Ranked #1477


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Japanese: ニードレス


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2009 to Dec 11, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.511 (scored by 31327 users)
Ranked: #14772
Popularity: #515
Members: 66,687
Favorites: 402
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The year is 2130. After the third world war, large contaminated areas known as "Blackspots" formed all over Japan. Large walls were used to quarantine off these Blackspots. In time, signs of inhabitance appeared within these wastelands. Among the survivors who had been abandoned inside the Blackspots, labeled as "those who were unneeded", came forth possessors of uncanny abilities: fire, wind, brute strength; they were defined by their supernatural abilities. Others, fearful of their powers, expelled them and named them Needless.

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Episodes  0 / 24
Aired  Jul 3, 2009 to Dec 11, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Needless
Side story: Needless Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Blade, Adam
Blade, Adam
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito
Neuschwanstein, Eve
Neuschwanstein, Eve
Kitamura, Eri
Kitamura, Eri
Schild, Cruz
Schild, Cruz
Endou, Aya
Endou, Aya
Katou, Emiri
Katou, Emiri


Sakoi, Masayuki
Director, Storyboard
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Foster, Steven
Script, ADR Director
Makino, Yui
Theme Song Performance

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Aug 29, 2010
Needless is not for everyone, but it is a fantastic show as long as you watch it for what it is and are able to enjoy it for what it is. Still, while it was still airing I got the feeling that most people had misconceptions.

First of all, Needless is not a shounen. Needless is a shounen-parody. Or actually if I stick to proper genres I would agree that it's a seinen, and the reason why it is "full of shounen clichés" is because it makes fun of those classic elements by overacting them till they reach grotesque levels. It's important to understand that that read more
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Oct 10, 2009
NEEDLESS to say....

While Needless bears many similarities to a previous anime, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, I feel that these comparisons are unfair and often lead to many people rating this series down. Comparing one's work of art with the Mona Lisa is an unfair one, after all.

Needless begins off on a very good note, full of high-octane energy and very manly characters. While it is admittedly similar to Gurren Lagann, it really stands in a class of its own. The story... what story? Fans of this series aren't really interested in the story, or at least in my point of view. Its a generic setting read more
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Dec 19, 2009
Typically shounen style action series are not usually my thing. I find them to be completely silly and juvenile and cater to a demographic that I am just not a part of. The posturing and trash talking, the ridiculous reversals of fortune, and the long drawn out nature of the fighting usually cause me to lose interest. Honestly I am surprised this appeals so much to teenage males, who typically have the attention span of a goldfish. However, initially Needless seemed to be different, and appeared as more of a parody and comedy with an extremely enjoyable female lead. Eventually read more
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Jan 13, 2010
There are probably a ton of things that could be said about Needless, but in the spirit of this series we will just narrow it down to something simple. Needless! is a show you will either like for what it is, or hate it for the very same reasons.

Needless is a pretty simple show with an equally simple concept. Have a mix of characters with noticeable personalities brawl it out in a span of 24 episodes, accompanied by some great art, fanservice, GAR, gore, comedy and a fast phased metal soundtrack that won't fail to get your blood pumping.

In a future where Tokyo has read more
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Main characters have similar personalities, same style of artwork, epic fights  
Both have over the top fighting scenes, post apocalyptic universe, fanservice and hilarious characters.
The 'villans' are a group of four with a leader.
Kill la Kill has Imayoshi's special touch in animation where as Needless certainly influenced by Gainax but not as crazy as Kill la Kill 
Alter Users or Needless . . .

The Lost Ground or the Black Spot . . .

Hardly much difference between the two. 
reportRecommended by RodG - Add to favorites
Supernatural powers, ecchi, and epic battles. 
The premise are extremely similar to each other as both deals with people with supernatural abilities that are born after a mysterious event. However, whereas Darker than Black is more seinen and SF, Needless is much more shounen and action oriented. 
Both have the power to copy other powers. 

Opening Theme

#1: "Modern Strange Cowboy" by GRANRODEO (eps 1-13)
#2: "Scarlet Bomb!" by Aki Misato (eps 14-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "Aggressive Zone" by Needless★Girls+ (eps 1-13)
#2: "WANTED! for the love" by Needless★Girls+ (eps 14-23)
#3: "Modern Strange Cowboy" by GRANRODEO (ep 24)

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