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Across the world, malevolent beings known as il inhabit enchanting objects to entice curious humans toward them, and in doing so they devour the heart and freely use their victims’ bodies as puppets. To combat the threat that the il pose, hunters called Syste Behards roam the land fighting their prey to keep innocent civilians safe. One such hunter is March, who has an incredible ability capable of subduing, exorcising, and defeating ils. But with a dark power sleeping inside that threatens to overwhelm the young Syste Berhard at the first sign of falling in love, can March continue to fight the il and still remain human?
Allen Walker is not your average fifteen-year-old boy - he is an exorcist and a member of the Black Order, an organization charged by the Church with the elimination of Akuma. The Akuma are the minions of The Millenium Earl - an evil demon-like entity intending to cleanse the world by destroying the entire human race in the manner of Noah's great flood. Allen and the other exorcists are special people who are compatible with a substance named Innocence, which allows them to form Anti-Akuma weapons; and as such Exorcists are the only ones capable of fighting the Akuma. Allen and his friends must battle to save humanity from the Akuma and Earl's evil plans.
Both of these series have a very similar vibe, focusing on a malevolent presence manipulating human emotions and causing their ultimate downfall. Both also deal with a young protagonist with a special power and a dark past, if you enjoyed either of these aspects in one, then definitely check out the other.
Black-clad, bespectacled Kuro wanders the land with nothing but a large coffin and bat named Sen at her side. During her travels Kuro finds Nijuku and Sanju, two abandoned experiments of a long-gone professor, and takes them along on her journey. Together, they move from place to place, experiencing the joys and hardships of life along the way - for the townspeople always tend to think Kuro is a witch, has bad intentions, or worse…
To be clear, March Story is superior to Shoulder in pretty much every way - visually, story, all of it. But both are a tale of someone going from place to place, learning about everyone they meet. March Story is much, much darker.