Darker than Black - Recommendations

Alt title: Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha

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Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.

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ZetsumeiTsumi ZetsumeiTsumi says...

If you like the mysterious theater mask-wearing assassin that everyone fears but has a conscience, you will definitely like this one.  Both are well-thought out and you will see a lot of similarities between the two series.

Itochan60 Itochan60 says...

having just watched both series back to back, it's easy to draw a lot of parallels between darker than black and Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~.  Both series have a similar dark tone. They also both follow a main character who follows mission and preforms assassination.  If you liked either series, it's hard to believe that you wouldn't like the other.

Wolfbrotherm Wolfbrotherm says...

If you liked Darker than Black or Phantom, you will like the other because these are animes that give you a dark and mysterious feeling. Both the main male characters are much alike, and are in an organization which they have to obey.

Saeros Saeros says...

Because the atmosphere is similar in both animes.

They bith feature strong cool and remorseless main character and are dark themed

Pocky Pocky says...

Same character  same lead design wearing masks and such being controlled by underground organization both of the series uses assasins the only difference is darker than black is much more based on fantasy realm using superpowers  while on Phantom is more on real life mostly relying on skill and more dark background, both series are very addicting and have interesting characters it makes you want to crave more episode each episode

ValkyrianSteel ValkyrianSteel says...

Both involve characters being controlled by a certain organization where both of the main characters struggle to obey or make their own decisions.

Vague Vague says...

If you like the whole badass, painted mask assassin turned good concept than both of these series are right up your alley. Both series have a similar feel when it comes to artwork and fight scenes and quite frankly it rocks. I think Phantom's story is a little bit more interesting, but if you liked one I almost guarantee you'd like the other.

Panma Panma says...

Both storylines offer twists and turns. Phantom and Darker than Black are both set in an underground world of mysterious characters and hidden plots. The action sequences are also very similar, with a large focus on speed-packed sequences with large build ups and quick post-climaxes.

MOJ MOJ says...

Darker than Black and Phantom share a wonderful, multi layered story as well as a very complex protagonist who are similar in many ways. Both revolve around assassins, mercinaries and the general underground of their respective worlds. Darker than Black does have much better fight scenes and really creative fighters but Phantom has an easier plot to go with and understand

Nitz11456 Nitz11456 says...

Darker than Black and Phantom are series that have characters who are being used by a shadowy organization for assassinations. Both series have a dark tone and an element of mystery.

hoggersying hoggersying says...

The main male lead is similar in each show.  Each show also features high-octane action sequences and deals with a mysterious evil organization.

BronzeAge BronzeAge says...

To me, the most important similarity is that both series share the dark mood of lonely small group of friends / relationships against the world.

Another important factor for me is that they successfully combine the action packed missions to slowly reveal an obscure story / physics of their reality.

This is of course, besides the fact that both series follow the contract assassins working for secret organizations that have no regards for their own members.

TheVoid TheVoid says...

The main theme is assassination. In addition, the characters have a similar persona, in that they have a goal to reach and undergo drastic character development to reach that goal. Hei and Zwei are both also controlled by a system, and are not just mindless brutes killing, but rather killing because they have to: in Zwei's case it was kill or be killed and so as he states: ''I kill....in order to survive, I kill''. Hei is more silent than Zwei though, however they are both characters with good intents; Hei certainly gives you the same on-screen feeling that Zwei does; the feelind of mysterious radiating power. Zwei and Hei are also both very formidable, especially in their roles as protagonists, and are unlike other leads in the aspect of not being (as what some people would deem) 'too powerful/overpowered'. Hei has the ability to manipulate static: but unlike other powerful characters in the show he is rather 'underpowered' for a contractor as he can only kill with static in either melee range or when he has a strong conductor (otherwise the target will not die - as in one notable case). Hei and Zwei primarily relie on their instincts and reflexes to guide them. Both protagonists also have a female companion or friend to guide them (Ein and Yin/Amber). The main trait of these anime which leads to their similarity is the 'dark undertone' feeling you get, coupled with the unpredictable transpiring of events.

kayelyn08 kayelyn08 says...

