Total Recommendations: 152
Police/detective stories where the investigators scientifically analyze people's brains. The main character is the new member of the team. Quite violent and gory. Have characters who have been gone psycho because of the crimes they have to deal with. Have a strong appeal to female viewers.
Creepy mystery-thriller plots. Feature a stalker girl. And lots of blood and whacks. Shiki is a lot more mood-driven, and Mirai Nikki feels more mainstream.
Noein is like a jazzed-up version of Fantastic Children.
About a young boy who enters a service industry (mail delivery, train conductor). Have similar sorts of worlds, with an undercurrent of class struggles. The people use magical stones (spirit amber, rainbow stone).
Historical stories with a realistic feel about court life, and the drama and politics there. And the romance and "bedroom life" of the shogun. There is a crossover of some characters (Iemitsu, particularly). Ooku is longer, and a josei. Samon is a seinen, with a lot of martial arts.
-About detectives and police who solves murder mysteries, and must deal with the living, as well as the memories of the dead.
Welcome to your crazy college life!
Shoujo (or at least shoujo-esque) fantasy sci-fi's with a heavy focus on drama. In Escaflowne, it's mostly romance; in Terra, it's mostly tragedy. Some occasional battles and fights.
The smirking shinigami/demonslayer seem similar, and the stories are set in school.
I can't really compare the stories, but Issha from Nanika really reminds me of Yuca from Immortal Rain.
Both are about the Shinsengumi, and share some characters (Hijitaka, Souji). Have a theme of revenge.
A young guy finds out he is the re-incarnation of some dangerous woman from the past, who lived in a time of war. Sengoku is a shoujo, Shut is a seinen, and pretty mature.
They're different genres (comedy, horror) but they both focus a lot on the process of sake brewing. They also have a young man who can "see" creatures that people normally can't.
Tsukimi's relationship with jellyfish (particularly Clara) reminds me of Sawaki's relationship with microbes. Both are unconventional comedies about really ordinary life, with some odd twist. Lots of interesting characters.
Characters who use vigilante justice to make the world into what they think is perfect. They use questionable methods to choose the worthy, and cull the unworthy.
Serious and dramatic stories about children who suffer domestic violence. KIZU has a little bit of fantasy.
Sci-fi's where a boy lives in an advanced and tightly controlled society, but then gets in trouble with them, and must flee. Even though his life is at risk, he wishes to return. Shion and Jomy are both very impulsive (though Jomy is probably a little more intelligent). The boy has a mentor figure who introduces him to his new life in the outside world (Nezumi is like a cross between Blue and Keith). There's a little flavor of 'bromance' too.
A student has small-scale telekinetic ability, and a schoolmate convinces him to use his power to bring justice to the world. Lots of discussions about ethics. Unusual art styles.
Kiba feels like a more adult version of Tegami. They start off with a young boy who loses his family, and is taken around by a rather stoic adult. This adult works a maligned trade (as a letter bee, arms peddler). They explain that their wares are ambiguous: they can be used for good or evil. Weapons can be used to kill, letters can be used to tell lies or hurtful truths. The boy's eyes are opened to the truth of the world he lives in. Have a similar steampunk/Western style.
Fantasies about a group of heroes dedicated to fighting off the demons who are taking over the land. A girl (who is demon royalty) tags along with them, even though she is their "enemy."
Aliens come to earth and possess human bodies. Our hero still retains his consciousness. Parasyte is a lot more violent.
School shoujos about a girl who is asked to help a fellow male student. The guy looks scary, and can be violent, but he is very naive and his personality can be very sweet. It's all she can do to keep up with the crazy things he tries to pull! Romantic interest develops between them.
Comedy, drama, bishounen, bright colors and nice animation. You need to have a weird sense of humor to appreciate them. Mawaru is a bit more naughty.
Hot guys and gals, and weird sci-fi-supernatural-ness that the characters all go along with.
About a boy who swaps his gender (Kei finds out he is intersexed, and actually more of a female, Akira gets his body swapped). And now his old guy friends are interested in him romantically, even after they know who he used to be. Have a similar sort of weird comedy, and brazen characters.
Comedies where a boy meets an alien...and gets more than he bargained for. "Foo" is a one-shot.
Immortal people seeking death, and searching for someone from their past; in their words, they were cursed with immortality because "I ate a god/angel." Are constantly being chased and attacked by people for various reasons. Have a young person who sticks with them. Both have lots of action; "Immortal" also has adventure and sci-fi. Sort of "edgy" shoujos.
