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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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chii chii says...

Both shows revolve around mercenaries, lots of action, and great gun fights. Both have a pretty huge cast and have a similar tone as well. I'm sure fans of either show would appreciate the other.

Axiswolfstar Axiswolfstar says...

When I watch Jormungand, I can't but helping thinking of Black Lagoon.  Both animes have great female leads, and memorable characters.  Not only that they both resolve around mercenaries, guns and violence.  What is not to love.  Simply put - both are amazing.

katsezmeow katsezmeow says...

These two anime feel as if they belong together mercernaries and weapons merchants. They have the same tone to them and if you liked one you will deff like the other. Big guns, assasins and women who kick a$$ the proper way for a change "hellz ya" imo.

Naga Naga says...

Both have very similar concept; mostly everything is based around mercenary business. There is a ton of pumped action in both of them, very enjoyable action.  There is a huge cast of pretty twisted characters with very strong heroine in spotlight.  There´s not much of a plot in either of them, plot is somehow episodic but pretty awesome none the less.  If you liked one you will definitely like the other, I can´t say that they are copying but concept is just too similar, not same, similar!

games4yosoul games4yosoul says...

Both Black Lagoon and Jormungand feature heavy gun use and violence and have the same dark feel and showcase a criminal underworld. Over all I enjoyed both shows immensely and I feel you would too.

CloneCommando CloneCommando says...

Both Jormungand and Black Lagoon focus on a group of "mercenaries/weapons dealers", both shows contain a lot of crazy cool gun fights, and focus on the dark underbelly of society. They both focus on mature themes at times, and feature a strong female cast that you would probably want to run away from if you ever actually met them in real life. If you enjoy one of these shows you will most certainly enjoy the other.

NoblesseOblige NoblesseOblige says...

If you finished "Black Lagoon" and "Black Lagoon Second Barrage" and were dying to see a third, then Jormungand is for you!

- A barrage of bullets and explosions!

- Main characters who are experienced killers, but who have a human side that you see more of as the series goes on.

- Watch the group bond together with each and every adventure. 

- Two episode mini arcs with an overarching plot. 

- Heart pounding rock soundtrack. (Seriously good guys!)

If you enjoyed these parts of Black Lagoon, you will get more of the same in Jormungand.

But don't misunderstand, there is more then enough differences in the two shows to make them special and enjoyable in their own way. For one, the main protagonist in Black Lagoon is a stuffy office worker who learns to loosen up after he hooks up with a blackmarket courier team. Jormungand's protagonist is the total opposite, a young boy-soldier who is hardened from growing up around violence and war. Journey with him as he struggles to define his feelings towards guns and violence - the thing he hates the most, yet the only life he's ever known.

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Jormungand and Black Lagoon are similar for the plot structure. In both titles we find the protagonist joining a group of mercenaries. While in Black Lagoon it's something connected with a precise environment (the "lagoon"), in Jormungand they travel all over the world. Even if the main themes aren't the same, in both series we see the protagonist growing an interior struggle between what they want and what they become inside the new group of people. Action is quite important in both of them even if dialogues and psychological themes are present too. That makes each anime enjoyable for a larger target of watchers.

Zearth Zearth says...

Well, I think Jormungand and Black Lagoon have more similarities than only guns and shooting.

Both animes are violent, and take place in the same “face” of the world, you know. They show the most cruel world. Storylines take place in the same world (but different times). 

Black Lagoon may have better characters, but I think that Koko is one of the coolest female-characters I have ever seen.

Aylia Aylia says...

An introspective look at the villains of the story. For anyone that wants to regard their villain as the hero, both anime show plentiful reason to praise the profoundness of their characters in this regard. Well written, good animation, and tension that drives the story. Both display an acuity for their philosophies and express them in interesting actions, thoughts, and verbosity.On the other hand, if you just like mindless action, there's plenty of that too. 

Grach Grach says...

Both of these series not only the high adrenaline fights that they are known for, but also more. They both have a strong no-holds-barred female lead, a 'crew' that contains people from all walks of the military (and criminal) life, and the general anti-hero theme. The color tones, atmosphere, and themes are also highly similar to one another.The overall plots are episodic in each, making for a protracted story.

