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.
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?
Gankutsuou and Red Garden are the two most visually impressive GONZO productions. Sure, the art style is out-of-the-norm but the backdrops, colours, and animation are breathtaking. Red Garden and Gankutsuou also have excellent soundtracks that give the dramatic events an extra mouth gaping. Both series are very ominous and tragic. Red Garden definitely has more mystery while Gankutsuou has an intricate cast of characters, reflecting the storyline well.
If you enjoyed one of these shows for breaking the normal with animation style, you should try the other.
The actual storylines are not the same, but both are drama, and involve some dynamic cast and characters.
However, you will see some true artistic creativity in design for both titles.
In downtown Tokyo, walking the streets has become dangerous once the day turns to night. Lifeless demons called "Oni" have taken over the streets and are devouring innocent citizens of Tokyo, leaving them dry and lifeless. Kyouichi and Tatsuma are two high school students who hold supernatural abilities that allow them to defeat the Oni at night. Though they continue to fight what seems to be a never ending battle, they've yet to discover the main threat towards humanity -- the group working behind the scenes in charge of the Oni...
Well, both Red Garden and Tokyo Majin deal with a group of students who - despite the fact that they would normally have nothing to do with each other - wind up having to band together by night to take on some unknown demonic sort of threat. Unsurprisingly this sends both anime a similar direction, involving some degree of investigation into the enemy, the characters learning to get along, and naturally some battle.
Although Tokyo Majin doesn't have the kind of drama in the character's daily lives that Red Garden does, and Red Garden doesn't have the tao mysticism that pervades Tokyo Majin, these two anime still feel awfully alike. So, unless the only draw for the one you watched was that mysticism or that drama, you should certainly find the other one to your liking.
The pace of this anime is almost the same. There are five 'chosen" individuals in this series compared to four in Red Garden.
There is a legend of an angel who fell to Earth many years ago, and was forced to marry a man because he held the key to her only way home. Hundreds of years later, sixteen year old Mikage Aya is the reincarnation of Ceres, the vengeful angel, who must now fight for her life against her family and her own twin brother Aki, the reincarnation of her past evil husband...
The theme of a long, onerous curse, resting on one or more families or clans, plays an important part in the stories of both Ayashi no Ceres and Red Garden. Furthermore, in both anime there are characters caught between conflicting obligations imposed by kin or curse.
In Diver City, there are reports of young women disappearing; furthermore, certain women have been found dead - their bodies turned to glass. When S&A Detective Agency is tasked to secure and deliver a 'package', they instead discover a mysterious woman known as HW-9 - but she's no normal woman. HW-9 is able to maintain a temperature above fifty degrees Celsius, and delivers an electrical shock to any man who tries to touch her. S&A's contract rapidly changes from "secure and deliver" to "protect and investigate". Can they find out who 'HW-9' is, as well as the secret behind the disappearances and the glass women?
Both are about a group of women with mysterious powers, forced to fight against their will, and trying to overcome the past. The feel of both of these series is that of a stab at noir, with limited success. The main reason the two series remind me of each other, however, is the jazzy soundtrack, so if you liked one or the other, check the other one out!
Strong but femanine characters, decent overall storylines, they are series that I believe both men and women can enjoy with action, mystery and a bit of romance/sexual tension keeping them going at a good pace.They compliment eachother pretty well, both delving into supernatural/monster elements like vampires and demons while having a strong overall story with intriguing situations that (For the most part) don't feel overused and predictable.