A girlish boy and boyish girl accidentally swap bodies. Comedies, with some naughtiness. "Woman" is a one-shot.
Life on the grungy side of the city. Assassins, guns, swords, and violence. I think Gangsta has more quiet moments. Art style is similar.
VERY mature seinens about a difficult time in Japan (after a massive cholera epidemic, after the end of WWII), and boys (brothers, fellow inmates) who must face incredibly brutal and cruel hardships at the hands of circumstances, and evil people. The only ones they can trust are themselves. That trust is the only real warmth in the series. Have lots of violence and rape. Art style is similar.
Investigations of the human psyche. Deal with the overlap between the world of the human, and the world of the supernormal, and the creatures within it. Have a quiet, yet pensive tone, with occasional horror, and take place in the countryside. Feel a little unusual, even experimental. Similar music. Mushi-shi is episodic, while Ghost Hound follows the same set of characters throughout.
Rather mild stories that revolve around a girl who sees a special place in her dreams, and the ones who love her. They also share sci-fi themes, other dimensions, betrayal, a degree of wistfulness, and the desire to go to a certain faraway place.
Shounens with screwball comedy and bizarre wackiness that are set in prisons.
Operation is a shoujo fantasy, and has Ooku is a historical josei with a lot of mature content. Both share the theme of gender role-reversal, where it is women who dominate the culture. Operation takes it a lot farther.
Shoujo/josei mysteries with crime, horror, psychology, police, and drama. Deal a lot with memories. Himitsu has slicker art, and is also a lot more 'mature.'
Seinens with awesome martial arts and action, similar slick artwork and city settings. Mysterious main character. Very similar vibe.
Complex fantasy mysteries set in well-crafted worlds. Great art, leaning toward the gothic. Action. Amnesia. Bishounen. Dangerous friendships. And a healthy mix of comedy and tragedy.
Stories about a guy whose girlfriend/crush is an utter fujoshi. And thus he is dragged into the world of yaoi fandom.
Romances between a girl, and a boy who crossdresses. Only, in Mizuho, the boy keeps his true gender a secret from her. Mizuho is also a little bit pervy.
Both are about specialty dessert shops, and how the shop is involved in the drama of its customers' lives.
The type of story and setting are very different. But they are both rather feminist shoujo series, with a lead girl who is smart and goal-driven and not generally swayed by angst or emotion. There are guys who are interested in her, but she tells them she is not yet ready for romance. Yvienne in Ciel has a more devious personality.
Tons of gun-fight action, monsters, blood, religious references, and the supernatural. Our main character is the baddest of them all. In Hellsing, he revels in violence, in Priest, he's more of a tortured soul.
Shounens about a young lady who takes in an anthropomorphized supernatural creature who looks like a cute little kid. The art is a very cute style. Nori is a slice-of-life, but the creature in it is much more impish.
Action-adventures in fantasy worlds, with comedy and camaraderie, and lots of fights and magic. Also some confusion regarding the gender of our main characters (they also have similar personalities).
Action-adventures set in fantasy worlds. A group of people travel about, fight a lot, use magic, whack each other around....a healthy amount of comedy too.
Both are for people who appreciate craziness. Along with action, monsters, horror, megalomaniacs, and craziness. And more random craziness. JoJo has a longer story.
Ookami-heika starts off so similar to Saiunkoku that it seems almost like plagarism! Historical setting, a girl is hired to be the temporary bride for the king. He acts very different in public than he does with her. As the royal concubine, her life is in danger, etc. etc.
Science has created a select few people with the power to mess with other people's minds, even to the point of killing them. Involves questionable ethics. Have a subdued tone.
Fantasy settings with lots of human-animal people (sub-humans, +Anima), who experience a lot of prejudice from those who are fully human.
Crimson Shell was a sort of early incarnation of Jun Mochizuki's later work, Pandora Hearts. Both have her signature drawing style, and several of the character designs are similar. Both have similar settings and themes: An organization was instituted to fight against monsters, there is a girl who is one of those monsters but is different and more powerful. She has been forced to join the organization. A crucial part of the story is her trust in an older man, and how it seems that trust is betrayed. Lots of intrigue and magic. CS is only one volume, though.
Ibitsu is like a far creepier, bloodier, and more violent version of Zashiki. They're weird twists on urban legends about creepy women who will start to stalk you if you talk to them........
