In feudal Japan, Kurou and his servant Benkei are fleeing from Kurou's elder brother, who has recently ascended to the throne. In a forest, they come across a house and a strange woman by the name of Kuromitsu, who agrees to harbor them under one condition: that they do not peer into the inner chambers. Soon, they are attacked by the Red Army; they are searching for Kuromitsu, whose blood holds immortality. Fatally wounded, Kurou drinks some of Kuromitsu's blood and gains immortality along with strange abilities; but shortly after, Kurou is seemingly decapitated and wakes up centuries later in a ruined city. In this twisted future the Red Army is omnipresent and still searching for Kuromitsu’s blood, while a rebel army seeks to keep them from acquiring it. With threats at every turn and fueled by his obsession, Kurou sets forth to find Kuromitsu and seek his revenge on the Red Army.
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 Kurozuka and Darker than Black are slow-burning in terms of plot but have fast-paced, excekkebtkt-animated action sequences. If you're into your gore, stories that don't make sense at first, and heroes with great superpowers, then you'll likely like one after watching the other.
Both animes have a very dark and apocalyptic feel. The two leads are also separated from their loved ones throughout mosto f the series. Both of the main characters also have supernatural powers.
Darker than Black and Kurozuka both have great great action packed fights and crazy twisted plots.
However Darker than Black has a more satisfying plot. If you enjoyed the action in Kurozuka but want a better story then you will enjoy Darker than Black.
Both anime have a very dark feeling to them. Both of them are set in a post-apocalyptic world. Both of them contain very much supernatural combat and both of them have lots of blood flowing :)
If you like one, you should check out the other.
Besides having some nice fast-paced action both seires also have plots that are slow to develop and some interesting plot twists spread throughout that provide the basic makeup of both series. Granted Darker than Black provides much more satisfying experience in terms plot and answered questions. But you'll probably end up liking the other if you liked one of them.
Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person. That isn’t to say that being immortal doesn't have its problems. With 'angels' wanting to devour them, the being Apos sending wave after wave of professional assassins to kill them, and constant hangovers from long nights of drinking, being immortal still has its downsides. With Apos' attempts at removing them from the picture increasing, can Rin and Mimi figure out what he is after so they can return to their morning shots of Vodka?
If you liked Kurozuka because of the gore, the great-looking action, and the supernatural mystery, then you will highly enjoy Mnemosyne. Mnemosyne is probably even more explicit with the violence because it has a strong S&M theme, and there is much more nudity/sex involved too. However, Mnemosyne beats Kurozuka by having a stronger plot and far more developed characters.
Both are gritty animes without qualms in showing blood or more explicit materials (though kurozuka is much more reserved).
Both are semi-horror animes set over a long scale of time; which ultimately makes each setting in this sort of neo-noir post apocalyptic sci-fi kind of setting.
Both series to an extent are just a bit of fun to watch along, with explanation of the plot only really coming about the end, and being sort of trippy at that.
The plot runs in a somewhat similar fashion, as well as the style of the anime. Both will probably more or less leave you hanging on until the end. Also there are many plot elements that are the same, such as immortality. Other than that it's a "gut feeling".
both Kurozuka and Mnemosyne feature extreme horror as a main aspect, gory elements and a main protagonist that is seeked by other people because they possess supernatural powers, immortality more exactly.Mnemosyne features a better story development and character development then Kurozuka and involves nudity as a main aspect.Even so if you like one of this two for sure you will enjoy the other one as well.
I'm a huge fan when it comes to the perspective of an immortal. What these 2 anime have in common is such. Kurozuka and Mnemosyne give you a glimpse into an immortal's long ass life. In Mnemosyne, you get to see Rin and her life over a 200 year time period. In Kurozuka, you view Kuro's life over a 1000 year span. It's freaking awesome. On top of the immortal life span, you have massive gore and a pretty interesting plot. I mean how many plots span over 200 or 1000 years? Not many. Ya your a fan like me, then by golly you will love both of these maniacal animes.
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
Both Afro Samurai and Kurozuka are short, dark, gory works involving excellently styled animation, gritty atmospheres, and gimmicky enemies that can only be overcome through sheer badass-ery. Just note that while Kurozuka has an almost non-linear plot, Afro Samurai's plot is more straightforward. If you liked one, though, don't miss out on the other.
Gory battles, interesting enemies, to short for their own good, dark story, and some nice action are all terms that can be used to describe the similarities between the two series. While come the end of Afro Samurai the viewer is left a lot more satisfied as opposed to the ending of Kurozuka which leaves enough unanswered questions that make it necessary for it to be longer than it is both series deserve to be longer than what they are. If you liked one then you'll probably like the other.
Years ago, a great unholy rift opened in the center of Tokyo, turning Shinjuku into a demon-infested slum. At that time, a great warrior fought their leader, but was defeated. Now, the unholy forces reach out, targeting the one man who can bring peace to the war-torn world... a young boy must now do what his father could not--defeat the evil that lives inside Demon City Shinjuku!
Kurozuka starts out fairly promising with its weird supernatural blend but descends into a mess as unrepentantly laughable as it is incoherent, Demon City Shinjuku more or less starts out at this level - though it even it never really reaches the depths of utter idiocy to which Kurozuka descends. You want finely-polished, moody gothic crap from the studio Madhouse? Look no further.
These are two anime that put action and gore at their forefront without much thought put into their plot. Kurozuka tries to have a more complex plot but falls flat on it's face. Demon City doesn't even pretend to care about plot, it goes with something very simple making it an excuse to string it's actions sequences together. Both these anime descend into the mindless action territory. If you're looking for something that you can watch with your brain turned off and just want to see some action then both of these are good choices.
In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?
If you're looking for a dark, bleak and depressing portrayal of the future, you've come the right way, as both of these shows do a fine job in depicting the most hopeless post-apocalyptic settings you could ever imagine. The key word here is cyberpunk: Kurozuka mixes it with romance, while Texhnolyze delves into psychological themes. Add some breathtaking animation, and you've got two shows you definitely don't want to miss.
Both these animes portray a very dark and deppressing future, and the overall feeling is just as dark as the look - turn off the lights, shut the curtains, or you won't see much. Both are also very interesting and just enough confusing. Texhnolyze is more philosophical, while Kurozuka is more just morbidly trippy. Well ok, both of them are indeed morbid and trippy.