-powerful in their respective universes. And extremely hard to catch. But in both series, there are people sent to hunt them.
The main difference in execution though, is that DN's storyline is continuous, while GitS:SAC's is broken up the main plot, as well as a couple of stand-alone episodes that are unrelated to it. Also, DN is told from the perspective of the 'hunted', while GitS:SAC's events unfold through the eyes of the hunters.
And finally, both are relatively heavy on dialogue (sometimes excessively, in my opinion) and rather mature of tone.
After watching Death Note, I was looking out for another anime that would evoke the same thrill. An anime that would keep me thinking, looking for clues, and trying to guess where the plot was headed next.
Stand Alone Complex was that anime.
The sense of mystery that I got with Death Note was also sustained throughout S.A.C. (and its 2nd Gig, it's worth mentioning), and I sensed a great depth in the amount of thought put in by the teams behind them.
In addition, the character development is fantastic in both. Death Note focuses mainly on the development of its two main characters, Yagami Light and L, and the result is phenomenal. While not -quite- equaling Death Note on those terms (it'd be impossible!), it's obvious that the same level of care and attention has been extended to the "core" members of Section 9 in S.A.C.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...
Both shows are about small, elite teams fighting secret wars in the shadows against mysterious enemies. They share a similar beautiful quality of realistic animation, and have similar deliberately-paced storytelling. GITS:SAC is perhaps a bit more action-oriented, while WHR is focused more on characters and mystery-solving. If you enjoy story arcs that take a while to get going, but deliver in the end, both of these shows are worth a look.
If you liked either 1 of these two anime then you'l probably like the other. They both have simmilar story ellements. They are both about a team in a special agency who deal with problems related to their field. Both serires have a female lead who is "special" compared to the rest of the team. The main difference between the two is that where Witch Hunter Robin is Witchcraft, GITS SAC is cyber terrorism.
Both Ghost in the Shell: SAC and Witch Hunter Robin are semi-episodic shows that focus on secretive teams of specialists tasked with hunting down dangerous elements of society. The two shows also deal with complex politicking, both within and without the main characters' organisations. People who enjoy these elements in one show are likely to appreciate the other.
Hazama is a private detective, who becomes fatally wounded in a run-of-the-mill case. In order to survive, Hazama is tranformed into the legendary cyborg 8Man -- to put an end to the cybernetically-enhanced criminals' wave of crime. But as the death count increases, Hazama soon begins to question how much of his real self is left, and if the emotionless 8Man he becomes is really in control...
The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans.
It should really go without saying, but if you're into cyber-punk animes that just plain rock, make sure you watch them both.
There are some striking similarites between these two; they're both cyberpunk stories with a female police officer as a lead character, they feature plenty of action, both police work and otherwise; cybernetics and androids are common in the setting which gives plenty of opportunities for exploring if technology bridges the gap between the artificial and the organic, humans and machines and what effects this might have on society as a whole.
If one of them interested you for any of these reasons, be sure to check out the other one.