Yakumo was just a normal boy... until he died in a tragic accident. Now, resurrected by the last of a race of powerful creatures, he has become her Wu, an immortal servant. Together, they must battle against Benares, the all-powerful Wu of the dark lord Shiva. What dark secrets from Pai's past will this battle unearth?
Although 3x3 Eyes is arguably a lot more serious than Index, both series focus on the adventures of an unwilling, super-powered boy who has become inextricably linked with a cute and clumsy magic-using girl. Sadly, 3 x 3 Eyes never got made into a full length series, but the two OVAs are a good showcase of the violent, magic filled action the series is known for, and would appeal to Index fans looking to get into older anime, or something a bit less moe.
On the flip side, Index is a perfect gateway into newer shows for those who find it a little difficult to sift through the fanservice and find something which they really enjoy, balancing the cutesy stuff with better action sequences than many shounen titles.
In the year 200X, World War III began. Special bombs destroyed parts of cities such as Tokyo, leaving decimation in their wake. Decades later, ground zero in Tokyo – an isolated section known as the Black Spot – remains an enigma. Its residents known as Needless possess strange powers such as the ability to control fire or telekinesis, and are constantly hunted down by Simeon, a large pharmaceutical company with sinister motives and Needless of their own to do their bidding. Young Cruz is part of a resistance to fight against Simeon and its Needless figurehead leader, Adam Arclight; but after the resistance is brutally killed by Simeon’s minions, he finds himself saved by a motley crew: Professor Gido, scantily-clad Eve and badass Blade. Together, the gang fends off Simeon’s attacks and tries to discover the truth behind the corporation’s actions. What is Simeon really after, and why do they desperately want to find Fragments?
Do you like guys who overcome ridiculous odds in ridiculous ways alongside frequently naked lolis? What?
Both needless and TAMnI II and needless have that, a lot of that. Needless is more over the top with both ridiculous odds and ridiculous ecchi, but TAMnI II isn’t against pitting Touma against scary guys while forcing its titular character into her birthday suit.
Long ago the infamous Gol D. Roger was the strongest and most powerful pirate on the seas. As he was about to be executed he revealed that he hid all of his wealth, including the legendary treasure known as One Piece, on an island at the end of the Grand Line - a treacherous and truly unpredictable sea. Monkey D. Luffy is a spirited, energetic and somewhat dim-witted young man with a very big dream: to find One Piece and become the Pirate King! However Luffy is no ordinary boy, as when he was younger he ate one of the Devil's Fruits and gained its power to become a Rubber Man. Now in this grand age of pirates Luffy sets out to gather a crew and sail to the most dangerous sea in the world so that he can fulfill his dream... and maybe even his appetite!
Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?
300 km south of Tokyo lies Itogami Island - a man-made landmass that’s been authorized by the government to house spirits, vampires, mermaids, and other magical beings who’ve been pushed to the brink of extinction. Kojou Akatsuki is one such resident who used to be a typical high school boy, until an incident 3 months ago turned him into the Fourth Progenitor - a powerful vampire - against his will. And while he’d rather stay an anonymous teenager, things change when Yukina, a sword shaman from an anti-terrorism agency, arrives with intentions to watch over and potentially eliminate Kojou...
The setting for each of these shows is a special city that has been created by some mysterious people in order to house supernatural/superpowered beings. In Index’s case that would be humans with special powers, whereas in Striker the Blood it is designed to hold supernatural beings such as vampires and other demons. So as you can expect each show has the supernatural element at the forefront, as well as the conflicting religious groups to provide some conflict.
The animation in each is pretty decent, for the fight scenes especially. But to be honest, Strike the Blood isn’t really anything other than a fairly average rip-off of the Index series. Saying that, most fans of Index will probably find something to like about this show, and those of you who haven’t yet seen Index are in for a treat by comparison.