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#1 Posted by Uno_Oscuro (758 posts) - - Show Bio

I've only been into one anime/manga ever and it is Berserk, I love Berserk. I would like an ANIME(not manga, but if its both thats cool) that is really similar to Berserk. Blood, gore, good story telling, more Americanized( I just can't get into the hardcore japanese ones). I know Berserk is asian, but the theme, the character(besides some of their designs) are very American to me. Is there any out there that are semi similar.

P.S. It doesn't need to be Medieval or anything. It can be about Vampires, Aliens, Idc. I just want it more American like.

Sorry if you think that defeats the purpose of an Anime/Manga, haha.

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#2 Posted by the_stegman (38867 posts) - - Show Bio
@Uno_Oscuro:  
 
-Death Note 
-Neon Genesis: Evangelion 
-Gantz (if you like blood and gore) 
-Full Metal Alchemist (it's kinda long, but kinda awesome)
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#3 Posted by Uno_Oscuro (758 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman said:

@Uno_Oscuro: -Death Note -Neon Genesis: Evangelion -Gantz (if you like blood and gore) -Full Metal Alchemist (it's kinda long, but kinda awesome)

Alright cool. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll be sure to check them out.

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#4 Edited by Mr_Ingenuity (13710 posts) - - Show Bio

@Uno_Oscuro:

FMA Brotherhood 64 episodes movie Americanized.

Afro samurai 5 episodes movie Americanized, blood, gore.

Also Black Lagoon.

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#5 Posted by buttersdaman000 (20536 posts) - - Show Bio

Vagabond. It's exclusively manga right now, but its sheer awesomeness is incomparable to most other manga/anime. Read it.  
 
That's the main character, Musashi Miyamoto, fighting Guts. Epic. 

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#6 Posted by Uno_Oscuro (758 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mr_Ingenuity said:

@Uno_Oscuro:

FMA Brotherhood 64 episodes movie Americanized.

Afro samurai 5 episodes movie Americanized, blood, gore.

Also Black Lagoon.

@buttersdaman000:

Thanks for the suggestions guys, and nice pic butter.

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#7 Posted by IIDEADxPOOLII (1415 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Lagoon is the anime for you but make sure that you watch it in dub.

It's not that the subbed version is bad it's just there's so many different nationality's for the characters everyone speaking and sounding japanese is just weird IMO.

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#8 Posted by mikethekiller (9507 posts) - - Show Bio

Samurai Champloo

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#9 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (8936 posts) - - Show Bio

Not alot gore, but beautiful art, great storytelling, and amazing music: Cowboy Bebop.

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#10 Edited by Knightly1 (3553 posts) - - Show Bio

@mikethekiller said:

Samurai Champloo

This. Fooly Cooly should also be good for someone just getting into anime; helps you get used to some of the weirdness you're bound to experience.

Watch "Spirited Away"; it's a movie but it's great.

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#11 Posted by nickthedevil (14908 posts) - - Show Bio

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#12 Posted by ImmortalOne (4064 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Lagoon and Fullmetal Alchemist are my favorites in the way you describe.

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#13 Edited by superstay (12420 posts) - - Show Bio

Dragon Ball Z

Cowboy Bebop

Inyuasha

One Piece

Naruto

Thoughs are my favs in order, you might like them.

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#14 Posted by MenaceForever2 (3866 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Lagoon

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#15 Posted by CainPanell (23760 posts) - - Show Bio

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Not alot gore, but beautiful art, great storytelling, and amazing music: Cowboy Bebop.

THIS.

Also, If you want a really dark anime, I'm getting into Deadman Wonderland and it's epic

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#16 Posted by Blood1991 (8115 posts) - - Show Bio

@shadowknight666 said:

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Not alot gore, but beautiful art, great storytelling, and amazing music: Cowboy Bebop.

THIS.

Also, If you want a really dark anime, I'm getting into Deadman Wonderland and it's epic

All this plus

Add Claymore, Blue Gender, Trigun, and if you wanna watch a messed up one try Elfin Lied. All on Netflix instant.

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#17 Edited by superstay (12420 posts) - - Show Bio

Very was a big Anima/Manga fan, the ones I mentioned earlier are the only ones I could really get into.

Is Ultimate Muscle, Pokemon, Yu-gi-yo, Digimon considered Anima just child orientated Anima. I know they all (Digimon?) were Manga Series first.

