Japanese: Phantom 〜Requiem for the Phantom〜
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2009 to Sep 25, 2009
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.231 (scored by 49741 users)
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SynopsisMafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom."
One day, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses Phantom's latest murder. Desperate to escape, the tourist hides in a secluded building. However, Phantom, revealed to be a young woman named Ein, and the leader of Inferno "Scythe Master" captures the tourist and brainwashes him.
Given the name "Zwei," this once peaceful tourist is now a puppet of Inferno with no memories. Drawn into a world of lies, deceit, and violence, Zwei must fight to survive, hopefully to one day regain his memories and escape from this world where he is constantly on the brink of death.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Alternative version: Phantom: The Animation
Spin-off: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Picture Drama
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My thirst for gun action animes had grown after watching Hellsing Ultimate and Black Lagoon, and somehow, this particular anime showed up in my recommendations quite frequently. So I gave it a try.
It started off with a Japanese young man where he founds himself in a room. Having completely no idea about his reasons for being there and his identity, he tried to explore where he was. It was only then he was "attacked" by a girl named Ein. It was then shown that he was experimented in an abandoned outlet in the States to test his abilities and skills. Next, he realized that his memories were lost and he was ultimately forced to work for a large mafia company known as Inferno. He was also given a new name called Zwei. Throughout his jobs, psychological thoughts were tested, manipulated and toyed. I liked how it deals with the mind, about how life feels being abandoned and trapped but you're still urging for an escape. That was how the plot goes. Slowly as the plot progressed, we could see Inferno's goals, the aristocrats' battle for power in the group, the struggle for freedom and of course, betrayal. Ein and Zwei also got closer in their relationship to fight for an escape but was hesitated by doubt and premonitions. I really liked how they played with your mind honestly speaking. But that was how it all started. There were risky but nicely planned plot twists albeit some parts were blurry in terms of where the plot wanted to go. It started off slow, but managed to pick up. The first part was a bumpy ride of despair and hope basically speaking. The second part was the separating point between Ein and Zwei. After Zwei acknowledged his true identity, a tragic incident transpired that caused him to switch paths which ultimately he met a young girl by a chance encounter. A new hope was revived and a new progress was revealed. Although there were more depth relating to power, escape and evil, the psychology was dealt greatly. But after another turning point of a tragic misunderstanding, everything that continued right after that was underwhelming. The third part of the plot became unclear due to a huge gap of time. The psychological aspects were suddenly forgotten, and everything was solely for the sake of a longer, useless plot that felt silly. It's an anime that progressed simply when something hopeful comes up, it's ultimately thrown away by another stupid tragedy only to be compensated by another flicker of hope that's fated to be destroyed once more. The reason for that? I'm guessing it's for masochism. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind multiple tragedies to prolong the story, but when you run out of fresh ideas, it's better not to add another twist that doesn't seem like a fine deal, I don't buy it. With the plot getting unsteady towards the end, the authors perhaps decided to add some more bitter icing to their distasteful cake that not only made it taste worse, but it became inedible. The aforementioned ending obliterated the plot's whole progression, the characters' motives and basically makes you feel horrible. Not only that, it served up as an obviously huge plot hole. I won't tell what but you could probably tell how bad it was coming from me. It was messed up so bad that ultimately, it only tells you this: Nothing in this show, including goals and dignity and essence, actually matters. There's no reason why you need to accomplish something. Which is why the plot was, as I said, wrecked terribly.
This anime was made in 2009, but it wouldn't mean that I'll give it some leniency for this. I do have reasons. First off, this anime had considerable amounts of fanservice, even at the second minute of the first episode you already get two "you know what" right in your face. However, nudity was, thankfully, not exaggeratedly conspicuous, but still, I can't seem to find reasons for these occurrences, which means that they were unnecessary. The character designs were pretty much bland and lackluster and not consistent all of the time but the backgrounds of the show were brilliant. Action scenes were great though. However, it was awkward seeing different contrasts that didn't compliment each other which felt somewhat incomplete. On the other hand, this anime had two opening and ending animations. As for the first opening and ending, I'll admit it was pretty damn good. It portrayed the mood of the songs perfectly and it was one of the few animes that seem really artistic. Truly, very well done. But, as for the second opening and ending, it burned my eyes. The second opening looked as if it came from a regular slice-of-life show which absolutely couldn't click with the pessimistic song that was playing along with it. The second ending was very lacking in animation compared to the first one and wasn't much to see. In conclusion, the animation is noticeably inconsistent and occasionally lackadaisical.
