Matsumoto Rie. Those two words, more succinctly and more definitively than any other, link Kyousogiga and Kekkai Sensen. Fairly new to the anime game, Matsumoto is quickly proving to be a very talented director with a distinct style and Kyusogiga and Kekkai Sensen are the biggest proof of this. Set in fantastical alternative versions of real cities, both anime are brimming with creativity, feature a colorful cast and boast an impeccable visual direction. Beyond the superficial level, they also have thematic similarities, with familial bonds and the notion of sacrifice underlying the actions of the characters.
Both throw you right into the middle of a fantastical alternative take on a normally realistic setting (Kyoto in Kyousogiga, New York in Kekkai Sensen), and both revolve around large casts of characters in not-quite-but-almost slice of life stories. Neither one is too fond of exposition, preferring to take you right into the middle of things and just let you take in everything that's happening. Both have frantic pacing and great dialogue/character interactions.
Also, they have the same director, and it shows.
- The supernatural is treated as standard giving both series a feel of magical realism.
- Full of mayhem and destruction, property damage and explosions galore.
- Large cast of very colourful characters, all with wildly different designs, motivations, and personalities, characters you really want to find out more about.
- Similar art styles, full of energy and unafraid of imaginative use of colours and shapes.
- Set in bustling real-world cities and locales with rich histories behind the backgrounds (New York and Kyoto).
Both have the same director.
Thus, the styles are extremely similar.
The director's style is very unique and creative, adding a ton of fun to the characters and setting, using interesting camera angles and character interactions to make the show more exhilarating.
(These are the only full series she's done thus far.)
Both have a very similar artistic flare and direction with a premise set in a supernatural-turned real city and an outsider protagonist with a unique power. Kyousou Giga is more colourful and comedic and contains a less linear story than Kekkai Sensen, but both revolve around backstory and worldbuilding intrique, as well as family-driven motives. Also, both have the same director, which is especially clear by the supernatural-creature designs and flashy action scenes.
'Controlled chaos' is how I would describe the feel of both these shows. However, both shows have beautiful visuals, fun characters and themes of families and odd relationships. Makes sense as they were both directed by the same person.
Same director, who really knows how to fully inhabit the potentialities of anime as a visual medium. Both are a feast for the eyes (though Kekkai Sensen is more straight-up action and Kyousou Giga is…really hard to pigeonhole).
Both shows have a lot of whimsical and colorful elements, especially in the designs of worlds, but have more serious notes especially towards the climax. The plots of both are also paced similarly with a plot that comes together to make sense more at the end. The conflict in the plot involves family as a key part in both of them.
There are so many reasons these two shows should be watched and loved together, so where do I begin?
- fantastic alternate realities with colorf, well-detailed, fantastic backrounds and themes
- strong themes of family and the value it holds
- subtle and well thought out symbolism
- beautiful animation
- colorful and energetic presentation
- they never feel repetitive
- hyperactive, yet concise and excellent storytelling
- non-linear, yet easily understandable story
- charming and fun main characters
- exquisite and unique fantasy and adventure
- cute comedy that never becomes obnoxious
- dark undertones
- magic and science combined for the greater good
- low budget anime with excellent and unique art styles, well flowing, beautiful animation and original concepts
- fabulous character designs
- while dark at times, they never feel like downers or depressing
- even if energetic, the pacing is great and stable
- every arc and plotpoint flows perfectly into one another
- constant progression and growth of both story and characters
- satisfying conclusion
- fun to watch read more
Both include fantastical journeys into alternate reality worlds. Both Anime's worlds contain problems which are rooted in the main female protagonist(s), which only they can solve. Both are beautifully animated in refreshing new ways I've never seen or experienced before.
Both have plenty of frantic exaggerated action. The kinds of things we wouldn't see from regular people and yet there are emotions that are deeply familiar. A sense of belonging, wanting some place to call home, universal kinds of longing in all the craziness.
FLCL and Kyousou Giga not only shares similar artwork and backgrounds but also with its explicit presentation in terms of comedy, action, and fun. The main female characters from both series are similar with their explosive energy and personality.
More so however is the comedy from both series. The dialogues are catchy and provides feedback of fun that also balances itself with emotional scenes. There are also elements mixed in that is quite eye gluing with the way it presents itself.