Tragic and disturbing stories about a boy who is sexually abused by someone he should have been able to trust. He wants to run away, but his abuser threatens to harm a family member if he does. Rather than try to be BL fluff, these stories are about the pain, shame, and fear engendered by this kind of situation. Zankoku feels more realistic, and is also less explicit. It also shows how a victim's sense of intimacy can be shattered by abuse.
The main character has a similar personality: secretive, deceitful, manipulative. Very intelligent and cunning, and has big plans for the world.
Both are about someone who mixes their professional business (locksmithing, selling medicine) with their job of dealing with evil spirits and supernatural problems.
Both are seinens, told in first person, of an egotistical young man who thinks that he knows what humanity is, and walks–or is lead–down the path of darkness and perversion. He is rather a pushover, and "lets things happen" rather than assert his own feelings. Both take a dark view of human nature.
Gladatorial fighting in ancient rome, and cruel, tragic situations.
Shoujos with lovey-dovey cuddliness, and strange family relations.
If you watched Togainu, and felt that it was disappointing, and that it had potential to be a really great dark and moody series but dropped the ball...then take a look at Texhnolyze. Both are dark, moody, futuristic, taking place in a dog-eat-dog world, with silent "observer" characters, and people caught up in the games that the ones in power play. They are both rather mature, with violence and sexual exploitation. The big difference is that Texhnolyze is actually worth watching.
Both have a sort of toyland world, with an organization that fights evil. Replica is a little darker.
Both have a slightly gothic aura, action, and references to Alice in Wonderland.
Intrigue, scandal, plots, and mysticism in Renaissance Italy!
Shounen/seinen comedies. A boy is forced into becoming a magical girl to replace a relative who had that role. He is rather embarrassed about it, but once he starts fighting, he takes it seriously.
Comedies where ordinary people are turned into magical girls... and some of them are actually boys...
Gintama surely must have influenced Samurai High School. They are both shounen comedy/dramas with lots of wackiness, aliens, action, and those who wield swords and live by the code of the samurai.
ATTENTION: the storylines and style are not at all similar. Texhnolyze is targeted to a more mature audience.
Shoujo fantasies about conspiracies and world destruction and reformation, weird science and nature. Characters interact in a similar way. Zion is more watered down though, and Kamui has a lot of violence.
Both are shounens about a school sensei who exorcises demons that harass his students.
Gothic-styled mangas about a boy who summons a demon to be his servant.
A fellow student wants to change the world, and leads our main character (who has something they want to exploit) down a path of evil.
Shounen thrillers with lots of twists and turns. Both sides play a game of mental chess and set up elaborate schemes to catch each other, and we get to watch it all unfold.
Shoujos about cute guys who solve eerie mysteries.
Lithe ninja-fighters. Main characters are a guy who takes it upon himself to watch out for someone who *seems* weak and apathetic.
Main character is a boy who can see spirits, an ability he inherited from his grandparent. Keeps his ability secret from others. He has an antagonistic relationship with his spirit-guardian. Helps and fights spirits depending on the situation.
Seinen high school romances with a similar "quiet" feel. Some sci-fi, and the girlfriend is someone amazing who has to protect the world from ending.
Set in late Victorian Europe, a young man is caretaker for a girl. Art is quite good. Very dark with some very twisted parts, so for mature readers only.
Slightly off-beat historical fantasies. Nice-looking guys who can fight like nobody's business (I think Adekan has more action). Both joseis.
Sweet series about teen boys who have to take care of cute little kids, and who discover all the joys and trials it entails.
Somewhat intense murder-drama-mysteries. Have a realistic feel, and delve into the human condition. Make you question who is REALLY the monster. Have doctors who act as detectives.
About a strong-willed, fugitive doctor, and the high drama he comes across as he seeks to settle a horror from his past.
Bittersweet shoujo one-shots. Slightly fantastic elements (animal ears, demons). Theme of death.
Both are shoujo fantasies with a similar feel to them. Lots of long-haired bishounen. Though not truly shounen-ai, they have have some BL gags. Bijoux also has gender swapping.
School-life shoujos about a boy who retains memories of his past life in a previous incarnation. In this life, he meets people he used to know in the distant past, but some of them have switched genders...
About a lone warrior with a secret past. They become the protector for a young boy who is being pursued. Historical settings, with a little bit of the supernatural. Politics, drama, and action. And fine animation. 'Stranger' is a LOT more violent.