The soundtrack was actually really good in my opinion. Every track that played in a particular scenario fitted well. Some were good while others were actually really great. I did notice that there were two or more tracks that were remixed in terms of genre to fit the mood of a scene which I have to admit it was pretty ingenious. Repetitiveness may be an issue but the tracks still complimented every scene, and that's more important. The singular genres were diverse ranging from chant, violin, progressive rock, folk, orchestral and even music box while the fusion ones were pretty unique like techno chant, ambient folk with contemporary piano concerto and happy trance mixed with music box and drum 'n' bass. I'm loving the fusion ones more than the singular ones actually, but there's still room for the soundtrack to reach a top-tier level. As for the two opening and ending themes, they were all fantastic. Ali Project and Kokia done a beautiful job in conveying the anime's theme with neoclassical genres to give it an authentic feel to it. The soundtrack's great, but it's such a shame that the animation couldn't keep up with some of the intense or chaotic tracks.
The characters were probably the anime's strongest point, but it was also its greatest downfall. The development for the main characters were great and thorough as the plot progressed slowly -- showing the bondage between them as they attempt to escape from the relentless struggle of acquiring freedom. Psychological standpoints from the characters (normally the mains) were dealt in a way that seemed realistic enough to be almost ingenious when it comes to decision making. But secondary characters were a bit lacking and unclear in character development. There were glimpses of their past, probably it gave them the drive of persistence, but it was still insufficient enough to determine their motives, which sometimes made their decisions seemed unappeasable towards me despite the actual plot had a major impact on it. But I felt that some characters were probably, no offense, dumb in making decisions. Most of the time during the last five episodes I was saying: "Why the heck do you do that?!" or "How in the world could you even have that sort of mentality?!" Basically, the characters' decisions and motives were disappointingly shallow which gave off to cliche, silly and predictable drama. But at least the anime gave us an advice: Always check your building even if it's blown up.
It started off slow, but managed to pick up its pace just fine in which the show was narrated in an initially unclear form to a clear and transparent understanding of every party striving for their own goal. My only problem with the progression was the third part, and it's always that! It felt tedious and long-winded because it's predictable and not suspenseful. Because of that, the final battle of the show was rushed and didn't seemed to give off a sense of finality that it felt somewhat illogical for it to be rushed due to the plot holes. Even when the main villain was defeated, it didn't feel decisive at all, as if something was lacking. Some major plot holes were obvious enough to be seen with the naked eye that it felt unsatisfactory when it ended, because it wasn't complete. No, it didn't even receive closure. It stopped right before the closure and credits just rolled and that was it. The finale was never shown because something bad was added that was never explained -- which created the biggest plot hole ever.
I had been criticising lots of points of Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom, mainly it was because of the third part of the plot that messed up its original brilliance, which I felt biased already. It was initially enjoyable, I'll admit that. I really enjoyed the music as well. But what creates satisfaction is not how it started, but how it ended. It's the show's ending that's more important than its beginning. And since there isn't a sequel, the plot holes will forever remain in your interpretation. Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom started off strongly and interestingly, but gradually loses its grounds and topples.
And deliberating over the ten traits of the anime: plot, characters, music, animation, artwork, progression, voice acting, setting, opening/ending and my personal enjoyment, my verdict for this is a 6.3/10. read more
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is a prime example of a show that is too overrated by fans, who easily overlook some gaping plot holes, and downgraded into oblivion by haters, who cannot see anything but those plot holes. I think this show sits somewhere in between: it is a fine show to watch, nothing exeptionally great, but not bad either. If you're trying to decide on watching this, let this be your decision after 1/2 episodes: do you like the character relationship of Ein and Zwei? Go on. If you do not, don't bother with the show. I will try to provide my arguments with as few spoilers as possible, but I cannot completely guarantee a spoiler-free review. Here goes.
== Story == 7
There are essentially two layers to this Anime. On the superficial level, you have your standard mafia-esque corporations trying to gain more power, with the main corperation being Inferno. The distributions in power are a little vague in the beginning, but as the show goes on, one can see that higher-ups in the corperation are allowed a great deal of freedom when it comes to handling problems. Bosses will frequently go behind each other's back to solve personal problems. This would make for quite an interesting story of intrigue, but is a little dulled by the second layer of the show.
The second layers revolves around our two main protagonists, Ein and Zwei. The complex relationship that these to characters have makes for quite an interesting main character cast, but I felt its relationship overshadows the story of Inferno and its attempt at gaining more power in the underworld.
I found myself a little disappointed when the show shifted from the intriguing development of the main characters to highlight the structure and plans of Inferno. I understand that this is necessary for the plot to advance and therefore for the characters to even develop, but hope you also get what I mean by this. The story also suffers from an insanely large plothole, which I could not overlook and I will talk about in the Characters section.
== Characters == 7
The main characters is where the show truly shines, but is also a big downfall. Ein, being completely brainwashed now has to work together with Zwei, who is in the process of being completely brainwashed, but deep down is heavily conflicted. I loved how their relationship was set up, being purely platonic and bland at first, but slowly turning into something deeper that I will not explain to avoid spoilers. There were times that I completely loathed the decisions they made, which was proof for me that I was quite heavily invested in the main characters.
As with the story, the main characters overshadow the supporting characters, who are in this case mostly Inferno members. This ties into the more 'boring' superficial layer of the story. It was also nice to see that the show pulls off quite a few risky plot-twists, some of which work out greatly, while others fail horribly.