Very similar art and direction styles, with a lot of crazy action and bright colors, and both containing stories that deal with growing up. FLCL is more focused on one aspect of growing up and is a bit faster-paced, while Kyousou Giga is more focused on family. Somewhat similar music in certain parts. Can't see any reason why a fan of one series wouldn't be a fan of the other.
So, first of all Im going to say that when I was introduced to the 2012 ONA of Kyousougiga, I said to myself "this will be the new FLCL". Not in terms of popularity, but in just how it plays out. You are so over run with awesome and mystifying things that you find out later have a point and a deep emotional appeal. I was just so happy the first time i saw it (and ATT it was only at Ep 1 of 2012 ONA) that the Mirror Capital became a place I could fantasize about.
Total fantasy is what diverges this concept from FLCL. Kyousougiga might actually just be going out even farther.
Gynax uses a lot of experimental angles and shots that I dig as far as the artwork goes. Someone also said that there were "too many rainbows" but really there are a lot of colors that match and/or are complementary in terms of color theory and diadic harmony. This art style is what I like to call "scenery porn" because it makes mental masturbation happen from watching Kyousougiga. You dont have to know whats going on to like it because of this. However, its not vain. Its not all scenery porn and shiny things. There is a plot with substantial connection to my imagination. read more
Both series feature:
-Unconventional, quirky direction
-An initially confusing and potentially disorienting plot that becomes clearer as time passes
-Frenetic, explosive action
-Wonderful OSTs which fit their respective series perfectly
-Rich exploration of many themes and ideas (FLCL's main focus is puberty/coming-of-age, whereas Kyousou Giga's is family)
Kyousougiga has more action than Mawaru but these animes share several similarities:
- Unique sceneries and colorful animation trace an intricate plot that starts as utterly confusing, until the end where explanations finally arrive and the riddles are solved.
- Both are plots filled with symbolism, rabbits, a fruit that connects two people and Alice in Wonderland references.
- The main message is "bonds" and the true meaning of family where a character disappears and returns later; also it is presented an unconventional affection between two siblings.
Great soundtracks and Voice acting...and there are many other similarities which are not mentioned here due to spoilers.
M.P. has more depth and more well developped characters, but Kyousougiga does an excellent job in just 10 episodes. Iif you enjoyed one you will probably enjoy the other. read more
Similar director approach in terms of animation, backgrounds, and puzzling but solid story with characters bearing the fate their parents chose for them. Quirky but at the same time cheerful and creepy, it's a rare mix ,well shaken.
Both of these shows are colorful, weird, and in turns both funny and tragic. Also starring: great soundtracks and loads of symbolism, most notably the fruit of fate/life/something. Introducing red eyed black rabbits!Featuring Alice allusions!
Kyousou Giga and Mawaru Penguindrum are both anime series with a strange sense of fascination.
They have an unique sense of artistic background with its colorful cast of characters. The approach that both series takes is peculiar but is packaged with amusing dialogues, powerful characterization, and engaging story. Both series also has a sense of supernatural elements involved in them along with colorful imagery/allusions.
If you're looking for a series with an unique style, then look no further.
Although the two stories are different, they're executed in a very quirky style. Both involve a different world and have colourful art. Not to mention that both animes have rabbits with black fur and red eyes. ;)
Similar art and animation style, both have Supernatural/Shounen elements. There aren't any particular alignments in the content itself, as in story and premise, but they're both very reminiscent of each other in various ways.
- Cool, interesting, and largely unsexualised female protagonists with distinct personalities beyond 'headstrong-babe-with-a-gun',
- Large cast of characters all with their own quirks, ideas, motivations, and designs.
- Similar art styles; simple shapes and blocking colours. Vibrant and full of magic, gives you an Alice in Wonderland feel whilst watching.
- Very energetic, with energetic animation to match. They're all teenagers afterall...
- The supernatural is treated as standard by everyone around, calling back to classic magical realism.
