Total Recommendations: 80
Very similar concepts which use domestic terrorists to critique the Japanese government. They each have nice OSTs and cinematography but Eden accomplishes the terrorism/social-critique angle much more effectively than ZnT.
Artistic, stylish, colorful, contemplative, fantastical stories about exploring worlds and different ways of life in the universe. Dandy is much more comedic but can share some of the heartfelt moments of Kaiba. A few episodes of Dandy look straight out of Kaiba. Both series take such beautiful and courageous liberty with their art direction.
Very similar atmosphere and style. They each have pretty intense endings which leave you questioning the characters' motives.
The last of humanity fighting a mysterious enemy. Sidonia's story is paced better/faster than Titan and introduces new plot points regularly to keep you interested. Sidonia is like Titan in space with mechs and a stronger plot and characters. I feel like Sidonia accomplishes what Titan is trying to do much better.
Completely different manga and style. However, same mangaka. It is very interesting to see how his style differs between the two. If you're bummed about Me and the Devil Blues' cancellation then Prison School is an interesting read to see how the author went in a completely different direction. You can see subtleties he carried over between the two like the dynamic camera angles and use of perspective. The nicely rendered environments and facial reactions too. I thoroughly enjoy them both and I feel like I appreciate one more for having read the other.
Incredibly depressing, tragic and beautiful. Worth reading over and over.
Very similar style in which they tell their stories. You see events from different perspectives and how everyone is related by the end of each series. They each may seem solely episodic but by the end you see the big picture and how everything fit together. They're both pretty psychological and delve into its characters minds to confront their delusions and problems.
Tragic stories told in a non-linear manner. They are both very emotional.
Usamaru Furuya was clearly inspired by Suehiro Maruo's style, especially that of Wararu Kyuuketsuki. They are each extremely dark and erotic-grotesque.
Both involve odd doctors who perform incredible feats. Very similar episodic stories and feel.
Both deal heavily with hallucinations and characters' mental state-- very surreal. They're mind-bending and deal with your perception of reality. They each share a similar detailed art style. They're both dark, serious and mature.
Incredibly abstract and surreal; they each have a very unique style and feel.
Very similar strong-willed main characters who fight for what they believe in.
Episodic stories in which a man comes across as a greedy jerk but has good intentions and a kind nature. They're each very well written and are lots of fun.
They each have a unique as well as beautiful style of presentation.
Both titles have a very similar style of story-telling. They each focus heavily on the emotions of the characters and their aspirations. It analyzes their self-worth and purpose in life. Each elicit similar feelings of melancholy, hope and despair.
Very abstract and odd comedies that can be rather dark and insightful at times.
Extremely dark and emotional. They each can be rather abstract and indirect.
Both feature a protagonist who travels and speaks about the sanctity of life. Each are episodic and can be very emotional.
Extremely similar themes about self-discovery, growing up and deciding your own destiny.
Both deal with life and death and how one reacts to their demise. They're each highly suspenseful and emotional.
*SPOILERS* Very similar themes about facing reality and not running away from your tribulations. They each deal heavily with self-discovery and finding one's purpose in life and accepting life for what it is. Plenty of symbolism in both; the plots are not straightforward at all and actually require the viewer to pay attention to fully appreciate the series. Neither series is for those who want the plot spoon fed to them. The viewer must piece together subtle plot points to fully understand it all. They're both extremely different from how they first appear. Eva looks like a generic mecha and Ergo looks like a generic cyberpunk but once you go underneath the surface you discover something entirely different. They both can be quite dark; the stories may not make sense at first and require much attention to detail and can be interpreted in various ways. The pacing of the stories are also very similar. Gendo and Proxy One are nearly identical in their goals and motives. Proxy One is basically a father figure to Vince who is used just as Shinji was used by Gendo. Shinji is a proxy for Gendo in a way. Vince has a revelation at the end similar to Shinji's "Congratulations". Also, technobabble abound in them both; while not entirely necessary at times it can enhance the experience in a way. However many people focus on the technobable too much and therefore have a narrow-minded opinion of the series and can't look past it to fully appreciate them as a whole.