The main theme is assassination. In addition, the characters have a similar persona, in that they have a goal to reach and undergo drastic character development to reach that goal. Hei and Zwei are both also controlled by a system, and are not just mindless brutes killing, but rather killing because they have to: in Zwei's case it was kill or be killed and so as he states: ''I kill....in order to survive, I kill''. Hei is more silent than Zwei though, however they are both characters with good intents; Hei certainly gives you the same on-screen feeling that Zwei does; the feelind of mysterious radiating power. Zwei and Hei are also both very formidable, especially in their roles as protagonists, and are unlike other leads in the aspect of not being (as what some people would deem) 'too powerful/overpowered'. Hei has the ability to manipulate static: but unlike other powerful characters in the show he is rather 'underpowered' for a contractor as he can only kill with static in either melee range or when he has a strong conductor (otherwise the target will not die - as in one notable case). Hei and Zwei primarily relie on their instincts and reflexes to guide them. Both protagonists also have a female companion or friend to guide them (Ein and Yin/Amber). The main trait of these anime which leads to their similarity is the 'dark undertone' feeling you get, coupled with the unpredictable transpiring of events.

Aitrus Aitrus says...

Both DTB and Phantom are about a powerful individual working for a shadowy organization. They both deal with the main character having doubts about the organization they work for and their position in it. DTB deals more with superpowers and fighting between people who posess them while Phantom deals with assassins doing their organizations dirty work by taking out targets. When it comes to dark action anime DTB and Phantom are 2 of the best I've seen and if you like one you'd probably really enjoy the other.

Shinsengumi367 Shinsengumi367 says...

Both anime are about assassins who don't exactly think like humans, more like puppets. Of course, I think that Phantom has a darker theme to it as it really enhances about how the main character wished he hadn't killed people.

alexzaharia alexzaharia says...

The general feeling is the same, the characters are also very similar in a lot of ways - rational and brilliant killers, tormented by their fate. I believe, however, that Phantom has much more deeper psychological implications as well as a more romantic feel to it. The main characters become very close and develop complex feelings for each other. This also happens (slightly) in Darker than Black but, in this case, the relationships are more frigid, since Dolls and Contractors are not actually capable of having warm feelings. All characters from Phantom are much more human and establish profound relationships. The plot is also more intricate in Phantom's case although both series deal with 'underground' organizations.All in all the series are very similar, although, from my point of view, Phantom is at least one star higher. 

Lel0uchViBritannia Lel0uchViBritannia says...

If you like the mysterious theater mask-wearing assassin that everyone fears but has a conscience, you will definitely like this one.  Both are well-thought out and you will see a lot of similarities between the two series.

Crevecoeur Crevecoeur says...

Two wonderful anime with mystery and dark ambiant and sense of tragedy and symbolic but with more moral consideration from requiem for a phantom.

Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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colettelabete colettelabete says...

Both series are set in an alternate dystopian future, where a natural disaster has forced humanity to protect itself inside dome cities (Ergo Proxy) or behind the Wall (Darker than Black). Also, both of them revolve around a good-hearted and kind male character, but whose past may be darker than it seems.

scenthr scenthr says...

In Darker than Black and Ergo Proxy, the main characters are in the process of discovering themselves; both are unaware of their powers and the paths which destiny has picked for them. Both anime are set in a post-apocalyptic future when humans are trying to rediscover their humanity and struggle to find their way. So of course if you watched one you will love the other for sure. I recommend watching them both as they are really good anime.

SurrealWraith SurrealWraith says...

Darker Than Black and Ergo Proxy share similar tones and themes. In both, conspiracy and corruption plays a large role, as well as discrimination against certain groups of people. Both have a rather dark and sinister feel as far as anime go. In each, the main character must overcome many obscure obstacles to ultimately find himself.

Iahel Iahel says...

An atmosphere of darkness and mystery flushes both of these series. Until the end you won't know BR201's enigma and Vincent's raison d'être. The main character in Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black live a double life, they have masks which hide their true faces. But not only similar characters put these titles together. The worlds described in DTB and Ergo Proxy are results of great catastrophes, connected with the main characters' destinies.

SteinbergerGPPRo SteinbergerGPPRo says...

Both Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black have a generally dark theme to them. Both the main characters are badasses, both shows leave a lot of questions in the air and force you to have to make inferences for it them make sense.

hirtue hirtue says...

I totally can't help saying that both series have a very similiar, dark and mysterious mood. They might seem different in many ways, but the atmosphere is really alike in both, so you should really check it out!

tasanime tasanime says...

