Total Recommendations: 46
those shows are both romance (to some degree) about girls that changing their appearance end up changing their whole life. fashion is also of importance in both series, we deal with models and designers, though in ParaKiss the main heroine is a model and in Kuragehime she's a designer (of sorts).
if you're looking for a romance that doesn't involve school boys and girls, you've just hit the spot. both stories are about people in their adulthood trying to find what it means to love someone and what it takes to be near that person.
First of all these manga bear the same idea of esse quam videri. To put it in a nutshell, until the very end of both manga almost all characters are trying to find out an identity of main heroes. All jokes are solely based on this concept of contrast between appearance and a true nature of our heroes. In Angel Densetsu we have a fearsome main hero with a heart of an angel, in Cheeky Angel we have a sweet main heroine which can beat you up to a pulp. Aside from this similarity, both manga are packed with fights and scrambles.
on a far away planet strange things happened. then a one more strange thing happened. and another one in a next instant. and after a while everything seems to be engulfed in madness and fear.
both of them deal with girls with mysteries. those girls are quite attractive and dangerous at the same time. the main thing which bounds those series together is the nature of mysteries which are represented as a knowledge or rather an ability to sense and understand something which is most likely won't be accepted by any commoner. the way those stories are told is quite similar too, without any exaggerating, like those things happen on a daily basis.
they both deal with people encountering something not from this world. you may tell that it's not a big deal, cause every second manga follow this usual pattern. but this time characters in both mangas encounter something quite similar, it's most likely would be labelled as forces of nature, which are painted in human like manner. it's also a matter of believing and willing to accept something extraordinary.
What do people do when they live and how do they face their death? Will you be able to tell that you've lived a fruitful life on our deathbed? These are only few questions which bring up those mangas. Even though plot and characters are completely different to each manga, questions and problems that face their characters are pretty the same. In the end they all have to decide - to forgive or to take a revenge on someone. In Dead End the main hero gradually moves toward his final decision and in Skyhigh we witness many people trying to solve this problem. One more thing to put them together is a common art. Somehow Manabe developed his style towards Takahashi's mussy ink drawings.
Both of them deal with the inner universe within a human's head. We explore various images of unconscious through an unique style of animation and character designs. Mind Game and Kuchu Buranko also features some real actors playing roles of anime characters. Sometimes they're integrated in the whole picture, by adding some drawn elements to their appearance, sometimes they completely separate from anime.
They both deal with school life and first love, but in their own manner. Not so descent and really unique plot follows few middle-schoolers through their every day boring life. But it also features their encounters with supernatural. Though supernatural here is also of a "slice of life" kind. No one makes a fuss about special abilities that posses main characters, no one asks them to save the Earth or change this world. Those supernatural powers showed as a very part of our everyday life. Thus main characters both in Kamichu and Windy Tales are still ordinary middle-schoolers, even though they possess some super powers.
Both of them have few favourite Bones features, which they applied to almost all of their original works:
Both of them deal with a situation where people face a soon and inevitable death. The main theme is the choices that people make under such circumstances, whether it's a revenge or an apologise. Both mangakas ask the same question - what will people do if they have few hours left to live? Of course each manga deal with it's own answers and it's own heroes, but the level of digging into dark human selves is almost the same. The plot structure is also pretty the same: small stories features the background of each character who's scheduled to die next and his or her final decision.
Champloo and Kenshin are both samurai stories. Cruel and impressively realistic, these series show us fields of honour for every character. They meet their destiny with blade in their arms and love in their hearts. You'll also enjoy great love stories without verbiage and superfluous expressions.
Put it in a nutshell, Mars Daybreak (MD) is a rough sketch of all Bones' anime features. And Eureka is a linear heir of MD. So they share lots of elements - a crew fighting against regime, an high-tech awesome ship (that thing did fly even though it's a submarine), mecha, teh genki shounen with brown hair, aliens and other stuff including graphics, orphans and a Green Peace spirit.
Somehow all Tetsuya's works feature criminals and their atonements for their sins in the past. Those two mangas are no exception. Here we go with a violent story of relatives of victims or victims themselves punishing criminals in their own way. Art is similar due to the same mangaka. Manhole has much more developed characters and more gore scenes. But if you liked the one of these you'll most likely enjoy the other one too.
Combine the uncombinable - is the main idea of those two mangas. Authors played with one of the most well-known and old human stereotype of form and content. What if something is not what it seems? What if someone who looks evil is really an angel or vice versa. Almost all comedy situations in those mangas based on this contrast between the true self of our heroes and their appearance.
