Bakemonogatari

Alt titles: A Monster Story

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Mushishi

Mushishi

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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Julia Julia says...

If you enjoyed Meme-sama's handling of supernatural phenomena, you'd probably also like watching Ginko solve problems caused by Mushi.

kresek kresek says...

Both animes resembles each other. There is this slow-paced, unrealistic atmosphere, and solving cases involving weird things (oddities, Mushi).

eaper eaper says...

These series each focus around a character trying to solve supernatural issues. Mushishi is much more episodic and laid back, however.

Airsnares Airsnares says...

Both have the chill and seemingly calm yet edgy style. Bakemonogatari is a little more exciting, but Mushishi feels more rich. Both amazing anime in their own respects.

globalwild globalwild says...

At their core, Bakemonogatari and Mushishi center around a male character with the ability to see and interact with a spiritual world.  From that base, both series story diverge greatly.  Mushishi is more slow-paced, philosophical, and feels more spirtual overall.  On the other hand, Bakemonogatari mixes the supernatural with tsundere and comedy for an experience that is uniquely its own.

vhunterD vhunterD says...

Both deal with supernatural mysteries and make great headtrips. Mushishi is more episodic compared to Bakemonogatari's 2 to 5 episode arcs. All the same if you liked Bakemonogatari, you'll like Mushishi too.

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Nightmares creep into the waking hours as Mina Tepes, childlike Queen of the damned, shockingly appears on live television to announce her plans for a colony where her blood-sucking brethren can live in peace. As pandemonium engulfs the globe, Mina reconnects with a handsome face from her past: Akira, a brooding beast whose link to the queen is both powerful and mysterious. Together, Mina and Akira will bare their fangs and fight against an ancient evil. And though the Queen and her ferocious werewolf minions vow that no human blood will be spilled, there are others of her kind who yearn to sink their teeth into innocent flesh. Can Akira maintain his fleeting link to the realm of the living while battling to protect this ruthless and royal beauty? Only one thing is certain. The world’s not ready for her reign.

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5hinigam1 5hinigam1 says...

Both animes have the same nice graphics/animation,Bakemonogatari have a vampire too,and the humor is similar. So if you enjoyed one of these animes you must try the other one

ciller ciller says...

If you think about it, there actually quite the same. Because first of all, they have vampire’s. And if you have an eye for it they have both the same kind of dialogs. People have a conversation that is really abstract and not really show any emotion. And that is the point that you will like the other if you liked one of them. I think people that like one of them are kind of interested in the dialogs there having. In Bakemonogatari they show the missing emotions with things flashing through. In Dance in the Vampire Bund they do the same only there are less things that are flashing through and its more concentrated on camera view and the music. Of course there are people that liked one of them because of the violent atmosphere. Because the dialogs are not only abstract without emotion they are constantly threaten each other. Also I may not forget they both have the fights everyone would like. Once in the while they fight however when they do it they do it good. Remember watch both even if you didn’t even watched one of them.

Symmetrical Symmetrical says...

Both of these animes are pieces of art in my opinion. The quality and animation of both are astonishing and very clear. They also have the same feel to it if you know what i mean. Darkness, romance, alot of smart talk :)

eaper eaper says...

Both being made by Shaft, they each have a similar method of story telling, a similar art and character design. They also are both heavy of ecchiness and loliness and have a lot of supernatural myths/characters.

Edmond Edmond says...

Both Bakemonogatari and Dance in the Vampire Bund are alike in many ways. The animation style and techniques applied to the visuals make these two anime's a must 'watch'. Listening or in some cases, reading the story alone is not enough to fully comprehend the intentions, feelings and complexities of both storys' characters.

The animation and the delivery of both animes leave them as highly recommended in my books.

quize20 quize20 says...

has a very similar feel with the jumping around and what not. Deals with the whole supernatural theme really well and has strong vampire points in each of these amimes.

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

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.

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koreandude koreandude says...

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko and Bakemonogatari contain the same elements of comedy, animation, scenery and over all feel. The scene transitions and cuts are almost exactly the same. The main male characters are extremely similar and the main female characters both have a unique and different personality that make them awesome. Both are made by the studio Shaft and directed by the same director which therefore makes the two even more similar. The only difference would be the plot. However, I believe the relationship/humor/combination of the two leads make these two animes go well together.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

These are both SHAFT comedies that share a similar weird atmosphere and many characters that have a lot of unique idosyncracies. Both shows feature a guy trying to help out the various strange women they meet. Both shows have fast paced well written dialogue that are the source of a lot of humor. Both shows rely on the male protagonist to play the straight man in their various encounters and often they wonder how they keep getting into these strange situations.

Bakemongatari also has a very unique art style which adds an extra layer to the weirdness.

ipsilonv ipsilonv says...

Bakemonogatari and Denpa Onna are both realized by SHAFT, and the similarities are evident. If you like the interesting "camera" methodologies that SHAFT uses throughout Bakemonogatari, you will find the same deal with Denpa Onna. The same is true about the heavy dialogues between characters. The comedic banter. Bakemonogatari might be a more fullfilling show than Denpa Onna, but I believe both are amazing works. Going with the same idea, SHAFT creates characters and situations that are trully interesting and worth watching.

All that being said, both shows share a common problem. Without going into spoilers, the shows seem to leave a lot of issues unresolved and maybe open to other seasons. This could be a big issue for some, so keep this in mind.