There is this underlying element of mystery behind the central male protagonists in Ergo Proxy and Darker than black, protagonists who despite their undeniable fighting ability and supernatural force have little awareness of the source of such power. What is interesting is really watching these characters evolve in understanding of capability, origin, the outside world and their relationships with others - oft producing a more humane side to them. And while all this is going on, you're treated to a host of battles, missions and political/organisational influence throughout.

Dissolute Dissolute says...

If you like either one you should like the other, due to the number of similiarities for example, both series share similar features in mood,protagnatist and theme/settings.

They both are set in a post apocolypic setting, although the reasons for the decline are very different and so are the background cities,surroundings and stylings themselves.

They both have a male lead who has a hidden past, which contains the secrets to their power, and the journey to discovering that past, and the reasons behind it, are a big part of the stories.

Both have a darkish and sombre mood, although Darker than Black does have some lighter moments with some sideline characters, while Ergo proxy has some minor upbeats with some of the more main characters with regards to Pino and Re-L and some bizarre humourous episodes.

The biggest difference I would say is that Ergo proxy has some very surreal episodes, and many (although minor and hinted, more often than not) references to psychology and socialology. These can be very thought provoking, however they are never really touched in great depth only surface scratched and more teased in some respects, almost like the easter eggs you get in games sometimes that relate to totally different things. This can be viewed as either a good thing (thought provking anime!) or a bad one, if they were going down the whole human psyche route why didn't they go the whole hog and not just skim around it?

Either way if you like one give the other a try you might be suprised!

crystalphoenix crystalphoenix says...

Darker Than Black and Ergo Proxy both have relatively complicated storylines. Both the protagonists are trying to discover who they are. They are different though in the aspect Vincent (Ergo Proxy) must learn, well rediscover, who he really is, where as Hei (Darker Than Black) must accept (and decide) who he really is. Both societies in the shows are sheltered by their governments in that the information is censored. Ergo Proxy is more like a society in The Anthem by Ayn Rand in that the government has made the people into a collective and there is no such thing as I. Ergo Proxy is a journey of self discovery. In Darker Than Black the government tries to control the contractors. Similarly in Ergo Proxy the government tries to control the spread of the Cogito virus. Both series require the viewer to watch them entirely for the viewer to truly grasp the meaning of the series. Darker than Black however lacks some of the depth found in Ergo Proxy, which makes it easier to follow. Both series are amazing and beautifully done. They contain strong plot lines and keep the viewer intrigued. If you like one you will like the other.

absolute absolute says...

Darker than Black and Ergo Proxy share very similar elements. Both the series are about a male protagonist who struggles thanks to their secret inner skills and they have a double.

Moreover the settlings and even side characters are very similar, being in a kind of future where strange supernatural events occurred.

stingreis stingreis says...

Ergo Proxy had a lot of philisophical aspects that made it unique among "end of the world" anime's however Darker than black with its "After a Major Disaster" type of anime, compares to Ergo Proxy with action and supernatural abilities. Both anime's have a lot of things going on and are slow progressing in some points, but are enjoyable to those that have watched the other and liked it

GameMasterPhoenix GameMasterPhoenix says...

Both of these anime are set in worlds in which some degree of catastrophy has altered the status quo, though Ergo is much more extreme in this respect. Both series also feature "secret agent" type main characters that, while in the course of their normal missions, become caught up in situations that are much larger than themselves. With complex plots that leave the casual viewer in a wake of confusion, both of these anime are likely to delight anyone looking for an action-oriented series with a somewhat deeper experience.

eaper eaper says...

These series have similar main characters, some similar themes, and a very large mystery going on in each of them. If you like questions of equality, reality, and a large, overarching mystery in your anime, these fit together well.

Akkun Akkun says...

Both series are set in a post-apocaliptic world. Also, both of them got kind and good main character, but they past isn't so kind. If you watched one, there is a high possibility that you gonna like the other one :D

Blaha41 Blaha41 says...

both shows are what it is like to live in a hopeless world (Ergo Proxy more so) and both shows are completely incomprehensible until nearly the last episode. 

parkitwonka parkitwonka says...

Both shows center around two similar characters(Hei and Vincent). In addition, both shows follow a similar directing style where bits and pieces of information are given, and the audience is then left to put them together. If you like one, there is a good chance that you will enjoy the other.

