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Black Cat has everything from hardened assassins and kind bounty hunters to super-powered detectives and a beautiful, recurring song . It combines Action, Adventure, life lessons and life changing relationships. Train Heartnet's transition from an antisocial killing machine to a caring, warmhearted human being captures your heart with a well developed storyline and intriguing character development. And even though Black Cat is mostly an Adventure, Sci-fi, Shounen anime, it also manages to add in quite a bit of comedy to soften the emotional rollercoaster you are put through.
It seems like Black Cat has it all. So if you're looking for an anime that will tug at your heartstrings while delivering a healthy dose of action scenes, super-powered characters and can make you laugh at the same time, look no further.
Here are 6 more anime like Black Cat that will have you feeling every emotion possible!
Similar Anime to Black Cat
1. Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (Darker than Black)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2007 - September 2007
When something called Hell’s Gate appears in Tokyo, emotionless people with psychic powers begin to appear. They are referred to as Contractors, and the price they pay to use their superhuman powers comes in the form of some sort of obsessive-compulsive, sometimes self-destructive behavior. Contractors are secretly used by underground organizations and governments and their killing sprees get out of control. One of them, Hei, with his support partner Yin, a doll, by his side, works for The Syndicate. They both use their powers to stop Contractors, find out more about Hell’s Gate and search for Hei’s missing sister.
Hei stands out in The Syndicate for his strength and power much like Train does in Chronos. While originally an assassin, Hei decides to go against his own kind to find his sister and fix what is wrong with the world. In Darker than Black, we get two developing and changing characters! Besides Hei going from assassin to good guy, his partner Yin also goes through a transformation from unfeeling doll, to someone who can even develop feelings. While the comedy is missing from this title, there is plenty of Action, Mystery and Super Powers to go around!
Darker than Black Opening 1
2. GetBackers: Dakkan’ya (Getbackers)
- Episodes: 49
- Aired: October 2002 – September 2003
Ginji Amano and Ban Mido are super-powered freelance recovery agents with a 100% success rate. They're always barely scraping by so they take any recovery job that is offered to them, which has them searching for everything from a briefcase to parts of an atomic bomb. In their line of work, Ban and Ginji must face their mysterious pasts while getting involved with dangerous clients and old acquaintances.
In Get Backers we also get two heroes for the price of one! Both bad-boys-gone-good Ban and Ginji's pasts come back to haunt them and they must help and support each other to fight for what they now believe in. Their constant bickering and Ginji's childlike attitude adds some comedy reminiscent of Train and Sven to the mix in this already thrill-filled Action, Supernatural Shounen title.
Get Backers Trailer
3. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (Rurouni Kenshin)
- Episodes: 94
- Aired: January 1996 – September 1998
Kenshin Himura is a highly skilled rurouni. He was once an assassin during the Meiji Restoration and one day decided he would kill no more. While traveling around Japan he becomes sweet, funny and kindhearted. He ends up in Tokyo and becomes friends with Kaoru Kamiya, who is a kendo master, a fighter-for-hire called Sanosuke Sagara, Doctor Megumi Takani and Yahiko Myojin, an orphan. They all have their secrets but form a strong alliance that they use to battle against Kenshin's dark past when it comes back to haunt him.
Like Train, Kenshin makes the transition from assassin to nice-guy. Both supporting and protecting each other, the relationship between the quickly formed group of friends is much like that in Black Cat. Rurouni Kenshin has no shortage of action scenes, well developed story or characters. With Action, Adventure, Comedy, a bit of Romance and cute, hero-inspiring girls in yukatas, Rurouni Kenshin will win your heart.
Toonami – Rurouni Kenshin Long Promo
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4. Cowboy Bebop
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 1998 - April 1999
This futuristic Space-Western anime follows a group of bounty hunters, known as Cowboys, and their adventures on their spaceship, The Bebop. Spike Spiegel, a gun slinging drifter, and Jet Black, a retired cyborg cop run a bounty hunting hustle from The Bebop. They are later joined by Faye Valentine, the Femme Fatale, Ein, a super intelligent Corgie and child prodigy and net diver, Ed. In constant search of big bounties, they often find themselves competing with each other for the rewards, getting in trouble and facing their mysterious pasts.
Much like the other anime mentioned in this list, the main characters in Cowboy Bebop have dark pasts which they may or may not remember. They find not only friendship, but also come to terms with their own personal issues. While they aren’t fighting to change the world or for any particular side, Cowboy Bebop is more about the main characters finding themselves. This Action-Adventure, Sci-fi Drama anime has just the right amount of comedy and romance to keep you watching and the Yoko Kanno soundtrack is definitely a bonus!
Cowboy Bebop Official Trailer
5. Kaze no Stigma (Stigma of the Wind)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2007 - September 2007
Born to the fire wielding Kannagi family, Kazuma was exiled from his household for failing to learn how to use fire magic. After four years, he returns as Kazuma Yagami and expertly wields Fuujutsu or Wind Technique. However, at the same time, members of his family are being murdered by Fuujutsu which makes his cousin Ayano and the rest of the family believe he is the culprit. Kazuma and Ayano then find themselves in the middle of a war against the Kannagi family.
Kazuma is another uniquely powered main character. He gains this power following a great loss which leads him to chase power and seek revenge. However, as he fights alongside Ayano, he becomes less anti-social and his heart seems to soften. Also, like Train must battle Chronos, Kazuma must battle those who raised him. Kaze no Stigma has a bit of Romance, Action and Fantasy, and though there isn’t much comedy to speak of, it’s definitely a Shounen worth checking out!
Kaze no Stigma Opening
6. CØDE:BREAKER (Code:Breaker)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2012 - December 2012
Rei Oogami is a high school student with mysterious powers who doubles as a merciless assassin for a secret organization using “evil against evil”. Sakura Sakurakouji, a martial arts trained high schooler, witnesses Rei in action and the following day he transfers into her class. Sakura truly values all life and greatly disagrees with Rei’s way of life so she decides to try to make him stop and warm his heart.
While Rei was always the good kind of assassin (that’s a thing, right?), he is coldblooded and has little regard for the lives he takes. However, just like Train and other heroes in this list, his relationship to a special girl slowly transforms him into a more caring and compassionate defender of all that is good. Code: Breaker is a Shounen anime full of Action, Comedy, Super Powers and an engaging story.
Code: Breaker – Official Trailer
Black Cat has everything from Drama, Action, Superpowers, Romance, friendships and of course Comedy. And while some of the titles mentioned may be missing the comedy or the assassin, they include at least one powerful, hardened character who for one reason or another – usually a girl – has decided to soften up and do the right thing in the right way.
If you love seeing a previously coldhearted protagonist transform into a kind, caring, and sometimes even love-struck powerhouse, I hope this list gives you some ideas on what to watch next.
What do you think? Of course, these are just six possibilities. If you have other recommendations or any comments, feel free to add them below!