This leads me to a plot hole, so gapingly large that it almost swallows the entire show. This is also why many people are so put off by this show. About 75% in, there is a time skip of two years. Some characters haven't aged a day, while another turned from a child to an adolescent in a mere two years. Not only is this completely illogical, it was also not even necessary to keep the story going. The story and characters suffer immensely from this. Until the end of the show, I could not get over this. Your opinion on the show will most likely hinge on this specific time skip. I was really put off by this, but continued to watch anyway. The opening and ending also change after this time skip, which made this plot hole even more terribly obvious. Judge this how you will, but you cannot deny the irregularities that this time skip brought.
== Animation == 7
The animation is good. There is nothing wrong with it, but it isn't amazing either. Some characters, often ladies, are sometimes irregularly shaped (scenes with weirdly long legs or unevenly sized breasts), but the rest looks good. Characters look great, are nicely animated and some painting-like scenery fleshes them out well, while giving you that artsy feeling.
One thing bothered me though, and that has to do with the fan service. In the first minute of the first episode you will see a half-naked lady lying on the beach. BAM! Two tits in your face. While there is nothing wrong with that, I immediately thought: 'Oh it's going to be like that, huh?' But it wasn't. During the rest of the show, the animators went out of their way to not fully show nudity, to the point of unrealistic, nippleless, naked girls, which makes me wonder what the use of that very first scene was to begin with. You have the R+ rating already, so just show nudity when it is appropriate, or fully go out of your way to show nudity, and avoid naked ladies without nipples altogether.
== Sound == 8
The sound is great. The opening song sets the mood nicely, while tracks in the Anime always fit the scenes. Some soundtracks are so great or are so obviously made to make you feel a particular emotion, that it can even feel out-of-place in some scenes. It is just too present and obvious sometimes, but most of the time augments the show perfectly. The second opening and ending songs are used after the time skip for the last few episodes, which made me feel weird, almost insulted. For me there was no reason why they should change the songs to make the time skip even more obnoxious.
== Enjoyment == 6
There were times when I was heavily invested in the main characters, only to be pulled out again by a dull side-story or hateful decisions some characters make. I still cannot fathom some of the plot twist inducing decisions that were being made and can ultimately also not say that I always enjoyed this show. A few times I just sat there, looking at my screen and asking: 'Why the fuck did you have to do that?' Sometimes the show dragged on for a bit too long on a specific subject or side-story, making me wonder if it had been better for the show if it had a few less episodes.
People have been comparing this show to Black Lagoon a lot, but I must warn you that apart from the mafia groups and the conflicts of the main protagonist, the mood, setting and goal of the shows are completely different. Black Lagoon is much more action-oriented, while Phantom focuses more on character development.
Ultimately, this is not a bad show. It is not amazing either. It's just decent. You will probably like it if you like the relationship of the main characters, but do not try to sell this as the greatest Anime ever made, as its flaws are too obvious to ignore.
It's a fairly common trend in just about most action mediums, whether it be anime or not, to focus more on the action than the story. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is part of that minority which focuses more on the story, and I have to say that it does a really good job of doing so without taking away from what makes an action medium well... an action medium.
The story follows the twisted and tragic life of Zwei, a teenage boy who has no recollection of his past, and is forced to become an assassin under the guidance of Ein, also known as "Phantom", who, like Zwei, has no recollection of her past, and is a highly trained assassin, or more like a near-invincible human weapon. This is all done under the supervision of "Scythe Master", a maniacal scientist with a calm demeanour, whose only goal in life is seemingly to create near-invincible human weapons or "Phantoms" just like Ein. He is contracted by a growing mafia organisation called Inferno who wishes to use his "Phantoms" to help seize ultimate control of the mafia underworld.
Now that's quite a load of information to take on before starting this anime and the entire premise of the story regarding Inferno takes time to develop and be fully explained. When things have been established and the story starts to take shape is when this anime really starts to get good. What this information fails to tell you though is that there are essentially three parts to the story, each being separated by a time skip of considerable length. Each part has its own merits and can be somewhat different to each other, and some people are sure to like one part more than the other two.
Each part explores different themes and develops the characters in different ways. The first part explores the growing relationship between Ein and Zwei, and follows their interactions with Inferno. The second part introduces Cal Devens, a young girl, who is taken in by Zwei in his attempt to find something or someone worth protecting and giving his life for. And the third part takes elements from the previous two parts and concludes the story in a tragic and bittersweet way.
There is very little I can actually fault the story with. There are a few plot holes, both major and minor. However, I feel as though the effect they had on how I viewed the story was extremely minimal. Unlike other plot holes in other anime that I viewed recently, I was able to overlook them with ease and continue immersing myself in this gripping tale.