Starlightstar Starlightstar says...

Both are similar genre and both have a more mature feeling to them. Darker than Black Kuro no Keiyakusha is a lot shorter than Ergo Proxy. If you like dark, and mature sci-fi you'll love both of these.

AnimeKnight AnimeKnight says...

Ergo proxy is a bit Darker. Both are similar in a sense that they live inside a Dome style city completely shut off from the rest of the world. Like i said, Ergo proxy is a bit more intense as they get to travel outside the city and come across strange people and beings and encounter dangerous situations.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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kmull kmull says...

For most people, I really don't think this recommendation will work the other way, as CB is much better than DTB on so many levels. The main similarity is that each episode focuses on the main characters chasing a bounty or carrying out a mission, with the episodes in the series being loosely linked. Hei (DTB) is a mellower (and less destructive) version of Spike (CB), and they have similar relationships with Mao and Yin, and Jet and Faye, respectively.

tasanime tasanime says...

Cowboy Bebop and Darker than Black are great sci-fi anime, similar mostly in the structure of the characters and their personalities/roles. They are equally enjoyable to watch based on genre but if you really enjoyed the more humanistic approach to these series, than I'm sure you'll enjoy one as much as the other.

neutrino neutrino says...

These two stories, while superficially unrelated, are closer than one thinks.  One might argue that DTB was trying to bank on the success of CB's storytelling.  Both have a jazzy soundtrack, an incident-based story, and recurring characters.  However, CB pulls it off much better.  If you wanted to watch DTB for its "unique" approach to storytelling, you're better off with CB.

DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Both series are set focoused arouned around a motley crew of abrasive personalities that, when mixed together fit perfectly and get the job done.

A strong Sci-Fi current runs through both series, abet in diffrent ways.

Both main characters are introverted guns for hire, all to make ends meet until they can avenge their lost their loved ones.

azanimefan azanimefan says...

Both anime are great examples of a "Film Noir" narrative style which is quite distinctive.  Both are episodic to a point (though darker then black focuses on 2 or 3 ep mini arcs, while Cowboy Bebop is mostly 1 or 2 ep stories), and both are "adult" action anime.

JAhU JAhU says...

Darker Than Black, borrows quite a few themes from Cowboy Bebop. Some arcs in both shows have similar story. Both feature a group o mercenaries (more or less) who work together. To keep it short, if you liked DtB, you should watch Cowboy Bebop as well.

doremouse doremouse says...

You don't have to be an expert on "Cowboy Bebop" to spot some parallels between it and "Darker Than Black". It's kind of an additional fun, spotting them..

Music by Yoko Kanno creates somewhat similar mood.

Aranneas Aranneas says...

This is a rec based more on style than on anything else. There's not much commonality in terms of plot, structure, characters, or setting. However, both shows draw heavily on the conventions of film noir, match an overhanging darker tone with brighter moments and situational comedy, and explore a number of shared themes relating to redemption and forgiveness.

TARose TARose says...

For starters the mood between the two just seems the same. the music, the episodic nature, and the crew work together in teh same ways. If you liked the darkness of CB and its fast paced action scenes, you will like DTB as well. 

TheEpicStickMan TheEpicStickMan says...

Both Bebop and Darker than Black are great animes in their own rite.  Both have independent groups of fighters or another and both have great dramatic moments with decent action.  What they also have in common is that both don't have a whole lot of central story.  For the most part there are side stories that make up the series.  But with a memorable cast, it sure makes up for it.

hyperactve hyperactve says...

Both of them had the similar feeling on me. And I think a person who likes DTB should also like Cowboy Bebop. Not sure if the other way is possible.Both are 'kind of' episodic, yet has a storiline that resolve at the end.DTB had some minor comedy during serious scenes and few badass characters. While CB has a lot of comedy and mainly two badass characters.But most of the good stories are in Cowboy Bebop.Genre wise DTB is 'Super Hero Action' series and Cowboy Bebop is 'Space Action Series'.

moonky moonky says...

The animes leave same bitter sweet feeling. Main characters are both kinda tired and troubled and are just doing what they can do best. Both anime let you have a peek at the lives of groups of people, who were led together by some circumstances. These people are not great friends, but they are the only family they have.