Fast paced, addicting thrillers full of conspiracies, betrayal and plot twists. Each plot is multi-layered, deep, intricate and well thought out with many characters. The stories pull you into their world and don't let go until their stunning conclusions. They both also take place in Germany
Both are series of short stories from Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Despite the short length of the stories they can hold so much meaning and introspection into the human condition.
Both feature an intelligent adult with a young companion meeting people and helping them. Both can be very emotional and philosophical.
Very similar plots, pacing and characters. They both had a similar atmosphere. They each can be rather dark and serious.
Both focus on a group of friends going through tough times. Lots of drama and emotion within them both.
Intricate multi-layered stories that beautifully portray human emotion and ambition.
Both are serious, mysterious, mature, intriguing, and well written. Shinichiro Watanabe did the storyboard for them both.
Both focus on a group of college students dealing with life's struggles. Each have their share of comedy and drama.
Both contain similar existential themes and rely heavily on events that occurred prior to the series to fuel it's main plot. Each contain a corrupt character who sees his world with a skewed perspective and tries to fix it through whatever means necessary. Similar cyberpunk/dystopian setting as well.
No, seriously. Aria deals with hope and discovering the wonders of it's world while BLAME! deals with despair and the devastating dystopia created from hundreds of years of terraforming (hey just like planet Aqua). Complete opposites. So... why am I recommending these? Despite different themes and settings I feel that if you found one enjoyable than the other might be worth looking into if you're open minded. Just don't expect "Ara aras" and "Punyaas" from BLAME!, it's more *BANG BANG* and *WALK WALK*. They each have beautiful art and scenery. Each mangaka has a great sense for scale and architectural design which really immerse the reader into their world.
Both can be hilarious, dark, insightful, disturbing and lighthearted all at the same time. They're both slice of life about a naive character dealing with the world around him.
Both are a collection of short stories about people struggling to survive in the world. Each is very interesting, meaningful, emotional and philosophical.
Each is a masterpiece by the god of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Well paced multi-layered stories that are interesting, addicting, thought-provoking, and so very enjoyable to read. Each character is wonderfully developed and has emotional depth. Everyone should experience these two incredible classics.
Implanting false memories into the main characters mind through suggestion and making them act accordingly and question what's real. If you liked the psychological aspect of Ichi the Killer then Slow Down should interest you.
Very similar ideas about false realities and questioning your existence.
Both deal with two men who are in a harsh environment talking about themselves and their past. Each are very emotional and despite their short length you really feel for the characters.
Very similar characters. Both involve a guy who can't remember his past traveling a wasteland searching for his purpose. They each have some action and involve lots of philosophizing.
A mysterious person who travels around their unique world meeting interesting people and helping them. Both are highly enjoyable to read and have interesting stories with intriguing characters that you feel for as they struggle to survive.
Very similar story about lost love, split personalities, trust and betrayal.
Traveling to different societies and meeting people. Lots of philosophizing.
Both deal with a world that is dying and needs a girl to help them survive. Their plots are both very dark despite having some lighthearted moments.
Both are classic series from the 70's. Each have a great story and characters.
Both deal with hope and despair over a long period of time involving many characters in a spiral of emotions and psychological conflicts.
Violence, sex, humor, a mentally unstable character. They each offer insight into the mind and focus on the characters' struggle to live in their harsh world.
Both deal heavily with the mentality of the characters and their inner conflicts.
They both are very philosophical and dark. What is one's purpose, why am I here, etc.
Similar story about a romance from the past and a guy trying to get revenge on those who have ruined his life. Both are very mysterious and keep you guessing.
Similar story about a romance from the past and a guy trying to get revenge. Both are very mysterious and keep you guessing.
Both involve traveling through space, meeting people and having adventures.
Both have a calm and peaceful atmosphere. They follow an individual as he travels around meeting interesting people and experiencing fantastic things.
Similar dark tones. They're both slow paced. They both focus a lot on the visuals that create a haunting atmosphere. Same character designer.
Both have a very similar style of presentation since they're by the same director. They're slow paced, violent and intense. The settings are complete opposites but they're so similar. If you liked the style of one you'll enjoy the other as well.
