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Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population… In the virtual city of Yokohama are individuals bearing the name of Bungo, “literary masters,” who possess unusual powers likened to that name. Now begins the battle between the mysterious Bungo powers!
10. Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit
Description: Set in a different Tokyo on a different world than ours, the story follows Tokunana, a unit of assembled misfits in the Metropolitan Police Department. Tokunana battles against “Nine” – an organization commiting crimes in their zealous worship of the dragons that once roamed the world.
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2019
Both shows are detective agency shows that involve each member having different supernatural abilities. They both also have a cast of varying personalities/tropes. In both shows as well, the main character is a newbie who slowly gets used to the detective atmosphere.
9. Kemono Jihen
Description: Special detective Kohachi Inugami is sent to investigate a grisly phenomenon involving animal corpses near a remote mountain village. But after meeting a strange boy who agrees to help, he discovers cursed supernatural forces at work. Little by little, Inugami uncovers the truth behind the killings and the boy who may not even be human.
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2021
Both of them is surrounding the theme of “detective”, except that Kemono Jihen are kids while Bungou Stray Dogs are adults. Both of them also put emphasis on the main character having an unknown power from the start.
Description: Kensuke Hanasaki meets a mysterious boy named Yoshio Kobayashi who, due to an unexplained fog, cannot die though he wishes for death. Intrigued by this boy, Kensuke invites him to join the Boys’ Detective Team and their work around the city. But danger awaits and their fate will lead them down a dark path.
Number of Episodes: 24
Release Year: 2016 – 2017
A group of teenagers with special powers are in a group, helping people from the city by taking on jobs that such as investigations, bodyguards etc. The main character from both anime have a problem with their self-identity and how their powers are used (they both fear themselves and the prospect of their powers hurting others), and are led by a more experienced and “wiser” mentor. Both shows have a similar atmosphere and pacing as well, being very arc-based. If you enjoy one, it is likely you’ll enjoy the other!
Description: It’s the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer…
Number of Episodes: 13
Release Year: 2007
A group of misfit supernaturals wherein the mafia gets involved and death and staying dead are pretty much plot devices played with. Large cast with all kinds of fun tropes, and a similar aesthetic as far as clothing and the scenery goes.
6. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Description: After the incidents in Tokyo, Hei and Yin try to bury their past and start a new life, but everywhere they go someone seems to be following them. Unaware to Hei, Yin’s current odd behavior appears to be related to a prophecy that might lead to the end of the world.
Number of Episodes: 41
Release Year: 2007 – 2009
Main characters with very unique superpowers serving there organizations while discovering more and more about secretive organizations that wish to get rid of them.
Description: “Kings” are individuals who have been bestowed with incredible supernatural powers and granted the ability to recruit others into their clans. Protecting the lives and honor of their clansmen is an integral part of the Kings’ duties. After a video depicting the heinous murder of a Red Clansman spreads virally, the unassuming student Yashiro Isana is accused of homicide. Now, a manhunt is underway for his head, bringing him into contact with the infamous “Black Dog” Kurou Yatogami—a skilled swordsman and martial artist determined to follow the wishes of his late master, the Seventh King. Meanwhile, the current Red King, Mikoto Suou, faces his own imminent demise as the search for Yashiro narrows. But during Yashiro’s struggle to prove his innocence, a greater conspiracy is unraveling behind the scenes; clouds begin to appear in his memory, and close friends start to question his very existence. What began as a simple murder is now leading towards a full blown war between Kings with the very fate of the world at stake.
Number of Episodes: 26 + Movies
Release Year: 2012 – 2015
Opposing groups of people with special powers. Clueless white-haired protagonist joins forces with the supernatural, only to discover something special about himself too. Very glossy and colourful scenery art. Decent fight animation. Typical anime slapstick humour. Large casts, meaning characters don’t receive much development. No deep themes or plots, fitting for shallow entertainment.
Description: Yato, the supposed God of Calamity, is so far down on the Shinto totem pole that he doesn’t even have any followers or a shrine to call his own and has to do odd jobs to make ends meet. Worst of all, his aloof and somewhat goofy personality has just cost him his newest partner and best holy weapon. When the down-on-his-luck Yato is saved by an unfortunate soul called Hiyori, he’s forced to take on a brand new job – to turn her back into a human and fix her supernatural out-of-body experiences! Can Yato, a Regalia-less, miserly minor god, even attempt such a tall order? And is there more to him than his ridiculousness lets on?
Number of Episodes: 25
Release Year: 2014 – 2015
Both showcase supernatural elements with mystery shrouded in the main character’s past. Both have their light moments and can feel dumb as hell sometimes, but they keep up nicely. And surprisingly, their sequels are more serious than their prequels, so don’t forget to watch at least 2 seasons before deciding for yourself. Both have short and sweet seasons with never a dull or boring moment.
3. Hamatora The Animation
Description: “Minimum”— Otherwise known as “small miracles”, is a special power that only manifests within a few, select humans. Those who possess this ability are called “Minimum Holders.” 2014: Yokohama. The detective duo of Nice and Murasaki, otherwise known as “Hamatora,” wait again today for work with their friends at a table at Cafe Nowhere that they use as their agency. Suddenly, a job they receive seems to have a weird connection with the serial killer that their police friend, Art is searching for.
Number of Episodes: 24
Release Year: 2014
Both anime follow a supernatural detective agency filled with colorful, unique characters with their own identities and abilities that any viewer would be able to discern. They have similar characters and story structures, as well as great action sequences with equally great animation. A fan of one would almost certainly enjoy the other as well.
Description: Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
Number of Episodes: 60
Release Year: 2010 – 2016
Similar kind of character dynamics, back-and-forths between light slice of life humor and serious action scenes, split character group factions, and splashes of the supernatural (featured often but not the center of the story). Main characters (Atsushi/Mikado) are inexperienced and weak; grows through his experiences with his new friends. Main supporting characters (Dazai/Kida) are light-hearted, humorous, but also have streaks of dark pasts and experiences in them. They also are protectively brotherly towards the main character. Both animes have casts of supporting characters and various “faction groups” that they swear their allegiances to. And the supernatural powers from these characters are similar as well. Both animes have heavy supernatural themes that support a larger mystery/action story. Both animes have a healthy balance between slice of life and action scenes. Both animes take place in well-known cities (Yokohama/Ikebukuro). Both have excellent contemporary musical scores.
1. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
Description: After a breach between Earth and the netherworld opens up over New York, humans and creatures from other dimensions become trapped in an impenetrable bubble that surrounds the city. Forced to coexist in a new city known as Salem’s Lot, the shaky peace between humanity and the netherworld creatures is protected by an underground group of super humans known as Libra. When a case of mistaken identity brings not-so-ordinary delivery boy Leonardo Watch face-to-face with this group, he joins their ranks hoping to help prevent the destruction of the world by a group of monsters and madmen lead by a powerful being known as the King of Despair.
Number of Episodes: 24
Release Year: 2015 – 2017
The two shows follow an agency/organization where it’s members have supernatural abilities and they are trying to keep the area around them safe. Both start off with the main protagonist accidentally getting recruited by their respective organizations because of their unique abilities. Kekkai Sensen deals more in a sci-fi spectrum of aliens and monsters, while Bungou Stray Dogs follows a group of super powered humans who are references to literary figures. Both are enjoyable overall.
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