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At the height of civilization, mankind stretched its reach from the distant corners of the globe, to outer space. Man's fate took a turn for the worse when a sudden wind swept across the Earth, causing all human beings to lose every memory they owned, and in essence, their humanity. Now, in a primal world with no rules, one man must endeavor to survive, to discover the future of humankind.
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
Kino's Journey and Black Lagoon, when first compared, seem completely opposite. Kino's Journey is a quiet anime that touches the heart and gives people a feeling of connection to the main character. Black Lagoon is more a bullets and blood anime, but as you watch it more, you will realize that it touches on many subjects. In both, there are moments when your connection to the character makes you feel their sadness, happiness, and many other emotions. Kino's Journey is more a lighter look at life, while Black Lagoon is a gut wrenching look at corruption, love, and how the past can affect your life. I definitely recommend both.
When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?
Although they are completely different genre's, both share the same melancholy vibe and each of them always leaves you with things to think about. I highly reccomend both of these shows, especially to people who have enjoyed one of them already.
In the year 2977, humanity has long passed its peak; machines are able to perform any task a human can, and people have succumbed to apathy. However, there remains one who refuses to accept such an existence: Captan Harlock, a pirate who sails the sea of stars aboard his ship, the Arcadia. He is feared and loathed by most inhabitants of Earth, and yet he is their only hope against the Mazones, a strange alien race of beautiful women that threatens humanity. Thus begins a lonely battle in which Harlock and the crew of Arcadia struggle to stay true to their ideals, while slowly unravelling the sad tale of the Mazones.
What Kino and Harlock, the protagonists after which their series are named, have in common is their detachment from what is considered normal in their worlds. Refusing to comply with social norms, both of them choose to become outcasts, wanderers who do not have a place to go back home to. While quite different in style, both series are at heart about the loneliness which comes from staying true to one's principles.
Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!
Kino's Journey and Caried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran are two wonderful 13-episode series about travellers with no destination. Each episode has its own story and the series' end with the main character, accompanied by a friend, choosing a path and ready for their next big adventure.