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#18 Posted by CainPanell (23760 posts) - - Show Bio

@superstay: Yes, They are considered anime, But they aren't Shonen, Which is action anime generally directed towards boys.

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#19 Posted by superstay (12420 posts) - - Show Bio

I heard they're was Anima for girls and Anima for boys so its like

Boy: Dragon Ball Z

Girls: Pokemon

I would've thought Ultimate Muscle was boys Anima, that show was awesome. d-_-b

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#20 Posted by _Grifter_ (13113 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the one's that first come to mind have already been mentioned lol but you might give the Hellsing OVA's a shot. Plenty of blood and gore there.

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#21 Posted by CainPanell (23760 posts) - - Show Bio

@superstay: Actually no, Shonen is for teenage boys, Shojo is for Girls, And there was something else for small children like Hamtaro.

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#22 Posted by superstay (12420 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh cool dude, I'll have to remember those names.

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#23 Posted by Inverno (13756 posts) - - Show Bio

@Uno_Oscuro: Check out Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest, its pretty dark and violent seinen set in modern day. Even the hero has a canine motif like Guts. You won't be disappointed specially because it was just recently finished with 117 chapters.

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#24 Edited by Thirteen13 (421 posts) - - Show Bio

Some of my favourite animes and mangas:
Neon Genesis: Evangelion  
Hellsing Ultimate (OVA)
Claymore
Read or DIE (R.O.D)
Ninja Scroll
Vampire Hunter D
Akira

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#25 Posted by AweSam (7531 posts) - - Show Bio

Forget everything everyone told you and watch Darker than Black. I'm not really into anime, but that's the greatest show ever.

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#26 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not a typical anime fan either but I loved Welcome to the NHK.

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#27 Edited by ms__omega (5203 posts) - - Show Bio

Watch the Guyver anime 26 episodes good scifi/horror esque anime great action not very hard to follow. Hellsing Ultimate (my favorite btw), Rosario + Vampire (its a funny one), D-Gray Man, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Cowboy Bebop, Blue Gender, Perfect Blue (this one is more of a psychological thriller and its a movie very good), Speed Grapher, Elfin Lead (this one is kinda sad but it has really good action and gore).

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#28 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38932 posts) - - Show Bio
@Uno_Oscuro: Was it the old Berserk animated series you watched or the new OVA?
You should check out these.
 
Claymore
Hellsing ultimate
Death Note
Cowboy Bebop
Baccano!
Sword of the Stranger
Ninja Scroll
Full metal Alchemist: Brotherhood 

Samurai Champloo
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#29 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

Defense Devil is pretty cool

One piece

Bleach

and Full Metal Panic.

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#30 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

@jwalser3 said:

Defense Devil is pretty cool

One piece

Bleach

and

Full Metal Panic Fumoffuis the funny OVA which I highly recommend.

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#31 Posted by ReVamp (23015 posts) - - Show Bio

@Uno_Oscuro said:

more Americanized( I just can't get into the hardcore japanese ones).

Americanized... That makes it harder to be honest, I don't know what counts as Americanized these days... Is FMA Americanized?

Well, I'll try. An Americanized Seinen Anime. I'll give you a few lines about it, maybe that'll help you judge it for yourself.

  • Gantz: At the moment when they "die", two teenagers get teleported into a room where they're subsequently sent to fight all kinds of Monsters. They get suits, guns, whole Sci-Fi shebang. Its one-of-a-kind and really its Gory and Bloody. The Anime is subpar when compared to the Manga though.
  • IGPX: This isn't really bloody, gory or anything of the sort. I don't recommend it to you at all, but I'm mentioning it because its what I see as maybe the definition of Americanized Anime, lol. But yeah, its about a "sport" in the future in which mechs run across a track while fighting each other. Its Shonen though, so like I said, no blood/gore.
  • Hellsing: Just watch it, its what you're looking for.
  • Afro Samurai: Also seems to be in the same vein of what you're looking for.
  • FMA: Is Americanized, but its not Seinen, its a Shonen. That means its goint to be missing in the blood department. (I keep going back to blood and gore because you seem to have highlighted it).
  • Blade of the Immortal: Don't know how the anime fairs against the manga from firsthand experience. That said, I've heard its not as good.

Really, the best manner to go about this would be for you to define what you see as really "Japanese" and dislike. From what I've gathered -- to me -- it seems that you're referring to Shonen (and Shojo of course) Manga/Anime as what you dislike (generically that is) and seem to be looking for Seinen which have a less stylized art style (which could end up looking as "more western" to someone who's not used to Manga -- that's what I'm basing this off).

