Total Recommendations: 51
There's the "freeing demons' souls" theme in common, but what touches me in both series is how the characters are well made and, despite their natures, all of them feel human. DGM has a BIG problem with pacing and animation quality (the manga is far better), but the story makes you care about everyone there, even the villains. Similarly, in KnY, no character is thrown at you like a plot object. Everyone has a motivation, a mind and a story of its own.
A blond(e) and haughty youngster must make their way into the military world and earn the respect of their superiors. Lots of talking about military strategy, powerful battles and struggles for power.
Main characters are stuck in a situation (a school prison; men being forced to act like idols) where they cannot decide their fate, and get involved in a spiral of disgusting situations which always end up in dark humor. Harsh, dark humor. "Explicit" content. Sex jokes.
Cute and refreshing animes about eating and sleeping. Good to relax after a busy day. They talk about everyday life and are very relatable. If you like Tanaka-kun's laziness and sincerity, you'll like Wakako's easygoing approach to life too.
Mecha ojii-san! Mecha ojii-san! This is what happens when grandpa turns into a robot. Also expect a critic on the way our society treats the elders.
Same author and director, and kinda the same universe and characters. You will have a better understanding of one by watching the other. Same kind of humor and very creative and funny situations.
Not only the battles, the relations between some characters, the comedy and the plot, but a lot of key elements are also extremely similar: Chrono rulers = Exorcists Chronos = Black Order Horometers = Akuma Oaths of time = Innocences Unique = The Heart
When it comes to portraying human nature in situations of non-dualist conflict, these series choose to show short personal stories which help you feeling attached to the human beings who are both killing and suffering due to the situation they're in. You're invited to see the world in other way than in black and white. Also, Hidenobu Kiuchi is the voice actor for both male protagonists, Tenma (Monster) and Croce (Gunslinger Girl)
Naked boy enounters girl in a bizarre situation. He always feel out of place (HnE: he's amnesiac; SOG: he's from the future). They go together in an adventure to solve a mystery, and the guy uses a strange cellphone with special functions to help. The humor in kinda similar, though in SOG it's a lot more stereotypical and anime-ish. Both have an ocidental feeling to the story and general setting.
They are series about professions: being a rakugo artist, making a dictionary. Haruko Kumota worked on both, so you're gonna feel a similar atmosphere when you see the quirky but realistic characters and the smooth pacing of the story. Both are pleasant series, it's nice to watch them with a calm mind; their focus is on making you contemplate the journey of a man learning about his work and slowly growing through life.
- Beautiful animation and beautiful fights using sword and magic - Slow progression, similar narrative type - Main character is a genius or has some kind of power that no one else has - Both are "based" in the RPG world; SAO is about people trapped in a fictional MMORPG game and Zestiria is based in an actual RPG game
Two Madhouse masterpieces from the same year (2004). They share the same kind of psychological atmosphere. Characters are always questioning their own sanity, percepction and points of view of the mystery that surrounds them. Both soundtracks, especially OPs/EDs, are unforgettable. Monster and Mousou Dairinin can make you doubt your own self-concept, and the amazing work of the directors will put the viewer at a state of psychological suspension which is no use trying to explain - feel it for yourself.
Same feels: these series involve technology, idiosyncratic young adults and a mystery where someone have lost his memory and have to retrieve fragments of his past to save a lot of people (in national scale). Recommended if you like series with a contemporary setting and use of technology as a base for the main plot.
The daily routine of a special teenager with strange superpowers. Nonsense humor and absurd situations everywhere. Very colorful art. 4th wall almost always broken.