LY2Ldeath LY2Ldeath says...

the animation and style it is presented is very similiar, these anime are done by the same company.

eaper eaper says...

These series both have the obvious marks of Shaft production- ranging from directing, to artwork, to the infamous shaft head tilts. Further, they both have a similar feel throughout and a touch of the supernatural in Denpa Onna (a lot of it in Bakemonogatari).

captaincrunch captaincrunch says...

Both feature a male lead who somehow manages to acquire a fairly healthy harem full of strange yet absolutely charming girls like they are some sort of walking, talking moe magnet.  Toss in Shaft visuals and audio, and you really can't go wrong with the other if you liked one.

Bake is heavier on the witty dialogue than Denpa, and Denpa is far more hyper moe than Bake, but both have each in quantities sufficent to satisfy the fan of either.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.

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sothis sothis says...

Both titles are incredibly gorgeous with unique animation and character designs - in my opinion both are also excessively slow and boring and esoteric and lost my interest. I do think fans of one would likely appreciate the style or pacing of the other.

Etue Etue says...

Both have interesting artstyles and likable characters. Sasami-san has a weak start but don't let that fool you. The anime only gets better during it's run. Bakemonogatari has a more sensible artistic approach and relies more on dialogue but is genuinely good as well.

Taekwondoin Taekwondoin says...

Although the 2 are quite different in terms of story line and feel, there are some similarities with character portrayal, animation styles (especially how text is used) and some of the idea's behind the characters (the 'Ghosts' in Bake and the Shinto gods in Sasami). Overall, they're both very enjoyable, and I'd say that they are similar enough to warrant a good recommendation. 

snivets snivets says...

Sasami-san and Bakemonogatari both are best described as eccentric, abstruse, and slightly bizarre. Both display little regard for plot intricacy, instead focusing on unconventional art and animation. With similar atmospheres and senses of humor, I think fans of either show would enjoy the other.

Madoka Madoka says...

Both series have a similar art and animation style and though they seem different they are quite alike. Sasami-sam has a slower start and pacing as a whole, but don't be put off, it in my eyes is basically monogatari except slower and a little more laid back. The writing style and some comedy is also quite alike in the two series. It comes down to, Sasami-sam is a more hands off laid back monogatari or alternitively Monogatari is a more serious Sasami. If you like one you are likely to enjoy the other unless you don't care for easy going (alternitively serious) series.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both deal with gods and monsters and mucking around with the laws of the natural world and the consequences that come with using such powers. Both are nicely animated Shaft productions. 

Nisekoi

Nisekoi

Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.

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080705639 080705639 says...

I never thought that Nisekoi will be similar with Bakemonogatari, but after a few minutes watching Nisekoi, one thing that comes to my mind, 'It's so Shaft-like'. Their style of animation are almost identical. And Onodera's voice kinda remind me about Nadeko, turns out they have same voice actor.

Bakemonogatari and Nisekoi has same plot, both have one guy who gets in a relationship with many girls one after another. But Bakemonogatari is more about supernatural while Nisekoi is more about romantic comedy that happen around the male lead.

Chriskat777 Chriskat777 says...

I agree with 080705639 and I'd like to point out that the use of camera views is very similar. You always see the camera shift every which way in bakemonogatari just like in nisekoi.

SuperProngs SuperProngs says...

It's too soon to tell whether Nisekoi will live up to Bakemonogatari's excellence but with Akiyuki Shinbo directing both series and with the beautiful art style that he's brought to Nisekoi, I am rather optimistic. Shinbo directs Shaft to more silky-smooth animation. The stories are clearly different but just self-aware enough to appeal to a certain corner of my mind.

If you loved either series and are looking for a similarly directed show full of slick animation, creative bright art direction and tight editing, give the other show a shot.

lualdu lualdu says...

I don't recommend these shows because of their storys at all, but I personally can't get enough of either Shaft studio shows. Bakemonogatari  is a slightly more serious and supernatural themed, Ecchi show whereas Nisekoi  is a romantic comedy, false love, and Ecchi (although the two shows have a different kind of Ecchi, one is more perverted jokes than anything and the other has bikinis and a character who can't get enough of them). In Bakemonogatari  and Nisekoi  there are undeniable similarities. Both shows have a Tsundere involved (Kirisaki for Nisekoi  Senjougahara for Bakemonogatari). There is also a noticable similarity in both of the main characters (although Araragi from Bakemonogatari  is a much more perverted character than Ichijo from Nisekoi), as well as Onodera from Nisekoi  and Sengoku from Bakemonogatari. So for those of you that really loved the characters from Bakemonogatari  or Nisekoi  I highly recommend you watch either of these shows. 

bunnylovesanime bunnylovesanime says...

Both are Shaft animes with a similar story about a boy and host of girls he helps.  Both boy characters are sort of aloof. The artwork and fluid motion of the action scenes is very similar. While Bakemonogatari is a supernatural show both are ecchi, feature some comedy, and a little romance. If you are a fan of Shaft anime then you will more than likely enjoy both shows.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

These shows share both a director and studio, so stylistically they are very similar. While Bakemonogatari deals more in the realm of the supernatural and is completely dialogue driven, Nisekoi thrives more on the hilarity and romance that ensues from various unique situations. If you enjoy character driven shows that maintain good balance between seriousness and comedy, either one is for you.