Jin is an energetic young boy living in a shanty town and making ends meet by performing good deeds for money. However, when his mentor dies during a fight with a strange monster he finally learns the meaning of death. Having been taken in by a stripper named Akemi whom he once saved, Jin begins to live a quiet and normal life - though in reality he is anything but ordinary. With superhuman abilities and a group of mysterious men searching for him under the name of Zet, over the years Jin finds himself drawn into a world of creatures with dangerous powers called "Players". But what is Jin really, and with his vicious methods of defeating these threats, is he really a hero for justice or simply another dangerous monster?
The main characters from both series lose someone very important to them. While their abilities have caused them tragedy, they still move forward and embrace what they have so they can fight to protect. Blade and Zetman are dark shows with dim animation and plenty of fights. Action, superpowers, tragedy, justice, and blood are all included. If you liked one, you may like the other.
Both of these animes display "hero's" of the night. Fighting a private war, and teaming up with "regular" humans and building bonds while staying alive seems to be a reoccuring theme.
Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.
These two animes have similar basic themes. Both have superhuman characters that fight a secret war mainly for the enjoyment of the rich. Survival is key. Though Deadman is showed in a prison, Zetman displays what happens when superhumans get loose. Great show. Tons of action, and gore.
Both animes has the same atmospere while watching. There is a lot of violance, blood and unjustice. In both animes the superhumes fight for their own freedom.
Sakura Sakurakouji may seem like a frail and demure girl, but in reality she’s a powerful martial artist with an unmatched sense of justice. One day, on her way home from school, she witnesses a boy murdering several people with bright blue flames. That boy is Rei Ogami, a merciless assassin known as a "Code Breaker", and the latest student to join Sakura’s class! While Rei appears to be the perfect gentleman at school, in truth he lives by the principle of "an eye for an eye" and is hired to target and dispose of criminals who have escaped the law. With everyone oblivious to his true nature, only Sakura knows what he really is and his remorseless feelings towards what he does. But despite his icy heart and his threat to burn Sakura and everyone around her should she reveal his secret, the righteous teen can’t help but feel that there’s more to Rei than meets the eye...
Although the theme of justice and the question of what heroes really are may not be very original, both of these series focus on those topics and try to explore them in a slightly different way than usual. Basically they are shounen-ish anime about people with superpowers, but the somewhat darker tone makes them just a bit different from all those shows with similar premise.
I personally preferred Zetman, despite its "odd" visual style, but if you liked one of these for characters or story, try out the other one.
Unbeknownst to humans, demons from an overlapping dimension walk amongst them in the streets of Tokyo. The balance between the worlds is kept by the crow guardian Karas and Yurine, its master and voice of the living city. However, the time of harmony nears the end as the once-Karas Lord Eko returns. Seeking to purge humanity for its evils, he terrorizes the city with his minions that feast on human blood. The ultimate battle between good and evil awaits; can Yurine and her newly initiated Karas prevail against Lord Eko and protect their city against his monstrous horde?
If you enjoyed the action of a super-powered hero with a dark past fighting monsters in Zetman, then look no further than Karas. Karas also has a hero who kicks butt - in spectacular fashion. Overall, it is arguably an all round better series with a more coherent story, but really the battles take centre stage. If you're already a fan of Karas and are looking for more super-powered action, then you may find something to like in Zetman.
Shou Fukamachi is just an average high school student,until one afternoon, Sho and his friend Tetsuro stumble upon what looks to be a landmine, which Sho accidentally activates. Instead of attacking and killing him, it grants him control of the Guyver, a powerful biological armor, which the evil corporation Chronos wants to take at any cost, even if it means killing Shou and his friends.