YodasGrandpa YodasGrandpa says...

Not over the top, lots of hidden story you really have to dig into as you see it. I always hate when shows use the very typical anime plotlines and comic relief. They are present in both these showsm but to a much lesser extent, There is a serious and all knowing vibe to both and the thrill is in the story instead of bigger explosions every time you tune in. Both these shows are perfect if that just isnt your style. 

Witch Hunter Robin

Witch Hunter Robin

STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...

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DarkWings DarkWings says...

Both Witch Hunter Robin and Darker Than Black are very similar. Why, you ask? It's simple: they're both dark anime that have to do with the real world, except that there are a few select beings with powers. Some are violent, some are good. Then there are normal citizens who are caught in the middle of all of this. Both have secret organizations who are trying to take out the people with powers, too.

hedgehogblues hedgehogblues says...

Both shows are about the supernatural and are dealt with in an intelligent way. Both are slow-moving to start, but Darker than Black is split into 2 episode chapters throughout the series with hints of an underlying plot (can't comment on the end until it comes out), whereas WHR starts out episodic but becomes linear as the main story kicks in.

tbkba tbkba says...

Both WHR and DtB have a similar plot involving the life of people with extraordinary powers, their hardships and desires. Although the worlds' whereabouts are different, the problems the main heroes face are quite similar.

Rhesian Rhesian says...

Both have a supernatural protagonist trying to find his/her place in a shadowy organization. Pacing is somewhat similar... the first half of each series provides small glimpses into their abilities while the second half explores the underlying plot. Overall, DtB is the "tighter" story even though both have a less-than-concrete resolution.

fairyskisses77 fairyskisses77 says...

Both are relatively dark and slow-paced stories about the supernatural and agencies that deal with them. Both have protagonists that should, technically, be on the other side, but who you nevertheless begin to care about.

If you liked one, you'll probably like the other.

neutrino neutrino says...

Once again, secret organizations, superhuman powers, public ignorance, and the choice given to the protagonist to fight for or against humanity.  Both are arc-based, monster-of-the-week types at first, before delving into the story, which detracts from both, however, each has an intruiging premise and style that up its watchibility.

stingreis stingreis says...

Well, Both anime's focus on a supernatural power, whether witches or contractors... Both the protagonists are part of an organization that they work for in episodic sequences they carry out their mission... and the endings are similar in many ways as well... though I will not ruin it...

In my opinion, darker than black, and Witch Hunter Robin are probably the closest reccomendations to each other than any others... please, if you enjoyed one this anime... watch the other.. cause you will like it as well

JAhU JAhU says...

There is something sad about most of the stories in WHR and DtB. Also both feature ruthless beings with supernatural powers (witches in WHR and contractors in DtB). Can't quite name anything elese, but chances are you might like one if you liked the other.

Zirulan Zirulan says...

Both series are a lot similar when it's about people with special powers. They both also portray how having special powers can be trublesome. In general they are quite similar so worth checin out

norco norco says...

Secret organizations, magic powers and a sort of withdrawn central character give each of these shows a very similar feel. If you like one there's a good chance you would like the other.

Brino Brino says...

Hei und Robin seem emotionally distanced and are both psychic gifted in some way. The whole mood is depressed, and both soundtracks underline this feelings. Both series deal with psychics and secret societies and aim for a more grown up audience.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

In both of these animes the protagonists hunt and fight beings with extreme powers. The moods of the animes are pretty dark, and have a building thrill to them. Both animes involve rather secretive organizations that aren't really in the public eye, and a main character that is fighting against their own kind most of the time. 

Death Note

Death Note

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, Light Yagami 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...

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colettelabete colettelabete says...

Both series revolve around morally ambiguous characters who are difficult to be cared for yet are intriguing. Also, the supernatural elements of Death Note might be appreciated by fans of science fiction series, such as Darker than Black.

Charlequin Charlequin says...

Both of these series are very dark, and don't create comic moments just to save grace with the audience. They create a very complex picture, with the pieces slowly being fit together as the series progress rather than the facts being given to you (If either of these series doesn't make you go 'ehh?' at one point, you're a genius).

The art in both series is incredible, both with a cast of characters that is well developed and with a leading man that you sometimes love and sometimes want to hate (Raito in Death Note, Hei in Darker than Black).

