In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...
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 Shigurui feature hella-powerful swordsmen who battle hella powerful foes. Both also feature swordsmen who have dark pasts and seek to move forward via continued battles. Both also feature unusual animation, though Shigurui is a much darker series.
Afro and Shigurui are both about Samurai obtaining revenge. Both are gritty and violent, though Shigurui is more explicit. The two animes both have animation with strong contrasts between light and shadows. Also, both don't seem to be finished yet.
Afro Samurai and Shigurui are both samurai epics with very serious main characters and plenty of raw violence. Though Afro Samurai at times likes to input humor, Shigurui remains very serious and true to it's nature throughout. If you liked one for it's action and serious tone, you'll most likely enjoy the other as well.
Both Shigurui and Afro Samurai feature fantastic fight sequences with a heavy amounts of blood and gore. Both are revenge stories with lots of samurai drama.
Shigurui is a little more slow paced and serious than Afro Samurai, but both shows should please fans of feudal era revenge stories.
These are both well animated entries in the samurai genre that rate poorly. Mature storylines and elaborate action scenes are sure to please fans of the genre.
These two animes have a lot of bloody fight scenes. If you like bad asses with a sword then definitely try both. You won't regret it.
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?
Both anime share the same director, Hirotsugu Hamazaki, and this is massively prevelant to their uniquely shared style:
Although the genres of these two anime appear poles apart, rightly they are, it is the unique style of narrative delivery which can strongly attract a viewer to one and if that has happened to you, try the other.
Both of these series are completely grim, joyless affairs floodied with a dismally dark atmosphere - and each are directed by Hamasaki, who brings to them the same sort of arty stylistic flourishes. Beyond that they may have little in common - Texhnolyze is a dry mindfuck, Shigurui is an astonishingly visceral and disturbing experience - but fans of this director's style in one work are sure to appreciate the other.
Despite one being set in the past (Shigurui) and one in the distant future (Texhnolyze). the two series just have a similar feel. Both series incorporate grayscale throughout, strange and sometimes confusing plotline, and most of all, violence for the sake of violence. Perhaps the most commmon thread of both is the tearing down of presumably noble individuals and exposing them for what they really are: violent, unfeeling people. I don't recommend this both ways because Texhnolyze was actually a good series, whereas Shigurui was awful at best.
if you like this one, you are almost definitely going to like the other.
they're both by the same director, have an intense dark atmosphere about them,
To be honest, Shigurui and Texhnolyze feel like the only recs possible for one another. & yes, this is probably 100% down to having Hiroshi Hamasaki at the helm. You can't watch either without feeling oppressed by the dark and depressing atmosphere. The stories told in both are very heavy, the characters not particularly likeable, the themes uncomfortable but sure to cause a reaction. In Texhnolyze the story is much more interesting and complex than in Shigurui which is ultimately an incomplete tale, but Shigurui will offer you a raw and unnerving level of violence to feed off. When watching either you have to be prepared as they are not easy-going.
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?
If you like Shiguri or Basilisk then this is for you. The two revovle around a love story. Basilisk be the lighter of the two in gore and detail. Revenge is also a major one in Shigurui and Basilisk. Plus both have lots of fighting and blood. very good both of them.
Though Shigurui is more explicit than Basilisk, both feature similar themes of violence, gore, revenge and morally suspect characters, while the romance in Basilisk serves to lighten the atmosphere of the series, no such relief will come in Shigurui, it is a bad ass gore/fight fest from beginning to end.
Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.
Both animes have alot of violence as well as the almost ludicrously skilled main charachter, but not so skilled that the fights are completely one-sided and short lived. There is a lot of sword play in both animes as well. They also have a fairly realistic setting in or around the Edo period. So if you like swordsmanship and violence in ancient Japan then you will surely like both of these animes.
You may like the ninja scroll tv episodes as well but I will only strongly recommend the movie since the tv show is much more cartoony(ie. monsters and half men half beasts) than Shigurui.
They both take place in a dark and oppressive version of feudal Japan where human life is of little value and the characters have little choice other than to try and cope at the best of their abilities.
Heavy doses of swordplay performed by highly skilled swordsmen and blood resulting from said swordplayis also a thing that they have in common.
If you liked one of them for any of these reasons you might want to try out the other.
Manji, a recently-turned immortal swordsman, has sworn to kill a thousand villains to counterbalance the merciless and indiscriminate slaughter that ended with the death of his sister. To this end, he decides to travel with Rin, a young girl who reminds him of the sister he failed. She has sworn to take vengeance on the Itto-ryu, specifically their leader Anotsu; for the Itto-ryu are group of elite swordsmen who killed her parents and raped her mother in front of her. However; being immortal doesn’t guarantee victory: Manji’s skill and immortality will be tested to their limits...
Do you like violence? Bloodshed? Skilled swordsmen? Then this is your anime. They both have a slow tragic theme, but great fighting animation. Both animes are base on swordsmanship as well as honor.