Both are highly addictive murder mysteries with intriguing stories that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Similar concept: a group of people traveling around searching for a certain person. The comedy is similar as well as the art style.
Cyberpunk. Similar animation style that blends both 2D with CGI. GitS has more dialogue while Wonderful Days relies more on the atmosphere to present it's ideas.
Very similar setting: dark dystopic and cyberpunk. The atmosphere has a similar feel to it.
Both involve trust and betrayal and are highly emotional. These are the only two anime that made me cry. You care for the characters and feel their pain. Both series are very intriguing and keep you interested to the end. Shigofumi is somewhat episodic but it still has a strong central storyline.
Both deal with characters who are paranoid and question reality. If you enjoyed one you'll likely enjoy the other as well.
Both are very surreal and can make you go "WTF?" and may not be clear at first. Neither of these are straightforward and require interpretation and open mindedness in order to fully appreciate. Both are seinen with dark plots.
They don't rely on action but tension and suspense created from an ensuing battle of the wits.
Both have a very dark and intricate plot. They mess with your mind and offer many interesting ideas. They delve into psychological and philosophical aspects. The plots have multiple interpretations and may take a while to fully understand. The style is extremely surreal, abstract and completely different from anything else. Since you can't recommend an anime for a manga this Lain oneshot is the closest thing to the Lain anime so if you liked the Serial Experiments Lain [i]anime[/i] you'll prolly enjoy Njigahara Holograph.
Both have a highly character-driven story and keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Both involve an antagonist who at first seems kind but has evil intentions and manipulates others. Each one contains great character development and characters who you feel and care for. If you want an anime that strays from the norm and delivers an interesting story with realistic portrayals of human emotion then this is for you.
Both involve people in a band. The style of humor is similar. Solanin focuses more on drama while Beck focuses more on the music.
Both manga keep you on the edge of your seat and are highly addicting. They both follow someone trying to stop people from dying. In Monster it's a serial killer and in Line it's suicides. Line is only 4 chapters long but the story is very intriguing but no where near as good as Monster.
Extremely similar plot, characters and themes. Both explore themes of self-discovery and accepting a predestined role or forging your own destiny. Both follow an amnesiac exploring a unique world trying to find answers and purpose. Lost love and betrayal are major aspects of each. Character development drives each series forward.
Both series focus on a group of people within an organizations that perform special tasks; Section 9 is to GitS as STNJ is to WHR. They both contain lots of philosophizing and the stories become very very similar it around half way.
Both center around a group of friends that are all part of a band. They both mainly focus on the relationships between all the characters and how they deal with the struggles of life. There's a bit of humor in each but the main focus is on the drama.
Both are from Production I.G., hence the beautiful visuals. Their settings couldn't be more different but the characters and story presentation are very similar. If you enjoyed one you will most likely enjoy the other.
Both very dark series that are psychological as well.
Very similar fast paced and random style of humor. Both have short episode lengths and are easy and fun to watch
They both have a similar type of random humor. Zetsubou Sensei is faster paced however and Cromartie relies more on timing with its humor and makes fun of all the high school delinquent anime stereotypes. If you found one funny you'll probably enjoy the other as well.
The atmosphere of each series has a very similar feel to it. They both have slow pacing and a similar way of presenting the story. While Texhnolyze is much darker, Ghost Hound has a few light hearted moments but still retains a dark atmosphere.
They both deal with the relationships between a group of friends and have some romance and lots of drama. If you like NANA you'll most likely enjoy Gankutsuou.
As I was watching Hidamari Sketch I couldn't help but think of Bamboo Blade. They both are about a group of students at school and have somewhat similar comedy.
They both deal with a person who has no dreams or aspirations and have no idea what to do with their life. NHK deals with hikkikomori while Hmizu deals with someone who's just lazy. They both do wild things to try and improve their lives but end up being futile.
They are both by Madhouse and have a similar artstyle and feel. Neither one has much of a story and rely heavily on action as well.
They are both by the same director. They have a slow pace, but everything comes together in the end. They each have some action but that's not the main focus. Character development plays a large role.