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?
Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
At first sight, Texhnolyze and Le Portrait de Petit Cossette may seem very different but both are extremely dark and considerably strange in the way they twist the viewer's perception. Violent and imbued with complex layers of disturbing symbolism, these are works of art that may not appeal to everyone but are bound to interest anyone who appreciates unconventional and experimental anime.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Monster and Tehxnolyze are certainly dark. They are really more mature than the average anime and will make you think! Both are well done and have a certain psychological tension. If you like one of these, I'm sure that you'll like the other!
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Now, if you compare Texhnolyze to Now and Then, Here and There, the former is so much darker and more depressing than the likes of NTHT. Just like Now and Then, Here and There, Texhnolyze also looks at the dark and depressing side of humanity, they do not pander to the lowest common denominator and they do not talk down to the viewers watching. Instead, they treat us like human beings, so that we could understand that life is not all sunshine and rainbows.
In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.
Sai Kano is quite depressing and may be a bad choice because of that, but I really like it. It involves unalterable, cybernetic body modifications that seem to tear at the person it's done to, which is kind of similar to Texhnolyze. If you liked one of these series, you will probably like the other.
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?
If you're looking for something dystopian that deals with human de-evolution then you might like this show. Texhnolyze and Speed Grapher both deal with a world crippled by the darker side of human nature. Be prepared for a lot of violence and despair. As with Speed Grapher, the lengths to which people will abuse each other is fully explored in this series. This one is quite a bit darker, both visually and emotionally.