Ouri is an orphan who was raised by Keisei, a man he considers to be his older brother. One night, Ouri finds a strange wounded girl in the temple of the orphanage. Cold and covered in scars, Ouri initially thinks that she is dead – that is, until a mysterious talking cat tells him that she is a Shikabane – a corpse. After secretly watching Keisei heal the girl without explanation, Ouri decides it's time to leave the nest. However, he has picked a poor time, and he soon realizes that he's tangled in a strange, supernatural web. Why does Ouri continually meet this girl as she hunts monsters? What does Keisei have to do with it all and what exactly is her mission?
In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
Both the Claymore and the Shikabane Hime are used by an organization to hunt down monsters, they are both all female and not entirely human. Both series share the same general dark feeling with many fight scenes and a slight Romance.
Athough Shikabane Hime takes palce in moder Japan and Clayore in a medieval-like fantasy worls both are stories of darkaness and power to battle that darkness which comes at a great price. Both are also stories of the realtionships between people who wield the great dark power and those they try to protect.
Claymore and Shikabane Hime are about strong females that have unique abilities. While being not quite human that female protagonists have to help their male counterparts, while the series takes you through their unique relationships together.
Michiru has an unusual ability: she can see a dark ring around a person's neck that signifies their time to die. However, she suppressed her powers once she "saw" the deaths of her parents – until now. After accidentally seeing rings around the necks of two boys in her school, it seems that Michiru's powers are back for good. The two are zombies who are working for the secret loan office known as Zombie-Loan, and they need Michiru's help to find other zombies – those with dark black rings around their necks. Though Michiru initially refuses, due to a series of events it seems she has no choice but to comply...
This one is one of those gut feeling recs. Shikabane is slightly more serious, and the monsters more disturbing, but I believe that if you like Zombie Loan, you might want to give Shikabane a try.
Like the undead protagonists that destroy the artificial versions of what they truly are? Zombie-Loan and Shikabane Hime have a lot in common and there's more than enough monster-killing carnage in one or the other to keep you hooked!
Both the plots are in a way similar and both series deal with undead fighting other undead. In Shikabane Hime, the Himes fight to defeat 108 Corpses to ascend to heaven, in Zombie-Loan, the zombies fight other zombies to pay off their loans. In both series we can find a person who is at first more or les unaware of what is happening and decides at last to join in the fight and help their undead friends.
Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.
If your looking for a dark story about exorcists fighting some sort of monsters from the shadows you've come to the right place. Both titles have plenty of those, along with a conspiracy slowly getting closer to yet unaware characters.
Also both titles are sort of introduction into the main story, that is available in other titles. In Ga-rei zero case it continues in Ga-Rei manga, while Shikabane Hime: Aka continues in the sequel Shikabane Hime: Kuro ( which is where the true awesome story starts)
Both Shikabane Hime:Aka (and Kuro too) and Ga-Rei -Zero- are based on similar themes. Not only are both about unnatural beings - demons, beings, which arise after death, etc., but both anime also depict the mental state of the heroines, but also their relationship, which, in fact, cannot be classified as common.
Both anime are set into a very dark enviroment, featuring alot of action.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
While Shikabane Hime tends to focus more on supernatural elements, both shows are very much about the relationships in them. With Gunslinger Girl it's the relationship between the doll and the handler, and with Shikabane Hime it's a very similar relationship between the Shikibane and the contract monk. These relationships are very similar and are the driving points of the show.
Both series are similar in some aspects, such as using girls as assassins and partnering them with "handlers", and the relationships between the girls and their partners is one of the reasons both series feel so similar. Although the assassins in Gunslinger Girl focus on human targets, while Shikabane Hime focuses on supernatural ones.
Alucard is a vampire who works for Hellsing – an organization responsible for hunting down and destroying other vampires. In these dark times, whoever is bitten by a vampire turns into a ghoul -- with the exception of Seras Victoria, Alucard’s newly created and appointed apprentice. Now, Seras must serve her master, Alucard and work for Integra Wingates Hellsing. Nefarious vampire activities are being reported throughout England, and it all traces back to the organization named “Millennium”. Will the Hellsing organization, under the command of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, be able to prevent a full scale war? Or will the world become a battlefield of destruction?
Both anime feature supernatural entities hunting their own kind, using guns as their weapons of choice. Sparks fly and blood is shed in great fight scenes. If you like one, you'll probably like the other.
I am not sure, would someone, who likes Hellsing OVAs like the Undead Princess series, but vice versa - sure. Shikabane Hime: Aka is a nice anime-action with interesting characters. The story is developing slowly, not as in Hellsing OVA, but there are lots of similar stylistic desisions and... Mmmm... I'd call it "atmosphere". And i'll underline - I recommend OVAs, not original Hellsing series.