Dark, gothic shoujos. Art style somewhat similar. Different types of storylines, but overall feel very reminiscent of each other. (And both happen to be sequels that are better than the original series, and can be read without reading the prequel.)
Have similar settings, taking place in both the modern world, and a sort of historical and supernatural world, with gods and spirits. Lots of philosophizing on the roles of gods. Lots of wacky characters. Same mangaka, so art style is the same. Targeted to the same audience (shoujo/josei readers). Overall, feel fery similar.
Crimson Cross is very short compared to Vampire Knight. Carl, like Zero from VK, is an embittered vampire hunter who hunts vampires even after he was turned into one himself. The one who turned him makes a hobby of tormenting him.
Both are shounens about a guy who wants to pilot a machine that supposedly only females can operate. He goes to a girls' school. In Alto, he hides his gender.
Shounens that look and feel very similar. Have a nice balance of action and drama. Heroes have special weapons and abilities (yet are always getting really beat up). Each has an organization that tries to prevent the spread of a terrible infection. Riku is similar to Allen in the later chapters of D.Grayman.
Have human experimentation, and characters who are given the ability to see people for what they really are.
Seinens about a guy who crossdresses. Ends up that the girl he has a crush on is friendly to his female side, but ignores his male side. (Fudan is about a highschooler who enters the fujoshi world, Nico is about an office-worker. Fudan is a lot more...edgy.)
A high school boy is infected by something strange, and forms an uneasy alliance with someone to fight and kill other infected people. His "condition" evolves. His girlfriend knows something is going on, and is upset at his secretiveness.
Same mangaka; '7' is like a short, early version of 'Kiss.' Both are light shoujos about teacher-student romance, mostly directed toward the teacher from the student. The teacher generally does his best to be discreet. The teachers in both are VERY similar (though Makoto-sensei is a bit more wacko).
Each is about a boy who is killed. He is given some difficulties by a supernatural being (the Undertaker or Shinigami), who later saves his life....but in exchange, he must work for them.
Both are VERY mature seinen vampire stories.
Both are shoujos about dragons (in Ciel they don't show up until later).
Both are about the historical Italian, Cesare Borgia, and the people, politics, and intrigues surrounding him. Cesare is a realistic story, whereas Cantarella is a more fanciful version, with shounen-ai, and some supernatural elements.
Both are mystery animes, with some horror, set in historical Europe. The animation and historical atmosphere are very well done. They star very cunning and calculating children (Ciel, Victorique). Kuro is more of a shoujo, Gosick is more of a shounen.
Both are about school kids who are thrust into a kill-or-be-killed game. Have similar art style.
Both are shounen mangas by female mangaka, so they have a similar aesthetic. And the main male characters are all really nice-looking. Both are fantasies, with lots of action and comedic moments. They deal with strong moral topics. The male leads fight monsters in accordance with their own principles (Allan saving souls of akuma, Yuusha not killing or harming monsters). Most noteable difference is that Superior has a female lead.
Both have really pretty animation and GORGEOUS boys. The shows don't have very much story, and are more about the pretty characters and the [somewhat goofy] things they do and say to each other. Uraboku has some supernatural action, and is darker, while Starry is about school life.
-Both focus on the tension between people who are fashionable and beautiful, vs. those who are plain and ordinary. Also demonstrate the shallowness of judging people by their exterior, despite the fact that looking beautiful gives you power in society.
The styles and storylines are different, but they give you a similar feeling. Both are shounen thrillers with a lot of psychological tension. They keep you on the edge of your seat, and wanting the next episode. Modern setting, with a supernatural element. Death is a central feature. Later in the series, they cover both sides of the "warfare" somewhat sympathetically. Shiki additionally has horror. It also covers several characters in depth, while Death Note only covers a few.
Both are short shounens (Stray is a one-shot) concerning chimera research. In both, a man takes care of a chimera child.
Both are shoujo/josei action thrillers, with supernatural themes, and heroes that are appointed to fulfill or prevent a terrible destiny. The storytelling style feels very similar, and the main characters are practically identical. Have lots of blood and violent moments. (Though X is more gory, it has a richer story.) Art is similar.
Are about young people with super-powers, where the male lead who has to deal with his life being turned upside down, and responding to people who want to use him. Both have a good deal of action, and LOTS of violence, blood, and gore. E's is more horrific. X has more drama. Similar art style; X has a more feminine aesthetic.