On the other hand, some of the decisions the characters made throughout this anime really pissed me off. Like REALLY. There were few times during which I couldn't comprehend exactly what was going on in the minds of the characters, especially given how smart and cunning most of them are. If they made stupid decisions that had minor consequences, then I would've overlooked them like I did with the plot holes. However, considering the potential impact that most of these decisions had and the fact that characters were later going to contradict an earlier decision they already made, it really pissed me off that they decided to make such a decision. It's almost as though the creators wanted to forward the story by making the characters complete retards when they needed a calm head the most. There were arguably much better ways for the story to progress and much better ways in which such ways could be achieved. (Sorry for the mild profanity but this was really something I needed to get off my chest)
The characters in this anime are where it shines most. There are three main characters, being Ein, Zwei, and Cal, alongside an interesting supporting cast, consisting mainly of members of Inferno and "uncooperative" mafia groups.
Ein, Zwei, and Cal are developed almost perfectly. Each character has to live through events which change them, and their personality and attitude. For example, Zwei may be a cold hearted assassin yet he has a sense of morality which is continually explored throughout the anime, and through the exploration of this single trait, he changes and becomes a different person by the end of the anime.
The supporting cast is not explored very much at all. While there were somewhat interesting, they weren't interesting enough for us to really want to get to want to know more about. I personally believe that this is how a supporting cast is meant to be. They aren't meant to outshine the main characters. However, the anime gives us backstory about Lizzie and Claudia, a female duo who works in the higher ranks of Inferno's hierarchy. And I'm going to be honest, I didn't care about their backstory. While they do play somewhat major roles in the anime, their backstory is not needed at all. I cared very little for them because I was already engrossed with the main characters and their development.
I've never ventured to say I hate an opening or closing from an anime. And I was extremely tempted to say it regarding the openings and closing of this anime. I'm sure there are people who like it but I dislike the style of music used and I never ever bothered to watch any of the openings or closings following listening to them my first time.
On the other hand, the background music in this anime is superb. From the gangster music which was constantly played throughout the first and second parts to the music used during the more tear-jerking moments, particularly in the third part, I loved it all. It constantly helped emphasise the atmosphere and really immerse myself in this anime. I want to specifically point out some of the music in the third part. Without spoiling too much, I'd like to say that the distorted sound and the groaning of a woman really emphasised how messed up everything eventually got in the anime.
I watched Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom with english dubs. Now, I always feel like there is a rule which states that if an anime is set in an English speaking country, then the dubs are decent, if not better than decent. I can safely say that the statement still holds true in this anime. Ein and Zwei are bland due to their cold-hearted demeanours but showed their colourful side when needed. Cal's voice throughout the second part was that of pure innocence and young excitement, something which this anime was certainly lacking. The voice acting of the supporting cast was also really well done. Cunning and sly characters like Claudia always spoke in a suggestive and calm tone, while brutish and large characters always spoke with authority and confidence.
Art & Animation: 9/10
The art was great. The colours used mostly seemed darker in tone, and many scenes were in the dark which always added to the mafia underworld premise which the anime is set in.
The animation was even greater. Everything from the fight scenes, to the firing of bullets, to the splatters of blood, to what I like to call the "Phantom eyes", to driving cars were all animated extremely well. Everything felt smooth and flowed nicely.
I could've also give this category a 5/10 because things didn't go the way I wanted and the decisions some characters made just pissed me off big time. I'm going to be honest and say that it really hurt my heart to see things didn't end up the way I wanted but that's the beauty of a good anime. Things shouldn't be predictable nor should they go the way that the fans want it to. (But please let there be a remake where things end up the way I want them to)
I love Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. It contained great action scenes, an immersive story, and a strong cast of characters. After every episode, I had the feeling I normally get when I watch a good anime; one where I let out a huge breath because I was so immersed in it that it feels as though I forget to breathe or one where I kick my legs in frustration because I want to really know what happens next. I recommend this anime to just about anyone because it has great action for the action anime fans but also a great story for those who aren't exactly into action.
Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed! Any feedback is much appreciated. read more
At the time of writing, I've just finished this. At first I was in doubt if I should watch this or not, because of a rather vague description.
I completed this series in two days, the fastest I've ever finished an anime! For anyone deciding whether or not to watch this, that should tell you everything you need to know.
Here's the good versus the bad in my opinion:
- Doesn't lay all the cards on the table right away. Starts off mysteriously.
- Some of the best sound effects for guns I've ever heard in an anime.
- Dynamic, meaningful characters. Especially the main characters show good development throughout the series.
- The male main character's theme song is awesome!
- At times very good and fitting background music!
- Draws you in to keep on watching :). ( okay, one more episode! ) Not by using huge cliffhangers, but the endings that make you curious.
- Good amount of action, but enough cleverness and bitterness sprinkled throughout the series to keep it intelligent and mature.
- It had a very good first half of the season because it had just the right tempo....
- ... but in my opinion they lost that for the second half by slowing down a little too much.
- Art: the male main character's design seems kinda generic. They could've replaced him halfway by Light Yagami (from Death Note)... and I wouldn't have noticed :-).
- The series is not always clear and consistent with how much power some of the characters really have. One moment the series veers toward realism, and the other moment near the extreme (and impossible).