Original and unique urban fantasies that are often overlooked and underappareciated with a wonderful and colorful cast of characters, soulful energy and balance between character dynamics & development and fast paced action
- a group of very interesting and peculiar characters that are more than simple quirks
- powerful and intriguing character dynamics and drama
- well directed action scenes
- a balanced pacing that transitions perfectly between moments of comedy, drama, action and fantasy
- unique and fascinating takes on japanese mythology with great world building and detailing
- both journeys are satisfying with every step taken
- beautiful animation, cute and unique character designs, fabulous art and backrounds
- fantastic balance of fantasy and realism
- powerful themes of family and friendship
- both often overlooked and underrated
- use of magic and legendary powers
- japanese folklore
- youkai are integral part of both stories with interesting takes on them
- definitely worth your time read more
I think that "family bonds" is one of the things which make these two quite similar with a quirky, normal, but different setting. Both are quite touching but also have their turn of fun. Similarly, they're also manageable in length and don't drag out, making it well paced and interesting.
Both shows have characters who simply live their lives, eager to make their daily lives as interesting as possible. Both shows are set in fantasized Kyoto. Also, there is a co-existence among human and non-human (e.g. tanuki, demon, tengu)
Supernatural and surreal with a japan-but-not-quite-japan setting and a center on family (relations between siblings, parents). A touch of politics/factions, battle scenes, ridiculous battlegarb/beasts, daddy-disappeared issues. Both have the slow and shocking reveal of complex family histories/legends.
Family drama set in magical-realist version of Kyoto with character who appear human but do not act as humans do; they behave more in line with the traditional Japanese views on how gods/kami or spirits act. More or less reacting in similar ways to how people would, but with an oddly detached other-worldliness. Rolling along with whatever the world throws at them. Both shows feature character that are largely mischievous and nonchalant, yet keenly aware of and at ease with their own mortality.
Lots of references to Japanese mythology.
- Both about family bounds
- Both are set in realistic setting but involve more magical powers
- Both are colorfull animes with a mostly light-hearted atmosphere
- Yet both of them will tackle more serious issues such as betrayal
- Both stories are close to tales
Both anime are beautiful, stylistic and very mysterious, giving you the story in pieces at a time. If you like a great anime with strange and varied characters, that doesn't reveal the end for you in the first five minutes, these two anime are both for you!
Both try to tackle themes of family and friendship, yet fall flat due to incoherent writing, hollow characters, and obnoxious style.
Only difference is Kyousougiga is a bit more inspired and sincere in its ineptness, whereas Mekakucity Actors comes off as pretentious.
Vibrant artwork, rebellious teenage girls, an emphasis on friends and family, and a story you won't soon forget. If you are looking for a series with great pacing and an amazing ending look no further.
Both anime gave me the feeling "wtf did I just watch? that looks totally awesome even if i don't understand a damn thing!"
I find that the atmosphere in the anime is pretty similar, with protagonist barging in an unknown place just to bust things left and right
Also, Koto and Ryuko look like each other a lot in the way they do things, but their motives is completely different
Despite a completely different plot, premise, characters and style, somehow I just feel that if you like one, you'll like the other. Both series have very colourful artstyles which make the universes unique. The characters are elaborate and fun it their own way. Creative storytelling makes both series very enjoyable (but confusing in the first few episodes).
If you like short quirky anime then you should check this one out.
Both Kyousougiga and Tsuritama have bright colours, quirky, unique soundtracks and art styles, and a fun, cute family/friendship message. Kyousougiga seemed vaguely Sci-fi, much like Tsuritama despite Tsuritama actually being a Sci-Fi anime.
Both shows have this over-the-top action where main cast fights against the established universe. Family bonds play a big role and there is an important big brother figure in both too.
The feeling and the setting between the two differ quite a lot however. TTGL is a mecha with simple backgrounds and a lot of deserts that show the despair of oppression and destruction, while Kyouso Giga's genre is supernatural and the art is very fairy tale-ish most of the time.
While there are some differences between TTGL and Kyousou Giga, they honestly aren't *too* different from each other. They both prove that family conquers all, and they both excel in the way that they present that point, going over the top in every aspect of it. Both of these shows are definitely worth the watch, and if you liked one you'll almost certainly like the other.
Both are stories about parents, and family, and loss and strength, and growing up and learning how to make a place for one's self to belong. They're both really touching and they have similar fantasy settings, along with a good dose of nicely done action.