Leadership is a very difficult thing. Someone says you can’t learn it but only gain from God. For Luffy and Tylor it's absolutely true. Main screen time they acting like fools without realizing what’s really going on, but when time comes they somehow managing to turn everything for their own benefit. Two desperate heaven-born captains definitely put these series together.
You can beat me up, but they're really almost the same. Firstly it's the plot structure - combination of serious and comedy episodes is the main feature for both, different length (26 eps vs >150 eps) doesn't stop them from showing some bizarre and random unconnected stories for one or few episodes length with some great story line behind the scene. Secondly it's the characters, Gintoki resembles Spike in all respects, they're both easygoing attractive guys with some dark past and fellows that was their friends but now they're enemies; you can beat me up one more time, but I think Kagura was created under the impression of Edward, they're both red, crazy, have some special unique skills and travel with dogs, though the main similarity is the "crazy" part; Jet and Shinpachi... I think if you try hard enough you'll find some similarities even between those guys.
Though Ichi's plot is a milk for babies comparing to MPD's crazy twists, the whole atmosphere of insanity is pretty the same. Madman killers represented by every second person in MPD and Ichi alone in Ichi, but bloodshed and gore are almost at the same level. So, if you enjoy mad murderers do their work check these series.
When you read Akira and Eden, second one looks like some lineal heir of Otomo's work. The same setting - post apocalyptic future without any useless hopes, brutal world that will kick your ass without hesitation. Main protagonists are almost the same too - young guys trying to help their friends to live in this world, they will use everything to get what they want and won't strain to spill some blood. Art looks similar too.
Say hello to massacre and sweet yandere girls. If you enjoyed unpredictable plot twists and some bloody action with cute girls, here's your choice.
Bloodshed, gore and almost hentai scenes bring these series together. Though plots are completely different, the whole atmosphere of madness and non-stop violence is pretty the same.
The whole structure of these series is the same, firstly author introduce us to the main hero using some random stories from their present life and then start to dig in the past, revealing a true nature of main heroes. Banya and Munsu are quite similar, they're not defenders of justice and bother yourself save someone only if they feel like doing it. Art and combination of bloodshed and comedy brings these series together.
Made by two twins these mangas are similar in both ways. Firstly they deal with some fantasy worlds created by their authors, secondly main characters in those mangas has some evil creatures bounded with the main hero, thirdly almost the same time skip usage... And many others, not to mention similar art style and the fact that they're both shounen.
What could possibly be better for a girl than getting into some guys community. One girl, supposable stupid and obvious, few guys (more - better) as pretty as you couldn't even imagine. Here we go, this is shojo. But our todays guinea pigs are different. It's a total parody on all shojo cliches and many other things like date-sims, yaoi and so on. Better to watch first some classical stuff like Fushigi Yuugi, success guarantied.
The main characters in these series aren't mere humans, they can see mystic creatures. Both Kantaro and Ginko don't think these creatures are evil; their attitude seems more similar with the attitude towards nature, neither good nor evil. Besides that these series have the same structure: one episode - one story. If it's not enough for you to put these titles together, you'll definitely enjoy the mystic atmosphere in Mushishi and Tactics.
Yomiko Readman likes to read and Hiroko Matsukata likes to write. At first glance they're really different, but somehow they have similarity in their way of living: they optimistically look towards the future and believe that something better will happen.
Tobira o Akete and Paprika tell us about dreams and the relationship between the dream and real world. A woman and a little girl travel through a delightful variegated reality. Although in Paprika this journey is more dangerous, it's as unpredictable and incredible as the journey of the little girl.
Origin and Spriggan are about saving the world from huge mountains (or something that looks like a mountain). The main characters are also very similar: they have strong personalities and a great aim. If you like watching good guys save the world, you will enjoy watching these.
Using gamer terminology, these series have the same setting: huge anthropomorphic robots save the world (or try to destroy it, according to the point of view) with a little help of brave teenagers. The formula is completed by a mere alien per episode and a big boss in the end. As a set-off against Eva, RahXephon has a great love story. By all means, those who were excited about one series will enjoy watching the other.
Making recommendations for Hayao Miyazaki films is almost useless. This director has it’s own style in graphics and storytelling which is hard to be muddled. His every film share same ideas and attitude about life. All characters in his films act almost the same, naturally, following their own heart and without hesitation. So if you’ve seen one of Hayao-sama films and get excited go and watch the rest.