- I listened twice to the opening and ending songs... after that I skipped it each time. Not really memorable.
- First let me say I expected a bitter ending. Something sugar sweet would be quite of place in this series. I would be much more content if they kept the same end-result, but used a different way to reach it. It felt like they were going mainly for shock value. If the ending would've been better, I'd give this a 9. For now it's an 8, meaning 'very good' overall!
Don't be mistaken however by some of my critique however. It is worth your viewing! For me it's on the same level as Steins;Gate... but not quite there yet on the level of Death Note. read more
Darker than black, combined with a few "American hitman movies" like Bourne, Leon, Wanted... would get you Requiem for the Phantom,
as both main characters are assassins working for a crime Syndicate.
Darker than Black and Phantom are animes that give me a dark and mysterious feeling. Both the main male characters are much alike, and are in an organization which they have to obey.
Both of the character are a good fighter.
Darker than Black and the re-make of Phantom surely do share a lot of points:
- both face stories involving around assassins and criminal organizations
- both have a main male character (Hei / Zwei) which a similar personality and job
- both main characters are accompanied by two emotionless girls (Yin / Ein) which they both somehow develop to love
- both series have this dark atmosphere all around characters and places
- very good, and maybe similar a little, art style and character design for both anime
- well done the character development in both series too
Mystery, action and fight scenes wont miss in either of them.
So, for all listed reasons i see a strong connection and similarity between DTB and Phantom, due to this i can't avoid to advice to watch one if you already liked the other :3
Both anime deal with cold blooded assassins as the main characters and organizations that use these super skilled assassins to achieve their goals. Although unlike Phantom, Darker than Black has some supernatural elements these two anime have the same kind of atmosphere.
zwei and hei are "actors" in their own way...
they have emotionless companions: ein (who gradually changes) and yin (who, slowly changes... as i see her)
they are both under a powerful organization from which they cannot easily escape: inferno and syndicate
Not very similiar story but İf you love yandere characters, Yin and Ein too smilar.in both action and romance anime.two anime protagonist contractors Hei and assassin Zwei.
For one, main characters use almost indentical masks and work for Underground organizations (mafia).
Whenever it comes to assasin work, both characters are unemotional and are good actors.
The difference is that Reiji is far more lively, believable and emotional than Hei who most of the time doesn't give a damn and sometimes seems two dimensional.
Also in Phantom they use real life guns, no super powers.
this is similar to phantom
they similar in the main idea about the animation
you know.. about the gangs and another things
and There are similarities in Hero of the animation
Dude in a mask that works for a shady organization goes around killing the shit out of people.
Psychic of the main characters is similar. Both of them under the mask of calmness and silence are very emotional. They both got their girls ;). The fight scenes are other but also very good. I enjoyed Phantom really much and i think if you like DtB than Phantom is something for you.
They both have Assassins and an organisations that they work for If you liked Darker Than Black then you will more then likely enjoy Phantom ~ requiem for the Phantom~
I thoroughly enjoyed both series for a lot of the same reasons, particularly the changes in the main cast as the series progressed.
I would say Phantom has a darker theme with more powerful and memorable scenes, however Darker than Black I felt had an overall more intriguing plot and cast of characters.
So similar. Both have underground organizations groups working as the main background figures. Main characters are used for killing (assassins).
It is impossible to say that Darker than Black (specifically the first season of DtB) and Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom are not similar, especially the characters. Hei and Zwei are both assassins who work for an organisation they don't really know much about; while Yin and Ein both start out seemingly emotionless but undergo significant character development throughout the series. If you liked one, it is very likely you will enjoy the other one as well.
i think Hei (DTB) is like an assassin who works for a private organisation Called the Synicate (although he has supernatural powers which makes him a Contractor) and as such killed with his powers and with guns; Renji in Phantom: RFTP was turned n trained in Assassination, working for a private organisation called Inferno and has killed with guns, both men were apathetic/indifferent at first but then began to have emotions. Both assassins turn against their Organisation at the end of their respective series and go on the run with their partners, both men taught little girls how to become assassins/contractors (though in DTB it was in the second season when Hei did this) both men betray the little girls for another woman that they have been partners with; (hei was trying to save Yin and by doing so, condemned Suou to death) and (Renji killed his Calie to be with Erin) ....
Though Darker has a supernatural/scifi premise and Phantom is about brainwashed mafia assassins, both series follow a protagonist of dubious morality embroiled in a violent underworld who becomes motivated by a faint hope of redemption. Both also have a female figure from the protagonist's past who shows up later to oppose him, although Phantom attempts to develop (quite literally) this character type while Darker leaves her origins somewhat ambiguous. And although the assassins of Phantom don't have superpowers, the action sequences and plot points in the series can be almost as implausible. ;)
Both focus on assassins who don't quite have everything figured out. Both have emotionless female characters. Both focus on criminal aspects and some stories tend to be alike.
Both main characters are assassins working for an organization, both animes have great batles and are very sad. Same feelings.
