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.
Birdy Cephon used to be a butt-kicking intergalactic Federation investigator who took down bad guys where they stand; Tsutomu Senkawa used to be a normal student with shy tendencies and a penchant for exploring abandoned houses. However, when Birdy accidentally killed Tsutomu while trying to apprehend a famous criminal on Earth, Geega, both of their lives changed forever! Now, while Tsutomu's body is reconstructed in a faraway place, the two must share the same body – Tsutomu controlling it by day, and Birdy taking over when she spots a criminal in need of tough justice. All Tsutomu wants is to live a normal life; can he manage to cope with Birdy's enormous eating habits, intense muscle use, and easily irritable attitude?
BLAME! is a very dark and abstract set of 6 shorts which are based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. The "story" (if it can be called that) revolves around a man named Killy: a human living amongst clones and androids. His task, it seems, is to collect things known as "net-genes", and to help find the remaining humans that may or may not exist.
In the year 2808, criminals are no longer just wasting space in prison cells. The Cyber Police have turned to using these “patrons” by giving them a choice. Their sentence, or to work with them to catch other criminals and knock some years off their sentence. But getting off easy isn't, as each criminal is fitted with booby trapped collar that operates on a 24 hour cycle, stopped ONLY if they capture their intended targets. As time runs out on each case, someone's head must roll... the target's, or their own!
Both are good cyberpunk anime. GiTS goes deeper, of course, as it's got many more episodes. Nice ideas are explored in both. GITS wins on sex appeal, while Oedo reeks of old-school cyberpunk (that's a good thing!).
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
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.
It is true that these anime have almost nothing in common, but still they just seem to go together. Both have a fair amount of gore (especially GANTZ) and are filled with a multitude of characters with their own personalities and beliefs. Also, they do each have a fair amount of action. So if you saw one of these anime and aren't against extreme ecchiness (GANTZ) then the other is a good choice to watch.