Descendants of Darkness

Alt title: Yami no Matsuei

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Loveless

Loveless

Ritsuka has nowhere to run or hide. He lost his memories and his mother’s loving support, and then his brother -- his sole defender -- was brutally murdered. He is entirely alone until Soubi appears, saying the words he most wants to hear, but refuses to believe: “I love you and will do anything for you.” Flung into a world of intrigue and magic, where bonded pairs battle and only Soubi can fight for him, he struggles to find his brother’s killer. Yet he must also face the most bitter question of all: if you can't remember who you were, does that mean you don't know who you are?

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ficfaery ficfaery says...

Both Loveless and Yami no Matsuei have shonen-ai overtones, but unlike other shonen-ai anime, these two series have deeper emotions and plots. Both revolve around characters that have dark secrets in their past and rely on their relationships with others to help them through situations.

There is also a nice blend of humour mixed into both series to help break up the action/fighting sequences and heavy drama.

TropicalSwirl TropicalSwirl says...

As with Yami no Matsuei, Loveless has a good portion of fantasy and shounen-ai mixed in with it. However, the intensity of the shounen-ai relationship is stronger in Loveless (and it is more sensual). So, like many were, if you were slightly disappointed with the lack of real shounen-ai action in Yami no Matsuei, you will find Loveless to suit your needs.

Aside from that, they both have intricate characters with interesting pasts. The plots in both keep your attention throughout the entire series.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Loveless and Descendants of Darkness deal with supernatural battles that drag the characters into bitter confrontations. Dark and mysterious pasts are another common factor, as is the occasionally dark tone that both series contain. While they shy from being graphic, much is implied, leading to many a painful revelation. Loveless qualifies as shounen-ai and DoD has enough boys' love content to be highly slashable.

argona argona says...

Loveless, like DoD, is another anime based on a famous BL (boys' love) manga. If you like shounen-ai you will like these anime! There are mysteries to be solved and dark pasts will be revealed.

mydarkseclusion mydarkseclusion says...

If you're looking for a melancholy shonen-ai anime to offset the usual brand (you know the ones I mean - pink hair, blushing uke-boys, outrageous humor, you get the picture), Loveless and Yami no Matsuei are both great fits. They both have the same melancholy overtones, plus enough angst to go around. Coincidentally, they're both based on unfinished manga, so be warned - the endings may seem abrupt. Yami no Matsuei's finale is slightly better handled that that of Loveless, but not by much.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

There is nothing better than seeing two beautiful bishounen characters being close and having a lot of noticable sexual tension. Although these shows are quite tame shounen-ai, there is enough fan service to keep the most rabid fangirl happy.

If you liked the boys and the action from one show, you're sure to enjoy it in the other.

Fake

Fake

During a much needed vacation in England, American cops Dee Laytner and Randy McClane find out that danger has found them yet again. Their hotel, it seems, is under investigation for a series of murders which cannot be solved, perplexing local authorities and visitors alike. Now, Dee's clever plans to take Randy's virginity must be stalled in lieu of the investigation, since hesitation might cost both of them their lives!

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Frost Frost says...

The main characters of both Fake and Yami no Matsuei are detectives who happen upon cases that sometimes affect them more than they would have liked. Although Fake doesn't have as much of a bombastic element as Yami no Matsuei, both series place their focus on the relationships between the characters and the problems that arise between them, rather than on the case they are working on.

tetra tetra says...

Both Fake and Yami no Matsuei are shounen ai with a good plot, and that is not that common. It is however hard to compare them since Fake is a movie based on a story that happens in the middle of the manga storyline and Yami no is several episodes and gives more time for character development.

Pippin4242 Pippin4242 says...

These two classic shounen-ai anime each follow the escapades of a poorly-matched detective pair, but in many ways they couldn't be more different. Firstly, while the team of 'Yami no Matsuei' are all long-dead, the dynamic duo of 'Fake' are only on holiday. ("In England, nobody can hear you scream!") Whilst the story of 'Fake' is extremely lighthearted, 'Yami no Matsuei' sometimes delves into deeper themes of death and psychological trauma, but both undoubtedly have their moments of high comedy. 'Fake' devotes more screen time to exploring the relationships between its main cast, while 'Yami no Matsuei' remains coy and playful, mostly keeping relationships as gently implied comedic material. This is partly due to the time constraints of both; 'Fake' barely even clocks in at an hour in length, but the fact remains that it is more relationship-focused than 'Yami no Matsuei', which tends to feature more action and suspense than the rather silly story of 'Fake'. In any case, despite being a little dated, both are light-hearted takes on the genre which can't fail to bring a smile to your face.