The sense of thriller, action, drama, and the darker side of anime tends to be rare these days. But when you watch Darker than Black, it's hard not to think about Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.
As such, these two series have quite a lot in common.
First of all, both series features a main protagonist with a stoic personality with extraordinary abilities after a certain event. Not only that, but in both series, the main male protagonist wears a hollow mask. Additionally, they are both assassins owned by a governing power.
Secondly, both series has a darker tone that has a thriller feeling to it.
Third, both series has a similar feeling as well as artwork that reflects more on the darker side of anime.
Both series also has plot twists, emotional drama, and occasionally some comedy.
Both series also has a main female protagonist accompanying them who also has a cold/indifferent attitude. Nonetheless, DTB and Phantom should be on anyone's watch list if they enjoyed one or another and vice versa.
Both of these series share many areas such as:
Mood: the same dark mood, us against the world
Topic: an elite group working for a secret organization
-Well developed story which is revealed through the series
-Very good character development
Some Of The Similarities -
- Both Main Characters Are Top Notch Assassins Working For A Criminal Organization.
- Both Main Characters Try To Escape From Said Organization.
- Both Main Characters Wear Extremely Similar Masks :P .
- Both Are Sort Of Darker Actions Dramas With Psychological Elements.
- Both Heroines (Yin/Ein) Start Generally Emotionless, But Slowly Develop Throughout The Series.
Some Of The Differences -
- Hei (Dtb) Has A Goal And Is Using The Syndicate, Zwei (Rftp) Is Forced Into The Origination Via Kidnapping And Brainwashing.
- Darker Than Black Is Based Around Super Natural And Sci Fi Elements.
- Requiem For The Phantom Focuses More On The Mental/Moral Difficulties Of An Assassin.
Both Stories Are Great And If You Liked One You Will Probably Like The Other; I Did :)
Shows about a few assassins working for a mysterious, large crime syndicate. Both give off dark atmosphere and are shrouded in a mysterious atmosphere for the entire show.
If you enjoyed the neo-noir themes in DtB you might enjoy Requiem for the Phantom; while lacking the supernatural element present in DtB the protagonists share a few similar traits. They were both ordinary citizens before going through a life changing event which is wrapped in a conspiracy.
- awesome action scenes
- mask wearing protagonists
- work for a less than legal orginization
- (lack of) supernatural elements
This is my first recommendation sorry if it's a bit choppy and long.
Darker than Black deals with similar moral convictions that people have regarding death, survival and friendship. Both are vary intense more so Phantom, but DTB can still be a lot to handle.
Both basically the same thing: some badass asassin main character who goes around killing people. They have generally simillar atmospheres except Darker than Black also has some comedic moments. I guess it's slightly less serious. Basically, if you like watching people kill other people, you'll probably like both of these.
Both main characters are involved in the world of assassins/contract killers. Both main character duos are trying to leave said world of crime. Both are top-notch action/drama series!!
The concept of these anime series is quite similar, but Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom executes it far better in my opinion.
Both revolve around a male and female lead with talents/powers that have little to no emotions. Action is a main element of both as well as them both being thrillers/mysterious. The MCs work for a powerful syndicate and are told to complete missions that involve assassinating important people so the syndicates can have their way. The art is very simple in both as well. These two really could not be any more alike. I highly recommend those who liked one to watch the other.
Darker than Black and Phantom are great examples how to make anime with exciting action and interesting mystery. Plot of both serial is focused on Syndicate (criminal organization) and fates of main characters. Storyline is very good made and it has got unexpected plot twists. The main characters are really cool. They are professionalists and always keep cool head. Overall, They are empathic and their stories are really enjoyable to watch. summarizing, if you look for a lot of action, interesting characters and good mystery, you won't be disappointed.
Both anime revolve around a cast in the midst of a emotionless and cold vs. humanistic and livable lifestyles. Characters will fill nihilistic ideas with reason and logic whilst being forced to deal with unforetold emotion and gut feelings. Filled with only the slightest glimpses of hope at some times they show you what it's like to hang on. I recommend if you like high action, suspense, and strong characters.
it talks about war between the secret organizations and gangs
They both share a dark vision of the world
The MC´s of both animes are "emotionless" killers
They have contracts or assignmants by an organisation
Lots of gunfighting.
I'ld say it's "kinda similar", why ? Because some points are similar in a deep/lesser way.
Anyways, you have
- Dark ambiance
- A syndicate/ agency
- Few main characters, can compare Hei & Yin with Ein & Zwei. Even if the relationship between them is different.
- You may have the same feelings for Yin that you had (would have) for Ein. Even if both characters are significantly differents.
The storyline is deeper in Darker Than Black, but you may not be really attached to characters.
I highly recommend to see Phantom Requiem for the Phantom AFTER Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha. Or, with a pause between them. Otherwise you will think about Requiem during the whole season.
Strong male Protagonist, they both work for an organization to assassinate people, and have a kinda dark atmosphere . They both have a Partner in Crime and are most time not very talkative.
