In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.
Samurai 7 and Bakumatsu both combine samurai action with completely unrelated things. Be it mecha or magic, the only reason they can mixed in these anime is because the story supports it. Both of these anime have plenty of emotions in them and truly offer a familiar feeling.
In the year 2021, mankind was defeated by Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and was forced to live within a wall made of Baranuim monoliths, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the "Cursed Children" were discovered: children born infected with the Gastrea virus who possess superhuman abilities. Due to the Gastrea virus' intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the war, Rentarou Satomi, a high school student and Civil Security member, and his Initator Enju Aihara, receive a secret mission to prevent Tokyo's destruction.
Both anime start out with a basic mission in the beginning, and then eventually in the half of it, the focus shifts to a war that break out.
For Black Bullet, the characters are just going around on normal missions to fight against the Gastrea. Meanwhile, in Samurai 7, they start out just looking for recruits and some other plotlines unfold. Near the middle of Black Bullet, the characters start looking for recruits as well.
In both anime, near the middle of the series, the focus shifts to something else, a war starts in both anime... Eventually, during the war, characters start to die.
When I was watching the ending episodes of Black Bullet, it just reminded me so much of Samurai 7..because of a sudden war and main characters dying, I just had to make a recomendation!
A team of unique fighters (7 in Samurai 7, 10 in Brave10) assemble to take down an enemy. A young woman is the one to bring these fighters together, and they are tasked with guaranteeing her protection as well. Samurai 7 is far more serious than Brave10, but both include war, action, and adventure. If you liked one, give the other a try.
Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.
Samurai 7 reminded me a lot of Escaflowne. Plot-wise there aren't any similarities, yet both have a somewhat similar flow. And even though they involved different events, the feelings that surfaced for me felt very familiar in both anime.
In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!
Samurai 7 and Gintama may not seem like similar anime, but they are, in fact. Both have samurai that want to fight for the greater good; although, in Gintama, a certain samurai acts a bit silly... In both, there was a war that occured in the past, and because of this, advanced technology has come to both animes.