- Normal people receiving random powers and using them not for any big cause, but for their own sake - There's no clear line between good and evil - Very good character development - Bright colors, beautiful art, unforgettable music - Unforgettable antagonists with deep character development and fully understandable reasons to act - Good exploration of the theme "friendship", with an acceptable number of clichés and tropes - Relatable characters, very likable main squad - Fights based on the smart use of the fighters' quirks, not only their brawns - Both are shonen from experienced and mature authors, and are considered for many to be their magna opera
- An organization of people with special powers - Similar type of comedy (slapstick comedy, exageration of characters' funny traits) - In both you have a look inside the heroes' organization and learn about how it works instead of just seeing the main characters fight
In this city, people start to develop random superpowers and use them for all kinds of things - to kick out boredom, to do evil deeds and even to become heroes. As the main character become friends with a former enemy, the plot suddenly thickens. The pacing is kinda slow in some parts, but instead of being bothersome, this helps you to get used to the characters and to care about them.
When you look at the fights, there are nen techniques (HxH) and the stand abilities (JoJo): they work almost the same way, with strategies needed in order to win - victory is not possible without strategy and a further look at the opponent's techniques and style. Each charactern has a unique power (which is not a free choice, there are a lot of limitations) and has to create new ways to use it. If you like this kind of confontation, you'll enjoy both animes - though HxH is more strategic and slow and JoJo has more action.
The heroes' peculiarities in BnHA works in a similar way than the nen techniques in HxH. The fights in both series are based in strategies made out of these powers' capabilities and limitations. The colors in both animations are very vivid and the movement of the characters is very fluid and well animated, making you get your eyes glued to the screen as you watch the fights.
Sketch comedies with an outstanding main charatcer who gets attention from everyone around his school and does crazy things. The comedy style is kind of absurd, but feels very fluent.
A lazy and carefree man is put on a spaceship and has to find his own motivations for being there. Tylor's and Shiro's ways to find their journey's meaning include interacting with people of various social classes (or various planets, in MKT) and different thoughts on space travel. Both main characters are on a journey to get to know the world they live in, the same world they aren't used to care about. They also share a similar type of comedy.
Political parodies with unique humoristic approaches on solving issues between countries. Short and funny.
They're (like) brothers, have very different personalities, and are together in the search for a dream. And "together" does not mean it won't be conflict, angst and envy between them. Both series will make you learn a lot: In Rakugo Shinjuu, you learn a lot about the rakugo art and japanese history and culture; in Uchuu Kyoudai, you learn about astronautics and space. The drama is very well presented, even the side character's stories manage to captivate you. You'll end up crying, laughing and struggling together with the characters - they're crafted like real people.
Nonsense adventures, critics to society hidden in jokes, references to other mangas and animes - and even to things in ocidental culture. Everything to make you die of laughter. Katte ni Kaizou is like a Gintama made for the Shonen Sunday universe.
These are two animations with alternative art. Beautiful backgrounds, light effects and work with textures. And, some might say, there's some homosexual tension in Gankutsuou, what may appeal to Konodan series fans. In general, both are recommended if you're looking for flamboyant art and an atmosphere with both magical and sci-fi feels.
Great animes that deal with SCIENCE! Both main characters are named "Kyouma" and are a bit older than your average main anime character, what gives the story a different and refreshing feel. Also, they manage to step out of many character and storytelling cliches (especially Steins;Gate) and have amazing art and soundtrack.
References. Mohiro Kitoh, author of Narutaru, is a huge fan of NGE. As Kitoh's first great manga, Narutaru carries many similarities with NGE, such as: Children having adult problems, deep psychological approach, giant monstrous creatures with their own symbologies attached, suicide, murder, strangling, love between people of different age groups and skinny teenagers. Phew.
- Very smart main character... - ...who has to get back in time to prevent someone's suffering/death - Clean visuals, catchy soundtrack - Amazing storytelling
Ryo Soma remembers me of both the Count of Monte Cristo and Albert. Like Albert, when the devil (Mr. X/The Count) decides to walk by his side and talk to him, he chooses to listen. Like the Count, Ryo starts a whole new life just for the sake of vengeance.
Kids receive powerful monsters and start to live normal lives with them. Then the world burns because of this and their minds explode. Now they have a lot of adult problems. Narutaru is MUCH more mature, while Digimon Tamers has a child-friendly approach to the theme.
Two gems of historical humor. The main character is italian/roman and there are multicultural jokes everywhere.
