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Red Garden

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Four students of the same age have nothing in common except that they attend the same elite New York City school. Kate, Rose, Clare and Rachel all belong to different cliques and hardly notice each other's existence. Then one day they gain something in common, something very important, something mysterious. They find themselves drawn together by the death of a fellow student and the secret of their own missing memories. Suddenly they are thrown into a world of hidden warfare on the city streets and are caught up in secrets which would not be believed by others. These four all have their own problems to struggle with, things that seem more important than such strange conflicts. Can they escape from this fate? The only thing they know is that despite coming from four different worlds they now have to rely on each other or die without a hope.

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Kumi ISHII Character Design
Kou MATSUO Director
Akira SENJU Music
Hideyuki NANBA Producer
Naomi NISHIGUCHI Producer
Masaki KOBAYASHI Producer
Junichi TAKAGI Producer
Kousaku SAKAMOTO Producer
Satoru NEGISHI Producer

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Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.

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The story of Red Garden and GANTZ is the same: you died and now you must fight or perish forever. As a note, GANTZ has a lot more violence, gore, and ecchi.


Both Red Garden and GANTZ deal with people dying and then coming back to life with some special power! But also coming back with a special meaning and hardships.


GANTZ and Red Garden are very similar stories, because both have a bunch of people suddenly forced together, having to fight against some enemy, while confused and unknowing of the situation they are in. Both have their fair share of pure violence, tradegy etc.

If you like one, you'll like the other.


Red Garden has been called by many "Gantz for girls". While as a male I enjoyed both, Gantz goes a lot more for the gore and sex, while Red Garden heads in a more character centric direction. However, at the core of both stories are people stuggling to survive in a world seemingly made to kill them off. If you enjoyed the character development in one, you'll definitely enjoy the other.


In both series, the characters 'die' and have to fight for survival in someone's twisted idea of a game. They both have the same plot, but Red Garden deals with it in a more realistic way. If you liked GANTZ but want something a bit more philisophical, you just might love Red Garden.


Both series have very similar themes, the protagonists die but are brought back in order to fight an enemy they know very little about. Both animes also deal with the emotions and thoughts of the main characters. Red Garden is deeper whereas GANTZ is more action-oriented but if you like one then check out the other.


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Both anime share some very similar plot devices, virtual strangers suddenly brought together and forced to work with one and other, as well as a very vague and mysterious goal. Both anime almost start with their MacGuffin, and work their way from there. Its only in the later half of either that you start to get a glimpse of the big picture for our protagonists. 


The basic plots are so similar it's not even funny. Both manga even have a Gonzo anime adaptation.Group of high schoolers dies ---> They come back to life ---> They are forced to fight against monsters/aliens for initially unknown reasons ---> They'll die (again) if they either refuse to fight or die during the battle ---> They discover to be copies of their original bodies ---> They are called with a song (which in Red Garden comes with a storm of butterflies) at the beginning of every mission, etc.Both are dark, psychological, horror manga full of violence, gore, and action, but Red Garden is much more dramatic, deeper, and beautiful. Also, on the opposite of Gantz, Red Garden has a good character cast, an amazing art style, a bit of actual romance, and, despite its slice-of-life moments, is not boring in the slightest bit.So, if you want something with the same story as Gantz, but with no ecchi crap, irritating aliens and retarded characters, the raffinate, gorgeous, but still gruesome Red Garden is a must-read.



Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios no longer function and even the very sky has become something terrifyingly alien. With the siblings' mother dead, they are hunted by loan sharks who want recompense for her debt as well as a mysterious Countess who wants them for her own reasons. Even worse, they are also coveted by their father, the terrorist who caused the "Twin X", Gilgamesh!

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'Gilamesh' (set in an apocalyptic near future) is a dark tale of four fractions who are trying to harness the power of individual groups of teenagers with special abilities. 'Red Garden' (set in the present) works on a similar premise, but between two opposing fractions. What ultimately links the two is not only the supernatural , mysterious and often horrific themes but is also the angle at which the viewer sees the stories unfold. Both revolve heavily around the young teenagers' overall experience of a changing world - here we see their personal struggle & drama, the pressures placed upon them and the difficult decisions they are forced to make - leaving you to question the integrity of the forces they fight for.


