Bakemonogatari

Alt titles: A Monster Story

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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.

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.

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.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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Funkgun Funkgun says...

these two titles really rely on conversation. Not just your average flair conversation. but the type that is witty, and smart.

Both have a nice pace, that allowes for plenty of discussion between a man and woman (or deity ) 

Bakemonotari is more unique with the random images and art style, and Spice is more reliant on historical era, but either one should be checked out if you liked the other.

BlackVoid BlackVoid says...

Although the descriptions would lead you to think otherwise, both of these series are actually composed of mostly (great) conversations between the 2 main characters. Both have unique and memorable main females with sharp mouthes, whom the indifferent main guy grows to like.

The witty script and interactions between characters are the highlights of both shows. These are endlessly entertaining and you'll simply love watching the main characters go at it. The conversations are both a mixture of arguing and flirting, which makes them even more fun to watch.

Bakemonogatari is a bit darker and more supernatural, although S&W throws some fantasy and intensity out there too on occasion. Still, theres no doubt that the character interactions are what makes these 2 similar, and what makes them great.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are extremely dialog driven, being almost completely conversation with a great deal of puns and wit being used between characters. Furthermore, each series revolves around the supernatural.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Really probably the biggest similarity between these two series is that they mostly rely on conversations between the characters as a means to develop the story instead of events or actions and the conversation is actually intelligent and witty.  Furthermore thanks to the wonderful script the viewer never becomes tried of listening to the characters interacting with each other.  So either one should be checked out if you liked the other.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

Both of these shows rely heavily on the smart and witty dialogue, as well as the relationship between the two leading male and female characters. Both shows are fun, creative, and feature just the right touch of romance to make either of these sure favorites! If you like one, I'd definitely recommend you check out the other!

FLCL

FLCL

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...

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unerringgungnir unerringgungnir says...

Both of these series deal with the confusion, angst, and awkwardness of growing up and the complications that arise when exploring (or ignoring) sexual desires.  There are myriad moments when the viewer is left going WTF just happened?!?!  In both of these animes there are female characters that exhibit tsudere and have a propensity for violence towards the male protagonists (one uses school supplies the other a guitar).  Along with these commonalities they both have sci-fi/fantasy elements; one has robots that pop out of a kids head, the other deals with taoist-style superstitions/curses.  All in all you'll get your fill of bloody noses, violence, innocence, perversion, laughs, and most importantly ENTERTAINMENT.

Anyki Anyki says...

Bakemonogatari is a great anime and FLCL is kind of the same greatness with its story. I think you'll enjoy it too.

sobeit sobeit says...

Both Bakemonogatari and FLCL have a story with a ton of allegory. To understand the meaning of the story you should not look at what is presented to you on the surface level, but what meaning is inferred. I would say FLCL is more about pre-teen and pubescence and Bakemonogatari is more about teenage life. Both are good if you enjoy this style of storytelling.

gpardini gpardini says...

even bakemonogatari not being as weird as FLCL, both share that wtf is going to happen next in this out the mold story!

both are really good!

Yukas Yukas says...

FLCL and Bakemonogatari is both not about "what" but "how".

Bake looks more "normal", except .... there is a lot of "except": crazy picture, crazy sound, absurd dialogues.

Both like XXI century  "Alice in Wonderland"