Both are dramas revolving around gourmet European-food restaurants with all-male staff. Have slightly unusual art styles, and odd romantic escapades on the side (a young woman falling in love with an older man, a flaming gay chef).
For girls who like shoujo anime with bishounen, bishounen, and more bishounen.
Both are shounens that begin similarly: a boy is given the power of a monster. He thinks he can control it, but soon finds himself giving way to his new urges. To protect his family, he runs from home, and goes on a journey with a man.
Both are rather dark tales, where "Church vs. Vampires" is a big part of the story. Follows a churchman who is himself a vampire. Both have a lot of violence. Vassalord is more sexualized, and has some shounen-ai-ish content.
At first glance, Tripeace seems like a copycat of FMA. The shounen art style is similar, and lots of the characters in Tri look like Ed from FMA. The worlds look similar (steampunk along with the countryside); soldiers, an all-purpose healing medicine, death, war, tragedy, comedy. Nana and Ed have similar personalities.
Star Driver may not have the "grand" story Code Geass has, but both have slick animation, bright colors, crazy costumes, mecha fights, fanservice, and school life on the side.
The storylines and target audiences are different, but they both have a lot of over-the-top comedy, gags, and parodies.
Same mangaka, so similar art. Shounen stories about mechanized boys who awake after a long sleep, and fight evil and protect goodness.
Art and style were similar enough that I thought they were by the same mangaka. Both are school life slice-of-life dramas, with comedy and tragedy and everyday life events. Focus on several students, rather than just one or two. The events are fairly realistic, instead of the idealized happenings usually see in the school life shoujo genre. Events are seen mostly through the eyes of male students. Don't focus that much on romance, though there is a noticeable amount of sexual dialog.
Shoujos about pirates.
By the same mangaka, so they have similar art and storytelling styles. Both are shounens that take place in modern-day Europe, and have characters who had superpowers forced onto them (vampire, power based off Celtic legends). DS is based off a book series by another author, while Arago is an original story.
Are incredibly similar. By the same mangaka, so they have similar art and style. Have lots of "sensitive" guys, without being truly shounen-ai. In each, the inhabitants of a supernatural world (Jusenkai, the Angel World) come to Earth to hunt creatures of evil.
Both are shoujo historical fantasies revolving around fairy-like beings (nymphes, hotarus).
Both are manhwa dramas that try to realistically examine a "forbidden" love, without getting into anything really explicit. Some intense scenes, and tragedy. Let Dai is about a gay relationship, Flower about incest.
Both deal with cloning and "playing with human lives" via experimentation, and the consequences. Afterschool is more fantasy, and deals with the social aspect. Eternal is much more heavy, and deals with the ethical aspect.
Have similar, alternate-reality historical fantasy settings, with a little sci-fi. Targeted toward a mature female audience. Lots of action, and violence. Monsters. Fantasy. Oh, and a gun-toting priest. Saiyuki has more comedy, Kagerou more tragedy.
Both begin with a "marriage of convenience" between a teen and adult (though is Yunohana, they don't technically marry yet), and their ensuing married life and shenanigans. Both couples have to to do their best to keep the union a secret. "Kiss" is more romance, "Yunohana" more comedy.
Many people try to recruit the main character (who is a skinny, weak-looking boy) to fulfill a "great destiny," even though he has zero interest, and pretends to be apathetic. Both have a traditional Japanese feel--Nabari is about modern-day ninjas, Izayakaku is historical.
Both have pseudo-European settings with a bit of light "magic"; the main character (Ed, Oz) is forced into working for an organization after having a horrible experience. They both have to prevent a repeat of the past which could destroy the world. Both series have large casts of interesting characters on both the good and bad side, as well as ones who you don't know which side they're on; the main bad guy stays in the shadows for a long time. Have an alternate dimension (the gate, the abyss). Have heavy mysteries, plot twists, and suspense. Don't have a huge amount of violence, and practically zero ecchi. Some scary monsters, though. Ed and Oz have similar personalities; though Ed is more forceful, and Oz more happy-go-lucky. Both have lost their mothers and were abandoned by their fathers. The art styles are different from each other, but each is very distinctive and memorable. FA is definitely shounen; PH seems to lean a little more toward shoujo (it has lots of bishounens). Both are rather long, and it takes a while to get to the core story, but if you're patient, you get there.