. The characters both go to a world different from their own
. Surrogate father figures
. Really warm family atmosphere (less in Kyousougiga than in the Boy and the Beast)
Kyousougiga is more of a "think for yourself" anime (some things happening are not explained on purpose) when the boy and the beast is more straightforward. (It's a good thing because that way it can be watched by more people.
Though, both of the series are completely different. The only thing that's similar is that they both have really good animations that makes it look a bit "cartoony". Highly recommend it if you like amazing animations.
Both series are about people who go into other worlds, where humans coexist with other species of intelligent creatures. The two animes have a very colorful and gorgeous animation. (There are also similarities between the protagonists of both animes, but it would be spoiler...)
A story about a teenager with a complicated relationship with their father, an absentee mother, and their hedonistic guardian, interspersed with religious symbolism. Oh, and at least one giant robot.
When broken to its bare essentials, the series seen similar, however their execution is what makes them so vastly different. Evangelion received acclaim for its use of action, horror (of both the psychological and physical kind), drama, and some lighter comedy to tell a story that seemed almost realistic in its depiction of a child being thrust into that scenario. While Kyousou Giga isn’t afraid of showing its characters hurting, it never goes too far, and much of the show carries a whimsical tone even as the plot starts to take a more serious turn.
For a more “realistic” show, turn to Neon Genesis Evangelion. For a more light-hearted show, try Kyousou Giga. If not for their plots, their individual aesthetics and usages of Christian and Buddhist symbolism, respectively, make for settings that are almost more interesting than the stories themselves. read more
Kyousougiga and Touhou have pretty similar settings - they are both sealed "fantasy fridge" mirror worlds which are inhabited by both humans and youkai, and this is reflected by the character casts in both series. Both also touch on Buddhist cosmology as the gods are not always authoritative over humans. If you like the supernatural aspects of Kyousougiga then Touhou would be right up your alley, and vice versa.
If you're familiar with both, you'd see that these two are notably similar. Concepts rooted in Eastern spiritualism, otherworld/doing something with that otherworld, powers, youkais, etc etc. Cool visuals is a common feature too.
However, KnK is the much inferior version.
The protagonist Akko and Koto have similar energetic personalities that help them persevere. The action also has a similar amazing fluidity and motion to it.
Little Witch Academia is a far simpler story, but they both contain ultimately uplifting themes, and should be watched.
Both series feature similar art styles and directing techniques.
The type of storytelling which takes place in both the present and the past is shared, as well as the types of bright and colorful characters that fill up the cast and lament upon their pasts.
The bright and dynamic character and set designs that Kyousogiga has is seen in Concrete Revolutio as well.
How life and art are related? Is it a good idea to blur the boundary between them? Neither title approaches these questions directly, but the creators of both definitely meditated on them. Needless to say that it looks most likely that the Kyousou Giga creators have seen Sennen Joyuu.
Both Anime have a positive story about love. In Kyousou Giga it's mainly the family, in YOI there are more shapes of love. I can't find a villain in both stories, it's just about each character dealing with their inner problems.
Colorful animation and a plot in which the protagonists have to save the world are some of the similarities between these two anime. Also, both strongly rely in the message of true friendship and the bonds of family. Also, rabbits are a main theme. Summer Wars is more sci-fi, where Kyousougiga is more fantasy, but both are very enjoyable. If you liked one, you will certainly like the other.
At first, Kyousougiga and Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon seems to take place in a historical Japan, however they actually take place in a very complex world filled with magic/technology. Both anime can sometimes be random and difficult to follow; and they have plenty of action.
Difference is that Kyousougiga tries to focus on a few characters, while Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon has a huge cast of interesting characters.
"Sorry if you find any typo, english is not my first language."
Mainly, in these two series one can notice similar environments. They focused on the japanese culture and its myths, you can see monks, parallels worlds and almost anything can happen there. This is why this serie is a really great recommendation, for the variety of topics that cover in each chapters. Two short series that can enjoy in your free time.
They both have the "all-over-the-place" feel, so they both will require viewers to watch them several times before making sense of anything. They are also random, but in a good way, They both have eye-popping visuals, just in different styles.