If you want to reply or PM me with some feedback then we can talk about exactly what it is you want.

P.S. If you end up watching any of those, make sure you watch Hellsing OVA and FMA: Brotherhood Anime first, before their counterparts.

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#32 Posted by Rumble Man (11197 posts) - - Show Bio

@Uno_Oscuro:

Fist of the North Star

Jojo's Bizzare adventure

Fullmetal Alchemist

Cowboy Bebop

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#33 Posted by utotheg38 (19294 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheGoldenOne said:

@Uno_Oscuro: Was it the old Berserk animated series you watched or the new OVA?
You should check out these.

Claymore
Hellsing ultimate
Death Note
Cowboy Bebop
Baccano!
Sword of the Stranger
Ninja Scroll
Full metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Samurai Champloo

WTF IS yuyu hakusho?

Shoot fighter tekken is a great (Extremely) Short series

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#34 Posted by utotheg38 (19294 posts) - - Show Bio

@superstay said:

Dragon Ball Z

Cowboy Bebop

Inyuasha

One Piece

Naruto

Thoughs are my favs in order, you might like them.

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#35 Posted by germandinner (28 posts) - - Show Bio

Naoki Urasawa's Monster. Very chilling, exciting, excellent character work, intricate plot, relatively long (over 60 episodes, I believe), and simply unbelievably awesome. Not that many non-hardcore anime fans have heard of it, but among those who have seen it, it receives universal critical acclaim.

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#36 Posted by utotheg38 (19294 posts) - - Show Bio

No one picked ippo.

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#37 Posted by ms__omega (5203 posts) - - Show Bio

@germandinner:

Monster is great!

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#38 Posted by space_coyote (2886 posts) - - Show Bio

Mushishi is awesome, and I'm pretty sure it's on Netflix instant.

Zettai Shonen is good too, but pretty slow paced.

If you want some anime with a sense of humor try Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo, Haunted Junction and Hanada

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#39 Posted by MAZAHS117 (9708 posts) - - Show Bio

Full Metal Alchemist is good stuff, Vampire Hunter D, Bleach too....My all time favorite movie would be Ninja Scroll which a must if you havent seen it imo!

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#40 Posted by the_stegman (38867 posts) - - Show Bio
@OblivionKnight:  
 

This. Fooly Cooly should also be good for someone just getting into anime; helps you get used to some of the weirdness you're bound to experience.

I kinda disagree, Fooly Cooly is weird even by anime standards.
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#41 Posted by Uno_Oscuro (758 posts) - - Show Bio

I appreciate all the answers from you guys. A lot of the stuff you guys said I have already tried and disliked. Such as Inuyasha, Naruto, Bleach, Cowboy bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, but none the less the answers are still very much appreciated.

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#42 Posted by Mr_Ingenuity (13710 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman:

I watch 1 episode on Netflix. My reaction.

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#43 Posted by space_coyote (2886 posts) - - Show Bio

@Uno_Oscuro: Claymore is one the animes that's closest to Berserk. So that would be a good place to start

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#44 Posted by the_stegman (38867 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mr_Ingenuity: Honestly...I hate wacky anime like that, I know that almost all anime have their wacky moments...but when it's ALL like that...It just gets annoying, it's a reason why I don't like One Piece.
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#45 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38932 posts) - - Show Bio
@space_coyote said:

@Uno_Oscuro: Claymore is one the animes that's closest to Berserk. So that would be a good place to start

True.
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#46 Edited by Omega Ray Jay (8418 posts) - - Show Bio

2005 Guyver is really good, Heat Guy Jay is also worth a watch. Haven't bothered with any other animes than that, never really been interested with it.

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#47 Posted by Pwok21 (2464 posts) - - Show Bio

Trigun, Gurren Lagann, Code Geass, Hellsing, Death Note and Fist of the North Star.

A good mish-mash of Action and Psychological Thrillers.

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#48 Posted by megamoses10 (95 posts) - - Show Bio

For blood and gore, try deadman's wonderland and for awesome more Americanized story telling, watch gundam 00 (best anime ever in my opinion)

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#49 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

For got to add these:

Blood plus

Elfin lied

Not really anime, but My little pony.

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#50 Posted by superstay (12420 posts) - - Show Bio

@utotheg38:

d^_~b?????