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#1 Jun 20 2009 at 10:12 PM Rating: Good
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There are a lot of action anime out there designed with younger audience in mind. While that is understandable, it also takes a lot of excitement out of their series.

So far, my top 3 anime are:
1) Claymore
2) Gantz
3) Berserk

Those of you who have watched them should know what these share in common - plenty of awesome action and fights, swords that cut and decapitate, and important characters that can really die or anytime.

Does anyone know of other similar anime like these? I'm really itching for more!
#2 Jun 20 2009 at 10:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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Unfortunately you've basically named the top 3.

Kemonozume falls somewhat into the horror category, but I'd say it is more gritty. However it is probably the closest anime to that category I can name. Berserk and Claymore are dark fantasy while Gantz is dark scifi.

Some others that approach being what you want.
-Speed Grapher: Decent amount of action and dark scifi setting. Too bad the story isn't very good.
-Higurashi: Dark mystery/suspense. the tone fluctuates a lot though as the series incorporates "school days," like plots.
-Ergo Proxy: Dystopian Future. Not too much action, but an intriguing story execution.
-Black Lagoon: Amoral mercenaries. Plenty of action, but perhaps not dark enough for your tastes.
-Texhnolyze: A somewhat dark and girtty soft scifi story. By contrast this series makes Serial Experients: Lain makes sense. Fair warning "WTF?" will be a common question you ask yourself. Some people may find it boring.
#3 Jun 21 2009 at 1:16 AM Rating: Excellent
If you liked the Gantz Anime, check out the manga.

It's much longer, better, & a even darker than the anime.

Also, it should be noted that Gantz the Manga doesn't really hit it's stride until just after the "Buddha" mission, which is right where the Anime becomes filler until the Anime's end.

The manga is still ongoing, but may be approaching it's end. Hell, this week's finally told you who made the black balls.

I'd recommend the new Devil May Cry Series, Boogiepop Phantom, Hellgirl, & Elfen Lied.
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#4 Jun 21 2009 at 7:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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Elfen Lied is a good one, if you don't mind nudity (anime nudity freaks out some people). Lots of random violence interspliced with ecchi dark comedy.

And while it is TOTALLY not action (for the most part), Deathnote is a fantastic dark cat-and-mouse game of manga. I think the anime is similar to the manga, but I've only read it (same for Elfen Lied, actually).
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#5 Jun 23 2009 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the suggestions so far! Some of them looks promising :)
#6 Jun 26 2009 at 8:46 AM Rating: Decent
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After reading this thread, I decided to give Claymore a try.

From episode 1 to 24 it was full of awesome but the ending kinda ruined it for me.

I guess I should read the manga now.
#7 Jun 26 2009 at 9:37 AM Rating: Decent
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feelz wrote:
From episode 1 to 24 it was full of awesome but the ending kinda ruined it for me.

The ending was terrible because the manga doesn't end at that point, but the team wanted to have an epic battle so that viewers would have a sense of closure. Most of the series follows the manga fairly well, it was only the anime end that differed.
#8 Jun 26 2009 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
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The ending was terrible because the manga doesn't end at that point, but the team wanted to have an epic battle so that viewers would have a sense of closure. Most of the series follows the manga fairly well, it was only the anime end that differed.



Yeah, they had to come up an ending at the end of the anime series. What would they do otherwise? Leave it hanging like Berserk?

True, the ending is not as good as it could've been, but it wasn't THAT terrible. IMO, the worst thing about the ending is the final battle ended too hastily.

But otherwise, it's definitely one of my favourites. Go watch it if you haven't!
#9 Jun 26 2009 at 2:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Don't get me wrong, it was really good and worth seeing for anybody who likes that style of anime. I just wish they would have make another season following the manga instead of finishing it with 2 filler episodes. But I had fun watching it anyways.

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