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Synonyms: Nambaka, Numbaka, The Numbers
Japanese: ナンバカ
English: Nanbaka
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2016 to Dec 28, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 03:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Satelight
Source: Web manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.331 (scored by 145057145,057 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #25862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #703
Members: 334,029
Favorites: 2,206

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Want a taste of ridiculous and over-the-top prison comedy? Try either one of these shows! On the more ecchi side of the spectrum lies Prison School, pretty much a BDSM fantasy that's both raunchy and brutal for the prisoners Nanbaka OTOH places more emphasis on its colorful sparkly bishounen character designs and atmosphere for its aesthetic. 
report Recommended by Quetzal_dactylus
-Both anime have a formidable prison (In Nanbaka the prison is the main setting, while in Blood Lad it's just a minor setting). -Both MCs have a group with unique members (Vampire & Demons in Blood Lad / "Super" humans in Nanbaka). -Similar artstyle and color scheme. -Both focused on action and comedy. 
report Recommended by renzospark
It's the same kind of absurd and silly humor. In both shows, the art style is shiny and colorful. The main characters are dumb but endearing. I suppose the target audience is the same (young women). There is a little more action in Nanbaka compare to Osomatsu-san. 
report Recommended by Nyrne
Both shows, Saiki Kusuo and Nanbaka, have the similar factor of heavy comedy in the earlier episodes. Although Nanbaka strays away from comedy and focuses more on serious issues in the latter portion, Saiki Kusuo holds true to the comedic aspect and carries through 'till the end. If you've seen Nanbaka and enjoy the wit and humor of the characters, Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan is definitely something you should consider. 
report Recommended by QuotingLegacies
Similarities - Both MCs are convicted and become inmates in a 'prison' complex - Both MC gets abused by the corrupt guards/wardens - Both MC has a small inmate group that work together and develop close bonds - Both MC and their inmate friends conquer the corrupt guards/wardens - Both MC and their inmate friends have their own unique talent/personalities and backgrounds Differences - Stone Ocean MC is female and their group is full female VS Nanbaka MC is male and their friend group are full male - Stone Ocean has stand powers/unique special powers VS Nanbaka is in a seemingly "normal" universe - Stone Ocean MC was framed VS Nanbaka is a  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Set in an inescapable prison. In Deadman Wonderland, the story is dark and bloody while Nanbaka is funny and hilarious. Both warden are female which is badass and strong. 
report Recommended by Half-MagePrince
both are beautifully absurd and while the seriousness of the plot can be jarring the comedy is still very enjoyable 
report Recommended by kiawe
Both shows are comedy anime that are pretty battle heavy and get more serious later on while never cutting away from the comedic aspect 
report Recommended by Kuroneko
- Both anime involve a strict system with over-enthusiastic guards: Nanbaka involves a tight prison; Cheating Craft involves an important exam. - Both anime involve characters who try to get around the systems. - Both anime involve a large cast of characters on both sides of the system 
report Recommended by gnerkus
Both anime have a huge building/structure Both anime have blue hair string female in charge of the place Both anime have 4 loyal people under the female Both anime have main Character with black and red hair with huge blades Both anime have cute and funny blonde best friend Both anime have 3 people helping the main characters Both anime have blonde annoying strong untouchable character Both anime have some kind of tournament in first half Both anime have unkillable characters Both anime have a lot of Interesting and colorful characters with their own background story (some of them you will need to watch the second season) Both anime have Human experiments Both anime  read more 
report Recommended by avivliba
Over-the-top comedies that break the fourth wall...a lot! But despite all the wacky randomness, the underlying main plot has a start and an ending. The journey is the reward here. Senyuu episodes last only a few minutes but Nanbaka follows the regular format. Nanbaka also probably had a better budget. 
report Recommended by Phraze
Sure Servamp and Nanbaka have completely different stories but do indeed share some similarities - Both anime have interesting characters and character designs - Both anime have action sequences - Both anime have some comedy (Nanbaka has way more though) If you liked either show you should at least give the other a shot  
report Recommended by redhope
they're not exactly alike in plot, but the overall feel of the series is quite similar. they are both loud sparkly colored and lots of dumb yelling, but can get surprisingly dark for something that looks so child friendly. they both have a massive chaotic neutral energy 
report Recommended by UmiHoshi
both meganebu and nanbaka features a group of teenage boys going on fun and wacky misadventures in their daily life. both also has bright and colorful visuals and a cast of characters with great dynamics with each other. although the plot of both animes mostly focuses on comedy, they could take an emotional turn at times. 