Both of these series have fantastic, gripping storylines, with Darker than Black being the more action-oriented of the two (however, fight scenes are not placed in for no reason, and are always well done). I suggest if you liked Death Note, that you give DtB a try, as it is a really under-appriciated anime. And if you've watched DtB and haven't seen Death Note, don't be put off by the over enthusiastic fangirls. This is one anime you do NOT want to miss.

UltimateShinobi UltimateShinobi says...

Both anime have a very dark setting and themain characters both lose their humanity at some points (More Light than Li) while Li gains his humanity Light loses it.

BRID BRID says...

Both these animes have the similarity of the main characters. Light and Hei.These main characters are act very friendly in the real world but in there head they are a completely different person. both characters think they are doing right in there own moral standpoint.Both of these animes have a very dark feel to them.although i think darker than black has a lighter feel to it then death note. but if you like dark, thought provoking animes with a mysterious main character then u will like these animes. 

dyhl22 dyhl22 says...

Both Darker Than Black and Death Note, have superb storylines. Both have unpredictable plots and makes you want to know more what is going to happen next.

HollowNobody HollowNobody says...

Both Darker Than Black and Death Note are set in dark cities where death is around just about every corner.There are also similarities in that the main character in both shows seems to play a sort of anti-hero role and both characters are being constantly hunted down by law enforcement agents.

eaper eaper says...

What makes anyone like either of these series can be found in both of them: They both have "anti-heroes" who slowly evolve into characters with very different out-looks, they both have extremely elaborate plots, they both have characters that hide their true identities while getting very close to enemies, and they both have super-natural elements. 

animerules201 animerules201 says...

Anime with hard core violence and different paths in life and different ways to survie are no what people might expect. So if you want to know what that really is... you schould watch this too!

anosora anosora says...

Death Note is as dark as DTB are both very dark. The atmosphere is so similar that you'll love Death Note. You'll like the antiheroism.

batmannoLuckysocks batmannoLuckysocks says...

Both have a dark morally ambiguous (bordering on evil) protagonist who develops a sort of relationship with the person that's trying to catch them. If you like one chances are you will enjoy the other.

DarkSide90 DarkSide90 says...

Supernatural, psychological thrillers. very intense plot and great character development. The stories are great.  Deathnote is more dark though.

saikablade saikablade says...

Both are dark and mysterous and although the plots are very diffrent many of the charactures are simimilar. Both have that element of the supernatral that keeps people guessing and both have that " whats going to happen next" excitement to it.

Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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Seracen Seracen says...

I would call Claymore a medieval, all-female variant of Darker than Black. You have a mysterious organization controlling a battalion of powerful warriors (rather than assassins). You have a main character who is atypical of the standard mold. You even have the "bad guys" with motives almost as understandable as the so-called "good guys." Claymore piles on heaps more action, but both shows retain that stylish sheen that makes the 2007 shounen anime so attractive.

Adam Adam says...

At a quick glance, Claymore and Darker than Black do not look similar. The plots differ intensely, but they both share that common theme of underground organizations controlling stronger beings who are meant to simply do what they are told, with no questions asked.

Lyzl Lyzl says...

These anime both have serious storylines with a fight to the end feeling to them. There are themes of alienation from society for being "different" in both, but acceptance within ones own groups and those who love them. Boht have great action with interesting fight scenes as well.

CynicalPsycho CynicalPsycho says...

Both shows take place in worlds that seem to be completely and utterly doomed. Both main characters lost part of their humanity to gain their powers, and spend most of the series trying to get that back. Both also have rather exellent action sequences. If you enjoyed one I can't imagine you not enjoying the other.

Worosei Worosei says...

Both are different, Claymore is much bloodier, female cast, and is in a medieval kind of setting

Darker than Black is neo-noir sci-fi kind of action anime with little gore.

Yet somehow they are both have a similar kind of feeling. Both leads are working behind an omnious organisation (working under a handler) and striving to seek things that relates to their past. Both leads have something unique about them and appear/act more 'human' than humans despite them not being strictly human

neutrino neutrino says...