In bouth:Gilgamsh and Red Garden the first episodes makes you think that you don't understand anything. The mistery and drama are bouth well made and the only thing that you are thinking is: God I want to see the next episodes fast so I can understand what's going on. The romance part is more intens in Gilgamesh but in bouth romance is just a second gener observ afther the others.(drama, horror, mistery etc.)

The charachters are complex and they develop fast. They fight for their lifes, they don't have the time to tink if wath they do is the good thing or the bad thing, the only thing they understand is: FIGHT! Even though the 4 girls from red Garden and also the 2 brothers from gilgamsh don't actualy want to fight at the begining they end up doing it anyway. The grafic is also in a way similar: that dark, intens style. And the original drawing of the characthers who don't actualy look beautifull but in the end you came to see them beautifull anyway. The grafic in Red Garden is a bit more colorfull. The colors are somthimes verry strong.

In conclusion I think that if you enjoyed one of the series you'll definately enjoy the other. There just way too similar .


Red Garden and Gilgamesh not only have extremely similar animation styles - they also have a similarly-toned story and feel. Call it a hunch, perhaps; if you liked one, try out the other.


Set a little way into the future, both of these shows have a bleak outlook for the planet. This is emphasised by the dark and depressing colours throughout.

If you enjoy your show a little more slow paced and requiring a little thought, Red Garden and Gilgamesh will appeal to your senses. There is character development in bucket loads, and the viewer is almost left at a disadvantage wondering who the good guys are. If you like the line between good and evil to be a little blurred, I would highly recommend both of these releases to you.



To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika gives him a much different assignment: to protect Murasaki Kuhoin, a seven-year-old girl from the wealthy Kuhoin family. This turns out to be a more troublesome task than he expects, as Murasaki is spoiled, naive, and completely unaware of what life is like outside of the luxurious one she had previously. He also has no idea why Murasaki needs his protection, though he is slowly obtaining details from a well-informed classmate. Adding to his problems, Shinkurou still must continue to do his previous work for Benika and take care of his social relationships in school while protecting Murasaki, complicating his entire life. Nonetheless, as time passes, he and Murasaki grow close; however, trouble brews in the shadows as everyone - including Shinkurou - seems to be harboring secrets...

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With the same colorful, stylish animation, Red Garden and Kurenai are two anime that feature regular high school students who secretly double as fighters. Emotional scenes and daily activities intertwine in these anime about desperate circumstances. Be sure to check them out.


Both have great character design, and revolve around normal lives doing 'abnormal things.'They are both very character-driven stories and have this slice-of-life yet exciting feeling to them. I'm sure if you like one, you'd like the other too.


Both Red Garden and Kurenai feature a characters that are normal high school students by day but live in a dangerous world of battle at night. Both shows stories' blend normal school life type activites with the action. Showing the normal side of the characters' lives helps to develop the character and lends the fights more weight. 


Both Kurenai and Red Garden are eccentric, slow-moving shows that promise a smattering of supernatural action. I say eccentric because neither minds their characters randomly bursting into song, and though set up to be about battles and violence, actually end up being overwhelmingly about the character development in slice-of-life scenarios. They're angsty without being emo, slow while risking boring, but still managing something uniquely creative.

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In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.

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In both series the main characters destroy demons that are trying to kill them and innoccent people. they both have similar plots because they both involved about teenagers killing demons.There is a lot of action involved in these two seires and there is a lot of action. So if you like one you'd like the other one.


Both Red Garden and Blood+ have very similar plot themes.  Both anime have two opposing groups of monsters set on killing eachother off.  They both have a lot of action and suspense.  Even in the first episode of Red Garden I knew that it would be a great anime for Blood+ fans and vice versa.


Red Garden and Blood + are 2 very favorite anime for me. Both let the vewer see human pain very clearly. Not the most usual anime and that is that make them stand out. 

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

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?

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Red Garden and Darker than Black are intelligent anime that have strong and intricate plots. They both deal with people with superhuman powers and examine how people struggle to deal with them. The action in both series is exciting and well-executed visually. Chances are if you like one you will enjoy the other as both have strong underlying mystery themes and plenty of high quality action.


Red Garden and Darker than black share a stylishly animated approach to supernatural, future based anime which emphasise the main plots. There are some similarities between the two in terms of plot and the evolving relationships of the groups in them, Red Garden focusing more on forming bonds than the slightly more action orientated Darker Than Black. Essentially, motives are unclear as a result of the organisations they are employed by and the little understanding of their overall purpose.

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