If you liked one, the other is something that is sure to please!

ruxandra ruxandra says...

I have first watched Jormungand and I really loved it. So I thought, I should try Black Lagoon as well and I was not disappointed at all. There are many similarities between these two anime: great female leads, black market, shooting and mafia, but also some differences.

Jormungand tells the stories of the characters, which, by the way, have higher morals than the characters in Black Lagoon, explaining how they joined Koko's team. It also shows another perspective of the life of an arms dealer. I'm talking about the friendship, trust and care these people show towards each other. Koko is an awesome character, a pure genius that has a reason for all of her actions (no, not the money). She rarely fights and has a great taste in picking clothes.

Black Lagoon has more action, more gunfights and blood. Bad language, alcohol, drugs, prostitutes, pointless killings, a black guy that seems invincible, a seemingly useless dude that always wears a shirt and tie, a blonde hacker with a ponytail and, of course, Revy. Oh, and the crazy badass nun. This anime is extremely funny, has brilliant plot twists and some badass shooting scenes.

Definitely check out both of them!

staffordshire staffordshire says...

i enjoyed them both. lots of action and explosions. some good amount of drama,lots of story twists and turns. both animes are worth the time

DepravedFurball DepravedFurball says...

Black Lagoon and Jormungand are both full of crazy action, deep yet easy to understand plot-lines, and are perfect for binging multiple episodes.

AnimeBlackStar AnimeBlackStar says...

I'm here to reccomend "both ways" Jormungand & Black Lagoon.

I really loved Black Lagoon when i saw it, the anime is about a group of mercenaries in the south-east of asia (in Malaysia zone). The plot is also about some groups of criminals organizations that control the city.

The plot of Jourmungand is the life of an arms dealer and her body guards, we have another time a plot full of mercenaries and criminals group and i find Balalaika really similar to Koko.

TeeDeeDubYa TeeDeeDubYa says...

Both animes are generally light hearted with interesting characters.  They take place in a modern world centered around vice to achieve their means.  The girls are absurdly hot and most of the characters are well developed.  

I'll marry you some day, Revy.

Soreyawarii Soreyawarii says...

Both animes have great action, but most of all, crazy characters that fought nearly all their lives. They keep surviving through violent ordeals which they would never run from.

airbornemist6 airbornemist6 says...

Dark, violent, gritty. While Jormungand is certainly not as dark as Black Lagoon is at times, both shows center around violence and criminal aspects. Jormungand definitely has far less of a sense of realism than Black Lagoon, but it's somewhat more lighthearted in other ways. But don't let that deter you, if you like either show, you'll like the other.

H0bie H0bie says...

Both have a similar style, flow, and context.  A lot of out-smarting going on by bad-ass people in an action setting... which is pretty thrilling.

amyroswell amyroswell says...

They both include the same kind of violence, action, and random sparks of humor. Both include strong female roles and unique 'problem solving' tequniques. I personaly feel like Jourmungand has more humor in it and that Black Lagoon includes darker moments. 

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are action-heavy shows which feature gun-toting ladies who would rather shoot their targets than ask any questions. Jormungand has a more serious tone while Black Lagoon is more over the top, but fans of one will like the other too.

Annie25 Annie25 says...

I think if you liked black lagoon you’ll like jormungand because both are anime’s that have dark slap-stick comedy. The difference between the heroines is that Revvy is less strategic and is more frenzied when killing. She is out of control and enjoys that. Koko on the other hand is in control, strategic but has a mad personality.  The characters in jormungand are also in depth but are somehow more charming than that of black lagoon. Jormungand is really a feel good show that has some cynicalism. It provides the viewer with a feel good sensation as the group breaks rules and moral constructs. I like the rebelliousness of jormungand.  

Rohjake Rohjake says...

These two titles are very similar. Both feature a group of mercenaries in which each member is the expert in some field related to "the business" (e.g. explosives, sniping). The cast in both is diverse and every main character has a rich backstory. If you liked one, give the other a try.

Grizz Grizz says...

If you liked this, you'd like this! Both feature similar takes on the dark underworld of crime with mercs and arms dealers. With similar interactions between the team to contstant high paced action you wont be disappointed.



