Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
I find it curious not seeing FLCL in Arakawa Under the Bridge recommendations and vice-versa, as both shows share a very similar type of humor. Randomness and sillyness is what predominates in both series, as well as the good amount of unusual characters. There's also a bit of romance going on. I definitely recommend watching both if you're in the mood for something light, fun and easy on the eyes.
Arakawa Under The Bridge and Furi Kuri are quite random shows that often surprise the viewer. However Furi Kuri has a much deeper meaning than Arakawa.
Terribly different storylines, the similarities in FLCL and Arakawa Under the Bridge is the off-the-wall, eccentric crazy humor.
At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?
Their stories are completely different, the art styles are pretty different, they're both different in nearly every way; but the one thing they both have in common is their love/hate factor, mainly based on the humor, the characters and the dialogue.
They're both pretty outlandish and feature an oddball cast that can only suit their respective anime, coversations that seem pointless (Cromartie especially) and humor that only a select group would really enjoy (Others may get some laughs, but not as much).
I'm sure that if you enjoyed one, you can find some enjoyment in the other but if you disliked one, watch the other one with caution.
Both of these have a similar feel to them. The comedy mostly stems from the "rational" protagonist who slowly accepts the outragious antics of those around him as completely normal.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
This may seem like an odd pairing, but each series places a "normal" character in a group of very crazy/supernatural characters, making him seem the one insane or unnatural. As the season progresses, this person slowly accepts and adapts to their surroundings. If you find these types of progression interesting, you'll surely enjoy these series.
Arakawa Under the Bridge and XXX Holic both have normal lead character who are a but naive being thrown into starange situations. XXX-Holic has a lot of supernatural elements and a more structured story in each episode, but both shows derive comedy from the over-reactions of their easily excitable leads.
What if roller skates had high power engines that enabled the skaters to do stunning new tricks that defy gravity? What if you saw a beautiful girl effortlessly glide through the air with them? To Ikki, this is reason enough to secretly borrow a pair of Air Treck skates, and step into an underground world filled with gang fights and strange customs. Enamored with high-flying stunts and the flirtatious Simca, Ikki forms an Air Treck gang of his own and starts a life of fighting rival gangs and flying over the rooftops, chasing the girl always one kick ahead of him.
Makoto Niwa has just moved from his rural hometown to live with his aunt and experience high school life in the big city first hand. Unfortunately, his dreams of an adolescence filled of dates and school activities are soon shattered by having to share his new home with Erio, his deluded cousin who thinks she's an alien and spends most of her time wrapped in a futon for protection! Now, in addition to enduring his aunt’s energetic attention and flirting awkwardly with the girls in his class, Makoto finds himself drawn into helping Erio rejoin regular society and stopping her 'alien' antics.
Both shows have large casts of abormal characters that use various supernatuaral explainations to cover for personal insecurities. Although there are some vague hints of the supernatural in both shows in most cases the characters are just pretending not be human because it is easier than admiting their own problems. This leads to some really amusing situations especially when the normal lead tries to prove that the supernatural doesn't exist. Both shows have a similar atmosphere where abnormal is normal and normal is weird. In both shows the normal lead is thrown into a world where being normal makes them abnormal.