These animes can unify humor and fights in the best way possible. Well-designed muscles, powerful fights and lots of blood. Also, they are adapted from mangas of the same epoch.
For some reason I keep thinking about Psycho-Pass while watching Subete Ga F. The dialogues are very heavy and well-planned, there is the logical and mathematic atmosphere and the characters in both works have unique ways of thinking and making choices.
A lot of scenes in Karamazov no Kyoudai parody Death Note. Ivan Karamazov's story arc is basically Light Yagami's: to build a new world of justice. Also, both mangas talk about vengeance, justice, skepticism and intrigues.
Magic academy, harem themes, electronic pop playing in the background, OP main character. Every girl falls in love and tries to get attention of the MC. Nice school uniforms and magical symbols too. A lot of dialogues and slow pacing culminating in powerful battles, especially in Taimadou Gakuen.
Welcome to Witch Hunters Academy! Here you will find main characters using weapons to kill witches, and guess what - the weapons have also a human form and can talk with their users! Also, get ready for tons of ecchi and oppai jokes.
Do you want a deconstruction of typical shonen clichés? Do you want a OP main character who just don't care about his enemies' complaints or objectives? Do you want to laugh in every scene? These series are for you!
Story begins when a boy helps a strange girl to fight monsters he shouldn't see. She has to lend him her powers for some time, or he cannot do this. Next, he has to save his big-breasted sis, otherwise she would get involved in the fighting against the monsters that anybody should see. The strange girl is part of an organization whose objective is to destroy that monsters, and guess what main character will do? Join it. Also, main character has a really big sword/lance and a bunch of school sidekicks that end up getting involved in his fight anyway.
Explosions! Giant robots! Colors! Nonsense! You get carried away by the nonsensical plot before you can even breathe. The pacing is very fast. Both animes have an organization with very distinct and crazy members, each one with a unique power.
You can easily see how Madoka served as an inspiration to Charlotte. Time travels to save friends, multiple realities and people with superhuman powers becoming god-like.
The heroes' peculiarities in BnHA works in a similar way than the nen techniques in HxH. The fights in both mangas are based in strategies made out of these powers' capabilities and limitations.
What happens when a being from another world (another planet, the virtual world) comes to Earth and spends some time with humans? These two mangas show different visions of how this would happen. Machina and Baka Ki El Dogra both interact with humans for reasons of curiosity, just to 'see what happens'. Also, try both titles if you have interest in the way normal people see this kind of 'visitors' and how they live their lifes while trying to bring them closer to the normal world... Or not.
Gintama is not ecchi, but the kind of humor you see in Gintoki's adventures is a very peculiar (and, some people would say, refined) one - Prison School does the same, but it includes breasts and butts. If you look for a non-conventional comedy series, these two are a sure shot.
Women from another world/planet being protected by a single (and sometimes foolish) man. Lots of ecchi, of course.
They use very similar kinds of jokes and humour in general. The soundtrack also uses classic music in moments of despair a lot. The art is very simple sometimes in KLK, and so in Usavich. Crazy characters appear a lot in both (like Kirenenko and Mako).
This seems to be the biggest inspiration to Onanie Master Kurosawa. Psychological mangas about apathetic guys who enjoy punishing people with their own justice.
A gate to another world opens in Japan and the government has to do something about it. Young men are trained to fight the unknown enemies coming from the other side. Both also share military routine as a theme, though Border Organization in World Trigger is a bit different from usual military headquarters.
- Episodes come in short clips (3-5 minutes) - Military humor - Harem feels (Military! with girls, Hetalia with boys) - Chibi cute characters in absurd situations - Randomness in all its known forms
- Both are shonens from the same decade (80's-90's) that have a close style of fights and a lot of characters. - The plot gravitates around the fights. - The soundtrack is somewhat similar.
- People with the power of a god trying to rule this world and change it by their own convictions - Heavy psychological conflicts - Well-rounded characters with interesting minds - Deaths. Many deaths.