Humanity is on the brink of extinction due to a mysterious disease that kills without warning. Living amongst the humans are vampires; one of whom is Duo, a so-called traitor to his race. Having revealed a secret that would allow humans to save their lives, Duo inadvertently turned humans against the vampires, and thus was deemed an enemy of his own people. Zieg is a vampire with close ties to Duo and will stop at nothing to defeat him for his transgression, but is he strong enough to take revenge on the one who is closest to him?
In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...
If you liked the badass nature of Zieg and want to see more kickass action, check out Hellsing. Alucard is far cooler and the style is better. This isn't a recommendation based only on vampires, check it out and you'll see for yourself!
While Hellsing is far more gripping and developed than Legend of Duo, if you like vampires, guns and fighting then both of these are for you!
Mochizuki Jirou, the Silver Blade, is an Old Blood. Ten years ago he fought the Kowloon Children, beings who were a threat to mankind and to vampires, in the Holy War. In the present, Jirou is trying to get to the Special Zone, a place where vampires and humans live alongside each other, with his brother; their guide is Mimiko Katsuragi, mediator for humans and vampires. But the brothers soon discover that the surviving Kowloon Children can also gain access to the Special Zone – if they receive an invite from a Royal within it. Who invited the Kowloon Children, and will Jirou be able to defeat them once more?
Kazuna is a young man with a fairly normal life. He attends high school, lives with his surrogate family, and models for his somber love-interest Yaegashi's paintings. But recently, he has suffered several crippling attacks at the sight of blood -- attacks which leave him incapacitated and out of control. Kazuna must now reunite with his sister who he has not seen in years, and discover the truth behind his family name and vampiric genes, before his bloodthirsty desires destroy himself, or others close to him.
Hitsuji no Uta and Legend of DUO share a few common things between the two of them. First there is the heavy inclusion of vampirism in the story, which presents itself as a problem to the major characters in both. Second is the underdeveloped animation that is gorgeous and with a lot of potential, but unfortunately, suffers from too many stills and repeated scenes. There are also the very subtle hints of forbidden romance in both, though even less prominent in DUO than Hitsuji. They are also rather short watches and you can get through them quickly, though Hitsuji gives a much better feeling of finalization in its ending. If you liked one, it certainly wouldn't hurt to check out the other!
Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?
The reason for this recommendation is the philosophical idea behind both of these series. Both try to tell their audience something using many metaphors and after either of them you are left behind thinking.
Moreover both are dramatic and play in the past. F
Finally they both have a character that grows a lot and comes to see the world with different eyes.
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?
These anime were drawn very well, and had nice music to accompany the plot. Both have very fast paced fighting scenes that were almost like watching a ballroom dance.
I really didn't notice that I had stayed up all night watching both of them. The storylines were riviting, and made you think deeply about many aspects on life.