Jing sometimes looks smarter than Naruto, but his adventures are similar to Naruto's. If you like series concerning a young hero defeating (or try to defeat) enemies with comic elements, it's your choice. Without a common plot, Jing is more like Naruto's filler episodes, but that's not a bad thing.
Nana and Beck tell us about the musical industry and everything concerning the creative process. We'll meet naive novices and tycoons of record labels, rookies and stars. Although in Nana the story is focused on love and relationships, it's also about the life of musicians, including live shows in small clubs, the recording process, promotion and music videos. If you want to know more about the musical industry you'll enjoy watching these series.
Maybe the only one thing that links these series together is the main characters. Neuro and Alucard are both from Hell (in some way) and have connections with devils. Both of them have young, not very smart and quick-witted female assistants. And finally they have the same charisma, arisen from their nature.
Full of funny moments, both Ouran and Lovely Complex are a great opportunity to have a good time. They also have nice love stories and an atmosphere of friendship and happiness. Risa and Haruhi aren't mere shoujo characters, sometimes they act very similar.
A short length and plot deficiency aren't the only things that put Tobira o Akete and Jumping together. Jumping into an urban landscape and flying through a variegated dream world gives you the exact same feelings, and definitely brings the two anime together.
Both from the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV, Hataraki Man and Paradise Kiss describe different professions but in the same way. If you want to know a little bit not only about fashion but also about journalism in Japan, and won't snore, these are a good choice. By all means the nice main characters bring these series together.
Everybody knows about the traditional luck of fools. Human with this ability manage to make incredible things without even thinking about it. Tylor and Kintaro are the typical representative of such character. They both don't think much about reasons of their behavior. But people trying to measure them by own yardstick find out that it's impossible to explain what they have on their minds. By all means Tylor and Kintaro have the gift of pleasing which helps them to become friend almost with everybody around them.
Imagine Fushigi Yugi without the love stories and you'll get The Twelve Kingdoms. It has less bishōnen characters and more fighting, but besides that it's almost the same.
FLCL and Lagann are Gainax's own flesh and blood, meaning that they contain incredible action with madness everywhere. Although for Lagann this is mostly true for first episodes, that's enough. Furthermore, both series showcase robots. In FLCL they come out of the hero's head, in Lagann they're head-shaped themselves.
Alucard and Dante are very similar to each other. First at all they have big guns and great powers; they're also bored and want to find an equal opponent and perfect competition. If you like characters who get involved in crazy fights with monsters, these are a good choice.
An atmosphere of darkness and mystery flushes both of these series. The main character in Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black live a double life, they have masks which hide their true faces. But not only similar characters put these titles together. The worlds described in DTB and Ergo Proxy are results of great catastrophes, connected with the main characters' destinies.
The same director is enough to put these series together, because Watanabe's way to create is somehow the same with Miyazaki, who share many ideas in his works. The crew contingent is almost the same, a woman and two men (with some exceptions). The story contingent is also almost the same, one episode - one story, with a great story line which has resolution in the end. You'll find moments to laugh yourself to death and to burst into tears. Besides all the above listed you'll enjoy an awesome work with music in these series. It isn't just a background for the main performance, but a very integral part of the creation.
Though extremely different at first sight, these stories have the same feelings beyond the pictures. They are two monologues: a monologue of a cat and a monologue of a little girl, which describe to us their sense of life and their hopes. Somehow you would find equal atmospheres in Cat's love story and Comedy's childhood story.
After schoolboys and girls samurais and ninjas are the most common characters in anime. Their life sometimes became really hard. They have to chase different type of strange creatures and of course kill them in a very strange way. Both these films tell us about a drab existence of doughty Japanese warriors. Destroying everything on their way they find by the way their true love and reason for being.
A great love story is what brings Toki wo and 5 cm together. Each involves love between people who are not yet adult but are not children, platonic love, and pure feelings between pure souls. You'll enjoy the romantic atmosphere that permeates through both titles.
Bebop and Baccano! are all about style. It’s the thirties: tommy guns, stars from black-and-white movies and jazz. Bebop is more like blues with its sadness and noir films features. Baccano! is a jazz like it was in really beginning, totally improvisation. You don’t know what will happen next. Great cocktail from retro, detective stories, comedy, cruelty and heartbreaks. Both these series was inspired by films like “The Godfather”, “The Untouchables” and so on. You’ll find crime families and gangland killing, fire-fights and pursuits, maniacs and comedy characters in Bebop and Baccano!