Bakemonogatari, Mawaru Penguindrum Recommendations
Indeed those two series can be somewhat similar:
• both stories are quite unusual and weird along with fascinating surrealistic atmosphere and art
• both truly have an unique way of story-telling together with simple sceneries when concerning many people around the main characters or specific places
• they give a same particular intriguing vibe
While watching them you'll surely notice the similitudes that those two titles have.
If you liked one of them and are still searching for something kinda "out of the box", who is a bit different from the usual normal series, you might really want to give a try to the another as well.. Because it
Both animes are very psychological and strange sometimes. They balance between comedy and dramatic events. Almost similar art . Both have a good way of introducing characters one by one. Their strongest similarity is the hard to follow conversations.
Both are atypical teen love stories told with a really striking visual style. The story works around dramatic reveals about characters' pasts, and the problems they face are very symbolic.
The plot differs in many ways but the art is very similar and the atmosphere gives off the same kind of impression. They're both 'weird' anime with a particular sense of humour
How this recommendation hasn't been made yet I have no idea. What makes Bakemonogatari what it is is the random and surreal scenery mixed with a loose fantastical story along with incomprehensible dialogue. What I'm trying to say is that if Bakemonogatari is something you like, Mawaru Penguindrum is cut from the same cloth.
Both series had what I would call the same "flavor" and take a tolerance that far exceeds mine. Katanagatari doesn't belong in this recommendatoins list considering it had a very clear plot and imagry that wasn't confusing and random.
Both have really serious subject matters, and debate philosophy, but also offer the same kind of awkward humor most of the time that sometimes make you wonder if you should laugh or cry. They're also both more dialogue based, where you have to really pay attention to everything due to lots of small details like things going on in the background or just hidden things that characters say that are often fairly important in some way. Interestingly, neither of them have any actual background characters (a.e random, nameless people in crowds), but they manage to make it fit and not feel like it's something missing.
+ Surreal atmospheres with animation that adds to that effect
+ Some romance, but it is not the major focus of the story
+ Use different methods but both lead to the character cast being the only humans shown in the world (Bakemonogatari just doesn't show anyone else and Penguindrum shows them as 2D figures)
- Mawaru Penguindrum is much more psychological and focuses less on one character whereas Bakemonogatari focuses on Araragi
- Bakemonogatari has more fanservice
-Both have somewhat bizarre plots
-Unique and beautiful art style
-Unique main characters
-Sometimes they have dark and mysterious atmosphere
-Peculiar ways of story telling
Both are great shows. I recommend both.
The art style in both series is similar, with sharp lines, bright colors, and layered frames. It's fast-paced and seems really weird at first, but if you just hang on for the ride, the story will unfold slowly over the course of the series. The narrative is a bit unusual but it will make sense by the time you get to the end.