I would say Darker thank Black is a little less tragic than Phantom but still has the right amount of it to be a good anime.
The similarities between these two great series are evident.
Average Japanese guy gets involved with a not exactly legal organization and sees his life changing completely. His initial innocence also fades more and more.
Both anime are mature, dark, violent, with a rotten and outlaw feeling, and have great animation and music. Add guns, mafia, action, and you'll get some really good entertainment.
Mafia, assassins, outlaws, guns and a lot of action
Both anime are about a rather nice and innocent person drawn into a world of crime. Both anime are rather heavy with little sugarcoating.
Both are about killers trapped in the middle of a war of interest between criminal organizations. Both have a dark theme, cold hearted, and awesome gunfights.
These series both series have a very dark feeling to them. There is plenty of blood and violence and great action to keep you entertained in both series.
Innocent Japanese guy betrayed by superiors and becomes mercenary outlaw. Gun toting asian hottie works with him. Different from Phantom because you get more of the sense the Black Lagoon crew have some moral standards. Still, fun, violent romp through the darkness.
very similar with the gangs and gunfighting
The atmoshere is really close. Both are realistic. Those are great manga. There is no question of superpower or surnatural, but about choises of life.
Both are great anime. I really enjoyed to follow them
if you like action, mafia and gangs than they're both the nice choice
Guns, mafia, crime and a guy who has nothing to do with that getting involved.
Normal Japanese guy meets gun-crazy world of crime, and excels. Black Lagoon is mostly excuses to blow shit up, and Phantom has a bigger story with action interspersed.
Two Japanese men get suck into the underground world of gangs, violence, drugs. They even have reminiscence yakuza plots in both series. They differ prominently in the character section, phantom having bland characters while black lagoon's cast is more creative, exuberant, and enjoyably funny.
Black Lagoon and Phantom have a lot of similarities. Although Black Lagoon seems a lot more light hearted at times with more humor and some awesome action, Phantom has a special kind of story. Both are pretty mature, but they are incredible in their own ways.
Similarities between the MC from both series and the dark, violent atmosphere, on top of that both series involves guns, gangs, blood and tragedy.
Action with gun shooting.
Zewi and Rock Both in a situation that they have to work in a gang, in order to stay alive.
Both have a lot of violence and are awesome. Black lagoon is a fun ride and phantom is a mind fuck, what's not to love? Assassins in one! Cartels, gangs and torpedo boats in another! good stuff
Both anime happen at mafia's world where a normal guy is involved and is begin to get used to that kind of life.
- Both Have Guns
- Both Have the main character Draged from a normal life
- Both Have a Female character who draged the male character
- Alot of blood
Phantom and Black Lagoon both have action packed episodes with guns blazing.
similar girls with guns, hitman and secret association story
Even if the storyline isn't the same, they have a lot in common, they both deal with Mafia, Secret Organizations and assassins. They are both set in our era, they are not medieval or futuristic.
both have 2 people who are assasins. They are the best of the best no matter what happens they will finish their mission.
If you liked Phantom, you will like Noir, hands down. Both deal with the aspect of a character forgetting their memory and becoming assassins. They both deal with secret organizations that control these assassins. Similar art style, and similar music. And hey, aren't they both by the production company Bee Train? Well that would explain everything!
Life of assassins. Trust and betrayal. Both are great series, highly recommended.
Produced by the same studio, they both feature assassins and contain a high level of action and a good soundtrack.
The characters and the violence are very similar.Like the two characters are the same compared to phantom of a requiem with lost pasts and have to deal with a lot of emotional pain when killing people they don't want to kill.
Both series features powerful and independent female protagonist who has the skills to handle a gun.
Both series thus, have plenty of action and drama with thriller like sequences in a few episodes.
Both series has a mystery like aura as the episode progresses that depicts some of the action and violence beyond just physical.
Both shows are about two assassins working together and discovering their hidden pasts. They also have strong and beautiful OSTs
It follows the trend with girls with guns. In addition it holds the theme of two unlikely people holding a strong yet confusing bond while both protagonists hold a secretive past.
Both shows focus on a duo of assassins, secret societies and organized crime syndicates. Both were produced by Bee Train and feature musical scores by Yuki Kajiura. It's almost as if Noir was the first draft for Phantom in that there are several similarities between the two (Ein and Kirika are pretty much the same character). If you enjoy conspiracies and mystery thrillers, you will likely enjoy both of these titles. Noir is the more tame title of the two. Phantom has a darker, grittier feel to it and presents itself as fare for a more mature audience.
Ignoring the obvious criminal underworld and assassin lead links between the two, there's a parallel of sorts between Brandon & Harry and Reiji & Claudia's relationships. Where as both Brandon and Reiji do the dirty work required to push their 'bosses' further up the ladder, Harry and Claudia fight their battles in the criminal political arena; trying to get ahead of their rivals.
There are VERY few anime in existence that deal with assassins killing too many people to count and their involvement with criminal organizations. So, though the directions the two go in differ, if you liked one then it's definitely worth checking out the other.
