Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…
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.
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.
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?
The connection between these two is simply the art style. The use of real life photo and film super-imposed on animation, use of text and willing distortion of the human figure. Both make for a very interesting viewing experience. While the theme of life carries over to Bakemonogatari it is abstract enough to say that the main connection here is art style.
Have a problem? Talk to Otogi Bank, a student aid group that helps people get what they need – for a hefty price. Led by Liszt Kiriki and staffed by tsundere Ryouko, inventor Majolica, jealous Otohime, flirtatious Tarou, serious Alice, nervous Ryoushi and maid Otsuu, Otogi Bank assists with everything from helping break into a rival school to convincing an upperclassman to not quit a sports team. Can Otogi Bank manage to make all their clients happy, and most importantly, will Ryoushi ever manage to win Ryouko’s heart?
The normally sleepy town of Inaba has recently fallen prey to a string of bizarre deaths, where the deceased are discovered dangling from TV antennae and telephone poles. But that’s not the only mystery that’s cropped up lately: the "Midnight Channel" has gained notoriety in the local high school for allegedly revealing a person's soul-mate to them. When transfer student Yu arrives in town, he quickly becomes enmeshed in the center of all these mysterious goings-on, especially after the teen and his friends are pulled through the television into another world! How is this strange place connected with the other mysteries plaguing Inaba?
They both have characters who have supernatural alter-egos that stem from dealing with their own personal issues. They both have similar messages about relying on friends, and those around you instead of suffering by yourself.
Persona 4 was more about coming to terms with their own insecurities, whereas Bakemonogatari was more about the dangers of letting those insecurities go unchecked. They both have their serious and comedic moments.
Bakemonogatari has a much better story, but if you liked either one, you probably wouldn't mind watching the other.
Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?
Shakugan no Shana and Bakemonogatari both share tsundere heroines and overly optimistic male leads. They both deal with the supernatural, and in one chapter of Bakemonogatari, the subject of life after death. If you like tsundere or the supernatural, particularly dealing with the dead, then you should check out these two.