Gungrave

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Zombie-Loan

Zombie-Loan

Michiru has an unusual ability: she can see a dark ring around a person's neck that signifies their time to die. However, she suppressed her powers once she "saw" the deaths of her parents – until now. After accidentally seeing rings around the necks of two boys in her school, it seems that Michiru's powers are back for good. The two are zombies who are working for the secret loan office known as Zombie-Loan, and they need Michiru's help to find other zombies – those with dark black rings around their necks. Though Michiru initially refuses, due to a series of events it seems she has no choice but to comply...

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Magicalflyingcow Magicalflyingcow says...

Both of these series have something to do with coming back to life. They deal with the adventures and treacheries of the afterlife. Both are action packed. However, Zobie-loan offers a bit of comic relief where as Gungrave is more serious. None the less, both are fantastic and both should be seen. So go watch them!

Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing Ultimate

Alucard is a vampire who works for Hellsing – an organization responsible for hunting down and destroying other vampires. In these dark times, whoever is bitten by a vampire turns into a ghoul -- with the exception of Seras Victoria, Alucard’s newly created and appointed apprentice. Now, Seras must serve her master, Alucard and work for Integra Wingates Hellsing. Nefarious vampire activities are being reported throughout England, and it all traces back to the organization named “Millennium”. Will the Hellsing organization, under the command of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, be able to prevent a full scale war? Or will the world become a battlefield of destruction?

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jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, maybe it doesn't have much in common in terms of plot but both series are action packed, dark shows that leave impact on viewer. The action sequences are very unique and there's no restrain like "I don't want to kill because it's bad" hell no ! This one is much more like "If you wanna kill then kill and shut the hell up, I'm trying to eat". Worth a try.

Planetes

Planetes

In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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Uriel1988 Uriel1988 says...

While a series about junk collectors in space and a cold-blooded ganster drama sound like night and day, both these series one theme that's prominently featured in nearly every aspect of their storytelling: Ambitions.

Yes. Both these series show characters and their hopes and ambitions for the future. How they deal with them and try their best to make them happen, how they sometimes doubt the path they are going down, and even how certain characters end up getting crushed under the weight of their own ambitions.

Which brings me to my second point. Both these shows are very character-driven. With all sorts of characters of different personalities and backgrounds interacting and trying to make the best of themselves and if possible each other. And a lot of characters in both series end up conflicted over how they could best chase their dreams while still being able to look out for their loved ones and if possible earn prestige in society.

So there you have it. Two very unusual, character-driven shows that discuss themes like 'ambition' and 'society' in very interesting and profound ways. And both are excellent anime well worth a watch for those who enjoy a more serious for of this particular medium.

Argento Soma

Argento Soma

Takuto’s relationship with his girlfriend Maki is on the rocks; she’s devoted to her research and keeps things bottled up inside, leaving their relationship uncertain. Life takes a tragic turn, however, when Takuto visits the source of Maki’s research: a giant metal being named Frank. While running an experiment to awaken Frank, the building collapses – and Takuto is the only survivor. Months later, Takuto awakens in a hospital with vengeance in his heart; and when the mysterious Dr. X offers him a new identity that he can use to bring down Frank, he accepts. With his new name of Ryu Soma and his new position in Funeral, a military organization charged with destroying alien invaders, Takuto sets forth to exact his revenge...

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Uriel1988 Uriel1988 says...

Much like Gungrave, the protagonist in Argento Soma is brought back from the dead and has only one thing on his mind upon his resurrection: vengeance!

That's not all. Argento Soma also manages to deliver a gripping storyline with several awesome twists and touching moments, all supported by a diverse and likable cast of characters that you can really end up caring for. There's even a character in there that's like Gungrave's 'Mika', as in: a young girl who is in a way connected to the main character and eventually forms a bond with him. Though Argento Soma takes a different approach to it.

Argento Soma is something I recommend for fans of Gungrave because it also has a compelling story, great characters and the themes of love and revenge.

Michiko to Hatchin

Michiko to Hatchin

Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.

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valondar valondar says...

Loners who haven't quite rubbed gangsters the right way, shootouts ensue, and people are in search of their past. There's a lot of drama and stylish bloodshed packed into these little series.

Granted, both of these anime have flaws in their story construction, though it's unfortunately far more prominent in Michiko, whose story is basically the flaw of the series, rather than Gungrave, which - despite some bumpy turns - is ultimately completely satisfying.