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Michiru has an unusual ability: she can see a dark ring around a person's neck that signifies their time to die. However, she suppressed her powers once she "saw" the deaths of her parents – until now. After accidentally seeing rings around the necks of two boys in her school, it seems that Michiru's powers are back for good. The two are zombies who are working for the secret loan office known as Zombie-Loan, and they need Michiru's help to find other zombies – those with dark black rings around their necks. Though Michiru initially refuses, due to a series of events it seems she has no choice but to comply...
To make money, high school student Shinkurou Kurenai works for the secretive Benika as a "dispute mediator," acting to intervene in the disputes of clients – often violently. One day, Benika gives him a much different assignment: to protect Murasaki Kuhoin, a seven-year-old girl from the wealthy Kuhoin family. This turns out to be a more troublesome task than he expects, as Murasaki is spoiled, naive, and completely unaware of what life is like outside of the luxurious one she had previously. He also has no idea why Murasaki needs his protection, though he is slowly obtaining details from a well-informed classmate. Adding to his problems, Shinkurou still must continue to do his previous work for Benika and take care of his social relationships in school while protecting Murasaki, complicating his entire life. Nonetheless, as time passes, he and Murasaki grow close; however, trouble brews in the shadows as everyone - including Shinkurou - seems to be harboring secrets...
The most important common denominator between Kurenai and Bakemonogatari is each show's flawless balance between action and character development. While you can treat most episodes of each show like a slice of life anime, you will receive an allowance of action every once in a while. Ultimately, though, it's about the characters. The martial arts aspect of Kurenai and the paranormal aspect of Bakemonogatari are both handled gracefully in that they pique your interest without drawing attention from character development. Oh, and each show has top-notch art. I will leave you with a few warnings: Beware the musical episode of Kurenai; Beware long-winded dialogs and artsy still-frames of Bakemonogatari.
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.
This may seem like a bit of a random recommendation, but there is a foundation for it; whilst watching Bakemonogatari I was reminded of the first fifteen or so episodes of Bleach quite a lot. Both follow a similar episodic-style formula, introducing a new pivotal character each story in a supernatural, modern day setting. Despite their undeniable stylistic differences and Bleach's focus on action over Bakemonogatari's dialogue, fans of one should at least check out the other; though be warned, all of Bleach's similarities to Bakemonogatari are thrown out the window once it enters it's first proper story arc.
The year is 48650 and in Merkur, humankind is at war with the machine race. High in their regal mansion, the quirky robots Lady Drossel Von Flugel and her servant Gedachtnis spend their time discussing the intricacies of life. From the art of letter writing and human verbal communication to the trials of owning a pet, the two show themselves to be utterly clueless. Then again, who cares when you have a robotic monkey to play with?
In a world where corporations snuff out the competition by sending fighter jets to attack their offices, teenage pilot Kannami Yuichi is reassigned to a new base. There, he meets Tokino, a carefree pilot who enjoys the company of older women, and Kasanagi Suito, his superior officer who he slowly falls for. However, not everything is as it seems. Soon, distressing questions are raised about Kannami's predecessor, a race of perpetual adolescents known as the Kildren, and the enemy ace of the skies, Teacher.