In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

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TeeDeeDubYa TeeDeeDubYa says...

Couldn't agree more with this recommendation.   If you love one you're going to love the other.  I've only seen 6 episodes of gangsta (That's all that's been released as of 8/9/2015). I think the pacing in gangsta is pretty slow and they focus on a gazillion percent less chars (this isn't a bad thing). 

airbornemist6 airbornemist6 says...

Both animes revolve around a violent criminal world, both somehow placed in some place in Europe. Both balance fast paced action with gritty character development and characters with... rather broken backgrounds. If you want gritty, here's your shows.

subparalien subparalien says...

Like that cool shoot em up feeling? Gang warfare with a modicum of morality floating through the background? These are the shows for you! Enjoy all that blood being spilt in increasingly cool ways.

Crimsonangelx Crimsonangelx says...

If you like one of these animes I would strongly recommend the other one. They are simliar in some ways.



The country of Gazth-Sonika has been engaged in a civil war for more than a decade, struggling to stay afloat amidst attacks from the anti-government faction known as Garza. With lies and corruption seeping into the political food chain, a mysterious book in one young girl’s possession may be the only key to uncovering the truth and bringing an end to the war. This book, however, is sought by many. And when the invincible agent Madlax is hired to protect those in search of its truth, Gazth-Sonika dispatches a ruthless soldier to make sure that truth stays in the darkness...

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Axiswolfstar Axiswolfstar says...

Both of these have the same feel to them, Strong female character that travels in wartorn areas.  While the female lead from Jormungand is a armsdealer madlax is an assassin.  Both of these anime's are heavy on the gunfghts, which help explain build the character as well as the story.

elly2nd elly2nd says...

Jormungand to me follows the recipe of the girls with guns series. it portrays powerful smart capapble women who can at times surpass men with their capabities (a total win for me as a fan of the Genre). The story takes it's time but eventually picks up and starts to escalate halfway through the series. it kept me wanting to figure out what it going on and that's a good thing. The main heroine makes the series as the other characters are not as fully dimensional as her. It left something to be desired in the depth category but nevertheless I enjoyed it.



In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable soldier who roams the streets, always in the path of a bullet. She is a Synesthetist – a person able to use all five senses at once – who harbors a burning desire for revenge and has a past shrouded in mystery. While the Ua Virus infects more people in the city, others cross paths with Canaan including Minoru, a freelance journalist; Maria, Canaan’s close friend who was infected with the Ua Virus and lost her memory of the incident; and The Snakes, a shady and violent group with mysterious motives. Danger lies at every turn for Canaan and ultimately the rest of mankind…

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MagWizz MagWizz says...

Both are great action anime with some amazing shootouts and gun fighting scenes. If you liked one you will probably like other one. Though Jormungand is more or less based on realism and Canaan is more around supernatural. Canaan main heroin is super solder that are able to use all five senses at once, while there is some character in Jormungand that have some ability’s close to inhuman ones, there is none who can use some sort of supernatural ability. Both anime though has strong likable female heroines and also in Canaan there is some sort of mystery you must unravel in entire series, while in Jormungand actions start and ends in 1-2 episodes, there isn't  some consistent plot that keeps going in entire series, so its great watch if you don't have much of time.

elly2nd elly2nd says...

Both follow the guns with guns series recipe. It breaks stereotypes and focuses on powerful smart capable women.

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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Zearth Zearth says...

Both Animes play smart game ( when it comes to killing). Johan looks just like a characters out of Phantom in both appearance and personality.Very similar animation and very similar color scale (grey).I recommend this one.

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

In 1955 era Japan, ten years after World War II caused countless to descend into poverty, six young men are transported to a special disciplinary school where countless horrors await them. Overseen by a sadistic, abusive guard and a perverted doctor who requires invasive "inspections," the school is the new home of these boys who committed petty and oft-necessary crimes. Alongside their cellmate, the wise and hardened Rokurouta, the young men will try their best to survive their incarceration and hold on to the fleeting rainbows in their hearts.

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FunnyCop FunnyCop says...

Jormungand's first season and Rainow both have moments where the mood and atmosphere are very similar. Both are a very good watch.

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Daughter of Twenty Faces

Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...