Both are seinens, and have a similar tone...slightly unnerving, mild horror. Vampire themes. Similar settings. Have a slightly brushy, dark art style.
Both are joseis set in a dark parallel world, where we follow a character who joins the devil to beat the devil, so to speak. Have a similar art style, and lots of handsome young men in uniform. Have a certain amount of shounen-ai tension (more so Toxic).
Both are comedies that involve a high school student who is actually a supernatural creature in human form. Side characters raid the school trying to discover the identity of this person via unusual or hilarious methods.
Premises are practically identical: a man from the spiritual realm (having long hair, dressed in black clothes and a hat) apprentices a high school boy after said boy loses part of his soul. The boy assists the man in his work fighting evil spirits (and powers up into a cool outfit).
Both have sci-fi/steampunk themes (LE is flying aircraft, GR is trains). Deal mostly with humans, with the occasional alien. GR is shounen, LE is seinen.
Both are collections of one-shots, mostly featuring "dolls" (life-like robots/androids). Both are very psychological.
Similar basic plot: the main character experiences a death of a family member at the beginning, each receives a power from a "devil," and plans to use that power destroy the "devil." Both have an energetic style, and even though they're shounens, they probably appeal equally to both guy and gal readers.
Both are shoujos about a high school boy. Heisuke is like a selfish version of Natsume. Art style practically identical. The storytelling style is similar, both have an airy, innocent feel, and they deal a lot with real feelings and emotions. Neither main character has a romantic relationship.
Both are slightly gothic fantasies with similar "dark fairytale" themes. Art and style similar. SK has a modern setting, PH is historical. (PH probably has more depth to it)
Both are about a girlfriend and boyfriend, where the girl is tall and mannish, and the boy is small and cute. Both mangas are a bit naughty.
They share many of the same themes, have a similar art style, and lots of bishonen. The settings are different (Victorian England vs. fantasy sci-fi) but the vibes are very similar.
Both are about with human/spirit interaction, and have a fresh, innocent feel to them.
Similar art style; characters in odd gothic costumes; similar vibe overall.
Both are gentle stories about people who can see spirits. Natsume and Kobato are similar, trying to help out the spirits they meet. NY is a running series, KI has a half-volume story with Kobato, and several one-chapter stories that have a similar style.
Both are bittersweet short fantasies about children making friends with spirits of nature, and growing up alongside them.
Both are sci-fi's that focus more on drama than action.
Both have artwork that's rich/dark/realistic. Both are in the josei genre, and deal with corruption, the underworld, and human enhancement (more so Ilegenes).
Both deal with a shop owner who grants wishes. (Otherwise they're really different.)
Artwork is very similar. Both deal with government organizations and agents. Action, mystery, drama. Missions. C-blossom is fairly short (only 2 volumes). Dolls is *MUCH* more violent and grisly than the other.
Horror, violence, betrayal, trying to save the world, escaping your fate...lots of parallels. (X is a lot more bloody of the two, and also doesn't have a proper ending yet.)
Both begin similarly... A wandering priest (tall, long light hair, long robes) who happens to be immortal/invincible meets a teen girl who becomes their companion/sidekick. Abel and Rain are both rather air-headed. Soon the stories become obviously different. Both are shoujo-oriented but still action-packed, with great storylines. Trinity Blood is definitely the more violent of the two, though Immortal Rain does have a noticeable about of disturbing content.
Both are fantasy mangas about a kid who has to work as an art thief. Both deal a lot with art. Kannade is a bit darker than D.N.Angel. The artwork style is pretty similar.
Both are fantasies that have partnerships between two fighters, where one of them contributes the use of their body.
Both have a hero who becomes "undead," and who is forced to leave their old life behind. Artwork is somewhat similar.
Both feature police drama, crime, danger, action, violence, and beautiful artwork by Naked Ape. (That also means both have lots of characters who are hard to tell apart--Switch is the worse of the two). Dolls is much more violent than Switch.
Both have a similar feel to them: they're quiet and wistful dramatic stories. They're both school shojo, but aren't silly. The arkwork for both is simple and clean, though the styles are distinctly different. Even though they communicate a similar feel, the stories are very different. "Flat" is about a kid making friends with his shy younger cousin. "Akaku Saku Koe" is about a girl who wants to be friends with a boy who works for the police.
Both deal with young "exorcists" who go around destroying "demons." Both have a similar quirky-artsy style.