Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
If you liked the darkness is speed grapher, you'll probably enjoy Black Lagoon. Both focus on the under side of society and have a lot of good action, making them a great fit.
Black Lagoon and Speed Grapher both deal with more dark and gritty parts of both humans and society, I think Speed Grapher is a little deeper in content but they are both very good.
In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…
Violent and dark characters fill the atmosphere in both of these anime. Twisted plots that hit you out of no where come about and leave you wanting to watch episode after episode till finished. Amazing character development throughout each series occures as well. Even the animation is very similar. Check one out if you liked the other
These series are both rather dark, with a lot of action and a deep plot. With interesting powers used in fights, these series go well together.
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?
Speed Grapher and DTB are both terrific shows for grown ups who don't need every turn of the plot to be driven into our heads with a mallet. Both take place in an alternate world that only varies slightly from our own, with a gritty urban feel. Modern city life blends with the supernatural in a way that stays within the bounds of believability. Both shows contain a mystery to be unveiled by the hero that peels away in stages. Speed Grapher is more complex and the characters are more fleshed out, in my opinion, but I did enjoy DTB also.
Each of these series follow super powered characters, large, mysterious organizations, and elaborate conspiracies. With a deep plot and great action, these series are great fits. If you liked Speed Grapher, you'll probably love Darker than Black.
Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...
Both feature very human elements- of the lesser degree- and speaks volumes of the true nature of man.
Aoi Bungaku is not as action packed[though very violent at times] but it still ventures into the realms of the darker side of the human mind. Few several short stories it makes valuable comparisons between natural human emotion and severe psychosis, all the while maintaining a fast-paced story to keep the viewer interested.
If you like action, vice violence mixed in with your intelligent observation of society, this is a show for you.
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...
Both anime are dark and show what lies in the underworld that normal people wouldn't generally be aware of. Baccano is slightly faster paced and jumbled where speed grapher actually takes the time to explain things to the viewer. Action packed with some random sprees of violence. Check one out if you liked the other.