Bakemonogatari

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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"

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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theholyduck theholyduck says...

both are unconventional series with high artistic quality, consistent worlds, great characters and intresting underlying concepts.

they are both feature an exploration of a very detailed and realisitic world having a hidden and surreal counterpart

hurin hurin says...

The two shows share almost surrealist artwork, and manages to make its characters seem like real people. Once the main characters get involved in the occult they find it difficult to become uninvolved again.

GGXtreme GGXtreme says...

Very different shows that share a lot of stylistic and visual aspects, as well a unique presentation of their storylines that make up two of the higher-budget brainchildren SHAFT.

eaper eaper says...

These series, each being made by Shaft, have a very distinct art style and direction that they go in. Each series manages to avoid tropes often associated with their genres and take the series into a somewhat dark place. If you like the story telling and art in either series, they fit well together.

080705639 080705639 says...

in just a few minutes of watching Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica I immediately noticed similarities of this anime and BakemonogatariBoth produced by shaft which means they have a very good artwork. They have a lot of abstract and random image inside and even using same voice actor, Saito Chiwa plays both Senjougahara and Akemi, and they have similar characteristic.

Mekaku City Actors

Mekaku City Actors

Shintaro Kisaragi, a HikiNEET who shut himself inside his room for 2 years, had been living his life normally until he met a cyber girl named Ene, who appeared in his computer screen when someone anonymously sent him a mysterious e-mail one year ago. One day, Ene messes with Shintaro's PC which causes him to go outside for the first time in two years.

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atlas7 atlas7 says...

Five minutes into one,  you could tell both were animated by studio Shaft. Everything from the visual artwork to the camera angles, might i add the impossible turning of the neck as one speaks, all the way to how the story is presented takes a role similar to the other. The only major difference that i was able to pick up, other that different plots and characters of course, is that mekaku city actors is a little less reliant on word play than bakemonogatari, hell, they even have a semi sidekick character( shinobu/ene ) included in the package. So its a given that if you like one, you will definitely like the other. 

ammo1991 ammo1991 says...

If you liked Bakemonogatari, you will clearly like Mekaku City Actors too. Bakemonogatari held my old "record for weirdest anime ever", but mekaku city actors is clearly much weirder. If you like getting confused, having no idea what you are watching, and having questions answered with new questions, then these are the animes for you! 

SamIchi SamIchi says...

Just like atlas7 said, at the beginning of the show you could tell it was made from the same people, the creepy neck turning too (lol) I recommend both ways!! You've got to see the other if you liked either, I'm a big fan of Bakemonogatari and I've got to say, same vibe and everything while watching Mekakucity

Zilverwilg Zilverwilg says...

I found the art and the slow pacing in Mekaku City Actors had a lot of similarities with Bakemonogatari from the beginning when I started watching. The shows have both characters possesed with mysterious spirits.

In Bakemonogatari is it more in episodes different stories and in Mekaku City Actors is it all one story, but how the characters get introduced are all different stories.

I think if you liked Bakemonogatari like I did you also like Mekaku City Actors, and those who liked Mekaku City Actors go check out Bakemonogatari because these shows all look a like very much.

But I need to say don't expect an master who gives help in Mekaku City Actors, like in Bakemonogatari.

Role Role says...

Very similar style, angles, and vibe. If you liked the animation and story telling in either Bakemonogatari, I'm sure you'll like Mekaku City Actors and other way.

ef - a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.

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TropicalMist TropicalMist says...

Watching Bakemonogatari definitely reminded me a lot of ef (both seasons) and the obvious reason would be because they're both animated by SHAFT! The artwork, and the animation are both very similar in terms of creativity and how they choose to showcase the story. 

As for the actual plot... Bake is more supernatural than ef is, although ef does have hints of supernatural happenings (which is explained later on).  They both have cute romance (more so in ef) and great character development =)  I definitely recommend one after the other because they're both very different stories that dominate their genres and showcase SHAFT's studio very well. 

ciller ciller says...

Of course I like both series because there originality. Both the series have the same style of letting the viewers experience the story. They are letting flash other –not relevant- views through conversations. And that part actually really interesting I think. Because with that view, the producers want you to experience some kind of feeling. In Ef they mostly let you see objects or some kind of scene. In Bakemonogatari they flash a word, sentence or a whole text through. I think this is done to give the watchers some kind of feeling because pretty much of the spoken parts aren’t carrying any emotions. So they actually don’t want to give the watchers the emotions the characters are carrying but want you to create your own feeling in some kind of style the give within these flashes. I think that is the reason why I love both of the series. Of course this also counts for the second season of Ef. I really recommend the other one if liked one of them because they are full of Creativity.

eaper eaper says...

This may seem like an odd rec, but each of these series had extremely unique animation styles, often doing things that I have never been seen done in other anime. Also, each series has some romances (moreso Ef) and a bit of supernatural happenings (definitely a lot more in Bake).

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

While Ef tends of focus more on the romance with only a little supernatural and Bakemonogatari is the opposite with some romance but a lot more supernatural in it.  Both series have a rather unique artstyle which I guess should be expected since they are both done by Shaft but they both are enjoyable to watch.  So if you enjoyed one then you might want to check out the other. 

Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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zombieiscool zombieiscool says...

For some strange reason, both of these animes reminded me of eachother. They have totally different plots but give a similar feel.

Both have gorgeous animation, and is covered in mystery. Slow paced and the storyline is very jumbled up and you don't really know what you're watching, but nevertheless they're still good animes.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

One thing that is very rare to see in anime: Typography. The use of non-traditional fonts and styles and font arrangements can be seen all throughout both of these shows, and are use extremely well. Also, both shows take an existing stereotype and shatter it, either through their characters crazy personalities, realistic environments, dialogue or choice of setting.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

I can't quite pinpoint the reasons why these shows remind me of each other, but it's a gut-feeling recommendation. I think the web of interconnecting stories with unique and interesting characters sets both of these shows apart. If you enjoyed piecing it all together in one show- give the other a try.

AltairSteam AltairSteam says...

Both Bakemonogatari and Durarara!! are marvellous urban anime, concentrated on supernatural elements and human relationship. They are taking from mythology (Japanese and Celtic) and create urban life as something full of mystery and good humour, but also dramatic and dangerous. Durarara!! has got more "normal" action, when Bakemonogatari is more surrealistic. Both of them gave me a lot of fun when I was watching them, so I think, if You like that kind of atmosphere, You should watch Bakemonogatari as well as Durarara!!.