Both of these series are about pawns who have superhuman powers within a secret, unnamed organization.  They also try to be (Claymore has more success with this) about reacting to society's rejection of those different and more powerful.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Both Darker Than Black and Claymore are about fighters who are being outcasted from normal humans, fighting at the command of an organization. Both shows have great action, and the leading characters in both shows dislike the organization they work for, but keep working for them in order to keep their trust.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series are centered around groups of people being told what to do, no questions asked, by a large and mysterious organization. The people being told what to do, for the most part, are people with super-human powers, that were thought to have give up humanity, by the larger public, and are feared. Finally, as the series each progress, it is shown that the super-humans (Contractors in Darker Than Black, and Claymore) are closer to human than originally seen. Finally, both of the series are extremely action heavy.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both anime feature rather blank-faced protagonists that work for large organizations with unclear motives. Both protagonists are set apart from society, and in some respects, from their own kind because their skills are so different. Both anime also feature some drama involving the darker secrets of the protagonist's kind, world-destruction level evil, and what it is to be human.

HiddenNugget HiddenNugget says...

Both animes have main characters who are mysterious, non-emotional and must follow orders from a secret organization

Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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abunai abunai says...

The character gallery of Black Lagoon is packed with people who, in one way or another, have abandoned normal morality, choosing instead a life of violence and risk. They are no longer normal human beings, in any sense of the word "normal". Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in the character of Black Lagoon's protagonist, Rock.

Similarly, the contractors (keiyakusha) of Darker Than Black are no longer human, and their lives are dominated by violence and a lack of morality. In their few contacts with normality, these two galleries of characters illustrate to the audience precisely how much they have lost of their former humanity.

yukumushio yukumushio says...

While the story of Darker than Black and Black Lagoon isn't similar, there is a lot of action and fun to be had and the plot is surprisingly deep and intriguing in both.

tasanime tasanime says...

Although the overall plots are different, one can't help but to make a connection between the two. Reasons being that the groups in each are fighting for other organisations and have a desire to win a fight at all costs. Also it's a lot more realistic in terms of the individual characters decisions, bonds with the rest of the group and little peaks of human kindness in each that make you think - yeah, this is good action-based viewing. If not, well, they both kick and awful lot of butt.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Black Lagoon and Darker Than Black are both shows in which the redeeming quality lays with the awesome characters, dark feeling and action. Although, besides the fantasy aspect to Darker Than Black, there is little difference between the shows, Darker Than Black focusses a bit more on the story, and Black Lagoon more on the badassery.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these stories are centered around characters that have a different sense of morality, doing whatever they can to simply get by in life. Furthermore, each of these shows are extremely dark with amazing action and well developed characters.

Panma Panma says...

If you like action, then look no further. Black Lagoon may be quite a bit rowdier with less mystery and intrigue, it still offers an amazing amount of deep story. Darker than Black and Black Lagoon both explore the lives of those living outside the law along with the obstacles they must face and the relationships they must develop.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

In both Darker than Black and Black Lagoon, there is a main character (Hei and Rock) that manage to keep a sense of morality in a world filled with violence. Both Hei and Rock have a rather domestic-looking front to deal with society, and both were introduced to their new roles by a stronger female.

Both anime also contain a group of people that take on missions that last a few episodes, while at the same time establishing the relationship between the team and other groups.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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UltimateShinobi UltimateShinobi says...

Both anime havedakr settings and the main characters deceive others with ease. While Code Geass is plot-driven Darker than Black is episodic for a good portion of the anime and closes with an excelent plot-twister.

Verified Verified says...

Both with mysterious contracts and deep engrosed plot lines, Darker Than Black and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion are quite easy transitions if you're looking for the next good watch.

Both main characters have a deep love for their sibling which is predictable, but necessary as no one wants to watch a character with no ties. (not interesting imo)

The supporting characters are also a main point in both series as each is a seperate unique individual usually with underlying goals that may or may not work with the main character's goals.

Everyone knows the empty feeling you can get when you finish a good anime and try to find something else to slake your thirst (I'm in the process). Whether you are coming from DtB or CG:LotR your destination will not dissappoint if you choose the latter.

eaper eaper says...

Both of these series have several similarities that serve as some of the main points that anyone would like the series. Both of the "heroes" have morally ambiguous methods, both of the heroes have second identities, and both of the series have great plot twists. Finally, both of these series are rather dark.

kalimaridesert kalimaridesert says...

i recently finished Darker than black and overall i quite enjoyed it. At the start it was very slow and i almost dropped it but it built up to a climatic ending and was very satisfying. Then there's Code Geass which had me hooked from the get go. I loved everything about it including the many genres which worked like a charm, The characters and all the twists and cliffhangers. i could never wait for the next episode to unfold.