Mirage of Blaze

Mirage of Blaze

In the present, there exists a spiritual world unseen to the average human being -- the Feudal Underworld, a place where the spirits of ancient samurai warlords battle for supremacy, while influencing the land of the living. Ougi Takaya thought he was a normal high school student, until a man named Naoe Nobutsuna informed him that he is the reincarnation of Uesugi Kagetora, one of a clan that is dedicated to exorcising these spirits. With the help of old friends and the spurn of new enemies, can Takaya come to admit the truth behind his existence?

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kamirura kamirura says...

Mysterious, magical... and yaoi/bishounen... heheh Mirage of Blaze is another in the line of forgotten series just like Yami no Matsuei. It got the same magical insperation as Yami no Matsuei thought abit more serious at some points. If you like abit of yaoi feeling and mysteries this is something for you.

tfv tfv says...

Yami no Matsuei and Mirage of Blaze both involve mythology and magic in a modern setting. They are also both mildly yaoi - in other words, a romantic or sexual relationship between two men is a significant part of the plot, but nothing truly explicit happens on screen - and in both cases, at least one of the yaoi relationships is also fairly tense and hostile. Most of all, these two series *feel* similar to me; I can't explain precisely why, but something about their tone and structure makes me pretty sure that anyone who likes one will like the other.

paganchick paganchick says...

Both stories have very similar themes in reference to dealing with the supernatural and a shounen-ai/yaoi feel to them. I would definitely suggest giving the other a try if you enjoyed one.

Bleach

Bleach

Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Reasons you might like Bleach...

801misa 801misa says...

Althrough Bleach does not deal with a shonen-ai hinted theme it is also filled with a unique version of Shinigami for those who enjoy shinigami.

FallenAngelSorrows FallenAngelSorrows says...

Amazing art work and detail, as well as a great story line. Each focuses on the problems of the after life and while battling vicious and psychotic foes. Both are great anime to watch for anyone interested in the after life, or who wants to have a good laugh.

neutrino neutrino says...

Both are about young men becoming Shinigami and working to protect both the "living" and the "dead", using mysterious powers.  There is also a lot of interplay between the protagonists and the antagonists with some interesting past stories revealed.  Lastly, the main character's voice actor in DoD as well as the antagonist's voice actor are also in Bleach in much the same role.

Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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kamirura kamirura says...

Looking for good looking guys and sad love? Just like Yami no Matsuei, Gravitation deals with good looking guys and sad love stories... Gravitation is abit more romance than Yami No Matsuei so if you like yaoi this it the right one for you. This series even got REALLY good music so if not just watch it for the music and you can't do anything else than love it ^__^ It even got the men turning into dogs and... bananas! (remember Tsuzuki turning into a dog all the time, you will find that in here too) So this is truly the thing for you if you liked Yami No Matsuei!

Frost Frost says...

Although very different in theme, there are several aspects of both series that make them seem similar. More than anything, they both deal with the emotional development of the characters, with the events transpiring around them serving mostly as catalysts to this development. Both series share a certain mood and feel, though Yami no Matsuei might be less on the humouristic side. The one similarity that may deter some viewers, is that the romance that takes place happens between male characters (though this is far less pronounced in Yami no Matsuei). Yami no Matsuei has its share of action, in contrast to Gravitation, but it never becomes the focus of the show (thankfully, in my opinion).

Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective

Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective

In the streets of Tokyo, the nightbreed walk as humans, preying on innocent lives and feasting on innocent blood. There is one man who would put a stop to this: Shido, the Night Walker, whose blood is made up of the very thing he aims to protect against the nightbreed. Along with his co-worker Yayoi, a green fairy named Guni and a clever young secretary named Riho, Shido and his detective agency take cases that would be otherwise missed and forgotten, to seek out the nightbreed and send them from whence they came...

