In Victorian England it is commonplace for the rich and wealthy to have a staff, led by a head butler, to run their households; the Phantomhive Estate is no different. The young and demanding Count Ciel Phantomhive, child owner of a toy company, lives in the grand countryside manor. Sebastian is his head butler, and the epitome of perfection; he effortlessly and gracefully completes his day-to day chores and fixes the countless mistakes of the other employees. However, whilst on the outside all seems prim and proper, a more sinister secret lies just beneath the surface. Sebastian is in fact a demon bound by a contract with the young count; he will loyally serve and fight for him in return for his soul.
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?
I believe that these two anime haven't been linked before because of the difficulty of staying oblique. Suffice to say, Gankutsuou and Kuroshitsuji are exquisite tales of revenge, hope, hatred and love, with high production values and opulent Old World settings. While Gankutsuou has a more modern edge, a few episodes in, the presence of futuristic technology stops looking strange or gimmicky, and simply becomes a quirk of the artstyle, and, at best, an accessory to moving the story well, which at times even improving slightly upon the original novel. Meanwhile, Kuroshitsuji has slight modern twists from time to time, such as televisions in the time of Queen Victoria - emphasising that this is also an alternate version of the past. While Kuroshitsuji occasionally seems to pander subtly to its intended female audience, it stays mostly classy, whereas Gankutsuou is a little more art pour l'art - often literally. However, both use strong storytelling to create a uniquely dark, rich atmosphere that can't be found in other works.
There are other, deeper connections between the two shows, but why would I spoil such wonderful surprises? Gankutsuou fans, don't be afraid to try something mainstream. Kuroshitsuji fans, don't be afraid of something so odd-looking. You'll both be rewarded.
One day, Rahzel's father decides that she should go on a journey and see the world, so he does the only reasonable thing – he kicks her out of the house! However, Rahzel is an optimist and decides to find a traveling partner, and within minutes she stumbles upon the beautiful silver haired red-eyed Alzeid. Rahzel tells Alzeid that she will free him from his boring life and take him on a fun and wonderful adventure. Joined by a mysterious yet lecherous muscle head named Baroqueheat, the travelers head out without a destination in mind, seeking enjoyment and fulfillment, and encountering friends and enemies at every turn.
Dark magic. Supernatural creatures. Mysterious happenings. Three elements that are woven throughout the plot of both of these shows. If you enjoyed watching the revealing of sinister motives as each mystery unravelled in one show, you will want to check out the other.
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?
Both of these anime have young boys who make older men do their bidding, and in most cases fight battles for them. The older men would "do anything" for their "master" for various reasons.
If you like children who have the dominant hand in an adult-child relationship then I can definitely see someone liking both of these.
In Norse mythology, the end of the world was foretold as the final war between the gods, and its name was Ragnarok. In a twist on the lore, the god Loki finds himself exiled to the world of humans. Mayura, a girl obsessed with mysteries, ends up entangled in Loki's struggle to return to the world of the gods without realizing it, and meanwhile, the gods divide into factions. Some are willing to help Loki find his way home, while others are after his life -- the end of the world, the final war: Ragnarok. And in the center of it all is Mayura...
Loki Ragnorak is very similar to Shitsuji because it deals with supernatural elements. Loki is a Norse God condemned to earth for angering Odin and in order for Loki to regain his place next to Odin Loki has to catch evil and what other way to do this then by collecting evil energy. Also similar Kuro Shitsuji both animes have butlers who both have supernatural powers and deal with homes very similar to each other Loki living in a mansion and the toy maker living in a mansion/castle. Both animes also are very victorian.