Both of these series are similar as both the main characters have secret identities and they both use similar powers(these being contractors and Geass). All in all i liked Code Geass alot better but im sure u'll like 1 if u like the other!

4EverDreamer 4EverDreamer says...

The feel of these two are almost identical. You have your comedy mixed in with imense tragedy. Also, the main characters have dual personalities: one side being their kind-hearted personality, the other being a killer. Many people die, even main characters, and the endings are bittersweet, hopeful yet extremely sad as well. I highly recommend one if you enjoyed the other.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime feature the anti-hero type. Both protagonists have made a contract that gives them extraordinary powers that they use to try and save their respective worlds. Both anime feature rather interesting fight-scenes, protagonists with dual-personalities, and past traumas that affect the storyline.

Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher

Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?

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sloggerK sloggerK says...

These animes seem to share a bit of a 'mysterious conspiracy' atmosphere, and urban environments.

Ishmoo Ishmoo says...

Speed Grapher and DTB are both terrific shows for grown ups who don't need every turn of the plot to be driven into our heads with a mallet. Both take place in an alternate world that only varies slightly from our own, with a gritty urban feel.  Modern city life blends with the supernatural in a way that stays within the bounds of believability.  Both shows contain a mystery to be unveiled by the hero that peels away in stages.  Speed Grapher is more complex and the characters are more fleshed out, in my opinion, but I did enjoy DTB also.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both Speed Grapher and Darker Than Black take place in a ravaged Japan. They follow underdog heroes with mysterious powers just trying to survive the onslaught of their enemies until they find something more to live for. Both stories also feature villains whose own pasts are sympathetic when the come to light.

miko miko says...

if you're hunting down something which can bring about even deeper thinging into anime, let alone a thinking process where it leaves you hungry for more than look no further.  very solid plot which leaves you satisfied for a bit.

Meizzey Meizzey says...

Both have a really dark, kinda depressing atmosphere with a lot of violence and irony.  Their humor is twisted to the point that you don't know if it's funny or sick. 

Both Darker than Black and Speed Grapher are MASTERPIECES.

They are not for kids, but for adults through and thorough. 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother. During the process Al's body disintegrated and Ed lost his leg. In a desperate attempt to prevent his brother from disappearing completely, Ed sacrificed one of his arms so he could affix Al's soul to a suit of armor. When his missing limbs are replaced by auto mail parts, Ed bears the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist - the youngest ever State Alchemist and dog of the military. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state.

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FullmetalHeart FullmetalHeart says...

Both series have limits in terms of how characters can use their abilities. In order to use something, you must also give something back in return.

In Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, it's the concept of Equivalent Exchange.

In Darker than Black, a contracter can only use his or her power if they pay up a fee, which could range from anything strange like eating cigarettes to setting up patterns with pebbles.

Atsinganoi Atsinganoi says...

I actually watched Darker Than Black on a whim because it was recommended if you also liked Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I was not disappointed.

Both series have characters with amazing powers, each different from the others.  These powers are not limitless.  In FMA, you have the law of equivalent exchange.  In DTB, you have the payments the contractors must make after using their powers

Also, the stories of both series are engrossing and well executed.  You will not find boring filler episodes that do not move the plot forward.

If you liked either one of these series, you're almost guaranteed to like the other.

Akkun Akkun says...

In both animes the story is amazing. The characters are very differential and nicely done. The graphic is beautiful and they are the animes, that you want to rewatch.

cloudandsora cloudandsora says...

I THINK THAT ITS A REALLY GOOD ANIME. my mom who hates and cant stand anime or vilence loved is very very much and watch every Fullmetal Alchemist that was created and then some. so yeah it perfection in the making

theSentinel theSentinel says...

I would say that This one is a great one to watch because like Fullmetal, there is a great story.  Like Eureka 7 and Fullmetal, this is the fine work of BONES.  They never fail me, and this one is no different.  Dont watch the second season of this, because they ruined it.  As far as everything else goes though, this is a good one to watch, animation, story, characters, action, just enough comedy, depth, depth depth.  This will keep you intruiged right up until the very end.