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flarearah1 flarearah1 says...

the main character for anime's are children both are smart and they both look up to an adult they probably shouldn't. the anime's have moments where they are very serious and then the characters are laughing and joking and the art styles are similar as well.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Once upon a time, two brothers passed the happy days of their childhood by studying alchemy, which is governed by the equal transfer principle: an eye for an eye -- you can't get more than you give. But these brothers tried to defy that law, and a horrific accident resulted. Now, the older brother, Edward, is called the Full Metal Alchemist because of his metal limbs, and the younger, Alphonse, is a soul without a body, trapped within the confines of an automaton. Together they search for the power to restore themselves, to find the lives they lost so long ago...

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Inu230 Inu230 says...

This may seem like an odd comparison but as I watched Jormungand I was struck by how much it reminded me of FMA. Thus my recommendation is based on the following:

“Nice kids don’t shoot people in the face.”

“That’s not necessarily true.”


What group of people own the majority of guns?”

“Military, duh.”

“Sorry that’s wrong. It’s civilians.” 


“A normal person with a gun will do something he never thought himself capable of.” - Jonah & Koko. Jormungand ep 4 (2012).


“How could a person murder someone for such a ridiculous reason?”

“Because they can, given the slightest provocation anybody can do it. Men have morals, but send them to war and they have no problem slaying each other in the most brutal fashions. Why do you think that is?”

“I have no idea.”

“‘Cause deep down inside we all want to kill.” - Edward Elric & Barry the Chopper. Fullmetal Alchemist ep 8 (2003).

  • Take note that the above dialogue comes from from pretty early on in each anime, giving just a bit of time for viewers to get a taste of the world before being directly provided with information that plays such a large role in the respective animes.


Both animes follow a young boy with a tragic past who becomes involved with an organization he can’t stand out of necessity. Both are set in the Western world with European/caucasian characters and names. War, blood, torture, hatred, revenge, religion, pain, suffering, tears, false beliefs and scientific domination permeate both worlds.

Doctors who aid those in need are targeted because the people they patch up continue to fight.

People believe they are acting in the best interest of their country, even if it means killing innocents. People pretend to be what they are not and come to regret their deceit. The lives of good men are lost and the audience weeps.

Adults in both animes look down on the adolescent for his size and age, though only one is sensitive about the teasing, both are constantly reminded, and reminding adults, that they are a child soldier in an unforgiving world. While at the same time both boys are viewed as talented promising individuals and praised for their abilities. The boys have to work hard and make choices that would frighten and that would be incomprehensible to others their age. They are dogs who abide by their master’s commands, for the most part ;)

Characters in both shows are in frequent contact with (overwatched/looked after by) one main adult and a group of other adults who care deeply for the youth. They are constantly thinking about the well-being of the boy while putting them in dangerous and deadly situations.


Side Notes: For the Dubbed version English voice-actors lent their talents to characters in both shows as well [a part of the reason I drew connections].

The boys do things that make them hate themself and question their actions but continue to keep walking forward.

Married men keep secrets they’d prefer were never revealed to their spouses/family.

A father obsessed above and beyond the max with his child is present in both anime’s as well.

DIFFERENCES potential viewers may want to be aware of before starting Jormungand or FMA. While neither are exactly family friendly, comparatively Jormungand is darker with more blood, on-screen slaughter, sexual material, exploitation of children and excessive amounts of swearing.



Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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Coolio121 Coolio121 says...

Both are extremely violent and have to do with cime. They are similar in that sense. Jormungand has flaws,but if you like it you will like GG.

Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga

Around the end of the millennium, Viking, the mightiest but atrocious tribe, had been outbreaking everywhere. Thorfinn, the son of the greatest warrior, lived his childhood in the battlefield. He was seeking the land of reverie called Vinland. This is the story of a true warrior in an age of turmoil.

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drag0nrage drag0nrage says...

Both anime follow a young protagonist with combat capabilities, Jormungand following a modern child soldier while Vinland Saga follows a teenage viking. The deuteragonists of both stories also have some similar character traits such as being cunning and in charge of a military force. Also it should be mentioned that the name Jormungand comes from a Norse mythology which many of the characters from Vinland Saga believe in.