The top of the mafia theme, with very skilled fighters and gunfight action.
Both revolve around mafia-type organizations where the male lead is a highly skilled assassin
Gungrave and Phantom are both tragic and character-driven dramas. They are both set in America, with the main characters of each series becoming assassins and being sucked into a powerful crime organization and a world of violence . Both of these anime use a very realistic and gritty color palette and set a serious and oppressive tone right from the very beginning, with little room for humor. Gungrave and Phantom are also similar in that they are both very stylized and are significantly influenced by Western sources, such as film noir and crime dramas.
In both series, there is serious themes that includes mafias, assassinations, and betrayals.
The main male protagonist from both series are also highly skilled in their profession and what they do. Throughout the series though, the protagonist experiences pain, delusions, along with other twists.
Both series also deals with the theme of gaining power for dominance in their respective worlds. The routes that the main protagonists follows are what they decide by themselves.
Both series features action, drama, and contains a thriller like feeling.
Both involve huge crime/mafia syndicates that control most of the underworld. Both have underhanded characters trying to climb up the latter and accumulate power in their respective syndicates and will betray allies if necessary. The main character of both these shows are hit-man/ assassin. Both shows have type a dramatic feel to it and the animes deploy a similar art style.
Betrayal is also a big theme of both shows.
On a negative note both these shows have a annoying, young girl that stick around for about 6 episodes or so. But don't worry they both play a minor part in the overall stories of the two shows and will retract little from the entertainment value of the two shows.
These have a very similar atmosphere, both deal with crime and being an assassin and emphasize the effect death has on others. Not thoughtless shoot em' up action series, they are both very dark and focus a lot of the series on character development and the consequences of certain actions. Both are very consistent, there is a reason for everything that happens and when something bad happens it's irreversible, you won't see any spontaneous lucky breaks like are all too common in anime nowadays.
-Both are about mafia organization
-Both contain a load of crime
-Both animes contain betrayel (due to the organization cleaning their mess.)
Both deal with powerful organizations, using assassins, to do their dirty work. Dark psychological themes throughout.
Gunslinger girl also deals with girls packing heat in a secret organization of assassins.
Both animes describe a story of top-class assasins who were previously ordinary people... They were forced to forget their past and go through hard training so as to do all the dirty work of the goverment (gunslinger girl) and the inferno(requiem for the phantom)... Also in both animes pure girls are used to make assasins... Finally the dark and serious way the events are described as well as the almost no-existing music is included in both Gunslinger girl and Phantom
Born to kill and trained as assassins, both these series contain the mental and physical action that give the viewers a mind twist ride better than Disneyland; guns involved of course.
Both have awesome assassins and great violence and blood.
Both have a interesting story that will keep you hooked!
1. The basic idea: erasing someone's past and training them into assassins.
2. A lot of gun action.
(Note: Phantom is darker and twisted while G.G. is lighter and somewhat more predictable.)
1) Both have the idea of being brainwashed and then trained as assassins
2) Both have involves the world of guns
In my opinion, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom has a more psychological, darker, emotional and real life theme to it. Gunslinger girl has slightly less of that but still remains that very same atmosphere.
These anime have overall a very similar feeling to me.
Firstly, both are serious, dark, mature, and psychological anime which deal with crimes, death, making plans and strategies, murders, secret identities. Both have secret organizations, mystery, police, guns, bishounen, some violence, and no comedy.
In both we see the male protagonist’s life and personality changing completely after a certain event.
Plus, some characters are incredibly similar (Raito=Zwei, Reiji Namikawa=Raymond McGuire, Shingo Midou=Shiga, Misa=young Cal).
Both have a good OST, and I’ve instantly found Death Note’s 2nd OP & Phantom’s 1st ED visually very similar (not to mention that Zwei’s sexy grin in the ending theme reminded me of Raito in Kira mode).
Last but not least, both have amazing character design and animation, but uber disappointing endings.
Both protagonists start as a normal yet talented teens, get involved with lots of murders till they lose their souls and become cold and & heartless
it was hard to keep phantom out of my head the entire time while watching death note, they are very very similar. both serious, dark, psychological dramas, both have a sort of anti-hero. i am very surprised that so little people have recommended phantom for death note, really! if you liked death note, then definitively give phantom a shot *or vice-versa*
Shows that revolves around dangerous organizations and individuals. Both shows dig deep into the psychological state of criminals, and explore the boundary of laws, justice, and morals.
it's a really good smart anime with a good polt twist
Both anime have similar characters and story line.
The male main character is an anti-hero and kills people in extraordinary ways.
similar feel to the anime (if you truly watch anime you know what I mean)
Opening Theme#1: "Karma" by KOKIA (eps 1-19)
#2: "Senritsu no Kodomotachi (戦慄の子供たち)" by ALI PROJECT (20-26)
Ending Theme#1: "Jigoku no Mon (地獄の門)" by ALI PROJECT (1-19)
#2: "Transparent" by KOKIA (20-26)
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