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Bokurano

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When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they meet a man called Kokopelli who seems to have a lot of advanced gadgetry. He invites them to participate in a ‘game' in which they play heroes saving Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the ‘game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Bokurano TV 2007 Anime Adaptation
Name Role
Mohiro KITOH Artist
Mohiro KITOH Author

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Gantz

Gantz

Kei, a cynical and arrogant high school student, has minimal regard for others; so it's much to his surprise that when he's asked by his elementary school friend Kato to save a drunken bum laying on the subway tracks, he actually complies. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and they are swiftly decapitated by the oncoming train. Kei and Kato awaken in a nondescript room occupied by a black sphere and a variety of other people, and thus begins Gantz's game. In it, the players must face off against aliens in battles where death is inevitable and rewards are minimal. Unfortunately for them, this is just the beginning of their nightmare - at least, for those who manage to survive...

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sothis

Bokurano and Gantz are two peas in a disturbing pod. Each throws characters into a high stakes game from which they can't escape, the difference being that in Gantz they are young adults/adults (plus a ton of explicit violence/sex), while in Bokurano the focus is more psychological and there's little violence to be found. Regardless, this is a very, very good recommendation pair.

Sidonia

Characters are suddenly thrown into a fight against unknown forces. In Bokurano they have to fight in mechas and it focuses more on the characters feelings while in Gantz they have to use sci-fi weapons and is more concentrated on graphic violence, action and the behavior of humans in extreme situations.

Shadow Star

Shadow Star

Shiina is a sixth-grade tomboy whose brave and adventurous nature almost causes her to drown in the ocean. However, from the experience she meets a ‘Shadow Dragon' that she names Hoshimaru; strangely silent and star-shaped, it has the ability to shape shift and fly. Soon, Shiina makes yet another new friend: a troubled girl named Akira who happens to also acquire a Shadow Dragon. Yet Shiina and Akira aren't alone - others besides them have Shadow Dragons, and not all of them have such innocent intentions. Furthermore, the Japanese Military has taken an interest in the creatures' combative uses. What are the Shadow Dragons, where did they come from and what is their ulterior motive? Shiina is determined to find out...

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KiraRin

Just as I made the recommendation between the anime, Bokurano and Narutaru were two manga series that stood out and caught my eye. Dark and depressing, both will appeal massively to the same fanbase. Offering much more than could be animated onscreen, expect a deep storyline that will evoke plenty of emotion. I can't recommend these two to fans of manga mindf**k enough :)

Naga

Since both are made by respected Mohiro Kitoh, who tends to throw bunch of screwed up kids into their life's adventure, it is the most on spot rec. Both are very diferent in concept but also quite similar due to charachters, atmosphere, mood, themes and what not. Since all of his works in similar ways it would be no wonder if you enjoyed one if you did other, not to mention the rest of his wonderful works...

Arisa

Arisa

Fifteen-year-old Tsubasa's parents divorced three years ago, separating her from her beloved twin sister Arisa. However, they've communicated secretly with letters and are now meeting with each other for the first time since the event. Arisa is everything Tsubasa is not - she's popular, gentle, has good grades and has a new boyfriend, while Tsubasa can't seem to find girl friends to be cutesy with and has earned a reputation of being a delinquent leader. The two decide to switch places for a day and Tsubasa is enamored with Arisa's school life. But beneath the surface of Arisa's life lies dark secrets, not only about her classmates, but also Arisa herself. Tsubasa must infiltrate her beloved sister's life in order to discover the truth behind shocking events taking place...

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First off, Bokurano and Arisa have almost nothing in common plot-wise. I just got a very, very strong feeling of similarity between the two when I picked up Arisa, and I'm not sure why. Both are far darker than they appear to be at first glance, are very psychological, are shocking at times and have a strong mystery element. If you liked one, try out the other and see if it fits for you.

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Reality TV has hit a new and disturbingly graphic low with ‘The Program,' a television series in which a purposely chosen ninth-grade class is forced to fight to the death on a remote island. With only minimal survival gear and a random weapon, each student must survive and kill their friends until only one winner remains; if the group refuses to play, all of its members are killed by the electronic collars around their necks. Girlfriends and boyfriends betray each other, friends are brutally slain by their closest companions and alliances are made and broken. On screen for the world to see, only the strongest will survive this horrific, sadistic game...

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While Bokurano is overwhelmingly less graphic and violent than Battle Royale, the two manga share a deeply psychological look at the characters, often before their impending deaths. If you liked one, definitely try out the other.

Battle Royale II: Blitz Royale

Battle Royale II: Blitz Royale
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 19
  • 2003

Makoto Hashimoto is unlucky – so unlucky that she's scared she'll cause her entire class to be nominated for the horrific game The Program, even though all of the participating teams have already been chosen for the year. However, when she and the group embark on a field trip, they soon find themselves in the middle of an even deadlier scenario. Forced to attend 'Defense School', they must survive attacks and the wrath of each other – not to mention the exploding collars around their necks - to graduate. Can Makoto and her classmates survive a day, let alone the time it takes to graduate?

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Up front, let me be clear that Bokurano is REALLY REALLY GOOD, and Battle Royale II is average at best. Still, unlike the latter's predecessor, both BRII and Bokurano are quite similar - they each focus on a group of kids who are forced into a horrific situation, die quickly, and don't have a huge amount of gore.