In Sternbuild City, corporate logos not only cover billboards, but also the costumes of the super-powered heroes that act as its protectors. Veteran and newcomer warriors of justice alike compete in a reality TV show that offers points for apprehending criminals while giving champions' sponsors a chance to promote their brand. When the low-ranking Wild Tiger loses his backing after a string of outrageous, botched rescues, he finds himself paired with an up-and-coming spotlight-seeker called Barnaby. But with their wildly different personalities, will the pair be able to save their beloved Sternbuild City and win the game show, or will their constant tension be the undoing of the world's first hero team?
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...
Warning: Baccano! is a VERY bloody series, so if violence bothers you, disregard this recommendation! That said, both series feature entertaining characters, great action scenes and a fantastic art style (with a particularly good mix of CGI and traditional animation). Also, a key character in Baccano! is played by Barnaby's seiyuu. I wouldn't say either series leads me to think particularly deep thoughts, but they both get my blood pumping and really entertain me.
I would argue that the main character in BGR is more or less a superhero. He's a sort of Robin Hood figure, stealing from the rich to highlight their excesses. BGR and Tiger & Bunny are both comedies, but both also have that good superhero message: people who have their hearts in the right place always manage to save the day.
Batman: a name known throughout the streets of Gotham City, a name kids tell urban legends about and criminals fear. Batman continues to purge Gotham City from the filth that is roaming the streets. After having received Lt. Gordon’s complete trust, he is implicated in all kinds of police affairs, the first of which is the capture of the mysterious robber referred to as the "man in black". Through this ordeal and many others including an encounter with the Killer Croc and Scarecrow, Batman will try to find out more about the dark city’s underground and make his way to become Gotham’s Dark Knight.
OK, let's hear it at the beginning: Both series include masked heros of justice who are there to fight for the protection of their beloved city from crazed villans. There, I said it. Moving on. Both series include the main character whose parents have been killed by a murderer when they were very young and nowadays can no longer remember the murderer's face, so they decide to fight crime while at the same time investigating their parents' murder. Although Batman: Gotham Knight is and had to be far darker-themed and gloomier than Tiger & Bunny, the theme for both series is incredibly simmilar and the past and personalities of characters are also quite alike. On the other account, the animation of both seres has been tempered with and new things have been tried out; so if you're into that and pure masked avenger/hero action, I strongly reccommend it. :D
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Yagami Light finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Although maybe at first glance they don't seem familliar at all, there is one key simmilarity that connects Tiger & Bunny and Death Note together: that is the concept of the never-ending fight between law and crime, and the many different perspectives one can view them from that both shows offer us. Although the main perspective is offered by main characters, when all is taken into consideration, in the end it is left to the vewer to actually choose what is really this 'justice' everyone is trying so hard to defend and carry out. Oh, and a couple more things: both series have a very balanced plot that is at times too intense to bear, and although the character pallette and the mood seem completely different from one another, the basic feeling after cooling off the series is practically the same (at least to me). :D Nevertheless, I recommend to at least check out the other if you've watched one.
Kyu has always been interested in solving mysteries. After assisting in a murder case, he earns the opportunity to take the entrance exam for the Dan Detective School (DDS), a famous detective school established by the equally famous detective, Dan Morihiko! DDS is trusted implicitly by the police and receives their absolute cooperation in all matters, and its students are often able to crack even the most difficult cases. Can Kyu, along with fellow classmates Megumi, Kintarou, Kazuma and Ryu, meet the demands of the school and the crimes that cross their paths?
These series may not seem similar at first glance, due to one being a detective mystery and the other about superheroes. However, there are similarities that go outside the genre. The genres in themselves are not that different from each other after giving it some thought, both featuring gifted individuals dealing with criminals and bringing about justice. They both have fairly large ensemble casts, and while the episodes focus on two main characters, there are episodes that deal with each member of that main ensemble. Detective Academy Q isn't exactly a competition in the way that Tiger & Bunny is, but there is a spirit of competition with the main characters, not to mention the rival class from Detective Academy Q that tries to 'outsolve' the protagonists. While most episodes of both series deal with different crimes that are wrapped up in a matter of episodes, they both have a larger mystery that is ever present throughout the series.