15 years ago, a gate opened over the Pacific to a fantasy world. In the present day, San Teresa City hosts two million immigrants from the other world and those from our world live side by side. As with any city, crime has started to run rampant, but justice is handed out by a police force combined of cops from our world and knights from the other. This is the tale of one such team.
Mm, the buddy cop anime we always needed. The characters really carry the show here over some hurdles of clunky animation, but if you are looking for anime like it, then look no further.
For Fans of Buddy Cop Shows
Ryoko’s Case Files
After graduating from the elite Department of Law at Tokyo University, Ryoko shot up the ranks of the Tokyo Police Force. This is the tale of the bizarre and difficult cases that this talented and beautiful police officer works.
Both series are a buddy cop show in a different dynamic. Cop Craft is a gruff man with a pretty girl. Ryoko’s Case Files is more of a case of a beautiful genius with a more cynical older man. Regardless, cases get cracked.
Although ostracized by humans, Bem, Bela, and Belo are yokai that fight for justice. Of course, they hope that they will be rewarded with humanity because of it.
Despite the distinct supernatural themes in Bem, rest assured that there is a similar dynamic going on. Bad guys are caught, wise is cracked, and a deeper mystery presents itself as time goes on.
In the future, humans have discovered the fourth dimension, or Dimension W, which is supposedly a source of infinite energy. Harnessing this energy in coils, the New Telsa Energy corporation has now set up a monopoly on its sale. Ex-soldier Kyouma Mabuchi is skeptical of this energy and still drives a gas-powered car for his job to hunt down illegal coils.
While Dimension W isn’t quite police work, you find the same buddy comp dynamic presented in Cop Craft is in it as well. You have gruff man and a younger girl partnered up to conquer whatever the plot demands of them.
For Fans of Portals
Japanese Self-Defense Force solider and otaku Youji Itami is in the Ginza district of Tokyo feeding his hobby one afternoon when a gate to another world opens and medieval soldiers flood modern day Japan. While Itami, in conjunction with the local police, manage to save many civilian lives, his hero status forces him to go beyond the gate with his fellow soldiers to explore a mysterious new world filled with swords, magic, elves, and dragons.
Gate is essentially Cop Craft in reverse. In Cop Craft, the fantasy dwellers come over here and a city is formed. In Gate, they send the military through the portal to investigate it a bit. As such, Cop Craft is more about us getting along together while Gate is distinctly more investigatory in nature.
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Vampires, fishmen, supersonic monkeys – they are all normal residents living alongside humans in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City. When a gate between Earth and the Beyond popped up there three years ago, old NYC became dominated by monsters and now Libra, a secret organization, is tasked with keeping it in order. However, for main character Leonardo Watch, he is no one special, just a hobbyist photographer. However, when he obtains the All-Seeing Eyes of the Gods, he finds himself recruited into Libra.
Cop Craft and BBB are actually quite alike in a lot of respects. In fact, if BBB didn’t have so many supernatural powers in it, it would almost be the same show about an organization trying to keep order in a mixed society.
What if our fictional characters were real? That is the question that Re:Creator asks as it follow a high school boy who creates drawings, but finds himself sucked into his favorite anime. From there on in, it explore the nature of consequences on if we should be responsible for our fantasies.
While these two go about it different ways, both shows are about cultures melding together and occasionally clashing. You also have a dynamic in which the main character teams up with a cute girl to kind of control the tide of chaos happening around them.
For Fans of Gritty Settings
B The Beginning
In the technologically advanced archipelago nation of Cremona, the city is terrorized by a serial killed called Killer B. On the hunt for this killer, the paths of many converge as the city spirals into chaos.
B gives you the same kind of gritty cop drama setting as Cop Craft, but without the buddy cop couple to break up the seriousness. Instead, it explores several story threads that all relate to the serial killer.
In the 22nd century, the justice system has changed. The Sibyl System now determines the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for criminal intent. This has become known as their Psycho-Pass. Once criminal intent has been identified, Inspectors like Akane Tsunemori, are in charge of subjugating them. However, this tough job is not without dangers. This is why Inspectors are paired with Enforcers, like Shinya Kougami, latent criminals with just the right amount of psychopathy to keep other criminals in their place.
Dark, gritty, and about crime. That is what Psycho Pass has in common with Cop Craft. However, Psycho Pass goes into more depth with the criminal process as well as poses more ethical and moral questions. Cop Craft likes to just focus on the mystery at hand and how the partners grow.
Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex
In the future, mankind is now in the business of replacing flesh with technology that allows for greater physical and cybernetic abilities. Unfortunately, even criminals can take advantage of this technology, and it is up to independent police unit Section 9 to deal with them.
Both series have a dark atmosphere and follow a cop team that is hunting down criminals in a society somewhat different from our own. However, while both have some wise cracking to break up the darkness, Ghost in the Shell goes more in depth with its plot than Cop Craft.
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