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kamirura kamirura says...

Looking for mystic crimes and spooky phantoms? Nigthwalker is a close call to Yami No Matsuei. They both deal with crimes and unnatrual powers. Nightwalker is abit more dark than Yami No Matsuei. It got abit of yaoi toucht to it just like Yami No Matsuei but it's not a romance. If you enjoyed the mysteries and crimes in Yami no Matsuei you will really enjoy watching Nightwalker ^__^

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Descendants of Darkness and Nightwalker are detective stories in which supernatural heroes must hunt down dangerous demon-like creatures. Both are dark horror tales with a rather fast pacing and action oriented. In terms of character development, these titles focus on immortals that were time human at one point. Descendants of Darkness has a memorable villain that eventually lends an arching plot to the story while Nightwalker remains mostly episodic but both share the same tone and mood.

Tactics

Tactics

Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Tactics and Descendants of Darkness are detective stories set in a supernatural environment where the culprits are spirits or spirit-like entities. Tactics offers consistent comedy despite a turn for the dark at the end of the series; something similar happens with DoD even if the humorous content is more toned down. On a side note, both are highly slashable in terms of possible shounen-ai relationships: DoD scores higher in this area but Tactics is not exempt of yaoi-like undertones.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Who could ask for more from a shounen-ai show than some beautiful bishies flirting with each other? The magical battles definitely takes a back seat to the gorgeous men who have been lovingly drawn. I think this is the main reason people will watch these shows.

However, there is also plenty of mystic fighting and quite a lot based in ancient asian mythology.

The Betrayal Knows My Name

The Betrayal Knows My Name

Abandoned outside an orphanage when he was just a baby, Yuki is a boy with no idea where he came from or who he really is. Now in high school, the teen is plagued by odd dreams, death threats and an ability to see the negativity that dwells within people's hearts. One night after being lured into a trap, a mysterious and handsome man named Zess saves Yuki from being killed before disappearing into the night. Then, with the sudden arrival of his long-lost brother, the orphan finds himself pulled into a new world where he can not only learn about his powers and how to control them, but also becomes aware of the evils that lurk in the darkness. Can Yuki finally find the place he truly belongs, and just why is Zess so protective over the young boy?

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CMSuki CMSuki says...

The romance is alot like, there both shounen ai with hints of love between the characters without anything major like, sexual intercourse. XD

Sacherina Sacherina says...

Both Descendants of Darkness and Uraboku have continuous story-lines that keep you interested, they have interesting, mysterious characters and intriguing villains. They also have similar dark, serious atmospheres.

Princess Princess

Princess Princess

It’s never easy being a transfer student, especially when transferring in the middle of the year. Certain schools have their own traditions and ways of doing things – something Kouno Tooru discovers when the student council of the Fujimori high school insists that he dress like a girl! Along with two other boys chosen for their remarkable beauty, Kouno is given the task of brightening up the dull days of an all-boys high school. The rewards offered by the student council are great, but the life of a “Princess” turns out to be more work than Kouno had bargained for...

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Frost Frost says...

Both of these series have that shounen-ai flavour to them, but keep themselves rather clean and settle for innuendo and brief hints of boyish romance. They both have varying degrees of comedy and drama depending on how far the plot is along, though Princess Princess relies on the former more often.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't bad enough, two shinigami inform Mitsuki that she only has one year left to live. However, all is not lost, for they make a deal that if she goes with them, they will help realize her dream by changing her into a healthy 16-year-old, who is able to sing and apply for auditions.

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Reasons you might like Full Moon wo Sagashite...

Pippin4242 Pippin4242 says...

For two rather different takes on the role of shinigami, one has to look no further than the contrast between the low-budget but cheerful shoujo 'Full Moon wo Sagashite' and the classic shounen-ai 'Yami no Matsuei'. While the psychopomps of the former are mascot-types complete with risible team names and deeply silly costumes, the latter is more concerned with sharp-suited bishounen stalking the corridors of the bureaucratic afterlife. However, both have a rather uplifting take on death, and make an interesting contrast.