report Recommended by ocha_chaaan
Based in one area But very enjoyable to watch if you like the story of inmates/captivated Humans 
report Recommended by Chihoshiba
both of these shows show comedy in very similar ways, both have a funny cast but nanbaka's characters backstory and writing are a lot more deep than grand blue, love both of the shows :) 
report Recommended by Gin3_Sensei
Although no romance is involved with Nanbaka (not even sure with Dame x Prince at this point), this two anime give me the feeling that you should never take it seriously. I equally enjoyed these two anime, but it just gave me the feeling that they are there to entertain you and let your day pass by quick. Nanbaka has plenty of characters that are pretty much so easy to understand like they are like that and sometimes they are overplaying it. I should warn you that the anime Nanbaka has some action scenes. Each episode is also filled weird random scenarios just like with  read more 
report Recommended by infiraya
Both have great comedy with awesome art style and will not let you get bored. 
report Recommended by CHRISWARE
both stay true to their visual style but they have a similar comedy style and feature a cast of pretty boys 
report Recommended by fawn7
Both have over-the-top and colorful art/animation. Both have the same comedic elements followed by intense action scenes. Both have a strong female side character. Both have a unique setting. Both have an awesome OST. They both have a similar vibe. 
report Recommended by sk8rboi9
Both shows are comedic takes on more serious and gruesome settings (prison, fighting superheroes), with comedic punchlines in place over actual fighting. Plot is also largely episode by episode, or grouped together into smaller subplots along a greater timeline. Similar light-hearted colorful feel in both shows. 
report Recommended by chinkosu
Nanbaka and Hataraku Maou-sama! are both really comedic shows, however there are some serious times as well when it gets a bit tense because of the action going on (more so for Nanbaka). There is a colourful cast of characters for both shows and are quite entertaining. Although the plotlines are extremely different, people who enjoyed one of them are likely to enjoy the other too. 
report Recommended by jyuushi
Both have hilarious costume designs and characters you wouldn't even think of; along with the most fabulous and dramatic poses you could imagine.  
report Recommended by symbiotic
Both are comedies that have serious moments. Both main characters are not exactly what they seem initially. Both depict charming friendships. 
report Recommended by sheepish_threads
It gives off the same comedy vibe. Also, the colours and designs of some characters are very similar to those of Nanbaka. 
report Recommended by Shinigami-queen
Nanbaka and Bucchigiri give me similar vibes. Both have lots of guys and lots of fights. Both have colorful character designs. Main difference is, Nanbaka sets on a prison, while Bucchigiri sets on schools. 
report Recommended by renzospark
In both: - Comedy series with background drama. - Human are use experiments to create "humans with special abilities". - Implicit mystery. - Plot of detectives/policemen and criminals with funny persecutions. - Police and criminal groups are familiar. - Very varied and colorful range of characters. 
report Recommended by Sasha_AT
I can't believe no one's made a recommendation for these two yet - Nanbaka and Gintama are so alike! They're both anime that parody the comedy genre. The fourth-wall breaking's a recurring theme in both, as are the references to different anime throughout the shows. The gag humour is hilarious in both - Nanbaka doesn't even try to make sense most of the time and knows it, and Gintama's humour can be very similar. The characters - even the side characters - are loveable and great fun to watch. Nanbaka does have a lot (and I mean a lot!) more sparkles and glitter - even at its  read more 
report Recommended by AmishaelMA
Both Kuuchuu Buranko and Nanbaka have eye-popping crazy animation style that you can't look away from. They both have a unique cast of characters, and random comedy to lighten up the grim setting (Being in jail vs getting treated for a mental disorder). 
report Recommended by Third-Impact
-Dead Leaves and Nanbaka contains a small cast of unique and zany characters. -Both shows revolve around being sent to and busting out of heavily guarded prisons. -Both are very comedic. 
report Recommended by Third-Impact
Just a bunch of nonsensical fun with a vibrant cast of different characters.  
report Recommended by Krylten